Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Cartersville’s historic two-year run overshadows a battle of unbeatens

12:23 pm Dec. 8, 2016

The Class AAAA state championship features a matchup of undefeated teams and contrasting offensive philosophies. Cartersville’s unstoppable passing game goes head-to-head with Thomson’s relentless rushing attack. The two programs have spent the past four months ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in Class AAAA, while seemingly improving each week on their road to the Dome. While the matchup itself is enough to get excited about the matchup, Cartersville’s incredible two-year

Cartersville, Thomson stage ultimate championship showdown

9:42 am Dec. 3, 2016

The 2016 state championship will feature undefeated Cartersville and undefeated Thomson. The Purple Hurricanes are one win away from entering next season with a 30-game winning streak. Here’s how the two teams outclassed their semifinal opponents on Friday.
Cartersville 38, Mary Persons 17:
How the game was won: Mary Persons took advantage of a slow start for the Cartersville offense and got on the board first with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Speir to

Football Semifinals Results

10:29 pm Dec. 2, 2016


Roswell 28, Westlake 0
Grayson 41, Mill Creek 20


Tucker 22, Northside-Warner Robins 7

Valdosta 27, Dalton 6
How the game was won: The Wildcats used their stingy defense to hold down an explosive Dalton offense that was without Middle Tennessee State-signee, wide receiver Zeke Cobb.
Top Performers: Josh Belton threw four touchdown passes including a 20-yarder to defensive end Devonnsha Maxwell and two scores to JR Ingram. Belton’s 29-yard strike to Jontae

Semifinal previews: Class AAAA

9:00 am Nov. 30, 2016

Mary Persons at Cartersville

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Weinman Stadium, Cartersville

Records, rankings: Mary Persons is 11-2, the No. 1 seed from Region 2-AAAA and No. 7; Cartersville is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 5-AAAA and No.

2016 Georgia high school football semifinal pairings

9:07 pm Nov. 27, 2016

GHSA football semifinal pairings

All matchups will be played Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Championship games will be at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10.


Roswell at Westlake
Mill Creek at Grayson


Northside-Warner Robins at

Woodward Academy went 10-1 in the regular season. (Daniel Varnado/For the AJC)

Dramatic quarterfinals demonstrate AAAA’s depth of talent

12:11 pm Nov. 26, 2016

The talent-packed quarterfinals showcased the ultra-competitive last three months of football that Class AAAA has seen by staging four outstanding football games. While Cartersville, Mary Persons, Jefferson and Thomson were the four teams that lived to fight another round, quarterfinalists Woodward Academy, Blessed Trinity, Cairo and Spalding deserve credit for the excellent seasons they had. Here’s a look at the four seasons that came to an end before we preview