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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

TCA All Sports Report for Nov 26, 2014
with a wrap up of the playoff situation. 

Playoff Preview: AA and A Quarterfinals

Class AA

Brooks County at Heard County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Staples Stadium, Franklin

Records, rankings: Brooks County is 9-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AA and No. 8; Heard County is 7-5, the No. 2 seed from 5-AA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Heard County's Tim Barron became head coach in 2002 and went from 0-11 to 10-2 in his first season. Heard had been 0-5 in second-round games under Barron until breaking through last week. Brooks County is in the quarterfinals for the seventh time in Maurice Freeman's 11 seasons as head coach, including his first run at his alma mater from 1994 to 1997. 2. Brooks County WR Exavius Medlock scored on a 22-yard reception and 80-yard run in a 21-14 victory over Washington-Wilkes last week. The preseason all-state pick has 44 catches for 898 yards and 13 touchdowns. QB Demontay Jones rushed for a season-high 120 yards on 20 carries. He has passed for 1,694 yards and rushed for 375. Ahmed Brown has rushed for 1,203 yards, but just 68 in the playoffs. 3. Heard County held Screven County to 116 total yards in a 28-6 victory last week. Duranta Dunson rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. He has 1,648 on the season despite missing four games with an injured shoulder, which still prevents him from playing much if any on defense, where he also is valuable. Heard has a freshman quarterback, Emory Jones, who has thrown for 888 yards.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Brooks County by 20

Winner plays: Lovett/Benedictine winner


Lovett at Benedictine

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, T.A. Wright Stadium/Savannah State, Savannah

Records, rankings: Lovett is 9-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AA and No. 3; Benedictine is 10-2, the No. 2 seed from 2-AA and No. 4.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Lovett, the defending AA champion, is in the quarterfinals for the eighth time in coach Mike Muschamp's 10 seasons. Benedictine, 13-1 last season, is in the quarterfinals in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1977-79. 2. Lovett led 42-0 in the third quarter of its surprisingly easy 42-8 road victory over sixth-ranked Macon County last week. Jay Harris rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. Lovett had 439 yards in total offense. Murphy Lee rushed for 91 yards and intercepted two passes. Nathan Offutt had three tackles for losses totaling 30 yards and forced a fumble. 3. Sophomore RB John Kennedy rushed for 234 yards and two touchdowns in Benedictine's 42-9 second-round victory over Rabun County. Kennedy hadn't rushed for more than 100 yards in a game until then but is now the team's leading rusher with 857 yards. Stevie Powers has thrown for 2,669 yards and 26 touchdowns, and Brad Stewart has 59 receptions for 1,138 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Benedictine by 5

Winner plays: Brooks County/Heard County winner


Vidalia at Greater Atlanta Christian

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Spartan Stadium, Norcross

Records, rankings: Vidalia is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 2-AA and No. 2; Greater Atlanta Christian is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from 6-AA and No. 1.

Last meeting: Vidalia won 20-14 in the 2003 Class AA quarterfinals.

Three things to know: 1. Vidalia is trying to make the semifinals for the first time since 2003, when it beat GAC in the quarterfinals in the only meeting between these schools. GAC is trying to make the semifinals for the first time since 2002, when GAC was the Class AA runner-up to Buford. Vidalia is 0-4 all-time against No. 1 teams (1978 Claxton, 1992 Mitchell-Baker, 1997 Washington County, 2005 Dublin). 2. Vidalia RB/LB Nathan McBride, rated as the No. 91 recruit nationally for the class of 2017 by 247Sports, has rushed for 112 and 127 yards in two playoff games. He had only 299 yards rushing in the regular season. QB Jordan Black has rushed for 1,152 yards and passed for 618. Vidalia has attempted only six passes in the playoffs, completing two. 3. GAC trailed Lamar County 20-14 at halftime but forced four turnovers in the second half and won 45-20 despite Juan Tucker's 266 yards rushing. Micah Abernathy (committed to Tennessee) has scored three touchdowns and rushed for more than 100 yards in both playoff games while also playing significantly in the secondary along with four-star recruit Darius Slayton, who intercepted two passes and had four catches for 100 yards. QB Davis Mills has passed for 1,896 yards.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Greater Atlanta Christian by 2

