Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Week 9 Notebook: Lawrence sets state’s career passing yards record

4:33 pm Oct. 21, 2017

In the first quarter of Cartersville’s 62-0 win over Chapel Hill Friday night, quarterback Trevor Lawrence broke the state record set by Deshaun Watson for career yardage. Lawrence needed just 105 yards to tie the record and finished the first half of action with 283 yards, four touchdowns off 17-of-23 passing and a 49-0 lead. Below the top-ranked Purple Hurricanes, the classification saw by far the most eventful week of

Region action starts early in 1-AAAA

2:55 pm Oct. 17, 2017

Week 9 will start on Thursday with a pair of Region 1-AAAA matchups. Region leader Americus-Sumter would tie a school-record fifth consecutive victory with a win against Hardaway at Columbus Memorial and Northside-Columbus can set its program’s highest win total since 2005 with a win over a 1-6 Shaw team at Kinnett Stadium.  As for Friday, Columbus will look for its first win over Carver-Columbus since 1990 and Westover’s playoff

Americus-Sumter posts first four-game win streak since 2010

7:26 pm Oct. 15, 2017

Americus-Sumter posted a 31-0 win over Shaw to improve a Region 1-AAAA-best record to 4-0 and Cairo and Northside-Columbus each moved to 3-1 in region play with victories (their only region losses came  to Americus-Sumter). Cairo and Northside-Columbus will faceoff in two weeks, which will give Americus-Sumter even more mathematical probability to win its first region title. This current four-game winning streak is the Panthers’ first since 2010.

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Americus-Sumter looks to gain ground in Region 1-AAAA

4:27 pm Oct. 10, 2017

Region 1-AAAA’s first-place team, Americus-Sumter, comes off its bye to take on a 1-5 Shaw team. While this game could be Shaw’s last chance to turn things around this season, Americus-Sumter has four weeks separating it from what would be the program’s first region crown. The Panthers have already defeated Westover, Northside-Columbus and reigning region champion Cairo and this week could be crucial for this reason: In Region 1-AAAA, there

Chapel Hill shakes up Region 5-AAAA with win over Sandy Creek

12:52 pm Oct. 7, 2017

Week 7 saw several statement wins across the regions and others that will shake up the status quo. In Region 2, Mary Persons held off Upson-Lee 28-21 to move into a tie with West Laurens at 2-0 in region play. In 3-AAAA, Hephzibah was outmatched by Thomson 55-22, but still proved to be a strong playoff contender. Eastside surpassed 50 points for the third time this season in a 52-21

Week 7 overview: Eleven teams set to see first region action

2:04 pm Oct. 3, 2017

This week will be an easy week to track Class AAAA as a whole as 12 of its 52 teams observe bye weeks. Five of the 12 teams off this week (Americus-Sumter, Cairo, Carver-Columbus, Hardaway and Westover) reside in Region 1, leaving only a Thursday night matchup between Columbus and Shaw in the classification’s only eight-team region. In addition to Columbus and Shaw, two other games (Perry vs. Howard and

Red-hot Americus-Sumter takes driver’s seat in Region 1

8:20 am Oct. 1, 2017

Americus-Sumter has had an incredible two weeks. After scoring a huge victory over Northside-Columbus to leap the Patriots in the Region 1-AAAA standings, Americus-Sumter followed it with an even bigger win on Friday. For the first time in school history, the Panthers beat Cairo (31-15) and have positioned themselves in the driver’s seat for the region crown.

Northside-Columbus dominated Columbus 49-0 on Friday to move to 2-1 in region play with

Heritage-Catoosa hosts Southeast Whitfield in battle of unbeatens

3:56 pm Sep. 28, 2017

There is a lot to be playing for this weekend and there is potential for season-defining moments in several regions. In Region 1, Americus-Sumter and Cairo will settle their two-way tie for the region lead and the winner will move to 3-0. With no other teams in the region at 2-0, whoever wins this game could get additional breathing room as any future loss would still hold the edge due

Players to watch in this week’s most anticipated region battles

4:09 pm Sep. 26, 2017

The outlook has started to shift in Class AAAA as we enter the seventh week of the season. Region action continues its expansion and the overall number of games tightens. There are only 21 games in the classification this week and 13 teams will be off on their midseason byes (Upson-Lee, Richmond Academy, Baldwin, Burke County, North Clayton, Chapel Hill, Ridgeland, Blessed Trinity, Chestatee, White County, West Hall, St. Pius

Region results reset several storylines

4:32 pm Sep. 23, 2017

After scoring a historic 23-20 victory over Carver-Columbus last week, Northside-Columbus suffered a critical loss to Americus-Sumter in Week 2 of Region 1-AAAA action. While the Patriots join Hardaway and Carver-Columbus at 1-1, Americus-Sumter now sits tied with defending region champion Cairo at 2-0, which cruised past Shaw 30-7. The good news is that these two teams won’t have to wait long. Cairo visits Americus-Sumter this Friday.

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