Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

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

  • 5:25 pm Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Folks – We’re returning to the old blog format this season for Friday Night Chat. I’ll be checking in full-time around 7 p.m.

While you’re waiting, here are televised and streamed games. If you watch, check back here and give updates.

TV

*Creekview vs. North Paulding, 6 p.m., Fox Sports South

*Sandy Creek vs. Archer, 8:45 p.m., Fox Sports South

Streamed via NHSF Network

*Bacon County at Cairo, 7 p.m. (scrimmage)

*LaGrange at Callaway, 7 p.m.

*Ridgeland at Adairsville, 7 p.m.

*Rockdale County at Heritage-Conyers, 7 p.m.

*Effingham County at Liberty County, 7:15 p.m.

*Brooks County at Ware County, 7:30 p.m.

*Etowah at Marietta, 7:30 p.m.

*Marist at Blessed Trinity, 7:30 p.m. [More]

Daily Trivia: Georgia yardage leaders in 2013

  • 7:15 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The past three days, GHSF Daily has run lists of the leading rushers, passers and receivers from 2013 who are returning in 2014. Which players led the state in those three categories in 2013? (Answer Monday)

Answer to Thursday’s question: The team that beat Norcross 55-0 in the opening weekend of 2013 was Booker T. Washington of Miami.

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Four Questions with Jenkins coach Tim Adams

  • 7:00 am Friday, August 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.

Tim Adams, Jenkins

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “Jeff Herron, Camden County [now at Prince Avenue Christian]. Because we were forced to play up in classification, I had the misfortune of coaching against Jeff for many years, and his teams were far superior than mine. I quickly learned that Jeff was a very organized and excellent football coach. But I also got to know a very confident and successful coach that was not arrogant and [More]

McEachern heads Georgia teams in preseason national rankings

  • 6:20 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Here is where Georgia teams stand in several national polls.

CalPreps

24. McEachern

67. Archer

96. Creekside

100. Buford

HSFB100

11. McEachern

25. Buford

31. Archer

33. Creekside

74. Mill Creek

78. Camden County

83. Colquitt County

MaxPreps

20. McEachern

PrepNation

7. McEachern

22. Buford

USA Today

15. McEachern

24. Buford

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Notebook: Corky Kell Classic not the only multi-game event this weekend

  • 6:00 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Corky Kell Classic can call itself the daddy of all multi-game events that help kick off the high school football season in Georgia, but it isn’t the only show of its kind in the state this week. Three other venues will stage doubleheaders or tripleheaders on Saturday, and each has attracted state-ranked teams.

Here’s a closer look at the three:

*Battleground Kickoff Classic (Columbus Memorial Stadium): Six Class A private schools are playing in this new event. The matchups are No. 4 Eagle’s Landing Christian vs. No. 10 Mount Paran Christian (10 a.m.), Landmark Christian vs. Christian Heritage (1 p.m.) and [More]

Predictions: Tucker, McEachern ready to open season with a bang

  • 4:28 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Chip Saye

The Corky Kell Classic will be bigger than ever this year, with seven games being played over two days at McEachern High School. It also has what is probably its best lineup ever, with 10 state-ranked teams, seven of the top 10 teams in Class AAAAAA and five games that match ranked opponents. Look for Tucker, the AAAAA runner-up last year, to make a splash in its AAAAAA debut with a victory against two-time state champion Norcross, and expect McEachern to justify its No. 1 ranking by beating North Gwinnett.

THE WEEKEND PREDICTIONS

THURSDAY

Bowdon##Central-Carroll

Savannah Christian##Jenkins

FRIDAY

Aquinas##Glenn Hills

Athens Academy##Glascock Co.

Athens Christian##Strong Rock Christian

Baconton Charter##Central-Talbotton

Beach##Savannah

Bleckley [More]

Volleyball notebook: Chiefs, Hoyas remain unbeaten

  • 3:06 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Sequoyah hosted the Sequoyah Classic Tournament for the 24th year this weekend. Starr’s Mill took a 6-1 record to win the Silver Bracket. Dunwoody was a surprise team that quietly entered playoffs last year before catching fire en route to the  semifinals. The Wildcats continue to impress and were off to a 7-0 start to the season before falling to Sequoyah in the semifinals of the Classic. Host Sequoyah sits at 7-0 to start and swept all seven opponents (Whitewater, Lambert, Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, Dunwoody and East Coweta) to take the 32-team tournament this weekend. The unbeaten Chiefs host a [More]

Volleyball rankings: Sequoyah takes over Class AAAAA

  • 3:05 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Craig Sager II

In Class AAAAAA, Northview and Etowah entered the rankings while replacing Pope, Chattahoochee and North Cobb. The top three remained the same with Walton at No. 1. In Class AAAAA, McIntosh is off to a slow 3-4 start and was bumped from No. 1 to No. 4 and Sequoyah takes over the top spot after its undefeated 7-0 start.

Marist retains No. 1 in Class AAAA and moved to 9-0 with sweeps over McIntosh, Walton, Lovett and Columbus on Saturday. Whitewater plunged to No. 10 in the poll after four straight losses.  In Class AAA, Westminster has fallen victim to its brutal [More]

Georgia high school football: No. 1 Buford, No. 2 Sandy Creek face tough openers

  • 12:07 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by David Purdum

Buford opens its first season in AAAA by hosting Florida power Trinity Christian on Saturday at Tom Riden Stadium. The game will be broadcast at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. Ranked No. 1 preseason, Buford has won state championships in six of the last seven seasons and is once again loaded with next-level prospects. The Wolves have nine junior and senior Division I recruits, including six who are expected to start on defense. Trinity Christian is the defending AAA state champion in Florida and features safety Deontai Williams, a Georgia commitment, and corner Kevin Toliver II, who’s committed to LSU.

Buford coach [More]

5-star recruit Robertson ineligible after all; hopes to play in September

  • 11:42 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Demetris Robertson, the five-star football recruit who transferred this week to Savannah Christian from Savannah Country Day, is not eligible after all – at least for now.

The Georgia High School Association, which had ruled Robertson eligible on Wednesday, reversed field on Thursday because of new information regarding Robertson’s residency status.

To be eligible, Robertson must change residences from one school district to another, relinquishing his old address and living in the new one permanently. Savannah Christian, Robertson’s new school, visited the reported new residence and found that Robertson and his brother, who is a teacher in Chatham County Schools and also Robertson’s [More]