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 Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

 

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GHSF Daily runs a weekly feature called "Top Performances" each Tuesday. You may make nominations by replying to this e-mail or sending them to ghsfdaily@bellsouth.net. Nominations must be made by Monday and include accurate statistics. Those who make the list also will appear on ajc.com.
GHSF Daily Rankings
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Class AAAAAAA
1. (1) Grayson (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Saturday vs. IMG Academy, Fla. (0-0)
2. (3) Roswell (1-0)
Last week: Beat Buford 24-7. RB Sheldon Evans rushed for 119 yards on 21 carries, and his 13-yard TD run with 8:14 left in the third quarter gave Roswell a 21-7 lead. Buford, held to 202 yards, never seriously threatened after that. Xavier McKinney returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. Next: Sept. 2 vs. Central Gwinnett (0-1)
3. (4) McEachern (1-0)
Last week: Beat Archer 27-14. Bailey Hockman (14-of-23, 153 yards) threw two TD passes to Tyler Smith in the second quarter, and Jaytlin Askew's 99-yard kickoff return gave McEachern a 20-7 lead just before halftime. McEachern held Archer to 182 yards of total offense and 10 first downs. Next: Sept. 2 vs. Grayson (0-0)
4. (5) Mill Creek (1-0)
Last week: Beat Colquitt County 34-27. Mill Creek ended Colquitt County's 30-game winning streak. QB Cameron Turley was 16-of-27 passing for 304 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Brenton King made field goals of 20 and 43 yards, the latter giving the Hawks a 20-0 lead at halftime. Colquitt got within seven three times, but Turley's 41-yard pass to Edmond Graham on a third-and-6 in the final minute iced the game. LB Victor Heyward broke up a pass, intercepted a pass and was part of two tackles for losses. Next: Friday vs. Stephenson (0-1)
5. (10) Norcross (1-0)
Last week: Beat Walton 46-14. Jacobe Burrell returned the opening kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown, and Norcross took a 33-0 lead at halftime. Baron Radcliff was 16-of-25 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Max Tracy had three tackles for losses. Next: Friday at Collins Hill (0-1)
6. (2) Colquitt County (0-1)
Last week: Lost to Mill Creek 31-24. Trailing 20-0 at halftime, Colquitt County got back in the game but couldn't save its 30-game winning streak. QB Jay Saunders was 26-of-43 passing for 315 yards and two touchdowns. His 67-yard TD pass to J.J. Peterson cut the lead to 34-27 with 2:42 left, but Mill Creek ran out the clock. Next: Saturday vs. American Heritage, Fla. (0-0)
7. (8) Westlake (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Hughes (1-0)
8. (NR) Peachtree Ridge (1-0)
Last week: Beat McCallie (Tenn.) 20-9. WR Connor Heyward scored on a 7-yard reception and a 1-yard run out of the Wildcat formation, and Chris Dominguez scored on a 72-yard run in the final five minutes to put the game away. Next: Friday vs. Archer (0-1)
9. (NR) Parkview (1-0)
Last week: Beat Christ Presbyterian (Tenn.) 32-7. QB Caleb Mitchell was 23-of-31 passing for 263 yards and two touchdowns, both to Miles Marshall. Parkview held Christ Presbyterian, a state runner-up in Tennessee last year, to less than 150 yards in total offense and six first downs. Next: Friday at Shiloh (1-0)
10. (NR) Hillgrove (1-0)
Last week: Beat South Forsyth 27-14. Hunter Arters threw two TD passes in the first half, one a 95-yarder to Tavion Walker for a 14-0 lead, and South Forsyth never got closer in the fourth quarter than the final margin. Arters did not play in the second half because of a suspected concussion. Trevor Smith rushed for 122 yards on nine carries, and his 64-yard run to the 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter soon would lead to a 24-7 advantage. Next: Sept. 2 vs. North Gwinnett (0-1)
Out: No. 6 Camden County (0-1), No. 7 Lowndes (0-1), No. 9 South Forsyth (0-1)

