Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

How the new top 10 teams fared in Week 9

  • 6:45 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb


1. (1) Colquitt County (8-0)

Last week: Beat Valdosta 48-20. Sihiem King rushed for 302 yards and scored on runs of 11, 70 and 37 yards. He also had an 82-yard run. Colquitt can clinch the No. 1 seed in Region 1 with victory in either of its final two games. Next: Oct. 31 at Tift County (6-2)

2. (2) Grayson (8-0)

Last week: Beat Central Gwinnett 28-0. Camryn Brent rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, and Grayson forced three turnovers. Chase Brice was 9-of-14 passing for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Friday at Dacula [More]

Notable results of Week 9: Tift County, Lee County shake up Region 1-AAAAAA

  • 6:36 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Chip Saye

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable games of the weekend:

1. Tift County 37, Camden County 34: Less than a month ago, Camden County was undefeated and ranked No. 2. But after three consecutive region losses, the Wildcats are in last place in 1-AAAAAA. Camden must win its two remaining games – against No. 6 Lee County and No. 1 Colquitt County – or will miss the playoffs for the first time since 1988.

2. Lee County 42, Lowndes 30: Lee County, coming off a 58-14 blowout loss to No. 1 Colquitt County the week before, [More]

Four Questions with Drew coach Dorwyn Lyles

  • 6:24 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We’ll report from a different head coach each day.

Dorwyn Lyles, Drew

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “My dad, Cedell C. Lyles Jr. He was never a high school coach, but I witnessed him coach other levels with such passion and drive. He was very well respected and always stressed being disciplined and accountable.” [Coach Lyles grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C., and graduated from high school in Pennsylvania.]

2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? “James Davis, Douglas High School. Hard [More]

Daily List: Longest streaks of non-losing seasons

  • 6:12 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Brookwood came up short last week in its upset bid against No. 3 Dacula, losing 35-29 after recovering an onside kick in the final minute but failing to move the ball. It dropped the Broncos to 2-6, meaning their 27-year streak of non-losing seasons is in grave peril. Here are the longest streaks of non-losing seasons entering the 2014 season.

52 – Dalton (1959-2010)

42 – Lincoln Co. (1972-2013)

41 – Warner Robins (1966-2006)

41 – Thomasville (1953-1993)

36 – Carrollton (1950-1985)

35 – Mary Persons (1965-1999)

34 – Lakeside, Atlanta (1964-1997)

32 – Marist (1982-2013)

32 – Valdosta (1974-2005)

32 – Griffin (1968-1999)

28 – Peach County (1986-2013)

28 – Brookwood [More]

Daily Trivia: Dalton’s coach for 33 of its 52 consecutive winning seasons

  • 6:00 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Dalton’s streak of 52 consecutive non-losing seasons is the state record. Dalton had winning records in each of those 52 seasons. The streak ended in 2011 only because of forfeits assessed for the inadvertent use of an ineligible player. The streak would be at 55 and still active otherwise. Who was Dalton’s coach for 33 seasons of that streak? (Answer Tuesday)

Answer to Friday’s question: The last school from a county on Georgia’s northern border that reached a state championship game was Ridgeland of Walker County in 2012. Schools on Georgia’s northern border that have won state titles are Dalton in 1967, [More]

Poll Talk: Lee County vaults into Top 10 after upset of Lowndes

  • 9:39 am Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Lee County is a South Georgia high school that is often prideful in October for being the alma mater of World Series star Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants.

This year, the football team is celebrating a fall classic of its own – the 42-30 victory over fourth-ranked Lowndes that has launched the Trojans into the Top 10 of Class AAAAAA at No. 6 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution high school football poll.

This is only the fifth season that the Trojans have been ranked since starting varsity football in 1971, and the first time in the highest classification. The highest Lee [More]

Saturday football scores

  • 10:28 pm Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by AJC Sports


Beach 32, Islands 0

Burke County 48, Windsor Forest 0

Lithonia 27, Arabia Mountain 20

Mitchell County 46, Miller County 0

Redan 45, Stone Mountain 26

Worth County 28, Westover 20

Class A Blog: No. 2 Marion outlasts No. 5 Hawkinsville; No. 8 Tattnall Square stays unbeaten; Mt. Pisgah bounces back

  • 5:56 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Marion County edges Hawkinsville
No. 2 Marion County (7-0, 5-0 in Region 4) claimed a 13-6 win over No. 5 Hawkinsville (7-1, 5-1) in a defensive slugfest that may have been a preview of the public school state title game in two months.  The Hawkinsville defense that had been yielding less than a touchdown a game held the defending state champions to just 200 yards total offense, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, and bottled up the Eagles’ two main offensive weapons – junior receiver Lorenzo Smothers and senior running back Johnny Royal.  But Smothers served as an effective decoy on Marion [More]

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]

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]