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Monday, September 15, 2014


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1. (1) Colquitt County (4-0)

Last week: Beat Enterprise, Ala. 38-10. Colquitt scored the last 28 points of a game that was 10-10 at halftime. QB Chase Parrish was 19-of-27 passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Pelham (3-0)

2. (2) Camden County (4-0)

Last week: Beat Brunswick 49-21. QB Antonio Hamilton was 5-for-6 passing for 68 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 60 yards and three touchdowns. DB/RB Antonio Wimbush rushed for 82 yards. Tevin Hall had two sacks. Next: Friday at Wayne County (1-3)

3. (3) Lowndes (4-0)

Last week: Beat Rockdale County 45-15. Rockdale opened with an 80-yard TD drive but was held to four first downs after that. Lowndes QB Austin Dixon was 8-of-12 passing for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Dedrick Clemons and Corveon White each had two sacks and combined for nine tackles for losses totaling 40 yards. Next: Friday vs. Newton (2-0)

4. (4) Grayson (3-0)

Last week: Beat Archer 14-10. Archer had first-and-goal at Grayson's 2-yard line, but Grayson stuffed four running plays to earn a victory over the defending Region 8 champion. Archer was held to 78 yards rushing. QB Chase Brice was 14-of-25 passing for 210 yards and threw a 75-yard TD pass to Hunter Shuessler in the second quarter for a 14-3 lead. Next: Friday vs. Parkview (2-1)

5. (5) Lovejoy (3-0)

Last week: Beat Hillgrove 27-24. Jose Perez kicked a 22-yard field goal with 10 seconds left. Lovejoy WR Preston Williams had six catches for 163 yards, including a 38-yard TD reception from Quintarius Neely for a 24-24 tie with 4:17 left. Next: Friday vs. McEachern (1-2)

6. (6) Milton (2-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Roswell (2-1)

7. (8) Valdosta (4-0)

Last week: Beat Thomasville 10-0. Seth Shuman threw an 18-yad TD pass to Khalil McClain in the fourth quarter for the game's only touchdown. Next: Friday vs. Veterans (0-3)

8. (9) Hughes (2-1)

Last week: Off. Next: Sept. 26 at Douglas County (1-2)

9. (10) North Gwinnett (2-1)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Collins Hill (2-1)

10. (NR) McEachern (1-2)

Last week: Beat Peachtree Ridge 35-21. McEachern scored the game's final two touchdowns after forcing fumbles in Peachtree Ridge territory. Michael Nwagbara rushed for 137 yards on 26 carries. QB Bailey Hockman was 9-of-19 for 136 yards and three touchdowns. Peachtree Ridge entered ranked No. 7. McEachern was the preseason No. 1. Next: Friday vs. Lovejoy (3-0)



1. (1) Northside-Warner Robins (3-0)

Last week: Beat Lakeside, Evans 38-7. RB Willie Jordan rushed for 158 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries, and Northside held Evans to 38 yards rushing. Next: Friday at Jones County (3-0)

2. (2) Ware County (3-0)

Last week: Beat Coffee 24-21. Deandre Taylor's 42-yard interception return gave Ware a 24-14 lead with nine minutes remaining. Ware had 195 yards rushing, led by QB Xavier Hollimon's 61 on three carries. Next: Friday at Richmond Hill (2-0)

3. (3) Stephenson (2-1)

Last week: Beat Banneker 47-6. Stephenson held Banneker to 89 yards in total offense. LB Michael Makins had a team-leading six tackles, 1.5 for losses, Dexter Neal caught TD passes of 24 and 22 yards from Dewann Ford in the first half. Next: Friday at Creekside (3-1)

4. (4) Creekside (3-1)

Last week: Beat Druid Hills 41-0. Creekside shut out its first opponent of the season, extending a streak of at least one shutout each season since 1996. Next: Friday vs. Stephenson (2-1)

5. (6) Kell (3-0)

Last week: Beat Sequoyah 49-35. Kell led 27-0 in the first half, let Sequoyah within 41-35 with four minutes left, then drove for a final touchdown. Trey Mitchell rushed for 166 yards on 16 carries. Itabari Mason rushed for 108 yards, and Cameron Rosenthal was 13-of-18 passing for 205 yards. Next: Friday vs. Forsyth Central (2-1)

6. (5) Coffee (2-1)

