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Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

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GHSF Daily to present six weekly awards
Georgia High School Football Daily will be presenting six weekly awards during the 12 weeks of the 2016 regular season.
 
1Each winning team, coach or player will receive a plaque measuring 15 by 12 inches (pictured at right).
 
The awards are possible because of the contributions of All American Specialties and six of our sponsors.
 
The awards are:
*Player of the week (Your Custom Printz)
*Offensive line of the week (Otter's Chicken)
*Specialist of the week (Kornblue Kicking)
*Student-athlete of the week (scoutSMART)
*Coach of the week (College Football Hall of Fame)
*Upset of the week (The Neff Company)
 
Nominations must be received by Sundays at 6 p.m. beginning Aug. 21. We need enough information to write 40-50 words of text with the awards. Statistics must be reliable and may require verification.
 
Clash of champions
The Cartersville-Allatoona game tonight will be the 22nd meeting in history between reigning GHSA champions, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.
 
The rare pairing will happen again on Oct. 7, when Westminster (AAA champion) will play Pace Academy (AA champion).
 
The champion from the larger classification is 10-7-3 all-time in these matchups. In one instance, the two reigning champions came from the same classification. In 2007, Roswell and Peachtree Ridge were defending co-champions of Class AAAAA after their memorable 14-14 tie in the 2006 title game. They played again in the 2007 playoffs. Roswell won.
 
Here is the list, courtesy of Loren Maxwell:
 
1961 - Washington-Wilkes (B) 19, Lincolnton (C) 0
1962 - Valdosta (AAA) 48, Waycross (AA) 13
1964 - Lincolnton (C) 6, Washington-Wilkes (B) 6
1965 - Carrollton (A) 14, Douglas County (AA) 7
1967 - Statesboro (A) 20, Washington-Wilkes (B) 20
1968 - Washington-Wilkes (B) 11, Putnam County (C) 6
1968 - Thomson (A) 34, Washington-Wilkes (B) 12
1968 - Dalton (AA) 33, Marietta (AAA) 7
1972 - Carrollton (A) 25, Bowdon (B) 0
1976 - Americus (AA) 46, Irwin County (A) 14
1987 - Central-Carroll (AA) 3, Villa Rica (AAA) 0
1994 - Lincoln County (A) 6, Greene County (AA) 6
1995 - Thomas County Central (AAA) 14, Colquitt County (AAAA) 7
2000 - Charlton County (A) 33, Cartersville (AA) 9*
2002 - Buford (A) 38, Americus (AA) 12*
2005 - Charlton County (AA) 25, Clinch County (A) 13
2007 - Roswell (AAAAA) 23, Peachtree Ridge (AAAAA) 20
2008 - Northside-Warner Robins (AAAA) 7, Carver-Columbus (AAA) 6
2008 - Lowndes (AAAAA) 24, Northside-Warner Robins (AAAA) 7
2010 - Sandy Creek (AAAA) 35, Peach County (AAA) 17*
2013 - Buford (AAA) 38, Gainesville (AAAAA) 14
2016 - Cartersville (AAAA) vs. Allatoona (AAAAA)
2016 - Westminster (AAA) vs. Pace Academy (AA)
*Playoff games
 
GHSA bylaw blocks games vs. IMG Academy
The GHSA this week tweaked a bylaw that will prevent Georgia teams from playing IMG Academy, the Bradenton, Fla., boarding school that has bolstered its roster with a handful of Georgia's best players. IMG's ESPN-televised game at Grayson on Aug. 27 won't be affected.
 
IMG's roster includes Georgia commit Robert Beal, formerly of Norcross; and Ohio State commit Isaiah Pryor, formerly of Archer, and at least three other Georgia players.
 
The new bylaw reads: "Member schools shall compete, practice or scrimmage only against other member schools or against schools who are full members, with no restrictions, of the State Association in their respective states."
 
IMG is a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association but does not participate in state playoffs and is not bound by the same rules.
 
Norcross athletics director Kirk Barton, whose school lost Beal, was candid with the Gwinnett Daily Post in his motivation for lobbying against IMG. "We're trying to protect our kids and keep them here throughout their high school careers. ... We just explained [to the GHSA] what happened. They're coming up here and recruiting our kids, and I just don't think we should turn around and showcase them on ESPN."
 
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Super 11 for all-time
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published its annual preseason Super 11 team last week. As part of that series, GHSF Daily helped the AJC select the best 20 Super 11 picks of all-time. Many are featured in their high school uniforms or the photos taken of them for the annual Super 11 shoots. Click on the photo above to watch it.
 
Southwest DeKalb names Salter as interim coach
Longtime assistant Fletcher Salter will be the interim head coach for Southwest DeKalb, which opens its season Saturday against Redan at Buck Godfrey Stadium. Salter has coached at five DeKalb schools, and his tenure at SWD dates to previous coach Buck Godfrey. Salter was a head coach at McNair (1991-96) and had a 38-28 record. Southwest DeKalb head coach Michael Tanks died Aug. 3, days after suffering a stroke at his home.
 
