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AA blog: Washington-Wilkes tops among quartet of rapid risers

  • 12:11 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Another week, another shuffling of the top 10 in Class AA.

We’ve talked about it a lot here, so I won’t belabor the point, but the fact that two of the top four teams have lost in each week so far means we’ve had a lot of turnover in the top 10 – proof once again that preseason rankings don’t mean much once games get underway.

The primary beneficiary when it comes to the rankings shake-up has been Washington-Wilkes. The Tigers opened at No. 6 and are now sitting at No. 2 after thumping rival Lincoln County, 36-10, on Friday.

What makes Washington-Wilkes an [More]

High school football standings through Week 2

  • 9:45 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Chip Saye

Class AAAAAA

Region 1-AAAAAA

Team
Reg.
All

Camden County
0-0
2-0

Colquitt County
0-0
2-0

Lee County
0-0
2-0

Lowndes
0-0
2-0

Tift County
0-0
2-0

Valdosta
0-0
2-0

Region 2-AAAAAA

Newton
0-0
2-0

Rockdale Co.
0-0
2-0

Lovejoy
0-0
1-0

Lakeside (Atlanta)
0-0
1-1

Alcovy
0-0
0-1

Tucker
0-0
0-2

Region 3-AAAAAA

Campbell
0-0
2-0

Hughes
0-0
2-0

East Coweta
0-0
1-0

Newnan
0-0
1-0

Westlake
0-0
1-0

South Cobb
0-0
1-1

Pebblebrook
0-0
0-1

Douglas County
0-0
0-2

Region 4-AAAAAA

Harrison
0-0
2-0

Hillgrove
0-0
2-0

Kennesaw Mountain
0-0
1-0

North Cobb
0-0
1-1

North Paulding
0-0
1-1

McEachern
0-0
0-1

Marietta
0-0
0-2

*Osborne

1-1

Region 5-AAAAAA

Cherokee
0-0
2-0

Etowah
0-0
2-0

Walton
0-0
2-0

Woodstock
0-0
2-0

Milton
0-0
1-0

Roswell
0-0
1-1

Wheeler
0-0
1-1

Lassiter
0-0
0-2

Pope
0-0
0-2

Region 6-AAAAAA

Northview
0-0
1-0

Alpharetta
0-0
0-1

Centennial
0-0
0-1

Chattahoochee
0-0
0-1

Habersham Central
0-0
0-1

Johns Creek
0-0
0-1

Lambert
0-0
0-1

North Forsyth
0-0
0-1

South Forsyth
0-0
0-1

West Forsyth
0-0
0-1

Region 7-AAAAAA

Norcross
0-0
2-0

Peachtree Ridge
0-0
1-0

Collins Hill
0-0
1-1

Mill Creek
0-0
1-1

Mountain View
0-0
1-1

North Gwinnett
0-0
1-1

Meadowcreek
0-0
0-1

Duluth
0-0
0-2

Region 8-AAAAAA

Dacula
0-0
1-0

Grayson
0-0
1-0

Parkview
0-0
1-0

Central Gwinnett
0-0
0-1

Shiloh
0-0
0-1

South Gwinnett
0-0
0-1

Archer
0-0
0-2

Berkmar
0-0
0-2

Brookwood
0-0
0-2

Class AAAAA

Region 1-AAAAA

Carver (Columbus)
0-0
2-0

Columbus
0-0
1-0

Harris County
0-0
0-1

Northside (Col.)
0-0
0-1

Hardaway
0-0
0-2

LaGrange
0-0
0-2

Shaw
0-0
0-2

Region 2-AAAAA

Cross Creek
0-0
1-0

Evans
0-0
1-0

Greenbrier
0-0
1-0

Grovetown
0-0
1-0

Houston County
0-0
1-0

Jones County
0-0
1-0

Northside (W.R.)
0-0
1-0

Richmond Academy
0-0
0-0-1

Warner Robins
0-0
0-1

Lakeside (Evans)
0-0
0-1

Region 3-AAAAA

Glynn Academy
1-0
2-0

Coffee
0-0
2-0

Effingham County
0-0
2-0

Ware County
0-0
2-0