Winner plays: Pace Academy/Fitzgerald winner


Pace Academy at Fitzgerald

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jaycee Stadium, Fitzgerald

Records, rankings: Pace Academy is 7-5, the No. 4 seed from Region 6-AA and unranked; Fitzgerald is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from 1-AA and No. 5.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Pace Academy, which began football in 2008, is the only No. 4 seed remaining in any classification. The team had never won a playoff game until this season, the second under coach Chris Slade, a former NFL player from Virginia. Fitzgerald is back in the quarterfinals after its streak of five was broken last season. 2. Pace Academy QB Kevin Johnson (committed to James Madison) threw five TD passes in a 57-50 victory over Jefferson County, a week after throwing four against Bowdon. Johnson threw a 40-yard TD pass for a 50-43 lead before Jefferson County returned the kickoff for a tying touchdown. Johnson then threw a 25-yard TD pass to Deon Johnson with seven seconds left. Johnson had 396 yards passing in the game. Pace's offensive line and defense are made up almost entirely of underclassmen. 3. Fitzgerald's Gerald Morgan rushed for 204 yards and a touchdowns and J.D. King ran for 166 and four in a 48-14 victory over Model last week. Morgan has 1,953 yards rushing on the season. King has 1,306. They have scored 40 touchdowns between them. Fitzgerald is averaging 372.3 yards rushing per game, but has completed only six of 22 passes in the playoffs.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Fitzgerald by 21

Winner plays: Vidalia/Greater Atlanta Christian winner


Class A Public

Mount Zion (Carroll) at Marion County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Eagle Stadium, Buena Vista

Records, rankings: Mount Zion is 8-3, the No. 8 seed and unranked; Marion County is 11-0, the No. 1 seed and No. 2.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Mount Zion is in the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. Its 30-21 victory against Emanuel County Institute in the first round was its first playoff win since 2001. Marion County, the defending state champion, has won a school-record 16 consecutive games and is in the quarterfinals for the third straight year. 2. Mount Zion sophomore QB Jordan Akin was 7-for-12 passing for 138 yards and three touchdowns against ECI last week. Akin took over as the starter midway through the season after an injury to senior Tomias Dunson. Matt Turner rushed for 114 yards on 25 carries. Freshman C.J. Ackles had TD receptions of 34 and 17 yards, and sophomore Jace Jordan had a 29-yard TD catch and an interception. 3. Marion County averages 239.3 yards rushing, but the Eagles ran for 329 yards in a 52-6 victory against Greenville last week. It was Marion County's second blowout win over its Region 4 rival in less than a month. Lorenzo Smothers rushed for 135 yards and two TDs on nine carries. QB Dustin Eckert was 6-for-7 passing for 107 yards and a touchdown.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Marion County by 19

Winner plays: Charlton County/Hawkinsville winner


Charlton County at Hawkinsville

When, where: 5 p.m. Friday, Bobby Gentry Stadium, Hawkinsville

Records, rankings: Charlton County is 10-1, the No. 5 seed and No. 7; Hawkinsville is 10-1, the No. 4 seed and No. 5.

Last meeting: 1. Charlton County, which lost to Marion County in the state final last season, is in the quarterfinals in consecutive years for the first time since 2006-07. Hawkinsville lost to Marion County in the semifinals last season and is in back-to-back quarterfinals for the first time since 2005-06. 2. Charlton County trailed Lincoln County 16-0 in the fourth quarter last week but got two touchdowns and two two-point conversions in the final 8:57 before winning 23-22 in overtime. QB Dustin Eckert, who has passed for 1,449 yards this season, threw a 22-yard TD pass to Andrew Lee and a two-point conversion to Curt Nixon with 29 seconds left to tie the game. Levi Cribb blocked Lincoln County's extra-point attempt in overtime. 3. Hawkinsville, which advanced with a 20-14 victory over Jenkins County, rushes for 221.4 yards while attempting only about six passes per game. Reginald McDonald is the leading rusher with 515 yards on 93 carries, but five other players have at least 35 carries, 222 yards and two touchdowns. QB Dakota Sloan has passed for 481 yards and rushed for 377.

Three things to know: Charlton County won 35-13 in the first round of the 2010 Class A playoffs.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Hawkinsville by 7

Winner plays: Mount Zion (Carroll)/Marion County winner


Calhoun County at Commerce

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Ray Lamb Stadium, Commerce

Records, rankings: Calhoun County is 8-3, the No. 14 seed and unranked; Commerce is 9-2, the No. 6 seed and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Calhoun County's victory was last week was its first ever in the state playoffs. The Cougars' eight wins are the most since 1993. Commerce broke a four-game playoff losing streak and advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006. 2. Calhoun County's Sherrod Williams intercepted a pass on Mitchell County's two-point attempt in the closing seconds to preserve a 13-12 victory last week. The win avenged a 12-8 loss to Mitchell on Oct. 31 that decided the Region 1 championship. QB DaJohn Williams, who was injured the first time the teams met, rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown in the rematch. 3. Commerce's Will Thomas rushed for 162 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries in a 37-7 victory over Clinch County last week. Thomas is the leading rusher (834 yards on 104 carries) for a team that averages 310.5 yards per game rushing and has attempted just 43 passes. Grant Mayberry (776 yards), Cole Chancey (761) and Caleb Brooks (556) all have at least 80 carries and seven touchdowns.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Commerce by 14

Winner plays: Dooly County/Irwin County winner


Dooly County at Irwin County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Indian Field, Ocilla

Records, rankings: Dooly County is 8-3, the No. 10 seed and No. 10; Irwin County is 9-1-1, the No. 2 seed and No. 6.

