Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Rome’s trek to title began last spring

9:34 pm Dec. 9, 2016

The Rome Wolves won the state football championship on Friday night at the Georgia Dome. That’s when they were handed the trophy by the Georgia High School Association. But they didn’t win it all one night. It has been a gradual process that began last spring.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Knox Kadum, the sophomore quarterback who came up big in so many key situations in the 16-7 win over Buford. “Our team

Mirror images Rome, Buford play for title

11:07 am Dec. 8, 2016

There’s much about Buford and Rome, the finalists in Class AAAAA, that are similar.

They have both earned reputations for fielding a hard-hitting, aggressive defense. Neither Buford nor Rome tends to play it soft and loose

Rome dealing with long-awaited title fever

5:00 am Dec. 6, 2016

There is great excitement about the Rome football team throughout Northeast Georgia. The Wolves clinched their place in the Class AAAAA championship game and fans began showing up to purchase tickets as soon as they

It’s an All-Wolves title match

8:56 am Dec. 3, 2016

It will be an All-Wolves Showdown for the Class AAAAA championship.

No. 1 Buford and No. 4 Rome will play for the championship on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. It will mark the

Who will prevail in semis? Vote here

6:09 am Dec. 1, 2016

Sometimes it just works out this way. Four of the best teams in the state actually reached the semifinal round.

No. 1 Buford, No. 2 Stockbridge, No. 4 Rome and No. 5 Kell are the participants.

Stockbridge wins the old-fashioned way

5:35 am Nov. 29, 2016

With high school teams all over the state switching to the flavor-of-the-day spread offense, the Stockbridge Tigers continue to have success with their tried and true old-school approach.

The No. 2-ranked Tigers (13-0) reached the semifinals

No upsets here: Top-ranked teams keep winning

1:45 am Nov. 26, 2016

The top-ranked teams held serve in Class AAAAA on Friday, leaving No. 1 Buford, No. 2 Stockbridge, No. 4 Rome and No. 5 Kell in the semifinals. No. 3 Carrollton was eliminated by Buford.

That means the semifinals will feature Kell (11-2) at Buford (12-1) and Stockbridge (13-0) vs. Rome (11-2). Rome and Stockbridge had a coin flip early Saturday morning to determine the site.

The winners will meet for the championship.


Carrollton takes shot at No. 1 Buford … Look at other games

6:22 am Nov. 24, 2016

Like most high school football coaches in Georgia, Carrollton’s Sean Calhoun  doesn’t mind holding practice on Thanksgiving morning. This year is no exception.

“When you’re practicing on Thanksgiving, it means you’re still playing and still have

A look at the Final 8 Quarterbacks

9:00 am Nov. 22, 2016

It isn’t possible for a team to reach the quarterfinal round of the state football playoffs without a good quarterback. The position requires skill, leadership and the ability to come up big when it matters

No surprises … Ranked teams roll on

2:03 am Nov. 19, 2016

Two weeks into the playoffs and there still hasn’t been a real upset in the Class AAAAA playoffs.

All eight of the teams that reached the quarterfinals are ranked among the top 10, which means the last three weeks has the potential to produce some terrific games.

The team to beat remains No. 1 Buford (11-1), but none of the remaining teams should be discounted.

The semifinal matchups are Carrollton at Buford, Kell