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

AAAAAA blog: Region by region look at top games, playoff possibilities

  • 2:47 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

For those who haven’t do so, I recommend looking at Loren Maxwell’s computerized projections for the state-playoff brackets. Regardless of whether you agree with them, the predictions make it clear what’s at stake in terms of position on the draw.

Below is a region-by-region look at the top games in Class AAAAAA this week and some of the playoff possibilities. Colquitt County, Lovejoy, Tucker, Westlake, Alpharetta and Archer are hoping to clinch titles with victories.

-Region 1 – Colquitt County (8-0, 3-0) can clinch its first region title since 1999 with a victory at Tift County (6-1, 2-1). Seems strange that a [More]

AAAAAA blog: Don’t be shocked; Dacula is 13-1 since about this time last year

  • 10:30 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Dacula was 1-9 just two seasons ago, but it wouldn’t be right to say the team has come from nowhere with its 8-0 start to the 2014 season and 27-17 victory over second-ranked Grayson on Friday.

Dacula was 3-4 about this time a year ago, coming off a dreadful 1-9 finish, but got hot and made the state quarterfinals. Dacula is on a 13-1 run, its only loss to Colquitt County. Now, Dacula and Colquitt are AAAAAA’s only unbeaten teams, both 8-0.

Dacula can clinch its first region title since 2005 with a victory at Archer next week. Not that it will [More]

AAAAAA blog: Inconspicuous Dacula gets its shot vs. Grayson

  • 9:40 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Dacula is probably the state’s most inconspicuous No. 3 team in the state. That’s despite a run to the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals last season and an unbeaten record this season. The Falcons (7-0, 5-0) don’t have a major-college prospect. Their opponent Friday, second-ranked Grayson (8-0, 6-0), has five just on defense, including Georgia-committed defensive lineman Justin Young, who has 13 sacks.

Dacula has run (287.1 rushing yards per game) and stopped the run (74.9 rushing yards allowed per game) as well as any team in the state. Two-way starter C.J. Mays leads Dacula in rushing (633 yards on 60 carries) and [More]

AAAAAA blog: Camden County’s 25-year playoff streak now on life support

  • 11:16 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Camden County was 5-0 and ranked No. 2 when the month began. Now – after three straight heart-breaking losses – the Wildcats must beat both Lee County and No. 1-ranked Colquitt County in their final two regular-season games or miss the playoffs for the first time since 1988.

Camden’s 37-34 loss to Tift was the third time in three weeks that Camden has lost by six points or less. The others were to Valdosta (7-1, 2-1) and Lowndes (6-2, 1-2).

What really wrecked Camden’s ship Friday was Lee County’s 42-30 victory over Lowndes. That means Camden can’t catch Lee County (6-1, [More]

AAAAAA blog: Ghost of Cleveland Field will howl if Valdosta wins this one

  • 7:47 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Third-ranked Valdosta will try to beat a No. 1-ranked team for the first time since 1998 on Friday, when the Wildcats are home against Colquitt County.

The Georgia High School Football Historians, with help from the Ghost of Cleveland Field, came up with some interesting facts this week about Valdosta’s history against No. 1 teams that parallels the rise and fall of the program’s dynasty.

Valdosta is 15-12-1 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution going back to 1952. Wright Bazemore, the legendary coach who won 14 state titles from 1947 to 1971, was 7-2 against No. 1 teams. [More]

AAAAAA blog: Five bold conclusions from Friday, plus shout outs to Hillgrove RB w/ 8 TDs, and South Forsyth PK w/ 56-yard FG

  • 9:19 am Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Here are some bold conclusions from Friday night in AAAAAA …

1. There is parity, and there is Colquitt County in Region 1. That is, Colquitt County is far and away the best team. Consider the scores. There are six teams; there have been six games. Four have been very close:

Valdosta 13, Camden 10
Lowndes 27, Camden 21
Lee 24, Tift 21
Valdosta 27, Tift 24

Based on that, you’ve got five teams that can beat each other on any given night.

And then you’ve got …

Colquitt 45, Lowndes 27
Colquitt 58, Lee 14

The writing is on the wall: Colquitt 10-0, 5-0.

2. It’s all but over in [More]

AAAAAA blog: Colquitt faces second 5-0 team in a row … Lowndes-Camden: Who’ll be 0-2 … More good tilts: Milton-Cherokee, P’Ridge-N.Gwinnett, McEachern-North Cobb

  • 11:11 am Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Here’s a look at what’s on tap for Class AAAAAA this week …

-No. 1 Colquitt County beat 5-0 Lowndes last week. Now comes another 5-0 team, Lee County. Despite a 10-2 finish in 2013, Lee was predicted by many to finish last in Region 1 because of the move up in classification and the graduation of all-state QB Stephen Collier, now at Ohio State. But junior Garet Morrell (64-of-112 for 1,130 yards and 12 touchdowns) has done pretty well.

-Then we’ve got No. 7 Camden County at No. 6 Lowndes. The loser of this matchup between teams ranked in the top [More]

Colquitt, Valdosta, Lee survive first Region 1 battle royal … Norcross gets up again … Meanwhile, high drama in Region 5

  • 11:20 pm Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Colquitt County, Valdosta and Lee County are the winners of Region 1’s epic first round of region play.

-Colquitt County’s 45-27 victory over Lowndes was not an upset, but it was pretty significant. Colquitt has its first two-game winning streak over Lowndes since 1994-95. Remember that Rush Propst had been only 2-4 against Lowndes, and that Colquitt hasn’t won a region title since 1999. That’s despite the remarkable success in the state playoffs – five straight semifinal appearances.

-Valdosta’s 13-10 victory ended a five-game losing streak to Camden and made Valdosta 6-0 for the first time since 2010, or Rance Gillespie’s first [More]

North Gwinnett-Norcross: History of state title rematches

  • 6:48 am Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The North Gwinnett-Norcross game tonight will be the 39th rematch of a state championship played in the following season. Norcross beat North 31-14 in the 2013 Class AAAAAA final. The state-final winner is 25-12 in those rematches, although only 5-8 since 2003. The most recent had been Calhoun’s 27-24 victory over Buford in the 2011. Calhoun and Buford met in four consecutive championship games (2008-11), with Buford winning the first three. Perhaps the best-remembered regular-season rematch of a state final was Roswell’s 23-20 victory over Peachtree Ridge in 2007. The two had tied 14-14 in their 2006 Class AAAAA final [More]

AAAAAA blog: Woodstock, Northview make history … Big nights for Cherokee WR, South Cobb QB … R1 is 29-0 … NG brings arena-league to GA

  • 9:01 am Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Woodstock’s 47-44 victory over Etowah on Friday might live as one of the epic games in Cherokee County history. It made Woodstock 5-0 for the first time in history, which dates to 1997, in a game between unbeaten teams.

Woodstock won in the second overtime when Justin Anger threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Josh Loud after Etowah was held to a field goal. Agner passed for 189 and rushed for 66.

“I hope this builds more confidence in them to know that’s a playoff team that we just played,” Woodstock coach Brent Budde told the Cherokee Tribune.

Woodstock has been [More]