Dual-threat all-state: Keep Shiflett in mind
Like every other quarterback in Class AAAA, Northwest Whitfield's Luke Shiflett would need a really big year to make all-state ahead of Cartersville's Trevor Lawrence. Northwest Whitfield coach Josh Robinson suggested a solution: "Pocket-passer all-state: Trevor Lawrence. Dual-threat all-state: Luke Shiflett." Robinson notes that Shiflett was the unanimous choice as offensive player of the year in Cartersville's Region 7-AAAA last season. Well, except for Lawrence, who was overall player of the year, but it's still a nice honor. Shiflett, rated the No. 16 dual-threat junior QB nationally by 247Sports, threw for 1,915 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 358 yards in only nine games last season. "There is no doubt if you talk to other coaches in our region that he is at least an all-state player for AAAA," Robinson said.
 
Special sophomore: Bertrand
Some coaches don't want young players to get preseason recognition for fear of inflated egos, but Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin conceded that LB/TE J.D. Bertrand was worthy of all-state consideration. "I'm always hesitant to give a sophomore too much hype at such a young age, but J.D. may can deal with it," Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin said. "He will be an SEC/ACC recruit and is the total package. He's big, fast and carries a 3.8 GPA."
 
High praise for S.C. move-in RB
Some media don't want out-of-state players to get preseason recognition for fear that they should prove it in Georgia first, but GHSF Daily conceded that Central Gwinnett RB Joshua Samuel is one of Class AAAAAAA's best. "Josh has a chance to be one of the, if not the, top back in the state," Central coach Todd Wofford said. "Kid is a beast." Samuel, who is committed to Minnesota, led South Carolina in rushing last year with 1,796 yards.
 
Lost and found: Hodges and Brown
Our coverage of offseason coaching changes wrapped up today with the Class A hirings. We documented 79 new head coaches and - in 77 of 79 cases - we reported the whereabouts of the former head coaches. Here are the two we missed: Scott Hodges, former head coach at Bremen, is the assistant principal at Bremen Middle School. A Bremen alumnus, Hodges is no longer coaching. Jim Brown, former head coach at Jordan, is on Alpharetta's staff as special teams coach. Thanks to Ahmand Tinker for his help in locating many of the former coaches.


Computer Rankings
Maxwell projections for Class A
These are the Class A preseason predictions of the Maxwell Ratings, a computer-based ranking system created by Loren Maxwell. The projections are based on historical scores, with 2015 results being most significant.
 
Here are five observations on the new Class A.
 
*There are 91 football-playing schools in Class A, up from 78 last season. The Class A playoffs have been expanded to 24 teams in both the public and private divisions. They had been 16-team draws.
 
*Teams moving down to Class A will be factors. In the private division, look out for Wesleyan, Darlington and Holy Innocents'. In the public sector, watch for Macon County, Bowdon, Manchester and Washington-Wilkes.
 
*The top-five teams in the Maxwell Ratings are private schools - ELCA, Aquinas, Prince Avenue, Mount Paran and Wesleyan. But, overall the two divisions are about equal. For example, the average top-24 private-school team's rating is 32.97, just 1.74 points better than the average top-24 public school. In fact, if you deleted Eagle's Landing Christian, the public division's top 24 would be stronger than the private side. The Maxwell Ratings suggest there are just as many good teams in both divisions, but more truly outstanding teams in the private ranks. For example, ELCA (private) would be a two-touchdown favorite over Clinch County (public) in a game between defending champions, according to Maxwell.
 
*Regions 3, 4, 6 and 7 are subdivided. All four will pit their subregion winners against each other in the final week of the regular season to determine region champions.
 
*Region 1 doesn't have a team in the top 30 overall, according to Maxwell, but will do well in the GHSA power ratings. Maxwell says only two of them - Pelham and Seminole County - are among the best 24 public schools in Class A, but as many as seven will have one of the best 24 W-L records. With teams playing only one non-region game, the GHSA's power ratings aren't sophisticated enough to officiate that.
 
Region 1-A
 
Rank
 
SOS
 
 Team
Projected
Overall W-L
Projected Region W-L
 
Rating
31
87
Pelham
8.43-1.57
7.59-1.41
26.46
36
78
Seminole County
7.43-2.57
7.30-1.70
24.23
47
85
Mitchell County
6.70-3.30
6.04-2.96
16.25
58
80
Terrell County
5.64-4.36
5.22-3.78
11.24
62
82
Randolph-Clay
5.88-4.12
4.90-4.10
9.99
63
81
Miller County
5.36-4.64
4.73-4.27
9.02
64
75
Chattahoochee County
4.78-5.22
4.73-4.27
8.65
82
84
Calhoun County
3.03-6.97
2.45-6.55
-6.27
85
83
Baconton Charter
2.58-7.42
1.74-7.26
-11.59
90
79
Stewart County
0.59-9.41
0.29-8.71
-31.68
89
90
Pataula Charter
3.08-3.92
N/A
-29.92
91
91
Webster County
0.67-1.33
N/A
-36.72
 
Region 2-A
 
Rank
 
SOS
 
 Team
Projected
Overall W-L
Projected Region W-L
 
Rating
6
1
Irwin County
7.30-2.70
5.70-1.30
45.30
7
14
Clinch County
7.71-2.29
5.67-1.33
44.80
11
7
Charlton County
7.14-2.86
5.29-1.71
41.11
25
3
Turner County
5.27-4.73
4.04-2.96
31.09
39
25
Telfair County
4.79-5.21
2.93-4.07
22.58
51
19
Wilcox County
3.08-6.92
1.87-5.13
13.59
54
8
Atkinson County
2.63-7.37
1.81-5.19
12.71
72
26
Lanier County
1.62-8.38
0.69-6.31
1.37
 