Class AAAAAA
1. (3) Houston County (1-0)
Last week: Beat Mary Persons 26-14. QB Jake Fromm threw four TD passes to Amari Colbert, all in the first half, when Houston County built a 26-7 lead. Fromm was 26-of-36 passing for 414 yards. Colbert had 10 catches for 168 yards. Lee County had minus-41 yards rushing. Houston County is ranked No. 1 in the AJC poll for the first time in history. Next: Friday at Peach County (0-0)
2. (4) Northside-Warner Robins (1-0)
Last week: Beat Warner Robins 55-3. De'Sean Dinkins rushed for 135 yards on nine carries and scored two touchdowns. Northside had four sacks and held Warner Robins to 127 yards of total offense. Next: Friday vs. Henry County (0-0)
3. (9) Valdosta (1-0)
Last week: Beat Lowndes 38-13. Tevin Gray rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and QB Josh Belton had 75 yards rushing and 81 passing as Valdosta won its third straight from its arch-rival for the first time since 1996. Valdosta scored touchdowns on a blocked punt (by Marlon Brown, recovered ty James Brushware), a punt return (Jayce Rogers 77 yards) and an interception return (Jay Boatright 20 yards). Nine Valdosta defenders were credited with a tackle for a loss. Next: Friday vs. Woodland, Stockbridge (1-0)
4. (6) Dacula (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Central Gwinnett (0-1)
5. (7) Lee County (1-0)
Last week: Beat Jones County 20-13. Mark Robinson rushed for 157 yards, and his 5-yard TD run with 7:59 left gave Lee County a 17-6 lead. Jones County never threated to take the lead from there. QB Jase Orndorff was 14-of-24 passing for 151 yards. AJC Super 11 DL Aubrey Solomon had three tackles for 16 yards in losses. Next: Friday at Bainbridge (0-0)
6. (8) Coffee (1-0)
Last week: Beat Effingham County 41-13. Coffee had 447 yards in total offense. Matt Hughes had 226 yards passing. Demetrius Davis scored three touchdowns, and Marquavious Jefferson returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown. Next: Friday at Brunswick (0-0)
7. (NR) Northgate (1-0)
Last week: Beat Veterans 10-0. Preseason all-state RB Ton Evans was lost early to an ankle injury, but FB Kyle Cater took over and rushed for 134 yards on 22 carries. Northgate held Veterans to 110 yards and seven first downs. Next: Sept. 2 at Starr's Mill (0-0)
8. (1) Allatoona (0-1)
Last week: Lost to Cartersville 30-14. Allatoona held the ball for 31 of 48 minutes but lost four fumbles, was sacked five times and suffered a safety. Allatoona RB Charles Anderson rushed for 236 yards on 34 carries. Next: Friday at Alexander (0-0)
9. (NR) Creekside (1-0)
Last week: Beat Norland (Miami, Fla.) 9-7. Creekside trailed 7-6 at halftime but coaxed a muff with Chidozie Okoro's sky kickoff to midfield to open the second half. Creekside recovered, and Okoro kicked a 25-yard field goal for a 9-7 lead. RB Rico Frye rushed for 112 yards. Khalil McLain scored Creekside's touchdown on a 5-yard draw. Next: Sept. 2 at Southwest DeKalb (1-0)
10. (5) Tucker (0-1)
Last week: Lost to Kell 20-13. Tucker gave up a 66-yard run and 79-yard pass and struggled to run the ball (78 yards on 30 carries. WR Joshua Vann had eight catches for 156 yards and both Tucker touchdowns, each from Xavier Shephard (10-of-19 passing, 178 yards). Next: Friday vs. Lakeside-Atlanta (1-0)
Out: No. 2 Glynn Academy (0-1), No. 10 Stephenson (0-1)
 
Class AAAAA
1. (1) Buford (0-1)
Last week: Lost to Roswell 24-7. Buford struggled on offense - 11-of-30 passing and 71 yards rushing. The Class AAAA runner-up last season, Buford has lost consecutive games for the first time since 1998. Next: Sept. 2 vs. Bishop Timon, N.Y. (0-0)
2. (2) Stockbridge (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Saturday vs. Mays (0-0)
3. (3) Bainbridge (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Lee County (1-0)
4. (4) Ware County (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Glynn Academy (0-1)
5. (5) Kell (1-0)
Last week: Beat Tucker 20-13. QB John Lampley rushed for 103 yards and was 7-of-16 passing. His 79-yard TD pass to Josh Blancato gave Kell a 20-13 lead, the final margin, with 10:56 left in the third quarter. Connor Mendelson kicked field goals of 40 and 30 yards. Next: Sept. 2 vs. Lassiter (1-0)
6. (7) Rome (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Harrison (1-0)
7. (8) Carrollton (1-0)
Last week: Beat Newnan 16-6. Kevin Swint's 27-yard interception return gave Carrollton a 10-0 late in the first half shortly after Sam Barge's 47-yard field goal. With the score 10-6, Jaylan Thomas scored on a 41-yard run that iced the game. He finished with a team-leading 78 rushing yards. Carrollton was outgained in total offense 341-180, according to the Times-Georgian. Next: Sept. 2 vs. Riverdale (1-0)
8. (NR) Thomas County Central (1-0)
Last week: Beat Worth County 48-7. Six Thomas Central players scored touchdowns in a game that was 41-0 at halftime. QB Kelias Williams rushed for 89 yards on eight carries and passed for 114 yards. PK Lauren Pearson, the first female to score points in a TCC game, made four of five extra-point attempts. Next: Friday at Thomasville (0-1)
9. (6) Jones County (0-1)
Last week: Lost to Lee County 20-13. QB Brad Hunnicutt was 20-for-32 passing for 271 yards and a touchdown and WR Nick Singleton had 11 catches for 197 yards, but Jones County had minus-41 yards rushing. Next: Friday at Washington County (0-0)
10. (NR) Woodland-Stockbridge (1-0)
Last week: Beat Union Grove 55-6. Kareem Rogers opened the game with an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Woodland held Union Grove to 18 total yards in the first half. Shakur Brown returned a punt 76 yards for a score. QB Reid Larson was 12-of-15 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns (to brothers Yusuf and Wallace Corker) and rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on two carries. Next: Friday at Valdosta (1-0)
Out: No. 9 East Paulding (0-1), No. 10 Warner Robins (0-1)
 
