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Thursday, October 30, 2014


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Clinch County at Charlton County

1When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Indian Field, Folkston

Records, rankings: Clinch County is 5-3 overall, 4-1 in Region 2-A and No. 10; Charlton County is 7-1, 4-1 and No. 8.

Last meeting: Clinch County won 34-7 in 2013.

Watch the game: Online at NFHS Network

Three things to know: 1. Both teams trail Irwin County (6-1-1, 5-0) in Region 2, but Charlton is second in the Class A public-school power rankings, and Clinch is No. 12. Clinch has not won a game at Charlton since 1993. 2. Clinch County has scored 46, 42 and 59 points in the past three games and accumulated 621, 406, and 640 total yards, almost all on the ground behind RB Shannon Young (830 yards on the season) and QB Octavis Johnson (890), a South Carolina commitment. DE Chauncey Manac (seven sacks) is committed to Georgia. LB Marcus Hodges (5-8, 190) leads in tackles (69). 3. Charlton County RB Andrew Lee has 1,050 of his team's 1,439 rushing yards and has 15 touchdowns. QB Jimmy Nettles is 73-of-150 passing for seven touchdowns, but has thrown nine interceptions. Curtis Nixon has 32 catches for 460 yards, and he averages 27.8 yards on kickoff returns and 18.4 on punt returns (two touchdowns). On defense, Tevis Dasher has five interceptions and four fumble recoveries.


Dacula at Archer

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Archer Community Stadium, Lawrenceville

Records, rankings: Dacula is 8-0 overall, 6-0 in Region 8-AAAAAA and No. 2; Archer is 5-3, 5-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Archer won 31-14 in 2013.

Three things to know: 1. Dacula moved into sole possession of first place in 8-AAAAAA with a 27-17 victory against previously No. 2-ranked Grayson last week. A win against Archer would give the Falcons their first region title since 2005. Archer could force a three-way tie for first by beating Grayson, but the Tigers could win the title outright with victories in their final two games and a Grayson loss to Brookwood. 2. Dacula QB Giovanni Lugo, who had not played since suffering an injury against Mill Creek on Sept. 5, returned to the lineup last week and had a big impact in the victory against Grayson. Lugo led the Falcons with 56 yards rushing, was 5-for-8 passing for 35 yards, ran for a touchdown, passed for a TD and kicked three extra points, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. LB Lawson Cook recovered a fumble and returned an interception for a score in the fourth quarter. 3. Archer has won five consecutive games, outscoring its opponents 195-38, since opening the season with consecutive losses to Sandy Creek, Peachtree Ridge and Grayson. QB Gabe Tiller, the fifth-leading passer in Gwinnett County with 1,281 yards going into last week's games, threw TD passes of 36, 15, 19 and 15 yards in the Tigers' 35-14 victory against Central Gwinnett.


Greater Atlanta Christian at Lovett

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Martin E. Kilpatrick Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Greater Atlanta Christian is 8-0 overall, 5-0 in Region 6-AA and No. 1; Lovett is 7-2, 6-0 and No. 3.

Last meeting: Lovett won 17-14 in 2013.

Three things to know: 1. Greater Atlanta Christian and Lovett are the only remaining unbeaten teams in 6-AA play, and the winner will clinch the region championship. GAC hasn't won a region title since 2001. Lovett beat the Spartans last season in similar circumstances and went on to win the Class AA title. Lovett has won six consecutive games in the series. 2. Lovett, which gets about 60 percent of its offense from the running game, is led by QB Willie Candler. The senior leads the team in carries (122) and touchdowns (10) and is second in yards (496). He is 82-for-135 passing for 1,151 yards and 16 TDs. Leading rusher Jay Harris has 554 yards on 89 carries. Candler and Harris each had 76 yards rushing in a 30-24 victory against Wesleyan last week. 3. GAC has three seniors rated as three-star recruits by Rivals. LB Tyler Cooksey has committed to Georgia Tech, DB/RB Micah Abernathy has committed to Tennessee, and WR/DB Darius Slayton reportedly has Georgia, Auburn and South Carolina as his leaders among about 20 offers. Slayton scored touchdowns on a 47-yard reception and a 75-yard interception return in a 38-0 victory against Holy Innocents' last week.


