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Tuesday Aug 26, 2014

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McEachern's Griffin out with torn ACL

McEachern RB Taj Griffin, rated the consensus No. 1 all-purpose running back in the country, was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Monday and will miss the rest of the season.

 

"But you know, he's in positive spirits," the player's father, Herb Griffin, told Michael Carvell of the AJC. "He's getting his mind right to go through rehab and to get his mind right for the next level."

 

Griffin rushed for 137 yards in McEachern's opening game, a 52-49 loss to North Gwinnett, but was injured late in the game. Griffin was ranked No. 2 in GHSF Daily's opening Player of the Year Watch. He is committed to Oregon.

 

Top Performances Presented By The Learning Company 

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North Gwinnett has had five quarterbacks over the past 10 years to get some measure of all-state recognition. None ever put up more passing yards in one game than John Urzua, who threw for 498 in a 52-49 victory against No. 1-ranked McEachern last week.

 

Urzua saved his best for last - a 9-yard TD pass to Kyler Knudsenon a fake spike in the final seconds of a game that ended at 1:35 a.m. Sunday.

 

Here are some of Georgia's top individual performers from the first week of the regular season.

 

Top five

*Buford LB Austin Smith had nine tackles - three for losses - in a 17-0 victory over nationally ranked Trinity Christian Academy of Jacksonville. Trinity boasted nine recruits rated three stars or better by Rivals.

 

*Camden County DB/RB Antonio Wimbush had 27 yards rushing, 47 yards receiving, a 40-yard punt return, a 76-yard kick return, one tackle for a loss, a blocked kick, a forced fumble and a pass breakup in a 49-27 victory over Lincoln of Tallahassee, Fla.

 

*Greater Atlanta Christian WR Darius Slayton had eight receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-21 victory over Benedictine. His 63-yard TD reception was the game-winner.

 

*Kell WR/LB Bryson Armstrong caught nine passes for 107 yards as a receiver and had a team-leading six solo tackles - two for losses - and recovered a fumble for a touchdown as a linebacker in a 20-7 victory over Carrollton. Armstrong also blocked a field-goal attempt.

 

*North Gwinnett QB John Urzua was 38-of-48 passing with seven touchdowns in a 52-49 victory over No. 1-ranked McEachern.

 

Best of the rest

*Allatoona RB Russell Halimon, playing in place of preseason all-state RB Josh Bettistea, rushed for 209 yards on 39 carries in a 27-21 victory over East Paulding.

 

*Aquinas RB Ruben Garnett rushed for 181 yards and scored four touchdowns on 18 carries in a 41-6 victory over Glenn Hills. Garnett also played every down as a nickel back on defense and made one tackle.

 

*Brookstone junior RB Sam Ndem rushed for 169 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 42-34 victory over previously fifth-ranked Mount Pisgah Christian in a Class A game.

 

*Cambridge QB Brian Moore was 14-of-23 passing for 327 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 45 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 42-6 victory over Holy Innocents'. His main target was WR John Hurst, who had six catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

 

*Cherokee WR Andrew Harris caught 14 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-7 victory over Chattahoochee. QBSpencer Ashley passed for 308 yards and four touchdowns.

 

*Colquitt County LB Bull Barge had 10 solo tackles and six assists in a 31-14 victory over Mill Creek, which entered the game ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAAA.

 

*Columbus junior QB Derrick James was 15-of-28 passing for 232 yards and three touchdowns and scored a touchdown in a 27-25 victory over Jordan. It was Columbus' first season-opening victory since 2003 (Spencer).

 

*Creekside's starting five on the offensive line - Marquel Harrell,Deandre FordJacquon NicholsonAaron Dowdell and Venzell Boulware - paved the way for two 200-yard rushers in a 55-41 victory over South Cobb. Bricen Terry ran for 204 yards. Julian Gibbs rushed for 203.

 

*Dacula LB Corey Ames blocked a punt and intercepted a pass in a 34-14 victory over Collins Hill in a game between teams that made the AAAAAA quarterfinals in 2013.

