Class A Blog: Aquinas cruises without Garnett; Mt. Paran keeps rolling; Watch out for ELCA; Charlton County wins a thriller; Calhoun County gets revenge

3:16 am Nov. 22, 2014

Before we get to what went down Friday night, time for an editorial alert:  Tuesday blog posts will be devoted to basketball starting Nov. 25. The Thursday and Saturday posts will cover the football playoffs, through championship weekend, Dec. 12-13. Then the blog will shift to basketball full time on Dec. 16.

But back to football and the playoffs.


No. 1 Calvary Day 26, No. 16 Christian Heritage 7.  Senior WR/DB

First-round preview: Class A Public

6:55 am Nov. 21, 2014

Greenville at Marion County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Eagle Stadium, Buena Vista

Records, rankings: Greenville is 5-5, the No. 16 seed and unranked; Marion County is 10-0, the No. 1 seed and No. 2.

Last meeting: Marion County won 41-0 on Oct. 24.

Three things to know: 1. Greenville bounced back from a 1-9 season in 2013 and finished fifth in tough Region 4. QB Jamal McKee has passed for 1,841 yards and

First-round preview: Class A Private

6:45 am Nov. 21, 2014

Christian Heritage at Calvary Day

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, M.C. Anderson Field, Savannah

Records, rankings: Christian Heritage is 5-5, the No. 16 seed and unranked; Calvary Day is 10-0, the No. 1 seed and No. 4.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Calvary Day is averaging 9.6 wins over the past five seasons under Mark Stroud, who inherited a team that had slipped to 1-8 in

Class A Blog: Mt. Pisgah at Landmark, Stratford Academy at Mt. Paran, Lincoln County at Charlton County top playoff schedule

4:32 pm Nov. 20, 2014

Here are the most intriguing games as the playoffs get started:

No. 9 Mt. Pisgah Christian (7-3) at No. 8 Landmark Christian (8-2).  This is a match-up of contrasting styles. Located in Fairburn, Landmark finished second in Region 5 and is one of the most physical programs in Class A.  The War Eagles rely on a power running game, even out of their spread formations, led by junior quarterback Stockton McGuire

Class A Blog: GHSA’s Whittle says Class A not shortchanged with subpar officiating crews, “All games are important …”

1:41 pm Nov. 18, 2014

The run to the Class A private and public school state championships begins Friday and we’ll have previews posted on Thursday.

Today we spend a few minutes on the administrative side of the game.  We’ll start by picking the brain of the Georgia High School Association’s Associate Director Tommy Whittle, whose areas of jurisdiction include soccer, one-act play (policy interpretations) and, of course, football.  Whittle took time to address a number

Class A Blog: Playoff pairings are set with Calvary Day (Private) and Marion County (Public) as the No. 1 seeds

5:51 pm Nov. 12, 2014

It’s playoff time!

According to Georgia High School Association football director Tommy Whittle, three schools appealed their power rating, but none were upheld by the appeals committee.

Here are the official playoff brackets after all appeals. The Class A playoffs will begin next Friday, Nov. 22:

Top Bracket
No. 1 Calvary Day (10-0) vs. No. 16 Christian Heritage (5-5)
No. 8 Landmark Christian (8-2) vs. No. 9 Mt. Pisgah Christian (7-3)
No. 5 Eagle’s Landing

Class A Blog: Aquinas, Calvary Day and Mt. Paran win title games; Prince Avenue wins tie breaker; Minter may have lifted Schley County into the playoffs

3:10 am Nov. 8, 2014

With the  conclusion of the regular season, the final Georgia High School Association/MaxPreps private school power ratings of the season will be released Tuesday, with the top 16 public schools and top 16 private schools competing for separate championships for the third straight season. Schools will be allowed to appeal their rating before the lists are made official on Wednesday and the playoff brackets are determined.

Meanwhile, three region championships were

Class A Blog: Regions 3, 6 and 7 to decide champions in title games; Three teams have a shot at Region 8 crown

12:24 pm Nov. 6, 2014

Three region titles will be decided with championship games:

Region 3:  Emanuel County Institute (8-1, 3-1 in Division B) at No. 4 Calvary Day (9-0, 5-0 in Division A). 
Calvary Day had not won a region championship since 1996, until the Cavaliers won the title last season and went on to advance to the Class A private school championship game.  The team is led by senior RB/LB Robert Heyward, who leads the

Class A Blog: Aquinas leapfrogs back into No. 1 private power rating slot, Mitchell County win reduces public playoff slots to 15

2:15 pm Nov. 4, 2014

Here are the second-to-last power ratings for this season. After Friday’s games, the power ratings will be posted on Tuesday and schools will have an opportunity to appeal their rating in writing.  After appeals are processed, the ratings will be made official on Wednesday and the playoff brackets will be published. The Class A public and private school playoffs will begin Nov. 21, and conclude with the championship games in

Class A Blog: Aquinas hangs on; Mt. Paran rolls; ELCA punches its playoff ticket

3:36 am Nov. 1, 2014

Aquinas still unbeaten
Lincoln County gave up a safety on the very first play of the game when the Red Devils botched the opening kickoff return in their own end zone.  It came back to bite them as their valiant effort at No. 1 Aquinas (9-0, 6-0 in Region 7, Division B) fell short, 15-13.  The win was the 23rd consecutive dating back to last season for the Irish, last year’s