Region 3-A
Division A
 
Rank
 
SOS
 
 Team
Projected
Overall W-L
Projected Region W-L
 
Rating
12
67
Calvary Day
7.49-1.51
4.28-0.72
40.62
13
38
Savannah Christian
6.74-2.26
4.09-0.91
39.43
40
27
McIntosh County Academy
4.30-4.70
2.55-2.45
22.54
50
20
Claxton
2.96-6.04
1.69-3.31
14.43
55
37
Savannah Country Day
3.09-5.91
1.39-3.61
12.10
65
44
Portal
2.78-6.22
1.01-3.99
8.42
Division B
 
Rank
 
SOS
 
 Team
Projected
Overall W-L
Projected Region W-L
 
Rating
15
70
Emanuel County Institute
7.97-1.03
4.64-0.36
38.63
34
76
Johnson County
6.89-2.11
3.78-1.22
25.75
60
66
Treutlen
4.03-4.97
2.46-2.54
10.37
66
77
Jenkins County
4.28-4.72
2.19-2.81
7.97
75
86
Wheeler County
3.45-5.55
1.21-3.79
-1.26
83
58
Montgomery County
1.37-7.63
0.72-4.28
-6.78
 
Region 4-A
Division A
 
Rank
 
SOS
 
 Team
Projected
Overall W-L
Projected Region W-L
 
Rating
10
55
Marion County
6.87-1.13
4.42-0.58
41.49
28
35
Manchester
4.86-3.14
3.14-1.86
28.52
32
28
Brookstone
4.36-3.64
2.97-2.03
25.95
38
59
Pacelli
5.09-2.91
2.55-2.45
23.51
52
12
Greenville
2.25-5.75
1.56-3.44
13.25
79
47
Central (Talbotton)
1.27-6.73
0.36-4.64
-2.55
Division B
 
Rank
 
SOS
 
 Team
Projected
Overall W-L
Projected Region W-L
 
Rating
8
4
Macon County
5.26-2.74
4.59-0.41
44.16
24
11
Dooly County
4.56-3.44
3.65-1.35
31.25
37
49
Hawkinsville
4.63-3.37
3.03-1.97
23.58
53
62
Taylor County
3.84-4.16
1.95-3.05
13.09
67
65
Crawford County
3.28-4.72
1.41-3.59
6.93
84
51
Schley County
1.14-6.86
0.38-4.62
-7.88
 
Region 5-A
 
Rank
 
SOS
 
 Team
Projected
Overall W-L
Projected Region W-L
 
Rating
1
2
Eagle's Landing Christian
8.90-1.10
6.62-0.38
60.39
5
42
Wesleyan
8.26-1.74
5.65-1.35
45.30
14
21
Landmark Christian
7.05-2.95
4.98-2.02
38.73
35
16
Holy Innocents'
4.98-5.02
3.81-3.19
25.62
42
18
Our Lady of Mercy
5.03-4.97
3.55-3.45
21.81
76
54
Strong Rock Christian
2.35-7.65
1.46-5.54
-2.32
80
50
Mt. Vernon Presbyterian
2.24-7.76
1.41-5.59
-2.83
86
60
Fulton Leadership Acd.
1.38-8.62
0.51-6.49
-16.07
 
Region 6-A
Division A
 
Rank
 
SOS
 
 Team
Projected
Overall W-L
Projected Region W-L
 
Rating
9
5
Darlington
7.11-1.89
4.82-1.18
42.27
19
15
Bowdon
5.91-3.09
3.90-2.10
34.37
22
23
Trion
5.85-3.15
3.55-2.45
32.13
23
29
Mount Zion (Carroll)
5.56-3.44
3.53-2.47
31.93
26
34
Christian Heritage
5.68-3.32
3.28-2.72
30.49
45
30
Gordon Lee
3.76-5.24
1.65-4.35
17.50
77
33
North Cobb Christian
1.49-7.51
0.27-5.73
-2.36
Division B
 
Rank
 
SOS
 
 Team
Projected
Overall W-L
Projected Region W-L
 
Rating
4
46
Mount Paran Christian
8.22-0.78
6.38-0.62
47.50
18
32
Mount Pisgah Christian
6.32-2.68
5.33-1.67
35.37
21
22
Pinecrest Academy
5.68-3.32
4.92-2.08
32.85
43
43
Fellowship Christian
4.51-4.49
3.29-3.71
20.33
49
41
Walker
3.67-5.33
2.59-4.41
15.20
56
39
St. Francis
3.10-5.90
2.05-4.95
11.63
57
40
Whitefield Academy
3.48-5.52
1.95-5.05
11.40
68
56
King's Ridge Christian
3.17-5.83
1.48-5.52
6.92
 