 

*Dodge County DB Roscoe Wilcox had seven solo tackles, one for a loss, and intercepted two passes in a 35-10 victory over Bleckley County.

 

*Dunwoody RB Daniel Hinton rushed for 147 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 48-7 victory over Clarkston.

 

*East Paulding MLB Sonny Smith had 15 solo tackles - two for losses - and forced and recovered a fumble in a 27-21 loss to Allatoona.

 

*Greenbrier RB/CB Jamal Richard rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in a 34-0 victory over Harlem.

 

*Hughes DE D'Andre Walker had four sacks in a 27-7 victory over previously 10th-ranked Mays of Class AAAAA. Mays was held to 134 yards in total offense, 81 of which came on one running play.

 

*Jefferson WR/P Dalton Hill had four catches for 149 yards and averaged 46 yards on two punts in a 50-14 victory over Rabun County.

 

*Lakeside of Atlanta RB Kellyen Walker rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns and returned a punt 99 yards in a 40-19 victory over Redan.

 

*Lovett DL Ian Herbert had 3.5 sacks for 19 yards in losses in a 38-3 victory over Pace Academy.

 

*Lowndes LB Brian Bell had a team-leading six tackles, blocked a punt and broke up a pass in a 37-14 victory over Roswell, which got 123 of its 159 yards in total offense after trailing 37-0.

 

*Lumpkin County sophomore RB Zach Matthews had 37 carries for 181 yards and scored his team's eight points in a 15-8 loss to Model.

 

*McEachern QB Bailey Hockman passed for 302 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-49 loss to North Gwinnett.

 

*Model LB Dax Bishop had 24 tackles in a 15-8 victory over Lumpkin County. Lumpkin ran 87 plays from scrimmage on offense to Model's 38 but scored only once.

 

*Mount Paran Christian LB Nick Sbravati was in on three sacks in a 31-14 victory over Eagle's Landing Christian.

 

*Newton QB Romario Johnson was 16-of-23 passing for 281 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in a 42-14 victory over Berkmar. His main target was WRDeAndre Huff, who had seven catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

 

*Norcross DE Jean-Baptiste Kouassi had seven solo tackles and 2.5 sacks in a 32-29 victory over Tucker. His fumble recovery in overtime clinched the win.

 

*North Paulding QB Kyle Banks was 21-of-28 passing for 309 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-20 victory over Creekview.

 

*Rome WR Jai Creamer had 14 receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-26 loss to Villa Rica.

 

*Sandy Creek RB Eric Swinney rushed for 220 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and returned a kickoff 35 yards in a 21-13 victory over Archer.

 

*Towers RB Torrance Marable rushed for 284 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 50-26 loss to Miller Grove.

 

*Tucker LB Elijah Sullivan had 2.5 tackles for losses, intercepted a pass and broke up a pass in a 32-29 loss to Norcross. Sullivan also scored on runs of 3 and 5 yards.

 

*Valdosta DB Josh Norwood intercepted two passes, returning them 42 yards, and a team-leading six solo tackles - one for a 4-yard loss - in a 31-0 victory over Brookwood.

 

*Wesleyan LB Ollis "Sax" Robinson had six tackles - two for losses - a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a 45-7 victory over Walker.

 

*West Laurens WR Justin Smith had 10 receptions for 221 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-35 victory over Thomasville.

 

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Region Standing: Class AAAAA

Region 1-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week*

Carver (Columbus)

0-0

1-0

d. Carver, Atl. 12-6

vs. Spencer (CM)

Columbus

0-0

1-0

d. Jordan 29-27

Does not play

Harris County

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Central, Ph. City, Ala.

Northside (Col.)

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Kendrick (Thu., K)

Hardaway

0-0

0-1

l. to Tri-Cities 33-6

at Chattahoochee Co.

LaGrange

0-0

0-1

l. to Callaway 20-14

vs. Troup (C)

Shaw

0-0

0-1

l. to Luella 40-21

at Northgate

 

Region 2-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Evans

0-0

1-0

d. Westside, Aug. 41-0

Does not play

Greenbrier

0-0

1-0

d. Harlem 34-0

Does not play

Northside (W.R.)