Class AAAA
1. (1) Cartersville (1-0)
Last week: Beat Allatoona 30-14. Trevor Lawrence was 14-of-25 passing for 250 yards and touchdowns of 46 and 12 yards to E.J. Turner to Avery Showell, and Cartersville opened a 21-0 lead in the first half and held on. Showell had 10 tackles, four sacks, a fumble recovery and a safety. Next: Sept. 2 at Calhoun (1-0)
2. (2) Woodward Academy (1-0)
Last week: Beat Westminster 36-17. Ryan Glover was 14-of-19 passing for 242 yards and ran for two touchdowns, and sophomore RB Tahj Gary rushed for 96 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Woodward got up 21-7 midway in the second quarter, and Westminster got no closer than 10 from there. Next: Friday at Grady (1-0)
3. (6) Blessed Trinity (1-0)
Last week: Beat St. Pius 22-18. Sophomore RB Steele Chambers rushed for 153 yards on 20 carries and scored all three Blessed Trinity touchdowns. Sophomore LB J.D. Bertrand had a team-leading 10 tackles, two for losses. Sophomore SS Jake Rudolph intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. Next: Friday vs. Marietta (0-1)
4. (5) Marist (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Lovett (0-1)
5. (7) Jefferson (1-0)
Last week: Beat Discovery 48-0. Colby Wood had 120 yards rushing and 66 receiving, returned a punt 57 yards and scored three touchdowns. Discovery was held to 100 total yards. Next: Friday vs. Riverwood (0-0)
6. (9) Thomson (1-0)
Last week: Beat Laney 45-0. Thomson had 481 yards in total offense and rolled to a 35-0 halftime lead. Backup QB Damekus Taylor rushed for 107 yards on three carries and threw a 48-yard TD pass to Trey Parker on a reverse-option play. Next: Friday vs. Effingham County (0-1)
7. (3) Sandy Creek (0-1)
Last week: Lost to Fort Dorchester (S.C.) 48-35. Fort Dorchester QB Dakereon Joyner passed for 439 yards and five touchdowns, rushed for 70 yards and told The Post and Courier that "I felt like Deshaun Watson out here." Fort Dorchester was South Carolina's Class 4A champion last year. Sandy Creek RB Jaelen Green rushed for 175 yards. Next: Sept. 2 at Allatoona (0-1)
8. (4) St. Pius (0-1)
Last week: Lost to Blessed Trinity 22-18. St. Pius RB/LB Grant Holloman rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, had seven tackles, one TD-saving tackle and blocked an extra point. Next: Sept. 2 vs. Benedictine (1-0)
9. (8) Mary Persons (0-1)
Last week: Lost to Houston County 26-14. Zach Harvey rushed for 198 yards and a touchdown, but Mary Persons couldn't overcome a 26-7 first-half deficit despite a 305-yard rushing effort as a team. Next: Friday at Jackson (1-0)
10. (10) Spalding (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Griffin (0-0)
 
