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Daily List: Teams that were unbeaten and untied in consecutive GHSA seasons

  • 6:45 am Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Creekside’s bid to go 15-0 in back-to-back was ended last week in a 21-20 loss to Hughes. It’s not any easy feat. Only 16 schools have finished unbeaten and untied in consecutive GHSA seasons. Griffin, Buford and Aquinas still have a shot at it this season. Note that only the most recent eight teams played as many as 15 games in a season.

1949-50 Decatur

1953-54 Hawkinsville

1956-57 Valdosta

1960-62 Valdosta

1967-68 Thomson

1972-73 Southeast Bulloch

1974-75 Americus

1976-77 Lincoln County

1978-79 East Rome

1982-83 West Rome

1989-90 Lincoln County

1996-97 Washington County

2000-02 Parkview

2001-03 Buford

2006-07 Northside (W. Robins)

2007-08 Buford

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Four Questions with Telfair County coach Matt Burleson

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 1st, 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.

Matt Burleson, Telfair County

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “My father, Gene Burleson, also a high school coach of 37 years. He taught me the value of hard work and how to do things the right way on and off the field. One of the best men and coaches I’ve ever been around. Now recently deceased after a long bout with cancer, he showed me how to keep fighting no matter what life throws at [More]

Notable results from Week 2: North Cobb, B.E.S.T. Academy pull off big surprises

  • 6:15 am Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Chip Saye

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable results of the weekend:

1. North Cobb 36, North Gwinnett 29: North Cobb gave no indication in a lopsided 38-20 season-opening loss to Class AAAAA Northside of Warner Robins (ranked No. 1 this week) that it could compete with the top teams in AAAAAA. The Warriors did more than compete, though, upsetting then-No. 2 North Gwinnett on Tyler Queen’s 1-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds remaining.

2. B.E.S.T Academy 14, Callaway 7: B.E.S.T. almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets in playoff history last season, losing to Carver of [More]

How the new top 10 teams fared in Week 2

  • 6:00 am Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Class AAAAAA

1. (1) Colquitt County (2-0)

Last week: Beat Hoover (Ala.) 35-14. Colquitt beat Alabama’s two-time defending Class 6A champion, holding Hoover to 147 yards in total offense and forcing 11 punts. RB Sihiem King rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Crisp County (0-1)

2. (3) Camden County (2-0)

Last week: Beat Dutchtown 42-6. Brandon McMaster rushed for 83 yards on eight carries, and Kevon Brewington had 79 yards on five carries and an 18-yard reception. Each scored one touchdown. Darryle Johnson had four tackles, two for losses, a sack and a 24-yard catch. Starters were out [More]

Poll Talk: Northside-WR takes over at No. 1 for Creekside in AAAAA

  • 1:53 pm Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

A one-point loss to an arch-rival cost Creekside its No. 1 ranking and elevated Northside-Warner Robins to the top of Class AAAAAA in this week’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution high school football rankings.

Creekside lost to Hughes 21-20 last week in a game between border schools in south Fulton County. That ended Creekside’s 16-game winning streak. Hughes is ranked No. 5 in AAAAAA. Creekside is now No. 5 in AAAAA.

Northside (1-0) did not play last week but defeated North Cobb 38-20 in its opener. North Cobb then upset the second-ranked team in AAAAAA, North Gwinnett, 36-29 last week, which served to enhance Northside’s [More]

Saturday football, softball and volleyball scores

  • 8:40 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Check here for all the scores from Saturday’s action in football, volleyball and softball including the four-game “Border Wars” played at Halford Stadium in Dekalb County.

Football

Jenkins 31, South Effingham 8

Fitzgerald 29, Heard County 14

Carver 22, Washington 18

Charlton County 32, Manchester 13

Marist 17, Godby (Fla.) 14

Norland (Fla.) 30, M.L. King 0

Miami Central (Fla.) 21, Stephenson 20

Booker T. Washington (Fla.) 19, Tucker 7

Volleyball

Camden County 2, Calvary Day 1

Camden County 2, Richmond Hill 1

Camden County 2, St. Vincent’s 0

Centennial 2, Camden County 0

Centennial 2, St. Vincents 0

Coosa 2, Darlington 1

Coosa 2, Darlington 0

Coosa 2, Alexander 0

Darlington 2, East Paulding 0

Harrison [More]

Battle of the Borders roundup

  • 6:56 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Marist 17, Godby (Fla.) 14: Joey Goegel’s 19-yard field goal with eight seconds left lifted Marist past Godby in the opening game of the Battle of the Borders at Hallford Stadium. Quarterback Sam Phelps ran in a 1-yard touchdown to give Marist a 7-0 lead before Godby quarterback Darius Bradwell answered with a 6-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to tie it at 7-7. The Jaguars jumped offsides on a 30-yard Marist field goal attempt before the half and Spencer Taylor capitalized with a 6-yard Marist touchdown run. Bradwell ran in his second score in the third quarter to [More]

Creekside, Gainesville fall, but Ware picks up big win

  • 9:30 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s a recap of the big stories in Class AAAAA from Week 2:

*No. 1 Creekside falls: Defending state champion and No. 1-ranked Creekside had its 16-game winning streak come to an end when a late rally fell short in a 21-20 loss to Fairburn rival Hughes, the seventh-ranked team in Class AAAAAA. Creekside trailed 21-0 late in the third quarter but got two touchdowns from Julian Gibbs and one by Bricen Terry to cut the lead to 21-20. The Seminoles missed their last extra-point attempt with about two minutes remaining when they had to try a 35-yard kick after an [More]

No. 1 Aquinas, Garnett roll; ELCA, Clinch blown out by larger schools; Former GISA teams go 2-1 in GHSA debut

  • 8:49 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

No. 1 Aquinas rolls
Top-ranked Aquinas made another statement Friday while its best player did the same.  The Irish blasted a team from Class AAA (Glenn Hills) last week. Friday they traveled to Bogart and worked over a solid Prince Avenue Christian (0-1) team 33-18 to move to 2-0 this season.  The majority of the damage was done by senior RB/WR Ruben Garnett, one of the front runners for Class A Player of the Year.  Garnett, who has more than a dozen FBS offers, carried the ball 32 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns, and also had 72 receiving yards [More]

North Cobb 36, North Gwinnett 29

  • 8:31 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by robhadd

By Robert Haddocks
For the AJC

North Cobb scored two touchdowns in the final seven minutes to erase a 16-point deficit and rallied for a dramatic 36-29 win over North Gwinnett.
Tyler Queen led the Warriors on a 99-yard drive in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 29-29. But the senior quarterback saved his best for last, marching the Warriors 82 yards before running in for a 1-yard score with 35 seconds remaining. North Gwinnett drove to the North Cobb 20-yard line, but a desperation pass sailed out of bounds.
North Cobb fans and players stormed the field as the Warriors (1-1) [More]

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