Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

Grayson 14 Archer 10

  • 1:09 am Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by robhadd

Robert Haddocks

With the game on the line, Grayson made a goal line stand and held on for a 14-10 win over Archer.

After a 67-yard completion, Archer lined up inside the Rams’ two-yard line. But as seconds ticked away Grayson, led by Justin Young, Mykelle McDaniel and Chris Martin, stuffed four consecutive runs. Archer quarterback Gabe Tiller tried to sneak in the last two, but he was met by a wall of defenders.

“The finish was incredible,” said Grayson coach Mickey Conn, whose Rams improved to 3-0, 1-0 in Region 8-AAAAAA. “What they did was unbelievable. It was a great win for [More]

East Coweta 17, Whitewater 14

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

Peachtree Ridge 41 Parkview 24

  • 11:16 pm Friday, September 5th, 2014 by robhadd

By Robert Haddocks

Once the defensive end crashed, Chance Thrasher knew he could dash.

Running the read option, the Peachtree Ridge quarterback saw an opening and he took off, running untouched for a 57-yard touchdown in the third quarter. “I pulled the ball down and ran straight down the field. All I saw was open space,” said Thrasher, whose run put an exclamation point on a stellar night in which he also threw for four touchdowns.

The plan entering the game against Parkview was to “play fast,” Thrasher said, and he and his teammates did that in a 41-24 win over the Panthers [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]

Valdosta 31, Brookwood 0

  • 6:57 pm Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

The good news for Brookwood is that the season has just begun.  The bad news is that the season has just begun, and offensively, the Broncos have a long way to go.

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]

AAAAAA: Maxwell projects playoff draw, results

  • 9:32 pm Sunday, August 10th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Below are the Maxwell Ratings’ predictions of the playoff draw for Class AAAAAA.

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

Although regions may use [More]

AAAAAA: Maxwell Ratings predict region standings, W-L records

  • 9:24 pm Sunday, August 10th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings have predicted the region standings and the won-lost records of Georgia’s Class AAAAAA teams. The computer ratings are the work of Loren Maxwell, founder of the Georgia High School Football Historical Association. He has been involved with sports ratings since 1986.

His region-by-region breakdowns are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 trials at the rate of approximately 51 seasons per second.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the Monte Carlo simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure (i.e., schedules, region alignments, etc.).

All out of state opponents were considered [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]

Region 8-AAAAAA coaches make history with first-ever All-Region Track and Field team

  • 2:06 pm Monday, May 26th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

For the first time a region in the Georgia High School Association has selected an all-region track and field team.  The coaches in Region 8-AAAAAA put together boys and girls teams that feature the region champion in each event, plus two more athletes voted on by the coaches.

So here is the first ever all-region track and field team, a great idea by the coaches in Region 8-AAAAAA that may catch on in other regions.  Region 8-AAAAAA is made up of the following schools:  Archer, Berkmar, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Grayson, Parkview, Shiloh and South Gwinnett.  Shiloh was the boys Class [More]