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Monday, September 29, 2014


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GHSF Daily Rankings Presented By Home Team Discount


1. (1) Colquitt County (5-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Lowndes (5-0)

2. (2) Camden County (5-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Valdosta (5-0)

3. (3) Lowndes (5-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Colquitt County (5-0)

4. (4) Grayson (5-0)

Last week: Beat Berkmar 36-12. Grayson led 36-0 at halftime. Cameryn Brent rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Next: Friday vs. South Gwinnett (1-4)

5. (5) Valdosta (5-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Camden County (5-0)

6. (6) Hughes (3-1)

Last week: Beat Douglas County 24-9. Hughes allowed only six first downs and 78 total yards. Next: Friday vs. Campbell (2-2)

7. (7) North Gwinnett (4-1)

Last week: Beat Mill Creek 51-41. John Urzua, the state's passing-yardage leader, was 14-of-22 for 378 yards and four touchdowns. North Gwinnett had 575 yards in total offense to Mill Creek's 506. Mill Creek QB Daniel David rushed for a reported 200 yards, a year after rushing for 215 against North Gwinnett in a 50-47 loss. Next: Friday vs. Norcross (4-1)

8. (9) Dacula (5-0)

Last week: Beat Shiloh 28-6. Dacula allowed only 138 yards in total offense. Kelan Fraise returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown after Shiloh's only score, and also had punt returns of 23 and 20 yards before TD drives. Next: Friday vs. Central Gwinnett (3-1)

9. (8) McEachern (2-2)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Marietta (2-3)

10. (NR) North Cobb (4-1)

Last week: Beat Harrison 49-27. It was 14-14 late in the first half before North Cobb scored the next 35 points. C.J. Cole rushed for 177 yards on 12 carries. Next: Friday at Hillgrove (3-2)



1. (1) Ware County (5-0)

Last week: Beat Bradwell Institute 33-0. Jarvis Belcher rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Bradwell was held to 75 yards in total offense. Next: Oct. 10 at Glynn Academy (3-2)

2. (2) Creekside (4-1)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Mays (4-1)

3. (4) Coffee (4-1)

Last week: Beat Effingham County 58-26. Tyree Paulk was 13-of-16 passing for 198 yards and a touchdown, Chris Swinson rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, and Jalen Wilkerson had two tackles for losses. Next: Friday vs. Statesboro (0-4)

4. (5) Jones County (5-0)

Last week: Beat Grovetown 45-7. Jones County put up 418 yards in total offense and moved to 5-0 for the first time since 1975. Bradley Hunnicutt was 17-of-25 passing for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Davian Daniel had six catches for 100 yards. Next: Friday at Lakeside-Evans (2-3)

5. (3) Kell (5-0)

Last week: Beat Cambridge 28-27. Kell scored on a 40-yard pass from Cameron Rosendahl to Ivan Walls as time expired. Walls kept his feet in the end zone as he fell backward. Kell's Josh Blancato returned a kickoff 97 yards for a 22-21 lead in the third quarter. Next: Friday at North Springs (0-4)

6. (NR) Mays (4-1)

Last week: Beat Lovejoy 40-35. Mays trailed 14-0, but the game turned on an interception by Ferlando Jordan, who returned it to the 3-yard line, setting up the first of six Mays touchdowns. Mays senior Asahnia Aderhold, back from an injury, threw five touchdown passes, three to Julius Whitehead and two to Tyshawn Brown. Next: Friday at Creekside (4-1)

7. (6) Northside-Warner Robins (4-1)

Last week: Beat Greenbrier 55-0. QB Tobias Oliver had 204 yards passing by halftime, when Northside led 49-0. Greenbrier was held to minus-3 yards rushing. Friday at Richmond Academy (1-3-1)

8. (7) Stephenson (2-2)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Miller Grove (3-1)

9. (8) Carver-Columbus (4-1)

Last week: Beat Columbus 36-0. Juwan Pass had three TD passes and a 51-yard TD run. Carver scored touchdowns on five straight possessions at one point. Next: Oct. 10 vs. LaGrange (2-3)

10. (9) Allatoona (5-0)

Last week: Beat South Paulding 33-13. Allatoona took advantage of two fumbled kickoff returns by South Paulding to build a 17-0 first-quarter lead. Allatoona's Russell Halimon, who entered as the state's leading rusher with 882 yards, was limited to 81 yards on 24 carries. Next: Friday at Alexander (4-0)


