Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

Drew 40, Mundy’s Mill 28

  • 12:20 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

In a game where both teams came in averaging 40 points per game, not much defense was expected in Friday night’s Drew-Mundy’s Mill match up.  The offenses didn’t disappoint in the first half.

But the Drew defense showed up in the second half, and with the help of some mistakes by Mundy’s Mill the Titans pitched a shutout in the final two quarters en route to a 40-28 win at Twelve Oaks Stadium in Lovejoy.  The win put Drew (6-2, 6-0 in Region 4AAAAA-Division A) in the driver’s seat for the sub-region title and a home game in the first round [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]

Sprayberry 31, Riverwood 24 (2OT)

  • 1:33 am Saturday, October 4th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Creekside 13, Mays 7

  • 10:48 pm Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Glennis Curry

Creekside’s starting offensive line walked behind as their teammates entered the field before the Seminoles’ Region 6-AAAAA tilt with Mays. That massive group led the rest of the way however, besting the Raiders’ defensive line in a 13-7 tug-of-war Friday night.

Behind homecoming king Marquell Harrell and several other major college prospects, Bricen Terry ran for 176 yards on 40 carries and gave Creekside (5-1, 3-0 in Region 6-AAAAA) a leg up in the region championship race. Mays held tight and drove inside the Creekside 30 with less than two minutes to play before quarterback Asahnia Aderhold missed on consecutive passes [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]

Creekside 28, Stephenson 14

  • 11:04 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

As a journalist made his way to the press box before Creekside took the field against visiting Stephenson, a Seminole fan shouted, “Where’s the write up on Bricen Terry? He’s the best back in the state.”

The fan might be right.

The 5-9, 210-pound senior slashed and rumbled his way to 208 yards on 29 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run late, to lead the Seminoles (4-1, 1-0 in Region 6-AAAAA), ranked No. 4, to a 28-14 win over No. 3 Stephenson (2-2, 0-1).

Terry got a major assist from his offensive line, led by bookend tackles Deandre Ford and Marquel Harrell.  They, [More]

Langston Hughes 21, Creekside 20

  • 11:03 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

In the end, Creekside’s talent, smart coaching and heart of a champion could not overcome an uncharacteristically undisciplined performance.

Neighborhood rival Langston Hughes (2-0) – a squad with just as much talent, ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAAA – used a stingy defense and opportune offense to build a 21-0 lead and then withstood a furious rally by Creekside to claim a 21-20 win in the Panther Pit at Langston Hughes Stadium in Fairburn.

Trailing 21-0 late in the third quarter, Creekside (1-1), the defending Class AAAAA champions, ranked No. 1 this week, began its comeback.  With the offense clearly missing AJC/GHSFD [More]

Six Georgians named USA Today Track and Field All Americans

  • 5:43 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Six Georgia track athletes have been selected American Family Insurance/USA Today All Americans, with four receiving first team honors.

For the boys team, recent Our Lady of Mercy graduate Christian Coleman, St. Pius grad Daniel Haugh and Pace Academy alum Kenny Selmon were all selected to the first team.  For the girls team, Rockdale County rising sophomore Candace Hill made the first team, while Miller Grove graduate Tiffany Flynn and Forest Park rising senior Bria Matthews earned second team honors.

Coleman, a Tennessee signee, was among five first-team sprinters selected by USA Today.  His top times this season are 10.29 seconds in [More]

Houston County edges Whitewater for Class AAAAA championship

  • 7:39 pm Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

With his team down 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning in Game 3 of the Class AAAAA State Final Series, bases loaded, two out, three-two count and fans from both sides of the stadium going berserk, Houston County centerfielder Hunt Smith stepped out of the batter’s box and looked like the Bear that ate the canary.

He stepped back in a hammered the next pitch high and deep over the scoreboard in right field.  The grand slam, which he celebrated with a 10-foot-high bat flip, provided the margin of victory for Houston County, as the Bears held off an [More]

Whitewater, Houston County need Game 3 to decide Class AAAAA championship

  • 11:14 pm Monday, May 26th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Whitewater and Houston County split the first two games of the Class AAAAA Final series, with each team winning in its last at-bat, and will play a deciding Game 3, Tuesday afternoon (2 p.m.) in Fayetteville.

In Game 2, Houston County staved off elimination, rallying from a 6-0 deficit to claim an 8-7 win in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Whitewater jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the strength of a five-run second inning. The Wildcats took advantage of a walk and an error in the inning, but also got five hits, including a two-run double by freshman Tyler Doanes [More]