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Kell 36, East Coweta 34

With eight minutes remaining, Kell had a 15-point lead and the students were already starting the “hey, hey, hey, goodbye” chant. But with 18 seconds showing, the notion of victory had been compromised and the taunting had ceased.  The Longhorns didn’t put it away until nine seconds left when senior Stefan Green intercepted Nate Cronic’s pass. That enabled Kell to kill...

Week 1: 1s and 2s win, Lincoln County crushed

Here’s what went down Friday night: ELCA thrives, Clinch survives Both top-ranked teams on the public and private school sides won their season openers on Friday night. But while Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy won handily, Clinch was in a dogfight.  The Panthers trailed Hebron Christian 17-14 heading into the fourth quarter, after the Lions tandem of sophomore quarterback Colton...

Milton 21, Archer 19

Milton rode the arm and legs of senior quarterback Jordan Yates, and safety Joe Charleston made a play late to help seal a season-opening win for the Eagles, 21-19 over Archer, No. 3 in Class AAAAAAA, in the Friday night finale of the Corky Kell Classic at Georgia State Stadium. Yates, who has committed to Georgia Tech, carried most of the load offensively for Milton as he led all rushers with 108...
Friday football roundup

Friday football roundup

Class AAAAAAAParkview 42, Mountain View 6 The Parkview Panthers and Mountain View Bears opened the season with a rematch of their 2017 Class AAAAAAA elite eight matchup. Similar to their post-season meeting, the Panthers managed to out-pace and out-score the Bears, finding continuous success on the ground. Sophomore running back Cody Brown struck first for Parkview, scoring on their first and second...
Friday football scores

Friday football scores

Abbeville, SC 57, Lincoln County 0 Adairsville 21, Chattooga 20 Aquinas 31, Laney 0 Arabia Mountain 21, Carver-Atlanta 0 Armuchee 28, Murray County 7 Athens Academy 20, Savannah Christian 7 Athens Christian 28, Walker 0 Atkinson County 33, Montgomery County 10 B.E.S.T. Academy 12, KIPP Atlanta Charter 8 Baconton Charter 54, Pataula Charter 14 Bainbridge 35, Seminole County 0 Banneker 34, Lovejoy 16...
Buford 40, Tucker 14

Buford 40, Tucker 14

The matchup between two perennial powerhouses dubbed as two of the state’s better teams didn’t live up to its billing, with the Buford Wolves pummeling Tucker’s Tigers 40-14 on Friday at Georgia State Stadium in the second night of the 27th annual Corky Kell Classic. The Wolves (1-0), ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAA, never trailed and closed the game on a 19-0 run, allowing Tucker &mdash...
Friday Night Chat: Football scores, updates, chat - LIVE

Friday Night Chat: Football scores, updates, chat - LIVE

The first Friday night of Georgia high school football is upon us.  » Follow: Georgia high school football scores Check in here tonight starting at 7 to find scores and updates and discuss the opening weekend of the high school football season. Two big ones are part of the Corky Kell Classic at Georgia State - Buford vs. Tucker followed by Milton vs. Archer. » Buford 40, Tucker...
High school football notebook: Marietta players file petition against GHSA

High school football notebook: Marietta players file petition against GHSA

A petition for an injunction and declaratory judgment was filed against the Georgia High School Association in Cobb County Superior Court this week on behalf of three ineligible Marietta football players. Dawson Ellington, Rashad Torrence and Jalen Hardy lost appeals with the GHSA on Aug. 7 to have their eligibility restored. The GHSA ruled that the players had not made the bona-fide moves in residence...
Four Questions with sports radio host Phil Jones

Four Questions with sports radio host Phil Jones

GHSF Daily is expanding its Four Questions feature this season beyond head coaches to other voices in high school football. Today's interviewee is Phil Jones, co-host of The Afternoon Sports Drive, broadcast weekdays 4-6 p.m. on WJEM 96.1 FM in Valdosta, Jones, also station manager for Talk 107.5 FM in Jasper, Fla, has been a play-by-play voice for Tift County Blue Devils football and baseball and...
National Rankings: Grayson, Marietta top-rated Georgia teams in preseason

National Rankings: Grayson, Marietta top-rated Georgia teams in preseason

Here is where Georgia teams stand in several national preseason polls. GHSF Daily will track the weekly movement of Georgia teams in these polls throughout the season. CalPreps  10. Marietta  14. Grayson  24. Rome  27. Blessed Trinity  28. Colquitt County  39. Archer  42. Walton  45. McEachern  46. Buford  55. North Gwinnett  76. Cedar Grove ...
Rome 51, Marietta 41

