Friday rewind, look-aheads | Georgia high school football Class AAAA

12:15 pm Oct. 10, 2015

–Carrollton running back Jaylan Thomas rushed for 90 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Trojans to their third straight victory.

–Woodward Academy returned a kickoff, a punt and an interception for touchdowns in the undefeated War Eagles’ 51-21 rout of Troup on Friday. Joshua Johnson had a 78-yard kickoff return, Jeffrey Hubbard returned a punt for 62 yards and Xavion Fleetwood returned an interception 75 yards for Woodward Academy, which hosts

Marist-St. Pius showdown | Georgia high school football

11:12 pm Oct. 8, 2015

Leave it to St. Pius coach Paul Standard to add the perfect context to the Marist-St. Pius rivalry.

“There’s about four or five churches, where I would say the majority of kids come from,” Standard explained. “I feel bad for the folks who have to sit in those pews after this game.”

The 50th edition of the Marist-St. Pius X rivalry features a pair of ranked teams ready to roll behind improved

Spalding aims to top Griffin for first time

8:12 pm Sep. 29, 2015

This is Nick Davis’ 20th season as head coach, his fifth at Spaulding High School. And it’s one his best.

The Jaguars are off to their first-ever 5-0 start, in part because of change in Davis’ coaching philosophy. Throughout his coaching career, which includes stops at Riverdale, Shiloh and Burke County, Davis says he has maintained an old-school, no-nonsense approach. But this season, with an experienced returning cast that has endured

New Jersey high school quarterback dies after injury

2:47 pm Sep. 26, 2015

A New Jersey high school football player has died after suffering an injury on the field Friday night.

According to the Associated Press, Warren Hills Regional High School quarterback Evan Murray was injured during a Friday game. Murray, a three-year starter, was able to leave the field under his power, but collapsed shortly after, according to people in attendance.

Interim superintendent Gary Bowen told reporters that a cause of death had

Georgia high school football | Class AAAA preview

8:00 pm Sep. 24, 2015

Jonesboro will be trying to end a 22-game losing streak against Griffin, when the Bears visit Tara Stadium on Friday. The Cardinals, led by quarterback Zerrick Cooper, a Clemson commit, have been one of the early surprises in Class AAAA. Jonesboro got everyone’s attention with a win at Sandy Creek early in the season and can take another big step as a program by ending the losing streak to Griffin.


Update: Elijah Holyfield out 4-6 weeks with injury

9:54 am Sep. 20, 2015

Star running back Elijah Holyfield will miss four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot, according to DawgNation’s Chris Kirschner.

Holyfield sat out Woodward Academy’s 58-0 win over Clarkston on Friday. If he sits out the full six weeks, he would be back for the regular-season finale against Carrollton.

The son of boxing great Evander Holyfield, Elijah also sat out the season opener with a toe injury, but

Georgia high school football previews | Class AAAA

10:00 am Sep. 17, 2015

Glance at notable Week 5 games in Class AAAA:

White County at No. 2 Buford

For the first time since 2012, Buford will be looking to bounce back from a loss, when the Wolves travel to winless White County on Friday for the Region 8-AAAA opener for both teams. Buford hung Class AAAAAA power McEachern into the second half, before the talented Indians pulled away for a 37-14 win. It was the

Trevor Lawrence, Elijah Holyfield updates| Georgia high school football

9:37 am Sep. 12, 2015

Notable Friday performances in AAAA

–Woodward Academy RB Elijah Holyfield rushed 174 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns in a dominating performance by the War Eagles over Lovett.

–Cartersville sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 24 of 33 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns in only three quarters in the top-ranked Purple Hurricanes’ 45-7 rout of North Paulding. h/t Daily Tribune

–The Howard Huskies improved to 4-0, setting a school record for

Cartersville coach: ‘Buford’s No. 1’

7:03 pm Sep. 10, 2015

Cartersville coach Joey King doesn’t think his 2-0 team should be ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA. Too bad, because that’s just where the Purple Hurricanes sit in the latest AJC poll, heading into Friday’s game against North Paulding.

Cartersville took over the No. 1 spot this week, after Buford had its 42-game winning streak snapped by McEachern. Buford had been ranked No. 1 for 32 ranking weeks, a

Burke County coach on son: ‘Best performance of his career’

12:02 pm Sep. 9, 2015

Burke County picked up a big win last week, but lost starting quarterback Caleeb Roberson in the process. Now, Keenan Parker will have to play his three positions almost fulltime.

Trailing Griffin 27-22 late in the fourth quarter, Parker, a senior strong safety, punter and now starting quarterback, passed the Bears down to the Griffin 1-yard line with under a minute to play. Without a timeout, Parker got the team to