Class AAAA

1. (1) Buford (4-0)

Last week: Off Next: Friday at Chestatee (1-3)

2. (2) Sandy Creek (5-0)

Last week: Beat Auburn, Ala. 24-17. Brian Miller intercepted a pass at the Sandy Creek 8-yard line in the final minutes to clinch the victory. Sandy Creek had gambled and failed to execute a fourth-and-1 as its 39 with 2:50 left. Eric Swinney rushed for 108 yards and became Sandy Creek's all-time leading rusher (3,603), breaking the record of Philip Hyde. Next: Oct. 10 vs. Whitewater (3-1)

3. (3) Griffin (5-0)

Last week: Beat Jonesboro 34-6. Griffin made two goal-line stands and intercepted three passes (Anforne Stroud, Jaylen Harden, Armon Holston). Stroud was 18-of-34 passing for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Malik Miller rushed for 159 yards on 25 carries. Next: Oct. 10 at Mount Zion, Jonesboro (0-4)

4. (4) Marist (5-0)

Last week: Beat Redan 60-0. Marist led 45-0 at halftime and had 285 yards rushing with no player with more than six attempts. Jack Dinges had 71 yards and two touchdowns on four carries. Next: Friday at Lithonia (2-3)

5. (5) Cartersville (3-1)

Last week: Beat Gilmer 52-27. Cartersville had 354 yards passing - 204 by freshman Trevor Lawrence and 150 by junior Miller Forristall. Terrius Callahan had seven catches for 198 yards. It was Gilmer's first loss. Next: Friday vs. Heritage-Ringgold (2-2)

6. (6) Thomas County Central (3-1)

Last week: Beat Americus-Sumter 33-12. Thomas Central won a game that it led 20-12 when postponed by weather two weeks ago. Next: Friday at Monroe (3-2)

7. (7) Woodward Academy (4-1)

Last week: Beat Eagle's Landing Christian 27-7. Jes Sutherland was 10-of-14 passing for 114 yards and two touchdowns, one to Elijah Holyfield, who rushed for 100 yards. DB Arrington Farrar had 10 tackles. Next: Oct. 10 vs. Troup (3-2)

8. (8) Cairo (4-1)

Last week: Beat Worth County 29-6. Cairo scored on a 70-yard TD pass on its first possession when Austin Shattles took a lateral and threw to William Atkins. Aldair Cortes kicked two 47-yard field goals and a 27-yarder. Next: Oct. 10 at Crisp County (1-4)

9. (9) Whitewater (3-1)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Mount Zion, Jonesboro (0-4)

10. (NR) Mary Persons (4-1)

Last week: Beat Perry 31-0. Mary Persons recovered an onside kick to start the game and drove for a touchdown and didn't look back. Dee High rushed for 179 yards. Malik Bledsoe scored three touchdowns. Mary Persons intercepted five passes. Next: Oct. 10 vs. Howard (2-2-1)


Class AAA

1. (1) Washington County (5-0)

Last week: Beat Glenn Hills 71-0. Washington County beat the first of six consecutive Richmond County opponents, against which it has won 31 of its last 32. The 71 points were the most for the Golden Hawks since a 71-14 win over Richmond Academy in 2008. Next: Friday at Laney (2-2)

2. (2) Calhoun (5-0)

Last week: Beat Ringgold 27-13. Calhoun trailed 10-7 at halftime and lost four fumbles but took charge in the second half and finished with 413 total yards. It was the first meeting between the Northwest Georgia schools, which are 33 miles apart along I-75, since 1985. Next: Friday vs. Adairsville (4-0)

3. (3) Blessed Trinity (5-0)

Last week: Beat Douglass 45-7. Blessed Trinity is 5-0 for the first time since starting varsity football in 2001. The Titans' previous best start was 4-0 in 2008. Next: Oct. 10 vs. Therrell (2-3)

4. (4) Jefferson (5-0)

Last week: Beat Jackson County 34-7. Evan Shirreffs passed for 212 yards, and Sammy Williams rushed for 143 and three touchdowns. Jefferson is 7-0 all-time against Jackson County. Next: Friday vs. Elbert County (3-2)

5. (5) Peach County (5-0)

Last week: Beat Rutland 49-7. Peach led only 313-263 in total yards but forced four turnovers, and Tyrique McGhee returned a punt 80 yards for Peach's first score. Keyshawn Lowe rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Next: Friday vs. Central-Macon (2-3)