Lost to Ware County 24-21. Coffee led in total yardage 384-264, but an interception return for a touchdown by Ware turned the game in the second half. Coffee sophomore RB Demetrius Davis rushed for 150 yards on 22 carries. FS J'cKenzie Walker had three tackles for losses. Next: Friday vs. Glynn Academy (2-1)

7. (7) Carver-Columbus (2-1)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Troup (2-1)

8. (8) Allatoona (4-0)

Last week: Beat Lithia Springs 42-6. RB Russell Halimon rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, all in the first half. Preseason all-state RB Joshua Bettistea made his season debut and rushed for 46 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Allatoona led 35-0 at halftime. Next: Sept. 26 vs. South Paulding (3-0)

9. (NR) Lanier (3-0)

Last week: Beat Flowery Branch 27-12. Mario Fuller rushed for 129 yards on 24 carries. Tolbert was 12-of-19 passing for 153 yards. Brown recorded two tackles for losses and one sack, while Derriyon Shaw had two sacks, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. Lanier, opened in 2010, is ranked for the first time. Next: Friday vs. Cedar Shoals (0-2)

10. (10) Houston County (3-0)

Last week: Beat Richmond Academy 42-28. Kenny Gant rushed for 231 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries and scored a fourth touchdown on an 85-yard kickoff return. Gant had five catches for 51 yards. Next: Friday at Warner Robins (2-1)


Class AAAA

1. (1) Buford (3-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. White County (2-1)

2. (2) Sandy Creek (4-0)

Last week: Beat Newnan 31-14. Brian Miller blocked a Newnan field goal that would've made it 17-10 in the third quarter, and Sandy Creek then drove for a decisive touchdown. Eric Swinney rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries. Next: Sept. 26 vs. Auburn, Ala. (1-3)

3. (3) Griffin (3-0)

Last week: Beat Eastside 53-7. Malik Miller rushed for 151 yards and five touchdowns. Next: Friday at Hampton (0-2)

4. (4) Marist (3-0)

Last week: Beat Arabia Mountain 30-0. Marist put up 313 yards rushing, led by Ian Gipson's 125 with two touchdowns on 20 carries. Next: Friday at Stone Mountain (0-3)

5. (6) Burke County (2-2)

Last week: Lost to North Augusta, S.C. 25-22. Burke County failed to hold a 22-11 lead and was stopped on a fourth-and-1 from the North Augusta 13-yard line in the fourth quarter when leading 22-17. North Augusta, which reached the South Carolina Class AAAA II semifinals in 2013, entered ranked No. 4 overall in South Carolina by MaxPreps. Burke QB Caleeb Roberson rushed for 132 yards and passed for 138. Next: Friday vs. Washington County (3-0)

6. (NR) Cartersville (2-1)

Last week: Beat North Paulding 26-7. Taimon Pennymon rushed for 160 yards on 18 carries and had another 31 yards receiving and a touchdown. Kalin Heath had 116 yards from scrimmage on 11 carries and four receptions. Next: Sept. 26 at Gilmer (2-0)

7. (7) Thomas County Central (1-1)

Last week: Led Americus-Sumter 20-12 at halftime. The game will be resumed Thursday, Sept. 25. Next: Friday vs. Bainbridge (2-1)

8. (5) Woodward Academy (2-1)

Last week: Lost to Lovett 21-20. Woodward's point-after attempt with 34 seconds remaining was blocked. Elijah Holyfield rushed for 260 yards on 38 carries - including one stretch of 24 straight carries over four drives. The streak ended when Jes Sutherland threw a 9-yard TD pass to Josh Johnson for what could've been the tying score. Holyfield was stopped a yard short of a first down on a fourth-and-6 from the Lovett 10 in the fourth quarter, but Woodward got the ball back on an interception. Next: Friday at Clarkston (0-4)

9. (8) Cairo (2-1)

Last week: Lost to West Florida, Fla. 19-7. Cairo lost starting QB Stacy Masten to injury on the first series. Backup Chad Marshall was 6-of-12 for 100 yards, but Cairo struggled to move the ball. West Florida, out of Pensacola, is 2-1 overall and was 10-2 last season in Florida's Class 5A. Next: Friday at Westover (2-1)

10. (9) Whitewater (2-1)

