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

Class A Blog: No. 1 Aquinas, No. 2 Marion County survive; No. 5 Charlton County and No. 8 Hawkinsville send messages; No. 10 ECI falls while Savannah Christian rolls without Robertson

  • 2:18 pm Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

No. 1 Aquinas escapes.  The Irish (4-0, 1-0) needed a touchdown and extra point with just 10 seconds left to avoid being upset by Stratford Academy (1-2, 0-1) in the Region 7 opener for both teams.  Aquinas called on their super star, senior RB/DB Ruben Garnett, for the winning score, as he powered in from 3-yards out on fourth down, according to the Augusta Chronicle.  Justin Thompson’s extra point kick provided the edge in a 28-27 win. Garnett finished the game with 238 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The Eagles’ wing-T offense gave the Irish fits all night, as they [More]

Stratford at No. 1 Aquinas, Columbus at No. 2 Marion County, No. 8 Hawkinsville at No. 8 Brookstone among weekend’s top games

  • 1:22 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here are a few of the top games on the slate for Week 5:

Stratford Academy (1-1) at No. 1 Aquinas (3-0).  The Irish, the defending Class A private school champions, are trying to go wire to wire at the top spot, and look like strong contenders to do so, having won their first three games by an average score of 40-14.  Stratford, which advanced to the Georgia Independent Schools Association finals last season, is coming off of a bye week after suffering its first loss since joining the Georgia High School Association, 27-14 to Class AA Wesleyan.  Stratford is coached [More]

Coach Speak with Charlton County’s Rich McWhorter, Telfair County’s Matt Burleson; Tattnall Square still unbeaten

  • 11:52 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

For the first time since 2000, and the first time ever as a member of the Georgia High School Association, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy is 0-4 after losing last week to Mt. Pisgah Christian (2-1), 28-21.

This is very unfamiliar territory for ELCA Nation, the 2012 private school champions who compiled a record of 57-8 over the previous five seasons.  The last time the Chargers lost four games was 2007, the first year of head coach Jonathan Gess.  Prior to this season, the last time ELCA lost more than three consecutive games was 2000, when they were competing in the Georgia [More]

Class A’s Top Games: Mercy at No. 1 Aquinas, No. 2 Marion County at No. 8 Dooly County, Commerce at AAA No. 4 Jefferson

  • 4:06 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here are some of Class A’s top games in Week 4:

Our Lady of Mercy (1-1) at No. 1 Aquinas (2-0).  The top-ranked Irish have rolled past their first two opponents by a combined scored of 74-24, including a 33-18 win two weeks ago over a solid Prince Avenue Christian team.  Now the defending Class A private school champs, led by RB/DB Ruben Garnett, will host their first home game since winning the title.  Mercy, which defeated Class AA KIPP Atlanta last week (27-7), is led by dual-threat quarterback Jamison Vest.  It will be the first meeting between the two schools [More]

  • 10:51 pm Friday, September 5th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Untimely penalties, dropped passes and fumbles, the absence of a key playmaker and a gutsy performance by a proud Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy team looking for its first win of the season, almost cost Greater Atlanta Christian the game and its No. 1 ranking in Class AA.

But the Spartans (3-0) made just enough plays, including another game-winning touchdown catch by senior receiver/cornerback Darius Slayton, to hold off ELCA (0-3), 23-16 in McDonough.

Playing without star running back/defensive back Micah Abernathy, who sat out the contest with a leg injury, GAC took a 15-7 lead late in the third quarter on a [More]

No. 1 in AA GAC at ELCA, North Clayton at No. 4 MPC among Friday’s top games in Class A

  • 10:20 am Friday, September 5th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here are some of Class A’s top games in Week 3:

No. 1 in AA Greater Atlanta Christian (2-0) at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (0-2).  ELCA took an uncharacteristically brutal beating last week at the hands of Class AAAA Stockbridge (33-3), as the Chargers’ young lineup goes through its growing pains.  But they won’t have time to lick their wounds as the top ranked team in Class AA comes south to McDonough.  The undefeated Spartans are led by two of the state’s most sought-after uncommitted recruits, WR/DB Darius Slayton and RB/DB Micha Abernathy certainly worth discussion and will be covered in [More]

Teams off to uncharacteristically good starts at 2-0

  • 2:34 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

No. 1 Aquinas, Garnett roll; ELCA, Clinch blown out by larger schools; Former GISA teams go 2-1 in GHSA debut

  • 8:49 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

No. 1 Aquinas rolls
Top-ranked Aquinas made another statement Friday while its best player did the same.  The Irish blasted a team from Class AAA (Glenn Hills) last week. Friday they traveled to Bogart and worked over a solid Prince Avenue Christian (0-1) team 33-18 to move to 2-0 this season.  The majority of the damage was done by senior RB/WR Ruben Garnett, one of the front runners for Class A Player of the Year.  Garnett, who has more than a dozen FBS offers, carried the ball 32 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns, and also had 72 receiving yards [More]

What to watch for Friday: No. 1 Aquinas at Prince Avenue, Stockbridge at No. 10 ELCA; Three former GISA members debut in GHSA

  • 1:59 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here’s what to look for Friday …

No. 1 Aquinas (1-0) at Prince Avenue Christian (0-0).  The top-ranked Irish, last year’s private school champs, thumped Class AAA Glen Hills last week, 41-6.  Led by junior QB Liam Welch and senior RB/DB Ruben Garnett, who reportedly holds more than a dozen FCS offers, Aquinas will get a stern early season test from the Wolverines in Bogart, just outside of Athens.  Prince Avenue was the 2012 private school runner up and finished 10-2 last season after falling in the state semifinals to eventual runner up Calvary Day. This is the second season at [More]

Coach Speak with Mt. Paran’s Jordan and Charlton’s McWhorter, ELCA’s brutal gauntlet

  • 7:00 pm Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Technical difficulties (user error!) have us behind schedule a bit here at Class A Blog Headquarters.  But we’ll soldier on with a couple of “Coach Speak” features, Mount Paran Christian’s Mitch Jordan and Charlton County’s Rich McWhorter, and a look at Eagle’s Landing Christian’s brutal schedule.

And check back on Thursday afternoon for previews of some of the best games on the Class A slate in Week 2.

Coach Speak with Mt. Paran’s Mitch Jordan:  Are the Eagles title favorites?

Coming off of a 9-3 season in which Mount Paran Christian put itself firmly on the Class A football map, and after soundly [More]