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Week 2: Five games to watch in AAAA

11:04 am Aug. 25, 2016

With Cartersville, Sandy Creek, Pickens, St. Pius, Northside-Columbus, Cairo and Salem facing bye weeks, bigger and better weeks candidly lie ahead. There are still plenty of intriguing matchups to be played, however, including old region rivalries disjointed by the recent reclassification, head coaching debuts, long-lost inner-city showdowns and cross-classification clashes between perennial powers. Here are the top five games to watch for.

Woodward Academy at Class AAAAA Grady: No. 2 Woodward

Aug. 24, 2012, COLLEGE PARK, GA: The Woodward Academy War Eagles take the field against Lovett for the first half of their high school football game at Woodward Academy's Colquitt Stadium in College Park, Ga., on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.   DAVID TULIS/AJC SPECIAL

Five things opening week taught us about Class AAAA

11:39 am Aug. 23, 2016

After Week 1 in Class AAAA, 18 teams stand at 1-0, 18 teams sit at 0-1 and the remaining 16 schools wait patiently for this Friday night to finally kick off their seasons. Week 1 proved to be a useful metric for showcasing the depth of Class AAAA’s top teams, rather than staging the upset-packed weeks we’re more likely to see as the season progresses. Nonetheless, here is what Week 1 did

Houston County 26, Mary Persons 14

11:32 pm Aug. 18, 2016

Jake Fromm completed 26 of 36 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns Thursday to lift Houston County to a 26-14 victory against Mary Persons on the opening night of the Kell Classic at Mercer

Four Questions with West Laurens coach Stacy Nobles

7:20 am Aug. 17, 2016

GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We’ll report from a different head coach each day.

Stacy Nobles, West Laurens

1. What is the most memorable game you’ve been a part of as


Five teams to watch in star-driven Class AAAA

11:16 am Aug. 16, 2016

There are 52 teams that make up Class AAAA this season. Eight programs (Jefferson, Oconee County, Blessed Trinity, West Hall, Central-Carroll, Cedartown, North Clayton and Hephzibah) have made the jump from Class AAA, while 12 of the teams (Chapel Hill, LaGrange, Carver-Columbus, Columbus, Hardaway, Northside-Columbus, Shaw, Cross Creek, Richmond Academy, Druid Hills, Luella, Salem) arrived from Class AAAAA.

The Class AAAA season kicks off this Thursday as Mary Persons represents the

Maxwell Ratings’ projections for Class AAAA regions

7:50 am Aug. 15, 2016

These are the Class AAAA preseason predictions of the Maxwell Ratings, a computer-based ranking system created by Loren Maxwell. The projections are based on historical scores, with 2015 results being most significant.

Here are five observations

Salem’s Laws one of eight new coaches in Class AAAA

7:40 am Aug. 15, 2016

GHSF Daily is chronicling the many coaching changes in the offseason. We continue today with Class AAAA.

Number of hires: 8

Best hire: Jarrett Laws, Salem

Hardest to replace: Rico Zackery, Central (Carrollton)

Best job: Carver (Columbus)

Toughest job: Druid Hills

Most interesting: Carver of Columbus averaged

Daily List: Longest-tenured coaches in Class AAAA

7:10 am Aug. 15, 2016

Here are the head coaches with the most consecutive seasons at their current Class AAAA schools.

32 – Alan Chadwick, Marist

16 – Paul Standard, St. Pius

12 – Chip Walker, Sandy Creek

11 – Terry Tuley, North Oconee


Preseason all-state teams: Class AAAA

7:40 am Aug. 4, 2016

Trevor Lawrence, the quarterback and five-star recruit of defending champion Cartersville, heads ups the Class AAAA preseason all-state team. He’s joined by teammate Trey Creamer, a cornerback.

Jefferson and Woodward Academy have the most preseason all-state