6. (6) Westminster (5-0)

Last week: Beat Therrell 41-7. Ian Ude rushed for 105 yards on 10 carries, and Westminster held Therrell to 106 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers. Westminster is 5-0 for the first time since 2003. Next: Oct. 10 at Decatur (3-2)

7. (7) Westside-Macon (5-0)

Last week: Beat Kendrick 42-0. Marcell Williams passed for 244 yards. Westside is 5-0 for the first time since 2009, Sheddrick Risper's first season at Westside. Next: Friday vs. Jackson (3-1)

8. (8) Central-Carrollton (5-0)

Last week: Beat Landmark Christian 21-7. Central pulled away from a 7-7 halftime tie and had 281 yards rushing, led by Kyle Terrell's 87 on eight carries. Central completed only one pass, a 69-yard touchdown from Wesley Long to Jared Walker. Junior DL Max Whitlock had three tackles for losses. Next: Oct. 10 vs. Haralson County (1-3)

9. (9) Hart County (5-0)

Last week: Beat Elbert County 19-7. Cameron Fouch was 21-of-32 passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Oct. 10 at East Jackson (1-4)

10. (10) Adairsville (4-0)

Last week: Beat Sonoraville 42-3. Sidnee Johnson rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Torrey Hale returned a punt 74 yards for a score. Adairsville led 35-3 at halftime. Next: Friday at Calhoun (5-0)


Class AA

1. (1) Greater Atlanta Christian (5-0)

Last week: Beat B.E.S.T. Academy 58-28. GAC scored three consecutive touchdowns in the third quarter, one a 47-yard interception return by Berkley Boglin, to break open what had been a 34-22 game at halftime. B.E.S.T.'s Deshawn Waller rushed for 183 yards and scored four touchdowns, one on a 30-yard pass. Next: Friday vs. KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (1-4)

2. (2) Fitzgerald (5-0)

Last week: Beat Early County 34-20. J.D. King rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for Fitzgerald, which completed only two passes in 11 attempts, but one went 73 yards to Trey Graham for a touchdown. QB Gerald Morgan, the state's leading rusher at his position, was held to 81 yards on 19 carries but scored two touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Thomasville (2-3)

3. (3) Vidalia (5-0)

Last week: Beat Groves 38-0. Nic McBride rushed for 103 yards on three carries and scored on a 65-yard run and a 31-yard interception return. Next: Friday at Long County (1-3)

4. (4) Lovett (4-2)

Last week: Beat KIPP Atlanta Collegiate 42-6. Willie Candler (7-of-10 passing, 109 yards) threw three TD passes in the first three minutes, and Lovett had a 35-0 lead by early in the second half. Murphy Lee rushed for 84 yards on six carries and caught two passes for 53 yards. Next: Oct. 10 at Hapeville Charter (2-3)

5. (5) Benedictine (3-1)

Last week: Beat Bryan County 56-6. Benedictine led 42-0 at halftime, returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown and held Bryan to 125 total yards. Next: Friday at Wayne County (2-4)

6. (6) Brooks County (3-2)

Last week: Beat Pelham 20-0. Pelham was held to 78 yards in total offense. Ahmad Brown rushed for 145 yards on 13 carries, and Devon Wimms ran for 104 on seven. Devon Wimms threw TD passes of 29 and 31 yards to Xavier Medlock, who had five catches for 127 yards. Next: Friday vs. Berrien (2-2)

7. (8) Lamar County (3-1-1)

Last week: Beat Alcovy 45-0. FB Juan Tucker scored three touchdowns, and Lamar County got its first shutout of the season against winless Alcovy. Next: Oct. 10 at Bleckley County (2-3)

8. (10) Darlington (4-1)

Last week: Beat Gordon Lee 25-14. Darlington took a 19-14 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter. Trey Edge rushed for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and was named homecoming king at halftime. Next: Friday at Model (5-0)

9. (NR) Screven County (5-0)

Last week: Beat Jefferson County 12-7. Jefferson County scored a touchdown on its first drive of the game, but Screven scored its 12 points in the fourth quarter to win it. Screven's first touchdown came on a fourth-and-goal pass from the 5-yard line. Malik Prescott, who rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, scored the game-winner, a 3-yard run. Next: Friday vs. Harlem (1-4)