Last meeting: Irwin County won 39-34 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Dooly County, which lost in the 2012 state final, is in the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year for the first time in school history. Irwin County is in the quarters for the second consecutive season after not making it that far since 1997. 2. Dooly County's Keon Webb rushed for 133 yards last week and scored two touchdowns, including one on a 10-yard run with 1:55 remaining to secure a 29-24 victory over Claxton. QB Jordan Miles ran for 84 yards and a touchdown and was 3-for-4 passing for 71 yards, including a 34-yard TD pass. Dooly County was outgained 322-313, according to the Statesboro Herald. 3. Irwin County's Jakyron Young was named the Region 2 player of the year. He has rushed for 1,206 yards this year in the team's Wing-T offense. The leading rusher is Robert Moore (1,225 yards), who ran for 130 yards in a 28-0 victory against Atkinson County last week. Irwin County led 7-0 at halftime despite fumbling three times - twice inside the Atkinson 10-yard line - then outgained the Rebels 172-6 in the second half.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Irwin County by 11

Winner plays: Calhoun County/Commerce winner


Class A Private

Mount Pisgah Christian at Calvary Day

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, M.C. Anderson Field, Savannah

Records, rankings: Mount Pisgah Christian is 8-3, the No. 9 seed and unranked; Calvary Day is 11-0, the No. 1 seed and No. 4.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Calvary Day was the Class A private-school runner-up to Aquinas in 2013. Mount Pisgah was knocked out by Aquinas in the semifinals. 2. Mount Pisgah Christian QB Aaron Winchester has thrown for 1,770 yards and 23 touchdowns, four in a 38-14 victory last week against Landmark Christian. He also has rushed for 1,163 yards, including at least 100 in each of the past four games. Ben Miller has 42 catches for 754 yards. Leading tackler Osby Dixon has 11 stops behind the line. Nick Piccapietra had seven tackles and an interception against Landmark. 3. Calvary Day RB/LB Robert Heyward is the team's leading rusher (1,107 yards) and tackler (67 solo in regular season). He ran for 118 yards in a 26-7 victory over Christian Heritage last week. Calvary ran for more than 300 yards in the absence of starting QB Sal Calderon, out with a season-ending injury. Brant Sanders took his place.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Calvary Day by 7

Winner plays: Eagle's Landing Christian/Prince Avenue Christian winner


ELCA at Prince Avenue Christian

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Brad Akins Field, Bogart

Records, rankings: Eagle's Landing Christian is 5-6, the No. 5 seed and unranked; Prince Avenue Christian is 9-2, the No. 4 seed and unranked.

Last meeting: Eagle's Landing Christian won 33-0 in the 2012 Class A private-school final.

Three things to know: 1. This is a rematch of the 2012 Class A title game, won by ELCA. The teams also played in a preseason scrimmage this season. Prince Avenue won 22-16 in a three-quarter varsity game, but the star of the game, Kevon Hudson (126 yards rushing, seven carries) was injured and lost for the season in the first regular-season game. 2. Prince Avenue rushed for 308 yards and attempted only three passes in a 55-30 victory over First Presbyterian last week. Freshman Matthew Hill returned a kickoff 99 yards and a blocked punt 13 yards for touchdowns and has a 7-yard TD run. Prince Avenue also got a 36-yard punt return and 68-yard kick return by Jonah Doster to set up scores. Doster leads the team with 858 yards rushing. 3. ELCA quarterback D.J. Hammond nearly doubled his season rushing total when he ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-0 first-round victory over Athens Christian. He has 767 yards passing. Sophomore Trevor Gear had 103 yards, often running behind the size and strength of Chandler Reeves (6-6, 260) and Ryan Meneely (6-2, 295). DB Davis Reynolds intercepted two passes.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Eagle's Landing Christian by 9

Winner plays: Mount Pisgah Christian/Calvary Day winner


Savannah Christian at Mt. Paran Christian

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mount Paran Stadium, Kennesaw

