Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

Mill Creek 51 Collins Hill 7

  • 11:19 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by robhadd

By Robert Haddocks

Johnathon Hawkins ran for four touchdowns and Mill Creek – behind its monstrous offensive line – rolled up more than 300 yards rushing as the Hawks carried out their week-long message and pounded Collins Hill 51-7.

Pitting two of the top teams in Region 7-AAAAAA, the game was billed as matchup between Mill Creek’s line that averages 6-3 and 290 pounds and Collins Hill’s strength, its stout defensive line. But in the trenches, it was a quick knockout for Hawks, who scored on their first four possessions to take a 23-0 halftime lead. Coming off of their bye, Hawkins [More]

AAAAAA blog: Camden County’s 25-year playoff streak now on life support

  • 11:16 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Camden County was 5-0 and ranked No. 2 when the month began. Now – after three straight heart-breaking losses – the Wildcats must beat both Lee County and No. 1-ranked Colquitt County in their final two regular-season games or miss the playoffs for the first time since 1988.

Camden’s 37-34 loss to Tift was the third time in three weeks that Camden has lost by six points or less. The others were to Valdosta (7-1, 2-1) and Lowndes (6-2, 1-2).

What really wrecked Camden’s ship Friday was Lee County’s 42-30 victory over Lowndes. That means Camden can’t catch Lee County (6-1, [More]

Grayson 28 Central Gwinnett 0

  • 11:12 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by robhadd

Robert Haddocks

Grayson relied on a familiar recipe – a steady dose of Camryn Brent and a stifling defense – to roll to another victory, a 28-0 win over Central Gwinnett.

The Rams, 8-0, 6-0 in Region 8-AAAAAA, fed the ball to Brent 30 times for 153 yards and a touchdown and the defense notched its third shutout of the season. Brent carried on 11 of the Rams’ first 12 plays, including a two-yard touchdown that gave them a 7-0 lead. Grayson coach Mickey Conn said when a back gets hot, give him the ball. Running to the left, Brent ripped off [More]

Langston Hughes 20, South Cobb 13

  • 10:50 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Glennis Curry

No. 6 Langston Hughes remained atop the Region 3-AAAAAA race Friday with a 20-13 win over South Cobb in the first meeting between the schools.

Visiting Hughes controlled the clock and contained Eagles’ senior quarterback Kylil Carter, who had averaged over 430 yards of offense per game. The Panthers’ pass rush, led by first-team all-state defensive end D’Andre Walker and Keevin Holt, applied pressure throughout and forced several holding penalties against the Eagles’ offensive line.

The defensive aggression produced several personal fouls keeping South Cobb in the contest, and the Eagles fought back behind two fourth-quarter scoring drives to pull within 20-13 with just [More]

North Gwinnett 51 Peachtree Ridge 24

  • 11:41 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by robhadd

By Robert Haddocks

A humbling loss and a matchup against a cross-town rival was all North Gwinnett needed to return to its familiar form.

The Bulldogs got back on track with a thorough 51-24 win over Peachtree Ridge. Tied 24-24 at halftime, the Bulldogs beat down the Lions by scoring on all five second-half possessions before running out the clock. Quarterback John Urzua threw for four touchdowns in three quarters of action, two each to Josh Imatorbhebhe and Almonzo Brown.

The Bulldogs, who have scored more than 50 points in two of the last three weeks, improve to 5-2, 3-1 in Region 7-AAAAAA. [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]

UPDATE: Walton coach says violation unintentional, team can overcome forfeits

  • 10:57 am Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

As Walton got word Thursday that it must forfeit three victories, first-year head coach Mo Dixon said that any rules violation was unintentional and that he was confident that his team could recover and make the playoffs.

Walton this week self-reported the use of a ineligible player who had transferred without making a legal change of residence into the Walton school district.

The GHSA on Thursday reversed Walton’s victories over a Region 5-AAAAAA rival Lassiter and non-region victories over South Gwinnett and Marietta. Walton’s region victory over Wheeler last week will stand because the player, who is no longer a student at [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]

Dacula 28 Shiloh 6

  • 11:06 pm Friday, September 26th, 2014 by robhadd

By Robert Haddocks

Bijan Sirleaf scored two touchdowns and anchored a stingy defense that shut down Shiloh and led Dacula to a 28-6 win.

Sirleaf bulled his way in to the end zone and caught a touchdown pass. But the burly defensive tackle made his biggest impact on the line, crashing into the Generals’ backfield. Dacula stopped 10 plays for negative yardage, led by Sirleaf, 5-7, 240, and the active Jakob Brashear, who hunted down ball carriers all over the field.

“I thought the defense played excellent,” said coach Tommy Jones whose Falcons improved to 5-0, 3-0 in Class AAAAAA Region 8. “We [More]

Central Gwinnett 44 Shiloh 0

  • 11:11 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by robhadd

By Robert Haddocks

Eric Forrest threw for 402 yards and two touchdowns and Central Gwinnett’s defense shut down Shiloh as the Black Knights romped in a 44-0 victory.

Forrest spread the ball to his fleet of receivers, led by Major Bellamy who caught both touchdowns, including a 68-yarder. His catch and run gave Central a 14-0 first-quarter lead as the Black Knights cruised to a 28-0 halftime lead. Forrest finished the first half with more than 300 yards passing, playing pitch-and-catch with Bellamy, Azaviar Kufour, Sam Westmoreland and others. The senior quarterback completed 24 of 35 passes on the night.

Central Gwinnett coach [More]