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

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]

Lakeside-Evans does it again; Creekside and Allatoona take control

  • 9:45 am Saturday, October 4th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s a recap of some of the big stories in Class AAAAA from Week 7:

- Lakeside-Evans knocked off an unbeaten and ranked team for the second consecutive week, getting three touchdown runs from quarterback Nick Patterson to upset No. 4 Jones County 35-16. Jones County was the only remaining unbeaten team in Region 2-AAAAA, and the loss puts the Greyhounds in a virtual four-way tie for first place with Warner Robins, Northside-Warner Robins and Houston County, which lost to Lakeside last weekend. Lakeside and Evans are close behind the leaders at 3-2 in the region. Jones County quarterback Bradley Hunnicutt [More]

Creekside, Mays look to establish subregion favorite

  • 9:45 am Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Chip Saye

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

- Second-ranked Creekside (4-1) and No. 6 Mays (4-1) will meet in Fairburn on Friday in the highest-profile game in Class AAAAA this week, and the winner will emerge as the favorite to win the title in 6-AAAAA Division B, which also includes playoff contenders Carver-Atlanta (4-1) and Tri-Cities (3-1). Mays is coming off a 40-35 victory against Class AAAAAA Lovejoy 40-35 on Saturday. Because of the region’s play-in system, the loser of this game is likely to finish no higher than a No. 3 seed for the state playoffs.

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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]