Mays vs. Northside: Five things to watch

12:55 pm Dec. 11, 2014

Mays and Northside-Warner Robins will play for the Class AAAAA football championship at 8 p.m. Friday in the Georgia Dome. Here are five things to watch in that game:

*Willie Jordan: Northside’s senior running back has set school single-season rushing records this season with 2,173 yards and 31 touchdowns. He is averaging 155.2 yards per game for the season, but has been especially strong in the playoffs, rushing for 183.3 yards

Northside, Mays survive for shot at the title

8:30 am Dec. 6, 2014

Northside of Warner Robins led Allatoona 27-7 going into the fourth quarter and held off a late rally for a 30-21 victory Friday in the Class AAAAA semifinals to reach the state championship game for the first time since 2009 and the sixth time in school history. Northside won state titles in 2006 and 2007.

In the other semifinal, Mays got two fourth-quarter touchdown runs from Kesselly Tyler (1 and 5

Northside looks to survive against a field of semifinal newcomers

9:00 am Dec. 4, 2014

A victory by Allatoona over Northside-Warner Robins in the Class AAAAA semifinals on Friday will guarantee that the winner of the final in the state’s second-highest classification on Dec. 12 at the Georgia Dome will be a first-time state champion.

Northside is the only team remaining in the field that has won a state championship. The Eagles won titles in 2006 and 2007 in AAAA, which was the second-largest class at

Girls hoops: Tucker’s departure leaves race wide open

12:37 pm Dec. 2, 2014

There is no defending champion in Class AAAAA girls basketball this season. Tucker, which won its first state title in March, has moved to Class AAAAAA, leaving the door wide open for a new champ.

It’s a good bet that at least one team from DeKalb County will be in the mix again this season. Schools from the county have won three consecutive titles and eight of the past nine in

Mays, three region champs reach semifinals

8:00 am Nov. 29, 2014

Despite all the upsets in the first three rounds of the Class AAAAA playoffs, when one ranked team after another was eliminated, the four semifinalists are not all that shocking, even though most of them have never gone this far in the postseason.

Three of the remaining teams – Allatoona, Northside-Warner Robins and Stockbridge – are region champions that have a combined record of 36-3. The other, Mays, is 11-2 and

Run meets pass when Allatoona takes on Gainesville

6:00 am Nov. 27, 2014

Here’s what to look for this weekend in each of the Class AAAAA quarterfinals:

- No. 4 Allatoona is the highest-ranked team and one of only three region champions remaining in the Class AAAAA field. The Buccaneers’ battle this week with 2012 champion Gainesville will be a classic matchup of running team vs. passing team. Allatoona runs for 292.0 yards per game and features the top rusher in AAAAA – Russell

Miller Grove boys begin quest for seventh consecutive title

9:00 am Nov. 25, 2014

The Miller Grove boys basketball team, which last season became the first in Georgia to win six consecutive state championships, opened its quest for a seventh with a 71-56 victory last week against Region 6-AAAAA rival Stephenson.

The Wolverines (28-5 in 2013-14) are led by junior guard Alterique Gilbert, who was a second-team all-state player last season, when he led the Wolverines in scoring (18.0), assists (5.6) and steals (4.1) and

Six ranked teams knocked out; Allatoona assumes role of favorite

8:00 am Nov. 22, 2014

It was a stunning night in the Class AAAAA playoffs on Friday.

The defending state champion (Creekside) is gone. Two more teams that went 10-0 in the regular season (Ware County and Kell) are out. Six more ranked teams (No. 1 Ware County, No. 2 Coffee, No. 3 Kell, No. 6 Creekside, No. 9 Harris County and No. 10 Stephenson) have been eliminated. And four more region champions (Harris County, Ware

No. 2 meets No. 4 … in the second round

9:30 am Nov. 20, 2014

Here’s what to look for this weekend in the second round of the Class AAAAA playoffs:

- It makes for a tough draw when the second- and fourth-ranked teams have to meet in the second round, but that’s the challenge facing No. 2 Coffee and No. 4 Allatoona this week. Coffee (10-1) started the season at No. 3, fell to No. 6 after a 24-21 loss to top-ranked Ware County on

Sequoyah ends Lanier’s perfect season

8:00 am Nov. 15, 2014

Sequoyah’s Ethan Riggle kicked a 20-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining Friday to lead the Chiefs to a 24-21 victory over fifth-ranked Lanier in the biggest shocker in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

Sequoyah took an early 14-0 lead but trailed 21-14 in the fourth quarter before Trey Mitchell’s touchdown run tied the game with 7:05 left. Sequoyah is the only team remaining in the AAAAA field