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Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

 

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Final Composite Rankings

Here's a look at Georgia's teams ranked on a consensus of five polls (AJC - Atlanta Journal-Constitution/GHSF Daily; GPB - Georgia Public Broadcasting; SA - Score Atlanta; Max - Maxwell Ratings; and MP - MaxPreps). The Georgia Sports Writers Association poll was delayed unexpectedly Tuesday evening and could not be included. The composite poll will be updated on ajc.com when the GSWA rankings become available today.

Class AAAAAA
AJC
GPB
SA
Max
MP
Total
1. Colquitt County (15-0)
1
1
1
1
1
50
2. Roswell (14-1)
2
2
2
2
2
45
3. Mill Creek (13-1)
3
3
3
3
3
40
4. Grayson (13-1)
4
4
4
4
4
35
5. Archer (11-2)
5
5
5
5
5
30
6. McEachern (10-2)
7
6
6
6
6
24
7. Camden County (10-2)
6
7
7
7
7
21
8. Peachtree Ridge (7-3)
9
10
9
8
8
11
9. Westlake (10-3)
8
9
8
 
 
8
10. South Forsyth (11-2)
10
8
10
 
10
6
11T. Central Gwinnett (7-5)
 
 
 
 
9
2
11T. Lowndes (6-5)
 
 
 
9
 
2
13. Valdosta (8-4)
 
 
 
10
 
1
Class AAAAA
AJC
GPB
SA
Max
MP
Total
1. Allatoona (14-1)
1
1
1
1
1
50
2. Glynn Academy (12-3)
2
2
2
3
2
44
3. Stockbridge (12-1)
3
3
3
4
6
36
4. Northgate (12-2)
4
4
5
2
5
35
5. Houston County (11-2)
6
6
4
5
3
31
6. Ware County (11-3)
5
5
6
6
4
29
7. Mays (10-2)
7
7
7
7
7
20
8. Coffee (10-2)
9
 
10
10
8
7
9. Lanier (11-1)
8
10.5
8
 
 
6.5
10. Kell (9-4)
 
9
9
 
9
6
11. Stephenson (9-2)
10
10.5
 
8
 
4.5
12T. Drew (9-4)
 
8
 
 
 
3
12T. Starr's Mill (10-2)
 
 
 
9
10
3
Class AAAA
AJC
GPB
SA
Max
MP
Total
1. Cartersville (15-0)
1
1
1
1
1
50
2. Buford (13-2)
2
2
2
2
2
45
3. Woodward Academy (13-1)
3
3
3
3
3
40
4. Bainbridge (13-1)
4
4
4
4
4
35
5. St. Pius (10-3)
5
5
5
6
8
26
6. Jonesboro (11-2)
6
7
6
9
6
21
7. Thomson (11-2)
7
6
7
8
7
20
8. Sandy Creek (9-3)
9
9
9
5
5
18
9. Marist (10-3)
8
8
8
7
9
15
10. Mary Persons (11-1)
10
10
10
 
 
3
11. Worth County (8-4)
 
 
 
10
10
2
Class AAA
AJC
GPB
SA
Max
MP
Total
1T. Westminster (11-4)
1
1
1
3
2
47
1T. Blessed Trinity (13-1-1)
2
2
2
1
1
47
3. Calhoun (13-1)
3
3
3
2
3
41
4. Cedar Grove (11-2-1)
4
4
4
5
4
34
5. Jefferson (10-2)
5
7
5
4
5
29
6. Elbert County (10-3)
6
5.5
6
6
6
25.5
7. Adairsville (11-2)
7
5.5
7
8
 
16.5
8T. Dodge County (11-1)
9
8
9
10
7
12
8T. Peach County (9-3)
8
10
8
7
10
12
10. Callaway (10-2)
10
9
10
9
8
9
11. Oconee County (9-3)
 
 
 
