Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

Four Questions with Roswell coach John Ford

  • 7:00 am Monday, September 15th, 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.

John Ford, Roswell

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “As a player [at Brookwood], Dave Hunter, Ray Allen and David Nelson inspired me to want to go into the business. As a coach, I was blessed to start with [retired Harrison coach] Bruce Cobleigh at a young age. He shaped my coaching philosophy.”

2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? “Jamal Lewis – RB Douglass High, 1996. Unbelievable combination of size and speed.” [More]

How the new top 10 teams fared in Week 4

  • 6:45 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb


1. (1) Colquitt County (4-0)

Last week: Beat Enterprise, Ala. 38-10. Colquitt scored the last 28 points of a game that was 10-10 at halftime. QB Chase Parrish was 19-of-27 passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Pelham (3-0)

2. (2) Camden County (4-0)

Last week: Beat Brunswick 49-21. QB Antonio Hamilton was 5-for-6 passing for 68 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 60 yards and three touchdowns. DB/RB Antonio Wimbush rushed for 82 yards. Tevin Hall had two sacks. Next: Friday at Wayne County (1-3)

3. (3) Lowndes (4-0)

Last week: Beat Rockdale County 45-15. Rockdale [More]

Notable results of week 4: Washington-Wilkes loses lofty spot in rankings

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Chip Saye

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

1. Jefferson County 14, Washington-Wilkes 7: Washington-Wilkes fell out of the Class AA rankings from the No. 2 spot after losing to a team that came in 0-2, although both losses were against higher-classification teams. Washington-Wilkes remains the favorite to win Region 8-AA, which has just one other team with a winning record (3-0 Union County).

2. Roswell 27, Walton 15: Walton was beginning to look like one of the favorites in 5-AAAAA after a 3-0 start that included a 59-16 victory against defending champion Lassiter [More]

Daily Trivia: Teams with the most all-time weeks in the AJC rankings

  • 6:15 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Valdosta is in the AJC’s Top 10 for the 595th week since 1952, when the Atlanta Constitution began statewide rankings. The Atlanta Journal began a poll some years later. Valdosta’s week total actually is 595.5 when half weeks are counted – that is, if one newspaper ranked the Wildcats, and the other didn’t. The Journal and Constitution merged in 1982 for one AJC poll. Second on the list is Lincoln County/Lincolnton at 569. Which school ranks third in total weeks in the AJC Top 10? (Answer Tuesday)

Answer to Friday’s question: The game played Friday that came 100 years after the [More]

Daily List: Teams that have never been ranked or been ranked in at least 40 years

  • 6:00 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Adairsville is in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 10 for the first time since 2003. Lanier, which opened in 2010, is in the Top 10 for the first time ever. But dozens of schools have been waiting much longer than that to appear in the rankings. Here are two lists to reflect that:

Schools that have been ranked, but not in more than 40 years:

1962 – Harris County

1963 – Jackson County

1964 – Gilmer

1965 – Jordan

1967 – Hephzibah

1967 – Lumpkin County

1967 – Albany

1970 – Jenkins

1971 – Pickens

1971 – Brantley County

1971 – Liberty County

1972 – Osborne

1972 – Berkmar

1972 – White County

1973 – Mount Zion [More]

Poll Talk: Former No. 1 McEachern re-enters rankings

  • 12:31 pm Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

McEachern, the preseason No. 1 team in Class AAAAAA, is back in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution high school football rankings after winning its first game Friday, a 35-21 victory over seventh-ranked Peachtree Ridge.

McEachern, now No. 10, had lost its first two games to No. 9 North Gwinnett of AAAAAA and No. 1 Buford of AAAA. McEachern replaced Peachtree Ridge in the rankings.

Other newly ranked teams are Lanier for Flowery Branch in AAAAA, Cartersville for Troup in AAAA, Hart County and Adairsville for Ringgold and Elbert County in AAA, Jefferson County for Washington-Wilkes in AA and Landmark Christian and Emanuel County Institute [More]

  • 9:44 pm Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Saturday football, softball and volleyball scores

  • 9:07 pm Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Compiled by Score Atlanta


Cedar Grove 23, Miller Grove 18

Decatur 20, Towers 16


Alcovy 4, Eastside 0

Aquinas 9, North Springs 4

Athens Christian 9, Washington-Wilkes 1

Blessed Trinity 13, Wesleyan 1

Bowdon 5, Commerce 0

Bryan County 7, Gordon Lee 2

Burke County 17-21, Windsor Forest 0-0

Chapel Hill 5, Bremen 4

Chapel Hill 13, Chattooga 0

Commerce 9, Chattooga 1

Commerce 6, LaGrange 3

Colquitt County 2, Bacon County 1

Creekview 6, Colquitt County 0

Dalton 6, Murray County 5

Dodge County 6, Southeast Bulloch 1

Dunwoody 17, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian 12

Eastside 6, Banks County 4

Greenbrier 6, Thomas County Central 5

Hephzibah 7, Lakeside-Evans 6

Heritage-Conyers 8, Harlem 0

Heritage-Conyers 2, Harris County 0

Hillgrove 8, Bremen 0

Hillgrove 5, [More]

East Coweta 17, Whitewater 14

  • 10:45 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Friday Night Chat: Football scores, updates, chat – LIVE

  • 6:39 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The live Friday night blog returns this week. Sorry we were away last Friday. Check back here beginning at 7 p.m. to discuss and track down scores.

Here are many of the games being streamed. If you’re watching them, hope you’ll report back here with updates.

NFHS Network:

*Apalachee at Salem, 7 p.m.

*Charlton County at Bacon County, 7 p.m.

*Harris County at Troup, 7 p.m.

*Loganville at Heritage (Conyers), 7 p.m.

*Rockdale County at Lowndes, 7 p.m.

*Whitefield Academy at Mount Zion (Carroll), 7 p.m.

*Clarke Central at Cedar Shoals, 7:15 p.m.

*Forsyth Central at Cass, 7:15 p.m.

*Pierce County at Cook, 7:15 p.m.

*Westminster at Elbert County, 7:15 [More]