Region 7-A
Division A
 
Rank
 
SOS
 
 Team
Projected
Overall W-L
Projected Region W-L
 
Rating
17
53
Stratford Academy
7.20-1.80
4.35-0.65
36.63
30
52
First Presbyterian
6.03-2.97
3.63-1.37
27.96
41
36
Wilkinson County
4.60-4.40
2.99-2.01
22.46
59
48
Twiggs County
3.33-5.67
1.64-3.36
10.65
69
31
Mount de Sales
2.13-6.87
1.20-3.80
5.96
70
45
Tattnall Square
2.07-6.93
1.19-3.81
4.95
Division B
 
Rank
 
SOS
 
 Team
Projected
Overall W-L
Projected Region W-L
 
Rating
2
9
Aquinas
7.45-1.55
4.65-0.35
49.46
20
10
Lincoln County
5.29-3.71
3.45-1.55
33.94
27
6
Washington-Wilkes
4.54-4.46
2.92-2.08
28.61
44
24
Greene County
3.81-5.19
1.95-3.05
19.73
48
17
Hancock Central
3.14-5.86
1.63-3.37
15.90
73
13
Warren County
0.92-8.08
0.40-4.60
0.87
78
88
Georgia Military College
5.33-4.67
N/A
-2.37
88
89
Glascock County
3.27-6.73
N/A
-21.69
 
Region 8-A
 
Rank
 
SOS
 
 Team
Projected
Overall W-L
Projected Region W-L
 
Rating
3
63
Prince Avenue Christian
9.05-0.95
8.52-0.48
48.92
16
73
Commerce
8.28-1.72
7.40-1.60
37.30
29
72
Athens Academy
7.19-2.81
6.44-2.56
27.98
33
71
Athens Christian
6.84-3.16
6.09-2.91
25.86
46
74
George Walton Academy
5.82-4.18
4.92-4.08
17.08
61
69
Hebron Christian
4.65-5.35
3.96-5.04
10.32
71
68
Riverside Military
3.31-6.69
2.75-6.25
1.42
74
61
Lakeview Academy
2.85-7.15
2.50-6.50
-0.91
81
57
Towns County
2.25-7.75
1.94-7.06
-5.52
87
64
Providence Christian
0.90-9.10
0.48-.52
-20.68

Watch The Games
On TV
Today
*Buford vs. Roswell, 5:30 p.m., Fox Sports Southeast
*Fannin County at Gilmer, 7:30 p.m., ETC 3 (Ellijay)
*Lakeside (Evans) at North Augusta, S.C., 7:30 p.m. WJBF Me TV 6.2 (Augusta)
*South Forsyth vs. Hillgrove, 8:30 p.m., Fox Sports Southeast
Saturday
*Kell vs. Tucker, 9 a.m., Fox Sports Southeast
*North Gwinnett vs. Brookwood, 11:45 a.m., Fox Sports Southeast
*Walton vs. Norcross, 2:45 p.m., Fox Sports Southeast
*Colquitt County vs. Mill Creek, 5:45 p.m., Fox Sports Southeast
*McEachern vs. Archer, 8:45 p.m., Fox Sports Southeast
 
On the Web
1NFHS Network
The NFHS Network will present live streaming of the following games this week. To view the games, click here. 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.
Today
*Winder-Barrow at Clarke Central, 6:50 p.m.
*Douglass vs. Calhoun, 7 p.m.
*Heritage (Conyers) at Salem, 7 p.m
*Troup at Hardaway, 7 p.m.
*Woodward Academy at Westminster, 7 p.m.
*Lovett at Greater Atlanta Christian, 7:20 p.m.
*Johns Creek at Lassiter, 7:25 p.m.
*B.E.S.T. Academy at Landmark Christian, 7:30 p.m.
*Berkmar at Rockdale County, 7:30 p.m.
*Blessed Trinity at St. Pius, 7:30 p.m.
*Eagle's Landing Christian at Eagle's Landing, 7:30 p.m.
*Glynn Academy at Benedictine, 7:30 p.m.
*Jefferson at Discovery, 7:30 p.m.
*LaGrange at Callaway, 7:30 p.m.
*Mount Pisgah Christian at Holy Innocents', 7:30 p.m.
*Northview at Lanier, 7:30 p.m.
*Therrell at Wesleyan, 7:30 p.m.
*Thomasville at Cairo, 7:30 p.m.
*Wheeler at Marietta, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday
*Kell vs. Tucker, 9 a.m.
*Christ Presbyterian (Tenn.) at Parkview, 4 p.m. 

New Coaches
Class A (public)
GHSF Daily has been chronicling the many coaching changes in the offseason. We conclude today with Class A.
 
Number of hires: 9
Best hire: Darren Alford, Schley County
Hardest to replace: Mike Swaney, Marion County
Best job: Hawkinsville
Toughest job: Stewart County
Most interesting: Two head coaches who recently won state titles - David Daniell at Hawkinsville (2014) and Mike Swaney at Marion County (2013) - stepped down. Daniell remained in the school system in an administrative role. Swaney retired.
 
Region 1
*Chattahoochee County hired North Forsyth defensive coordinator Drew Fowler to replace Josh Kemp, who remains in administration in the school system. Fowler also has coached at Peach County (during the 2005 championship season), Paulding County, Carrollton and Metter. Chattahoochee County was 9-12 in two seasons under Kemp, who was 37-28 in two stints at the school and 3-7 in 2015.
 
