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Friday, October 17, 2014

Spotlight: Computer Analysis Of Coaches

McWhorter, Sphire, Campbell stand out

The question of Georgia's best football coach will always be a matter of opinion, but GHSF Daily wondered if the issue could be addressed in objective, numeric way. So we asked the resident computer football expert, Loren Maxwell, to give it a try.

 

We told Maxwell, the creator of the Maxwell Ratings, that we were looking for coaches that didn't just win games, but exceeded the level that history would predict.

 

For example, in 2014, rookie head coach Justin Rogers is 5-2 at Jones County, a school that hasn't won a playoff game in 13 years. That's a sign of a coach making a difference.

 

Which coaches have done that most consistently? Can it be measured?

 

Maxwell gave it a shot, tinkered with a few models over several days and finally settled on one that balanced the accomplishments of those winning where winning hasn't been easy, but also those building on already successful programs.

 

The study encompassed 99,254 games and 3,320 coaches at 614 schools using data from the Georgia High School Football Historians Association back through the 1948 season.

 

Maxwell's first list ranks coaches based on the number of victories that each has won above what would've been expected given the history of the school (or schools) at which the coach has worked.

 

By this measure, Rich McWhorter of Charlton County stands out. McWhorter's record is 256-62-2. Note that Charlton County, while it did have success in the 1970s, won only 25 games in the decade before McWhorter's arrival.

 

The model also rewards coaches that inherited successful programs and took them to another level. Alan Chadwick of Marist has been worth 97.21 extra victories for Marist over the past 30 season, according to the model. But Marist would've been pretty good (more like 231-156 instead of 328-59) without a coach as good as Chadwick, according to Maxwell.

 

Maxwell's model also identifies coaches that might not be household names to many high school fans, such as Mike Parris, now at Loganville.

 

Maxwell explained: "Although the model is more complicated than this, basically Mike Parris' record is 167-85-0, or 66.3 percent, while the schools he coached at are 835-1,153-39, or 42.2 percent, without his record included. Think of doing that comparison over and over ad infinitum for every coach against every team while taking into account the classification and the home advantage. That's basically how the model works."

 

Best active coaches (career value):

107.73 - Rich McWhorter

97.21 - Alan Chadwick

93.07 - Jeff Herron

84.74 - Dwight Hochstetler

74.27 - Bruce Miller

73.68 - Ed Dudley

70.73 - Ed Pilcher

70.72 - Hal Lamb

70.19 - Randy McPherson

69.41 - Mike Earwood

67.44 - Mark R. Stroud

65.93 - Mike Parris

62.75 - Bob Sphire

61.94 - Jess Simpson

58.44 - Paul Standard

58.25 - Mickey Conn

57.81 - Keith Maloof

56.16 - Robby Pruitt

54.79 - Steve Pardue

50.10 - Gerry Romberg

49.07 - Chip Walker

47.89 - Mark Crews

44.55 - Sid Fritts

44.34 - Franklin Stephens

44.09 - Bill Ballard

 

Now, what about coaches that are doing great work, but over shorter periods? A coach such as Ware County's Franklin Stephens, who has taken three schools to No. 1 rankings over a short career?

 

For that, Maxwell assigned an average-impact per game to each coach. The best coach in Georgia, per game, is North Gwinnett's Bob Sphire, according to Maxwell's model. Sphire grades out at 0.59 - meaning he is winning 5.9 games per 10 above what he should not win, based on the history of his program.

 

North Gwinnett's total record without Sphire is 183-254-9, or 42 percent. With Sphire, North Gwinnett has been 96-17-0, or 85 percent. North has never won more than nine games without him and never less than 10 games with him. North has made the playoffs five times in the 45 years before him and eight times in the eight years with him (not counting 2014).

 

This list requires a minimum of 50 games coached in Georgia.

 

Best active coaches (per-season value):

0.59 - Bob Sphire

0.45 - Randy McPherson

0.44 - Rush Propst

0.43 - Jess Simpson

0.43 - Franklin Stephens

0.41 - Chip Walker

0.40 - Mike Swaney

0.39 - John Reid

0.38 - Kyle Hockman

0.36 - Paul Standard

0.36 - Jonathan Gess

0.36 - Kevin Kinsler

0.36 - Mickey Conn

0.36 - Rich McWhorter

0.35 - Rocky Hidalgo

0.32 - Jep Irwin

0.32 - Ken Cofer

0.32 - Jeff Herron

0.32 - Tim Hardy

0.32 - Robby Pruitt

0.31 - Hal Lamb

0.31 - Mark Crews

0.30 - Sheddrick Risper

0.30 - Bill Ballard

0.29 - Derek Cook

0.29 - Donald Chumley

 

What about the best coach of all-time? Here is Maxwell's top 25 for total wins over average for a career.

 

Best coaches all-time (career value):

219.78 - Larry Campbell

166.27 - Robert Davis

145.26 - T. McFerrin

136.83 - Billy Henderson

134.41 - Nick Hyder

131.43 - Bill Chappell

123.86 - Jim Hughes

120.00 - Wayman Creel

117.65 - Dan Pitts

107.73 - Rich McWhorter

102.04 - Graham Hixon

97.28 - Cecil Flowe

97.21 - Alan Chadwick

94.36 - John Hill

93.07 - Jeff Herron

91.66 - Conrad Nix

90.25 - Wright Bazemore

87.86 - Danny Cronic

86.39 - Gene Brodie

85.56 - Buck Godfrey

85.44 - Michael Gunn

84.74 - Dwight Hochstetler

84.51 - Charlie Winslette

84.41 - Jimmy Dorsey

83.57 - Rodney Walker

The Leaderboard

The state leaderboard is a weekly Friday feature of GHSF Daily. It is expected that there will be omissions. Please report them toghsfdaily@bellsouth.net. Corrections will be made to a live list on ajc.com.

