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Maxwell Week Ten Playoff Projections

  • 7:05 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Below are the current Maxwell Ratings’ playoff projections for each class.

The Maxwell Ratings playoff projections are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons and teams with 100 or more championship wins in the simulation are shown.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure as defined by the games, region alignments, and playoff brackets.

All out of state opponents were considered equal to the average of the GHSA team’s classification (i.e., out of state opponents of Class AAAAAA GHSA teams were treated as an average [More]

Top 10 games of Week 11

  • 6:30 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Clinch County at Charlton County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Indian Field, Folkston

Records, rankings: Clinch County is 5-3 overall, 4-1 in Region 2-A and No. 10; Charlton County is 7-1, 4-1 and No. 8.

Last meeting: Clinch County won 34-7 in 2013.

Three things to know: 1. Both teams trail Irwin County (6-1-1, 5-0) in Region 2, but Charlton is second in the Class A public-school power rankings, and Clinch is No. 12. Clinch has not won a game at Charlton since 1993. 2. Clinch County has scored 46, 42 and 59 points in the past three games and accumulated 621, 406, and [More]

Four Questions with Wayne County coach Jody Grooms

  • 6:20 am Thursday, October 30th, 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.

Jody Grooms, Wayne County

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “Ed Emory. Coach Emory took a chance on me and hired me out of college to coach his secondary at Anson High School in Wadesboro, N.C. He would say, ‘You might give out trying to motivate, inspire and coach a kid, but don’t you ever give up trying to motivate, inspire or coach a kid.’ Coach Emory believed in kids. He taught me to look beyond [More]

Daily List: Teams that have scored 70 or more points in a game this season

  • 6:10 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Four teams scored 70 or more points last week. That is the first time that has happened on one calendar date in Georgia history, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. It has happened several times that three teams have hit 70. The closest to having four occurred on Nov. 7, 1997, when Thomas County Central (73), Macon County (72) and Washington County (70) hit 70 or better and Grady beat Carver of Atlanta 69-6. Here are the 10 games in which a team has reached 70 points this season, including the four from Friday night.

Sept. 5

Tucker 77, [More]

Daily Trivia: Class A player of the year from Dacula in 1990

  • 6:00 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Dacula is ranked No. 2 this week, the program’s highest ranking since 1990, when the school competed in Class A. Who was Dacula’s quarterback and Class A player of the year in 1990? (Answer Friday)

Answer to Wednesday’s question: Graham Hixon was Woodward Academy’s head coach in 1985, the last time the football team was ranked No. 1 in an AJC poll. Hixon’s record was 276-95-16 in a career that included stops at Commerce and Gainesville.

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AAAAAA blog: Region by region look at top games, playoff possibilities

  • 2:47 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

For those who haven’t do so, I recommend looking at Loren Maxwell’s computerized projections for the state-playoff brackets. Regardless of whether you agree with them, the predictions make it clear what’s at stake in terms of position on the draw.

Below is a region-by-region look at the top games in Class AAAAAA this week and some of the playoff possibilities. Colquitt County, Lovejoy, Tucker, Westlake, Alpharetta and Archer are hoping to clinch titles with victories.

-Region 1 – Colquitt County (8-0, 3-0) can clinch its first region title since 1999 with a victory at Tift County (6-1, 2-1). Seems strange that a [More]

Maxwell Week 11 Projections

  • 7:05 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Each game is listed showing the game rate, favorite, the expected winning percentage of the favored team, the projected margin, and the opponent.
The game rating is the rating required to win 50% of all games in an infinite round robin competition against the expected rating of the loser of the game, which favors games with highly rated and closely matched opponents.

All data is courtesy of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

The Maxwell Ratings are a regular feature of Georgia High School Football Daily, a free e-mail newsletter. To join the mailing [More]

POY Watch: North Gwinnett’s Imatorbhebhe leaps into contention

  • 6:45 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Josh Imatorbhebhe was a basketball player through middle school, but North Gwinnett’s coaches were able to persuade him to play football as a ninth-grader. After a couple of seasons on the JV team, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has become one of the state’s top wide receivers.

Imatorbhebhe had five TD receptions in his last game, a 71-24 victory over Duluth.

“His speed is really good, and his vertical jump is off the charts,” North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire said. “His ball skills have improved steadily over time through hard work, and his route running and understanding of the little nuances of the position [More]

Composite state rankings through Week 10

  • 6:36 am Wednesday, October 29th, 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; GSWA – Georgia Sports Writers Association; GPB – Georgia Public Broadcasting; SA – Score Atlanta; MAX – Maxwell Ratings; and MP – MaxPreps):

Class AAAAAA
AJC
GSWA
GPB
SA
MAX
MP
TOT

1. Colquitt County (8-0)
1
1
1
1
1
1
60

2. Dacula (8-0)
2
2
2
2
2
3
53

3. Grayson (8-1)
3
4
4
5
5
5
40

4. Valdosta (7-1)
5
3
5
3
8
8
34

5. McEachern (6-2)
8
5
8
4
4
6
31

6. Milton (7-1)
6
6
3
6
9
7
29

7. Lee County (6-1)
4
8
6
7
3
10
28

8. North Gwinnett (6-2)
7
7
9
8
6
4
25

9. Lowndes (6-2)

7
2
13

10. Peachtree Ridge (6-2)
9
10
10
9
10

7

11T. Westlake (7-1)

9

10

9
5

11T. Tucker (6-2)
10

7

5

Class AAAAA
AJC
GSWA
GPB
SA
MAX
MP
TOT

1. Ware County (8-0)
1
1
1
1
2
1
59

2. Allatoona (9-0)
4
2
3.5
3
1
2
50.5

3. Coffee (7-1)
2
4
3.5
2
7
4
43.5

4. Kell (8-0)
3
3
2
4

32

5. Northside, Warner Robins (7-1)
9
5
6.5
5
6
3
31.5

6. Lanier (8-0)
5
6
5
6

22

7. Creekside (7-2)
7
7
8
9
9
5
21

8. Stephenson (6-2)
8

6.5

7
11.5

9. South Paulding (7-1)

3
9
10

10. Mays (6-2)

10.5

10
8
6
9.5

11T. Dalton (8-1)

9

4

9

11T. Harris County (6-2)
10
8
9
8

9

13. [More]

Daily List: Teams that have won at least five consecutive region titles

  • 6:24 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Three of the longest streaks of winning region championships are likely to come to an end this season. Camden County, a region champion each season from 2001 to 2013, is already out of contention this year in Region 1-AAAAAA. Losses last week by Carver of Columbus (2007-13) and Sandy Creek (2008-13) put those teams in dire straits, as well. Here are schools that have won five consecutive GHSA region titles. Note that Calhoun can move into second place all alone this season.

17 – Lincoln Co. (1982-1998)

13 – Calhoun (2001-2013)

13 – Camden Co. (2001-2013)

10 – Carrollton (1959-1968)

10 – Palmetto (1980-1989)

10 – [More]