*Stewart County hired Drew defensive line coach Kelvin Smith to replace Travis Terry. Smith has coached most of his 14 seasons in his native Alabama, including brief stints as head coach at Holt (2014) and Jackson-Olin (2012). He inherits a team on a 30-game losing streak. Terry, now the offensive coordinator at Terrell County, toiled eight seasons at Stewart, a school of only 124 students, and won just four games.
 
Region 3
*Montgomery County hired Cross Keys head coach John Bowen to replace Eric McDonald, who resigned as coach and athletics director and remained as assistant principal. Bowen is known for taking on some of the toughest jobs in the state, including Glascock County, where his 1999 team broke an 82-game losing streak. Bowen was Hephzibah's coach for 10 seasons (2005-14) and led the Rebels to three playoff appearances. Montgomery County was 0-10 in 2015.
 
*Wheeler County promoted longtime defensive coordinator Randy Collins to replace Randy Grace, who is now defensive coordinator at Harris County. Collins has coached at Wheeler County since 1992 and at his alma mater Montgomery County and Telfair County before that. Wheeler County was 3-7 in Grace's only season with the Bulldogs.
 
Region 4
*Marion County promoted defensive coordinator Chris Kirksey to replace Mike Swaney, who was 65-10 at Marion as a head coach. Swaney retired. Kirksey was Taylor County's head coach from 2004 to 2013. His teams were 50-62-1. Swaney coached football for 31 seasons and never applied to be a head coach until the Marion County job opened in 2010. Marion won its first state championship in 2013.
 
*Hawkinsville hired Will Conner to replace David Daniell, who remained in the school district as director of operations. Conner is a 2001 Hawkinsville graduate who has run his alma mater's defense for several years. Daniell led Hawkinsville to a state championship in 2014, and his four-year record was 31-16.
 
*Schley County hired West Laurens offensive coordinator Darren Alford to replace Mark Daniel, who became head coach at Rutland in Macon. Alford coached for 18 seasons at his alma mater Americus and Americus-Sumter, primarily as defensive coordinator, until moving to West Laurens in 2009. Under Daniel, Schley was 6-4 in 2014, its first winning season since 2008, but then 0-10 in 2015.
 
Region 7
*Hancock Central promoted offensive coordinator Marleau Blount to replace Zachary Harris, who is now the offensive coordinator at Twiggs County. Blount was head coach at Warren County for two seasons (2009-10) and had an 11-11 record.
 
Region 8
*Towns County hired former Chestatee running backs coach John Cornett to replace Billy Barnhart, whose teams were 4-16 in two seasons. Barnhart is now the line coach at Oneida High in Tennessee.
 
Class A (private)
Number of hires: 9
Best hire: Jimmy Chupp, King's Ridge Christian
Hardest to replace: Mark Stroud, Calvary Day
Best job: Prince Avenue Christian
Toughest job: North Cobb Christian
Most interesting: Rick Tomberlin is best known for his work at Washington County, where he won state titles in 1994, 1996 and 1997. He came out of three-year retirement to take the Calvary Day job. "I wanted to see what life was like outside of teaching and coaching," he said at his introduction. "It didn't take very long for me to realize that I missed it."
 
Region 3
*Calvary Day hired Rick Tomberlin, who won 236 games and three state titles before retiring in 2012, to replace Mark Stroud, who took the Swainsboro job. This will be Tomberlin's seventh coaching stop. Tomberlin, 59, made his name at Washington County (1992-2005). He also is the only person to be head coach at both Lowndes (1989-91) and Valdosta (2006-09). Calvary Day has averaged 10.2 wins per season over the past five years and finished 9-2 in 2015.
 
Region 5
*Our Lady of Mercy hired Jamie Aull to succeed Mike Earwood, who retired. The job originally went to former Griffin and Drew coach Jarrett Laws, but Laws took the Salem job in June. Aull, who came to OLOM with Laws as offensive coordinator, then was promoted. Aull was head coach at Mount Zion of Jonesboro (2009-11). His teams were 12-19. Aull was Griffin's offensive coordinator under Laws in 2014 and 2015.
 
Region 6
*Christian Heritage promoted offensive coordinator Jay Poag to replace brother Preston Poag, who became head coach at North Murray. Jay Poag has some 20 years of college coaching experience with stops at N.C. State as a graduate assistant (1987-88), Lenoir-Rhyne (1989-90), Presbyterian as offensive coordinator (1991-98) and alma mater Davidson (2002-08). Poag started the Pine Lake Prep (N.C.) football program in 2012. Christian Heritage played its first region schedule in 2012 and was 24-20 in four seasons under Preston Poag.
 
*North Cobb Christian hired Westminster Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) head coach Jake Sorg to replace Scott Ryle, who became head coach at Brook Hill School in Texas. Sorg's Westminster teams were 30-12 in four seasons. Sorg also specializes in strength training. North Cobb Christian started football in 2007 and achieved its first winning season (6-4) in 2015 against a non-region schedule.
 
*King's Ridge Christian hired former Greater Atlanta Christian head coach Jimmy Chupp to replace Jeff Pickren, who started the program in 2008. Chupp was GAC's coach from 1999 to 2007. His record was 89-24, and he never had a season with fewer than eight victories. The 2002 team reached the Class AA final. Chupp has worked at GAC for 21 of the past 22 years, most recently as facilities director and assistant football coach. King's Ridge has never had a winning record in football and finished 1-9 each of the past two seasons.
 