Lowndes at Valdosta

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Cleveland Field at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium, Valdosta

Records, rankings: Lowndes is 6-2 overall, 1-2 in Region 1-AAAAAA and unranked; Valdosta is 7-1, 2-1 and No. 5.

Last meeting: Lowndes won 3-0 in 2013.

Three things to know: 1. Either team could finish as high as second in the region, or miss the playoffs entirely, but the prospects are more encouraging for Valdosta. Victories against Lowndes and Lee County would make Valdosta the No. 2 seed (assuming the Colquitt County is the No. 1, as expected). Lowndes, even if it beats Valdosta, might be in a position of needing to beat Tift County next week to make the playoffs. 2. Lowndes averages 209.8 yards rushing, 101.9 passing. The leading rusher is RB Dezmon Copeland with 746 yards. Florida State-committed LB Brian Bell is Lowndes' leading tackler (52 stops). DL Corveon White has 13 sacks. Lowndes has allowed 40 points or more to Colquitt County and Lee County this month after not giving up 40 in a game since 2002. 3. Valdosta ranks eighth in points allowed in AAAAAA, giving up 11.5 per game. Joshua Norwood is one of the state's best cornerbacks. He has offers from Ohio State and Wisconsin. Valdosta is mundane on offense. The leading rusher is Tim McLain (280 yards). Seth Shuman (42-of-83, 612 yards) and Cole Massingill (64-100, 600) share the QB role.


Mill Creek at Norcross

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

Records, rankings: Mill Creek is 5-3 overall, 4-1 in Region 7-AAAAAA and unranked; Norcross is 6-2, 4-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Norcross won 27-13 in 2013.

Three things to know: 1. Mill Creek and Norcross are two of the four teams (North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge are the others) that are tied for first in 7-AAAAAA. Norcross can win its third consecutive region title outright if it wins its final two games and Peachtree Ridge loses to Collins Hill or Mill Creek. Mill Creek can win the region outright if it wins out, but only if North Gwinnett loses to Meadowcreek (1-7) or Mountain View (2-6). 2. Mill Creek has outscored its opponents 169-21 in three games since starting the season 2-3 against a schedule that included non-region games against No. 1 Colquitt County, No. 2 Dacula and playoff contender West Forsyth. The Hawks' leader on offense is QB Daniel David, who has rushed for 528 yards and is approaching 1,000 yards passing in a run-first offense. 3. Norcross averaged 328.9 yards of total offense through its first seven games but was held to 161, including 36 yards rushing on 26 carries, in its 35-2 loss to Peachtree Ridge last week. It was the second-lowest yardage total of the season for Norcross, which had just 101 yards in a 26-0 loss to Milton on Sept. 5. QB Jacob Gassert was 10-of-21 passing for 125 yards against the Lions.


Southwest DeKalb at Stephenson

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, James R. Hallford Stadium, Clarkston

Records, rankings: Southwest DeKalb is 6-2 overall, 4-0 in Region 6-AAAAA Div. A and unranked; Stephenson is 6-2, 4-0 and No. 8.

Last meeting: Stephenson won 35-7 in 2013.

Watch the game: Online at

Three things to know: 1. The winner is the subregion champion and will play for the region title next week, probably against Creekside. The loser will be the No. 2 seed from the subregion and play the No. 3 seed from the other side, probably Carver of Atlanta, with a state playoff berth on the line. 2. Stephenson runs the ball 75 percent of the time, on par with its tradition. The leading rusher is Ivonte Patterson with 638 yards and 14 touchdowns. But Stephenson has two blue-chip receivers - Dexter Neal (15 catches, 221 yards, six touchdowns, committed to South Carolina) and Isaiah Zuber (10-147-2, committed to Kansas State). QB Dewann Ford is 50-of-89 passing for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns. Stephenson has not thrown an interception. 3. Southwest DeKalb has bounced back from a 2-8 finish in Michael Tanks' first season as coach to put itself in playoff contention. Players to watch are RB Travis Bacon (717 yards rushing), QB Justin Tomlin (59-of-121, 809 yards) and WR Jacoby Riley (23 catches, 356 yards).