Records, rankings: Savannah Christian is 10-1, the No. 6 seed and No. 8; Mount Paran Christian is 11-0, the No. 3 seed and No. 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Some view these as the hottest teams remaining in the Class A private division. Mount Paran led Stratford Academy 35-0 at halftime in a 45-14 victory last week. Savannah Christian led Pacelli 42-0 at halftime last week in a 49-26 victory. Savannah Christian won a state title in 2011. Mount Paran started football in 2008 and won its first region title this year. 2. Dorian Walker rushed for 126 yards against Stratford. Walker has run for 1,702 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season. QB Jake Allen was 7-for-7 passing for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He has thrown for 1,112 yards with only one interception. Preseason all-state WR Emoni Williams ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns against Stratford and has seven receiving touchdowns on the year. 3. Savannah Christian's Wade Benton rushed for 111 yards against Pacelli, giving him 800 on the season. WR/RB/DB Demetris Robertson, a transfer who gained his eligibility in the eighth game, has scored nine touchdowns on just 26 touches (20 rushes, 6 receptions). He has returned one kick for 75 yards (non-scoring).

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Mount Paran Christian by 15

Winner plays: Tattnall Square/Aquinas winner


Tattnall Square at Aquinas

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aquinas Stadium, Augusta

Records, rankings: Tattnall Square is 10-1, the No. 7 seed and No. 9; Aquinas is 11-0, the No. 2 seed and No. 1.

Last meeting: Aquinas won 49-21 on Nov. 7 in the Region 7 championship game.

Three things to know: 1. Aquinas is the defending Class A private-school champion. Tattnall Square is one of three prominent former GISA schools to join the GHSA this season, and the only one still playing. 2. Tattnall Square RB J.J. Battle scored on a 63-yard run and Ahmad Barron caught a 46-yard TD pass from Ian Herndon last week in a 23-0 victory over Pinecrest Academy, which was 6-of-19 passing with two interceptions. Tattnall averages fewer than five passes per game, but Herndon was 8-of-11 for 91 yards against Pinecrest. Tattnall gets has four players with more than 500 yards rushing led by Jonathan Ward (946). 3. Aquinas WR Daniel Lindsey rushed for 125 yards and caught seven passes for 76 yards in a 42-28 victory over St. Francis in the first round. He also rushed for 241 yards in a mid-season game against Mount de Sales but has no other games with more than five attempts. Ruben Garnett has rushed for 1,725 yards and 24 touchdowns. Liam Welch has thrown for 1,676 yards. He was 12-of-14 for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the victory over Tattnall Square on Nov. 7.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Aquinas by 9

Winner plays: Savannah Christian/Mount Paran Christian winner

Top Performances Presented By The Learning Company

1Top five

*Gainesville QB Mikey Gonzalezwas 25-for-32 passing for 356 yards and five touchdowns, four to Chris Williamson, who had eight catches for 196 yards, in a 49-40 victory over Harris County.


*Houston County QB Jake Fromm was 22-of-32 passing for 406 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-12 victory over Sequoyah.


*Mays DL Marquez Daniel had eight tackles (three for losses, one a sack) and recovered a fumble in a 21-18 victory over Class AAAAA No. 1-ranked Ware County.


*Mount Pisgah Christian QB Aaron Winchester was 16-of-19 passing for 236 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown in a 38-14 victory over Landmark Christian.


*West Laurens WR Justin Smith, who is 6 feet, 8 inches, had 12 catches for 160 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-14 victory over Stephens County.


Line of distinction

*Allatoona's offensive line of LT Yosh Nicholson, LG Carter Francis, C Trevor Patrick, RG Alex Lawrence and strong-side TConor Brumfield opened the door for Russell Halimon's 210-yard rushing effort in a 45-14 victory over second-ranked Coffee. Halimon (2,116 yards) became the first 2,000-yard rusher in Class AAAAA.


Best of the rest

*Archer QB Gabe Tiller was 18-of-24 passing for 219 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-13 victory over Class AAAAA No. 6 Lee County.


*Buford's Evyn Cooper, playing for an injured starter, rushed for 141 yards in a 35-14 victory over Mary Persons.


*Calhoun LB Austin Bennett had 19 tackles in a 38-18 victory over Cedar Grove.


*Calvary Day's Jeremiah Mercer intercepted two passes and scored on a 58-yard run on the final play of the first half in a 26-7 victory Christian Heritage.


*Colquitt County RB Sihiem King scored six touchdowns in a 51-30 victory over Dacula a week after scoring five against Rockdale County. King rushed for 147 yards.


*Commerce RB Will Thomas rushed for 162 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries in a 37-7 victory over Clinch County.


*Hillgrove QB Matthew Wilson passed for 329 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 71 yards in a 38-28 victory over Roswell. Wilson also threw four TD passes in the first round.


