Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

Charges dropped against Larry Campbell

  • 10:25 am Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Simple battery charges against retired Lincoln County football coach Larry Campbell have been dropped by the plaintiff, WRDW-TV in Augusta has reported.

Campbell was charged on May 14 after an altercation at a Lincoln County school board meeting. Campbell was accused by Shaun Glass of grabbing Glass by the shirt and threating to kill him after Glass publicly criticized Campbell’s son, school superintendent Brian Campbell.

Campbell through his attorney acknowledged that he placed his hands on a man’s shirt and told him to stop making disparaging comments but denied making any threats.

Glass’s attorney, Vic Hawk, told the TV station that Glass no longer [More]

Football: Georgia’s ‘best of the rest’

  • 10:13 am Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

For the past two months, some of Georgia’s best high school football players have been recognized in an series that highlighted the best 10 players at their positions. The final part of that series today takes a look at ‘’the best of the rest’’ – 10 players that didn’t make our previous lists, perhaps because they don’t easily fit a particular position, or because they fly under the radar and should make names for themselves this fall.

Here is a look back at our top players by position if you missed any of those:


Running back

Wide receiver

Offensive line


Lincoln County promotes Banks to replace Campbell

  • 7:25 am Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Kevin Banks was approved as the head football coach at Lincoln County at a school board meeting Tuesday.

Banks, an assistant at Lincoln County for the past 19 seasons, replaces Larry Campbell, who won 477 games and 11 state championships in 42 seasons. Banks also will replace Campbell as athletics director.

“He led a dynasty,” Banks told the Augusta Chronicle. “We want to continue it.”

Banks, who had served as defensive coordinator, was part of Lincoln County’s state titles in 1995, 2005 and 2006.

10 best DB in Georgia: At 6-5, 223, this is not your father’s Woerner

  • 9:24 am Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Charlie Woerner’s name alone is intimidating. His uncle is Scott Woerner, the All-America defensive back for Georgia’s 1980 national championship team.

But Scott Woerner didn’t have nearly the size and perhaps not even the athleticism of Rabun County’s all-state junior. Charlie is 6 feet, 5 inches, 223 pounds. (Scott was 6-0, 190). Charlie recently placed third in the 110-meter hurdles and shot put and fourth in the discuss in the Class AA meet in Jefferson.

‘’Players like Charlie are very rare with his size and speed,’’ Rabun County coach Lee Shaw said. “He has tremendous speed and range for his size. He [More]

Walton football hires Dixon as head coach

  • 10:16 am Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Story update: Dixon promises to bring up-tempo practice to Walton

Maurice “Mo” Dixon, a former defensive coordinator at North Gwinnett, is the new head football coach at Walton, the Cobb County school announced Tuesday.

Dixon was the defensive coordinator at Byrnes High in South Carolina for the 2013, but he’s better known in Georgia for heading up the defenses at North Gwinnett from 2007, when the Bulldogs reached the Class AAAAA championship game, through 2012.

North Gwinnett had 12 shutouts during Dixon’s seven seasons.

Dixon has been a head coach at North Broward Prep in Florida and Knott County Central and Hazard in [More]

10 best LB in Georgia: Athleticism, versatility define this group

  • 10:32 am Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Georgia’s best high school linebackers aren’t just tackling machines. The AJC’s list of the 10 best in the state includes some of the most versatile and athletic players at any position.

Take Buford’s Joshua Thomas. He was first-team all-state at linebacker last season, but he rushed for more than 1,000 yards for a state championship team last fall. Rivals lists him as the No. 2 fullback prospect nationally, though he’s rated more commonly at linebacker.

Tucker’s Elijah Sullivan, who is committed to Auburn as a linebacker, was the second-leading rusher for a state runner-up in 2014, when he scored 11 touchdowns.

Macon Couty’s [More]

17 NFL Draft picks from Georgia is the new norm; four first-rounders is exceptional

  • 5:29 pm Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb
Jerrick McKinnon

The four former Georgia high school football players taken in the recent NFL Draft were the most since 2005 and second-most in history, according to research from the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

Georgia’s four first-rounders were Ju’Wuan James of North Gwinnett (No. 19 overall to Miami), Darqueze Dennard of Twiggs County (No. 24 to Cincinnati), Marcus Smith of Haraway (No. 26 to Philadelphia) and Brad Roby of Peachtree City (No. 31 to Denver).

The most first-round picks from Georgia was five in 2005. Those were Ronnie Brown of Cartersville (No. 2 overall), Adam “Pacman” Jones of Westlake (No. 6), Carlos [More]

Lincoln County’s Campbell arrested, charged with battery, after incident at school board meeting

  • 12:10 pm Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Retired Lincoln County football coach Larry Campbell was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of simple battery and released on bond, several media outlets are reporting.

The arrest stems from a reported altercation at a Lincoln County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday evening, according to the Augusta Chronicle and two Augusta-area TV stations.

Campbell’s son, Bryan Campbell, is Lincoln County’s school superintendent.

According to WRDW-TV, citing a police report, Campbell confronted someone in attendance who publicly criticized Bryan Campbell in the meeting. The report said that Larry Campbell grabbed the alleged victim by his shirt collar and threatened him, according to the TV [More]

10 best DL in Georgia: Westover’s Thompson rises to No. 1 in nation

  • 9:53 am Monday, May 12th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

A big deal was made two years ago when Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson was the first Georgia high school player since Herschel Walker to be declared the consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation.

Now, another No. 1 has come along – Westover defensive tackle Trenton Thompson – but with perhaps less fanfare.

Nkemdiche was first-team all-state as a sophomore and the state’s all-class player of the year as a junior, when he led Grayson a state championship.

‘’Nkemdiche had the advantage of being in you guys’ backyard,’’ said Westover coach Octavia Jones, pointing to the media spotlight of metro Atlanta. ‘’That was [More]

New M.L. King coach: ‘Main missing ingredient last year was discipline’

  • 9:10 am Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Nicolas Kashama was the defensive coordinator for three straight region championship teams at M.L. King before leaving for Georgia Prep Sports Academy last season.

Kashama is back at M.L. King – he was announced as King’s new head coach this week – and says there’s unfinished business, which would be a state championship for a program that has averaged nearly 10 victories over the past 10 seasons but often fallen short in the playoffs.

‘’Being away from it last year, sitting back and watching it, I was biting my tongue, knowing I could’ve done some things to take this program to the [More]