Sprayberry at Kell

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, C.J. Kell Stadium, Marietta

Records, rankings: Sprayberry is 6-2 overall, 5-0 in Region 7-AAAAA Div. B and unranked; Kell is 8-0, 5-0 and No. 3.

Last meeting: Kell won 55-7 in 2013.

Watch the game: Online at NFHS Network

Three things to know: 1. Sprayberry and Kell are the two undefeated teams in Region 7-AAAAA Div. B, and the winner will earn a spot in the region championship game against Dalton on Nov. 7 and be guaranteed a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the state playoffs. The loser will finish in second place in the subregion and face Sequoyah (the third-place team from Division A) next week for a state playoff berth. 2. Sprayberry opened the season with five-point losses to South Paulding and Kennesaw Mountain but has since won six straight, including five in which the Yellow Jackets gave up seven points or less. For the season, Sprayberry ranks No. 6 in Class AAAAA in average points allowed at 12.9. Offensively, the Yellow Jackets are led by RB Rakeem Myricks, who has rushed for 1,005 yards and seems to get stronger in the second half of games. 3. Kell, which has won 25 consecutive regular-season games, has a balanced offense that averages 420.5 yards per game (221.0 rushing, 199.5 passing). QB Cameron Rosendahl (115-for-161, 1,529 yards, 11 touchdowns) and WR Bryson Armstrong (34 catches, 546 yards, two TDs) form a potent passing combination. The rushers are led by Itabari Mason (110 carries, 699 yards, eight touchdowns) and Ivan Walls (73, 592, seven).


Thomasville at Brooks County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Veterans Stadium, Quitman

Records, rankings: Thomasville is 5-3 overall, 4-0 in Region 1-AA and No. 5; Brooks County is 6-3, 4-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Brooks County won 30-23 in 2013.

Three things to know: 1. Thomasville would clinch its first region title since 2007 with a victory. Thomasville has lost three straight in the series. A Brooks County victory potentially would lead to a three-way tie for first among Brooks, Thomasville and Fitzgerald. 2. Thomasville gets 92 percent of its offense from QB Kenneth Hayes (531 yards rushing, 817 passing) and Jalandin Jones (912 rushing). Thomasville's standouts on defense are DB Jay Bowdy (team-best 46 solo tackles, four fumble recoveries, two interceptions, 12 Division I offers), DL Steven Thornton (nine tackles for losses) and LB Gavin Heirs (12 tackles for losses). 3. Brooks County has been outrushed by its opponents (196.3 to 220.0), which is unusual for a good team, but has been extraordinary against the pass. Opponents are 43-of-113 for 439 yards (48.8 per game) with no touchdowns and eight interceptions. On offense, QB Jomantay Jones is 71-of-123 passing for 1,305 yards and 17 touchdowns. RB Ahmad Brown has rushed for 958 yards. WR Exavius Medlock has 31 catches for 664 yards and 11 touchdowns.


Tucker at Lovejoy

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Twelve Oaks Stadium, Hampton

Records, rankings: Tucker is 6-2 overall, 3-0 in Region 2-AAAAAA and No. 10; Lovejoy is 6-2, 3-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: Tucker won 22-7 in the 2011 Class AAAA championship game.

Watch the game: Online at NFHS Network and on television on GPB

Three things to know: 1. Led by Delvin Weems (737 yards, 13 touchdowns), Tucker runs about 80 percent of the time and averages 9.1 yards per rush. QB Garrett Rigby has attempted only 55 passes, but 10 have gone for touchdowns. LB Maurice Williams leads the team in solo tackles (26), sacks (eight) and tackles for losses (eight). Also watch for DB Duke Shelley (Kansas State commit), LB Elijah Sullivan (Auburn) and DE Jonathan Ledbetter (Georgia). 2. Lovejoy is the more balanced team offensively, averaging 154.5 yards passing and 181.1 rushing per game. QB Quinatarius Neely is 82-of-150 for 1,121 yards and 12 touchdowns. Tennessee-bound WR Preston Williams has 33 catches for 678 yards and 10 touchdowns. The leading rushers are Rico Tilley (502 yards) and Kevin Morris-Strong (414). DB Montrell Custis has committed to Alabama. 3. The winner will be the region champion. Lovejoy has won four consecutive region titles, including 2-AAAAAA the past two seasons. Tucker won 6-AAAAA last season. Tucker has won 15 region titles in its history, including eight since 2001. This would be the Tigers' first in the highest classification.