Richmond Hill
0-0
0-0

Bradwell Institute
0-0
0-1

Statesboro
0-0
0-1

South Effingham
0-0
0-1

Brunswick
0-1
1-1

Region 4-AAAAA Div. A

Drew
0-0
1-0

Morrow
0-0
1-0

Northgate
0-0
1-0

McIntosh
0-0
1-1

Forest Park
0-0
0-1

Mundy’s Mill
0-0
0-1

Starr’s Mill
0-0
0-1

Region 4-AAAAA Div. B

Luella
0-0
2-0

Woodland (Stock.)
0-0
2-0

Dutchtown
0-0
1-1

Stockbridge
0-0
1-1

Ola
0-0
0-1

Union Grove
0-0
0-1

Region 5-AAAAA

Allatoona
2-0
2-0

Alexander
0-0
1-0

Hiram
0-0
1-0

New Manchester
0-0
1-0

Paulding County
0-0
1-0

South Paulding
0-0
1-0

Chapel Hill
0-0
0-1

Lithia Springs
0-0
0-1

East Paulding
0-1
1-1

Villa Rica
0-1
1-1

Region 6-AAAAA Div. A

Miller Grove
0-0
2-0

Druid Hills
0-0
1-0

Dunwoody
0-0
1-0

Southwest DeKalb
0-0
1-1

Stephenson
0-0
1-1

M.L. King
0-0
0-1

*Clarkston

0-2

Region 6-AAAAA Div. B

Tri-Cities
0-0
1-0

Carver (Atlanta)
0-0
1-1

Creekside
0-0
1-1

Mays
0-0
1-1

Banneker
0-0
0-1

Region 7-AAAAA Div. A

Dalton
0-0
1-1

Cass
0-0
0-1

Creekview
0-0
0-1

River Ridge
0-0
0-1

Rome
0-0
0-1

Sequoyah
0-0
0-1

Woodland (Carters.)
0-0
0-1

Region 7-AAAAA Div. B

Cambridge
0-0
2-0

Kell
0-0
2-0

Riverwood
0-0
2-0

Forsyth Central
0-0
1-0

North Atlanta
0-0
1-0

North Springs
0-0
0-2

Sprayberry
0-0
0-2

Region 8-AAAAA

Flowery Branch
0-0
1-0

Lanier
0-0
1-0

Loganville
0-0
1-0

Apalachee
0-0
0-1

Cedar Shoals
0-0
0-1

Clarke Central
0-0
0-1

Gainesville
0-0
0-1

Heritage (Conyers)
0-0
0-1

Salem
0-0
0-1

Winder-Barrow
0-0
0-1

Class [More]

Daily Trivia: Icon who reportedly scored 10 touchdowns in a game twice

  • 6:45 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Woodward Academy’s Elijah Holyfield on Friday became one of about 20 players in GHSA history to score seven touchdowns in a game. The documented GHSA record is held by Kenneth Moore of Calhoun, who scored 10 touchdowns against Acworth in 1948. Which former Georgia high school player and icon was written up in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” for scoring 10 touchdowns in a game for Fitzgerald twice in a season? (Answer Wednesday)

Answer to Monday’s question: Lincoln County has beaten Warren County 39 consecutive times. Brookwood has beaten Berkmar 23 straight times. Griffin has beaten Jonesboro 21 straight times. Those [More]

Daily List: Most recent top-10 finishes by Atlanta Public Schools teams

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Academy broke into the Top 10 this week at No. 8 in Class AA after a 14-7 victory over Callaway. B.E.S.T., an all-male school, is the only Atlanta Public Schools team in the current Top 10, although Mays was ranked No. 10 in the preseason in AAAAA. It’s rare for an Atlanta school to finish in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Top 10. Here is the last time that each current APS school made it.

