Friday rewind: Marist takes out Griffin, takes aim at Buford

1:18 pm Nov. 22, 2014

Coach Alan Chadwick did it again.

In his 30th season, the legendary Marist coach took an outmanned team on the road and defeated a more-talented squad in the playoffs. This time defending champion Griffin was Chadwick’s victim.

Griffin had won 26 straight games, with its last loss at home coming in 2012. Loaded with next-level talent at wide receiver, the Bears were averaging 45.2 points per game and had barely been tested

Can Chadwick’s playoff prowess topple Griffin?

8:32 pm Nov. 20, 2014

During an illustrious 30-year career at Marist, coach Alan Chadwick has led the War Eagles to the playoffs 29 times. He knows what to do when he gets there too, having won nearly 70 percent of his postseason games. But does he know how to slow down the defending champions?

Marist travels to Griffin tonight to face the explosive Bears, who may or may not have their senior starting quarterback. Anforne Stroud, Griffin’s

Class AAAA playoffs: Higher seeds, blowouts and shutouts

9:59 am Nov. 15, 2014

Higher seeds rolled, and blowouts and shutouts were all the rage in the first-round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

Higher seeds went 14-2 on Friday, with only Baldwin and Stephens County knocking off teams seeded ahead of them.

The average margin of victory Friday was 25.3 points, with only three of the 16 first-round games being decided by single digits.

No. 1 Buford shut out Southwest Whitfield 63-0. The top-ranked Wolves won their

Griffin begins title defense without starting quarterback

8:47 am Nov. 12, 2014

There’s a saying at Griffin. The defending AAAA state champions believe their second-stringers are as good as or better than most teams’ starters.

That theory will be tested as the Bears enter the playoffs without injured starting quarterback Anforne Stroud.

Stroud, a playmaking dual-threat quarterback, suffered a dislocated thumb on his throwing hand (left) in a passing drill last week in practice. The doctor’s prognosis is that he’ll be out three-four weeks,

Class AAAA: Saturday showdown to decide 3 DeKalb teams’ fates

8:12 am Nov. 7, 2014

Three teams are still in the hunt for a playoff spot out of Region 6-AAAA. Two of those teams, Arabia Mountain (4-5, 4-3) and Columbia (6-3, 5-2), meet Saturday at Panthersville Stadium. Columbia has already clinched a playoff spot and would be the 3-seed with a win over the Rams, who must win Saturday to make the playoffs. Lithonia (6-4, 4-4), which is idle, needs a Columbia win to earn

Remember the Purple Hurricanes: Cartersville out to leave no doubt

3:00 pm Nov. 4, 2014

The question from the Cartersville school board caught 30-year-old coach Joey King off-guard.

“Do you feel like you might be intimidated by a 6-4, 280-pound lineman?”

King, a former college quarterback who had spent the last six years as an assistant coach at Carrollton, paused.

“I wasn’t expecting the question,” he recalled. “I was thinking all these things, you know, I played college and football and coached big kids at Carrollton; I’m not

Friday rewind: Whitewater’s dramatic upset, Buford’s dominance, St Pius clinches

9:42 am Nov. 1, 2014

–Class AAAA No. 1 Buford outgained Madison County 320-29 in a 44-0 win. The Wolves (9-0, 6-0) have outscored Region 7-AAAA opponents 263-22 this season. Buford will play at Stephens County (7-2, 5-1) on Friday. Buford has won 34 straight games.

–St. Pius X wrapped up the Region 6-AAAA championship with a 48-7 win over Stone Mountain. Brennan Fitzpatrick and Joey Connors returned interceptions for touchdowns for the Golden Lions (7-2,

Unheralded Griffin running back fueling prolific offense

1:31 pm Oct. 30, 2014

Griffin racked up 56 points and a ton of yards against a star-studded Carrollton defense in last season’s Class AAAA state championship game, without one of the Bears’ most powerful weapons.

Running back Malik Miller missed last year’s championship game with an injury. He’s back this season, with a vengeance.

“For the first 15 yards, he’s the best running back I’ve ever been around,” Griffin coach Jarrett Laws said of Miller. “He

Friday rewind: 1,000 total yards, 108 points and 0 punts

9:13 am Oct. 25, 2014

–St. Pius X and Arabia Mountain combined for exactly 1,000 total yards and 108 points in the Golden Lions’ 70-38 win Friday. It’s the second most points St. Pius has ever scored, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

The Lions did not attempt a pass and rushed for 527 yards. Ransom Klinger scored three touchdowns, and Dalton Wilson, Joe Connors and Grant Holloman each had two touchdown runs

Friday night high school football glance: Class AAAA

4:16 pm Oct. 23, 2014

–Class AAAA No. 1 Buford heads into its most challenging stretch of its region schedule with a road test at North Oconee. The Wolves (7-0, 4-0 Region 8-AAAA) have won 32 straight games and have yet to be challenged in region play. North Oconee running back Kawon Bryant (906 yards, 13 touchdowns) will look to do just that. The Titans (5-2, 4-0)have lost both previous meetings with Buford, both coming