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Tuesday Sept 16, 2014

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9Benson breaks Marietta rushing record

KirVonte Benson didn't begin playing football until he was a sophomore at Marietta. Now a senior, the former state 100-meters champion (10.6 seconds) has emerged as a Division I prospect.

 

Benson broke Derrick Tinsley's 17-year-old school rushing record against South Cobb last week, when he ran for 320 yards. Tinsley, who later played at Tennessee, is now Marietta's running backs coach.

 

"KirVonte is 5-8, 190-plus pounds, so he runs with a lot of power," Marietta coach Scott Burton said. "He also won the AAAAAA 100-meter state championship his sophomore year, so he is obviously very fast as well. He is still very raw, but his ceiling is unbelievably high."

 

Benson has 682 yards on 94 carries (7.25 ypc) and seven touchdowns on the season. Burton notes that Benson scored 24 on his first attempt at the ACT.

 

Top five

*B.E.S.T. Academy RB Deshawn Waller, pressed into quarterback duty because of injury, was 11-for-20 passing for 208 yards and two touchdowns in a 22-6 victory over Therrell. He also rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown.

 

*Houston County RB Kenny Gant rushed for 231 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries and scored a fourth touchdown on an 85-yard kickoff return in a 42-28 victory over Richmond Academy. Gant had five catches for 51 yards.

 

*Lowndes OLB Corveon White had five tackles for losses - including two sacks - for 24 yards in losses in a 45-15 victory over Rockdale County. White also had a team-leading seven solo tackles. White has 11 tackles for losses on the season and six of Lowndes' 12 sacks.

 

*Marietta RB KirVonte Benson rushed for a school-record 320 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries in a 44-28 victory over South Cobb. Benson also caught a pass for 43 yards and returned a punt 10 yards, giving him 373 total yards. Benson has 682 yards and seven touchdowns on 94 carries for the season.

 

*Schley County RB/LB Tra Minter rushed for 325 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in a 60-26 loss to Greenville. Minter also had eight solo tackles.

 

Lines of distinction

*Howard rushed for 238 yards in just one half plus three plays in a rain-shortened 21-0 victory over Rutland. Paving the way were LTAlamin Younis, LG Bryce Fincher, C Daniel Allen, RG Cody Varner and RT Ahamad ThomasTahjae Lockett rushed for 217 of those yards.

 

*Pinecrest Academy rushed for 471 yards out of its triple-option offense in a 42-14 victory over Walker. Paving the way were CBrian Flanagan, LT Garrison Winter, LG Gatlin Winter, LGRegan Koehler, RT Luke Delbalzo and RG Logan Stafford.Ryan McCarthy rushed for a school-record 211 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries.

 

Best of the rest

*Alpharetta CB Devin Mayers intercepted two passes, returning one 65 yards for a touchdown, in a 31-10 victory over Johns Creek.

 

*Archer PK Cole Fisher made a 55-yard field goal in a 14-10 loss to Grayson.

 

*Banks County RB/LB Trevae Cain rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, caught two passes for 29 yards, and had three tackles and forced a fumble, which he recovered, in a 43-0 victory over East Jackson.

 

*Carver (Atlanta) RB Gregory Peyton rushed for 286 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries and scored on runs of 40, 73 and 82 yards in a 34-13 victory over Dunwoody.

 

*Central Gwinnett LB Adonis Thomas had 11 tackles, two sacks and three tackles for losses in a 30-25 victory over South Gwinnett.

 

*Chattahoochee WR Isaac Kinsey had seven catches for 124 yards and a touchdown in a 23-18 loss to West Forsyth.

 

*Christian Heritage RB/FS Ahmaad Tanner rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns and intercepted a pass in a 33-0 victory over Gordon Lee.

 

*Creekside DB Joshua Moon had 12 tackles and a sack and returned a punt for a touchdown in a 41-0 victory over Druid Hills.

 

*Dalton LB/QB Jase Chastain had 11 tackles, forced a fumble and rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown in a 44-3 victory over North Atlanta.

 

*Griffin RB Malik Miller scored five touchdowns and rushed for 151 yards in a 53-7 victory over Eastside.

 

*Jackson (Atlanta) QB Keenan Moore was 18-of-22 passing - completing 16 straight at one point - for 276 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-27 victory over Washington. Orenzo Smithand Quintavius Monday, both WR/DBs, each had more than 100 yards receiving and seven tackles.

 

*Jefferson County QB Will Jordan, who missed his sophomore and junior seasons because of injury, rushed for 100 yards for the first time in his career (102) and threw a 31-yard TD pass for a 14-0 lead in a 14-7 victory over second-ranked Washington-Wilkes.

