Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Blessed Trinity opens a new chapter for Class AAAA

5:51 pm Nov. 19, 2017

Blessed Trinity has done it!

The Titans snapped Cartersville’s 41-game winning streak on Friday and punched their ticket to the quarterfinals with an unforgettable 21-17 win.

For those wondering how it was done, Blessed Trinity dominated the first half, lost the lead late and then clinched victory in the final seconds by leaving Cartersville with no time left to respond. Blessed Trinity’s junior running back Steele Chambers provided all the first half

Sweet 16 rundown

2:27 pm Nov. 16, 2017

The first round was dominated by the higher seeds as all No. 1’s advanced and home teams triumphed in 14 of the 16 matchups. The result fused a star-studded Sweet 16 lineup that will be packed with eight must-see matchups of a region champions looking to defend home turf.

Cedartown at Marist

Cedartown (10-1) is in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and carries a six-game

Home teams dominate to set up a star-studded Sweet 16

2:15 pm Nov. 14, 2017

The top seeds went 8-0 and home teams won 14 of the 16 first round games to open Class AAAA’s playoffs. The results will be a star-studded lineup of Sweet 16 of matchups this upcoming Friday, but before we get into the next round matchups, here is what stood out in Round 1. Troup’s lopsided 31-7 win at Heritage-Catoosa and Baldwin’s physical 21-16 win at Eastside produced the only No.

A look at all 16 first-round matchups

2:04 pm Nov. 9, 2017

The first round of the GHSA Football State Playoffs unfolds tomorrow night and this blog will take a look at each opening round matchup along some of the strengths and weaknesses shaping the AAAA bracket.

R6#3 Northwest Whitfield at R5#2 Cedartown

Northwest Whitfield was Monday night’s big winner in the three-team mini-playoff that determined the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds out of Region 6. The Bruins defeated Pickens 7-6 in Game

Playoff field shuffles in reclassification’s second year

3:56 pm Nov. 7, 2017

The regular season concluded its 12-week run and the Class AAAA playoffs are HERE. Four region champions defended their titles (Mary Persons, Woodward Academy, Cartersville, Ridgeland) and four new region champions took top seeds (Americus-Sumter, Burke County, Marist, St. Pius). White County and Howard made the playoffs a year after finishing last in their respective regions.

Region 1’s champion Americus-Sumter used a school record 8-2 season to take the top

Top matchups of the regular season’s finale

4:33 pm Nov. 2, 2017

It’s win or go home for several teams across the classification as we prepare for the final week of the regular season. Included in all the drama are these three games that I’m especially interested in.

Upson-Lee at Spalding

Upson-Lee’s season will end on Friday unless the Knights can score a road victory at Spalding. Upson-Lee owns a 1-3 region record and has both Spalding (2-2) and Howard (2-2) ahead of it

A look at Cartersville’s unprecedented dominance

4:56 pm Oct. 31, 2017

Much of this season has been spent observing the classification holistically, but as the regular season comes to an end, it is time to narrow the scope to its biggest contender; Cartersville. A win against Troup on Friday would extend Cartersville’s active win streak to 40 games and secure the program’s sixth straight region championship. Last year saw this same scenario and Cartersville took the Region 5-AAAA crown with an

Americus Sumter’s first seven-win season produces program’s first region crown

11:25 am Oct. 28, 2017

Americus-Sumter used a 33-9 win over Columbus this Thursday to secure the program’s first region title and first-ever seven-win season (7-2). The Panthers sit at the top of Region 1 with at a perfect 6-0 and will close the regular season with Carver-Columbus next Friday at home. Last year’s region champion Cairo secured the No. 2 seed with a 35-31 win over Northside-Columbus this Friday, which will be this year’s

A look at the regular season’s final two weeks

3:09 pm Oct. 24, 2017

Just two weeks of regular season action separates us from the 2017 GHSA state playoffs and postseason seeding will be heavily influenced by this weekend’s 25 games.

Before I break down some of the biggest matchups in the state in Thursday’s blog, I want to look at what’s at stake in each of the eight regions. In Region 1, only Cairo and Northside-Columbus will take the field on Friday as two

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