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Friday, November 21, 2014

Second-Round Preview

Class A teams join postseason party

The Georgia high school football playoffs have reached the round of 16. Only 105 games remain in a season that will finish up Dec. 12-13 at the Georgia Dome with seven state-championship games.


This round will have something new - Class A teams. The first round in the smallest class gets under way with public- and private-school divisions of 16 teams each.


The public schools forced the split into separate championships in 2012, and it appears the move is permanent, although many private-school coaches miss the old days.


"I like to play everyone," said Eagle's Landing Christian coach Jonathan Gess, whose team won the private-school title in 2012. "When I came to Georgia, Lincoln County was the team no one could beat. Then it was Savannah Christian, then Clinch County. Now, Marion County and Aquinas are loaded teams. When we won, it would have been an amazing game to play ECI [the public-school winner]."


Mike Swaney, coach of No. 2-ranked Marion County, wouldn't mind in football, but "the problem with returning to the old system is the minor sports like tennis and golf," he said. "The publics have no chance to win big."


Others couldn't be happier with the way it is.


"The split has been great!," Charlton County coach Rich McWhorter said in an e-mail.



Greenville at Marion County

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

Records, rankings: Greenville is 5-5, the No. 16 seed and unranked; Marion County is 10-0, the No. 1 seed and No. 2.

Last meeting: Marion County won 41-0 on Oct. 24.

Three things to know: 1. Greenville bounced back from a 1-9 season in 2013 and finished fifth in tough Region 4. QB Jamal McKee has passed for 1,841 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he is the team's second-leading rusher with 216 yards on 30 carries. Kenzavier Tenny averages about 10 carries per game and has rushed for a team-leading 652 yards. 2. QB Dustin Eckert has passed for 1,003 yards and 16 touchdowns, and RB Johnny Royal has rushed for 912 yards and 10 scores for Marion County, the defending state champion. But the Eagles' most versatile player is junior Lorenzo Smothers, an all-state selection at defensive back last season. Smothers has 649 rushing yards, 689 receiving yards, 237 yards on punt returns, 35 tackles and three interceptions. 3. This is a rematch of the regular-season Region 4 game, which Marion County won easily. The Eagles rushed for 242 yards and passed for 118 yards and recorded one of their three shutouts on the season. Royal rushed for 118 yards on 18 carries, and Eckert was 10-for-13 passing with three TDs.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Marion County by 26

Winner plays: Emanuel County Institute/Mount Zion (Carroll) winner


Emanuel Co. Institute at Mt. Zion (Carroll)

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

Records, rankings: Emanuel County Institute is 8-2, the No. 9 seed and unranked; Mount Zion is 7-3, the No. 8 seed and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Emanuel County Institute is in the playoffs for the 12th consecutive season and seeks its fifth trip to the quarterfinals during that stretch. Mount Zion is making its first playoff appearance since 2005 and trying to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2001. 2. ECI's Michael Sutton finished the regular season as the second-leading rusher in Class A, and third overall, with 1,888 yards. Sutton had 159 yards and scored the Bulldogs' only touchdown on a 3-yard run in a 42-7 loss to Calvary Day in the Region 3-A championship game. ECI turned the ball over four times in the loss. 3. Mount Zion's seven-win regular season was the program's best since the 1996 team went 8-2 and eventually finished 9-3. The Eagles finished second in 6-A Division A behind third-ranked Mount Paran Christian. Region 6 sent six teams to the playoffs, but Mount Zion was the only public school. Mount Zion comes into the game off a 26-7 victory against Pinecrest Academy. Matt Turner rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Emanuel County Institute by 5

Winner plays: Greenville/Marion County winner


Lincoln County at Charlton County

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

Records, rankings: Lincoln County is 7-3, the No. 12 seed and unranked; Charlton County is 9-1, the No. 5 seed and No. 7.

Last meeting: Charlton County won 20-0 in the 1999 Class A championship game.