Last week: Beat East Coweta 17-14. Whitewater led 14-10 at halftime but committed four turnovers in a loss to an unbeaten Class AAAAAA team. Next: Friday vs. Eagle's Landing Christian (0-4)


Class AAA

1. (1) Washington County (3-0)

Last week: Beat Veterans 42-3. A.J. Gray rushed for 130 yards on nine carries and passed for 125 yards. Washington County held Veterans to 125 yards in total offense, and Veterans' Logan Byrd, the top-rated junior quarterback prospect in Georgia, was held to 2-for-13 passing and was intercepted twice. Next: Friday at Burke County (2-2)

2. (2) Calhoun (3-0)

Last week: Beat Gordon Central 49-7. Calhoun held Gordon Central to minus-eight yards rushing and led 35-7 at halftime. QB Kaelen Riley was 8-of-15 passing for 154 yards and rushed for 52 yards. Next: Friday vs. North Murray (1-2)

3. (3) Blessed Trinity (3-0)

Last week: Beat Creekview 37-0. QB Connor Davis was 12-of-15 passing for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Elijah Hamilton rushed for 108 yards. Next: Friday vs. Jackson, Atlanta (2-1)

4. (4) Jefferson (4-0)

Last week: Beat Commerce 28-3. Jefferson held Commerce to seven yards rushing. QB Evan Shirreffs was 7-of-15 passing for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Jefferson has won seven of eight in the series, the Dragons' best run in the rivalry that dates to the 1940s. Next: Sept. 26 at Jackson County (0-3)

5. (5) Peach County (3-0)

Last week: Beat Southwest 48-0. Peach County held Southwest to three first downs and 40 yards of total offense and led 48-0 at halftime. QB Robert Allen threw two TD passes to Saire Davis. Next: Friday vs. Spencer (0-2)

6. (8) Westminster (3-0)

Last week: Beat Elbert County 24-7. Zay Malcome, a 5-foot-3 running back, rushed for 98 yards and returned the second-half kickoff 71 yards for a touchdown and Westminster's first lead, 10-7. Cortez Alston had three tackles for losses and forced a fumble. Elbert County QB Mecole Hardman, a preseason all-state pick, was injured on Elbert's first drive and did not return. Westminster also played with its backup quarterback, Keller Harper. Next: Friday vs. Towers (0-3)

7. (9) Westside-Macon (3-0)

Last week: Beat West Laurens 36-10. Marques Sanford returned an interception for a touchdown for Westside's first touchdown, then caught a 32-yard TD pass late in the first half to give Westside the lead for good at 15-10. Next: Friday vs. Central, Macon (2-1)

8. (10) Central, Carrollton (3-0)

Last week: Beat Hardaway 55-0. Kyle Terrell rushed for 102 yards on seven carries, and Byron Brown rushed for 110 on two. Aaron Smith had three tackles for losses. Central led 41-0 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. Fayette County (1-2)

9. (NR) Hart County (3-0)

Last week: Beat Thomson 17-7. The game was stopped with 11:06 left in the third quarter and eventually called because of lightning. Hart had only 29 yards rushing, but Cameron Fouch was 8-of-16 passing for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Thomson had little offense aside from Billy Mance's 62-yard TD run in the first quarter. Next: Friday vs. Oglethorpe County (0-2)

10. (NR) Adairsville (3-0)

Last week: Beat Ringgold 35-0. Adairsville allowed only 35 yards in total offense and didn't let Ringgold inside the Adairsville 45-yard line, according to the Daily-Tribune of Cartersville. Adairsville RB Sidnee Johnson rushed for 114 yards on 25 carries. Adairsville is ranked for the first time since 2003. Next: Sept. 26 vs. Sonoraville (2-1)


Class AA

1. (1) Greater Atlanta Christian (3-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Hapeville Charter (1-2)

2. (3) Fitzgerald (3-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Macon County (2-1)

3. (4) Vidalia (3-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. McIntosh County Academy (0-3)

4. (6) Lovett (2-2)

Last week: Beat Woodward Academy 21-20. Wes Haley blocked Woodward's extra-point attempt with 34 seconds left. Woodward had scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns after trailing 21-7. QB Willie Candler rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries but was intercepted three times (8-of-19 passing). Nathan Offutt had six solo tackles, 2.5 for losses. Next: Friday vs. B.E.S.T. Academy (2-1)

5. (5) Benedictine (1-1)