 

Rushing

1,455 - Shannon Brooks, Pickens (6 team games)

1,341 - Tra Minter, Schley County (6)

1,273 - Russell Halimon, Allatoona (7)

1,241 - Michael Sutton, ECI (6)

1,223 - Ruben Garnett, Aquinas (7)

1,182 - T.J. Lowe, Georgia Military (6)

1,149 - Deshawn Waller, B.E.S.T. Academy (7)

1,114 - Darryl Giles, Cedar Shoals (6)

1,087 - Gregory Payton, Carver-Atlanta (7)

1,079 - Zach Matthews, Lumpkin County (7)

1,055 - Tyler LaFlamme, South Forsyth (6)

1,049 - Kellyen Walker, Lakeside-Atlanta (6)

1,009 - Andrew Lee, Charlton County (6)

1,003 - Trey Edge, Darlington (7)

1,000 - Raishod Devezin, Etowah (7)

976 - Marquis Terry, Drew (6)

964 - Sonny Harris, Hillgrove (7)

958 - Dorian Walker, Mount Paran Christian (6)

938 - Kylil Carter, South Cobb (6)

935 - K.K. Brooks, Walton (7)

920 - KirVonte Benson, Marietta (6)

933 - Malik Miller, Griffin (6)

921 - Ronnie Harris, Richmond Hill (6)

921 - Bricen Terry, Creekside (6)

906 - Kawon Bryant, North Oconee (6)

905 - Eric Swinney, Sandy Creek (6)

904 - Gerald Morgan, Fitzgerald (6)

903 - Cece Green, Winder Barrow (6)

899 - Nakyle Watkins, Model (7)

893 - Lyn-j Dixon, Taylor County (6)

876 - Lorenzo Nunez, Harrison (7)

870 - Elijah Holyfield, Woodward Academy (6)

868 - Brendon Scott, Long County (6)

848 - Willie Jordan, Northside-Warner Robins (6)

847 - Ton Evans, Northgate (6)

836 - Tahjae Morant, Howard (6)

833 - Lofton Tidwell, Landmark Christian (6)

819 - Paul Legrant, Montgomery County (7)

819 - Kenny Gant, Houston County (6)

817 - Rakeem Myricks, Sprayberry (7)

 

Passing

2,498 - Kyle Banks, North Paulding (7)

2.054 - John Urzua, North Gwinnett (7)

1,884 - Joseph Mancuso, Union County (7)

1,764 - Eric Forrest, Central Gwinnett (6)

1,718 - Chance Thrasher, Peachtree Ridge (7)

1,712 - B.J. Knight, Shaw (7)

1,673 - Kylil Carter, South Cobb (6)

1,668 - Brad Davis, Fannin County (6)

1,643 - Jake Oglesby, South Paulding (6)

1,552 - Stevie Powers, Benedictine (6)

1,504 - Evan Shirreffs, Jefferson (7)

1,483 - Josh Perkins, Rome (5)

1,465 - Jake Fromm, Houston County (6)

1,457 - Payton Veraldi, Dalton (7)

1,453 - Brian Moore, Cambridge (6)

1,450 - Tyler Queen, North Cobb (6)

1,364 - Romario Johnson, Newton (5)

1,363 - Kyle Wilkie, Creekview (7)

1,357 - Bailey Hockman, McEachern (6)

1,334 - Garrel Quainton, West Laurens (7)

1,323 - Chase Parrish, Colquitt County (7)

1,295 - Anforne Stroud, Griffin (6)

1,268 - Cameron Rosendahl, Kell (6)

1,247 - D.J. Pearson, Northview (6)

1,231 - K'hari Lane, Macon County (6)

1,299 - Bradley Hunnicutt, Jones County (6)

1,295 - Austin Holloway, Eastside (6)

1,285 - Garet Morrell, Lee County (6)

1,270 - Sedric Jefferson, Miller Grove (6)

1,266 - Russell Aarons, Lassiter (6)

1,242 - Jacob Lewis, Jackson County (7)

1,203 - Evan Head, LaFayette (6)

1,197 - Monty Horn, Collins Hill (7)

1,196 - Duke Kinamon, McIntosh (7)

1,171 - Kobie Lain, Woodland Stockbridge (6)

1,164 - Austin King, Alpharetta (6)

1,158 - Chase Brice, Grayson (7)

1,129 - Cameron Fouch, Hart County (6)

1,109 - Jacob Olson, Monroe Area (6)

1,107 - James Whitaker, Roswell (6)

1,107 - Matt White, South Forsyth (6)

 

Receiving

964 - Andrew Harris, Cherokee (7)

889 - Major Bellamy, Central Gwinnett (6)

841 - Jai Creamer, Rome (5)

837 - D.J. Owens, North Paulding (7)

758 - Joshua Imatorbhebhe, North Gwinnett (7)

741 - Isaac Kinsey, Chattahoochee (6)

735 - Mechane Slade, Roswell (6)

709 - Jeff Ange, McIntosh (7)

705 - L.J. Pope, South Paulding (6)

686 - Brad Stewart, Benedictine (6)

638 - Hunter Smith, Cambridge (6)

636 - Justin Smith, West Laurens (7)

615 - Preston Williams, Lovejoy (7)

612 - Brad Swan, North Paulding (7)

609 - Javante West, Jordan (7)

601 - T.J. Rahming, McEachern (6)

598 - T.J. Skelton, Jefferson (7)

597 - Dawson Ewers, Creekview (7)

592 - Sam Letton, Walton (7)

572 - Dalton Hill, Jefferson (7)

570 - Devontae Hudson, Macon County (6)

558 - Josh Sims, Eastside (6)

555 - Nick Singleton, Jones County (6)

549 - Darion Anderson, Houston County (6)

548 - Jacob Rogers, Union County (7)

532 - Justin Strozier, Woodland-Stockbridge (6)

530 - Joshua Evans, Southwest (6)

529 - Bryson Armstrong, Kell (6)

524 - John Hurst, Cambridge (6)

515 - Kyle Davis, Archer (6)

512 - Peter Sigmon, Dalton (7)

506 - Alfred King, Monroe Area (6)

501 - Exavius Medlock, Brooks County (7)

Random Stuff

GHSA rules on high-profile transfers

Transfers are about as common as kickoffs in Georgia high school football, but it's unusual to have three outstanding players moving after the first day of practice and seeking immediate eligibility. Three came to the attention of the GHSA this week.