 
9
2
Class AA
AJC
GPB
SA
Max
MP
Total
1. Pace Academy (13-2)
1
1
1
2
1
49
2. Fitzgerald (13-2)
2
2
2
3
2
44
3. Greater Atlanta Christian (12-2)
4
4
3
1
3
40
4. Benedictine (12-1)
3
3
4
4
4
37
5. Jefferson County (11-3)
5
5
5
8
6
26
6. Brooks County (10-3)
7
8
7
5
5
23
7. Rabun County (11-2)
6
6
6
9
8
20
8. Wesleyan (9-3)
8
9
8
6
7
17
9. Lovett (6-6)
9
10
9
7
10
10
10. Macon County (10-3)
10
7
10
10
9
9
Class A
AJC
GPB
SA
Max
MP
Total
1. Eagle's Landing Christian (11-3)
1
1
1
1
1
50
2. Clinch County (13-1)
2
2
3
3
3
42
3. Prince Avenue Christian (12-1)
3
5
4
2
2
39
4. Aquinas (12-2)
4
3
2
4
4
38
5. Irwin County (10-3-1)
5
4
5
6
5
30
6. Stratford Academy (9-4)
6
8
6
7
7
21
7. Emanuel County Institute (11-2)
7
6
7
8
8
19
8. Mount Paran Christian (10-2)
9
 
 
5
6
13
9. Commerce (9-4)
10
7
9
9
9
11
10. Pinecrest Academy (10-2)
8
 
8
 
 
6
11T. Charlton County (7-3)
 
 
 
10
10
2
11T. Savannah Christian (9-3)
 
9
 
 
 
2
13T. Marion County (10-2)
 
10
 
 
 
1
13T. Christian Heritage (6-6)
 
 
10
 
 
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In The News
Miller Grove, Druid Hills seeking coaches
Miller Grove and Druid Hills have head-coaching vacancies, DeKalb County athletics confirmed this week.
 
Damien Wimes, a DeKalb native who played under Buck Godfrey at Southwest DeKalb, has stepped down at Miller Grove after six seasons with a 30-30 record, including a 6-4 finish in 2015. Miller Grove, a state power in boys and girls basketball, has not made the football playoffs since the school opened in 2005.
 
Mark Adams, also a DeKalb native and graduate of old Sequoyah High, leaves Druid Hills after three seasons, each time finishing 4-6. Druid Hills' record has been 4-6 for six consecutive seasons. The school has not made the playoffs since 1985.
 
North Clayton and Douglas County also are making changes.
 
James Soza is leaving North Clayton after seasons of 2-8, 3-7 and 3-7. North Clayton had back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2008-09 but bottomed out at 2-8 the season before Soza got the job.
 
Jason Respert is out at Douglas County. He was 12-29 in four seasons. Douglas County last had a winning season in 2007 (8-3) but did make the playoffs in 2014.
 
Here are the schools that are reported to have made changes:
Bremen: Scott Hodges
Carrollton: Ed Dudley
Carver (Columbus): Joe Kegler
Chestatee: Bill Forman
Clarke Central: Ahren Self (hired David Perno)
Douglas County: Jason Respert
Druid Hills: Mark Adams
East Jackson: Gary Hughes
Forsyth Central: Shane Williamson
Grovetown: Rodney Holder
Hardaway: Jeff Battles (hired Michael Woolridge)
Heritage (Conyers): Wendell Early
Jordan: Jim Brown
Miller Grove: Damien Wimes
New Hampstead: Bernard Gaither
North Clayton: James Soza
North Forsyth: Jason Galt
Rockdale County: Venson Elder
Rockmart: Bin Turner
Rutland: George Collins
Schley County: Mark Daniel
Thomasville: Leroy Ryals
Toombs County: Lyman Guy
Whitewater: Amos McCreary
National Rankings
Here is where Georgia teams stand in several national polls. Schools in some states have not completed their seasons.
 
13. Colquitt County
48. Roswell
58. Mill Creek
71. Grayson
 
2. Colquitt County
9. Roswell
12. Grayson
30. Mill Creek
31. Archer
54. McEachern
83. Camden County
 
2. Colquitt County
20. Roswell
 
3. Colquitt County
25. Roswell
 
2. Colquitt County

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Ed Dudley, Carrollton
1. What is the most memorable game you've been a part of as a player or coach? "Two games: Walton over Valdosta at Raider Valley in the 2004 quarterfinals, and Ware County over Northside-Warner Robins in overtime in the 2012 semifinals."
 
2. Which high school coach would you want your son to play for, and why? "There are a hundred great men in coaching right now that I would let them play for, but two from the past: Jerry Sharp of East Rome and Darlington and my coach George B. Maloof of St. Pius."
 
3. What is your pet peeve as a coach or favorite saying/motto?"Favorite motto: 'Do the best you can with what God gave you!' - George B. Maloof."
 