Three things to know: 1. These are two of the storied programs in Class A. The teams have combined to win 18 state championships - 14 by Lincoln County and four by Charlton. Both teams won their last state titles in 2006, when Lincoln County was the Class A champion and Charlton County tied Dublin for the AA crown. Charlton lost to Marion County in the public-school final last season. 2. Lincoln County has rushed for 2,293 yards this season while attempting only 6.3 passes per game. Jamar Norman is the leading rusher with 748 yards and eight touchdowns on 110 carries. Quay Hartfeld has rushed for 549 yards and eight TDs on 76 carries, and LaKeith Lockhart has 473 yards and five TDs on 81 carries. 3. Charlton County rushes for 184.9 yards per game and passes for 125.5. RB Andrew Lee ran for 1,322 yards and 18 touchdowns during the regular season. QB Jimmy Nettles was 90-for-181 passing with 10 TDs. Anthony Jackson leads the defense with 72 tackles, and Tevis Dasher has 41 tackles, five interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Charlton County by 20

Winner plays: Jenkins County/Hawkinsville winner


Jenkins County at Hawkinsville

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Bobby Gentry Stadium, Hawkinsville

Records, rankings: Jenkins County is 7-3, the No. 13 seed and unranked; Hawkinsville is 9-1, the No. 4 seed and No. 5.

Last meeting: Hawkinsville won 22-14 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Jenkins County will be playing its first postseason game since 1987 and making its first appearance in the state playoffs since 1960, when it lost to Washington-Wilkes in the Class B championship game. Hawkinsville had some lean years after winning back-to-back state titles in 2003 and 2004, but this is the Red Devils' second consecutive nine-win season under third-year coach David Daniell. 2. Jenkins County's seven wins are the most for the program since the 1966 team went 8-2. It has been a remarkable turnaround under first-year coach Charley Waters, who was hired to replace Ashley Harden. Waters was Jenkins County's interim coach in 2011 (a 1-9 season) when Chris Mason became ill and was unable to begin the season. He remained at the school after the hiring of Harden, who went 7-13. 3. Hawkinsville closed out the regular season with a 27-7 victory against playoff-bound Pacelli. QB Dakota Sloan rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 51 yards for a team that runs the ball most of the time. The Red Devils give up just 6.3 points per game and have not allowed more than 13 points in any game this season.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Hawkinsville by 32

Winner plays: Lincoln County/Charlton County winner


Calhoun County at Mitchell County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Centennial Stadium, Camilla

Records, rankings: Calhoun County is 7-3, the No. 14 seed and unranked; Mitchell County is 6-4, the No. 3 seed and unranked.

Last meeting: Mitchell County won 12-8 on Oct. 31.

Three things to know: 1. This is a rematch of the regular-season game that decided the championship in Region 1. Mitchell County scored the winning points on a fumble recovery in the end zone with six minutes remaining. The game was particularly significant for Mitchell County, which finished No. 18 in the power rankings and would not have made the playoffs without the automatic berth that came from being a region champion. 2. Calhoun County has won more games than in any season since 1993, but the Cougars have never won a state playoff game and are 0-12 all-time against Mitchell County. QB DaJohn Williams played with a broken finger in the first meeting with Mitchell. He also broke his throwing hand over the summer. 3. QB Troy Chester is Mitchell County's leading passer and rusher, averaging about 109 yards per game passing and almost 60 yards per game rushing. His best game came in a 57-6 victory against Baconton Charter when he passed for 226 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 129 yards and two TDs. Mitchell County is 0-3 in the playoffs since it reverted from the Mitchell-Baker name in 2007.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Calhoun County by 3