Class AAA
1. (2) Calhoun (1-0)
Last week: Beat Douglass 28-0. RB Olico Dennis rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Calhoun has recorded at least one shutout each season since 1992. Next: Friday at Dalton (0-0)
2. (3) Pace Academy (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at West Forsyth (1-0)
3. (4) Greater Atlanta Christian (1-0)
Last week: Beat Lovett 31-6. RB Kyler McMichael rushed for 216 yards and two second-half touchdowns on 22 carries. His 59-yard TD run with 8:55 left in the third quarter made the score 17-6. PK Brooks Buce made a 54-yard field goal. Lovett's only score was a 71-yard run by Brady Tindall early in the second half. Next: Friday at Westminster (0-1)
4. (5) Cedar Grove (1-0)
Last week: Beat Stephenson 34-23. Cedar Grove held Stephenson to 0-for-12 on third-down conversions and pulled its starters after taking a 34-9 lead. DE Deangelo Malone had 13 tackles and two sacks. LB Jenard Morris returned an interception for a touchdown. QB Jelani Walker was 10-of-13 passing for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and RB Grant Walker rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries. Next: Friday vs. Southwest DeKalb (1-0)
5. (6) Peach County (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Houston County (1-0)
6. (8) Westside-Macon (1-0)
Last week: Beat Howard 21-0. Savion Knowlton threw two TD passes to Omar Jones. Westside held Howard to nine first downs, 207 yards of total offense and just 2-of-15 passing. Next: Southwest (0-0)
7. (1) Westminster (0-1)
Last week: Lost to Woodward Academy 36-17. Zay Malcome had 65 yards rushing and 50 receiving, but Westminster managed only 69 yards otherwise and hung around against the No. 2 team in AAAA by forcing three fumbles. Next: Friday vs. Greater Atlanta Christian (1-0)
8. (9) Liberty County (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Bradwell Institute (0-0)
9. (NR) Pierce County (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Bacon County (0-0)
10. (10) Lovett (0-1)
Last week: Lost to Greater Atlanta Christian 31-6. QB Brady Tindall rushed for 105 yards and was 12-of-20 passing for 113 yards. His 71-yard run in the opening minute of the second half cut GAC's lead to 10-6, but GAC controlled the rest of the game. Next: Friday at Marist (0-0)
Out: No. 7 Worth County (0-1)
 
Class AA
1. (1) Fitzgerald (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Irwin County (1-0)
2. (2) Benedictine (1-0)
Last week: Beat Glynn Academy 24-7. Benedictine scored on three long touchdowns and forced five turnovers in the upset of previously No. 2 Glynn Academy of AAAAAA. John Wesley Kennedy scored on a 53-yard reception and 83-yard run, and FB Terrick Smalls scored on a 64-yard run. Next: Sept. 2 at St. Pius (0-1)
3. (3) Vidalia (1-0)
Last week: Beat Dodge County 24-20. Two plays were critical - Hall Graham threw a 57-yard TD pass with five seconds left in the first half for a 14-14 tie. On Dodge County's first possession of the second half, Dodge had a bad snap to its punter, and Vidalia would make it 21-14 after a short drive. LB/RB Nate McBride rushed for 127 yards on seven carries. Next: Friday vs. Appling County (0-0)
4. (4) Brooks County (1-0)
Last week: Beat Cook 21-14. Cook forced overtime with a TD pass on a fourth-and-20 and then a two-point conversion, but Brooks County prevailed in the extra period. QB Mac Perry scored on a keeper, and Tae'Aviion Gray's sack all but sealed it. Next: Sept. 2 at Clinch County (1-0)
5. (5) Jefferson County (1-0)
Last week: Beat Savannah Christian 40-7. QB C.J. Hales was 10-of-14 passing for 258 yards and TD passes of 60 yards to Jayron McKennie, 65 to Seneca McGee and 60 to Jadarious Hector. Kidarian Dixon returned a first-half fumble 95 yards for a touchdown and later intercepted a pass. Next: Friday at Lakeside, Evans (0-1)
6. (6) Callaway (1-0)
Last week: Beat LaGrange 37-6. Dylan Sanders threw a 75-yard TD pass to Braylon Sanders, and freshman M.J. Robertson's 30-yard interception return with 10:44 left made it 30-0. Next: Friday at Handley, Ala. (0-0)
7. (7) Elbert County (0-0-1)
Last week: Tied Hart County 13-13. Elbert led in first downs 22-11 and total yards 344-195 but suffered four turnovers and survived after Hart County missed an extra point in the fourth quarter. Next: Friday at Washington-Wilkes (0-0)
8. (8) Rabun County (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Mount Pisgah Christian (1-0)
9. (9) Dodge County (0-1)
Last week: Lost to Vidalia 24-20. Dodge scored on its first two drives, both covering 12 plays, but a bad snap to the punter in the second half ultimately lead to Vidalia's go-ahead TD in the third quarter. Dodge threw a pair of Hail Mary passes from the Vidalia 37 in the final seconds but failed. Next: Sept. 2 at West Laurens (0-0)
10. (NR) Washington County (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Jones County (0-1)
Out: No. 10 Heard County (0-1)
 