*Irwin County Robert Moore rushed for 130 yards - 108 in the decisive third quarter - in a 28-0 victory over Atkinson County.


*Jones County RB Chandler Ramage rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in a 33-31 upset of previously undefeated Kell.


*Lamar County RB Juan Tucker rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries in a 48-20 loss to Class A No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian.


*Lovett DL Nathan Offutt had seven solo tackles, three for losses totaling 30 yards, and forced a fumble in a 42-8 victory over Macon County.


*McEachern QB Bailey Hockman passed for 330 yards and five touchdowns in a 44-14 victory over Alpharetta.


*Mount Paran Christian LB Garret Harris had 20 tackles in a 45-14 victory over Stratford Academy.


*Northside of Warner Robins QB Tobias Oliver rushed for a career-high 148 yards and three touchdowns, one the game-clincher in the fourth quarter, in a 30-21 victory over Dalton.


*Prince Avenue Christian freshman Matthew Hill returned a kickoff 99 yards and a blocked punt 13 yards for touchdowns and had a 7-yard TD run in a 55-30 victory over First Presbyterian.


*Westminster DL Charlie Trense had 18 tackles, two for losses, and forced a fumble in a 27-10 victory over Central of Carrollton.


*Woodward Academy DB Darien Wiggins had 11 tackles, one for a loss, an interception and a 96-yard fumble return in a 28-6 victory over Burke County.


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All-Region Teams
All-Region Teams

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Offensive player of the year: Tyler LaFlamme, South Forsyth, Sr.

Defensive player of the year: Andrew Butcher, Alpharetta, Sr.

Special teams player of the year: Ryan Kopec, Alpharetta, Sr.

Coach of the year: Jacob Nichols, Alpharetta


First-team offense

QB - Austin King, Alpharetta, Sr.

RB - Trevor O'Brien, Lambert, Sr.

RB - Michael Babers, Habersham Central, So.

TE - Cameron Kline, South Forsyth, Jr.

WR - Rustin Suter, Alpharetta, Sr.

WR - Caden Herring, Centennial, Jr.

WR - Nathan Schmitz, West Forsyth, Sr.

WR - Tanner Hall, Lambert, Jr.

OL - Griffin Landrum, South Forsyth, Sr.

OL - Cary Shirley, Alpharetta, Sr.

OL - Sean Bailey, Lambert, Jr.

OL - Dante Arnold, South Forsyth, Sr.

OL - Clay Nelson, Habersham Central, Jr.

OL - Andrew Johnson, North Forsyth, Sr.

ATH - Hampton McConnell, West Forsyth, Sr.


First-team defense

DL - Turner Fortin, Northview, Sr.

DL - Khari Cobbs, Alpharetta, Jr.

DL - Chris Calhoun, Centennial, Sr.

DL - Alec Coburn, West Forsyth, Sr.

DL - Gio Douyon, Johns Creek, Sr.

LB - Jake Behrend, Alpharetta, Sr.

LB - Adison Schimmelphennig, Lambert, Sr.

LB - Devan Johnson, Northview, Sr.

LB - Robby Johnson, South Forsyth, Sr.

DB - Jeremy Johnson, Lambert, Sr.

DB - Dejon Rowe, Alpharetta, Jr.

DB - Houston Earnest, Lambert, Sr.

DB - Ernest Gunn, Northview, Sr.

DB - Matt Moore, Alpharetta, Sr.


First-team special teams

K - Alex Barbir, South Forsyth, Jr.

P - Jacob Whitten, North Forsyth, Jr.

LS - Travis Baugus, West Forsyth, Sr.

LS - Anthony Ratliff, Lambert, Jr.


Second-team offense

QB - Matt White, South Forsyth, Sr.

QB - DJ Pearson, Northview, Sr.

RB - Miles Smith, Alpharetta, Sr.

RB - Nathan Phillips, Northview, Sr.

TE - Ryan Miller, West Forsyth, Sr.

WR - Mason Kinsey, Habersham Central, Jr.

WR - Ricci Nuckles, Northview, Jr.

WR - Jalen Camp, South Forsyth, Jr.

WR - Chase Campbell, Johns Creek, Sr.

OL - Alex Yankey, Centennial, Sr.

OL - Nicklas Torrance, Alpharetta, Sr.

OL - Jackson Bardall, North Forsyth, Jr.

OL - Cliff Snyder, Lambert, Jr.

OL - Mich Toure, West Forsyth, Sr.

OL - Alan Pearson, West Forsyth, Sr.

ATH - Josh Moran, Northview, Jr.


Second-team defense

DL - Connor Owens, Northview, Jr.

DL - Austin Hoffman, Alpharetta, Sr.