Westside (Macon) at Peach County

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Anderson Stadium, Fort Valley

Records, rankings: Westside is 8-0 overall, 6-0 in Region 2-AAA and No. 6; Peach County is 9-0, 7-0 and No. 5.

Last meeting: Peach County won 27-7 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. Westside and Peach County have clinched the top two spots in 2-AAA, and the winner will be the region champion while the loser finishes second. Westside is going for its first undefeated regular season since 2008, which was Robert Davis' final season as coach. A victory would give Peach County its third 10-0 regular season in Chad Campbell's eight years as coach. 2. Cedric Hollingshed, Westside's leading rusher with 602 yards and four touchdowns on 107 carries, has been limited by an ankle injury in recent weeks and was rested during a 44-20 victory against Spencer last week. In his absence, Donta Pate rushed for a season-high 134 yards on 14 carries and QB Marcell Williams had his fourth consecutive 200-yard passing game. 3. Peach County is allowing 6.3 points per game, the second-best average in Class AAA. The Trojans are led by two Division I recruits. DE Marquies Price (6-6, 225) has committed to Duke. Junior DB Tyrique McGhee reportedly has an offer from Georgia and interest from at least nine other SEC schools.


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Four Questions Presented By Mizuno  

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


Jody Grooms, Wayne County

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? "Ed Emory. Coach Emory took a chance on me and hired me out of college to coach his secondary at Anson High School in Wadesboro, N.C. He would say, 'You might give out trying to motivate, inspire and coach a kid, but don't you ever give up trying to motivate, inspire or coach a kid.' Coach Emory believed in kids. He taught me to look beyond the flaws and 'focus on the gem.'"


2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? "Donquell 'Gator' Green from Burke County High School. The kid was absolutely amazing. He was a human highlight film. He and his team have made us better coaches and have helped us improve our program."


3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach? "Charlotte Independence was the best team that I have ever coached against. Chris Leak, Mohamed Massaquoi and Mario Raley were just a few of the reasons. Charlotte Independence won over 100 football games in a row and just seemed to be ahead of the curve when it came to coaching, strength training and the ability to attract top-flight athletes to a metro area school. They had such a great program for such a long time."


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 love to see a panel of GHSA officials, coaches and athletic directors assemble shortly after each season to discuss items of concern. All of the major stakeholders in the equation need an opportunity to address concerns and look for ways to improve this wonderful game that we have."


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Watch The Games



Swainsboro at Metter, 7 p.m., WSAV My LC 3.2 (Savannah)


*Aquinas at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m., WJBF Me-TV 6.2 (Augusta)

*McIntosh County Academy at Benedictine, 7:30 p.m., WGSA This TV 35.5 (Savannah)

*Tucker at Lovejoy, 7:30 p.m., GPB


On the Web

2NFHS Network

The NFHS Network will present live streaming of the following games this week. To view the games, clickhere. 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.


*Roswell at Etowah, 6:30 p.m.

*Bacon County at Groves, 7 p.m.

*Callaway at Haralson County, 7 p.m.

*Fayette County at Troup, 7 p.m.

*Flowery Branch at Salem, 7 p.m.

*Rockdale County at Alcovy, 7 p.m.

*Stone Mountain at St. Pius, 7 p.m.

*Washington at Westminster, 7 p.m.

*Wesleyan at Holy Innocents', 7 p.m.

*Whitefield Academy at Mount Pisgah Christian, 7 p.m.

*Clinch County at Charlton County, 7:15 p.m.

*Heritage (Conyers) at Clarke Central, 7:15 p.m.

*McIntosh County Academy at Benedictine, 7:15 p.m.

*Rome at Cass, 7:15 p.m.

*Calvary Day at Savannah Country Day, 7:25 p.m.

*Manchester at Chattahoochee County, 7:25 p.m.

*Adairsville at Coahulla Creek, 7:30 p.m.

*Blessed Trinity at Decatur, 7:30 p.m.

*Chattooga at Dade County, 7:30 p.m.

*Kennesaw Mountain at Marietta, 7:30 p.m.

*Landmark Christian at Strong Rock Christian, 7:30 p.m.

