Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Cartersville, Thomson stage ultimate championship showdown

9:42 am Dec. 3, 2016

The 2016 state championship will feature undefeated Cartersville and undefeated Thomson. The Purple Hurricanes are one win away from entering next season with a 30-game winning streak. Here’s how the two teams outclassed their semifinal opponents on Friday.
Cartersville 38, Mary Persons 17:
How the game was won: Mary Persons took advantage of a slow start for the Cartersville offense and got on the board first with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Speir to

Woodward Academy went 10-1 in the regular season. (Daniel Varnado/For the AJC)

Dramatic quarterfinals demonstrate AAAA’s depth of talent

12:11 pm Nov. 26, 2016

The talent-packed quarterfinals showcased the ultra-competitive last three months of football that Class AAAA has seen by staging four outstanding football games. While Cartersville, Mary Persons, Jefferson and Thomson were the four teams that lived to fight another round, quarterfinalists Woodward Academy, Blessed Trinity, Cairo and Spalding deserve credit for the excellent seasons they had. Here’s a look at the four seasons that came to an end before we preview

What to watch for in the state quarterfinals

2:50 pm Nov. 22, 2016

Every classification is packed with dream matchups this weekend. From Class 7A down to the split Class A brackets, undefeated teams, defending champions and some of the season’s hottest teams are playing for a spot in the semifinals. Here is a breakdown of Class 4A’s four must-see matchups.

Cartersville at Woodward Academy

Not only is this one of the top high school football games the country will see this year, but Cartersville

Woodward Academy went 10-1 in the regular season. (Daniel Varnado/For the AJC)

Quarterfinals pairings quench season-long anticipation

2:24 pm Nov. 19, 2016

Seven No. 1 seeds and No. 3 seed Spalding, which defeated No. 1 Ridgeland 38-21 on Friday, set up the lineup of matchups we’ve been waiting for. Ridgeland took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter before Spalding used a 35-0 scoring burst to claim a 35-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. The win marks Spalding’s first trip to the quarterfinals since a 12-2 season in 2003. Head coach

Travel breakdown for all 64 second round matchups

4:50 pm Nov. 17, 2016

The second round of the playoffs stages 64 games and the travel distance between opponents will keep the roads busy across the state. I have broken down the one-way distance between the away team to the home team for all 64 matchups. Keep in mind that mileage for some neutral site games or off campus stadiums would shift the numbers slightly, but these are the most direct routes between the

Top seeds dominate, Region 6 and Region 2 send trio of teams to second round

4:06 pm Nov. 12, 2016

The first round of the playoffs saw four teams grab road wins and all eight top seeds advance. Region 6 champion Ridgeland’s 21-14 win over St. Pius was the most narrow victory for a region champion (top seed). After a pair of Jalyn Shelton touchdown runs got Ridgeland going, teammate Markeith Montgomery broke a 14-14 tie with what would prove to be the game-winning touchdown run with 22 seconds left

Breaking down the right side of the bracket’s eight matchups

12:16 pm Nov. 10, 2016

I previewed the left half of the Class AAAA bracket here. Below are the eight games occupying the right half of the bracket’s first-round pairings.

R4 #3 Luella at R2 #2 West Laurens

Luella and West Laurens will meet for the first time on Friday. West Laurens has advanced to the second round of the playoffs the past two seasons, while Luella is making its third playoff appearance since 2008.

R6 #4

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Breaking down the left side of the bracket’s eight matchups

1:05 pm Nov. 8, 2016

Before Friday, we will look at all 16 first-round matchups in Class AAAA. But Today, we get started with the left side of the bracket and breakdown each of the eight matchups.

R8 #3 Oconee County at R6 #2 Northwest Whitfield

Northwest Whitfield rebounded from three-straight losses in September to close the season with five straight victories and home field in the first round. The Bruins have used an explosive 39.8 points

Jefferson clinches Region 8 title; West Laurens wins coin-flip

9:37 am Nov. 5, 2016

The regular season concluded on Friday and the playoff pairings for the first round are all set.

Jefferson scored a big 31-7 win over Oconee County to take the No. 1 seed in the talented Region 8. Spalding’s 43-33 victory over Upson-Lee gave West Laurens the edge in a three-way tiebreaker for second place in Region 2.  The No. 2 seed, however, still presents West Laurens with a difficult draw as