4. Which GHSA policy or high school football rule would you most like to see changed? "I would like to see them put some teeth in the undue influence and recruiting rules."
 
Note: Dudley retired last week after 30 years of coaching. His career record is 193-87 in 24 seasons as a head coach. He went to the semifinals twice with Walton (2004, 2007) and had a Class AAAAA runner-up team with Ware County (2012).

 

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All-Region Teams
Please send all-region teams to GHSF Daily at ghsfdaily@bellsouth.net. We will publish any team that we receive. GHSF Daily encourages those selecting and providing all-region teams to include each player's year in school. All-region players who are recognized as underclassmen have a better chance of being recruited and getting recognition on preseason all-area or all-state teams in 2016.
 
8-AAAA
Player of the year: RB/CB Martin Mangram, Buford, Sr.
Offensive player of the year: RB C.J. Winding, Monroe Area, Sr.
Defensive player of the year: LB T.D. Roof, Buford, Jr.
Specialist of the year: K/P Bradley Hurst, White County, Sr.
Athletes of the year: RB/DB Xavier Gantt, Buford, Sr.; and WR/DB Jermaine Barnett, Stephens County, Sr.
Coach of the year: David Bishop, North Hall
 
First-team offense
QB - Mic Roof, Buford, Jr.
RB - Tyreik Cunningham, Stephens County, Jr.
RB - Kyle Bacus, North Hall, Jr.
RB - Christian Turner, Buford, So.
FB - KJ Burton, Madison County, Jr.
TE - Caleb Auer, Buford, Sr.
OL - Ben Cleveland, Stephens County, Sr.
OL - Graham Ferreira, Stephens County, Sr.
OL - Conner Krieger, North Oconee, Sr.
OL - Cooper Simpson, Buford, Sr.
OL - Innis Claud, Buford, Sr.
WR - Alfred King, Monre Area, Sr.
WR - Da'Marco Canty, North Oconee, Sr.
WR - Brandon Marsh, Buford, Sr.
WR - Sam Jackson, North Hall, Sr.
P - Eli Dixon, Madison County, Sr.
 
First-team defense
DL - Shug Frazier, Buford, Sr.
DL - Eric Bell, North Oconee, Sr.
DL - DaMario Lott, Buford, Sr.
DL - Mac Bennett, North Hall, Jr.
LB - Tyrik Combs, Stephens County, Sr.
LB - Jake Simpson, Buford, Jr.
LB - Nassar Clark, White County, Jr.
LB - Will Newman, North Oconee, Jr.
DB - Adam Johnson, White County, Sr.
DB - Micah Oglesby, Stephens County, Sr.
DB - Joshua Blackwell, Buford, Jr.
DB - RJ Walker, Buford, Sr.
PK - Chris Dennis, North Hall, Sr.
 
Second-team offense
QB - David Metts, Madison County, Jr.
RB - Anthony Grant, Buford, So.
RB - Kaleb Crane, White County, So.
RB - Nick Lyles, Chestatee, So.
FB - AJ Howard, Stephens County, Jr.
TE - Preston Wilkie, North Oconee, Sr.
OL - Cameron Jeffery, North Hall, Jr.
OL - Grant Bulla, Madison County, Jr.
OL - Brandon Samples, Monroe Area, Sr.
OL - Gevarius Brown, Stephens County, Sr.
OL - Crawford Abernathy, White County, Sr.
OL - Parker Dorsey, White County, Sr.
WR - Donte Thomas, Stephens County, Sr.
WR - Alan Bussoletti, Buford, Sr.
WR - Sam Bartlett, Madison County, Sr.
WR - Khyrie Moore, North Oconee, Sr.
ATH - Austin Gean, Chestatee, Jr.
ATH - Clancy Loudermilk, White County, Sr.
 
Second-team defense
DL - Malik Perry, Stephens County, Sr.
DL - Jamai Davis, Monroe Area, Sr.
DL - Dean Powell, Buford, Jr.
DL - Jay Lapkoske, White County, Fr.
LB - Jacob Martin, Buford, Sr.
LB - Dylan Murphy, North Hall, Sr.
LB - Jakia Thompson, Monroe Area, Fr.
LB - TJ Ballard, White County, So.
DB - Mils Eisenberg, North Oconee, Sr.
DB - Kevon DeBose, Monroe Area, Sr.
DB - Ky Crowe, White County, Jr.
DB - Drew Atha, North Hall, Sr.
PK - Simon Clarke, North Oconee, Sr.
 