Class A (private)
1. (1) Eagle's Landing Christian (1-0)
Last week: Beat Eagle's Landing 39-13. Trevor Gear rushed for 110 yards on 17 carries, and ELCA's starters, pulled after three quarters, allowed only 14 yards rushing and 6-of-17 passing for 54 yards. Caleb Dallas and Xavier Langston each had seven tackles. Johnathan Youngblood had a pick six. Next: Friday vs. Jonesboro (0-1)
2. (2) Wesleyan (1-0)
Last week: Beat Therrell 41-6. QB Banks Ramsey was 16-of-23 passing for 270 yards and four touchdowns and scored a touchdown. Harrison Cook had four catches for 163 yards.  Next: Friday at B.E.S.T. Academy (0-1)
3. (3) Prince Avenue Christian (1-0)
Last week: Beat Aquinas 35-14. WR/S Noah Campbell returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, had two receptions for 56 yards and recorded two tackles for losses. DT Dalton Owens had four tackles behind the line. RB Thomas Huff rushed for 100 yards, and QB Grant Roland passed for 180 and two touchdowns and also scored a TD. WR/DB Christian Parrish had two TD receptions and an interception. Next: Friday at Riverside Military (0-0)
4. (4) Darlington (1-0)
Last week: Beat Gaston (Ala.) 51-0. Darlington forced nine turnovers (five fumbles, four interceptions), and RB Tijai Whatley rushed for 11 yards playing only the first half. Next: Sept. 2 at Ridgeland (1-0)
5. (5) Stratford Academy (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Savannah Country Day (0-0)
6. (7) Mount Paran Christian (1-0)
Last week: Beat Our Lady of Mercy 17-0. QB Jared Knox rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown and passed for 73 yards. Mount Paran survived five turnovers and held Our Lady to less than 100 yards of total offense. Next: Friday vs. Fellowship Christian (1-0)
7. (8) Calvary Day (1-0)
Last week: Beat Islands 20-0. Calvary Day allowed 118 yards in total offense and forced four turnovers. Shannon Wieczorek returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown. Next: Friday vs. Johnson-Savannah (0-0)
8. (10) Landmark Christian (1-0)
Last week: Beat B.E.S.T. Academy 34-24. Joey Blount rushed for 71 yards and two touchdowns and was 10-of-19 passing for 104 yards and a touchdown to Nick Toomer. Blount and Toomer each had two of Landmark's five interceptions. Lofton Tidwell rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and had 12 tackles on defense. Next: Sept. 2 vs. Stratford Academy (0-0)
9. (NR) Pinecrest Academy (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at South Forsyth (0-1)
10. (NR) Mount Pisgah Christian (1-0)
Last week: Beat Holy Innocents' 43-36. QB Jacob Cendoya rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 1:07 left. Cendoya's 60-yard TD pass to Kai Williams (three catches, 132 yards in the game) provided the final margin. Mount Pisgah had 531 yards in total offense. Next: Friday vs. Rabun County (0-0)
Out: No. 6 Aquinas (0-1), No. 9 Savannah Christian (0-1)
 
Class A (public)
1. (1) Clinch County (1-0)
Last week: Beat Bleckley County 47-7. Clinch County led 47-0 at halftime, setting off a running clock. Machari Bighams' 45-yard punt return and Jervonta Johnson's 70-yard interception return were among the seven first-half touchdowns. Next: Friday at McIntosh County Academy (1-0)
2. (2) Macon County (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Dooly County (0-1)
3. (3) Commerce (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Banks County (0-1)
4. (4) Charlton County (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Brantley County (0-1)
5. (5) Irwin County (1-0)
Last week: Beat Berrien 42-7. Irwin led 14-7 at halftime, then scored touchdowns on its first four drives of the second half. RB/LB Jeremiah Ashley rushed for 75 yards and had 84 yards receiving. QB Will Stephens was 8-for-16 passing for 153 yards and three touchdowns. Irwin had 438 yards in total offense. Next: Friday at Fitzgerald (0-0)
6. (6) Marion County (1-0)
Last week: Beat Schley County 42-0. QB J.J. Fuller was 15-of-20 passing for 252 yards and three touchdowns, two to Jalen Tullis. Quentez Battle intercepted two passes. Next: Friday at Chattahoochee County (0-0)
7. (7) Emanuel County Institute (1-0)
Last week: Beat Metter 38-21. ECI scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns after Metter got within 24-21. ECI had 308 yards rushing and 169 passing. Bobby McNear rushed for 98 yards. David Durden for 71. Rhett Gay was 11-of-16 passing for 169 yards. DB Anfernee Johnson returned a fumble for a score in the first half. Next: Friday vs. Swainsboro (0-1)
8. (8) Mount Zion (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Ranburne, Ala. (0-0)
9. (9) Lincoln County (0-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at McCormick, S.C. (0-1)
10. (10) Manchester (1-0)
Last week: Beat Greenville 49-0. Kelvin Turner rushed for 103 yards and scored four touchdowns. Tre Gamble scored two touchdowns and intercepted two passes. Manchester led 35-0 at halftime. Next: Friday at Luella (0-1)