*Meadowcreek at North Gwinnett, 7:30 p.m.

*North Forsyth at Habersham Central, 7:30 p.m.

*Oconee County at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. 

*South Effingham at Ware County, 7:30 p.m.

*Sprayberry at Kell, 7:30 p.m.

*Tucker at Lovejoy, 7:30 p.m.

*Whitewater at Woodward Academy, 7:30 p.m.

*Southwest DeKalb at Stephenson, 8 p.m. Friday

*West Forsyth at Centennial, 7:20 p.m. Friday



1Southeast Football Fridays

A fast-paced show featuring live look-ins, highlights and analysis from nearly 100 games across Georgia and the Southeast, 7:30 p.m. at


Region 1-AAA

Division A




Last week

This week*




d. Dodge Co. 13-10

Does not play

Dodge County



l. to Cook 13-10

at Pierce Co.

Pierce County



l. to Appling Co. 17-14

vs. Dodge Co.

Appling County



d. Pierce Co. 17-14

at Brantley Co.

Brantley County



d. Toombs Co. 41-13

vs. Appling Co.

Tattnall County



Did not play

vs. Toombs Co.

Toombs County



l. to Brantley Co. 41-13

at Tattnall Co.

Division B




Last week

This week

Southeast Bulloch



d. Jenkins 22-21

vs. Islands




l. to SE Bulloch 22-21

vs. Johnson, Sav. (SM)

Johnson (Savannah)






d. Beach 26-9


at Jenkins (SM)

at Savannah (Tue., SM)




l. to Johnson, Sav. 26-9

Does not play




d. Islands 49-6

vs. Johnson (Tue., SM)




l. to Savannah 49-6

at Southeast Bulloch

GHSF Daily's projected playoff teams: 1. Cook, 2. Dodge County, 3. Appling County, 4. Pierce County


Region 2-AAA




Last week

This week

Peach County



d. Jordan 31-7

vs. Westside, Macon

Westside (Macon)



d. Spencer 44-20

at Peach Co.




d. Central, Macon 34-28

at Southwest (H)




Did not play

at Central, Macon (ED)




d. Southwest 36-18

at Spencer (CM)

Central (Macon)



l. to Jackson 34-28

vs. Rutland (ED)




l. to Kendrick 36-18

vs. Jackson (H)




l. to Westside 44-20

vs. Kendrick (CM)




l. to Peach Co. 31-7

Does not play

Projected playoff teams: 1. Peach County, 2. Westside (Macon), 3. Jackson, 4. Rutland


Region 3-AAA




Last week

This week

Washington County



d. Josey 73-6

vs. Hephzibah




d. Hephzibah 49-7

vs. Westside, Aug. (Sat.)

Westside (Augusta)



d. Glenn Hills 48-0

at Laney (Sat.)




l. to Laney 49-7

at Washington Co.




d. New Hampstead 35-6

vs. Josey

Glenn Hills



l. to Westside, Aug. 48-0

Does not play




l. to Wash. Co. 73-6

at Butler

Projected playoff teams: 1. Washington County, 2. Laney, 3. Westside (Augusta), 4. Butler


Region 4-AAA

Division A




Last week

This week

Cedar Grove



d. North Clayton 42-0

vs. S. Atlanta (Sat., PV)

Jackson (Atlanta)



d. South Atlanta 30-22

at McNair (Sat., AV)

North Clayton



l. to Cedar Grove 42-0

vs. Towers (Thu., SC)




d. McNair 34-16

at N. Clayton (Th., SC)




l. to Towers 34-16

vs. Jack., Atl. (Sa., AV)

South Atlanta



l. to Jackson, Atl. 30-22

at Ced. Grove (Sat., PV)

Division B




Last week

This week

Blessed Trinity



d. Washington 36-6

at Decatur




d. Douglass 42-8

vs. Washington




l. to Blessed Trinity 36-6

at Westminster




d. Therrell 35-7

vs. Blessed Trinity




l. to Westminster 42-8

vs. Therrell (Sat., L)




l. to Decatur 35-7

at Douglass (Sat., L)

Projected playoff teams: 1. Blessed Trinity, 2. Cedar Grove, 3. Westminster, 4. Washington


