Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

St. Pius 10, Marist 9

  • 12:36 am Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

With his undefeated and No. 4 ranked team rolling over opponents by an average score of 37-5, Marist head coach Alan Chadwick this week said he was a little worried about how his team would perform in a tight ball game.

Friday night against St. Pius, the War Eagles performed well in the clutch, but were  not quite good enough. Golden Lion senior kicker Michael Matthews made two field goals in the final half minute of the game – one prior to an encroachment penalty on Marist, and the game winner with 20 seconds left in regulation from 30-yards out on [More]

Sandy Creek 30, Whitewater 14

  • 10:40 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Glennis Curry

Sandy Creek senior running back Eric Swinney ran for 145 yards after halftime and helped the No. 2 Patriots outlast No. 9 Whitewater 30-14 in a Region 5-AAAA matchup Friday night.

Defensive back Josh Greene picked off Whitewater quarterback Jay Ashley with two minutes left to seal the homecoming win for Sandy Creek (6-0, 1-0 in Region 5-AAAA) and extend the school’s region win streak to 43 games. Austin Vazquez added a 17-yard touchdown late to secure the win.

The Wildcat defense held Swinney, who had averaged 144 yards rushing through five games, to 27 yards on 13 carries [More]

Maxwell’s Week Seven Playoff Projections

  • 7:11 am Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Below are the current Maxwell Ratings’ playoff projections for each class.

The Maxwell Ratings playoff projections are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons and teams with 1,000 or more championship wins in the simulation are shown.

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 AAAAAA GHSA teams were treated as an average [More]

Maxwell’s mid-season playoff projections: Classes AAAAAA, AAAAA, AAAA

  • 7:10 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Below are the Maxwell Ratings’ mid-season projections of the playoff draw for Class AAAAAA, Class AAAAA, and Class AAAA.

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 AAAAAA GHSA teams were treated as an average Class AAAAAA team).

Although regions may [More]

East Coweta 17, Whitewater 14

  • 10:45 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Sandy Creek 21, Archer 13

  • 1:58 am Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

In just four varsity seasons, Archer has already knocked off several of the state’s football giants, including Gwinnett County rivals Brookwood, Grayson and Parkview – all former state champions.

Early on it appeared as if the Tigers, ranked No. 3 in the Class AAAAAA preseason poll, would add Sandy Creek’s pelt to their wall. But the Patriots, ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA, would have none of it, as they scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to turn a 13-0 halftime deficit into a 21-13 win in the second Friday night game of the Corky Kell Classic at McEachern.

Archer [More]

Georgia high school football: No. 1 Buford, No. 2 Sandy Creek face tough openers

  • 12:07 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by David Purdum

Buford opens its first season in AAAA by hosting Florida power Trinity Christian on Saturday at Tom Riden Stadium. The game will be broadcast at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. Ranked No. 1 preseason, Buford has won state championships in six of the last seven seasons and is once again loaded with next-level prospects. The Wolves have nine junior and senior Division I recruits, including six who are expected to start on defense. Trinity Christian is the defending AAA state champion in Florida and features safety Deontai Williams, a Georgia commitment, and corner Kevin Toliver II, who’s committed to LSU.

Buford coach [More]

Football season outlook: Newlook AAAA remains tough

  • 11:51 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by David Purdum

Happy football. Let’s begin.

Class AAAA has been considered by many to be the second toughest classification in the state, behind only AAAAAA.

And that was before juggernaut Buford joined the mix.

The Wolves arrive in AAAA this season as the favorites. They have won five state championships in the last six seasons in lower classifications and are 123-8 in coach Jess Simpson’s 10-year tenure. Don’t expect any type of significant drop off with the step up, not with nine Division I prospects, including six who start on defense.

Buford is one of four teams that reached the second round of the [More]

AAAA: Maxwell projects playoff draws, results

  • 10:45 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings playoff projections are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons, approximately 51 each second.

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 AAAA GHSA teams were treated as an average Class AAAA team).

Although regions may use different criteria, in the simulation all standings were determined by using recursive head-to-head [More]

Marist girls win AAAA soccer title

  • 2:24 pm Saturday, May 17th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Marist gave retiring coach Sergio Stadler his ninth state championship as the defending champion War Eagles overpowered Veterans 3-0 in the Class AAAA girls championship at Kennesaw State.

Stadler stood on the field after the game, posing for photos with his players, waving to fans and even blowing a few kissed their way. Stadler has spent 39 years teaching math at Marist and started the soccer program in 1988. His teams won or share state championships in 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003-04, 2008-09 and 2013.

“They worked hard all year,” Stadler said. “The players believed in our style and executed well and peaked [More]