10. (NR) Model (5-0)

Last week: Beat Dade County 24-0. Model held Dade to 173 yards in total offense. Brendan Thomas and Tyler Dean made interceptions in Model territory. Next: Friday vs. Darlington (4-1)


Class A

1. (1) Aquinas (5-0)

Last week: Beat Mount de Sales 55-35. Daniel Lindsay rushed for 241 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Aquinas led 45-21 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. Hancock Central (3-2)

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

Last week: Beat Schley County 34-13. Lorenzo Smothers rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown, had four catches for 61 yards and ran a punt 70 yards for a touchdown. Marion limited Schley's Trey Minter to 155 yards on 36 carries. Schley ran 60 plays to Marion's 38 but was outgained 326-318. Next: Friday vs. Pacelli (4-1)

3. (4) Mount Paran Christian (5-0)

Last week: Beat Pinecrest Academy 45-14. Dorian Walker rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. He has 697 yards rushing unofficially on the season. Next: Oct. 10 vs. Walker (1-4)

4. (3) Calvary Day (4-0)

Last week: Beat Wheeler County 47-6. A.J. Keen scored on an 18-yard pass, a 72-yard run and a 95-yard kickoff return to open the second half for a 47-0 lead. Next: Friday at Jenkins County (4-0)

5. (5) Charlton County (5-0)

Last week: Beat Turner County 48-21. Andrew Lee rushed for 127 yards and four touchdowns on just 11 carries in one half of work as Charlton took a 41-6 lead. QB Jimmy Nettles was 14-of-17 passing for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman RB Eric Daniels scored the lone second-half touchdown. Next: Friday at Irwin County (3-1-1)

6. (6) Hawkinsville (5-0)

Last week: Beat Central-Talbotton 36-8. Hawkinsville held Central to 66 yards in total offense and used 12 ball carriers, none with more than Reginald McDonald's 78 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Next: Friday at Greenville (3-1)

7. (7) Savannah Christian (5-0)

Last week: Beat Montgomery County 21-14. The difference was a partially blocked punt that Nick Bateman recovered near Montgomery's end zone and scored. Next: Oct. 10 at Calvary Day (4-0)

8. (8) Landmark Christian (4-1)

Last week: Lost to Central-Carrollton 21-7. Landmark became the first team to score seven points on Central but hurt itself with an interception that set up Central's first score and lost fumble deep in Central's territory. Next: Friday at Rockmart (1-3)

9. (9) Irwin County (3-1-1)

Last week: Beat Telfair County 48-21. Irwin led 41-0 against a previously unbeaten team and beat Telfair for the ninth consecutive time. Next: Friday vs. Charlton County (5-0)

10. (NR) Dooly County (4-1)

Last week: Beat Pacelli 28-21. QB Jerome Pressley's 3-yard TD run with 1:27 left broke a 21-21 tie. Pacelli, which entered 4-0, led 7-0 until Pressley scored on a 30-yard run midway in the third quarter. Next: Oct. 10 at Hawkinsville (5-0)


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Saye It Ain't So

GHSF Daily's Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable games of the weekend:


1. Lakeside (Evans) 24, Houston County 20: Houston County had a bit of a letdown after routing Warner Robins 62-30 in its previous game and missed on its opportunity to reach 5-0 for the first time since 1997. Lakeside, which was 1-3 coming into the game, has won all three meetings between the teams (all since 2012) by a total of seven points.


2. Kell 28, Cambridge 27: Kell extended its regular-season winning streak to 22 games, but it took a 40-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game to do it. Cambridge, a third-year program, is 3-1 after going 4-16 in its first two seasons. Kell, which fell two spots to No. 5 in the AAAAA rankings, beat Cambridge 49-6 in the region play-in game last season.


3. Mays 40, Lovejoy 35: Mays (4-1) jumped into the Class AAAAA rankings at No. 6 after knocking off a Lovejoy team that was No. 10 in AAAAAA last week. "Our kids know now they can play with programs that are considered top-notch," said Mays coach Corey Jarvis, whose team was considered a 17-point underdog by the computer Maxwell Ratings.


4. Luella 7, Stockbridge 6: All three of the weekend's games in Region 4-AAAAA Div. B were upsets, according to Maxwell, but this one was the biggest. Luella came in at 3-1 but was still a 15-point underdog against a Stockbridge team that was a favorite to win the region title after going 11-2 and reaching the state quarterfinals in Class AAAA last season.


