AA blog: Quarterfinal matchups

8:00 am Nov. 27, 2014

Though two weeks of the postseason, there’s been no shortage of excitement in Class AA. Briefly:

- The top four teams have all made it through and will meet Friday night in a pair of mammoth quarterfinal matchups.

-Pace Academy is piling up points and upsets, but now faces a Fitzgerald team that has one of the state’s most dynamic athletes at quarterback.

- Heard County’s record-breaking running back is putting on a

Playoff preview: Class AA quarterfinals

7:00 am Nov. 26, 2014

Brooks County at Heard County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Staples Stadium, Franklin

Records, rankings: Brooks County is 9-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AA and No. 8; Heard County is 7-5, the No. 2 seed from 5-AA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Heard County’s Tim Barron became head coach in 2002 and went from 0-11 to 10-2 in his first season. Heard

AA basketball blog: Boys teams to watch

10:27 am Nov. 25, 2014

At the start of the 2014-15 season, the question looming over AA boys basketball is obvious: Can anybody beat Greater Atlanta Christian? The Spartans have won back-to-back state championships and four of the last five, and entered the current season on a 50-game winning streak. Now, four of last year’s region champions have been bumped up to Class AAA, including finalist Calhoun, leaving a vacuum for new powers to fill.

Let’s look at

AA blog: Pace Academy building on belief

1:01 pm Nov. 18, 2014

It was fourth-and-five in the fourth quarter of the last game of the regular season and his team was trailing 16-3. What hope Pace Academy had of reaching the playoffs was dwindling. The Knights needed a win over B.E.S.T. Academy to take the No. 4 seed from Region 6-AA, and they hadn’t moved the ball all night. But second-year coach Chris Slade was far from desperate.

When it would have been

10:51 pm Sep. 5, 2014

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

AA blog: Washington-Wilkes tops among quartet of rapid risers

12:11 pm Sep. 2, 2014

Another week, another shuffling of the top 10 in Class AA.

We’ve talked about it a lot here, so I won’t belabor the point, but the fact that two of the top four teams have lost in each week so far means we’ve had a lot of turnover in the top 10 – proof once again that preseason rankings don’t mean much once games get underway.

The primary beneficiary when it comes to

Big games in AA: GAC putting No. 1 ranking to the test

9:53 am Aug. 21, 2014

Here are a few of the top games in Class AA this weekend, starting with a marquee match-up at the top …

No. 3 Benedictine at No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian

Two of the top teams in AA are wasting no time putting their preseason rankings to the test. The third-ranked Cadets will travel to face a top-ranked Spartans team loaded with high-level talent and lofty expectations.

GAC is led by big-time college

AA: Maxwell predicts region standings, WL records

11:02 pm Aug. 14, 2014

The Maxwell Ratings have predicted the region standings and the won-lost records of Georgia’s Class AA teams. The computer ratings are the work of Loren Maxwell, founder of the Georgia High School Football Historical Association. He has been involved with sports ratings since 1986.

His region-by-region breakdowns are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 trials at the rate of approximately 51 seasons per