 

Chapel Hill DT Tyler Cross, who has committed to Syracuse, transferred last week to Northview with hopes of playing in today's big Region 6-AAAAAA game against South Forsyth. Both teams are 4-0 in region play. But Cross is not eligible yet. The GHSA says it got Cross's transfer-eligibility formon Wednesday and won't rule until today, at the earliest. The GHSA allows student-athletes to be eligible immediately at their new schools if they document that they have made a bona fide move into their new school district.

 

Cross's prospects appear better than those of Drake McCowan, who rushed for 1,022 yards as a North Murray sophomore last season. McCowan transferred to Dalton after three games. The GHSA this week denied his hardship request to be eligible immediately. Dalton will appeal. McCowan lives in the Dalton district and played football for Dalton Middle, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen, but because he attended North Murray and his transfer to Dalton did not accompany a change in residence, he is obliged to sit out a year, per GHSA rules, failing a hardship approval. He would be ineligible until Dalton's fourth game in 2015. His appeal hearing is Oct. 21.

 

Then there is Demetris Robertson, the five-star recruit who transferred from Savannah Country Day to Savannah Christian during preseason practice in August. Robertson also was denied his hardship request this week and has appealed. Robertson, who has committed to Alabama as a defensive back, expected to be eligible when he moved into another public-school district. But the GHSA changed its bylaws on the matter on Sept. 15, which was before Robertson's move was completed, according to the GHSA. AJC.com's S. Thomas Coleman posted a blog this week giving the reaction from Robertson's brother and guardian.

 

Terry's 403 yards rank 10th all-time

Marquis Terry's 403 yards rushing against Starr's Mill rank 10th all-time for a single game, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. The senior from Drew scored four touchdowns in the 67-43 victory. "Marquis is very powerful with breakaway speed," Drew coach Dorwyn Lyles said. "He can make you miss in the open field and can drop his shoulder to get the extra yards. Not an easy guy to tackle one on one." Lyles said Terry has offers but wants to have a big year and improve his academics and see where he stands. He has 774 yards on 80 carries this season. He has scored 11 touchdowns, two receiving.

 

Landmark sophomore has breakout game

Landmark Christian sophomore Lofton Tidwell made a name for himself last week when he rushed for a school-record 395 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-39 victory over Rockmart. Tidwell had a big year as a freshman in the secondary last season, when he intercepted three passes, forced four fumbles and blocked two punts, and on the baseball team, where he was the starting center fielder. As a running back this year, has 833 yards rushing with 13 touchdowns, two receiving, for a 5-1 team. Lofton is 5 feet, 10 inches and 205 pounds. "He is a powerful north-and-south-type runner," Landmark coach Wayne Brantley said. "Great pass receiver as well. Great hands."

 

Pickens star passes 1,000 for third time

The state's most underrated running back might be Shannon Brooks, a senior at Pickens who has committed to Minnesota. He played in the same region the past two years as Cedartown's Nick Chubb, now at Georgia. Brooks rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns last week against Northwest Whitefield to put his season total at 1,154 yards and 16 touchdowns in Pickens' 4-1 start. That's 230.8 yards rushing per game. Brooks rushed for 1,696 yards as a junior and 1,064 as a sophomore in only 10 games each season as Pickens failed to make the playoffs.

 

Big rushing night for Clinch County

We didn't receive this in time for our Top Performances in Tuesday's issue, but Clinch County put two backs over 200 yards rushing last week in a 46-13 victory over Atkinson County. Sophomore RB Shannon Young ran for 226 and three touchdowns on 12 carries. QB Octavis Johnson, who is committed to South Carolina, ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Two others ran for 194 yards and two scores - giving Clinch 615 yards rushing for the game.

 

Shootings near high schools cause for alarm

Police have named a suspect in the shooting death of Kristofer Hunter, who was shot and killed Oct. 3 at Hughes High School after Hughes' 38-7 homecoming victory over Campbell. The suspect is an 18-year-old, Eric Dan Johnson Jr. "You can't even come to a football game and just watch it anymore. You have to worry about somebody getting shot," his friend Khyra Perry told an Atlanta TV station. "Kris was a great person, a loving person. He never hurt anybody." The victim was not a Hughes student. The news of the shooting came only a couple of days after Savannah and Johnson postponed their homecoming game scheduled for Oct. 3 at Savannah Memorial Stadium because of the shooting death of a 16-year-old about a mile away from the stadium the previous day. The shooting was not related to the high school, but the proximity led to the postponement. The Savannah-Johnson game is scheduled for 
Tuesday, Nov. 4.

 

King has plenty of offers, after all

On Wednesday, we reported that Colquitt County RB Sihiem King, who rejoined our Player of the Year Watch, had no reported scholarship offers. Apparently, we checked the wrong recruiting Web site. Colquitt offensive coordinator Zach Grage sent us this e-mail: "I am fortunate enough to coach Sihiem King, and am excited every week to see where he falls in your top 10. I also noticed the last sentence in his write-up where he has no reported DI offers. As of right now, he has offers from Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, South Alabama, Troy, Marshall, and Old Dominion, among others."

 

A passing trend at Grayson

Several readers have remarked, even joked, about the presence of a Grayson quarterback in the state leaderboard for passing yards. Chase Brice has 1,006 yards passing, which ranks in the top 40 in the state. There are more than 400 teams, so that's top 10 percent. Grayson, of course, is historically a run-based Wing-T team. "Hard to believe, but we are throwing the ball," Grayson coach Mickey Conn said. Grayson still runs well, too. Cameron Brent, with 691 yards, is an almost certain 1,000-yard rusher. But it might not be a one-year thing. Brice is only a sophomore. He has completed 72 of 112 attempts with 10 touchdowns.