DL - Devon Johnson, Alpharetta, Sr.

DL - Jimmie Walton, Centennial, Sr.

DL - Brinley Rhys, North Forsyth, Sr.

LB - Josh Weisberg, Chattahoochee, Sr.

LB - Kyle McGregor, Johns Creek, Jr.

LB - Malcolm Conn, Northview, Sr.

LB - Ryan Guthrie, West Forsyth, Sr.

DB - William Downing, Alpharetta, Sr.

DB - Patrick Noble, Lambert, Sr.

DB - Curtis Roach, South Forsyth, Jr.

DB - Clay French, Northview, Sr.

DB - Grayson McClain, Centennial, Sr.


Second-team special teams

K - Andrew Gray, Chattahoochee, Sr.

P - Tee Holland, Centennial, Jr.


Honorable mention: Johns Creek - QB Kevin Nalecz, Sr.; WR Christian Baum, Sr.; OL Anders Olsen, Jr.; DB Bo Majkowski, So.; DL Austin Otto, Sr.; LB Myles Myers, So.; Alpharetta - RB Lemuel Cobbs, Sr.; WR James Marbaugh, Sr.; OL MJ Lee, Jr.; OL Tommy Sprague, Jr.; DB Devin Mayers, Sr.; DL Tyler, Sr.; DL Ralph Johnson, Jr.; DL Malua Young, Sr.; Chattahoochee - DL Bryce Folsom, Jr.; LB Sean Hoffman, Sr.; LB Austin Wilkinson, Sr.; WR Issac Kinsey, So.; QB Chase Owens, So.; RB Blake Hundley, Jr.; South Forsyth - ATH Drew Witalis, Sr.; OL Riley Street, Sr.; FB Sam Outlaw, Jr.; LB Peytne Douglas, Sr.; LB Grant Umberger, Jr.; West Forsyth - LB Eli Huggins, So.; LB Jackson Brantley, So.; DL Clint Hall, Jr.; DB Kyndall Phillips, Sr.; OL Carson Adams, Sr.; DL Hunter Stewart, Sr.; RB Grant Torgerson, So.; Habersham Central - WR John David Herrin, Sr.; LB Braxton Cole, Sr.; Northview - DB Matt Ferguson, Sr.; WR Justin Westbrook, Sr.; DL Tyler Cross, Sr.; OL Bryce Percynski, Sr.; Lambert - OL Jack Huestess, Jr.; OL Nick Nieuwhof, Jr.; TE Mac Redmond, So.; DL Brad Whicher, Jr.; DL Trevon McSwain, Sr.; DL Will Dunavant, Sr.; LB Kyle Conner, Jr.; DB Justyn Jean Felix, Jr.; Centennial - DB Jordyn Coleman, Sr.; DL Max Martin, Jr.; WR/LB Aaron Turk, Sr.; WR James Kelley, Sr.; WR Malik Muhammad, Sr.; QB Casen Conway, So.; RB Luther Martinez, Jr.; North Forsyth - WR Colton Miller, Sr.; RB Jamal Davenport, Sr.; RB Jesus Torres, Sr.; OL Seth Collett, Jr.; DB Logan Cross, Sr.; LB Lance McGonigle, Jr.


2- A

Player of the year: Jakyron Young, Irwin County, Sr.

Offensive player of the year: Tyree Johnson, Atkinson County, Sr.

Defensive players of the year: Anthony Jackson, Clinch County, Sr., and D.J. Pollard, Irwin County, Jr.

Special teams player of the year: K.K. Riley, Atkinson County, Sr.


First- team offense

QB - Octavious Johnson, Clinch County, Sr.

FB - Robert Moore, Irwin County, Sr.

RB - M'Calin Lanier, Atkinson County, Jr.

RB - Andrew Lee, Charlton County, Jr.

RB - Malik Holly, Turner County, Sr.

WR - Kelvin Clay, Telfair County, Sr.

WR - Keyvonte Nash, Charlton County, Sr.

WR - Curtis Nixon, Charlton County, Jr.

WR - Quin Tisdol, Wilcox County, Jr.

TE - Keegan Meeks, Atkinson County, Sr.

C - Cam Morgan, Irwin County, Sr.

OL - Levi Cribb, Charlton County, Sr.

OL - Chandler Taylor, Irwin County, Sr.

OL - Adam King, Telfair County, Jr.

OL - Leo Colmenero, Atkinson County, Sr.


First- team defense

DL - Eathan Hampton, Lanier County, Jr.

DL - Chauncey Manac, Clinch County, So.

DL - Mookie Smith, Charlton County, So.

DL - Robert Wilcox, Irwin County, Sr.

