Quarterfinal outlook: New class, no sweat for Calhoun, Jefferson

11:50 am Nov. 26, 2014

Moving up in classification hasn’t hurt Calhoun or Jefferson, who each find themselves in the quarterfinals in their first season of Class AAA football. Both teams are undefeated and are behaving like it matters little to compete in the league with larger schools.

Calhoun and Jefferson have banked on their winning traditions. Calhoun has made it to the quarterfinals for seven straight years and played in the championship game each year

Boys hoops: Three teams to watch this season

8:50 am Nov. 25, 2014

It always gets overshadowed by the football playoffs, but baskeball season has begun. Here’s a look at three of the top boys basketball teams in the state.

Morgan County: Although they lost some key pieces, it would not be out of the question to see Morgan County make another run at the Class AAA championship.

The Bulldogs beat Buford for the title last year to complete a 26-5 season. Morgan County returns

Ranked teams hold serve in second round

9:01 am Nov. 22, 2014

The playoffs in Class AAA held true to form, with none of the second-round results coming as a surprise. Of the eight ranked teams that entered play on Friday, only two were defeated – each by another ranked team.

Here’s how the quarterfinals shape up for this week: Pierce County at Washington County, Blessed Trinity at Jefferson, Elbert County at Calhoun, and Westminster at Hart County.

Jefferson won a coin flip with

Semifinal setup: Defensive-minded Central hosts Westminster … Waco goes for history

7:51 am Nov. 20, 2014

They don’t really pass the eye test like some of the other undefeated teams in Class AAA. Central Carroll doesn’t have any a long list of players on the watch list of big-time college recruiters. But the Lions have learned that eye candy doesn’t always equate to success. And they hope their hard-working attitude will take them to place the program hasn’t seen in many years.

The No. 7-ranked Lions on

Elbert, Oconee, Appling show perseverance to reach, win in playoffs

10:01 am Nov. 18, 2014

There are some great stories of perseverance in the Class AAA playoffs. Teams have overcome a variety of issues to reach the second round of the tournament. To be among the final 16 teams still standing is quite an accomplishment.

Here are three teams that have had the toughest road, but have found a way to overcome the odds and fight their way into the second round:

Elbert County: The Blue Devils

Bragging time for Regions 1 and 8 after first-round sweep … Gray leads Waco to 73 points

8:42 am Nov. 15, 2014

When it comes to bragging rights, two regions in AAA earned them on Friday night.

Two regions swept their four first-round playoff games. This rare accomplishment occurred on Friday in Region 1-AAA and Region 8-AAA.

Region 8-AAA didn’t come as a real shock. That league, made up of teams from Northeast Georgia, has been considered the strongest and deepest region in the classification all season. Plus, they were matched against Region 7,

Is West Hall for real? … Battle of QBs when East Hall plays Hart … Take 2: Laney vs. Westminster

9:49 am Nov. 13, 2014

Like most years, there are very few compelling first-round matchups. Many of the opening-round games feature bad No. 4 seeds against a good No. 1 seed. And in a classification that is very top-heavy, there are a bunch of bad games involving a No. 2 and a No. 3 seed.

Here are six of the most interesting first-round matches:

Oconee County at West Hall: Oconee County (7-3) is the fourth seed from one

No. 1 Waco takes nothing for granted … Mini-game results … First-round schedule

8:15 am Nov. 11, 2014

For ten weeks the Washington County Golden Hawks have gone without a defeat and without a challenge. Those easy days may be ready to come to an end, as coach Joel Ingram’s team prepares to enter the Class AAA playoffs as the state’s No. 1-ranked team.

Washington County is one of six teams that will enter the playoffs with a perfect record. In a classification that is top heavy with good

UPDATED: Mini-games in Region 5 … WACO goes over 500 point mark … Subregion sweep in Region 1

9:12 am Nov. 8, 2014

The Class AAA playoff schedule won’t be finalized until Monday. That’s because of a pair of key games on Saturday that have playoff implications and a series of the always-popular mini-games on Monday.

The  Region 5-AAA playoffs are the most uncertain.  Central Carroll defeated Central Carroll, so those two finished one-two. But on Monday, Pepperell, Cedartown and Rockmart will play mini games on Monday at 6 p.m. at Paulding County High

Last-week dramatics in Regions 5 and 8; Cedar Grove meets Blessed Trinity for 4-AAA crown

8:00 am Nov. 6, 2014

A pair of regions have waited until the last week to determine their champions. Region 5-AAA and Region 8-AAA will decide their No. 1 sees when the regular season concludes this week.

In Region 8-AAA, two state-ranked and undefeated teams will meet to determine the champion when No. 5 Jefferson travels to No. 8 Hart County.

Jefferson (9-0) brings a balanced attack to the table. The Dragons have rushed for 1,969 yards