 

*Jones County DB Tyri Solomon had three interceptions and returned two for touchdowns (85 and 41 yards) in a 43-6 victory over Greenbrier. Sophomore QB Bradley Hunnicutt was 15-of-17 passing for 234 yards and three touchdowns.

 

*Locust Grove sophomore WR Champ Leddon scored on a 13-yard run, 85-yard kickoff return and receptions of 37 and 34 yards in a 48-19 victory over Pike County. He also averaged 41 yards per punt.

 

*Marion County RB/WR/DB Lorenzo Smothers rushed for 61 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries and caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 40-19 victory over Dooly County.

 

*Meadowcreek QB Kalu Onumah rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown and passed for 128 yards and a score in a 14-7 victory over Clarkson. Meadowcreek now has victories in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2002-03.

 

*Mount Pisgah Christian QB Aaron Winchester was 12-of-16 passing for 181 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in a 28-21 victory over Eagle's Landing Christian.

 

*Mount Vernon Presbyterian sophomore RB Ahmir Lee rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-26 loss to Wheeler County. Lee rushed for 209 yards the previous week against Towns County.

 

*Mundy's Mill RB/LB Khalid Hylton rushed for 205 yards on 22 carries and had eight tackles on defense in a 49-24 victory over Union Grove.

 

*Northside (Warner Robins) RB Willie Jordan rushed for 158 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries in a 38-7 victory over Lakeside of Evans.

 

*Parkview LB Stephen Moye had 10 tackles, three for losses, in a 37-24 victory over Brookwood.

 

*River Ridge FB Tremain Carr rushed for 226 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries in a 20-14 victory over North Springs.

 

*Roswell LB Tre Lamar had 12 tackles - one that stuffed a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak - and broke up two passes in a 27-15 victory over Walton.

 

*Tift County RB Berry Bennett rushed for 115 yards on 19 carries in a rain-shortened 26-12 victory over Baldwin.

 

*Troup WR Tremayne Tolbert caught seven passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-21 loss to Harris County.

 

*Union Grove PK Shawn Davis kicked a 50-yard field goal in a 49-24 loss to Mundy's Mill. Davis, who has an offer from Air Force, has three field goals and eight touchbacks on the season. He missed one 54-yard attempt that hit the crossbar.

 

*Warren County RB Timothy Seals rushed for 111 yards - his fourth straight of more than 100 - in a 20-15 victory over Harlem. Seals has 507 yards in Warren's 2-2 start.

 

*West Hall LB/TE Isiah Rowe blocked two punts in a 38-0 victory over North Hall. West Hall has begun the season with three shutouts.

 

*Westover RB Qundez Carter rushed for 251 yards on 11 carries and scored on runs of 43, 10 and 98 yards in a 31-10 victory over Northside of Columbus.

 

*Woodland (Stockbridge) LB Tre Allen had 19 tackles in a 23-14 victory over Northgate.

 

*Woodward Academy RB Elijah Holyfield rushed for 260 yards on 38 carries - including one stretch of 24 straight carries over four drives - in a 21-20 loss to Lovett.

 

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Region Standing: Class AAAAA

Region 1-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week*

Carver (Columbus)

0-0

2-1

Did not play

vs. Troup (Thu., CM)

Columbus

0-0

2-1

d. Manchester 34-24

at Marion Co.

Harris County

0-0

1-2

d. Troup 28-21

vs. Callaway

LaGrange

0-0

1-2

Did not play

at Mary Persons

Northside (Col.)

0-0

1-2

l. to Westover 31-10

at Upson-Lee

Shaw

0-0

1-2

Did not play

vs. Northeast (K)

Hardaway

0-0

0-4

l. to Central, Carroll 55-0

Does not play

 

Region 2-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Houston County

2-0

3-0

d. Richmond Acd. 42-28

at Warner Robins (MT)

Jones County

2-0

3-0

d. Greenbrier 43-6

vs. Northside, W. Robins

Northside (W.R.)

2-0

3-0

d. Lakeside, Evans 38-7

at Jones Co.

Warner Robins

2-0

2-1

d. Cross Creek 49-7

vs. Houston Co. (MT)

Evans

1-1

2-1

d. Grovetown 31-10

at Lakeside, Evans

Lakeside (Evans)

1-1

1-2

l. to Northside, WR 38-7

vs. Evans

Cross Creek

0-2

1-2

l. to Warner Robins 49-7

at Grovetown

Greenbrier

0-2

1-2

l. to Jones Co. 43-6

vs. Richmond Academy

Grovetown

0-2

1-2

l. to Evans 31-10

vs. Cross Creek

Richmond Academy

0-2

0-2-1

l. to Houston Co. 42-28

at Greenbrier

 

Region 3-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Effingham County

1-0

3-0

d. South Effingham 14-7

at Brunswick (GL)

Ware County

1-0

3-0

d. Coffee 24-21

at Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill

1-0

2-0

d. Bradwell Institute 28-7

vs. Ware Co.