Honorable mention: North Oconee - DE Kumar Rocker, LB Saajan Patel, OL Robert Bohler, DL Stephen Kreyenbuhl. Buford - OL Tyler Thurmond, LB Matthew, Parker, OL Garrett Scoggins, OL Connor Mills. Madison County - DL Jason Baxter, WR Ritchie Hajdu, DL Logan Childers, K Levi Larkins. Monroe Area - LB Andy Fielding, OL Levi Parker, DL William Randolph, LB Jermonte Davis. Stephens County - QB Jackson Bell, WR AJ Curry, LB Cole Beitzel, DB Cole Rogers. Chestatee - TE Jamie Arroyo, DL Barron King. White County - OL DJ Dover, DL Trevor Morgan, TE Sam Smith, QB Dane Quinn. North Hall - RB Colby Miller, DL Christian Barbosa, LB Jake Meeler, LB Nathan Kinney.
 
7-A
Offensive player of the year: QB Liam Welch, Aquinas, Sr.
Defensive player of the year: DL Will Evans, Aquinas, Sr.
Special teams player of the year: PK/P Ryan O'Neal, Lincoln County, Sr.
Coach of the year: James Leonard, Aquinas
 
Offense
RB - Ja'mon Height, Twiggs County, Jr.
RB - O'Showen Williams, Stratford Academy, Sr.
RB - Kasey Sanders, Stratford Academy, Jr.
RB - Shimu Bryant, Hancock Central, Sr.
RB - D'Angelo Durham, Aquinas, So.
RB - Dontrez Johnson, First Presbyterian Day, Sr.
RB - Adrian Hardwick, Mount de Sales, So.
QB - Jermaine Berry, Warren County, Sr.
QB - Will McCormick, First Presbyterian Day, Sr.
QB - Sim Patrick, Stratford Academy, Sr.
WR - Quintez Cephus, Stratford Academy, Sr.
WR - Justin Gibbs, Aquinas, Jr.
WR - Cory Bivins, Georgia Military, So.
WR - Tres Hattaway, Mount de Sales, Sr.
WR - Jimmy Marshall, Tattnall Square, Jr.
OL - Neddrick Nichols, Twiggs County, Sr.
OL - Devin Hill, Georgia Military, Sr.
OL - Levi Thompson, Twiggs County, Jr.
OL - Carter Canady, Stratford Academy, Sr.
OL - David Haithcock, Stratford Academy, Sr.
OL - Ethan Crawford, Aquinas, Sr.
OL - Thomas McBride, First Presbyterian Day, Jr.
 
Defense
LB - Artest Banks, Aquinas, So.
LB - Jason Gartrell, Lincoln County, Sr.
LB - Keyshawn Martin, Lincoln County, Jr.
LB - Jarkevin Clarke, Warren County, Jr.
LB - Johnquezes Fowler, Warren County, Jr.
LB - Sammie Mayweather, Hancock Central, Jr.
LB - Markellius Lamar, Hancock Central, Sr.
LB - Ravenell Hill, Hancock Central, Sr.
LB - Kelvin Jenkins, Twiggs County, Sr.
DE - Daniel Weaver, First Presbyterian Day, Sr.
DE - Sean Brown, Tattnall Square, Jr.
DE - John Michael O'Quinn, Stratford Academy, Sr.
DL - Michael Skinner, Georgia Military, Jr.
DL - Ladarius Watkins, Hancock Central, Sr.
DL - Tobe Umerah, Stratford Academy, So.
DL - Christian Rodgers, Tattnall Square, Jr.
DL - E.J. Tobler, First Presbyterian Day, Jr.
DB - Midarius Roberts, Lincoln County, So.
DB - Jordan Edwards, Mount de Sales, Sr.
DB - T.J. Smith, Aquinas, Jr.
DB - Ty Elam, Lincoln County, Jr.
DB - Torrian Bradley-McSwain First Presbyterian Day, Jr.

 

 


 

 

 

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Colquitt County won its 30th consecutive game last week in the Class AAAAAA final. Only 11 schools have winning streaks of 25 games or more entirely in the highest classification.
 
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37 - Valdosta (1960-1963)
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28 - Warner Robins (1975-1977)
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