0-0

1-0

d. North Cobb 38-20

Does not play

Cross Creek

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Hephzibah

Grovetown

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Harlem

Houston County

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Veterans (Thu., MT)

Jones County

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Morgan Co.

Richmond Academy

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Westside, Augusta

Warner Robins

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Peach Co. (MT)

Lakeside (Evans)

0-0

0-1

l. to N. Aug., S.C. 12-10

Does not play

 

Region 3-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Brunswick

0-0

1-0

d. McIntosh Co. Ac. 41-6

at Glynn Academy (GL)

Coffee

0-0

1-0

d. North Oconee 27-14

vs. Savannah

Effingham County

0-0

1-0

d. Liberty Co. 35-7

vs. Bluffton, S.C.

Glynn Academy

0-0

1-0

d. Wayne Co. 40-20

vs. Brunswick (GL)

Ware County

0-0

1-0

d. Brooks Co. 31-6

at Manatee, Fla. (LH)

Bradwell Institute

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Libert Co.

Richmond Hill

0-0

0-0

Did not play

Does not play

South Effingham

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Jenkins (Sat., SM)

Statesboro

0-0

0-1

l. to Burke Co. 12-0

Does not play

 

Region 4-AAAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

McIntosh

0-0

1-0

d. Fayette Co. 28-25

vs. Luella

Drew

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Fayette Co. (Th., SC)

Forest Park

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Spalding (Thu., T)

Morrow

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Mt. Zion, Jonesboro (T)

Mundy's Mill

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Lovejoy (TO)

Northgate

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Shaw

Starr's Mill

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Whitewater

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Dutchtown

0-0

1-0

d. Osborne 21-7

at Camden Co.

Luella

0-0

1-0

d. Shaw 40-21

at McIntosh

Woodland (Stock.)

0-0

1-0

d. North Springs 28-14

vs. Apalachee

Ola

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Locust Grove

Union Grove

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Eagle's Landing

Stockbridge

0-0

0-1

l. to Central, Ala. 30-21

at Eagle's Landing Christ.

 Region 5-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Allatoona

1-0

1-0

d. East Paulding 27-21

at Villa Rica

New Manchester

0-0

1-0

d. Douglas Co. 35-20

Does not play

South Paulding

0-0

1-0

d. Sprayberry 24-19

Does not play

Villa Rica

0-0

1-0

d. Rome 28-26

vs. Allatoona

Alexander

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Douglas Co.

Chapel Hill

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Cambridge

Hiram

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Cedartown

Lithia Springs

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Landmark Christian

Paulding County

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Pepperell

East Paulding

0-1

0-1

l. to Allatoona 27-21

vs. North Paulding

 

Region 6-AAAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Dunwoody

0-0

1-0

d. Clarkston 48-7

Does not play

Miller Grove

0-0

1-0

d. Towers 50-26

vs. Pebblebrook (PV)

Southwest DeKalb

0-0

1-0

d. Columbia 13-12

vs. Cedar Grove (PV)

Stephenson

0-0

1-0

d. Arabia Mountain 41-6

Central, Fla. (Sat., HS)

Druid Hills

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Chamblee (ND)

M.L. King

0-0

0-0

Did not play

Norland, Fla. (Sat., HS)

*Clarkston

 

0-1

l. to Dunwoody 48-7

vs. Lithonia (AV)

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Creekside

0-0

1-0

d. South Cobb 55-41

at Hughes

Tri-Cities

0-0

1-0

d. Hardaway 33-6

Does not play

Banneker

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Westlake

Carver (Atlanta)

0-0

0-1

l. to Carver, Col. 12-6

at Washington (Sat., L)

Mays

0-0

0-1

l. to Hughes 27-7

vs. Glenn Hills (L)

 

Region 7-AAAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Dalton

0-0

1-0

d. Scottsboro, Ala. 41-21

vs. Calhoun

Cass

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Cartersville

Sequoyah

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Etowah

Woodland (Carters.)