 

Class A Power Rankings

Aquinas, Marion County retain leads

Private school Aquinas and public school Marion County are the leaders in this week's Class A power rankings, released by the Georgia High School Association with the help of MaxPreps.

 

The GHSA holds separate state championships for Class A public and private schools. Each division will hold a 16-team playoff to determine its champion. Teams will be seeded 1-16 based on a points system, with region champions getting the highest seeds. Note that teams playing a non-region schedule are not eligible for the playoffs, and games against those teams are not counted in the rankings.

 

Here are this week's complete rankings:

 

Private

 

 

Public

 

Rank, School

Ranking

 

Rank, School

Ranking

1. Aquinas

14.78

  

1. Marion County

15.67

2. Calvary Day

14.40

 

2. Hawkinsville

14.31

3. Pinecrest Academy

14.24

 

3. Irwin County

14.03

4. Landmark Christian

13.85

 

4. Charlton County

13.81

5. Mt. Paran Christian

13.59

 

5. Emanuel Co. Institute

13.27

6. Tattnall Square

13.45

 

6. Commerce

13.18

7. Savannah Christian

12.68

 

7. Dooly County

13.14

8. Pacelli

12.66

 

8. Claxton

12.99

9. Prince Avenue 

12.61

 

9. Mt. Zion, Carroll

11.99

10. Brookstone

11.84

 

10. Calhoun County

11.87

11. Mt. Pisgah Christian

11.75

 

11. Clinch County

11.58

12. First Presbyterian

11.66

 

12. Atkinson County

11.57

13. Our Lady of Mercy

11.60

 

13. Jenkins County

11.38

14. Stratford Academy

11.27

 

14. Greenville

11.33

15. St. Francis

11.15

 

15. Wilcox County

11.19

16. Christian Heritage

10.96

 

16. Hancock Central

10.98

17. Athens Christian

10.51

 

17. Trion

10.87

18. George Walton

10.06

 

18. Telfair County

10.81

19. ELCA

9.90

 

19. Lincoln County

10.73

20. Mount de Sales

9.80

 

20. Johnson County

9.94

21. Whitefield Academy

9.48

 

21. Schley County

9.62

22. Strong Rock Christian

9.30

 

22. Turner County

9.37

23. Sav. Country Day

9.21

 

23. Mitchell County

8.51

24. Fellowship Christian

8.23

 

24. Portal

8.19

25. Hebron Christian

7.97

 

25. Miller County

7.99

26. Walker

7.83

 

26. Wilkinson County

7.91

27. Mt. Vernon

7.76

 

27. Randolph-Clay

7.71

28. Athens Academy

7.69

 

28. Taylor County

7.57

29. Lakeview Academy

7.12

 

29. Georgia Military

7.33

30. King's Ridge

6.19

 

30. Central, Talbotton

7.12

31. Providence Christian

5.48

 

31. Warren County

6.92

 

 

 

32. Montgomery County

6.87

 

 

 

33. Wheeler County

6.74

 

 

 

34. Treutlen

6.67

 

 

 

35. Towns County

6.41

 

 

 

36. Terrell County

6.31

 

 

 

37. Lanier County

6.12

 

 

 

38. Twiggs County

5.27

 

 

 

39. Baconton

4.97

National Rankings

Here is where Georgia teams stand in several national polls. The numbers on the left are this week's ranking; the numbers in parentheses are last week's rankings.

 

HSFB100

3. Colquitt County (7)

19. Buford (16)

33. Grayson (41)

61. Ware County (62)

62. Valdosta (74)

75. Camden County (75)

81. Hughes (83)

82. Lowndes (NR)

 

USA Today

5. Colquitt County (6)

12. Buford (14)

 

MaxPreps

13. Colquitt County (12)

14. Buford (13)

 

PrepNation

9. Colquitt County (8)

12. Buford (11)

 

CalPreps

20. Buford (20)

25. Colquitt County (32)

87. Lowndes (NR)

 

Scout

6. Buford (9)

Region Standings: Classes AA and A

Region 1-AA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week*

Brooks County

3-0

5-2

d. Seminole Co. 42-13

vs. Fitzgerald

Thomasville

3-0

4-3

d. Pelham 29-18

vs. Berrien

Fitzgerald

1-1

5-1

Did not play

at Brooks Co.

Berrien

1-1

3-3

d. Early Co. 35-26

at Thomasville

Early County

1-2

2-4-1

l. to Berrien 35-26

at Pelham

Pelham

0-2

3-3

l. to Thomasville 29-18

vs. Early Co.

Seminole County

0-3

2-4

l. to Brooks Co. 42-13

vs. Stewart Co.

GHSF Daily's projected playoff teams: 1. Brooks County, 2. Thomasville, 3. Fitzgerald, 4. Berrien

 

Region 2-AA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Vidalia

3-0

6-0

Did not play

at Benedictine

Benedictine

3-0

5-1

d. Jeff Davis 42-0

vs. Vidalia

Jeff Davis

2-1

4-2

l. to Benedictine 42-0

at Bacon Co.

Bacon County

2-1

3-3

d. Bryan Co. 43-22

vs. Jeff Davis

Groves

2-2

5-2

d. McIntosh Co. 33-14

d. Long Co. 36-20

Bryan County

1-2

2-4

l. to Bacon Co. 43-22

vs. McIntosh Co. Acad.

Long County

0-4

2-5

d. New Hampstead 41-0

l. to Groves 36-20 

McIntosh Co. Acad.

0-3

0-6

l. to Groves 33-14

at Bryan Co.

Projected playoff teams: 1. Vidalia, 2. Benedictine, 3. Bacon County, 4. Bryan County

 

Region 3-AA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Screven County

3-0

7-0

d. East Laurens 28-21

vs. Swainsboro

Swainsboro

2-0

3-3

Did not play

at Screven Co.