Winner plays: Clinch County/Commerce winner


Clinch County at Commerce

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

Records, rankings: Clinch County is 6-4, the No. 11 seed and unranked; Commerce is 8-2, the No. 6 seed and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Clinch County has won five state championships, most recently in 2010. The Panthers are 2-2 in the playoffs since then. Commerce is 1-6 in the first round since reaching the semifinals in 2006. The Tigers won state championships in 2000 (A) and 1981 (AA). 2. Clinch County has two four-star recruits on defense. Senior Octavis Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 181-pound defense back, is the nation's No. 21 "athlete" in the 247Sports Composite rankings. He has committed to South Carolina. Junior Chauncey Manac is rated by Rivals as the nation's No. 5 weakside defensive end in the Class of 2016. Manac has committed to Georgia. 3. Commerce runs the ball on almost every play. In a 55-28 victory over Lakeview Academy in the regular-season, the Tigers had 61 rushing attempts and four Tigers topped the 100-yard mark. All-Region 8 RB Grant Mayberry led with 135 yards on 13 carries. QB Caleb Brooks had 124 yards on 15 carries, followed by Cole Chancey (117-14) and Will Thomas (106-13).

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Clinch County by 16

Winner plays: Calhoun County/Mitchell County winner


Dooly County at Claxton

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Bell Memorial Field, Claxton

Records, rankings: Dooly County is 7-3, the No. 10 seed and No. 10; Claxton is 7-3, the No. 7 seed and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Dooly County is in the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The Bobcats lost to ECI in the state final in 2012 and were knocked out by eventual champion Marion County 24-21 in the quarterfinals last year. Claxton ended a five-year playoff drought last season and is seeking its first postseason victory since 2001. 2. Dooly County's 31.7-point scoring average ranks sixth among the remaining Class A public schools, but the Bobcats scored 40 per game in three consecutive victories to close the regular season. Senior RB Chanin Hamilton, who was honorable mention all-state as a sophomore, has reported scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Marshall and UAB. 3. Claxton closed its regular season with a 26-19 victory against Johnson County in the Region 3-A crossover games, ending a two-game losing streak. RB Zach Grant ran for 73 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, giving him 1,280 yards for the season. QB Cornelius Taylor ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 69-yard TD pass on his only completion.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Dooly County by 8

Winner plays: Atkinson County/Irwin County winner


Atkinson County at Irwin County

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

Records, rankings: Atkinson County is 6-4, the No. 15 seed and unranked; Irwin County is 8-1-1, the No. 2 seed and No. 6.

Last meeting: Irwin County won 21-14 on Oct. 31.

Three things to know: 1. Irwin County's victory against Atkinson County three weeks clinched the Region 2 title for the Indians. It was Irwin County's 10th region title overall but first since 1998. Irwin County reached the semifinals last season and picked up its first playoff victories since 2002. Atkinson County, which finished as the No. 5 team in Region 2, is in the playoffs for the first time since 2007. 2. Atkinson County has shown rapid improvement in two years under Kipp Hall. The former Druid Hills coach inherited a team that went 0-10 in 2012. The Rebels improved to 1-9 last year before jumping to six wins this season. The offense is led by QB Tyree Johnson, who reportedly has gotten looks from Georgia Tech, Navy and Georgia Southern. 3. Irwin County closed out its regular season with a 44-12 victory against Turner County to complete a 7-0 region season. QB/DB Jakyron Young rushed for 92 yards on seven carries and intercepted a pass. Young, who has an offer from Georgia Southern, was an honorable mention all-state player at defensive back in 2013.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Irwin County by 22