Last week: Beat Liberty County 44-13. Stevie Powers passed for 249 yards and four touchdowns, and Benedictine held Liberty to 137 yards in total offense, according to the Savannah Morning News. Next: Friday at Bacon County (1-2)

6. (7) Brooks County (1-2)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Perry (1-2)

7. (8) B.E.S.T. Academy (2-1)

Last week: Beat Therrell 15-6. Deshawn Waller, pressed into QB duty, was 11-for-20 passing for 208 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown. TE/LB Robert Tucker had four catches for 103 yards and nine tackles, one a safety, on defense. Next: Friday at Lovett (2-2)

8. (NR) Jefferson County (1-2)

Last week: Beat Washington-Wilkes 14-7. DB Dontavious Hunt returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead, and QB Will Jordan threw a 31-yard TD pass to RB Rodrick Nelson for a 14-0 lead on the first drive of the second half. Jordan rushed for 102 yards. Next: Friday at Glenn Hills (0-3)

9. (9) Lamar County (1-1-1)

Last week: Lost to Mary Persons 29-27. The game was called with 1:53 left in the third quarter, just as Lamar was lining up for a potential game-tying two-point conversion attempt. GHSA rules state the game stands because it was a non-region contest. Next: Friday at Ola (2-1)

10. (10) Dublin (2-1)

Last week: Beat Twiggs County 55-18. Dublin led 55-6 at halftime after LB Josh McRae returned a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown. Johnny Willis rushed for 135 yards on eight carries and scored two touchdowns, one on a reception. Next: Friday vs. Bleckley County (0-3)


Class A

1. (1) Aquinas (3-0)

Last week: Beat Our Lady of Mercy 44-20. Liam Welch passed for 206 yards, and Aquinas led 37-7 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. Stratford Academy (1-1)

2. (2) Marion County (2-0)

Last week: Beat Dooly County 40-19. Lorenzo Smothers rushed for 61 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries and caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Johnny Royal rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Next: Friday vs. Columbus (2-1)

3. (3) Calvary Day (2-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Johnson County (1-2)

4. (4) Mount Paran Christian (3-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at King's Ridge Christian (0-2)

5. (5) Charlton County (3-0)

Last week: Beat Bacon County 28-12. QB Jimmy Nettles was 16-for-25 passing for 255 yards (all career highs) and one TD and ran for a score. RB Andrew Lee rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown. Keyvonte Nash caught four passes for 106 yards, while Curt Nixon caught six for 93 and added his second punt-return touchdown of the year. Next: Friday vs. Atkinson County (3-0)

6. (7) Brookstone (2-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Hawkinsville (3-0)

7. (9) Savannah Christian (3-0)

Last week: Beat Savannah Country Day 31-10. Josh Chamblee threw a 63-yard TD pass to Ben Haeussler for a 10-3 lead in the second quarter, and Savannah Christian wasn't threatened from there. Wade Benton scored two touchdowns in the second half, when Savannah Christian didn't attempt a pass. Next: Friday vs. Treutlen (0-3)

8. (10) Hawkinsville (3-0)

Last week: Beat Taylor County 21-0. Hawkinsville recorded its second consecutive shutout. Opponents have scored only seven points in three games. Next: Friday at Brookstone (2-0)

9. (NR) Landmark Christian (3-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Josey (1-2)

10. (NR) Emanuel County Institute (3-0)

Last week: Beat Portal 42-14. Michael Sutton rushed for 169 yards on 22 carries. Sutton has 547 yards rushing (182.3 per game) and seven touchdowns on the season. Next: Friday at Claxton (1-1)


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Saye It Ain't So

GHSF Daily's Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable results of the weekend:


1. Jefferson County 14, Washington-Wilkes 7: Washington-Wilkes fell out of the Class AA rankings from the No. 2 spot after losing to a team that came in 0-2, although both losses were against higher-classification teams. Washington-Wilkes remains the favorite to win Region 8-AA, which has just one other team with a winning record (3-0 Union County).


2. Roswell 27, Walton 15: Walton was beginning to look like one of the favorites in 5-AAAAA after a 3-0 start that included a 59-16 victory against defending champion Lassiter last week. However, the loss to Roswell (4-6 last year) puts both teams in the middle of a wide-open playoff race that is likely to include Milton, Etowah, Woodstock and Cherokee.