Coach Of The Week
1Shannon Jarvis, Mill Creek
The College Football Hall of Fame coach of the week is Shannon Jarvis of Mill Creek. Jarvis led his Hawks to a 31-24 victory over Colquitt County in the 25th Corky Kell Classic on Saturday at the Georgia Dome. Mill Creek's victory snapped the Packers' 30-game winning streak, the third-longest in the history of the highest classification. The only coach in Mill Creek history, Jarvis has compiled a 74-59 record in his 13 seasons.
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Saye It Ain't So
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GHSF Daily's Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable games of the weekend:
 
1. Shiloh 27, Collins Hill 14: Shiloh won its final three games of 2015 after starting 0-7, and the Generals appear to have carried over the momentum, knocking off a team that reached the AAAAAA quarterfinals. The victory gave Shiloh its first four-game winning streak since 2000, when David Pollack was a senior and the school's last first-team all-state player.
 
2. Benedictine 24, Glynn Academy 7: Benedictine was the AA champion in 2014 and is currently ranked No. 2 in the class, but its 17-point victory was nonetheless surprising. Glynn Academy was the runner-up in AAAAA last season and ranked No. 2 in AAAAAA in the preseason. The computer Maxwell Ratings had projected Glynn as a three-point favorite.
 
3. *Mt. Zion, Jonesboro 9, Jonesboro 7: Jonesboro was 11-2 and reached the AAAA quarterfinals last season and entered this game as a 33-point favorite, but its Clayton County rival ended a five-game losing streak in the series (six, including forfeits). Mount Zion went 2-8 last season, including a 31-6 loss to the Cardinals in the opener.
 
4. Forest Park 6, Towers 2: Forest Park ended a 21-game losing streak with a victory against a struggling DeKalb school that was projected as a 17-point favorite by Maxwell. The win was Forest Park's first since Nov. 1, 2013, when it beat Mount Zion of Jonesboro 22-13 for one of two victories that season. Towers was 2-8 each of the past two seasons.
 
5. Mill Creek 34, Colquitt County 27: Losing to a top-five program in Class AAAAAAA doesn't qualify as an upset, but the end of a 30-game winning streak is always newsworthy. Mill Creek handed the Packers their first loss since they were beaten by Norcross 14-9 in the 2013 semifinals. Mill Creek also avenged a 52-31 loss in last year's semifinals.
 
Also of note: Camden County has played at least one Florida opponent every year since 2008 but had not lost to one since 2010. The Wildcats' five-game winning streak against Florida teams ended on Friday with a 27-13 loss to Oakleaf of Orange Park. ... Mount de Sales won its opener for the first time since returning to the GHSA in 2014, rolling past Pacelli 48-6. Mount de Sales opened the past two seasons with 44-10 and 35-17 losses to Vikings. ... Northside's 55-3 victory over cross-town rival Warner Robins was the most-lopsided game in the history of the series that dates to 1964. Last year, Northside scored the most points in the series in a 58-14 win. ... Pebblebrook ended an eight-game losing streak against rival South Cobb with a 40-0 victory, one year after losing 42-7 to the Eagles. Pebblebrook hasn't had a winning season since 2009. ... South Gwinnett withstood a strong debut by Central Gwinnett's Josh Samuel, a transfer who led South Carolina in rushing last season, and ended a three-game losing streak to the Black Knights with a 54-21 victory. Samuel rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

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GHSFD logoGeorgia High School Football Daily is a free e-mail newsletter produced and owned by Todd Holcomb and Chip Saye. Holcomb is a former lead high school football writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and co-founder of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. Saye is a 30-year veteran of the newspaper industry who has covered high school sports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Athens Banner-Herald, Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and Gwinnett Daily News.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two of the 11 longest opening-game winning streaks in GHSA history ended last week. Buford and Carver of Columbus each had won 17 consecutive openers. That is, they had never lost an opening game this century until Buford lost to Roswell 24-7 and Carver lost to Opelika, Ala., 34-7. Northside of Warner Robins extended its opening-game winning streak to 20 with a 55-3 victory over Warner Robins. The record belongs to Mary Persons, which won 30 straight from 1972 to 2001. Valdosta went 49-1 in opening games from 1950 to 1999, losing only to 1973 Class AAA champion Thomasville 6-0 in Nick Hyder's first game as Valdosta's head coach. Hyder would never lose another season opener in his 22 seasons at Valdosta.
 