Winner plays: Dooly County/Claxton winner



Christian Heritage at Calvary Day

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

Records, rankings: Christian Heritage is 5-5, the No. 16 seed and unranked; Calvary Day is 10-0, the No. 1 seed and No. 4.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Calvary Day is averaging 9.6 wins over the past five seasons under Mark Stroud, who inherited a team that had slipped to 1-8 in 2007. Christian Heritage played its first full varsity season in 2012 under its current coach, former N.C. State QB Preston Poag. 2. Calvary Day sophomore QB Sal Calderon, who threw for 1,012 yards and ran for 544, is out with an injury suffered in the final regular-season game. Elijah Harris finished the game, but it is not clear who will take the position this week. No other player has attempted a pass this season. Robert Heyward has rushed for 989 yards. He also is the leading tackler with 67 solo stops. 3. Christian Heritage QB Tyson Cooper, an outstanding baseball catcher, had never played his position until this fall. He came off the bench in the ninth game to rally his team from a 7-3 deficit to a 26-7 victory over Walker. The next week, in another must-win game, Cooper was 6-for-10 passing for 148 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 112 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-14 victory over Fellowship Christian.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Calvary Day by 28

Winner plays: Mount Pisgah Christian/Landmark Christian winner


Mt. Pisgah Christian at Landmark Christian

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Bill Thorn Stadium, Fairburn

Records, rankings: Mount Pisgah Christian is 7-3, the No. 9 seed and unranked; Landmark Christian is 8-2, the No. 8 seed and unranked.

Last meeting: Landmark Christian won 24-20 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Mount Pisgah, which began varsity football in 2003, won its first playoff game in 2013 and made the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Aquinas 17-16. Landmark is a frequent playoff team that got to the Class A final in 2011. 2. Mount Pisgah's Aaron Winchester (committed to Georgia State) is perhaps the best dual-threat quarterback in Class A. He has passed for 1,534 yards and 19 touchdowns and run for 1,030 and 12. Oz Dixon (263 yards rushing, 319 receiving) and Ben Miller (179, 642) are the other major play-makers and have 15 touchdowns. 3. Landmark Christian also has a dual-threat quarterback, Stockton McGuire (1,383 passing, 560 rushing with 15 touchdowns). Sophomore RB Lofton Tidwell has rushed for 1,471 yards and has another 304 yards receiving. The leading defenders are LB Titus Creamer (88 tackles, nine for losses) and DB Ben Baggett (84 tackles, three interceptions).

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Landmark Christian by 5

Winner plays: Christian Heritage/Calvary Day winner


Athens Christian at Eagle's Landing Christ.

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Commitment Field, McDonough

Records, rankings: Athens Christian is 7-3, the No. 12 seed and unranked; Eagle's Landing Christian is 4-6, the No. 5 seed and unranked.

Last meeting: Eagle's Landing Christian won 41-3 in the first round of the 2013 Class A playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. Athens Christian has earned its first winning season since 2007 under first-year head coach Chris Williams, an alumnus. The Eagles swept their Athens rivals Prince Avenue Christian and Athens Academy this year. ELCA, the 2012 private-school champion, is favored in this game despite its 4-6 record against the toughest schedule in Class A. 2. Athens Christian is primarily a running team. Rushing leaders are RB Marquez Henson (1,025 yards, 15 touchdowns), RB Taylor Hardigree (832-11) and QB Josiah Brooks (654-6). Hardigree also plays linebacker, has 143 tackles and is the Region 8 player of the year. 3. ELCA QB D.J. Hammond got the starting job in the fourth game. He has completed 60 percent of his passes for 757 yards since. The leading rusher is a freshman, Josh Mays, with 593 yards. The best defensive player is MLB Chase Burdette (96 tackles). The defensive line has come on strong lately behind seniors Darius Goode, Nick Dawson and Evan Lewis.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Eagle's Landing Christian by 19

