Marist preps for Mary Persons’ defense

10:32 pm Nov. 19, 2015

Marist heads to Mary Persons tonight to face the undefeated Bulldogs in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

The War Eagles (10-1) pulled away from Pickens in the first round, scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter to advance the second round of the playoffs for the fourth straight season. They’ll face a stingy defense in Mary Persons.

“They’re very good on defense,” Marist coach Alan Chadwick said. “They

Round 1 quick hits | Georgia high school football playoffs Class AAAA

11:35 am Nov. 14, 2015

–Elijah Holyfield returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, the Georgia commitment’s first of three touchdowns in the War Eagles’ 48-7 win over North Oconee.

Holyfield also had two rushing touchdowns, and quarterback Ryan Clover threw two long touchdown passes to Jacob Robertson and Joshua Johnson to lead undefeated Woodward Academy into the second round. The War Eagles will host upstart Spalding next week.

Holyfield finished with 133 yards rushing

Behind Ben Cleveland, Stephens County ready for Buford

1:03 pm Nov. 6, 2015

With eight sophomores and a freshman listed as starters, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Stephens County. The Indians are ahead of schedule.

Stephens County is 8-1 heading into tonight’s game at perennial power Buford. The winner claims the Region 8-AAAA championship.

“Buford sets the bar, especially for our classification and in some cases for the state,” Stephens County coach Frank Barden said. “They set the bar and everybody

Trevor Lawrence: 343 yards, 5 TDs — in first half

9:01 am Oct. 31, 2015

Cartersville sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 12 of 14 passes for 343 yards with five touchdowns in the first half in the top-ranked Purple Hurricanes’ 49-0 win over Lafayette. A highly-touted pro-style quarterback, Lawrence has completed 67.3 percent of his passes with 31 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He went over the 2,000 yards passing for the season in the win.

Cartersville (9-0, 6-0 Region 7-AAAA) will play at Pickens this

Resurgent Carrollton ready for Sandy Creek

11:52 am Oct. 29, 2015

After missing the playoffs for the first time since 1987, Carrollton set a goal in the offseason. The Trojans wanted to be the turnaround team in the state. But they got off to a rough start.

Carrollton lost three straight games to begin the year. In opening blowout losses to Kell and Newnan, they turned it over eight times. Things looked bleak for the proud Carrollton program. Fans were restless; so

Refocused Sandy Creek ready for Woodward Academy

7:46 pm Oct. 22, 2015

At the time, Jonesboro’s Week 2 win at Sandy Creek looked like one of the bigger upsets of the season. Two months later that game looks much more like a notice served from Jonesboro than a detriment to coach Chip Walker’s juggernaut Patriots.

Sandy Creek has responded to the loss to Jonesboro with five straight convincing wins. The Patriots have outscored opponents by an average margin of 43-5 during their run.


Class AAAA’s unbeatens | Georgia high school football

2:35 pm Oct. 14, 2015

A quick glance at the five remaining unbeaten teams in Class AAAA:

Bainbridge (7-0, 2-0 1-AAAA): Coach Jeff Littleton’s Bearcats are the only 7-0 team in AAAA. They have outscored opponents 234-57 this season, heading into Friday’s game against Dougherty. Bainbridge and Dougherty are the only two teams with winning records in Division B of Region 1-AAAA. According to Georgia High School Football Historians Association, the Bearcats have never had an undefeated

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