*Carver – 1968 (No. 9)

Douglass – 2004 (No. 8)

Grady – 2010 (No. 6)

Jackson – Never

Mays – Never

North Atlanta – 1968 (No. 10)

South [More]

Four Questions with Houston County coach Von Lassiter

  • 6:15 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 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.

Von Lassiter, Houston County

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “Conrad Nix at Northside [Warner Robins]. He taught me the ins and outs of running a football program. He taught me how to coach kids extremely hard, hold them accountable and show them how to be a man of God.”

2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? “Greg Reid, Lowndes, 2008. He was a dynamic player on both sides of the ball and [More]

Top performances from Week 2: Holyfield, Miller have big touchdown nights

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Top five

*Cherokee QB Spencer Ashley was 19-of-28 passing for 300 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 104 yards on eight carries in a 42-14 victory over North Forsyth.

*Griffin RB Malik Miller scored six touchdowns, rushed for 251 yards on 24 carries, and had one catch for 18 yards and a touchdown in a 47-7 victory over Henry County.

*Harris County QB Taquon Marshall was 13-for-17 passing for 191 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 224 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in a 48-43 loss to Central of Phenix City, Ala. He also made a pair of two-point [More]

Daily Trivia: Most consecutive victories against one opponent

  • 7:00 am Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Carver defeated its Columbus rival Spencer for the 16th consecutive time last week, but that’s not close to the state record of 39 straight wins over the same opponent. Which teams this season can extend winning streaks over the same opponent beyond 20 games? Hint: Their long-suffering opponents are Warren County (39), Berkmar (23) and Jonesboro (21). (Answer Tuesday)

Answer to Friday’s question: Gordon Lee and Trion have the longest continuous rivalry in Georgia. They have played each other every season since 1946, including the 2014 opener, won by Trion 21-15. Trion leads the series 58-21-1. They first played in 1933. [More]

Daily List: Teams that were unbeaten and untied in consecutive GHSA seasons

  • 6:45 am Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Creekside’s bid to go 15-0 in back-to-back was ended last week in a 21-20 loss to Hughes. It’s not any easy feat. Only 16 schools have finished unbeaten and untied in consecutive GHSA seasons. Griffin, Buford and Aquinas still have a shot at it this season. Note that only the most recent eight teams played as many as 15 games in a season.

1949-50 Decatur

1953-54 Hawkinsville

1956-57 Valdosta

1960-62 Valdosta

1967-68 Thomson

1972-73 Southeast Bulloch

1974-75 Americus

1976-77 Lincoln County

1978-79 East Rome

1982-83 West Rome

1989-90 Lincoln County

1996-97 Washington County

2000-02 Parkview

2001-03 Buford

2006-07 Northside (W. Robins)

2007-08 Buford

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Four Questions with Telfair County coach Matt Burleson

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 1st, 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.

Matt Burleson, Telfair County

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “My father, Gene Burleson, also a high school coach of 37 years. He taught me the value of hard work and how to do things the right way on and off the field. One of the best men and coaches I’ve ever been around. Now recently deceased after a long bout with cancer, he showed me how to keep fighting no matter what life throws at [More]

Notable results from Week 2: North Cobb, B.E.S.T. Academy pull off big surprises

  • 6:15 am Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Chip Saye

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

1. North Cobb 36, North Gwinnett 29: North Cobb gave no indication in a lopsided 38-20 season-opening loss to Class AAAAA Northside of Warner Robins (ranked No. 1 this week) that it could compete with the top teams in AAAAAA. The Warriors did more than compete, though, upsetting then-No. 2 North Gwinnett on Tyler Queen’s 1-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds remaining.

2. B.E.S.T Academy 14, Callaway 7: B.E.S.T. almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets in playoff history last season, losing to Carver of [More]