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AJC updates from the world of high school sports in metro Atlanta and Georgia

Subregion titles, berths in play-in games still up for grabs

  • 9:45 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAA:

- Region 6 has several big games on the final weekend before the region play-in games, but none will have more of an impact on the final subregion standings than Mays against Tri-Cities. Assuming Carver-Atlanta beats winless Banneker, the loser of Mays and Tri-Cities will finish fourth in Division B and have no shot at the state playoffs. If Carver and Mays win, Creekside would be the subregion champion, followed by Mays and Carver. But if Carver and Tri-Cities win, Carver would be the champion, followed by Creekside and Tri-Cities. Southwest [More]

Tie possibilites abound as 6-AAAAA heads toward region play-in games

  • 12:51 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Mays completed its victory against No. 6-ranked Carver-Atlanta on Monday night and created the strong possibility of a three-way tie for first place in Region 6-AAAAA Division B.

Mays led 27-14 with 9:46 remaining Friday when the game was suspended because of a shooting outside of Lakewood Stadium. The Raiders added a touchdown when the game resumed Monday at Grady Stadium and went on to a 35-14 victory. Mays, Carver and Creekside have one loss in the subregion. Creekside has completed its subregion schedule, while Mays and Carver play this week.

Region 6-AAAAA will use a region play-in system to determine its [More]

Allatoona clinches, but Drew misses its chance

  • 9:30 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s a recap of some of the big stories in Class AAAAA from Week 10:

- Harris County (6-2, 4-0) took sole possession of first place in Region 1 with a 34-14 victory against Carver-Columbus, which had its 53-game winning streak in region games snapped. Harris County can clinch the second region title in school history (and second in three years) with a victory at home against LaGrange next weekend. Carver is tied with Northside-Columbus and LaGrange for second place with one region loss each. Carver’s last loss in a region game came against LaGrange in the eighth game of the [More]

Carver-Atlanta, Drew, Allatoona have chance to clinch

  • 9:45 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAA:

- Carver-Atlanta (6-1, 2-0) can clinch the 6-AAAAA Division B title with a victory against Mays (5-2, 1-1), which would put the Panthers in the region championship game, most likely against Stephenson or Southwest DeKalb. If Mays wins, then eighth-ranked Creekside (6-2, 2-1) – which beat Mays but lost to Carver – is the subregion front-runner because of having the tiebreaker advantage if there is a three-way tie for first. Seventh-ranked Carver likely would finish third in the subregion.

- Drew (6-1, 4-0) moved into first place in 4-AAAAA Division A last [More]

Kell faces toughest road to 10-0 regular season

  • 9:45 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Chip Saye

There are 28 undefeated teams in Georgia heading into the final three weekends of the regular season. Class AAA has the most with 10, but AAAAA can boast four – Ware County, Kell, Allatoona and Lanier.

Here’s a look at those four teams and the obstacles they face in trying to reach the 10-0 mark for the regular season.

*Ware County: The top-ranked Gators are 7-0 overall and in first place in Region 3 with a 5-0 mark. Ware already beat the top challenger in the region when it held off second-ranked Coffee 24-21 in the teams’ region opener. The Gators’ toughest [More]

Houston County, Northside take over first place in wild Region 2-AAAAA

  • 8:45 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Chip Saye

The playoff picture in Region 2-AAAAA is beginning to clear up after two days of games matching the four first-place teams at McConnell-Talbert Stadium in Warner Robins.

Houston County (6-1, 5-1) took the first step with a surprisingly easy 45-15 victory Thursday against Jones County.

Northside-Warner Robins (6-1, 5-1) joined the Bears at the top of the region with a 24-21 win Friday against Warner Robins in a victory that wasn’t secure until Tae Daley’s interception with 30 seconds remaining. The Eagles’ Willie Jordan rushed for 249 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Houston County and Northside [More]

Top four teams face off to clear the clutter at top of 2-AAAAA

  • 9:45 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAA:

- There’s almost always a lot at stake, in addition to huge bragging rights, when Warner Robins meets city rival Northside, and this year is no different. But this time they have company at the top of 2-AAAAA. The winner of the Warner Robins-Northside game will be tied for first place in the region with the winner of Thursday night’s Houston County-Jones County matchup. All four teams entered the weekend 4-1 in the region. The Houston-Jones winner will control its fate because Houston County beat Warner Robins and Jones County beat [More]

Lanier, Carver-Atlanta in control after knocking off region heavyweights

  • 9:45 am Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s a recap of some of the big stories in Class AAAAA from Week 8:

- Lanier, a program that began in 2010 but is playing a full schedule for just the third time, took a huge step toward winning its first region championship when Mason Harwood kicked a 41-yard field goal with 14.7 seconds remaining to beat Gainesville 26-23 in an 8-AAAAA game. Lanier (6-0, 5-0) is the only remaining unbeaten team in the region. Defending region champ Gainesville (4-2, 4-1) is tied for second place with Salem, although the Red Elephants hold the tiebreaker after beating Salem 29-6 last [More]

First place at stake in 1-AAAAA, 8-AAAAA and several subregions

  • 9:45 am Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAA:

- Lanier will play the most important regular-season game in the program’s five-year history when it hosts Gainesville on Friday in a battle for sole possession of first place in Region 8-AAAAA. Lanier, playing its third full varsity season, is 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the region. The Longhorns reached the second round of the playoffs in Class AAAA last season but are seeking their first region title. Gainesville (4-1, 4-0) has won a region title every year since 2008 except for 2012, when it won the Class AAAAA championship.

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Carver, Harris County headed toward title showdown in 1-AAAAA

  • 11:22 am Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Today we conclude our look at the playoff chances for Class AAAAA teams by focusing on Region 1, where the favorite to win the title is a Carver-Columbus team that jumped up two classifications after going 11-2 and reaching the quarterfinals in AAA last season.

Which teams on the lists below are getting too much credit? Which ones are being underestimated?

Region 1-AAAAA

*Locks: Carver-Columbus, Harris County

Carver has won at least 11 games for eight consecutive seasons and could be headed for another deep postseason run, despite its jump in classification. Harris County won a school-record nine games last year and could get [More]