Winner plays: First Presbyterian/Prince Avenue Christian winner


First Presbyterian at Prince Ave. Christian

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

Records, rankings: First Presbyterian is 7-3, the No. 13 seed and unranked; Prince Avenue Christian is 8-2, the No. 4 seed and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. First Presbyterian joined the GHSA in 2010. The Vikings are 28-16 in that time but looking for their first GHSA playoff victory. Prince Avenue was the private-school runner-up in 2012 and has averaged 9.8 wins the past five seasons. 2. Prince Avenue spreads the wealth in its Wing-T offense, but if there is one guy to watch, it's Jonah Doster, who has 763 yards rushing, 222 receiving and 11 touchdowns. Tyson Herron is 47-of-77 passing for 767 yards and five touchdowns. He has run for 10 scores. Prince Avenue starts four sophomores and a freshman on defense. Junior LB Zach Ragle is the Region 8 defensive player of the year. 3. First Presbyterian QB Will McCormick has passed for 1,164 yards and rushed for 380 in his nine games. He ran for 107 against Lincoln County. Reggie Gantt has rushed for 968 yards, including a career-high 244 against Georgia Military two weeks ago.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: First Presbyterian by 4

Winner plays: Athens Christian/Eagle's Landing Christian winner


Stratford Academy at Mt. Paran Christian

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

Records, rankings: Stratford Academy is 6-4, the No. 14 seed and unranked; Mount Paran Christian is 10-0, the No. 3 seed and No 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Mount Paran started varsity football in 2008 and has known only one head coach, Mitch Jordan. The team's best season had been the 9-3 finish of 2013. Stratford joined the GHSA this season. The Eagles won 10 state titles in the Georgia Independent School Association, most recently in 2004. 2. Stratford averages 323.0 yards rushing, 26.1 passing per game. O'Showen Williams has rushed for 1,060 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. Stratford's challenge at times has been defense. Opponents have scored at least 21 points seven times. Stratford is coached by school alumnus Mark Farriba, formerly head coach of Prince Avenue Christian. 3. Mount Paran's Dorian Walker has rushed for 1,577 yards, second to Ruben Garnett of Aquinas for the most in the Class A private division. Walker missed one game while injured. Walker rushed for 261 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-21 victory over Mount Pisgah Christian in the Region 6-A championship game.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Mount Paran Christian by 26

Winner plays: Pacelli/Savannah Christian


Pacelli at Savannah Christian

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Garden City Stadium, Garden City

Records, rankings: Pacelli is 7-3, the No. 11 seed and unranked; Savannah Christian is 9-1, the No. 6 seed and No. 8.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Randy Grace, an assistant on Pacelli's 11-win teams of 2003 and 2004, returned to the Columbus private school in 2011 and has had back-to-back seven-win seasons after a rough patch. Savannah Christian was the 2011 Class A champion and has bounced back from a 5-5-1 anomaly in 2013. 2. Savannah Christian got good news late in the regular season when Demtris Robertson, a junior committed to Alabama, was ruled eligible on appeal after transferring from another Savannah school. Robertson already has scored seven touchdowns on just 19 touches. That's 14 rushing attempts and five receptions. Savannah Christian passes six times per game. Wade Benton has rushed for 689 yards on 130 carries and 10 touchdowns. J.T. Mertz has a team-leading 53 tackles, 15.5 for losses. 3. Pacelli has a 1,000-yard rusher in Deandre Bowman II (1,065 yards). He has scored at least one of his 15 touchdowns rushing, passing and returning a punt, kickoff and interception. QB Tre Sudberry has passed for 751 yards but thrown only one interception and rushed for 526 yards and nine touchdowns.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Savannah Christian by 4

Winner plays: Stratford Academy/Mount Paran Christian winner


Pinecrest Academy at Tattnall Square

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Jack Baynes Field, Macon

Records, rankings: Pinecrest Academy is 7-3, the No. 10 seed and unranked; Tattnall Square is 9-1, the No. 7 seed and No. 9.

Last meeting: Tattnall Square won 42-0 in the 2008 GISA Class AAA quarterfinals.