3. Lanier 27, Flowery Branch 12: Lanier, a Gwinnett County school playing its third full varsity season, continues to make a splash in its first year in AAAAA. The Longhorns improved to 2-0 in Region 8 (3-0 overall), with victories against two teams (Flowery Branch, Clarke Central) that have represented the region in the playoffs the past four seasons.


4. Adairsville 35, Ringgold 0: Adairsville opened the season 2-0 but lacked a signature victory. The Tigers have one now after routing the team that was ranked seventh in Class AAA last week and establishing themselves as the top challenger to No. 2 Calhoun in 6-AAA. Adairsville, which lost to Ringgold 38-20 last season, plays at Calhoun on Oct. 3.


5. Westside (Augusta) 40, Lincoln County 7: Lincoln County was considered a 17-point favorite by the computer Maxwell Ratings in this game against a Class AAA school that was 0-2-1 in its first three games. But Lincoln County lost and lost big - it was the Red Devils' worst loss since 1972, when Aquinas beat them 45-0. Lincoln County is 1-2.


6. Loganville 13, Heritage (Conyers) 6: Heritage's streak of four consecutive playoff appearances seems to be in serious jeopardy. The Patriots, who are 0-3 overall for the first time since 2005, are 0-2 in Region 8-AAAAA, with games against Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Lanier and Clarke Central coming up in the next seven weeks.


7. Woodland (Stockbridge) 23, Northgate 14: Woodland improved to 4-0 for the first time in school history with a 4-AAAAA crossover victory against the team projected by Maxwell as the preseason favorite to win the subregion A title. Woodland, which played its first full season in 2008, has matched its victory total from the past two seasons combined.


8. Northview 49, North Forsyth 0: Northview, which returned to the highest classification this season after two years in AAAAA, is 3-0 for the first time in school history after posting its second consecutive shutout. The Titans, who were projected as four-point favorites by the Maxwell Ratings, have outscored their opponents 132-7 in three games.


9. Woodstock 51, Lassiter 42: Lassiter won the past two region titles in 5-AAAAAA, but the Trojans are 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the region after losing for the second consecutive season to Woodstock, which handed them their only region loss in 2013. Lassiter is giving up 49.8 points per game this season and has allowed at least 42 points in every game.


10. Westlake at Newton, canceled: Newton was looking to go 3-0 and led 8-0 late in the first quarter when the game was called because of lightning. It was the second consecutive game that was lost to weather issues for Newton, which will now play just eight games. The Rams travel to Lowndes this week without having played a full game since Aug. 29.


Region Standings: Class AAAAAA


Region 1-AAAAAA




Last week

This week*

Camden County



d. Brunswick 49-21

at Wayne Co.

Colquitt County



d. Enterprise, Ala. 38-10

vs. Pelham




d. Rockdale Co. 45-15

vs. Newton

Tift County



d. Baldwin 28-12

vs. Alcovy




d. Thomasville 10-0

vs. Veterans

Lee County



Did not play

vs. Terrell Co.


Region 2-AAAAAA




Last week

This week




d. Hillgrove 27-24

vs. McEachern (TO)




vs. Westlake, canceled

at Lowndes

Rockdale Co.



l. to Lowndes 45-15

at Stockbridge

Lakeside (Atlanta)



d. Campbell 42-38

vs. Dunwoody (ND)




d. M.L. King 51-0

Does not play




l. to Pebblebrook 7-6

at Tift Co.


Region 3-AAAAAA




Last week

This week

East Coweta



d. Whitewater 17-14

Does not play




l. to Lakeside, Atl. 42-38

Does not play




Did not play

Does not play




d. Alcovy 7-6

Does not play




at Newton, canceled

Does not play

Douglas County



d. Kennesaw Mtn. 35-9

Does not play




l. to Sandy Creek 31-14

Does not play

South Cobb



l. to Marietta 44-28

Does not play


Region 4-AAAAAA




Last week

This week




d. Osborne 38-12

Does not play

North Cobb



d. Monroe Area 41-12

Does not play

Kennesaw Mountain



l. to Douglas Co. 35-9

Does not play




l. to Lovejoy 27-24

Does not play




d. South Cobb 44-28

Does not play




d. P'tree Ridge 35-21

at Lovejoy (TO)

