Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

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]

Consensus of six polls: Buford, WACO are unanimous No. 1’s

  • 8:15 am Wednesday, August 20th, 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; GS – Georgia Sports Writers Association; GPB – Georgia Public Broadcasting; SA – Score Atlanta; MP – MaxPreps; and Max – Maxwell Ratings):

Class AAAAAA
AJC
GS
GPB
SA
MAX
MP
TOT

1. McEachern (11-3)
1
1
1
2
6
1
54

2. Colquitt County (11-3)
2
2.5
3
4
3
4
47.5

3. Archer (11-1)
3
2.5
2
1

2
44.5

4. North Gwinnett (13-2)
4
4
5
5
2
3
43

5. Mill Creek (6-4)
6
5
8
3

6
27

6. Lovejoy (10-2)
7
6
9
6
7
7
24

7. Tucker (14-1)
5
7
4
9
9
10
22

8. Camden County (10-2)
8
8
6
8
4

21

9. Norcross (13-2)
9
9
7

1

18

10. Collins Hill (11-2)




5
8
9

11. Hughes (10-2)
10




5
7

12. Grayson (4-6)

10

7


5

13. Lowndes (9-4)




8

3

14. Milton (8-3)





9
2

15T. Hillgrove (11-2)




10

1

15T. Marietta (8-3)



10


1

15T. Peachtree Ridge (8-4)


10



1

Class AAAAA
AJC
GS
GPB
SA
MAX
MP
TOT

1. Creekside (15-0)
1
1
1
2
4
1
56

2. Northside, WR (10-2)
4
2
4
1
3
5
47

3. Ware County (11-2)
5
4
3
5
5
4
40

4. Stephenson (9-3)
2
3
2
4
7

37

5. Coffee (5-5)
3
7.5
7.5
3
6
3
36

6. Gainesville (12-2)
8
5
6
7
1
7
32

7. Kell (13-1)
7
6
7.5
6
2

26.5

8. Mays [More]

Maxwell: Computer ranks Georgia teams from 1 to 417

  • 7:57 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings have ranked Georgia’s 417 teams for the 2014 preseason. The initial rankings are based entirely on historical performance and do not consider personnel changes on the roster or coaching staffs.

As this season’s games are played, the Maxwell Ratings will be based on a modified logistic regression of the current football season’s results in combination with each team’s historical performance. More recent games and games against similarly rated opponents carry more weight and the weight of each team’s historical performance diminishes as the team’s season progresses.

The ratings are scaled so that 100.00 is the rating required to win 91.5% of [More]

Maxwell Class A Playoff projections

  • 10:55 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings playoff projections are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons, approximately 51 each second.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure as defined by the games, region alignments, and playoff brackets.

All out of state opponents were considered equal to the average of the GHSA team’s classification (i.e., out of state opponents of Class AA GHSA teams were treated as an average Class AA team).

Although regions may use different criteria, in the simulation all standings were determined by using recursive head-to-head [More]

Maxwell Class A Region by Region Preview

  • 10:55 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings region by region breakdowns are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 trials at the rate of approximately 51 seasons per second.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the Monte Carlo simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure (i.e., schedules, region alignments, etc.).

All out of state opponents were considered equal to the average of the GHSA team’s classification (i.e., out of state opponents of Class A GHSA teams were treated as an average Class A team) and results from games with out of state opponents were not [More]