Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Stakes increase as a dozen region games highlight season’s midpoint

4:39 pm Sep. 19, 2017

Before I look into some of this weekend’s individual matchups, I want to broaden the scope to Class AAAA as a whole as it enters the biggest weekend of games thus far. In the 52-team Class AAAA, seven teams will be on a bye this week (Mary Persons, Howard, Thomson, Luella, Henry County, Sandy Creek and Pickens). There are a dozen games out of the 33 total Class AAAA games

Northside-Columbus tops Carver for first time in history to move to 4-0

9:44 pm Sep. 16, 2017

There were 14 undefeated teams left in Class 4A before the weekend, but now just 10 remain. Baldwin fell 21-16 in a highly competitive game with Griffin, Woodward Academy lost 34-17 to Marist, Richmond Academy fell 27-6 to Greenbrier and Sandy Creek lost 21-6 to Starr’s Mill.

Out of the 10 remaining undefeated teams, no win was bigger than Northside-Columbus’ 23-20 victory over Carver-Columbus Friday night. Not only was it the

Plots twist as 1-AAAA opens its region play

4:09 pm Sep. 12, 2017

This week, Region 1-AAAA will take the spotlight as it is the classification’s first region to open up its conference play. These eight teams provided weekly twists in last year’s playoff picture with upsets and incredible finishes. Already, the storylines in 2017 look to be unfolding more unforeseen results.

In 2016, Cairo claimed the region crown and produced an 11-2 season with a perfect 7-0 region mark. Carver-Columbus grabbed a No. 2

Week 4 review: Just 14 undefeated teams remain in AAAA

12:22 pm Sep. 10, 2017

Week 4 offered more key victories for schools that have paved impressive paths to open the 2017 season. In Region 1, Northside-Columbus moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2010 with a 35-14 win over Jordan. The Patriots finished third in Region 1-AAAA last season but will enter region play next week as its only undefeated team. In Region 2, Howard has strung together a 3-1 start after finishing

AAAA overview and its top games

5:09 pm Sep. 7, 2017

Troup and Class AA’s Lamar County play the only Thursday game on the Class AAAA slate this week, and all 44 of the classification’s other games will take place on Friday. The only Class AAAA vs. Class AAAA game this week is a non-region clash between long-time rivals Marist and St. Pius. There are also six teams observing byes this week (Carver-Columbus, Hardaway, Central-Carroll, Gilmer, Southeast Whitfield and Jefferson).

Although the

Thomson, Sandy Creek impress with prizewinning defense

11:26 am Sep. 2, 2017

On the surface, Week 3 offered little surprises as Class 4A’s most consistent programs either avoided their potential upsets or scored convincing victories. In the case of No. 3 Thomson’s narrow 20-14 win over No. 6 Jefferson, the Bulldogs and Dragons competed equally until Thomson’s go-ahead score with thirty seconds remaining underlined a tremendous defensive effort . Thomson held Jefferson scoreless in the first half before Colby Wood found the endzone

The top matchups and what to watch for this week in 4A

1:36 pm Aug. 31, 2017

Before I get into the top matchups this weekend, here is an overview of what the Class 4A slate looks like this weekend. Westover, Perry, Baldwin and Druid Hills will observe bye weeks, while the other 48 teams in the classification are playing. This will give Class 4A a total of 44 games this weekend because there are four games being played within the classification (Gilmer at Cedartown, North Clayton

Cartersville dazzles in national spotlight

3:57 pm Aug. 29, 2017

When Cartersville took the field against Florida’s Class 7A Bartram Trail on Saturday, I had plenty of confidence (and existing evidence) to believe that the Purple Hurricanes would be able to compete with the Bears and extend their active winning streak to a state-best 32 games. As high as my expectations were going in, as I watched Cartersville celebrate on the field after an unforgettable 52-45 victory, every expectation had

Cartersville takes 4A to national stage; Woodward Academy and Spencer post notable victories

10:42 am Aug. 26, 2017

There were two results that stuck out Friday night that give light to this year’s 4A landscape. First, Woodward Academy scored an impressive 31-0 victory over Grady to open its season, a matchup that the War Eagles lost a year ago. It took less than two minutes to find the endzone and sophomore quarterback Mike Wright performed with both accuracy and efficiency. Wright is an intriguing storyline that has developed in

Top games to watch in AAAA

5:04 pm Aug. 24, 2017

It will be another busy weekend in Class AAAA as its teams play in one game on Thursday, 37 games on Friday and seven more on Saturday. Cartersville, Cross Creek and Cedartown will face teams from outside the state and 40 Class AAAA teams will be playing teams from other Georgia classifications. Only two games (Blessed Trinity vs. St. Pius and Shaw vs. Upson-Lee) are paired with two Class AAAA