*St. Francis hired Franklin County (Fla.) head coach Tim Mathis to replace Brennen Booth, whose teams were 23-19 in four seasons at the 6-year-old program. Mathis, a Rome native, was on Shorter University's staff from 2005 through 2014, the last five years as offensive coordinator. He also has coached at Trion. Booth is now head coach for the new football program at Notre Dame Academy in Duluth.
 
*Whitefield Academy promoted defensive coordinator John Hunter to replace Quinn Gray, who left after one season (2-8 record) to become head coach at Mandarin High in Jacksonville. Hunter coached for 16 seasons at Harrison and two at Allatoona. He won a state championship as a head coach in 1990 at Lexington Academy in Texas.
 
Region 7
*Tattnall Square hired Prince Avenue Christian offensive coordinator Chance Jones to replace Clint Morgan, who was 22-11 in three seasons. Jones is a graduate of the Westfield School in Perry and is the son of Westfield head coach Ronnie Jones, who has 329 victories in the Georgia Independent School Association. Tattnall Square joined the GHSA in 2014 and went 10-2 and 4-6. Tattnall won 11 GISA state championships under Barney Hester, who is now head coach at Howard in Macon. Chance Jones had been at Prince Avenue for the past six seasons.
 
Region 8
*Prince Avenue Christian hired Woodward Academy defensive coordinator Greg Vandagriff to replace Jeff Herron, who took the Grayson job. Vandagriff had run Woodward's defenses since 2005. Woodward reached the semifinals last season and held opponents to one touchdown or fewer in 10 of 14 games. Vandagriff was head coach at Campbell (1999-2000) and Kell (2003) and compiled an 16-24 record.
Region Standings: Class A
Region 1-A
Team
Reg.
All
Last week
Playoffs*
Baconton
0-0
0-0
At Pataula Charter
vs. Pelham (CE)
Calhoun County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Schley Co.
Chattahoochee Co.
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Marion Co.
Miller County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at Terrell Co.
Mitchell County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at Albany (M)
Pelham
0-0
0-0
at Albany (M)
at Baconton (CE)
Randolph-Clay
0-0
0-0
vs. Abbeville, Ala.
Does not play
Seminole County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Stewart Co.
Stewart County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at Seminole Co.
Terrell County
0-0
0-0
at Taylor Co.
vs. Miller Co.
Pataula Charter
 
0-0
vs. Baconton
at Webster Co.
Webster County
 
0-0
Does not play
vs. Pataula Charter
 
Region 2-A
Team
Reg.
All
Last week
Playoffs
Atkinson County
0-0
0-0
at Fellowship Christian
vs. Jeff Davis
Charlton County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Brantley Co.
Clinch County
0-0
0-0
vs. Bleckley Co.
at McIntosh Co. Academy
Irwin County
0-0
0-0
at Berrien
at Fitzgerald
Lanier County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Berrien
Telfair County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Savannah
Turner County
0-0
1-0
d. Dougherty 34-32
vs. Worth Co.
Wilcox County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at Tattnall Square
 
Region 3-A
Division A
Team
Reg.
All
Last week
Playoffs
Calvary Day
0-0
1-0
d. Islands 20-0
vs. Johnson, Savannah
Claxton
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Tattnall Co.
McIntosh Co. Acad.
0-0
0-0
vs. Brantley Co.
vs. Clinch Co.
Portal
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Treutlen
Savannah Christian
0-0
0-0
at Jefferson Co.
at New Hampstead (P)
Sav. Country Day
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at Stratford Academy
Division B
Team
Reg.
All
Last week
Playoffs
Emanuel Co. Institute
0-0
0-0
at Metter
vs. Swainsboro
Jenkins County
0-0
0-0
vs. Hephzibah
vs. Windsor Forest
Johnson County
0-0
0-0
at Montgomery Co.
vs. East Laurens (Thu.)
Montgomery County
0-0
0-0
vs. Johnson Co.
Does not play
Treutlen
0-0
0-0
vs. Georgia Military
at Portal
Wheeler County
0-0
0-0
vs. Central, Talbotton
vs. Georgia Military
 
Region 4-A
Division A
Team
Reg.
All
Last week
Playoffs
Brookstone
0-0
0-0
at Jordan (CM)
Does not play
Central (Talbotton)
0-0
0-0
at Wheeler Co.
Does not play
Greenville
0-0
0-0
vs. Manchester
at Heard Co.
Manchester
0-0
0-0
at Greenville
at Luella
Marion County
0-0
0-0
at Schley Co.
at Chattahoochee Co.
Pacelli
0-0
0-0
at Mount de Sales
at Crawford Co.
Division B
Team
Reg.
All
Last week
Playoffs
Crawford County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Pacelli
Dooly County
0-0
0-0
at Crisp Co.
vs. Macon Co.
Hawkinsville
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Bleckley Co.
Macon County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at Dooly Co.
Schley County
0-0
0-0
vs. Marion Co.
at Calhoun Co.
Taylor County
0-0
0-0
vs. Terrell Co.
Does not play
 