5. South Gwinnett 44, Brookwood 14: South Gwinnett won just four of the first 28 meetings with Brookwood, but the Comets have now won three consecutive games in the series for the first time. This was the Comets' first win of 2014 and dropped Brookwood to 1-4 for the second straight year, although the Broncos rebounded to reach the playoffs in 2013.


6. Forsyth Central 41, Riverwood 13: Forsyth Central showed it could play a little bit when it hung tough with Kell last week before losing 28-14. But the Bulldogs left no doubt by crushing a Riverwood team that won its first four games by an average score of 38-6. Forsyth Central, 3-2, is above .500 at the halfway point of the season for the first time since 2001.


7. Hapeville Charter 37, Holy Innocents' 29: Hapeville Charter began playing football in 2011 but had never won a region game until this victory. The Hornets, who were 1-8-1 in 2013, are 2-3 overall and 1-1 in Region 6-A this year and need two more victories to break the school single-season record. Holy Innocents' fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the region.


8. Brunswick 28, Statesboro 7: Brunswick (3-2) was projected as a 19-point favorite by the Maxwell computers, which turned out to be pretty accurate. What was significant, however, was that the loss dropped Statesboro to 0-4 for the first time since 1986. Statesboro went 10-2 and reached the second round of the playoffs in Class AAAA last season.


9. St. Francis 28, Walker 7: It's becoming harder to ignore St. Francis, the fifth-year program from Alpharetta. The Knights (4-0) have won 11 consecutive games going back to last season, when they were 8-2 against a non-region schedule. St. Francis will face its biggest test this year when it meets Mount Pisgah on Friday in its first-ever region game.


10. Washington 28, Decatur 21: Washington (2-3) continues to show that it is one of the best teams in Class AAA that has a losing record, beating a Decatur team that came in at 3-1. The Bulldogs have won two consecutive games after losing their first three against AAAA Grady, AAAAA Carver of Atlanta and Jackson of Atlanta by a combined 11 points. 


Region Standings: Class AAAAAA


Region 1-AAAAAA




Last week

This week*

Camden County



Did not play

vs. Valdosta

Colquitt County



Did not play

vs. Lowndes




Did not play

at Colquitt Co.

Tift County



Did not play

vs. Lee Co.




Did not play

at Camden Co.

Lee County



d. Mitchell Co. 50-12

at Tift Co.


Region 2-AAAAAA




Last week

This week




Did not play

vs. Tucker




l. to Mays 40-35

at Rockdale Co.

Rockdale Co.



Did not play

vs. Lovejoy




d. Clarkston 62-0

at Newton

Lakeside (Atlanta)



Did not play

vs. Alcovy (A)




l. to Lamar Co. 45-0

at Lakeside, Atlanta (A)


Region 3-AAAAAA




Last week

This week

East Coweta



d. Campbell 41-14

at Westlake




d. Douglas Co. 24-9

vs. Campbell




d. Pebblebrook 42-3

vs. East Coweta

South Cobb



d. Newnan 42-39

at Pebblebrook




l. to East Coweta 41-14

at Hughes




l. to Westlake 42-3

vs. South Cobb

Douglas County



l. to Hughes 24-9

vs. Newnan




l. to South Cobb 42-39

at Douglas Co.