Three things to know: 1. Pinecrest is having its first winning season since joining the GHSA in 2010. Tattnall Square, new to the GHSA this season, won 11 state titles in the Georgia Independent School Association, most recently in 2011. 2. Pinecrest looks to get good yardage on first down and not get into passing situations, where the team has completed only 35 percent of its throws. The Paladins get good yardage on the ground with backs Mitchell Ojeda (725), Ryan McCarthy (701) and Matthew Walters (592). Adam Guard has 11 tackles for losses on defense. Pinecrest has thrown more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (five). 3. Tattnall Square's leading rusher and one of its leading tacklers, Jonathan Ward, reportedly is doubtful with a sprained ankle suffered in the loss to Aquinas in the Region 7-A championship game. QB Ian Herndon is the second leading rusher with a little more than 500 yards. Tattnall Square passes fewer than five times a game.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Tattnall Square by 9

Winner plays: St. Francis/Aquinas winner


St. Francis at Aquinas

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

Records, rankings: St. Francis is 7-3, the No. 15 seed and unranked; Aquinas is 10-0, the No. 2 seed and No. 1.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. St. Francis coach Brennen Booth was hired in 2012 to begin the school's first full varsity schedule. Aquinas has been ranked No. 1 since preseason and carries a 24-game winning streak. The Augusta school won its first state title in 2013. 2. St. Francis, playing its first region schedule, entered its regular-season finale Nov. 7 rated No. 16 in the GHSA's power ratings and needing to beat Trion to make the playoffs. A.J. Cummings rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown and caught a 20-yard pass in the 35-10 win. 3. Aquinas is perhaps the most-difficult-to-defend private-school team because of its versatility. Ruben Garnett has rushed for 1,671 yards, and QB Liam Welch has thrown for 1,541, completing 63 percent of his attempts. Receivers Daniel Lindsey, Justin Gibson and Nash Bennett have TD receptions of 75 yards or better. DE Williams Evans has 28 tackles for losses, three times as many as any other player on the team.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Aquinas by 20

Winner plays: Pinecrest Academy/Tattnall Square winner

All-Region Teams

Please send all-region teams to GHSF Daily at We will publish any team that we receive. GHSF Daily encourages those selecting and providing all-region teams to include each player's year in school. All-region players who are recognized as underclassmen have a better chance of being recruited and getting recognition on preseason all-area or all-state teams in 2015.



Player of the year: Taylor Hardigree, Athens Christian

Offensive player of the year: Drew Richardson, Athens Academy

Defensive player of the year: Zach Ragle, Prince Avenue Christian

Coaches of the year: Chris Williams, Athens Christian; Michael Brown, Commerce



QB - Tyson Herron, Prince Avenue Christian, Sr.

QB - Josiah Brooks, Athens Christian, Sr.

OL - Zach Boyer, Commerce, Sr.

OL - Sutton Norris, Prince Avenue Christian, Sr.

OL - Rob Kraeling, Prince Avenue Christian, Jr.

OL - Andre Mandeldove, Hebron Christian, Sr.

OL - Jared Pate, Commerce, Jr.

OL - Conner Malcom, George Walton Academy, Jr.

OL - Kyle Davis, Towns County, Sr.

OL - Austin McDaniel, Athens Christian, Jr.

RB - Jonah Doster, Prince Avenue Christian, Sr.

RB - Tae Turner, Lakeview Academy, Jr.

RB - Grant Mayberry, Commerce, Sr.

RB - Marquez Henson, Athens Christian, Sr.

REC - Andrew Bray, Prince Avenue Christian, So.

REC - Jacob Harper, Hebron Christian, Jr.

REC - Alex Waugh, Athens Academy, Sr.

TE - Aidan Black, Athens Academy, Sr.

K/P - Collin Moncrief, Providence Christian, Sr.

K/P - Shea Underwood, Towns County, Jr.



DB - Jeremy Hardnett, Providence Christian, Jr.

DB - Demarcus Evans, Athens Christian, Sr.

DB - KJ Jones, Commerce, Sr.

DB - J'Varius Wood, Commerce, Jr.

DB - Tucker Shull, George Walton, Sr.

DB - Jordan Ginnell, Prince Avenue Christian, Jr.

DL - Derek Benoit, Commerce, Sr.

