Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

Class A Blog: No. 1 Aquinas, No. 2 Marion County survive; No. 5 Charlton County and No. 8 Hawkinsville send messages; No. 10 ECI falls while Savannah Christian rolls without Robertson

  • 2:18 pm Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

No. 1 Aquinas escapes.  The Irish (4-0, 1-0) needed a touchdown and extra point with just 10 seconds left to avoid being upset by Stratford Academy (1-2, 0-1) in the Region 7 opener for both teams.  Aquinas called on their super star, senior RB/DB Ruben Garnett, for the winning score, as he powered in from 3-yards out on fourth down, according to the Augusta Chronicle.  Justin Thompson’s extra point kick provided the edge in a 28-27 win. Garnett finished the game with 238 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The Eagles’ wing-T offense gave the Irish fits all night, as they [More]

Class AA roundup

  • 11:29 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by AJC Sports

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Greater Atlanta Christian 41, Hapeville Charter 0: Greater Atlanta Christian improved to 4-0 on the year as the Spartans’ offense posted 296 total yards, including 279 on 38 rushing attempts. Micah Abernathy led GAC with 110 yards and three touchdowns while Berkley Boglin had 65 yards and a score. On defense, Darius Slayton stood out by intercepting a pass in GAC’s own endzone and returning it 100 yards for a touchdown.

Lamar County 41, Ola 27: Juan Tucker scored late in the game to give Lamar County a two touchdown lead, and the visiting Trojans held on to [More]

Class A roundup

  • 11:20 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by AJC Sports

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Christian Heritage 13, Fellowship Christian 12: Christian Heritage held on to defeat Fellowship in part to a 95-yard romp by sophomore running back Ahmaad Tanner. Fellowship Christian junior Jake Williamson converted two field goals. With three minutes left in the game, the Lions took the lead on a 17-yard run. Christian Heritage moved to 2-2 overall while Fellowship dropped to 1-3.

Landmark Christian 55, Josey 20: Visiting Landmark Christian came away with a victory behind quarterback Stockton McGuire, who tossed three touchdown passes. The War Eagles opened up the game with a kick return touchdown, but Josey quickly answered [More]

Class AAA roundup

  • 11:16 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by AJC Sports

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Blessed Trinity 42, Jackson-Atlanta 0: Blessed Trinity posted its second consecutive shutout and remained undefeated by overwhelming visiting Jackson-Atlanta. The Titans’ dominant defense limited the Jaguars to 89 yards of total offense and it also returned two interceptions for touchdowns, one by Patrick Jasinski and the second courtesy of Garrett Dupuis. Blessed Trinity got two rushing scores from Elijah Hamilton and one from Jake Rudolph. Conor Davis threw a touchdown pass to Matt Higgins.

Central-Carroll 10, Fayette County 0: Central-Carroll posted its third shutout of the season and remained undefeated. Lions kicker Scott Anderson chipped in a field [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]

Creekside 28, Stephenson 14

  • 11:04 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

As a journalist made his way to the press box before Creekside took the field against visiting Stephenson, a Seminole fan shouted, “Where’s the write up on Bricen Terry? He’s the best back in the state.”

The fan might be right.

The 5-9, 210-pound senior slashed and rumbled his way to 208 yards on 29 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run late, to lead the Seminoles (4-1, 1-0 in Region 6-AAAAA), ranked No. 4, to a 28-14 win over No. 3 Stephenson (2-2, 0-1).

Terry got a major assist from his offensive line, led by bookend tackles Deandre Ford and Marquel Harrell.  They, [More]

North Gwinnett 42, Collins Hill 24

  • 10:39 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Behind the connection of John Urzua and Josh Imatorbhebhe, North Gwinnett overcame a big deficit early and blew past rival Collins Hill late on Friday night, winning 42-24 in the Region 7-AAAAAA opener for both teams.

The ninth-ranked Bulldogs (3-1) took their first lead of the game, 28-24, early in the fourth quarter when Urzua hit Imatorbhebhe for a 46-yard touchdown pass. North Gwinnett then turned a muffed punt into a short touchdown and returned an interception for a score to leave no doubt as to the outcome.

The Eagles (2-2) were going for their first back-to-back wins in the series [More]

Kell 28, Forsyth Central 14

  • 10:34 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Chip Saye

The opening of subregion play in 7-AAAAA turned out to be business as usual for fifth-ranked Kell, which won its 21st consecutive regular-season game on Friday at the Stockyard.

But Forsyth Central gave the Longhorns all they could handle, tying the game late in the third quarter before eventually coming up short in a 28-14 Kell victory.

Cameron Rosendahl threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to Josh Blancato on the first play after Forsyth Central tied the game 14-14 with 2:35 to play in the third quarter, and the Longhorns put it away on Rosendahl’s 1-yard run with 2:58 remaining in the game.

Rosendahl [More]

Lovett 42, B.E.S.T. Academy 28

  • 10:16 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Glennis Curry

No. 4 Lovett wore down No. 7 B.E.S.T. Academy and cruised to a 42-28 win Friday in a Region 6-AA matchup at Martin E. Kilpatrick Memorial Stadium in Atlanta.

The Eagles (2-2 overall, 0-1 in Region 6-AA) hung tough until a costly turnover late in the third quarter. With four seconds left, B.E.S.T. running back Deshant Hester lost a fumble at the Eagles’ 44. Lovett needed just four plays to convert the turnover into points, when senior quarterback Willie Candler scored his third rushing touchdown from three yards out to put the Lions up 35-20 with 11:40 left to play. The [More]

Class AAAAA roundup

  • 10:12 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by AJC Sports

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Dunwoody 21, Lakeside-DeKalb 17: Kaseem Duke rushed for two second-half touchdowns to help visiting Dunwoody win a back-and-forth affair against Lakeside-DeKalb. Tylor Scales started and ended the game with key plays for the Wildcats. He put his team on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run and he stopped Lakeside-DeKalb’s final drive with an interception after Duke had scored with 1:37 left in the game. The Vikings got touchdowns on a 43-yard pass from Will Jernigan to Damon Davis and a 46-yard run by Kellyen Walker, the latter which put them ahead with [More]