Glynn Academy

1-0

2-1

Did not play

at Coffee

Statesboro

0-0

0-2

Did not play

at South Effingham

Coffee

0-1

2-1

l. to Ware Co. 24-21

vs. Glynn Academy

Brunswick

0-1

1-2

l. to Camden Co. 49-21

vs. Effingham Co. (GL)

South Effingham

0-1

1-2

l. to Effingham Co. 14-7

vs. Statesboro

Bradwell Institute

0-1

0-3

l. to Richmond Hill 28-7

Does not play

 

Region 4-AAAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Drew

0-0

2-1

d. North Clayton 42-0

Does not play

McIntosh

0-0

1-2

l. to Ola 29-14

vs. Mundy's Mill

Morrow

0-0

1-2

l. to Stockbridge 38-0

at Northgate

Mundy's Mill

0-0

1-2

d. Union Grove 49-24

at McIntosh

Northgate

0-0

1-2

l. to W'land, Stk. 23-14

vs. Morrow

Starr's Mill

0-0

1-2

d. Dutchtown 35-33

at Forest Park (T)

Forest Park

0-0

0-3

l. to Luella 52-12

vs. Starr's Mill (T)

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Woodland (Stock.)

0-0

4-0

d. Northgate 23-14

Does not play

Luella

0-0

3-1

d. Forest Park 52-12

Does not play

Ola

0-0

2-1

d. McIntosh 29-14

vs. Lamar Co.

Stockbridge

0-0

2-1

d. Morrow 38-0

vs. Rockdale Co.

Union Grove

0-0

1-2

l. to Mundy's Mill 49-24

vs. Tri-Cities

Dutchtown

0-0

1-3

l. to Starr's Mill 35-33

Does not play

 

Region 5-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Allatoona

3-0

4-0

d. Lithia Springs 42-6

Does not play

Alexander

2-0

3-0

d. Chapel Hill 49-11

Does not play

New Manchester

2-0

3-0

d. Villa Rica 33-23

Does not play

South Paulding

2-0

3-0

d. East Paulding 24-14

Does not play

Hiram

1-1

2-1

d. Paulding Co. 33-0

Does not play

Lithia Springs

1-1

1-2

l. to Allatoona 42-6

Does not play

East Paulding

0-2

1-2

l. to S. Paulding 24-14

Does not play

Paulding County

0-2

1-2

l. to Hiram 33-0

Does not play

Chapel Hill

0-2

0-3

l. to Alexander 42-11

Does not play

Villa Rica

0-3

1-3

l. to New Manch. 33-23

Does not play

Region 6-AAAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Druid Hills

0-0

2-1

l. to Creekside 41-0

Does not play

Dunwoody

0-0

2-1

l. to Carver, Atl.34-13

at Lakeside, Atl. (ND)

Miller Grove

0-0

2-1

l. to Cedar Grove 23-18

at Banneker

Southwest DeKalb

0-0

2-1

Did not play

at Mays (Sat., GD)

Stephenson

0-0

2-1

d. Banneker 47-6

at Creekside

M.L. King

0-0

0-3

l. to Tucker 51-0

at Carver, Atl. (Sat., GD)

Clarkston

 

0-4

l. to Meadowcreek 14-7

vs. Woodward Ac. (HS)

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Carver (Atlanta)

0-0

3-1

d. Dunwoody 34-13

vs. M.L. King (Sat., GD)

Creekside

0-0

3-1

d. Druid Hills 41-0

vs. Stephenson

Mays

0-0

2-1

Did not play

vs. SWD (Sat., GD)

Tri-Cities

0-0

1-1

Did not play

at Union Grove

Banneker

0-0

0-3

l. to Stephenson 47-6

vs. Miller Grove

 

Region 7-AAAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Cass

0-0

2-1

d. Forsyth Central 13-6

at Dalton

Dalton

0-0

2-1

d. North Atlanta 44-3

vs. Cass

River Ridge

0-0

2-1

d. North Springs 20-14

vs. Sequoyah

Rome

0-0

0-2

l. to Cambridge 38-21

at Creekview

Creekview

0-0

0-3

l. to Blessed Trinity 37-0

vs. Rome

Sequoyah

0-0

0-3

l. to Kell 49-35

at River Ridge

Woodland (Carters.)