Region 5-AAA




Last week

This week

Central (Carrollton)



d. Cedartown 42-14

vs. Rockmart




d. Pepperell 41-7

at Haralson Co.




d. Haralson Co. 41-8

at Central, Carrollton




l. to Central, Carr. 42-14

vs. Pepperell

Haralson County



l. to Rockmart 41-8

vs. Callaway




l. to Callaway 41-7

at Cedartown

Projected playoff teams: 1. Central (Carrollton), 2. Callaway, 3. Cedartown, 4. Rockmart

 Region 6-AAA




Last week

This week




d. Murray Co. 56-3

at Lakeview-Ft. Ogle.




d. North Murray 56-17

at Coahulla Creek




d. Coahulla Creek 48-0

at Murray Co.




d. Lakeview-FO 54-7

Does not play

North Murray



l. to Adairsville 56-17

vs. Gordon Central

Lakeview-Ft. Ogle.



l. to Sonoraville 54-7

vs. Calhoun

Murray County



l. to Calhoun 56-3

vs. Ringgold

Gordon Central



Did not play

at North Murray

Coahulla Creek



l. to Ringgold 48-0

vs. Adairsville

Projected playoff teams: 1. Calhoun, 2. Adairsville, 3. Ringgold, 4. Sonoraville


Region 7-AAA




Last week

This week

West Hall



d. Fannin Co. 49-0

at Banks Co.

Lumpkin County



Did not play

vs. Dawson Co.

Banks County



d. Dawson Co. 27-21

vs. West Hall

East Hall



d. Franklin Co. 34-7

at Fannin Co.

Fannin County



l. to West Hall 49-0

vs. East Hall

Franklin County



l. to East Hall 34-7

at Johnson, Gainesville

Dawson County



l. to Banks Co. 27-21

at Lumpkin Co.

Projected playoff teams: 1. West Hall, 2. Lumpkin County, 3. East Hall, 4. Fannin County


Region 8-AAA




Last week

This week

Hart County



d. Oconee Co. 49-21

vs. Morgan Co.




Did not play

vs. Oconee Co.

Oconee County



l. to Hart Co. 49-21

at Jefferson

Elbert County



d. Morgan Co. 41-7

vs. East Jackson

Morgan County



l. to Elbert Co. 41-7

at Hart Co.

Jackson County



d. East Jackson 35-15

Does not play

East Jackson



l. to Jackson Co. 35-15

at Elbert Co.

Projected playoff teams: 1. Jefferson, 2. Hart County, 3. Elbert County, 4. Oconee County


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; CM - Columbus Memorial; ED - Ed DeFore Sports Complex; H - Henderson; L - Lakewood; PV - Panthersville; SC - Southern Crescent; SM - Savannah Memorial






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70-point games

Four teams scored 70 or more points last week. That is the first time that has happened on one calendar date in Georgia history, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. It has happened several times that three teams have hit 70. The closest to having four occurred on Nov. 7, 1997, when Thomas County Central (73), Macon County (72) and Washington County (70) hit 70 or better and Grady beat Carver of Atlanta 69-6. Here are the 10 games in which a team has reached 70 points this season, including the four from Friday night.


Sept. 5

Tucker 77, Stone Mountain 0

Sept. 19

Hart Co. 74, Oglethorpe Co. 12

P. Ridge 70, Meadowcreek 0

Sept. 25

Drew 72, Forest Park 0

Sept. 26

Wash. Co. 71, Glenn Hills 0

Oct. 10

Hillgrove 72, North Paulding 46

Oct. 24

Benedictine 70, Groves 19

North Gwinnett 71, Duluth 24

St. Pius 70, Arabia Mtn. 38

Washington Co. 73, Josey 6


Sources: GHSFHA and Loren Maxwell


Dacula is ranked No. 2 this week, the program's highest ranking since 1990, when the school competed in Class A. Who was Dacula's quarterback and Class A player of the year in 1990? (Answer Friday)


Answer to Wednesday's question: Graham Hixon was Woodward Academy's head coach in 1985, the last time the football team was ranked No. 1 in an AJC poll. Hixon's record was 276-95-16 in a career that included stops at Commerce and Gainesville.