LB - Mak Barlow, Charlton County, Sr.

LB - Mykell Collier, Irwin County, Sr.

LB - Tevis Dasher, Charlton County, Sr.

LB - Austin Davis, Lanier County, Sr.

LB - Marcus Hodges, Clinch County, Jr.

DB - Chaveka Hardy, Irwin County, Sr.

DB - Ty Jones, Atkinson County, Sr.

DB - Dondre Lacey, Clinch County, Sr.

DB - Brad Milton, Charlton County, Jr.

DB - Damion McCormick, Wilcox County, Sr.


First- team special teams

P - Roberto Carrillo, Wilcox County, Sr.

PK - Thomas Johnson, Charlton County, So.

LS - Scott Birchall, Charlton County, Sr.

KR - Curt Nixon, Charlton County, Sr.

H - Landon Ledford, Wilcox County, Fr.

PR - Curtis Nixon, Charlton County, Jr.


Second- team offense

QB - Ian Blankenship, Telfair County, Fr.

FB - Drew Williams, Telfair County, Sr.

RB - Trinity Cooper, Clinch County, Sr.

RB - Tyrone Taylor, Telfair County, So.

RB - Shannon Young, Clinch County, So.

WR - Scott Birchall, Charlton County, Sr.

WR - Roy Pound, Telfair County, Sr.

TE - Cully Jones, Irwin County, Jr.

C - Tyrese Ellis, Telfair County, So.

OL - Marvin Brockington, Lanier County, Sr.

OL - Andrew Chesser, Charlton County, Jr.

OL - Ethan Ethridge, Irwin County, Sr.

OL - Steve Turner, Wilcox County, Jr.

OL - Quant Williams, Atkinson County, Sr.


Second- team defense

DL - Teon Burroughs, Charlton County, Jr.

DL - D.J. McNeil, Lanier County, Sr.

DL - Raymond Freeman, Telfair County, Sr.

DL - Malik High, Turner County, So.

LB - Devin Hannans, Charlton County, Jr.

LB - Lorenzo Bolden, Turner County, Jr.

LB - Gage Harrelson, Telfair County, Sr.

LB - Devante Glaze, Atkinson County, Sr.

LB - Leroy Stewart, Irwin County, Sr.

DB - Kelvin Clay Telfair County, Sr.

DB - Eric Daniels, Charlton County, Fr.

DB - K.K. Riley, Atkinson County, Sr.

DB - Ty Hogan, Irwin County, So.

DB - Roy Pound, Telfair County, Sr.




Oglesby Kicking Academy holds competition

The Cedric Oglesby Kicking Academy will hold its fall Georgia Kicking, Punting, and Snapping Competition on Nov. 30 at Grady Stadium in Atlanta. The Oglesby Academy, run by Georgia native and NFL place-kicker Cedric Oglesby, has trained more than 40 specialists who have gone on to play college football. For more information on the competition or to train with the Academy, see its website at


Fall Recruiting Fair in Atlanta 

The 2014 Fall Metro Atlanta College Football Recruiting Fair will be held in Atlanta at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Airport on Dec. 2 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Dec. 3 (8 a.m.-noon). Colleges from across the country will be in attendance, looking for football prospects from the classes of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Bring copies of your prospect sheets, player highlights, transcripts and official test scores, if applicable, to help promote your college prospects. Wi-Fi is provided, but you are encouraged to have a hard copy of highlights. For more information, please visit or e-mail coach Ahmand Tinker at




Georgia High School Football Daily

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Going wire to wire

Four preseason No. 1 teams are unbeaten and still No. 1. They are Buford (AAAA), Washington County (AAA), Greater Atlanta Christian (AA) and Aquinas (A). It happens only about once a year that a team will remain No. 1 wire to wire. Those don't include teams such as 2013 Norcross, which started and finished No. 1 but didn't spend every week on top. Here are the 15 that have done it since 2000:


2013 Buford

2012 Sandy Creek

2011 Tucker

2008 Buford

2008 Cairo

2007 Northside (W. Robins)

2006 Charlton County

2004 Hawkinsville

2004 LaGrange

2003 Buford

2002 Parkview

2001 Parkview

2001 Statesboro

2001 Buford

2000 Shaw


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Marion County and Aquinas are undefeated in their bids to repeat as Class A champions. What is the only school other than Lincoln County to repeat as Class A champion in the past 30 years? (Answer Monday)


Answer to Tuesday's question: The six teams that are in the quarterfinals for the first time are Etowah (AAAAAA), Mays (AAAAA), North Oconee (AAAA), Pace Academy (AA), Calhoun County (A) and Mount Zion (A). Milton and Jones County also have never played in a quarterfinal, but won region titles in years in which region champions went directly into the semifinals (Milton did it in 1953, Jones County in 1961). Tattnall Square is in the quarterfinals for the first time in the GHSA but won several state titles in the Georgia Independent School Association.