Region 5-A
Team
Reg.
All
Last week
Playoffs
Eagle's Land. Christ.
0-0
0-0
at Eagle's Landing
vs. Jonesboro
Fulton Leadership
0-0
0-0
vs. KIPP Atl. Collegiate
at Providence Christian
Holy Innocents'
0-0
0-0
vs. Mt. Pisgah Chr. (RW)
at St. Francis
Landmark Christian
0-0
0-0
vs. B.E.S.T. Academy
Does not play
Mt. Vernon
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at Whitefield Academy
Our Lady of Mercy
0-0
0-0
vs. Mt. Paran Christian
at Bulloch Academy (Sat.)
Strong Rock Christ.
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at North Cobb Christian
Wesleyan
0-0
0-0
vs. Therrell
at B.E.S.T. Academy (L)
 
Region 6-A
Division A
Team
Reg.
All
Last week
Playoffs
Bowdon
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at Bremen
Christian Heritage
0-0
0-0
vs. North Murray
Does not play
Darlington
0-0
0-0
at Gaston, Ala.
Does not play
Gordon Lee
0-0
1-0
d. Dade Co. 42-28
Does not play
Mt. Zion (Carroll)
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at Ranburne, Ala.
North Cobb Christian
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Strong Rock Christian
Trion
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at LaFayette
Division B
Team
Reg.
All
Last week
Playoffs
Fellowship Christian
0-0
0-0
vs. Atkinson Co.
at Mt. Paran Christian
King's Ridge
0-0
0-0
at Glascock Co.
Does not play
Mt. Paran Christian
0-0
0-0
at Our Lady of Mercy
vs. Fellowship Christian
Mt. Pisgah Christian
0-0
0-0
at Holy Innocents'
vs. Rabun Co.
Pinecrest Academy
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at South Forsyth
St. Francis
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Holy Innocents'
Walker
0-0
0-0
vs. Athens Academy
Does not play
Whitefield Academy
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Mt. Vernon
 
Region 7-A
Division A
Team
Reg.
All
Last week
Playoffs
First Presbyterian
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Howard (Sat., MU)
Mount de Sales
0-0
0-0
vs. Pacelli
at Central, Mac. (Sa., MU)
Stratford Academy
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Sav. Country Day
Tattnall Square
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Wilcox Co.
Twiggs County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at Toombs Co.
Wilkinson County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Baldwin
Division B
Team
Reg.
All
Last week
Playoffs
Aquinas
0-0
0-0
at Prince Ave. Christian
at Laney
Greene County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at Morgan Co.
Hancock Central
0-0
0-0
at Baldwin
vs. Putnam Co.
Lincoln County
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at McCormick, S.C.
Warren County
0-0
0-0
at Putnam Co.
Does not play
Washington-Wilkes
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Elbert Co.
Georgia Military
 
0-0
at Treutlen
at Wheeler Co.
Glascock County
 
0-0
vs. King's Ridge
vs. Harlem
 
Region 8-A
Team
Reg.
All
Last week
Playoffs
Athens Academy
0-0
0-0
at Walker
Does not play
Athens Christian
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Monticello
Commerce
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Banks Co.
George Walton Acad.
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Social Circle
Hebron Christian
0-0
0-0
vs. East Jackson
Does not play
Lakeview Academy
0-0
0-0
Does not play
at East Jackson
Prince Ave. Christian
0-0
0-0
vs. Aquinas
at Riverside Military
Providence Christian
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Fulton Leadership Ac.
Riverside Military
0-0
0-0
Does not play
vs. Prince Ave. Christian
Towns County
0-0
0-0
at Hayesville, N.C.
Does not play
 
*All games are on Fridays unless noted.
Stadium key: CE - Centennial, Camilla; L - Lakewood; M - Mills; MU - Mercer; P - Pooler; RW - Riverwood High School

 

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Scores, Schedule
Regular season
Thursday's scores
Calvary Day 20, Islands 0
Carrollton 16, Newnan 6
Forest Park 6, Towers 2
Gordon Lee 42, Dade Co. 28
Hampton 32, Morrow 6
Heard Co. 22, South Atlanta 19
Houston Co. 26, Mary Persons 14
Lee County 20, Jones Co. 13
Newton 25, Drew 13
Northside, Columbus 25, Kendrick 7
Turner Co. 34, Dougherty 32
 
