Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

AA recap: Playoff pictures clearing with wins by Vidalia, Fitzgerald, Rabun County

  • 1:20 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

The game lived up to its billing and Vidalia lived up to its ranking. The No. 2 Indians held off No. 4 Benedictine and took over sole possession of first place in Region 2-AA with a 35-28 win.

Vidalia (7-0, 4-0) entered on a four-game shutout streak and its opportunistic defense played more than a passing role Friday night. The Indians forced three turnovers against one of the state’s most prolific offenses, including two in the second half that helped seal the win.

The first set up one of Devin Johnson’s three touchdowns and put Vidalia ahead, 28-21, late in the third [More]

Creekside 13, Mays 7

  • 10:48 pm Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Glennis Curry

Creekside’s starting offensive line walked behind as their teammates entered the field before the Seminoles’ Region 6-AAAAA tilt with Mays. That massive group led the rest of the way however, besting the Raiders’ defensive line in a 13-7 tug-of-war Friday night.

Behind homecoming king Marquell Harrell and several other major college prospects, Bricen Terry ran for 176 yards on 40 carries and gave Creekside (5-1, 3-0 in Region 6-AAAAA) a leg up in the region championship race. Mays held tight and drove inside the Creekside 30 with less than two minutes to play before quarterback Asahnia Aderhold missed on consecutive passes [More]

St. Pius X 34, Columbia 20

  • 10:24 pm Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Using an unyielding, ball control running game to keep Columbia’s big-play offense at bay, St. Pius X seized a big lead and held on for a 34-20 win over the Eagles on Friday in Region 6-AAAA play.

The Golden Lions (3-2, 3-0), who have now won three straight, scored the game’s first 31 points. By the time Columbia (4-2, 3-1) began to resemble the team that came in averaging 36 points per game midway through the third quarter, the deficit was too great and the time was too short.

St. Pius finished with 349 rushing yards, led by 226 hard-earned yards [More]

Region 7 showdown tops on Friday’s AA slate

  • 10:11 am Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Here’s a look at this week’s top games in Class AA. …

No. 8 Darlington at No. 10 Model

Region 7-AA supremacy is up for grabs Friday night in Rome as a pair of unlikely top-10 teams do battle. Darlington (4-1, 1-0) was a perennial playoff team in Class A and has quickly asserted itself a contender for a region title in its first season in AA. Meanwhile Model (5-0, 1-0) is ranked for the first time since 1980 after shutting out Dade County last week, 24-0.

The Blue Devils’ defense has been complemented by a strong ground game. Nakyle Watkins has rushed [More]

Dunwoody 21, Lakeside 17

  • 10:33 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Jeff Haws

In a wild second half, Kaseem Duke’s legs proved to be the difference.

The junior quarterback ran for 63 yards and Dunwoody’s final two touchdowns to help the Wildcats take a seesaw affair, 21-17 over Lakeside.

The final two quarters featured four lead changes, and Duke was a big reason for that. He gained 54 of his second-half yards on two carries, without either of which the Vikings (2-3) may very well have won.

The second one came as the biggest play in a decisive 8-play, 68-yard drive that ended with his 1-yard scoring plunge to provide Dunwoody (3-1) its final margin of [More]

Yardage leaderboard: State’s leading rushers, passers, receivers

  • 8:43 am Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

RB Russell Halimon of Allatoona, QB Kyle Banks of North Paulding and WR Andrew Harris of Cherokee are the leaders in GHSF Daily’s first statewide yardage leaderboard.

Halimon and Etowah’s Raishod Devizen are within 200 yards of 1,000, but their teams are off this week, so the first 1,000-yard rusher likely is not imminent.

Banks is a first-year starter taking over for all-state QB Chase Noonan, who threw for 2,600 yards last season. Harris is part of Cherokee’s pass-first offense directed by Spencer Ashley.

The state leaderboard will be a weekly Friday feature of GHSF Daily. It is expected that there will be [More]

Tucker 51, M.L. King 0

  • 11:09 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Jeff Haws

Tucker got an interception on the first play and a touchdown on the second, setting the tone for an 51-0 defeat of M.L. King on Friday.

The Tigers (2-2) overwhelmed the Lions from the outset, using their superior speed, size and depth to keep MLK (0-3) from developing any sort of rhythm on either side of the ball.

After Tucker’s first score, the Lions were able to hold the Tigers to a field goal on their second possession, when the offense stalled after a 47-yard Duke Shelley run set them up with a first and goal.

But the backbreaker may have come on [More]

Thursday football scores

  • 11:44 pm Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Americus-Sumter at Shaw (postponed to Saturday 7:30 p.m.)

Dougherty 42, Randolph-Clay 28

Hardaway at Jordan (postponed to Saturday 10 a.m.)

Westside-Macon 35, Harris County 29

Blessed Trinity 42, St. Pius 20

  • 10:39 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Jeff Haws

Running back Milton Shelton bounced back from two second-half miscues to carry Class AAA No. 6 Blessed Trinity to a 42-20 win over Class AAAA No. 7 St. Pius on Friday.

Coming out of halftime leading 28-7, it was Shelton’s fumble on the first play from scrimmage that gave St. Pius life, and the ball on the Blessed Trinity 25-yard line.

Three plays later, the Lions (0-1) were in the end zone, and the game was on at 28-13 after a missed extra point.

On Blessed Trinity’s next possession, a Shelton drop on a pass that probably would have led to a first [More]

Maxwell Week 1 Summary: Buford, Sandy Creek, Griffin are top 10 in all-class rankings

  • 7:47 pm Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings will rank Georgia’s 417 teams throughout the 2014 season. The ratings are based entirely on historical performance and on field results and do not consider personnel changes on the roster or coaching staffs.

Interesting results after Week One:

- Norcross remains the No. 1 team in all classifications.

- Three Class AAAA teams – Buford, Sandy Creek and Griffin – are in the top 10, and each is ranked higher than any team in AAAAA, the second-highest classification.

- This week’s report includes a ranking of the regions. Region 1-AAAAAA comes out on top.

As this season’s games are played, the Maxwell [More]