DL - Dalton Owens, Prince Avenue Christian, So.

DL - Darion Barron, Athens Christian, Sr.

DL - Seabon Davis, Prince Avenue Christian, Sr.

DL - Andrew Bryan, Athens Christian, Sr.

DL - John Dussling, Hebron Christian, Jr.

LB - Josh Riley, Hebron Christian, Sr.

LB - Paul Kouassi, George Walton, Sr.

LB - Richard Ferguson, Athens Academy, Sr.

LB - Max Carter, Providence Christian, Jr.

ATH - Cole Chancey, Commerce, So.

ATH - Matthew Hill, Prince Avenue Christian, Fr.

ATH - Buck Fisher, George Walton, Jr.

ATH - Jaquan Gibson, Hebron Christian, Sr.

ATH - Will Corry, Athens Academy, Jr.

ATH - David Abee, Lakeview Academy, 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 or email


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






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Sept 22     Paul Johnson

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Oct 6         Verne Lundquist

Oct 13       Chan Gailey  

Oct 20       Scott Woerner

Oct 27       Dan Henning



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 The wait is over

Milton and Newton, schools that started varsity football in 1949 and 1950, respectively, won their first-ever state-playoff games in the first round this year. Milton won a region playoff game in 1953. Newton won two in 1987. But for state playoffs, neither had scratched. This list shows the most recent playoff victory of any kind for teams that advanced in the first round. It includes schools that hadn't won in at least five years.


1953 - Milton

1979 - Model

1987 - Newton

1994 - West Laurens

1998 - Rabun County

2001 - Jones County

2003 - Mitchell County

2004 - Oconee County

2004 - Coosa

2005 - Central Gwinnett

2006 - Etowah

2006 - Houston County

2006 - Pacelli

2006 - Westlake

2007 - Dodge County

2007 - Macon County

2008 - Coffee

2008 - Sequoyah


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Three teams in the Class AAAAAA round of 16 are coached by graduates of one AAAAAA high school. Who are they? (Answer Monday)


Answer to Thursday's question: The four coaches of teams still in the playoffs who have won 200 games as a Georgia head coach are Alan Chadwick of Marist, Jeff Herron of Prince Avenue Christian, Rich McWhorter of Charlton County and Bruce Miller of Gainesville.

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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.


Dean Fabrizio,

Lee County

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? "I have been very fortunate to work for some very good head coaches during my career as an assistant. When I worked for Ken Edenfield, current offensive coordinator at Troy, I learned how to run and structure practice. Bill Gierke in Orlando was great at focusing on the things that mattered and not letting all the other stuff distract him or the team. Chip Gierke, who I worked for at Edgewater High School, was a master at motivating players. Jim Kremer, current Sonoraville head coach, taught me a lot about scheme and how to make adjustments. At Peach County, Chad Campbell had just a tireless work ethic that his coaches and players followed. All these guys have been major influences on me."


2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? "This one is still very fresh in my memory. Adam Choice from Thomas County Central. He was such a great athlete and competitor. Was just so smooth running their offense." [Choice, a high school quarterback, is a freshman running back at Clemson.]


3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach? "I know you aren't supposed to pick someone from this season, but this year's Colquitt County team is as good as I have coached against. Lots of speed and very well coached."


4. If you were Gary Phillips, the new head of the GHSA, what would be the first rule that you would try to change? "As someone who coached for many years in another state, I have great appreciation for the job the GHSA does. Obviously like everyone else there are a few minor things I would like to see tweaked, but for the most part I think the GHSA does an outstanding job."


