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

Consensus of six polls: Buford, WACO are unanimous No. 1’s

  • 8:15 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Here’s a look at Georgia’s teams ranked on a consensus of six polls (AJC – Atlanta Journal-Constitution/GHSF Daily; GS – Georgia Sports Writers Association; GPB – Georgia Public Broadcasting; SA – Score Atlanta; MP – MaxPreps; and Max – Maxwell Ratings):

Class AAAAAA
AJC
GS
GPB
SA
MAX
MP
TOT

1. McEachern (11-3)
1
1
1
2
6
1
54

2. Colquitt County (11-3)
2
2.5
3
4
3
4
47.5

3. Archer (11-1)
3
2.5
2
1

2
44.5

4. North Gwinnett (13-2)
4
4
5
5
2
3
43

5. Mill Creek (6-4)
6
5
8
3

6
27

6. Lovejoy (10-2)
7
6
9
6
7
7
24

7. Tucker (14-1)
5
7
4
9
9
10
22

8. Camden County (10-2)
8
8
6
8
4

21

9. Norcross (13-2)
9
9
7

1

18

10. Collins Hill (11-2)




5
8
9

11. Hughes (10-2)
10




5
7

12. Grayson (4-6)

10

7


5

13. Lowndes (9-4)




8

3

14. Milton (8-3)





9
2

15T. Hillgrove (11-2)




10

1

15T. Marietta (8-3)



10


1

15T. Peachtree Ridge (8-4)


10



1

Class AAAAA
AJC
GS
GPB
SA
MAX
MP
TOT

1. Creekside (15-0)
1
1
1
2
4
1
56

2. Northside, WR (10-2)
4
2
4
1
3
5
47

3. Ware County (11-2)
5
4
3
5
5
4
40

4. Stephenson (9-3)
2
3
2
4
7

37

5. Coffee (5-5)
3
7.5
7.5
3
6
3
36

6. Gainesville (12-2)
8
5
6
7
1
7
32

7. Kell (13-1)
7
6
7.5
6
2

26.5

8. Mays [More]

Maxwell: Computer ranks Georgia teams from 1 to 417

  • 7:57 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings have ranked Georgia’s 417 teams for the 2014 preseason. The initial rankings are based entirely on historical performance and do not consider personnel changes on the roster or coaching staffs.

As this season’s games are played, the Maxwell Ratings will be based on a modified logistic regression of the current football season’s results in combination with each team’s historical performance. More recent games and games against similarly rated opponents carry more weight and the weight of each team’s historical performance diminishes as the team’s season progresses.

The ratings are scaled so that 100.00 is the rating required to win 91.5% of [More]

Four Questions with Veterans coach David Bruce

  • 7:15 am Wednesday, August 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.

David Bruce, Veterans

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “Coach Robert Davis. Coach Davis taught me how a first-class program is supposed to be run. He taught me to look beyond the Xs and Os and that relationships are what really matters. I credit any coaching success I have had by learning from him.”

2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? “Jeff Francouer. Playoffs 2000 and 2001. He was such a great yet [More]

Daily Trivia: Georgia record-holder for career touchdowns

  • 6:50 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

North Oconee RB Kawon Bryant has scored 71 touchdowns in his career, according to MaxPreps’ statistics. If he scores 41 this season, as he did in 2013, he will have 112 for his career, good for second all-time in Georgia. Who holds Georgia’s record for touchdowns in a career? For extra credit, who ranks second? (Answer Thursday)

Answer to Tuesday’s question: Gary Phillips, the new executive director of the GHSA, was a head football coach at Johnson County (1978-79) and Riverwood (1980-82). His Johnson County team featuring Hershel Walker won the Class A title in 1979. Former executive directors [More]

Daily List: Rushing leaders from 2013 who return in 2014

  • 6:30 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

2,559 – Kawon Bryant, North Oconee (11 games)

2,374 – Mikell Lands-Davis, Alexander (13)

2,193 – Duranta Dunson, Heard County (12)

2,034 – Jamar Smith, Toombs County (10)

1,938 – Josh Bettistea, Allatoona (11)

1,928 – Ruben Garnett, Aquinas (14)

1,696 – Shannon Brooks, Pickens (10)

1,676 – Tra Minter, Schley County (10)

1,672 – Mecole Hardman, Elbert County (11)

1,664 – Micah Abernathy, GAC (12)

1,590 – Tario Fuller, Lanier (12)

1,560 – Jamarcus Morrissette, Chapel Hill (11)

1,519 – Deshawan Waller, B.E.S.T. Academy (11)

1,430 – KirVonte Benson, Marietta (11)

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POY Watch: Lovejoy’s Williams starts season at No. 1

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

For the fourth season, GHSF Daily will be keeping track of the race for the state player-of-the-year recognition. Similar to a Heisman Watch for college football, our weekly feature is called the POY Watch.

Unlike the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super 11 or all-state teams, which reflect the player’s individual talents, the POY Top 10 is more about a player’s impact on his team and the state as a whole.

Players of the year are more likely to be quarterbacks and running backs than linemen, although there have been exceptions. They are more likely to play on state-contending teams. These rankings reflect that.

The POY [More]

Kell Classic: This year’s teams are sizzling; so is the weather

  • 11:04 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Corky Kell Classic, an annual event that symbolically kicks off the Georgia high school football season, is in its 23rd year, but it’s safe to say there has never been one like what is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at McEachern.

For the first time, the event is being played over two days with a record 14 teams. Ten of those teams are state-ranked, also an event record. Five of the seven games match ranked opponents. Seven of the Top 10 teams in Class AAAAAA will participate.

All seven games will be televised by Fox Sports South, which will broaden viewership [More]

Four Questions with Calhoun coach Hal Lamb

  • 7:10 am Tuesday, August 19th, 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.

Hal Lamb, Calhoun

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “My dad [Ray Lamb, retired Hall of Fame coach for Warren County and Commerce] was the most influential person in my career. He taught me a lot about the game, but more importantly, he taught me how to treat people, including his coaches, players, parents and community.”

2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? “Struggling with that one. Too many good ones.” GHSF Daily [More]

Daily Trivia: Schools at which GHSA executive director Gary Phillips coached

  • 6:50 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Gary Phillips this summer became only the fifth executive director of the GHSA. He is the third who is a former Georgia high school head football coach. Sam Burke coached at Greensboro and Albany in the 1920s and 1930s, and Tommy Guillebeau was head coach at Tift County and Ware County in the 1950s and 1960s. Which schools did Phillips coach? (Answer Wednesday)

Answer to Monday’s question: The 2013 state champions that began the season unranked were Griffin (AAAA), Aquinas (A private) and Marion County (A public).

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Daily List: Teams moving up in class that were ranked at the end of 2013

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Reclassification conspired to move up several state contenders. Here are 14 that made the final Top 10 in 2013 but will be playing in a higher classification in 2014. Each will play one class higher except Carver (Columbus), which will move up two classes to AAAAA.

Class AAAAA

2. Tucker (14-1)

6. North Paulding (11-2)

Class AAAA

8. Stockbridge (10-2)

9. Statesboro (10-2)

10. Alexander (8-5)

Class AAA

1. Buford (15-0)

4. Carver, Columbus (11-2)

6. Woodward Academy (9-3)

7. St. Pius (9-4)

8. Cartersville (11-1)

Class AA

5. Calhoun (11-2)

7. Jefferson (10-3)

10. Laney (10-3)

Class A

9. Seminole County (11-1)

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