North Paulding



l. to Cartersville 26-7

Does not play




l. to Harrison 38-12

Does not play


Region 5-AAAAAA




Last week

This week




d. Pope 35-20

Does not play




d. Lassiter 51-42

Does not play




d. Walton 27-15

at Milton




d. Wheeler 35-26

Does not play




l. to Roswell 27-15

Does not play




Did not play

vs. Roswell




l. to Etowah 35-20

Does not play




l. to Cherokee 35-26

Does not play




l. to Woodstock 51-42

Does not play


Region 6-AAAAAA




Last week

This week




d. North Forsyth 49-0

vs. Johns Creek




d. Johns Creek 31-10

at Lambert

South Forsyth



d. Hab. Central 49-7

vs. North Forsyth




d. Lambert 28-21

vs. Chattahoochee




l. to West Forsyth 23-18

at Centennial




l. to Centennial 28-21

vs. Alpharetta

West Forsyth



d. Chattahoochee 23-18

at Habersham Central

Habersham Central



l. to South Forsyth 49-7

vs. West Forsyth

Johns Creek



l. to Alpharetta 31-10

at Northview

North Forsyth



l. to Northview 49-0

at South Forsyth


Region 7-AAAAAA




Last week

This week

Collins Hill



Did not play

at North Gwinnett




Did not play

at Mountain View

North Gwinnett



Did not play

vs. Collins Hill

Peachtree Ridge



l. to McEachern 35-21

at Meadowcreek




Did not play

vs. Mill Creek




d. Clarkston 14-7

vs. Peachtree Ridge

Mill Creek



Did not play

at Duluth

Mountain View



Did not play

vs. Norcross


Region 8-AAAAAA




Last week

This week




d. Berkmar 21-0

vs. South Gwinnett




d. Archer 14-10

vs. Parkview

Central Gwinnett



d. South Gwinnett 30-25

vs. Shiloh




d. Brookwood 37-24

at Grayson




Did not play

at Central Gwinnett

South Gwinnett



l. to C. Gwinnett 30-25

at Dacula




l. to Grayson 14-10

Does not play




l. to Dacula 21-0

at Brookwood




l. to Parkview 37-24

vs. Berkmar


Note: All scores are courtesy of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, Georgia Public Broadcasting and other media outlets. If a score is not accurate, it was reported incorrectly.


*All of this week's games are Friday unless noted.

Stadium key: ND - North DeKalb; TO - Twelve Oaks


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Not ranked

Adairsville is in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 10 for the first time since 2003. Lanier, which opened in 2010, is in the Top 10 for the first time ever. But dozens of schools have been waiting much longer than that to appear in the rankings. Here are two lists to reflect that:


Schools that have been ranked, but not in more than 40 years:

1962 - Harris County

1963 - Jackson County

1964 - Gilmer

1965 - Jordan

1967 - Hephzibah

1967 - Lumpkin County

1967 - Albany

1970 - Jenkins

1971 - Pickens

1971 - Brantley County

1971 - Liberty County

1972 - Osborne

1972 - Berkmar

1972 - White County

1973 - Mount Zion (Carroll)


*Schools that have never been ranked, and have been playing the longest:

1966 - Beach

1968 - Windsor Forest

1969 - Hancock Central

1976 - Lithia Springs

1976 - Towns County

1978 - Glascock County

1982 - McIntosh

1985 - Southside/Jackson

1987 - Meadowcreek

1988 - Lakeside (Evans)

1988 - Pope

1990 - Temple

1991 - North Atlanta

1992 - Eagle's Landing

1994 - South Atlanta


*Year listed is the first the school played a full varsity schedule in the GHSA.


Sources: and Loren Maxwell



Valdosta is in the AJC's Top 10 for the 595th week since 1952, when the Atlanta Constitution began statewide rankings. The Atlanta Journal began a poll some years later. Valdosta's week total actually is 595.5 when half weeks are counted - that is, if one newspaper ranked the Wildcats, and the other didn't. The Journal and Constitution merged in 1982 for one AJC poll. Second on the list is Lincoln County/

Lincolnton at 569. Which school ranks third in total weeks in the AJC Top 10? (Answer Tuesday)


Answer to Friday's question:The game played Friday that came 100 years after the first meeting between the schools was Valdosta vs. Thomasville

Four Questions Presented By Georgia EMC    


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


John Ford, Roswell

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? "As a player [at Brookwood], Dave Hunter, Ray Allen and David Nelson inspired me to want to go into the business. As a coach, I was blessed to start with [retired Harrison coach] Bruce Cobleigh at a young age. He shaped my coaching philosophy."