Dublin

2-1

4-3

d. Harlem 48-16

vs. East Laurens

Jefferson County

2-1

4-3

d. Metter 27-21

Does not play

East Laurens

0-2

2-3-1

l. to Screven Co. 28-21

at Dublin

Metter

0-2

2-4

l. to Jefferson Co. 27-21

vs. Harlem

Harlem

0-3

1-6

l. to Dublin 48-16

at Metter

Projected playoff teams: 1. Screven County, 2. Jefferson County, 3. Dublin, 4. Swainsboro

 

Region 4-AA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Lamar County

1-0

4-1-1

d. Bleckley Co. 21-19

vs. Northeast

Macon County

1-0

4-2

d. Monticello 50-18

vs. Bleckley Co.

Northeast

1-0

3-3

d. Putnam Co. 36-0

at Lamar Co.

Monticello

1-1

3-4

l. to Macon Co. 50-18

Does not play

Bleckley County

0-1

2-4

l. to Lamar Co. 21-19

at Macon Co.

Putnam County

0-2

2-5

l. to Northeast 36-0

Does not play

Crawford County

 

4-4

d. Social Circle 40-34

at Glascock Co.

Projected playoff teams: 1. Lamar County, 2. Macon County, 3. Bleckley County, 4. Northeast

 

Region 5-AA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Bremen

1-0

4-2

Did not play

at Chattahoochee Co.

Bowdon

1-0

4-2

d. Greenville 54-32

at Temple

Heard County

1-0

2-4

Did not play

at Manchester

Chattahoochee Co.

0-1

4-2

d. Stewart Co. 21-14

vs. Bremen

Manchester

0-1

2-4

Did not play

vs. Heard Co.

Temple

0-1

2-4

Did not play

vs. Bowdon

Projected playoff teams: 1. Bowdon, 2. Bremen, 3. Heard County, 4. Manchester

 

Region 6-AA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Greater Atl. Christian

4-0

7-0

d. Pace Academy 37-7

Does not play

Lovett

4-0

5-2

d. Hapeville 48-6

vs. Holy Innocents'

Wesleyan

3-1

5-2

d. B.E.S.T. Acad. 17-0

Does not play

Hapeville

2-2

3-4

l. to Lovett 48-6

Does not play

B.E.S.T. Academy

1-3

3-4

l. to Wesleyan 17-0

Does not play

Holy Innocents'

1-3

2-5

d. KIPP Atlanta 38-21

at Lovett

Pace Academy

1-3

2-5

l. to GAC 37-7

Does not play

KIPP Atl. Collegiate

0-4

1-6

l. to Holy Innocents' 38-21

Does not play

Projected playoff teams: 1. Greater Atlanta Christian, 2. Lovett, 3. Hapeville, 4. Wesleyan

 

Region 7-AA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Darlington

3-0

6-1

d. Dade Co. 23-0

Does not play

Coosa

2-0

4-2

d. Gordon Lee 27-13

at Model

Model

2-1

6-1

d. Armuchee 34-13

vs. Coosa

Chattooga

1-1

2-4

Did not play

at Gordon Lee

Gordon Lee

1-2

2-5

l. to Coosa 27-13

vs. Chattooga

Dade County

0-2

1-5

l. to Darlington 23-0

vs. Armuchee

Armuchee

0-3

1-6

l. to Model 34-13

at Dade Co.

Projected playoff teams: 1. Darlington, 2. Model, 3. Coosa, 4. Dade County

 

Region 8-AA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Union County

3-0

7-0

d. Greene Co. 42-27

vs. Rabun Co.

Rabun County

3-0

5-2

d. Oglethorpe Co. 49-7

at Union Co.

Greene County

2-1

3-4

l. to Union Co. 42-27

Does not play

Washington-Wilkes

1-1

4-2

d. Riverside Mil. 13-10

at Social Circle

Riverside Military

0-2

1-5

l. to Wash.-Wilkes 13-10

at Oglethorpe Co.

Social Circle

0-2

0-6

l. to Crawford Co. 40-34

vs. Washington-Wilkes

Oglethorpe County

0-3

0-6

l. to Rabun Co. 49-7

vs. Riverside Military

Projected playoff teams: 1. Union County, 2. Rabun County, 2. Greene County, 4. Washington-Wilkes

 Region 1-A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week*

Calhoun County

2-0

5-2

d. Randolph-Clay 53-40

Does not play

Miller County

2-0

2-4

Did not play

at Mitchell Co. (Sat.)

Mitchell County

1-0

2-4

d. Baconton 57-6

vs. Miller Co. (Sat.)

Terrell County

0-1

0-5

Did not play

vs. Baconton

Randolph-Clay

0-2

2-5

l. to Calhoun Co. 53-40

Does not play

Baconton

0-2

1-6

l. to Mitchell Co. 57-6

at Terrell Co.

Stewart County

 

0-7

l. to Chatt. Co. 21-14

at Seminole Co.

 

Region 2-A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Irwin County

3-0

4-1-1

Did not play

vs. Lanier Co.

Charlton County

2-1

5-1

Did not play

vs. Wilcox Co.

Clinch County

2-1

3-3

Did not play

at Turner Co.

Wilcox County

2-1

3-3

Did not play

at Charlton Co.

Atkinson County

1-2

4-2

Did not play

at Telfair Co.

Telfair County

1-2

4-2

Did not play

vs. Atkinson Co.

Turner County

1-2

3-3

Did not play

vs. Clinch Co.

Lanier County

0-3

1-5

Did not play

at Irwin Co.