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Maxwell Projections

Here is this week's schedule with projected margins of victory, courtesy of the Maxwell Ratings. The projected winner is on the left. The projected margin of victory is on the right. The Maxwell computer ratings take into account historical scores, weighing the more recent seasons the most heavily.


Today's games

Columbus vs. Hardaway -14

Jonesboro vs. Pike Co. -18

Spalding vs. Mount Zion, Jones. -22

Swainsboro at Metter -10

Towers vs. North Clayton -4


Friday's games

Adairsville at Coahulla Creek -42

Alpharetta at Northview -18

Americus-Sumter vs. Dougherty -13

Appling Co. at Brantley Co. -11

Aquinas at Lincoln Co. -16

B.E.S.T. Academy vs. Hapeville -13

Bacon Co. vs. Groves -18

Bainbridge vs. Westover -2

Benedictine vs. McIntosh Co. -41

Bleckley Co. vs. Northeast -13

Blessed Trinity at Decatur -38

Bowdon at Bremen -14

Brunswick at Bradwell Institute -32

Bryan Co. vs. Long Co. -12

Buford vs. Madison Co. -41

Burke Co. vs. Wayne Co. -9

Butler vs. Josey -18

Cairo vs. Albany -41

Calhoun at Lakeview-Ft. Ogle. -42

Calhoun Co. vs. Mitchell Co. -12

Callaway at Haralson Co. -37

Calvary Day at Sav. Country Day -26

Cambridge at Forsyth Central -9

Cartersville at LaFayette -41

Carver, Atlanta at Banneker -29

Carver, Col. vs. Northside, Col. -22

Cass vs. Rome -2

Cedar Shoals at Apalachee -3

Cedartown vs. Pepperell -14

Central, Carrollton vs. Rockmart -36

Central, Macon vs. Rutland -4

Central Gwinnett at Parkview -3

Charlton Co. vs. Clinch Co. -8

Chatt. Co. vs. Manchester -1

Clarke Central vs. Heritage, Con. -6

Coffee at Richmond Hill -33

Colquitt Co. at Tift Co. -32

Columbia vs. Chamblee -37

Commerce at George Walton -10

Creekview at River Ridge -16

Dacula at Archer -10

Dade Co. vs. Chattooga -7

Darlington vs. Coosa -6

Dodge Co. at Pierce Co. -4

Dooly Co. vs. Brookstone -8

Douglas Co. vs. Campbell -30

Drew vs. McIntosh -20

Dutchtown vs. Ola -13

Eagle's Landing vs. Henry Co. -7

ELCA at Our Lady of Mercy -8

East Coweta vs. Newnan -18

East Hall at Fannin Co. -5

East Paulding vs. Hiram -9

Elbert Co. vs. East Jackson -41

ECI at Montgomery Co. -30

First Presbyterian at Twiggs Co. -29

Fitzgerald vs. Berrien -27

Gainesville vs. Loganville -27

Gilmer at Pickens -4

Glynn Academy vs. Statesboro -23

Grady vs. Arabia Mountain -17

Grayson vs. Brookwood -29

Greater Atlanta Christian at Lovett -5

Greene Co. vs. Social Circle -34

Greenville vs. Central, Talbotton -28

Griffin vs. Riverdale -40

Hancock Central vs. Georgia Mil. -21

Harris Co. vs. LaGrange -21

Hart Co. vs. Morgan Co. -34

Hawkinsville vs. Pacelli -9

Heard Co. vs. Temple -32

Hebron Christian vs. Athens Acd. -2

Houston Co. vs. Evans -19

Hughes at Pebblebrook -40

Irwin Co. vs. Atkinson Co. -28

Jackson vs. Southwest -23

Jefferson vs. Oconee Co. -33

Jefferson Co. vs. East Laurens -24

Jenkins vs. Johnson, Savannah -19

Jenkins Co. at Portal -8

Johnson, Gaines. vs. Franklin Co. -3

Johnson Co. at Wheeler Co. -33

Jones Co. vs. Richmond Acad. -16

Kell vs. Sprayberry -6

Kendrick vs. Spencer -12

Lakeside, Evans vs. Greenbrier -31

