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

Region 6 favorites are clear; race more wide open in Region 4

  • 9:45 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Today we continue our look at the playoff chances for Class AAAAA teams by focusing on Regions 4 and 6, where the state playoff teams will be determined by region play-in games.

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

Next week we’ll finish our series with a look at Region 1.

Region 4-AAAAA

*Locks: None

*Likely: Mundy’s Mill, Drew, Luella

Mundy’s Mill was the Division A champion last season and is the favorite to win it again, although the Tigers’ can expect a challenge from Drew (3-1, 1-0) when the teams meet on Oct. 17. Luella emerged [More]

Cambridge, Forsyth Central gain respect; Jones County keeps rolling; Gainesville loses Byrd

  • 9:45 am Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s a recap of some of the big stories in Class AAAAA from Week 6:

- Two Region 7-AAAAA teams – Cambridge and Forsyth Central – were looking for respect on Friday, and both of them earned it, even though one of them lost. Cambridge, a third-year program from Milton, proved that its 3-0 record wasn’t a fluke when it took third-ranked Kell to the final buzzer before losing 28-27. Kell scored on a 40-yard pass from Cameron Rosendahl to Ivan Walls as time expired. Forsyth Central, which also played Kell close last week before losing 28-14, rebounded with a 41-13 [More]

Mays, Cambridge have chance to impress; Allatoona begins tough three-game stretch

  • 9:50 am Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Chip Saye

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

- Mays is one of the best unranked teams in AAAAA, and the Raiders will have a chance to impress the pollsters with a two-game stretch that begins Saturday. Mays will face Class AAAAAA No. 10 Lovejoy at Lakewood Stadium and then begin subregion play in Region 6 at No. 2 Creekside, the defending state champion. Mays opened the season with a 27-7 loss to AAAAAA No. 6 Hughes before consecutive victories again Glenn Hills, M.L. King and Southwest DeKalb in which it allowed just eight points.

- Cambridge, a third-year program [More]

Playoff races are wide open in Regions 7 and 8

  • 10:15 am Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Chip Saye

Today we continue our look at the playoff chances for Class AAAAA teams by focusing on Regions 7 and 8, where the races for the top four spots appear to be wide open.

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

Next week we’ll look at Regions 4 and 6.

Region 7-AAAAA

*Locks: Kell

The third-ranked Longhorns won the region title in 2012 and 2013 and have won 21 consecutive regular-season games. Kell will be favored to win all of its remaining subregion B games, the region championship and the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.

*Likely: Dalton, [More]

Jones County, Houston County shake up Region 2 in a big way

  • 9:45 am Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Chip Saye

The race for the Region 2-AAAAA championship took a dramatic and surprising turn on Friday when perennial contenders Warner Robins and top-ranked Northside-Warner Robins both lost and gave up a combined 107 points in the process.

The new teams to beat? Houston County and Jones County, who are tied for first place with 3-0 region records.

Jones County sophomore quarterback Bradley Hunnicutt passed for 350 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Greyhounds past Northside 45-37, becoming the first team other than Warner Robins to beat the Eagles in the regular season since a 24-7 loss to Lowndes in 2008. The Greyhounds, [More]

Stephenson, Creekside to meet for 6-AAAAA bragging rights

  • 9:50 am Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Chip Saye

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

- Defending Class AAAAA champion and fourth-ranked Creekside will receive a warm welcome into rugged Region 6 when it faces region veteran and third-ranked Stephenson in Fairburn on Friday. Because of reclassification, Creekside (moved from Region 4) essentially replaced Tucker (now in Class AAAAAA) in the region. Tucker beat Stephenson 31-28 in the regular season last year and lost to Creekside 52-28 in the state championship game. Stephenson went 9-3 and reached the second round of the playoffs in 2013.

- Four other Region 6-AAAAA teams will be among the six teams [More]

3-AAAAA’s Ware, Coffee and 5-AAAAA’s Allatoona looking like playoff locks

  • 9:55 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Today we continue our look at the playoff chances for Class AAAAA teams by focusing on Regions 3 and 5, which are home to three of the top eight teams in this week’s rankings.

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

Next week we’ll look at Regions 7 and 8.

Region 3-AAAAA

*Locks: Ware County, Coffee

Second-ranked Ware County took a big step toward the region title when it opened region play with a 24-21 victory last week against No. 5 Coffee, which played in Region 1-AAAAAA last season. Both teams are likely to be heavily [More]

Ware County (3-AAAAA) and Lanier (8-AAAAA) take charge of regions

  • 9:30 am Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Ware County of 3-AAAAA and Lanier of 8-AAAAA established themselves as the teams to beat in their regions with victories on Friday against teams that were among the top challengers in their leagues.

Second-ranked Ware County improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in region play with a 24-21 victory against fifth-ranked Coffee, which moved into the region from Class AAAAAA this season. It was a bit of revenge for Ware County, which has lost just two regular-season games since the start of 2012, and both came against the Trojans.

Lanier, playing its third full varsity season but its first in Class AAAAA, [More]

Role of 3-AAAAA favorite at stake when Ware County meets Coffee

  • 9:30 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Ware County came into the season as the favorite to win the Region 3-AAAAA championship, which the Gators have done each of the past two seasons.

To win the title again in 2014, the second-ranked Gators will have to get off to a good start, and that begins on Friday when they open region play against what is likely to be their biggest challenge – longtime rival and recent nemesis Coffee – at 7:30 p.m. in The Swamp.

Fifth-ranked Coffee dropped into Class AAAAA this season after years of playing in Region 1 of the highest classification. Although Coffee and Ware County [More]

Region 2 teams chasing Northside in search of playoff spots

  • 10:23 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Region play has begun in several Class AAAAA regions and will get under way soon in the others.

Beginning today and continuing for the next several weeks, we’ll take a look at the playoff chances for all of the AAAAA teams. This week we’re looking at 2-AAAAA, where nine teams appear to be chasing the state’s top-ranked team in the title race.

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

Next week we’ll look at Regions 3 and 5, which are home to three of the top eight teams in this week’s AJC rankings.

Region 2-AAAAA

*Locks: [More]