 

Region 3-A

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Calvary Day

2-0

6-0

d. Sav. Christian 7-3

at Portal

Claxton

2-0

5-1

d. Jenkins Co. 35-21

vs. Sav. Country Day

Savannah Christian

1-1

5-1

l. to Calvary Day 7-3

vs. Jenkins Co. (GC)

Sav. Country Day

1-1

2-4

d. Portal 38-13

at Claxton

Jenkins County

0-2

4-2

l. to Claxton 35-21

at Savannah Christ. (GC)

Portal

0-2

2-5

l. to Sav. C'try Day 38-13

vs. Calvary Day

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Emanuel Co. Institute

1-0

5-1

d. Johnson Co. 32-27

at Treutlen

Johnson County

1-1

3-4

l. to ECI 32-27

Does not play

Montgomery County

1-1

2-5

d. Treutlen 34-33

at Wheeler Co.

Treutlen

1-1

1-6

l. to Mont. Co. 34-33

vs. Emanuel Co. Institute

Wheeler County

0-1

1-5

Did not play

vs. Montgomery Co.

 

Region 4-A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Hawkinsville

5-0

7-0

d. Dooly Co. 28-13

at Marion Co.

Marion County

4-0

6-0

d. Brookstone 41-24

vs. Hawkinsville

Pacelli

3-2

5-2

d. Schley Co. 34-20

Does not play

Dooly County

2-2

4-2

l. to Hawkinsville 28-13

vs. Schley Co.

Greenville

2-2

3-3

l. to Bowdon 54-32

vs. Taylor Co.

Schley County

2-3

3-3

l. to Pacelli 34-20

at Dooly Co.

Brookstone

1-3

3-3

l. to Marion Co. 41-24

at Central, Talbotton

Taylor County

1-3

1-4-1

d. Central, Talbot. 39-28

at Greenville

Central (Talbotton)

0-5

2-5

l. to Taylor Co. 39-28

vs. Brookstone

 

Region 5-A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Our Lady of Mercy

1-0

5-2

d. Mount Vernon 45-0

at Strong Rock Christian

Eagle's Land. Christ.

1-0

1-6

d. Strong Rock 49-20

Does not play

Landmark Christian

0-0

5-1

Did not play

vs. Mt. Vernon

Strong Rock Christ.

0-1

3-3

l. to ELCA 49-20

vs. Our Lady of Mercy

Mt. Vernon Presb.

0-1

2-4

l. to O.L. of Mercy 45-0

at Landmark Christian

 

Region 6-A

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Mt. Zion (Carroll)

2-0

5-2

d. Christian Heritage 21-0

at Trion

Mt. Paran Christian

1-0

6-0

d. Walker 58-0

at Christian Heritage

Christian Heritage

1-1

3-4

l. to Mt. Zion, Carroll 21-0

vs. Mt. Paran Christian

Trion

0-1

4-2

Did not play

vs. Mt. Zion, Carroll

Walker

0-2

1-6

l. to Mount Paran 58-0

Does not play

North Cobb Christian

 

2-4

d. Glascock Co. 53-15

vs. New Hampstead

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Pinecrest Academy

2-0

5-1

d. St. Francis 30-27

at Mt. Pisgah Christian

Fellowship Christian

2-0

3-3

d. Mount Pisgah 33-28

at Whitefield Academy

Mt. Pisgah Christian

1-1

4-2

l. to Fellowship 33-28

vs. Pinecrest Academy

Whitefield Academy

1-1

3-3

d. King's Ridge 16-12

vs. Fellowship Christian

St. Francis

0-2

4-2

l. to Pinecrest 30-27

vs. King's Ridge

King's Ridge

0-2

0-6

l. to Whitefield 16-12

at St. Francis

 Region 7-A

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Tattnall Square

2-0

6-0

d. Stratford Acad. 24-7

vs. First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian

1-1

4-2

d. Mount de Sales 42-21

at Tattnall Square

Mount de Sales

1-1

3-3

l. to First Presb. 42-21

at Wilkinson Co.

Stratford Academy

1-1

3-3

l. to Tattnall Square 24-7

at Twiggs Co.

Wilkinson County

1-1

2-4

d. Twiggs Co. 44-26

vs. Mount de Sales

Twiggs County

0-2

0-6

l. to Wilkinson Co. 44-26

vs. Stratford Academy

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Aquinas

2-0

7-0

d. Georgia Military 55-27

Does not play

Lincoln County

1-0

4-2

Did not play

vs. Hancock Central

Hancock Central

1-1

4-3

d. Warren Co. 36-0

at Lincoln Co.

Georgia Military

0-1

1-5

l. to Aquinas 55-27

at Warren Co.

Warren County

0-2

2-5

l. to Hancock Cent. 36-0

vs. Georgia Military

Glascock County

 

0-7

l. to N. Cobb Chr. 53-15

vs. Crawford Co.

 

Region 8-A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Prince Ave. Christian

4-1

5-2

d. Athens Academy 29-7

at Towns Co.

Athens Christian

4-1

4-3

d. Towns Co. 46-0

at George Walton Acad.

Commerce

3-1

4-2

Did not play

at Providence Christian

George Walton Acad.

3-1

4-2

d. Lakeview Acad. 34-14

vs. Athens Christian

Lakeview Academy

2-2

2-4

l. to G. Walton 34-14

vs. Athens Academy

Hebron Christian

2-3

4-3

d. Providence Chr. 61-27

Does not play

Athens Academy

1-3

2-3

l. to Prince Avenue 29-7

at Lakeview Academy

Towns County

1-4

1-6

l. to Athens Christ. 46-0

vs. Prince Ave. Christian

Providence Christian

0-4

0-6

l. to Hebron Christ. 61-27

vs. Commerce

 

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 today unless noted.

Stadium key: GC - Garden City

 

 

 

 

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At least a couple of big games this week are between teams that are coached by alumni. One is Union County vs. Rabun County. Another is Warner Robins vs. Northside. GHSF Daily has identified 48 head coaches who work for their alma maters. That's nearly one in eight. Let us know if there are more.