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Maxwell Projections


Central Gwinnett at Newton -4

Colquitt Co. vs. Dacula -22

Grayson at Tucker -4

Hillgrove vs. Roswell -7

Lee Co. at Archer -3

McEachern at Alpharetta -10

Milton vs. Hughes -4

Westlake vs. Etowah -7



Allatoona vs. Coffee -11

Creekside vs. Glynn Academy -12

Harris Co. vs. Gainesville -2

Houston Co. vs. Sequoyah -11

Kell vs. Jones Co. -4

Northside, W. Robins vs. Dalton -6

Stephenson at Stockbridge -3

Ware Co. vs. Mays -9


Class AAAA

Buford vs. Mary Persons -28

Cairo vs. North Oconee 0

Cartersville vs. Baldwin -17

Marist at Griffin -3

St. Pius vs. Eastside -24

Sandy Creek at Wayne Co. -16

West Laurens vs. Stephens Co. -5

Woodward Acad. vs. Burke Co. -18


Class AAA

Blessed Trinity vs. Adairsville -23

Calhoun vs. Cedar Grove -19

Elbert Co. vs. Appling Co. -3

Hart Co. at Cook -3

Jefferson vs. Dodge Co. -17

Pierce Co. vs. Oconee Co. -14

Washington Co. vs. Callaway -34

Westminster at Central, Carrollton -4


Class AA

Benedictine at Rabun Co. -28

Brooks Co. vs. Wash.-Wilkes -27

Fitzgerald vs. Model -29

GAC vs. Lamar Co. -26

Jefferson Co. vs. Pace Academy -5

Lovett at Macon Co. -4

Screven Co. vs. Heard Co. -10

Vidalia vs. Coosa -38


Class A (Public)

Calhoun Co. at Mitchell Co. -3

Charlton Co. vs. Lincoln Co. -20

Clinch Co. at Commerce -16

Dooly Co. at Claxton -8

ECI at Mount Zion, Carroll -5

Hawkinsville vs. Jenkins Co. -32

Irwin Co. vs. Atkinson Co. -22

Marion Co. vs. Greenville -26


Class A (Private)

Aquinas vs. St. Francis -20

Calvary Day vs. Christ. Heritage -28

ELCA vs. Athens Christian -19

First Presbyterian at Prince Ave. -4

Landmark Christian vs. Mt. Pisgah -5

Mt. Paran vs. Stratford Academy -26

Savannah Christian vs. Pacelli -4

Tattnall Square vs. Pinecrest Acd. -9

Watch The Games



*Lee Co. at Archer, 7:30,, GPB


On the Web

2NFHS Network

The NFHS Network will present live streaming of the following games tonight. To view the games, click here. Note that the times listed are the start of the broadcast and not necessarily the kickoff time, and that more games might be added to the schedule.


*Cent. Gwinnett at Newton, 7:30

*Dacula at Colquitt County, 7:30

*Etowah at Westlake, 7:30

*Grayson at Tucker, 7:30

*Hughes at Milton, 7:30

*Roswell at Hillgrove, 7:30


*Coffee at Allatoona, 7:30

*Glynn Acad. at Creekside, 7:30

*Jones County at Kell, 7:30

*Mays at Ware County, 7:30

Class AAAA

*Eastside at St. Pius, 7

*Burke Co. at Woodward, 7:30

*Marist at Griffin, 7:30 p.m.

*Mary Persons at Buford, 7:30

*North Oconee at Cairo, 7:30

Class AAA

*Cedar Grove at Calhoun, 7

*Westminster at Central (Car.), 7

*Adairsville at Bless. Trinity, 7:20

*Appling Co. at Elbert Co., 7:30

*Dodge Co. at Jefferson, 7:30

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

Class AA

*Benedictine at Rabun, 7:30

*Lamar County at GAC, 7:30

Class A

*Lincoln Co. at Charlton, 7:15

*Chr. Heritage at C. Day, 7:25

*Athens Christ. at ELCA, 7:30

*First Presb. at PACS., 7:30

*Mt. Pisgah at Landmark, 7:30

*McEachern at Alpharetta, 7:30


Georgia Prep Sports Network(Audio only)

*Coffee at Allatoona, 7:30

*Jones County at Kell, 7:30 



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