Region 4-AAAAAA




Last week

This week

North Cobb



d. Harrison 49-27

at Hillgrove




d. Marietta 34-0

vs. North Cobb

North Paulding



d. Kennesaw Mtn. 35-33

at Harrison




Did not play

vs. Marietta




l. to North Cobb 49-27

vs. North Paulding

Kennesaw Mountain



l. to N. Paulding 35-33

at Osborne




l. to Hillgrove 34-0

at McEachern




Did not play

vs. Kennesaw Mountain


Region 5-AAAAAA




Last week

This week




d. Etowah 47-44

at Cherokee




Did not play

vs. Wheeler




d. Pope 61-32

vs. Woodstock




l. to Woodstock 47-44

vs. Milton




d. Wheeler 17-10

vs. Pope




d. Lassiter 56-0

at Etowah




l. to Cherokee 61-32

at Walton




l. to Walton 17-10

at Roswell




l. to Milton 56-0

Does not play


Region 6-AAAAAA




Last week

This week




d. West Forsyth 28-14

Does not play




d. Habersham Cent. 52-3

Does not play

South Forsyth



d. Chattahoochee 42-34

Does not play




d. Johns Creek 31-28

Does not play




d. North Forsyth 31-6

Does not play

West Forsyth



l. to Northview 28-14

Does not play




l. to South Forsyth 42-34

Does not play

Habersham Central



l. to Alpharetta 52-3

Does not play

Johns Creek



l. to Centennial 31-28

Does not play

North Forsyth



l. to Lambert 31-6

Does not play


Region 7-AAAAAA




Last week

This week




d. Duluth 38-0

at North Gwinnett

North Gwinnett



d. Mill Creek 51-41

vs. Norcross

Peachtree Ridge



d. Mountain View 49-6

at Duluth

Collins Hill



d. Meadowcreek 49-7

at Mountain View

Mill Creek



l. to N. Gwinnett 51-41

at Meadowcreek




l. to Norcross 38-0

vs. Peachtree Ridge




l. to Collins Hill 49-7

vs. Mill Creek

Mountain View



l. to Peach. Ridge 49-6

vs. Collins Hill


Region 8-AAAAAA




Last week

This week




d. Shiloh 28-6

vs. Central Gwinnett




d. Berkmar 36-12

vs. South Gwinnett

Central Gwinnett



Did not play

at Dacula




d. Parkview 42-7

vs. Berkmar




l. to Archer 42-7

Does not play




l. to S. Gwinnett 44-14

vs. Shiloh

South Gwinnett



d. Brookwood 44-14

at Grayson




l. to Dacula 28-6

at Brookwood




l. to Grayson 36-12

at Archer


Note: All scores are courtesy of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, Georgia Public Broadcasting and other media outlets. If a score is not accurate, it was reported incorrectly.


*All of this week's games are Friday unless noted.

Stadium key: A - Adams


Georgia High School Football Daily

OKGeorgia High School Football Daily is a free e-mail newsletter produced by Todd Holcomb and Chip Saye. Holcomb is a former lead high school football writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and co-founder and primary researcher behind the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. Saye is a 25-year veteran of the newspaper industry who has covered high school sports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Athens Banner-Herald, Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and Gwinnett Daily News.







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Just outscore 'em

North Gwinnett is allowing 34.2 points per game but is averaging 40.4 and is 4-1 and ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAAA. Only 11 teams in state history have allowed 30.0 or more points per game in the regular season and still outscored their opponents. North Gwinnett would be the 12th. Eight of the 11 failed to make the playoffs, and two lost in the first round. Only one advanced. That was 2010 Colquitt County. The Packers lost to Brookwood 52-38 in the Class AAAAA championship game.


*2014 N. Gwinnett: 40.4-34.2

*2013 Drew: 34.7-31.7

*2013 North Murray: 33.1-32.3

*2013 Rome: 31.8-30.5

*2013 Wheeler: 30.8-30.4

*2012 North Murray: 34.4-32.0

*2011 Habersham.: 38.4-33.6

*2010 Lee County: 37.5-30.9

*2010 Colquitt Co.: 34.2-31.5

*2010 Gordon Cent.: 34.1-30.1

*2010 O.L. of Mercy: 31.2-31

*2009 Union County: 34.3-30.3



The 2011 Habersham Central team made today's Daily List of the 11 teams in state history that have allowed 30 or more points per game during the regular season, yet outscored their opponents. Habersham lost to Chattahoochee 65-48 in the Class AAAA first round that year. Habersham is 1-24 since then. Who was Habersham Central's quarterback in 2011, and what is his current status as a football player? (Answer Tuesday)


Answer to Friday's question:The three former Georgia high school players who lead their ACC teams in passing yards are Deshaun Watson of Clemson (Gainesville), Will Gardner of Louisville (Coffee) and Greyson Lambert of Virginia (Wayne County).

Four Questions Presented By FieldTurf  


GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We'll report from a different head coach each day.


Rick Hurst, Eastside

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? "Coach Tony Ball, now the receivers coach at Georgia. He was my receiver coach at UT-Chattanooga back in the early 1990s. The man knows how to coach. He is a fundamental guru at the position, and he motivated me daily to be a better player and human being. I would not have had the successes I have had in this profession without knowing and being coached by him. He was and still is a true inspiration to all that know him."