2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? "Jamal Lewis - RB Douglass High, 1996. Unbelievable combination of size and speed." [Ford played on Brookwood's 1996 state championship team that beat Douglass in the second round.]


3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach? "2011 Walton Raiders."


4. If you were Gary Phillips, the new head of the GHSA, what would be the first rule that you would try to change? "Outlaw seven-on-seven teams that are not affiliated with the school."


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Weekend Scores

Thursday's games

Bryan Co. 10, Southeast Bulloch 7

Henry Co. 7, Mount Zion, Jones. 0

Macon Co. 35, Perry 6

Riverdale 42, Hampton 6

Spalding 29, Walnut Grove 6


Friday's games

Adairsville 35, Ringgold 0

Alexander 49, Chapel Hill 11

Allatoona 42, Lithia Springs 6

Alpharetta 31, Johns Creek 10

Appling Co. 44, Tattnall Co. 22

Aquinas 44, Our Lady of Mercy 20

Atkinson Co. 35, Baconton Charter 0

B.E.S.T Academy 15, Therrell 6

Bainbridge 7, Monroe 6

Banks Co. 43, East Jackson 0

Benedictine 44, Liberty Co. 13

Berrien 13, Clinch Co. 12

Blessed Trinity 37, Creekview 0

Bluffton, S.C. 50, Johnson, Sav. 16

Bowdon 55, Cedartown 20

Calhoun 49, Gordon Central 7

Cambridge 38, Rome 21

Camden Co. 49, Brunswick 21

Cartersville 26, North Paulding 7

Carver, Atlanta 34, Dunwoody 13

Cass 13, Forsyth Central 6

Centennial 28, Lambert 21

Central, Carrollton 55, Hardaway 0

Central, Macon 25, Jordan 7

Central Gwinnett 30, S. Gwinnett 25

Charlton Co. 28, Bacon Co. 12

Chattooga 34, Fellowship Christ. 17

Cherokee 35, Wheeler 26

Chestatee 24, Pepperell 19

Christian Heritage 33, Gordon Lee 0

Colquitt Co. 38, Enterprise, Ala. 10

Columbia 55, Stone Mountain 0

Columbus 34, Manchester 24

Cook 17, Pierce Co. 16

Coosa 35, Rockmart 14

Crawford Co. 27, Stewart Co. 18

Creekside 41, Druid Hills 0

Dacula 21, Berkmar 0

Dalton 44, North Atlanta 3

Darlington 23, King's Ridge Christ. 6

Dodge Co. 40, Savannah 0

Douglas Co. 35, Kennesaw Mtn. 9

Douglass 3, McNair 0

Drew 42, North Clayton 0

Dublin 55, Twiggs Co. 18

Eagle's Landing 16, Jonesboro 8

East Coweta 17, Whitewater 14

Effingham Co. 14, South Effingham 7

Emanuel Co. Institute 42, Portal 14

Etowah 35, Pope 20

Evans 31, Grovetown 10

Fannin Co. 35, Armuchee 0

First Presbyterian 9, Monticello 6

Gainesville 46, Winder-Barrow 6

Grady 29, Redan 20

Grayson 14, Archer 10

Greenville 60, Schley Co. 26

Griffin 53, Eastside 7

Groves 20, Windsor Forest 17

Hancock Central 34, Josey 14

Hapeville 15, Riverside Military 14

Harris Co. 28, Troup 21

Harrison 38, Osborne 12

Hart Co. 17, Thomson 7

Hawkinsville 21, Taylor Co. 0

Heard Co. 14, South Atlanta 0

Hephzibah 40, Glascock Co. 3

Heritage, Ringgold 10, Dawson Co. 6

Hiram 34, Paulding Co. 0

Howard 21, Rutland 0

Islands 14, New Hampstead 13

Jackson 40, Kendrick 2

Jackson, Atlanta 28, Washington 27

Jefferson 28, Commerce 3

Jefferson Co. 14, Wash.-Wilkes 7

Jenkins Co. 14, East Laurens 12