30 - Mary Persons (1972-2001)
26 - Valdosta (1974-1999)
23 - Valdosta (1950-1972)
20 - Commerce (1970-1989)
20 - Tucker (1994-2013)
20 - Northside, WR (1997-2016)
19 - Clinch County (1982-2000)
18 - Appling County (1994-2011)
17 - Creekside (1995-2011)
16 - Manchester (1976-1991)
16 - Warner Robins (1968-1983)
15 - Coffee (1986-2000)
 
Sources: Loren Maxwell and GHSFHA

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Valdosta became the first high school football program to win 900 games in its history last week with the victory over Lowndes. Which school ranks second in Georgia for victories all-time? (Answer Tuesday)
 
Answer to Friday's question:Allatoona was the state champion that lost its opening game in 2015. The Buccaneers lost to East Paulding 17-10.
 
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Four Questions
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GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We'll report from a different head coach each day.
 
Lee Chomskis, Vidalia
1. What is the most memorable game you've been a part of as a player or coach?"The most memorable game as a coach: It is a tie. The 1994 AA state championship game, Screven County vs. Washington County. First state championship game played in Screven County history. The stadium was packed at 4 p.m. for a 7:30 kickoff. Incredible atmosphere! WACO had players such as Takeo Spikes and Jeremy Brett. We had Anthony Lonon and Audrell Grace! The second was the Class A state championship of 2005. Lincoln County vs Washington-Wilkes. An electric atmosphere with two small-town rivals playing for it all. It was standing room only. An atmosphere you will never get in the [Georgia] Dome!"
 
2. Which high school coach would you want your son to play for, and why? "I would want my son to play for Dan Pitts. Coach Pitts had a knack for getting the best out of people. He ran a disciplined program that taught young men much more than the game of football. There are so many men today that would tell you that they owe Dan Pitts for helping them become who they are today The tradition that was established at Mary Persons by Coach Pitts is still alive today."
 
3. What is your favorite saying/motto? "Do the little things right!"
 
4. Which GHSA policy or high school football rule would you most like to see changed? "I would like to see a complete separation of public and private schools. It is an uneven playing field, and everyone knows it!"
 
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Weekend Scores
Thursday's games
Calvary Day 20, Islands 0
Carrollton 16, Newnan 6
Forest Park 6, Towers 2
Gordon Lee 42, Dade Co. 28
Hampton 32, Morrow 6
Heard Co. 22, South Atlanta 19
Houston Co. 26, Mary Persons 14
Lee Co. 20, Jones Co. 13
Newton 25, Drew 13
Northside, Columbus 25, Kendrick 7
Turner Co. 34, Dougherty 32
 