Lamar Co. vs. Monticello -21

Lambert vs. Chattahoochee -18

Landmark Christ. at Strong Rock -23

Lanier vs. Winder-Barrow -19

Lee Co. at Camden Co. -12

Lithonia vs. Redan -24

Locust Grove at Hampton -36

Lumpkin Co. vs. Dawson Co. -9

M. L. King vs. Dunwoody -11

Macon Co. at Putnam Co. -37

Marietta vs. Kennesaw Mountain -4

Marion Co. vs. Taylor Co. -38

Mary Persons at Baldwin -12

Mays vs. Tri-Cities -20

McEachern vs. Harrison -24

Mill Creek at Norcross -2

Miller Grove vs. Druid Hills -2

Milton vs. Pope -31

Model vs. Gordon Lee -32

Monroe at Crisp Co. -13

Morrow vs. Forest Park -9

Mount Paran at Mt. Zion, Carroll -24

Mount Pisgah vs. Whitefield Acd. -23

Mountain View vs. Duluth -14

New Manch. vs. Lithia Springs -29

Newton vs. Lakeside, Atlanta -30

North Cobb vs. North Paulding -12

North Forsyth at Habersham Cent. -7

N. Gwinnett vs. Meadowcreek -42

North Hall at Chestatee -1

North Murray vs. Gordon Central -28

North Oconee at Stephens Co. -5

North Springs vs. North Atlanta -8

Northgate at Starr's Mill -2

Northside, W.R. at Cross Creek -40

NW Whitfield vs. Heritage, Ring. -11

Pace Academy vs. KIPP Atlanta -27

Paulding Co. vs. Chapel Hill -32

Peach Co. vs. Westside, Macon -2

Peachtree Ridge at Collins Hill -10

Pinecrest Acad. vs. King's Ridge -32

Prince Avenue at Lakeview Acd. -27

Randolph-Clay vs. Terrell Co. -1

Ridgeland at Southeast Whitfield -1

Ringgold at Murray Co. -40

Rockdale Co. at Alcovy -31

Roswell at Etowah -2

Salem vs. Flowery Branch -13

Sandy Creek at Carrollton -19

Savannah Christian at Claxton -6

Schley Co. vs. Miller Co. -24

Screven Co. at Dublin -13

Seminole Co. at Pelham -7

Sequoyah vs. Woodland, Cart. -29

Shiloh at Berkmar -16

South Forsyth vs. Johns Creek -24

South Paulding vs. Alexander -5

Southeast Bulloch vs. Islands -38

St. Francis vs. Fellowship Christ. -17

St. Pius vs. Stone Mountain -42

Stephenson vs. SW DeKalb -6

Stewart Co. at Glascock Co. -13

Stockbridge vs. Union Grove -22

Stratford Acad. vs. Wilkinson Co. -17

Tattnall Co. vs. Toombs Co. -5

Tattnall Square at Mount de Sales -25

Telfair Co. at Lanier Co. -24

Thomas Co. Central at Worth Co. -4

Thomasville at Brooks Co. -1

Thomson vs. Windsor Forest -36

Towns Co. at Providence Christ. -17

Trion vs. Walker -13

Troup vs. Fayette Co. -7

Tucker vs. Lovejoy -3

Union Co. at Riverside Military -22

Upson-Lee at Osborne -31

Valdosta vs. Lowndes -1

Veterans vs. Howard -5

Vidalia at Jeff Davis -41

Walton at Cherokee 0

Ware Co. vs. South Effingham -36

Warner Robins at Grovetown -22

Washington Co. vs. Hephzibah -42

Wash.-Wilkes vs. Oglethorpe Co. -33

Wesleyan vs. Holy Innocents' -15

West Forsyth at Centennial -1

West Hall at Banks Co. -23

West Laurens vs. Perry -23

Westminster vs. Washington -27

Wheeler at Lassiter -11

White Co. at Monroe Area -18

Wilcox Co. vs. Turner Co. -15

Woodland, Stockbridge vs. Luella 0

Woodward Acd. vs. Whitewater -21


Saturday's games

Cedar Grove vs. South Atlanta -40

Eastside vs. Walnut Grove -8

Jackson, Atlanta vs. McNair -23

Laney vs. Westside, Augusta -15

North Cobb Christian at Mt. Vernon -2

Therrell vs. Douglass -9

Westlake vs. South Cobb -22