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

Q&A with state’s leading rusher: Pickens’ Shannon Brooks

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by David Purdum

Pickens running back Shannon Brooks’ last three games:

-274 yards on 13 carries with 4 touchdowns and 1 65-yard touchdown pass in a 69-34 win over LaFayette on Oct. 17.

–301 yards on 30 carries with 6 touchdowns and 4 receptions for 98 yards and 1 touchdown in a 62-40 win over Southwest Whitfield on Oct. 10.

–246 yards on 22 carries and 4 touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Northwest Whitfield on Oct. 3.

To recap, that’s 16 touchdowns in three games. Not bad.

On the season, Brooks has rushed for 1,729 yards, averaging 12.1 yards per carry, with 26 touchdowns. Four of his seven [More]

Maxwell Week 10 Projections

  • 7:05 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 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]

Composite state rankings through Week 9

  • 6:45 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 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
Total

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

2. Grayson (8-0)
2
2
2
2
2
2
54

3. Dacula (7-0)
3
3
3
3
9
7
38

4. Hughes (5-2)
4
4
5
5

8
29

5. Milton (6-1)
8
8
4
7
7
5
27

6T. McEachern (5-2)
9
7
8
6
5
6
25

6T. Norcross (6-1)
5
5
6
8
6

25

8. Valdosta (7-1)
7
6
7
4
10
10
22

9. Lee County (6-1)
6
9
9
9
3
9
21

10. North Gwinnett (5-2)
10
10
10
10
4
4
18

11. Lowndes (6-2)

8
3
11

Class AAAAA
AJC
GSWA
GPB
SA
MAX
MP
Total

1. Ware County (7-0)
1
1
1
1
2
1
59

2. Allatoona (8-0)
4
3
4
3
1
2
49

3. Coffee (7-1)
2
4
3
2
5
5
45

4. Kell (7-0)
3
2
2
4

33

5. Northside, Warner Robins (6-1)
10
5
7
5
6
3
30

6. Creekside (6-2)
8
9
9.5
7
4
4
24.5

7T. Carver, Columbus (6-1)
5
6
5

8
20

7T. Lanier (7-0)
6
7
6
6
10

20

9. Mays (5-2)

9
7
6
11

10. Carver (Atlanta) (6-1)
7
8
8
10

11

11. Stephenson (5-2)
9

9.5
8

7
10.5

12. South Paulding (6-1)

3
9
10

13. Dalton (7-1)

10

8

4

14. [More]

POY Watch: King stands out on balanced Colquitt County team

  • 6:30 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

It’s hard to stand out on a team as balanced rushing and passing, offense and defense, as No. 1-ranked Colquitt County, but senior running back Sihiem King made a spectacle of himself last week, rushing for more than 300 yards in a victory over previously unbeaten Valdosta.

King is only 5 feet, 8 inches and 175 pounds, but he is strong for his size. He can bench press 265 pounds, squat 500 and power-clean 315, according to Zach Grage, Colquitt County’s offensive coordinator. Grage also marvels at King’s running instincts and balance.

But what really makes King tick, Grage said, are things [More]

Four Questions with Mount Zion (Jonesboro) coach Kevin ‘Bull’ Jones

  • 6:20 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 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.

Kevin ‘Bull’ Jones, Mount Zion (Jonesboro)

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “I have had the pleasure of playing for and working for some great men in my football life, and I gained something from each one of them to shape and mold my life as a man, and as well as a football coach. I played for coach Steve Shankweiler and Bill Cloer at Redan High School, and both men left a great impression. Coach Shankweiler [More]

Daily List: Teams averaging 40 or more points per game

  • 6:12 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Teams averaging 40 or more points per game:

48.6 – Tucker

48.6 – Washington County

47.6 – Drew

47.0 – Mount Paran Christian

46.1 – Pickens

45.9 – Jefferson

44.9 – Griffin

44.6 – Colquitt County

43.9 – Houston County

43.3 – Buford

43.0 – Mill Creek

42.5 – Union County

42.3 – Landmark Christian

42.0 – Dalton

42.0 – Peach County

41.0 – Aquinas

40.7 – Harris County

40.7 – Calhoun

40.5 – Allatoona

40.3 – Blessed Trinity

40.0 – Cartersville

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Daily Trivia: Only team in Georgia that is unbeaten but unranked

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

What is the only Georgia team that is unbeaten, but unranked? (Answer Thursday)

Answer to Tuesday’s question: Pat Dye was the Class AAA lineman of the year for Richmond Academy’s 1956 state-championship team.

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Tuesday volleyball playoff scores

  • 9:14 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Second Round

Class AAAAAA
Brookwood 3, Woodstock 1
East Coweta 3, Norcross 1
Harrison 3, Grayson 0
Johns Creek 3, Archer 0
North Cobb 3, Walton 1
North Gwinnett 3, Douglas County 0
Roswell 3, Lee County 0
South Forsyth 3, Rockdale County 0

Class AAAAA
Cambridge 3, Allatoona 0
Camden County 3, Greenbrier 0
Columbus 3, Lakeside-Evans 0
Dunwoody 3, Starr’s Mill 0
Harris County 3, Apalachee 1
Northside-Columbus 3, Grovetown 0
River Ridge 3, Chapel Hill 0
Sequoyah 3, McIntosh 0

Class AAAA
Buford 3, Eagle’s Landing 0
Marist 3, Whitewater 0
North Hall 3, Locust Grove 0
North Oconee 3, New Hampstead 0
Sandy Creek 3, Heritage-Catoosa 0
St. Pius 3, Carrollton 0
Veterans 3, Hampton 0
Woodward Academy 3, Ridgeland 0

AAA
Blessed Trinity 3, [More]

Volleyball playoff brackets

  • 4:30 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Click HERE for the GHSA volleyball playoff brackets.

Softball playoff brackets

  • 4:29 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Click HERE for the GHSA softball playoff brackets.