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Top performances from Week 4: Benson breaks Marietta rushing record

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

KirVonte Benson didn’t begin playing football until he was a sophomore at Marietta. Now a senior, the former state 100-meters champion (10.6 seconds) has emerged as a Division I prospect.

Benson broke Derrick Tinsley’s 17-year-old school rushing record against South Cobb last week, when he ran for 320 yards. Tinsley, who later played at Tennessee, is now Marietta’s running backs coach.

“KirVonte is 5-8, 190-plus pounds, so he runs with a lot of power,” Marietta coach Scott Burton said. “He also won the AAAAAA 100-meter state championship his sophomore year, so he is obviously very fast as well. He is still very [More]

Daily Trivia: Longest field goal in state history

  • 6:15 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Archer’s Cole Fisher kicked a 55-yard field game last week against Grayson. What is the longest field goal in Georgia history, and who made it? (Answer Wednesday)

Answer to Monday’s question: Carrollton ranks third behind Valdosta (595) and Lincoln County/Lincolnton (569) in total weeks in the AJC rankings at 541 weeks. See the Daily List for all schools with 250 weeks or more.

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Daily List: Teams with the most weeks in the all-time AJC rankings

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Lowndes was ranked in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll for the 250th time this week. Here are the schools that have been ranked at least 250 times in the AJC rankings since 1952, when the poll began. Half weeks were credited until 1982, when the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution polls merged. Before then, it was possible to be ranked in one, but not the other, and half weeks were credited. Teams marked with an asterisk are ranked this week.

596.5 – Valdosta*

569 – Lincoln County/Lincolnton

541 – Carrollton

426 – Marist*

422.5 – Buford*

387 – Gainesville

379.5 – Warner Robins

370.5 – Thomasville

366 – Americus

363 – [More]

Four Questions with Roswell coach John Ford

  • 7:00 am Monday, September 15th, 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.

John Ford, Roswell

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “As a player [at Brookwood], Dave Hunter, Ray Allen and David Nelson inspired me to want to go into the business. As a coach, I was blessed to start with [retired Harrison coach] Bruce Cobleigh at a young age. He shaped my coaching philosophy.”

2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? “Jamal Lewis – RB Douglass High, 1996. Unbelievable combination of size and speed.” [More]

How the new top 10 teams fared in Week 4

  • 6:45 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb


1. (1) Colquitt County (4-0)

Last week: Beat Enterprise, Ala. 38-10. Colquitt scored the last 28 points of a game that was 10-10 at halftime. QB Chase Parrish was 19-of-27 passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Pelham (3-0)

2. (2) Camden County (4-0)

Last week: Beat Brunswick 49-21. QB Antonio Hamilton was 5-for-6 passing for 68 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 60 yards and three touchdowns. DB/RB Antonio Wimbush rushed for 82 yards. Tevin Hall had two sacks. Next: Friday at Wayne County (1-3)

3. (3) Lowndes (4-0)

Last week: Beat Rockdale County 45-15. Rockdale [More]

Notable results of week 4: Washington-Wilkes loses lofty spot in rankings

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Chip Saye

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

1. Jefferson County 14, Washington-Wilkes 7: Washington-Wilkes fell out of the Class AA rankings from the No. 2 spot after losing to a team that came in 0-2, although both losses were against higher-classification teams. Washington-Wilkes remains the favorite to win Region 8-AA, which has just one other team with a winning record (3-0 Union County).

2. Roswell 27, Walton 15: Walton was beginning to look like one of the favorites in 5-AAAAA after a 3-0 start that included a 59-16 victory against defending champion Lassiter [More]

Daily Trivia: Teams with the most all-time weeks in the AJC rankings

  • 6:15 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Valdosta is in the AJC’s Top 10 for the 595th week since 1952, when the Atlanta Constitution began statewide rankings. The Atlanta Journal began a poll some years later. Valdosta’s week total actually is 595.5 when half weeks are counted – that is, if one newspaper ranked the Wildcats, and the other didn’t. The Journal and Constitution merged in 1982 for one AJC poll. Second on the list is Lincoln County/Lincolnton at 569. Which school ranks third in total weeks in the AJC Top 10? (Answer Tuesday)

Answer to Friday’s question: The game played Friday that came 100 years after the [More]

Daily List: Teams that have never been ranked or been ranked in at least 40 years

  • 6:00 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Adairsville is in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 10 for the first time since 2003. Lanier, which opened in 2010, is in the Top 10 for the first time ever. But dozens of schools have been waiting much longer than that to appear in the rankings. Here are two lists to reflect that:

Schools that have been ranked, but not in more than 40 years:

1962 – Harris County

1963 – Jackson County

1964 – Gilmer

1965 – Jordan

1967 – Hephzibah

1967 – Lumpkin County

1967 – Albany

1970 – Jenkins

1971 – Pickens

1971 – Brantley County

1971 – Liberty County

1972 – Osborne

1972 – Berkmar

1972 – White County

1973 – Mount Zion [More]

Poll Talk: Former No. 1 McEachern re-enters rankings

  • 12:31 pm Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

McEachern, the preseason No. 1 team in Class AAAAAA, is back in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution high school football rankings after winning its first game Friday, a 35-21 victory over seventh-ranked Peachtree Ridge.

McEachern, now No. 10, had lost its first two games to No. 9 North Gwinnett of AAAAAA and No. 1 Buford of AAAA. McEachern replaced Peachtree Ridge in the rankings.

Other newly ranked teams are Lanier for Flowery Branch in AAAAA, Cartersville for Troup in AAAA, Hart County and Adairsville for Ringgold and Elbert County in AAA, Jefferson County for Washington-Wilkes in AA and Landmark Christian and Emanuel County Institute [More]

  • 9:44 pm Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman
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