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

Maxwell’s mid-season playoff projections: Classes AAA, AA, A

  • 9:00 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Below are the Maxwell Ratings’ mid-season projections of the playoff draw for Class AAA, Class AA, and Class A.

The Maxwell Ratings playoff projections are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure as defined by the games, region alignments, and playoff brackets.

All out of state opponents were considered equal to the average of the GHSA team’s classification (i.e., out of state opponents of Class AAA GHSA teams were treated as an average Class AAA team).

Although regions may [More]

Class A Blog: At midseason, time to start paying attention to the power ratings

  • 12:37 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

We’re already halfway through the regular season, which means it’s time to start paying attention to the Georgia High Schools Association/MaxPreps power ratings. For newcomers, public and private schools in Class A compete against each other during the regular season but separately in the playoffs.  As such, the top 16 teams on each side advance to the post season and are selected based on a power rating system, coordinated by MaxPreps for the GHSA.  The top eight teams host the first round of the playoffs, with the top ranked team hosting the No. 16, No. 2 hosting No. 15, and [More]

Class A Blog: Landmark loses and wins; Mt. Paran sends a message; Dooly County, Pacelli slug it out

  • 2:27 am Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Landmark loses game, wins respect.  When is a loss a win?  When you go toe-to-toe for four quarters with the eighth-ranked team from a league two classifications higher than yours in a game that could have been played in a phone booth.  That was the case for Landmark Christian (4-1) which fell 21-7 to Class AAA Central-Carrollton, a team with a punishing option-based offense and a defense that has yielded a total of 13 points this season.  Even with the loss, the War Eagles might maintain their No. 8 ranking in Class A, and they most certainly established themselves as [More]

Central-Carrollton 21, Landmark Christian 7

  • 12:31 am Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Landmark Christian and Central-Carrollton took things back to the old school Friday night.

On a field behind a school built in the 1950s, in a stadium named after an octogenarian, the War Eagles and Lions played most of the game between the hash marks.  In the end,Central took advantage of three Landmark turnovers to claim a 21-7 win, in a physical slugfest between two teams ranked No. 8 – Central (5-0) in Class AAA, Landmark (4-1) in Class A.

Central is now 5-0 for the first time since 1987, when the Lions ran the table and finished 15-0 to win the Class [More]

Class A Blog: No. 4 Mount Paran vs. Pinecrest; No. 8 Landmark vs. No. 8 (AA) Central-Carrollton among top games Friday

  • 1:54 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here are a few of the top games in Class A this weekend:

Class A Blog: (UPDATED) Savannah Christian’s Chumley uses words like “disgusted,” “shameful,” “criminal” to describe GHSA handling of players’ eligibility

  • 12:57 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Ok, Class A Heads. Here is the latest update on junior Demetris Robertson, the All-State DB/WR/ATH and Alabama commit who transferred from Savannah Country Day to Savannah Christian at the beginning of the school year when his guardian brother moved from one residence to another.

As was posted previously in this space, Robertson was ruled ineligible by the Georgia High Schools Association for a second time on Tuesday, after Savannah Christian resubmitted some paperwork on his move with his brother from the Savannah Country Day service area to the Savannah Christian area. When he was notified of the GHSA’s latest decision on [More]

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]