2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? "Terrance Edwards, quarterback at Washington County. He single-handedly beat us for the AA state championship in 1996. I was in Americus, and we were up 21-0 with six minutes remaining in the third quarter. He led them back and ran in a botched PAT snap to win the game 22-21. Unbelievable athlete and leader."


3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach?"Washington County, 1996. They had 10 or 11 D-I players on that team. We (Americus) had run through the playoffs with ease. They came out and played our spread offense with a 5-2 Cover 3 and never got out of it. Their front five controlled the line of scrimmage, and we could not run in the second half to seal the win when we had the lead. They were fast and physical."


4. If you were Gary Phillips, the new head of the GHSA, what would be the first rule that you would try to change? "I would like to see 16 regions in each classification with only the top two from each region advancing to the state playoffs. I think this would allow schools to play other schools that are nearby that would potentially create natural rivalries and increase revenue."


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Weekend Scores

Thursday's games

Carver, Columbus 36, Columbus 0

Drew 72, Forest Park 0

Northside, Columbus 31, Shaw 28

Thomas Central 33, Amrt.-Sumter 12

Towers 38, South Atlanta 28

Westside, Macon 42, Kendrick 0


Friday's games

Adairsville 42, Sonoraville 3

Alexander 24, Lithia Springs 14

Allatoona 33, South Paulding 13

Alpharetta 52, Habersham Central 3

Appling Co. 42, Toombs Co. 0

Aquinas 55, Mount de Sales 35

Archer 42, Parkview 7

Atkinson Co. 50, Lanier Co. 22

Bacon Co. 52, Long Co. 7

Bainbridge 31, Crisp Co. 6

Benedictine 56, Bryan Co. 6

Bleckley Co. 28, Berrien 14

Blessed Trinity 45, Douglass 7

Bremen 44, Stewart Co. 8

Brooks Co. 20, Pelham 0

Brunswick 28, Statesboro 7

Butler 29, Westside, Augusta 27

Cairo 29, Worth Co. 6

Calhoun 27, Ringgold 13

Calvary Day 47, Wheeler Co. 6

Carrollton 39, Banneker 0

Cartersville 52, Gilmer 27

Cedar Grove 46, Jackson, Atlanta 20

Centennial 31, Johns Creek 28

Central, Carrollton 21, Landmark 7

Chamblee 58, Stone Mountain 19

Charlton Co. 48, Turner Co. 16

Chatt. Co. 33, Randolph-Clay 18

Chattooga 35, Armuchee 6

Cherokee 61, Pope 32

Clarke Central 35, Apalachee 21

Claxton 35, Treutlen 21

Cleburne Co., Ala. 35, Haralson Co. 7

Clinch Co. 37, Wilcox Co. 26

Coffee 58, Effingham Co. 26

Collins Hill 49, Meadowcreek 7

Columbia 41, Lithonia 7

Commerce 10, Athens Christian 7

Cook 28, Brantley Co. 6

Coosa 28, Pepperell 0

Crawford Co. 33, Temple 0

Creekview 35, Cass 25

Dacula 28, Shiloh 6

Dalton 45, Sequoyah 0

Darlington 25, Gordon Lee 14

Dodge Co. 35, Tattnall Co. 10

Dooly Co. 28, Pacelli 21

Dublin 21, Metter 7

Dutchtown 42, Woodland, Stock. 21

East Coweta 41, Campbell 14

E. Paulding 31, New Manchester 28

Eastside 49, Eagle's Landing 21

ECI 54, Savannah Country Day 13

Evans 36, Cross Creek 32

Fayette Co. 33, Cedartown 14

Fitzgerald 34, Early Co. 20

Flowery Branch 17, Cedar Shoals 7

Forsyth Central 41, Riverwood 13

Franklin Co. 22, Banks Co. 21

Gainesville 47, Heritage, Conyers 13

George Walton 48, Towns Co. 28

Glynn Academy 16, Richmond Hill 3