0-0

0-3

l. to Sprayberry 58-0

Does not play

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Cambridge

0-0

3-0

d. Rome 38-21

Does not play

Kell

0-0

3-0

d. Sequoyah 49-35

vs. Forsyth Central

Riverwood

0-0

3-0

Did not play

vs. North Atlanta

Forsyth Central

0-0

2-1

l. to Cass 13-6

at Kell

North Atlanta

0-0

1-2

l. to Dalton 44-3

at Riverwood

Sprayberry

0-0

1-2

d. Woodland, Cart. 58-0

vs. North Springs

North Springs

0-0

0-3

l. to River Ridge 20-14

at Sprayberry

 

Region 8-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Lanier

2-0

3-0

d. Flowery Branch 27-12

vs. Cedar Shoals

Salem

2-0

2-1

d. Apalachee 35-6

at Clarke Central

Loganville

1-0

2-0

d. Heritage, Con. 13-6

at Winder-Barrow

Gainesville

1-0

1-1

l. to Winder-Barrow 46-6

at Apalachee

Clarke Central

1-1

1-2

d. Cedar Shoals 44-29

vs. Salem

Winder-Barrow

1-1

1-2

l. to Gainesville 46-6

vs. Loganville

Flowery Branch

0-1

1-1

l. to Lanier 27-12

vs. Heritage, Conyers

Cedar Shoals

0-1

0-2

l. to Clarke Cent. 44-29

at Lanier

Apalachee

0-2

0-3

l. to Salem 35-6

vs. Gainesville

Heritage (Conyers)

0-2

0-3

l. to Loganville 13-6

at Flowery Branch

 

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: CM - Columbus Memorial; GD - Georgia Dome; GL - Glynn County; HS - Hallford; K - Kinnett; MT - McConnell-Talbert; ND - North DeKalb; T - Tara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 10 regulars

Lowndes was ranked in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll for the 250th time this week. Here are the schools that have been ranked at least 250 times in the AJC rankings since 1952, when the poll began. Half weeks were credited until 1982, when the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution polls merged. Before then, it was possible to be ranked in one, but not the other, and half weeks were credited. Teams highlighted in blue are ranked this week.

 

596.5 - Valdosta

569 - Lincoln Co./Lincolnton

541 - Carrollton

426 - Marist

422.5 - Buford

387 - Gainesville

379.5 - Warner Robins

370.5 - Thomasville

366 - Americus

363 - LaGrange

348.5 - Dalton

347.5 - Cairo

331.5 - Mary Persons

321.5 - Cartersville

315 - Statesboro

312.5 - Tucker

312.5 - Commerce

311.5 - Charlton County

301 - Southwest DeKalb

292 - Clinch County

288.5 - Griffin

281 - Washington-Wilkes

282 - Dublin

280.5 - Thomson

271 - Bremen

270.5 - Fitzgerald

264.5 - Peach County

258.5 - Vidalia

256 - Lovett

255.5 - Northside (W. Robins)

250 - Lowndes

 

Sources: GHSFHA.com and Loren Maxwell

Trivia

Archer's Cole Fisher kicked a 55-yard field game last week against Grayson. What is the longest field goal in Georgia history, and who made it? (Answer Wednesday)

 

Answer to Monday's question: Carrollton ranks third behind Valdosta (595) and Lincoln County/Lincolnton (569) in total weeks in the AJC rankings at 541 weeks. See the Daily List for all schools with 250 weeks or more.

 

Four Questions Presented By Georgia EMC    

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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.

 

Craig Chatman, Lithia Springs

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? "I have been very fortunate in my short time in coaching to be able to work with some outstanding coaches that taught me something in each area of the game. C.W. Campbell was a stickler for the details and being very specific in the daily operation of a program. Al Hughes taught me so much about how to handle people and situations. He was the master of dealing with players and personalities/egos. Al was also about 10 years ahead of everybody else with his devotion to the spread offense. Clint Burton with his creativity and Kevin "Bull" Jones with his aggressive style are other coaches that I have learned a great deal from. Obviously, the person with the most influence would be Coach Hughes. I worked with him for 15 years and he gave me the responsibilities that prepared me for my current job. Coach Hughes saw something in me early that he liked, and without his confidence in me, I probably wouldn't be at Lithia Springs today."

 

2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? "Easy, Hines Ward, Forest Park. Unbelievable athlete. Morgan Burnette, North Clayton, was the best I have coached against."

 

3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach? "2011 Tucker Tigers. Played them in the Class AAAA finals. Excellent team with great speed and discipline. 2012 Norcross Blue Devils. Played in the Class AAAAAA finals. Explosive team with size and speed. I mean, both teams won 15 games. How do you choose?"

 

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 am sure that Dr. Phillips is probably tired of hearing about the acclimation practices, but the one thing I would change would be the escalation of the acclimation practice. Start a week earlier, go four days in helmets for two hours, then three days in shells for 2.5 hours before you get into full gear. It would allow for the players to acclimate over a longer period and in specific steps. I believe we have to look at this due to the shrinking summer vacation and the limits placed on padded practices."

 

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