 

Albany - Felton Williams

Aquinas - James Leonard

Armuchee - Muhammad Abdellatif

Athens Christ. - Chris Williams

Bleckley County - Tracy White

Bremen - Scott Hodges

Brooks Co. - Maurice Freeman

Calhoun Co. - John Williams

Carver (Columbus) - Joe Kegler

Chamblee - Allen Johnson

Claxton - Rodrick Williams

Clinch County - Jim Dickerson

Columbia - David Edwards

Commerce - Michael Brown

Dade County - Bradley Warren

Dalton - Matt Land

Dougherty - Corey Joyner

Early County - Trey Woolf

Gilmer - Wesley Tankersley

Glascock Co. - Chris Kelley

Grady - Earthwind Moreland

Hancock Cen. - Zackery Harris

Harlem - Jimmie Lewis

Jackson - Dary Myricks

Josey - Raleigh Roundtree

LaGrange - Dialleo Burks

Lumpkin County - Ty Maxwell

Madison County - Chris Smith

Manchester - Tanner Glisson

Mt. de Sales - Keith Hatcher

Northeast - Bruce Mullen

Northside (WR) - Kevin Kinsler

Parkview - Eric Godfree

Pepperell - Jeff Shiflett

Rabun County - Lee Shaw

Seminole County - Alan Ingram

SE Whitfield - Sean Gray

Southwest - Joe Dupree

SW DeKalb - Michal Tanks

Sprayberry - Billy Shackelford

Stratford Acad. - Mark Farriba

Taylor County - Chris Kirksey

Tri-Cities - Kenneth Miller

Trion - Justin Brown

Tucker - Bryan Lamar

Union County - Brian Allison

Warner Robins - Bryan Way

Wilcox County - Mark Ledford

Trivia

Rabun County and Union County are playing tonight in Blairsville for the lead in Region 8-AA. The schools have won only three region titles combined. "It is very exciting in the mountains right now," Union County coach Brian Allison told GHSF Daily. "You are right these games do not happen every year in Union County." What was the last school from a county on Georgia's northern border that reached a state championship game? Bonus points for naming the only three schools on the northern border to win state titles. (Answer Monday)

 

Answer to Thursday's question: Clarke Central is the school with the best record (39-1) while ranked No. 1, among those that have played at least 20 games with the top ranking. The team's head coach through those 40 games was Billy Henderson. Clarke Central's only loss while ranked No. 1 came against LaGrange in the 1983 quarterfinals.

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Four Questions Presented By Georgia Army National Guard  
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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.

 

Korey Mobbs, Lanier

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? "Billy Wells, who started Lanier's program. He left this summer to take the AD job at North Hall. I coached with coach Wells my entire career up until this year - five years at Collins Hill, four at Lanier. He taught me how to go about doing things the right way in regards to running a football program. He believed it and always said, 'We are going to do what is best for our kids.'"

 

2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? "Bradley Roby, Peachtree Ridge. I remember game-planning for him while at Collins Hill. I'll never forget watching him on film score on a pass reception, fumble recovery, punt return and interception all in the same game." [Roby played at Ohio State and is now a cornerback for the Denver Broncos.]

 

3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach?"Peachtree Ridge 2008. Roby and Kevin Minter were both tremendous players and are playing in the NFL as first- and second-round picks. Very impressive 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 think it would be neat to see the state championships back on high school campuses and allow the semifinals to be played in the Georgia Dome. This would give more kids the opportunity to experience the Georgia Dome and at the same time keep the 'Friday night' environment for state championships."

 

Georgia Army National Guard is an official military partner of the GHSA. The National Guard is presenting sponsor of the Traditional Wrestling and Riflery State Championships.

 

Watch The Games

On TV

Today

*Josey at Laney, 7:30 p.m., WJBF Me-TV 6.2 (Augusta)

*Milton at Walton, 7:30 p.m., GPB

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

 

On the Web

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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.

Today

*Chamblee at St. Pius, 7 p.m.

*Fellowship Christian at Whitefield Academy, 7 p.m.

*Jeff Davis at Bacon County, 7 p.m.

*Lanier at Heritage (Conyers), 7 p.m.

*Rockmart at Callaway, 7 p.m.

*Salem at Loganville, 7 p.m.

*Vidalia at Benedictine, 7 p.m.

*Clarke Central at Gainesville, 7:15 p.m.

*Toombs County at Pierce County, 7:15 p.m.

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

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

*Adairsville at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, 7:30 p.m.

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

*Colquitt County at Valdosta, 7:30 p.m.

*Dacula at Brookwood, 7:30 p.m.

*East Jackson at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m.

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

*Fayette County at Woodward Academy, 7:30 p.m.

*Johns Creek at North Forsyth, 7:30 p.m.

*Mount Vernon Presbyterian at Landmark Christian, 7:30 p.m.

*Marist at Grady, 8 p.m.

 

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*North Paulding at McEachern, 7:30 p.m. today 

 

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*Westminster at Blessed Trinity, 7:20 p.m. today 

 

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Scores and Schedules

Thursday's scores

Groves 36, Long Co. 20

Houston Co. 45, Jones Co. 15

Jackson, Atl. 34, North Clayton 15

Mt. Zion Jonesboro 27, Pike Co. 13

Northside, Col. 35, Hardaway 0 

Rutland 26, Spencer 0 

Sandy Creek 31, Troup 21

Starr's Mill 55, Morrow 8  

 

Today's games

Adairsville at Lakeview-Ft. Ogle.

Alexander at Villa Rica

Allatoona at Hiram

Alpharetta at Chattahoochee

Appling Co. at Cook

Armuchee at Dade Co.

Athens Academy at Lakeview Acad.

Athens Christian at George Walton

Atkinson Co. at Telfair Co.

Baconton Charter at Terrell Co.

Banks Co. at Lumpkin Co.

Berrien at Thomasville

Bleckley Co. at Macon Co.

Bowdon at Temple

Bremen at Chattahoochee Co.

Brookstone at Central, Talbotton

Brunswick at Coffee

Buford at Monroe Area

Butler at Washington Co.