Friday's games
Alcovy 27, Duluth 19
Arabia Mountain 50, Stone Mountain 0
Athens Academy 23, Walker 8
Baconton 43, Pataula Charter 0
Baldwin 21, Hancock Central 8
Benedictine 24, Glynn Academy 7
Blessed Trinity 22, St. Pius 18
Brooks Co. 21, Cook 14
Brookstone 49, Jordan 32
Burke Co. 29, Grovetown 7
Cairo 23, Thomasville 12
Calhoun 28, Douglass 0
Callaway 37, LaGrange 6
Cartersville 30, Allatoona 14
Carver, Atlanta 41, Lithonia 7
Cedar Grove 34, Stephenson 23
Clarke Central 31, Winder-Barrow 0
Clinch Co. 47, Bleckley Co. 7
Coffee 41, Effingham Co. 13
Crisp Co. 38, Dooly Co. 6
Cross Creek 20, Butler 18
Darlington 51, Gaston, Ala. 0
Druid Hills 14, Chamblee 13
Dublin 14, Tattnall Co. 13
ELCA 39, Eagle's Landing 13
East Coweta 34, Lovejoy 6
Eastside 23, Luella 0
Elbert Co. 13, Hart Co. 13
Emanuel Co. Institute 38, Metter 21
Etowah 56, Campbell 0
Eufaula, Ala. 27, Early Co. 13
Fannin Co. 17, Gilmer 14
Fellowship Christ. 35, Atkinson Co. 15
Franklin Co. 26, White Co. 7
Gainesville 20, West Hall 10
Grady 53, North Atlanta 0
Greater Atlanta Christian 31, Lovett 6
Habersham Central 45, East Hall 13
Hapeville 35, Swain, N.C. 7
Hardaway 21, Troup 14
Harris Co. 17, Smiths Station, Ala. 16
Harrison 45, East Paulding 14
Hebron Christian 17, East Jackson 7
Heritage, Ring. 38, Lakeview-FO 0
Hillgrove 27, South Forsyth 14
Hiram 19, Kennesaw Mountain 15
Hughes 44, Mundy's Mill 6
Irwin Co. 42, Berrien 7
Jackson 38, Swainsboro 6
Jackson Co. 21, Banks Co. 16
Jefferson 48, Discovery 0
Jefferson Co. 40, Sav. Christian 7
Jenkins 21, New Hampstead 20
Jenkins Co. 40, Hephzibah 18
Johnson Co. 56, Montgomery Co. 34
KIPP Atlanta 47, Fulton Leadership 0
King's Ridge 48, Glascock Co. 14
LaFayette 22, Armuchee 6
Lakeside, Atlanta 36, Dunwoody 22
Landmark Christ. 34, B.E.S.T. Acd. 24
Lanier 34, Northview 13
Lassiter 27, Johns Creek 13
M.L. King 14, Columbia 3
Manchester 49, Greenville 0
Marion Co. 42, Schley Co. 0
McIntosh 30, Decatur 7
McIntosh Co. Acd. 48, Brantley Co. 6
Miller Grove 65, Clarkston 0
Milton 14, Alpharetta 12
Mount de Sales 48, Pacelli 6
Mt. Paran 17, Our Lady of Mercy 0
Mt. Pisgah 43, Holy Innocents' 36
Mt. Zion, Jonesboro 9, Jonesboro 7
Murray Co. 55, Gordon Central 13
N. Augusta, S.C. 41, Lakeside, Ev. 16
North Cobb 44, Cherokee 26
North Forsyth 34, Sequoyah 14
North Hall 35, Chestatee 28
North Murray 49, Christian Heritage 14
North Paulding 31, Paulding Co. 10
Northgate 10, Veterans 0
Northside, W.R. 55, Warner Robins 3
Northwest Whitfield 49, Ringgold 24
Oakleaf, Fla. 27, Camden Co. 13
Ola 31, Pike Co. 14
Opelika, Ala. 34, Carver, Columbus 7
Pebblebrook 40, South Cobb 0
Pelham 21, Albany 12
Pickens 49, Chattahoochee 19
Piedmont, Ala. 29, Cedartown 22
Prince Ave. Christian 35, Aquinas 14
Randolph-Clay 36, Abbeville, Ala. 6
Ridgeland 49, Adairsville 7
River Ridge 36, Woodland, Carters. 8
Riverdale 40, North Clayton 12
Rockdale Co. 53, Berkmar 7
Rockmart 54, Cherokee Co., Ala. 28
Roswell 24, Buford 7
Salem 14, Heritage, Conyers 13
Shiloh 27, Collins Hill 14
Social Circle 19, Johnson, Gaines. 14
South Gwinnett 54, Cent. Gwinnett 21
Taylor Co. 35, Terrell Co. 21
Thomas Co. Central 48, Worth Co. 7
Thomson 45, Laney 0
Tift Co. 41, South Effingham 0
Toombs Co. 31, East Laurens 17
Towns Co. 33, Hayesville, N.C. 14
Treutlen 35, Georgia Military 21
Valdosta 38, Lowndes 13
Vidalia 24, Dodge Co. 20
Villa Rica 20, Central, Carrollton 13
Warren Co. 14, Putnam Co. 0
Wesleyan 41, Therrell 6
West Forsyth 24, Woodstock 21
Westside, Macon 21, Howard 0
Wheeler 35, Marietta 19
Wheeler Co. 36, Central, Talbotton 6
Woodland, Stock. 55, Union Grove 6
Woodward Acad. 36, Westminster 17
 
Saturday's games
Bluffton, S.C. 32, Screven Co. 25
Brookwood 37, North Gwinnett 23
Creekside 9, Norland, Fla. 7
Fort Dorch., S.C. 48, Sandy Creek 35
Kell 20, Tucker 13
McEachern 27, Archer 14
Mill Creek 34, Colquitt Co. 27
Norcross 46, Walton 14
Parkview 32, Christ Pres., Tenn. 7
Peachtree Ridge 20, McCallie, Tenn. 9
SE Whitfield 49, Coahulla Creek 0
Southwest DeKalb 22, Redan 12
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