Today's games
Abbeville, Ala. at Randolph-Clay
Adairsville at Ridgeland
Alcovy at Duluth
Allatoona at Cartersville
Aquinas at Prince Ave. Christian
Arabia Mountain at Stone Mtn. (A)
Athens Academy at Walker
Atkinson Co. at Fellowship Christian
B.E.S.T. Acad. at Landmark Christian
Baconton at Pataula Charter
Berkmar at Rockdale Co.
Bleckley County at Clinch Co.
Blessed Trinity at St. Pius
Brantley Co. at McIntosh Co. Acad.
Brookstone at Jordan (CM)
Burke Co. at Grovetown
Camden Co. at Oakleaf, Fla.
Campbell at Etowah
Carver, Columbus at Opelika, Ala.
Cedar Grove at Stephenson (HS)
Cedartown at Piedmont, Ala.
Central, Talbotton at Wheeler Co.
Chattahoochee at Pickens
Cherokee at North Cobb
Chestatee at North Hall
Cook at Brooks Co.
Cross Creek at Butler
Darlington at Gaston, Ala.
Decatur at McIntosh
Dooly Co. at Crisp Co.
Douglass at Calhoun
Druid Hills at Chamblee (ND)
Dublin at Tattnall Co.
ELCA. at Eagle's Landing
Early Co. at Eufaula, Ala.
East Hall at Habersham Central
East Jackson at Hebron Christian
East Laurens at Toombs Co.
Eastside at Luella
Effingham Co. at Coffee (GS)
Elbert County at Hart Co.
Emanuel Co. Institute at Metter
Fannin Co. at Gilmer
Gainesville at West Hall
Georgia Military at Treutlen
Glynn Academy at Benedictine (SS)
Gordon Central at Murray Co.
Hancock Central at Baldwin
Hapeville at Swain, N.C.
Harris Co. at Smiths Station, Ala.
Harrison at East Paulding
Hephzibah at Jenkins Co.
Heritage, Conyers at Salem
Hillgrove at South Forsyth (ME)
Hiram at Kennesaw Mountain
Hughes at Mundy's Mill (TO)
Irwin County at Berrien
Jackson at Swainsboro
Jackson Co. at Banks Co.
Jefferson at Discovery
Jenkins at New Hampstead (P)
Johns Creek at Lassiter
Johnson, Gaines. at Social Circle
Johnson Co. at Montgomery Co.
King's Ridge at Glascock Co.
KIPP Atlanta at Fulton Leadership
LaFayette at Armuchee
LaGrange at Callaway (C)
Lakeside, Atlanta at Dunwoody (ND)
Lakeside, Evans at N. Augusta, S.C.
Lakeview-FO at Heritage, Ringgold
Laney at Thomson
Lithonia at Carver, Atlanta (L)
Lovejoy at East Coweta
Lovett at Greater Atl. Christian
Lowndes at Valdosta
M.L. King at Columbia (GO)
Manchester at Greenville
Marion Co. at Schley Co.
Miller Grove at Clarkston (AV)
Milton at Alpharetta
Mountain View at Osborne
Mt. Paran at Our Lady of Mercy
Mt. Pisgah at Holy Innocents'
Mt. Zion, Jonesboro at Jonesboro (T)
North Atlanta at Grady (G)
North Murray at Christian Heritage
Northview at Lanier
Northwest Whitfield at Ringgold
Pacelli at Mount de Sales
Paulding Co. at North Paulding
Pelham at Albany (M)
Pike County at Ola
Riverdale at North Clayton (SC)
Rockmart at Piedmont, Ala.
Roswell at Buford (ME)
Savannah Christian at Jefferson Co.
Sequoyah at North Forsyth
Shiloh at Collins Hill
South Cobb at Pebblebrook
South Gwinnett at Central Gwinnett
Terrell County at Taylor Co.
Therrell at Wesleyan
Thomasville at Cairo
Tift Co. at South Effingham (GS)
Towns Co. at Hayesville, N.C.
Troup at Hardaway (K)
Veterans at Northgate
Vidalia at Dodge Co.
Villa Rica at Central, Carrollton
W. Robins at Northside, W.R. (MT)
Warren County at Putnam Co.
West Forsyth at Woodstock
Westside, Macon at Howard (H)
Wheeler at Marietta
White Co. at Franklin Co.
Winder-Barrow at Clarke Central
Woodland, Carters. at River Ridge
Woodland, Stock. at Union Grove
Woodward Academy at Westminster
Worth County at Thomas Co. Central
 
Saturday's games
Christ Presb., Tenn. at Parkview
Coahulla Creek at SE Whitfield
Colquitt Co. at Mill Creek (GD)
Ft. Dorch., S.C. at Sandy Creek (GS)
Kell at Tucker (GD)
McCallie, Tenn. at Peach. Ridge (PK)
McEachern at Archer (GD)
Norcross at Walton (GD)
Norland, Fla. at Creekside
North Gwinnett at Brookwood (GD)
Redan at SW DeKalb (GO)
Screven Co. at Bluffton, SC (GS)
 
Scrimmages
Today
Appling Co. at Jeff Davis
Bainbridge at Godby, Fla.
Bremen at Handley, Ala.
Cass at Pepperell
Chattooga at Fort Payne, Ala.
Creekview at Centennial
Douglas Co. at Grayson
George Walton at Strong Rock
Glenn Hills at Washington-Wilkes
Lakeview Academy at Riverside Mil.
Macon Co. at Lanier Co.
New Manchester at Whitewater
Northview at Lanier
Portal at Southeast Bulloch
St. Francis at Mount Vernon
Seminole Co. at Wilcox Co.
Temple at Mount Zion, Carroll
 
Stadium abbreviations:
(A) Adams; (AV) Avondale; (C) Callaway; (CM) Columbus Memorial; (G) Grady; (GD) Georgia Dome; (GO) Godfrey; (GS) Georgia Southern; (H) Henderson; (HS) Hallford; (K) Kinnett; (L) Lakewood; (M) Mills; (ME) McEachern High School; (MT) McConnell-Talbert; (MU) Mercer University; (ND) North DeKalb; (P) Pooler; (PK) Parkview High School; (SC) Southern Crescent; (SS) Savannah State; (T) Tara; (TO) Twelve Oaks; (WG) West Georgia