30 NFL Draft picks from Georgia is record; ranks #2 in U.S.

9:48 am May. 7, 2015

The 30 former Georgia high school players taken in the NFL Draft is a record – a whopping 10 more than the previous best of 20 in 2013.

The 30 also ranked ahead of California (27) and Texas (27) and behind only Florida (39) nationwide, according to research by Barton Simmons of 247Sports. Georgia ranked No. 4 in NFL players on opening-day 2014 rosters with 106. California led with 222.


Football hires: DeVoursney gets Cairo job; Shiloh picks Andrews

9:43 am Apr. 20, 2015

Steve DeVoursney, the coach who led to Griffin to a Class AAAA championship in 2014, has been named to replace Tom Fallaw at Cairo. DeVoursney was Cairo’s defensive coordinator last season.

DeVoursney resigned at Griffin in the winter of 2014 after a five-month investigation into alleged recruiting and inappropriate academic help to student-athletes. DeVoursney denied any wrongdoing.

DeVoursney’s record at Griffin was 128-35 in 13 seasons.

Fallaw stepped down but remained in the

Cairo football coach Fallaw resigns

10:44 pm Apr. 15, 2015

Tom Fallaw, the DeKalb County native who led Cairo to a state championship in 2008, announced his resignation Wednesday, according to the Times-Enterprise of Thomasville.

The resignation was Fallaw’s choice and Fallaw will remain in the school system, the newspaper quoted superintendent Lee Bailey as saying.

Fallaw, 44, a graduate of Cross Keys High and Georgia Southern, took the Cairo job in 2003. His teams were 116-34 in 12 seasons. Cairo

Whitefield Academy hires former NFL quarterback Gray

3:48 pm Apr. 15, 2015

Whitefield Academy on Wednesday hired Florida A&M offensive coordinator Quinn F. Gray Sr. as head coach.

Gray is a former quarterback for Florida A&M, where he set several school records. He played six years in the

Creekside football hires alumnus Rogers as head coach

3:32 pm Apr. 15, 2015

Creekside on Wednesday hired Valdosta offensive line coach Will Rogers, a Creekside alumnus, as its head football coach.

Rogers will replace Olten Downs, who left for a football staff position at the University of Georgia after two seasons, during which Creekside won the Class AAAAA championship in 2013.

Rogers was an outstanding lineman for Creekside through the 1999 season under Amos McCreary and was an assistant under McCreary at Whitewater from 2009

GHSA restricts full contact in football practice, puts basketball QF back to neutral courts

4:56 pm Apr. 13, 2015

The Georgia High School Association on Monday set limits on full contact during football practices to follow safety guidelines recommended last summer by the national federation.

The new rules, effective this fall, will limit full contact to 45 minutes per day and 135 minutes per week in preseason and then only 30 minutes per day and 90 per week in the regular season. Practices with full-contact drills cannot take place over

Football: A look at the 2015 schedule

9:20 am Apr. 8, 2015

The Georgia High School Association published the football schedules for 2015 last week.

Most teams are playing the same schedules as 2014, only flipping home and away games, but here are a few changes that you might find interesting.

Parkview and Peachtree played each other last season in a non-region game. This year, they’ve decided to invite two top teams from Tennessee to Peachtree Ridge for a Saturday, Aug. 22, double-header. Peachtree

Pepperell hires Eastside’s Hurst as football coach

7:54 pm Mar. 10, 2015

Rick Hurst, who won more football games than any head coach in Newton County history while at Eastside in Covington, was announced Tuesday as the coach at Pepperell in Rome.

Hurst was 66-46 in 10 seasons at Eastside and led the Eagles to the 2009 Class AAA semifinals, where the lost to eventual champion Peach County. Eastside had winning records against county rivals Newton (5-4) and Alcovy (6-3).

Hurst will replace Jeff

Creekside coach Downs to join Georgia football support staff

8:46 pm Mar. 9, 2015

Olten Downs, the football coach who led Creekside to a Class AAAAA championship in 2013, has been hired as a quality control assistant on the University of Georgia’s football support staff.

Downs is a 2002 graduate of Shaw High in Columbus and played on Shaw’s 2000 state-championship team.

Downs has been regarded as one of Georgia’s best young coaches since leaving Tennessee Tech. He was on the staff at Carver-Columbus for