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Adairsville

Creekview

0-0

0-1

l. to North Paulding 55-20

Does not play

River Ridge

0-0

0-1

l. to Woodstock 42-7

Does not play

Rome

0-0

0-1

l. to Villa Rica 28-26

Does not play

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Cambridge

0-0

1-0

d. Holy Innocents' 42-6

at Chapel Hill

Kell

0-0

1-0

d. Carrollton 20-7

at Lassiter

Riverwood

0-0

1-0

d. Coosa 35-10

vs. Holy Innocents'

Forsyth Central

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Dawson Co.

North Atlanta

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at KIPP Atlanta (TC)

North Springs

0-0

0-1

l. to Woodland 28-14

at Pinecrest Academy

Sprayberry

0-0

0-1

l. to S. Paulding 24-19

at Kennesaw Mountain

 

Region 8-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Lanier

0-0

1-0

d. Lambert 27-14

Does not play

Apalachee

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Woodland, Stock.

Cedar Shoals

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Elbert Co.

Clarke Central

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Hart Co.

Flowery Branch

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Chestatee

Gainesville

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Grayson

Loganville

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Monroe Area

Salem

0-0

0-0

Did not play

at Rockdale Co.

Winder-Barrow

0-0

0-0

Did not play

vs. Jefferson

Heritage (Conyers)

0-0

0-1

l. to Rockdale Co. 28-26

Does not play

 

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: AV - Avondale; C - Callaway; CM - Columbus Memorial; GL - Glynn County; HS - Hallford; K - Kinnett; L - Lakewood; LH - Lowndes High School; MT - McConnell-Talbert; ND - North DeKalb; PV - Panthersville; SC - Southern Crescent; SM - Savannah Memorial; T - Tara; TC - Tri-Cities High School; TO - Twelve Oaks

 

 

 

 

 

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Falling fast

McEachern became the third team in four seasons in the highest classification to lose its opening game after getting a preseason No. 1 ranking. Here are those that have done it since 1982, when the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution merged sports staffs and began having a single poll.

 

2014 McEachern

Opponent: North Gwinnett

Finish: TBD

 

2013 Norcross

Opponent: B.T. Washington, Fla.

Finish: 13-2 (state title)

 

2011 Brookwood

Opponent: Lassiter

Finish: 8-4

 

2000 Lowndes

Opponent: Warner Robins

Finish: 7-4

 

1998 Parkview

Opponent: McEachern

Finish: 9-4

 

1997 Colquitt County

Opponent: Brookwood

Finish: 8-6

 

1986 LaGrange

Opponent: Valdosta

Finish: 12-2

Trivia

Buford has won 29 consecutive games and can become the first Georgia school to have three separate streaks of 30 wins with a victory against Berkmar this week. Which school was the most recent to win 30 consecutive games in Georgia? Bonus: Who stopped that streak? (Answer Wednesday)

 

Answer to Monday's question: The quarterbacks who have thrown for eight touchdowns in a game are Hutson Mason of 2009 Lassiter (vs. South Gwinnett) and Jeremy Privett of 2003 Charlton County (vs. Pierce County). Ed Staten of 1962 North Whitfield holds the GHSA record with nine.

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

 

Jeff Herron, Prince Ave. Christian

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? "Jimmy Dorsey, McEachern. He taught me every phase of football. He taught me about people and relationships. He took a chance on hiring me right out of college, and I will be forever grateful. Also, Billy Henderson, Clarke Central. He forced me to become a better head coach daily because of the intense daily competition between Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals. (GHSFD: Herron was head coach at Cedar Shoals from 1990 to 1993 and was 2-2 against Henderson's teams.)

 

2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? "Greg Reid, Lowndes. He could change the game on offense, defense, or special teams, and he cost us [Camden County] two state championships!"

 

3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach? "St. Thomas Aquinas or Miami Central in 2010. Both were tremendously talented and had more speed than I have ever seen."

 

4. If you were Gary Phillips, the new head of the GHSA, what would be the first rule that you would try to change?GHSFD: Herron declined to answer, but it is well known that he favors state championship games being played on high school fields and not in the Georgia Dome. "Having played in them at home, away and at the Dome, I would rate the Dome experience third."

 

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