Johnson Co. 28, Wilkinson Co. 12

Jones Co. 43, Greenbrier 6

KIPP Atlanta 23, N. Cobb Christian 6

Kell 49, Sequoyah 35

Lakeside, Atlanta 42, Campbell 38

Lakeview-FO 26, Coahulla Creek 0

Laney 54, Albany 6

Lanier 27, Flowery Branch 12

Locust Grove 48, Pike Co. 19

Loganville 13, Heritage, Conyers 6

Long Co. 28, Metter 20

Lovejoy 27, Hillgrove 24

Lovett 21, Woodward Academy 20

Lowndes 45, Rockdale Co. 15

Luella 52, Forest Park 12

Lumpkin Co. 14, Johnson, Gaines. 3

Marietta 44, South Cobb 28

Marion Co. 40, Dooly Co. 19

Marist 30, Arabia Mountain 0

Mary Persons 29, Lamar Co. 27

McEachern 35, Peachtree Ridge 21

Meadowcreek 14, Clarkston 7

Model 29, Bremen 12

Montgomery Co. 14, Jeff Davis 0

Morgan Co. 32, Greene Co. 22

Mount de Sales 34, Georgia Military 7

Mount Pisgah Christian 28, ELCA 21

Mt. Zion, Carroll 21, Whitefield Ac. 14

Mundy's Mill 49, Union Grove 24

New Manchester 33, Villa Rica 23

North Augusta, S.C. 25, Burke Co. 22

North Cobb 41, Monroe Area 12

Northside, W.R. 38, Lakeside, Ev. 7

Northview 49, North Forsyth 0

Oakleaf, Fla. 31, Wayne Co. 25

Oconee Co. 1, Putnam Co. 0

Ola 29, McIntosh 14

Pacelli 49, Central, Talbotton 6

Parkview 37, Brookwood 24

Peach Co. 48, Southwest 0

Pebblebrook 7, Alcovy 6

Pelham 20, Miller Co. 8

Pinecrest Academy 42, Walker 14

Prince Avenue 28, George Walton 7

Rabun Co. 34, Jackson Co. 21

Richmond Hill 28, Bradwell Institute 7

Ridgeland 17, Dade Co. 0

River Ridge 20, North Springs 14

Roswell 27, Walton 15

Salem 35, Apalachee 6

Sandy Creek 31, Newnan 14

Sav. Christian 31, Sav. C'try Day 10

Screven Co. 38, Wade Hamp., SC 14

Seminole Co. 42, Mitchell Co. 12

Sonoraville 35, North Murray 24

South Aiken, S.C. 35, Glenn Hills 14

South Forsyth 49, Habersham 7

South Paulding 24, East Paulding 14

Sprayberry 58, Woodland, Carters. 0

St. Pius 38, Lithonia 7

Starr's Mill 35, Dutchtown 33

Stephens Co. 28, Blue Ridge, S.C. 0

Stephenson 47, Banneker 6

Stockbridge 38, Morrow 0

Tattnall Square 33, Strong Rock 0

Telfair Co. 48, Treutlen 14

Temple 21, Social Circle 0

Tift Co. 28, Baldwin 12

Toombs Co. 20, Beach 12

Towns Co. 14, Lakeview Academy 6

Trion 29, LaFayette 21

Tucker 51, M.L. King 0

Turner Co. 32, Randolph-Clay 16

Union Co. 49, Andrews, N.C. 20

Upson-Lee 44, Northeast 6

Valdosta 10, Thomasville 0

Ware Co. 24, Coffee 21

Warner Robins 49, Cross Creek 7

Warren Co. 20, Harlem 15

Washington Co. 42, Veterans 3

West Florida, Fla. 19, Cairo 7

West Forsyth 23, Chattahoochee 18

West Hall 38, North Hall 0

Westminster 24, Elbert Co. 7

Westover 31, Northside, Col. 10

Westside, Augusta 40, Lincoln Co. 7

Westside, Macon 36, W. Laurens 10

Wheeler Co. 27, Mount Vernon 26

White Co. 31, Pace Academy 17

Wilcox Co. 21, Calhoun Co. 13

Woodland, Stock. 23, Northgate 14

Woodstock 51, Lassiter 42


Saturday's games

Cedar Grove 23, Miller Grove 18

Clarke Central 44, Cedar Shoals 29

Decatur 20, Towers 16

Houston Co. 42, Richmond Acad. 28

Worth Co. 36, Crisp Co. 27