Calvary Day at Portal

Carrollton at Whitewater

Cartersville at Northwest Whitfield

Carver, Columbus at Shaw (K)

Cedar Grove at Towers (AV)

Cedar Shoals at Winder-Barrow

Cedartown at Haralson Co.

Centennial at Habersham Central

Central, Macon at Southwest (H)

Central Gwinnett at Grayson

Chamblee at St. Pius

Chapel Hill at South Paulding

Chattooga at Gordon Lee

Clarke Central at Gainesville

Clarkston at Cross Keys (ND)

Clinch Co. at Turner Co.

Colquitt Co. at Valdosta

Columbus at Harris Co.

Commerce at Providence Christian

Coosa at Model

Crawford Co. at Glascock Co.

Creekside at Tri-Cities

Dacula at Brookwood

Decatur at Douglass (L)

Dougherty at Bainbridge

Drew at Mundy's Mill (TO)

Dunwoody at SW DeKalb (PV)

Early Co. at Pelham

East Coweta at Pebblebrook

East Jackson at Jefferson

East Laurens at Dublin

Eastside at Henry Co.

Effingham Co. at Ware Co.

Emanuel Co. Institute at Treutlen

Fannin Co. at Dawson Co.

Fayette Co. at Woodward Academy

Fellowship Christ. at Whitefield Acd.

First Presbyterian at Tattnall Square

Fitzgerald at Brooks Co.

Flowery Branch at Apalachee

Forsyth Central at Sprayberry

Georgia Military at Warren Co.

Gilmer at Southeast Whitfield

Gordon Central at Murray Co.

Greenbrier at Cross Creek

Hancock Central at Lincoln Co.

Harlem at Metter

Hawkinsville at Marion Co.

Heard Co. at Manchester

Hephzibah at Glenn Hills

Heritage, Ringgold at Ridgeland

Holy Innocents' at Lovett

Hughes at South Cobb

Jackson at Peach Co.

Jackson Co. at Hart Co.

Jeff Davis at Bacon Co.

Jenkins Co. at Sav. Christian (GC)

Johns Creek at North Forsyth

Johnson, Gainesville at East Hall

Johnson, Savannah at SE Bulloch

Jonesboro at Riverdale (SC)

Josey at Laney

Kell at Riverwood

Kendrick at Jordan (CM)

Kennesaw Mountain at Hillgrove

King's Ridge Christian at St. Francis

Lakeside, Evans at Grovetown

Lambert at Northview

Lanier at Heritage, Conyers

Lanier Co. at Irwin Co.

Lassiter at Cherokee

Liberty Co. at Thomson

Lithia Springs at East Paulding

Locust Grove at Eagle's Landing

Lowndes at Lee Co.

Luella at Dutchtown

Madison Co. at North Hall

Marist at Grady (G)

Mary Persons at Upson-Lee

Mays at Banneker

McIntosh Co. Academy at Bryan Co.

McNair at South Atlanta (L)

Miller Grove at M.L. King (HS)

Milton at Walton

Monroe at Albany (M)

Montgomery Co. at Wheeler Co.

Morgan Co. at Oconee Co.

Mount de Sales at Wilkinson Co.

Mount Paran at Christian Heritage

Mount Vernon at Landmark Christian

Mt. Zion, Carroll at Trion

New Hampstead at N. Cobb Christian

Newnan at Campbell

North Cobb at Marietta

North Murray at Coahulla Creek

North Oconee at White Co.

North Paulding at McEachern

North Springs at Cambridge

Northeast at Lamar Co.

Northgate at Forest Park (T)

Our Lady of Mercy at Strong Rock

Paulding Co. at New Manchester

Pepperell at Central, Carrollton

Perry at Veterans

Pickens at LaFayette

Pinecrest Academy at Mount Pisgah

Pope at Wheeler

Prince Ave. Christian at Towns Co.

Rabun Co. at Union Co.

Richmond Academy at Evans

Ringgold at Sonoraville

River Ridge at Dalton

Riverside Military at Oglethorpe Co.

Rockmart at Callaway

Rome at Woodland, Cartersville

Salem at Loganville

Savannah at Jenkins (SM)

Sav. Country Day at Claxton

Schley Co. at Dooly Co.

Sequoyah at Creekview

Shiloh at Archer

South Effingham at Richmond Hill

South Gwinnett at Parkview

Spalding at Griffin

Statesboro at Bradwell Institute

Stephens Co. at Chestatee

Stephenson at Druid Hills (A)

Stewart Co. at Seminole Co.

Stockbridge at Ola

Stratford Academy at Twiggs Co.

Swainsboro at Screven Co.

Tattnall Co. at Brantley Co.

Taylor Co. at Greenville

Thomas Co. Central at Cairo

Tift Co. at Camden Co.

Toombs Co. at Pierce Co.

Union Grove at Woodland, Stock.

Vidalia at Benedictine

Walnut Grove at Hampton

Warner Robins at Northside, W.R.

Washington at Therrell (G)

Washington-Wilkes at Social Circle

West Forsyth at South Forsyth

West Hall at Franklin Co.

West Laurens at Baldwin

Westlake at Douglas Co.

Westminster at Blessed Trinity

Wilcox Co. at Charlton Co.

Woodstock at Roswell

 

Saturday's games

Arabia Mountain at Lithonia (PV)

Burke Co. at Windsor Forest (GC)

Islands at Beach (SM)

Miller Co. at Mitchell Co.

Stone Mountain at Redan (HS)

Worth Co. at Westover (M)

 

Stadium abbreviations:

(A) Adams; (AV) Avondale; (CM) Columbus Memorial; (G) Grady; (GC) Garden City; (H) Henderson; (HS) Hallford; (K) Kinnett; (L) Lakewood; (M) Mills; (ND) North DeKalb; (PV) Panthersville; (SC) Southern Crescent; (SM) Savannah Memorial; (T) Tara; (TO) Twelve Oaks

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