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 6

  • 6:48 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb


1. (1) Colquitt County (5-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Lowndes (5-0)

2. (2) Camden County (5-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Valdosta (5-0)

3. (3) Lowndes (5-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Colquitt County (5-0)

4. (4) Grayson (5-0)

Last week: Beat Berkmar 36-12. Grayson led 36-0 at halftime. Cameryn Brent rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Next: Friday vs. South Gwinnett (1-4)

5. (5) Valdosta (5-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Camden County (5-0)

6. (6) Hughes (3-1)

Last week: Beat Douglas County 24-9. Hughes allowed only six first downs and 78 total yards. [More]

Four Questions with Eastside coach Rick Hurst

  • 6:40 am Monday, September 29th, 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.

Rick Hurst, Eastside

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “Coach Tony Ball, now the receivers coach at Georgia. He was my receiver coach at UT-Chattanooga back in the early 1990s. The man knows how to coach. He is a fundamental guru at the position, and he motivated me daily to be a better player and human being. I would not have had the successes I have had in this profession without knowing and being coached by [More]

Daily List: Teams that gave up 30 points per game but outscored their opponents

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

North Gwinnett is allowing 34.2 points per game but is averaging 40.4 and is 4-1 and ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAAA. Only 11 teams in state history have allowed 30.0 or more points per game in the regular season and still outscored their opponents. North Gwinnett would be the 12th. Eight of the 11 failed to make the playoffs, and two lost in the first round. Only one advanced. That was 2010 Colquitt County. The Packers lost to Brookwood 52-38 in the Class AAAAA championship game.

*2014 N. Gwinnett: 40.4-34.2

*2013 Drew: 34.7-31.7

*2013 North Murray: 33.1-32.3

*2013 Rome: 31.8-30.5

*2013 Wheeler: 30.8-30.4

*2012 North [More]

Notable results of Week 6: Houston County suffers letdown, Kell escapes upset bid

  • 6:15 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Chip Saye

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

1. Lakeside (Evans) 24, Houston County 20: Houston County had a bit of a letdown after routing Warner Robins 62-30 in its previous game and missed on its opportunity to reach 5-0 for the first time since 1997. Lakeside, which was 1-3 coming into the game, has won all three meetings between the teams (all since 2012) by a total of seven points.

2. Kell 28, Cambridge 27: Kell extended its regular-season winning streak to 22 games, but it took a 40-yard touchdown pass on the [More]

Daily Trivia: Quarterback for Habersham Central’s high-scoring 2011 team

  • 6:00 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The 2011 Habersham Central team made today’s Daily List of the 11 teams in state history that have allowed 30 or more points per game during the regular season, yet outscored their opponents. Habersham lost to Chattahoochee 65-48 in the Class AAAA first round that year. Habersham is 1-24 since then. Who was Habersham Central’s quarterback in 2011, and what is his current status as a football player? (Answer Tuesday)

Answer to Friday’s question: The three former Georgia high school players who lead their ACC teams in passing yards are Deshaun Watson of Clemson (Gainesville), Will Gardner of Louisville (Coffee) and Greyson [More]

Poll talk: Mays upsets Lovejoy, jumps to No. 6 in AAAAA rankings

  • 10:35 am Sunday, September 28th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Newly ranked Mays will play its Region 6-AAAAA opener on Friday against defending state champion Creekside, but excuse the Raiders for taking a moment to savor one of their biggest victories in recent years.

Mays, ranked No. 6 in this week’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution high school football rankings, defeated Lovejoy, previously ranked No. 10 in AAAAAA, 40-35 on Saturday at Lakewood Stadium.

‘’It helped out kids see that they can play with the big boys,’’ Mays coach Corey Jarvis said. “Lovejoy is coming from two state finals (2011 and 2012) and made the quarterfinals last year. Our kids know now they can play [More]

Saturday football, volleyball and softball scores

  • 10:40 pm Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by AJC Sports


Dougherty 21, Albany 14

Griffin 27, Jonesboro 6

Mays 40, Lovejoy 35

St. Pius 31, Grady 28


Cartersville 4, Landmark Christian 2

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 9, Starr’s Mill 1

Hillgrove 9, Dade County 0

King’s Ridge Christian 26, Galloway 14

Lambert 4, Milton 2

Lambert 8, St. Pius 0

Lassiter 8, Dade County 0

Lassiter 2, Walnut Grove 0

Marion County 13, Hardaway

South Cobb 14, Landmark Christian 3

Upson-Lee 12, Hampton 0

Walnut Grove 5, Hillgrove 2

Wesleyan 11, Chamblee 0

Wesleyan 4, Decatur 2

Wesleyan 14, Westlake 8

Woodland 8, Cherokee 3


Allatoona 2, Brunswick 0

Chestatee 2, East Hall 1

Columbus 2, Guntersville (Ala.) 0

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 2, McIntosh 0

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 2, Newnan 0

East [More]

AAAAAA blog: Woodstock, Northview make history … Big nights for Cherokee WR, South Cobb QB … R1 is 29-0 … NG brings arena-league to GA

  • 9:01 am Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Woodstock’s 47-44 victory over Etowah on Friday might live as one of the epic games in Cherokee County history. It made Woodstock 5-0 for the first time in history, which dates to 1997, in a game between unbeaten teams.

Woodstock won in the second overtime when Justin Anger threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Josh Loud after Etowah was held to a field goal. Agner passed for 189 and rushed for 66.

“I hope this builds more confidence in them to know that’s a playoff team that we just played,” Woodstock coach Brent Budde told the Cherokee Tribune.

Woodstock has been [More]

Class A Blog: Landmark loses and wins; Mt. Paran sends a message; Dooly County, Pacelli slug it out

  • 2:27 am Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Landmark loses game, wins respect.  When is a loss a win?  When you go toe-to-toe for four quarters with the eighth-ranked team from a league two classifications higher than yours in a game that could have been played in a phone booth.  That was the case for Landmark Christian (4-1) which fell 21-7 to Class AAA Central-Carrollton, a team with a punishing option-based offense and a defense that has yielded a total of 13 points this season.  Even with the loss, the War Eagles might maintain their No. 8 ranking in Class A, and they most certainly established themselves as [More]

Central-Carrollton 21, Landmark Christian 7

  • 12:31 am Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Landmark Christian and Central-Carrollton took things back to the old school Friday night.

On a field behind a school built in the 1950s, in a stadium named after an octogenarian, the War Eagles and Lions played most of the game between the hash marks.  In the end,Central took advantage of three Landmark turnovers to claim a 21-7 win, in a physical slugfest between two teams ranked No. 8 – Central (5-0) in Class AAA, Landmark (4-1) in Class A.

Central is now 5-0 for the first time since 1987, when the Lions ran the table and finished 15-0 to win the Class [More]