Maxwell Projections


Archer vs. Hillgrove -11

Colquitt Co. vs. Milton -25

Etowah vs. Newton -5

Tucker vs. McEachern -8



Allatoona vs. Gainesville -21

Houston Co. at Stockbridge -4

Mays vs. Jones Co. -8

Northside, W.R. vs. Glynn Acad. -13


Class AAAA

Buford vs. Marist -19

Cartersville vs. Sandy Creek -2

St. Pius vs. West Laurens -10

Woodward Ac. vs. North Oconee -7


Class AAA

Blessed Trinity at Jefferson -3

Calhoun vs. Elbert Co. -16

Washington Co. vs. Pierce Co. -21

Westminster at Hart Co. -3


Class AA

Benedictine vs. Lovett -5

Brooks Co. at Heard Co. -20

Fitzgerald vs. Pace Academy -21

GAC vs. Vidalia -2


Class A (Public)

Commerce vs. Calhoun Co. -14

Hawkinsville vs. Charlton Co. -7

Irwin Co. vs. Dooly Co. -11

Marion Co. vs. Mt. Zion, Carroll -19


Class A (Private)

Aquinas vs. Tattnall Square -9

Calvary Day vs. Mt. Pisgah Christ. -7

ELCA at Prince Avenue Christian -9

Mount Paran vs. Sav. Christian -15

Four Questions 
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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.


Kip Hall,

Atkinson County

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? "There are several people that were influences in my life. First of all my father, who taught me that when you start something, you see it through. Growing up, I had two opportunities to go to Europe, but I had started fall practice and that would mean I would miss several weeks of practice. At the time, I did not fully appreciate what my father taught me about commitment. Today I realize how valuable it is to have committed players and coaches in your program. Coach Jack Moore, when I first played football, was old school and fit every stereotype of a hard-nosed, no-nonsense football coach. He pushed me harder than any coach I ever had in my career. Coach Billy Henderson [at Clarke Central] is another big influence. He taught me a tremendous amount of football, but he taught so much more about relationships with parents, with players and with the business community. It was amazing how he made that program and community a family. Coach Kenny Reese was great at getting every ounce of talent with what he had to work with. Not only was he a great story teller, he was a great problem solver. I have never met a person that could get any issue or situation on and off the field taken care of like he could. He taught me so much about the game from a different perspective that I use all the time. Finally, coach Wayne McDuffie and coach Richard Bell. [Hall was a trainer at Georgia from 1991 to 1993.] These two men allowed me to learn so much about the game from two totally different personalities. They gave me the jump start I needed to become a head coach."


2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced?"Charlie Dean at Clarke Central in 1979. We were down 21-15 at half. We were playing them tough, but in the second half he threw lights out and beat us [Henderson] 53-15."


3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach?"Parkview in 2000. Jeff Francouer was a man playing with boys. After working at the college level, that Parkview team looked and played like a D-II college team."


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 go back to a longer spring with a controlled scrimmage at the end. What makes Georgia a hotbed for college talent and have some of the best football in the country is having spring practice."


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Watch The Games



*McEachern at Tucker, 7:30, GPB


On the Web

4NFHS Network

The NFHS Network will present live streaming of the following games on Friday night. To view the games, click here. Note that the times listed are the start of the broadcast and not necessarily the kickoff time.


*Milton at Colquitt Co., 7:30

*Newton at Etowah, 7:30


*Glynn Acad. at Northside, 7:30

*Houston at Stockbridge, 7:30

*Jones Co. at Mays, 7:30

Class AAAA

*West Laurens at St. Pius, 7

*Marist at Buford, 7:30

*N. Oconee at Woodward, 7:30

*San. Creek at Cartersville, 7:30

Class AAA

*Elbert Co. at Calhoun, 7

*Westminster at Hart Co., 7

*Bless. Trinity at Jefferson, 7:30

*Pierce Co. at Wash. Co., 7:30

Class AA

*Lovett at Benedictine, 7:30

*Pace Acad. at Fitzgerald, 7:30

*Vidalia at GAC, 7:30

Class A

*Charlton at Hawkinsville, 4:45

*Mt. Pisgah at Calvary Day, 7:25

*Cal. Co. at Commerce, 7:30

*Dooly Co. at Irwin Co., 7:30

*ELCA at Prince Avenue, 7:30

*Sav. Christian at Mt. Paran, 7:30

*Gainesville at Allatoona, 7:30 p.m. Friday



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