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

Four Questions with Commerce coach Michael Brown

  • 6:24 am Friday, October 31st, 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.

Michael Brown, Commerce

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “Steve Savage. I played under coach Savage here at Commerce [when he was] an offensive line coach and during his first three years as head coach and had the privilege to return and coach under him for 13 years. As a player, I learned the lessons of mental toughness and competitiveness. As a coach, I always appreciated his philosophy of you have what you have as players at your position, and [More]

Daily List: Average points scored per team each season since 1948

  • 6:12 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The GHSA first held statewide playoffs in all classifications in 1948. For the first three decades, scoring patterns were relatively consistent. They’ve steadily risen since then, with steeper gains in recent years. In 1981, teams scored 30 points or more about once every eight games. Over the past three seasons, they’ve hit 30 or more about once every three games. Here are the average points scored per team each season since 1948.

1948 – 15.40

1949 – 16.48

1950 – 15.35

1951 – 15.10

1952 – 14.88

1953 – 14.33

1954 – 14.85

1955 – 14.77

1956 – 14.69

1957 – 13.41

1958 – 14.66

1959 – 13.40

1960 – 13.95

1961 – 14.84

1962 [More]

Daily Trivia: Team that holds the record for most points in a season

  • 6:00 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Which team holds the record for most points in a season? (Answer Monday)

Answer to Thursday’s question: Terry Harvey was Dacula’s quarterback and Class A player of the year in 1990.

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GHSA softball championships schedules and scores

  • 11:18 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Click HERE for the GHSA softball championships schedules and scores

Softball playoff brackets

  • 10:31 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Click HERE for the GHSA softball playoff brackets.

Score inflation: Offenses are putting up records numbers in Georgia

  • 8:10 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Herschel Walker of Johnson County set a Georgia high school record by scoring 45 touchdowns in one famous state-championship season. That was 1979.

Adjusted for inflation, that number comes to 74 touchdowns in today’s scoring dollars.

The spread offense and other culprits have driven up points by 64 percent in those 35 years – from 14.8 per team to 24.3 this season, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, which has nearly complete records to 1948.

The scoring average has risen sharply more recently, up seven points per game for both teams combined from 10 seasons ago.

‘’Football is just like the [More]

Class A Blog: No. 1 Aquinas at Lincoln County, No. 3 Mt. Paran at Mt. Zion-Carroll atop strong slate of games

  • 4:47 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here are the top games on the slate in the second-to-last weekend of the regular season:

No. 1 Aquinas (8-0, 5-0 in Region 7, Division B) at Lincoln County (6-2, 5-0).  The winner of this one will be the sub region champion and face No. 7 Tattnall Square (8-0, 7-0) next week for the region title.  Aquinas, the defending Class A private school champion, has won 22 consecutive games after going undefeated last season.  Prior to last season’s 42-14 win, the Irish had lost 32 straight games to Lincoln County in the series between the two Augusta-area schools that dates back [More]

Cross country rankings: Region champion Marietta remains No. 1

  • 4:11 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

1. Marietta
2. South Forsyth
3. Etowah
4. Brookwood
5. Walton
6. Mill Creek
7. West Forsyth
8. Peachtree Ridge
9. Lakeside-DeKalb
10. Lambert

1. Starr’s Mill
2. Forsyth Central
3. Alexander
4. Clarkston
5. Lakeside-Evans
6. McIntosh
7. Flowery Branch
8. Creekside
9. Union Grove
10. Cambridge

Class AAAA
1. North Oconee
2. St. Pius X
3. Woodward Academy
4. North Hall
5. Whitewater
6. Marist
7. White County
8. Pickens County
9. Johnson-Gainesville
10. Buford

Class AAA
1. East Jackson
2. Blessed Trinity
3. Westminster
4. Oconee County
5. Coahulla Creek
6. Savannah Arts
7. Banks County
8. West Hall
9. Dawson County
10. Jordan

Class AA
1. Pace Academy
2. Wesleyan
3. Bleckley County
4. Lovett
5. Holy Innocents’
6. Darlington
7. Benedictine
8. Union County
9. Thomasville
10. Berrien County

Class A
1. Trion
2. Baconton Charter
3. Providence Christian
4. Galloway
5. Jenkins County
6. Commerce
7. Towns County
8. Whitefield Academy
9. Hebron [More]

Predictions: Tucker, GAC ready to claim region titles

  • 4:00 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Allatoona became the first team in the state this season to clinch a region championship when it beat Paulding County 48-20 last week in 5-AAAAA. Twenty-seven more teams have a chance to win a region title this week, and 10 of those teams will be trying to do it against a region opponent that has the same opportunity. I expect Tucker to outlast Lovejoy for the 2-AAAAAA title in what should be a great game at Twelve Oaks Stadium. Look for GAC to end defending state champion Lovett’s reign in 6-AA. Also go with Peach County over Westside-Macon in 2-AAA, [More]

Cross country notebook: Lakeside sweeps region championships

  • 3:35 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Lakeside-DeKalb swept the Region 2-AAAAAA Championships in Decatur Saturday. The boys (19 points) easily finished ahead of runner-up Rockdale County (43). Tucker and Newton rounded out the top four. The Vikings’ Davis Stockwell won the race in 16:15.91 ahead of Rockdale’s Dax Willette, who turned in a time of 16:15.99. Including Stockwell, Lakeside had six of the top seven finishers and seven of the top eight.

Lakeside had a similarly easy time in the girls race as it took just 15 points to runner-up Rockdale’s 54. Led by Morgan Mihalis’ first-place finish (20:15.71), the Vikings took seven of the top [More]