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Greater Atlanta Christian 14, Lovett 7

  • 10:24 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Brent Holloway

For the first time since 2001, Greater Atlanta Christian is a region champion. The Spartans rode a stout defense and a balanced offense to a hard-earned 14-7 win over defending state champ Lovett. The win ends the Lions’ 14-game region winning streak, six-game head-to-head winning streak and two-year reign atop 6-AA.

After taking the lead late in the second quarter, top-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian (9-0, 6-0) was in control for most of the second half until a big run by Lovett’s Jay Harris gave the Lions life with about five minutes remaining. Breaking free down the sideline, Harris weaved his way [More]

Mill Creek 30, Norcross 0

  • 10:07 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by David Purdum

Mill Creek beat Norcross for the first time and wrapped up a playoff berth in a dominating 30-0 victory Friday on the Blue Devils’ field.

Daniel David and Johnathan Hawkins each scored two rushing touchdowns for Mill Creek, but the Hawks’ defense was the bigger story. Defensive back Gerard Butler had an interception and a recovered fumble, and linebacker Sidney Otiwu had a sack for a safety that put the Hawks up 23-0 late in the third quarter. Peyton Moore and Aaron Anderson also have interceptions for Mill Creek.

Norcross had negative-52 yards rushing, including sacks.

The Hawks (6-3, 5-1) have won four [More]

Class AAAA football roundup

  • 9:22 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by AJC news

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Arabia Mountain 26, Grady 21: Marcus Gay caught the first of his two touchdown receptions to give visiting Arabia Mountain an early 6-0 lead but Grady took a 21-6 lead before Arabia Mountain regained control and closed the game with 20 unanswered points. Camiel Grant III caught a 50-yard Jakobi Meyers touchdown pass before the half and Gay’s second touchdown reception cut the deficit to 21-18. With nine minutes left, Brandon Snowball ran in Arabia Mountain’s game-winning touchdown from five yards out.

Buford 44, Madison County 0: Buford returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and [More]

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

  • 6:17 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Coming up soon. … Happy Halloween, all.



*Aquinas at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m., WJBF Me-TV 6.2 (Augusta)

*McIntosh County Academy at Benedictine, 7:30 p.m., WGSA This TV 35.5 (Savannah)

*Tucker at Lovejoy, 7:30 p.m., GPB

On the Web

NFHS Network

The NFHS Network will present live streaming of the following games this week. To view the games, clickhere. Note that the times listed are the start of the broadcast and not necessarily the kickoff time, and that more games might be added to the schedule.


*Roswell at Etowah, 6:30 p.m.

*Bacon County at Groves, 7 p.m.

*Callaway at Haralson County, 7 p.m.

*Fayette County at Troup, 7 [More]

GHSA softball championships schedules and scores

  • 3:47 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Click HERE for the GHSA softball championships schedules and scores

Maxwell’s Odds of Each Team Making the Playoffs

  • 6:42 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Below are the current Maxwell Ratings’ projected seeds for Class AAAAAA through Class AA.

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

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 AAAAAA GHSA teams were treated as an average Class AAAAAA team).

Although regions may use different criteria, in [More]

National rankings: Colquitt County continues to inch up in polls

  • 6:36 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Here is where Georgia teams stand in several national polls. The numbers on the left are this week’s rankings; the numbers in parentheses are last week’s rankings.


3. Colquitt County (3)

25. Buford (20)

57. Ware County (69)

80. Dacula (NR)

86. Grayson (32)

USA Today

4. Colquitt County (5)

12. Buford (12)

48. Dacula (NR)


10. Colquitt County (13)

12. Buford (14)


3. Colquitt County (3)

10. Buford (12)


11. Colquitt County (12)

46. Buford (54)


6. Buford (6)

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Four Questions with Commerce coach Michael Brown

  • 6:24 am Friday, October 31st, 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.

Michael Brown, Commerce

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “Steve Savage. I played under coach Savage here at Commerce [when he was] an offensive line coach and during his first three years as head coach and had the privilege to return and coach under him for 13 years. As a player, I learned the lessons of mental toughness and competitiveness. As a coach, I always appreciated his philosophy of you have what you have as players at your position, and [More]

Daily List: Average points scored per team each season since 1948

  • 6:12 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The GHSA first held statewide playoffs in all classifications in 1948. For the first three decades, scoring patterns were relatively consistent. They’ve steadily risen since then, with steeper gains in recent years. In 1981, teams scored 30 points or more about once every eight games. Over the past three seasons, they’ve hit 30 or more about once every three games. Here are the average points scored per team each season since 1948.

1948 – 15.40

1949 – 16.48

1950 – 15.35

1951 – 15.10

1952 – 14.88

1953 – 14.33

1954 – 14.85

1955 – 14.77

1956 – 14.69

1957 – 13.41

1958 – 14.66

1959 – 13.40

1960 – 13.95

1961 – 14.84

1962 [More]

Daily Trivia: Team that holds the record for most points in a season

  • 6:00 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Which team holds the record for most points in a season? (Answer Monday)

Answer to Thursday’s question: Terry Harvey was Dacula’s quarterback and Class A player of the year in 1990.

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