Grayson 36, Berkmar 12

GAC 58, B.E.S.T Academy 28

Greene Co. 42, Oglethorpe Co. 6

Greenville 32, Brookstone 21

Hancock Central 14, Twiggs Co. 6

Hapeville 37, Holy Innocents' 29

Hart Co. 19, Elbert Co. 7

Hawkinsville 36, Central, Talbotton 8

Henry Co. 34, Hampton 0

Hephzibah 28, Josey 6

Hillgrove 34, Marietta 0

Hiram 41, Chapel Hill 0

Hughes 24, Douglas Co. 9

Irwin Co. 48, Telfair Co. 21

Jackson 35, Jordan 7

Jeff Davis 13, McIntosh Co. Acad. 12

Jefferson 34, Jackson Co. 7

Johnson, Gaines. 16, Riverside Mil. 7

Johnson Co. 42, Portal 12

Jones Co. 45, Grovetown 7

Kell 28, Cambridge 27

LaGrange 37, Hardaway 6

Lakeside, Evans 24, Houston Co. 20

Lakeview Acad. 38, Providence 3

Lakeview-FO 35, Gordon Central 34

Lamar Co. 45, Alcovy 0

Lambert 31, North Forsyth 6

Lanier 28, Loganville 14

Lee Co. 50, Mitchell Co. 12

Lincoln Co. 10, First Presbyterian 0

Locust Grove 30, Walnut Grove 9

Lovett 42, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate 6

Luella 7, Stockbridge 6

Lumpkin Co. 38, East Hall 35

Macon Co. 24, Heard Co. 10

Madison Co. 19, Monroe Area 6

Marion Co. 34, Schley Co. 13

Marist 60, Redan 0

Mary Persons 31, Perry 0

McIntosh 56, Morrow 28

Miller Co. 33, Baconton Charter 28

Milton 56, Lassiter 0

Model 24, Dade Co. 0

Monroe 16, Westover 0

Monticello 36, Putnam Co. 12

Mount Paran 45, Pinecrest Acad. 14

Mount Pisgah 41, Christ. Heritage 21

Mundy's Mill 41, Northgate 34

Norcross 38, Duluth 0

North Clayton 7, McNair 6

North Cobb 49, Harrison 27

North Gwinnett 51, Mill Creek 41

North Murray 39, Murray Co. 13

North Oconee 51, Chestatee 7

N. Paulding 35, Kennesaw Mtn. 33

Northeast 26, Manchester 20

Northside, W.R. 55, Greenbrier 0

Northview 28, West Forsyth 14

Northwest Whitfield 41, LaFayette 20

Oconee Co. 42, East Jackson 7

Ola 35, Union Grove 14

Our Lady of Mercy 56, Terrell Co. 22

Paulding Co. 35, Villa Rica 7

Peach Co. 49, Rutland 7

Peachtree Ridge 49, Mtn. View 6

Prince Avenue 23, Hebron Christ. 20

Ridgeland 35, Pickens 28

River Ridge 21, Woodland, Cart. 15

Riverdale 21, Mt. Zion, Jonesboro 13

Salem 31, Winder-Barrow 24

Sandy Creek 24, Auburn, Ala. 17

Sav. Christian 21, Montgomery Co. 14

Screven Co. 12, Jefferson Co. 7

South Cobb 42, Newnan 39

South Forsyth 42, Chattahoochee 34

South Gwinnett 44, Brookwood 14

SE Whitfield 45, Heritage, Ringgold 25

Spalding 32, Pike Co. 6

Spencer 27, Central, Macon 21

Sprayberry 45, North Atlanta 7

St. Francis 28, Walker 7

Stephens Co. 48, North Hall 19

Stratford Acad. 48, Georgia Mil. 16

Swainsboro 48, Harlem 12

Thomasville 48, Seminole Co. 21

Tri-Cities 10, Druid Hills 7

Trion 39, King's Ridge Christian 23

Troup 37, Callaway 27

Tucker 62, Clarkston 0

Union Co. 52, Social Circle 19

Upson-Lee 14, Baldwin 12

Vidalia 38, Groves 0

Walton 17, Wheeler 10

Ware Co. 33, Bradwell Institute 0

Warner Robins 42, Richmond Ac. 27

Washington 28, Decatur 21

Washington Co. 71, Glenn Hills 0

Wayne Co. 29, Liberty Co. 0

Wesleyan 23, Pace Academy 17

West Hall 26, Dawson Co. 3

West Laurens 56, Howard 19

Westlake 42, Pebblebrook 3

Westminster 41, Therrell 7

Whale Branch, SC 49, Wind. Forest 7

Woodstock 47, Etowah 44

Woodward Academy 27, ELCA 7


Saturday's games

Dougherty 21, Albany 14

Griffin 34, Jonesboro 6

Mays 40, Lovejoy 35

St. Pius 31, Grady 28