Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

AJC updates from the world of high school sports in metro Atlanta and Georgia

Giants Peach, Westside to settle 2-AAA; Oconee, West Hall face challengers

  • 9:33 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The Region 2-AAA title will be decided Friday when No. 5 Peach County  (9-0) hosts No. 6 Westside Macon (8-0)  at Anderson Stadium.  And while a region championship would be nice, it will also position the winner in the bracket that’s opposite from No. 1-ranked Washington County.

Although the Region 2 champion would still have obstacles before reaching the Georgia Dome for the championship game on Dec. 12, it would be nice to know that the Golden Hawks aren’t one of them.

The Peach County offense is led by quarterback Robert Allen, who has thrown for 1,376 yards and 11 touchdowns, with [More]

Two weeks left: Who’s in, who’s left behind?

  • 7:07 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

There’s only two weeks left in the regular season. That means a quicker pulse for some, while others are already planning their football awards banquet. And this is the time of year when a former enemy can become your newest friend, depending on the playoff scenario.

Here’s a way the playoffs are shaking out with two weeks remaining:

Region 1-AAA: In this subdivided league, the top four teams from each side are in position to advance to state. The No. 1 teams will play the No. 4 team from the opposite subregion, while the No. 2 teams will cross over to play [More]

Cook clinches title … Hart hammers Oconee … Great night for Central’s Terrell, East Hall’s Watson

  • 8:17 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Tom Thomas kicked a 20-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to help Cook beat No. 10 Dodge County 13-10 and win the Region 1-AAA Division A on Friday.

It was the second field goal of the night for Thomas, who kicked a 25-yarder in the first half to match the 29-yarder by Dodge County’s Mitch Tanner.

Dodge (7-1) took a 10-3 halftime lead on the strength of a 21-yard run by Roscoe Wilcox. But Cook (6-2) evened the score on Corey McCall’s 30-yard touchdown run.

Dodge got in position to kick the winning field goal when Connor Hilliard completed a 40-yard pass [More]

Unbeatens Hart, Oconee meet … Region 1 to settle matters … Fannin’s offense tests West Hall

  • 9:05 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Two outstanding quarterbacks will be at the forefront when No. 9 Hart County and Oconee County, both 7-0, meet Friday in Watkinsville.

Hart County quarterback Cameron Fouch has completed 77 of 120 passes for 1,360 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s also run for three touchdowns and led a Hart offense that averages 39.4 points.

Oconee County quarterback Zeb Noland, who has completed 52 of 96 yards for 1,053 yards. The Warriors also county on sophomore running back Christian Casey, who has 792 yards and four touchdowns.

Hart also has a solid running game with Keenan Dillon (382 yards, five TDs) and Trey Clarke [More]

Three weeks left: Who’s making the playoffs?

  • 7:50 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

With only three weeks remaining in the regular season, it’s time to take a look at the playoffs. Most regions have one dominant team, meaning the real battle is for the second spot, which also guarantees a home game in the first round of the state playoffs.

Here is a region-by-region look, with some of the leagues in more flux than the others.

Region 1, Div. A: Cook and Dodge County, both unbeaten in the region, play Friday in Eastman. Cook will finish first with a victory. Dodge still has to play Pierce County, which has only one region loss, in the [More]

Last-minute kick saves Oconee … Big wins for Jefferson, Peach … BT wins subregion

  • 8:41 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Oconee County got a last-second 46-yard field goal from Mehran Ahmadipour to beat Morgan County 33-31 and keep its dreams of an undefeated season alive.

Morgan had taken a one-point lead on a 45-yard field goal with 40 seconds left. But Oconee County (7-0) rushed downfield behind a pair of completions from quarterback Zeb Noland, one to Roques Dowdy, the other to Andrew Shuford, and sent Ahmadipour onto the field for the do-or-die kick.

BT nails down subregion title

Blessed Trinity’s Pat Jasinski is better known by his skills at linebacker. That’s what helped him nail down a scholarship with Central Florida. But [More]

Westminster-Blessed Trinty to decide subregion … Oconee, Peach gets tests … Laney-Josey tee it up

  • 9:47 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

First place in Region 4-AAA Div. B will be determined this week when No. 3 Blessed Trinity hosts No. 6 Westminster. Barring an upset over the final two weeks, the winner of this game will be the No. 1 seed for the region playoff game and be guaranteed a home game in the first round of the state playoffs.

“The loser of this game will be put in a precarious situation,” Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin said. “Whoever loses could end up on the road in the first round against someone like Washington County or Laney.”

That means the two powers will [More]

Graduates into AAA haven’t slowed down … Cook is heating up … Calhoun, Jefferson rolling

  • 8:24 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Moving up in classification hasn’t been an issue for some of the top teams in Class AAA. Among the teams ranked in the top 10, three (Calhoun, Jefferson and Westminster) were in Class AA last year. Two others (Laney and Cook) are going to make the playoffs after moving up a division and possibly earn a home date for the first round of the playoffs.

Things have really turned around at Cook, which has started to hit its stride under first-year coach Jon Lindsey, who was the defensive coordinator at Camden County from 2005-2010. Lindsey was the head coach at Irwin [More]

Pepperell’s Collins sets state rushing record … Another wild offensive night in AAA

  • 7:29 am Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Pepperell didn’t win the game but running back Devyn Collins had a night to remember.

Collins, a 5-foot-7, 175-pound junior, set a state record with 485 rushing yards in 34-32 loss to Rockmart. Collins carried 46 times and scored five touchdowns, but the Dragons dropped to 1-5.

Rockmart ended a five-game losing streak thank to the running of Jermonte Thompson (233 yards, four touchdowns, and J.C. Lovelace (115 yards).

The previous state record was set by Don Calloway of Miller County, who rushed for 476 yards in 1999. Collins became the 13th player to surpass 400 yards in records maintained by the Georgia [More]

Showdown for Dodge … Decatur, Morgan takes aim at upsets … Hephzibah gets tested

  • 8:48 am Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Dodge County’s first big step toward securing first place in Region 1-AAA Div. A begins this week when it travels to Appling County.

Dodge is 6-0 for the first time since 2005. The Indians hope things turn out better this time, as that team lost three of its final four regular-season games and was one-and-done in the playoffs. This year coach Rex Hodges’ club is ranked No. 10 in Class AAA against a light schedule, but finishes against Region 1 big boys Appling County, Cook and Pierce County.

Dodge is averaging 34.3 points per game and no opponent has come closer than [More]