Rome 51, Marietta 41

ROME — As two-time defending Class AAAAA champions, the No. 1 ranked Rome Wolves are used to leaning on their defense for victories. On Thursday in the Day 1 nightcap of of the 27th annual Corky Kell Classic, they won with offense, defeating AAAAAAA’s No. 6 Marietta Blue Devils 51-41 at Barron Stadium. For the Wolves (1-0), it was the most points they’ve allowed since 2014, when...
Daily List: Grayson players rated among top 100 seniors in Georgia

Daily List: Grayson players rated among top 100 seniors in Georgia

Ten of the top 100 senior prospects in Georgia play for Grayson, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. No other Georgia team in history, including Grayson's talent-rich 2016 state-championship team, has fielded so many. 2. OL Wanya Morris  3. LB Owen Pappoe  9. DE Kelvin Harris  22. CB Kenyatta Watson  31. OT Trente Jones  41. WR Kenyon Jackson  45. RB Ronald...
Daily Trivia: School that won a state title under head coach Erk Russell

Daily Trivia: School that won a state title under head coach Erk Russell

The Erk Russell Classic will be played Saturday at Georgia Southern's Paulson Stadium. Russell's grandson, Davis, is the head coach at Bremen, which will play Rabun County in one of the Russell Classic games. Erk Russell is best known as Georgia Southern's head coach and Georgia's defensive coordinator, but he won a state championship as a high school head coach in 1953. Which high school team did...
Calhoun 45, Ridgeland 21

Calhoun 45, Ridgeland 21

ROME — It took a half, but the Calhoun Yellow Jackets showed everyone at Barron Stadium why they’re the defending Class AAA champions and the No. 1-ranked team, beating AAAA’s Ridgeland Panthers 45-21 on Thursday to kick off the 27th annual Corky Kell Classic in the season opener for both teams.  Unlike the Yellow Jackets’ state title win over Peach County, they won...
Grayson players stage walkout amid practice conditions

Grayson players stage walkout amid practice conditions

Christian Hunnicutt will remain Grayson’s head coach following a team boycott that took place on Wednesday, sources confirmed to Score Atlanta and the AJC’s Adam Krohn. Initially, players demanded Hunnicutt’s ouster, according to a source. Nearly all of Grayson’s players protested Hunnicutt’s practice conditions, which involved full-force hitting in shorts, a source said...
Report: Issues leading to Grayson walkout resolved, players back at practice

Report: Issues leading to Grayson walkout resolved, players back at practice

Practice issues that led to the walkout of several players on the Grayson High football team have been resolved, according to a report.  Grayson coach Christian Hunnicutt told the Gwinnett Daily Post Thursday that ‘we addressed the issue with our players and our focus is preparing for our opener against Tucker.’  Grayson, the state’s preseason No. 1 team in Class AAAAAAA...
What to watch: Week 1

What to watch: Week 1

The 2018 GHSA football season starts Thursday, headlined by the 27th annual Corky Kell Classic. In Class AA, there are a number of games to keep an eye on and we’ll take a look at them here. No. 5 Thomasville Bulldogs at Cairo SyrupmakersWhen/Where: 7:30 p.m. at West Thomas Stadium2017 records: Thomasville went 12-1; Cairo went 8-4Last meeting: Thomasville won 37-8 in the season...

No. 1 Calhoun appears in Corky Kell; Class AAA takes the field

The time for talk has ended. The 2018 high school football season begins tonight when teams across the state take to the field to begin their treks toward the postseason. Highlighting the weekend will be top-ranked Calhoun’s debut appearance in the Corky Kell Classic at Rome’s Barron Stadium.The defending Class AAA champions will face Cortney Braswell’s Ridgeland Panthers in Braswell&rsquo...
Tucker likely to learn a lot about itself in rugged opening stretch

Tucker likely to learn a lot about itself in rugged opening stretch

The Tucker Tigers appear to be in rebuilding mode, at least on paper.  After all, they return just six starters – four on offense and two on defense. Among the key losses were 1,000-yard rusher Taurean Taylor (signed with Tuskegee), 1,000-yard receiver Josh Vann (South Carolina) and four-star lineman Dylan Wonnum (South Carolina).  On top of that, the Tigers have a brutal non-region...

Top Games of Week 1

Here are some of the top games of Week 1 of the 2018 season: No. 2 (Private) Prince Avenue Christian vs. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian, Friday. Neither team is easing into the season. PAC is challenging itself by opening up against one of the state’s most improved programs. The Mustangs have improved from 2-8 five seasons ago, to 7-5 last year and the school’s first ever state playoff win. MVP...
Four Questions with sports commentator Hutson Mason

Four Questions with sports commentator Hutson Mason

GHSF Daily is expanding its Four Questions feature this season beyond head coaches to other voices in high school football. Today's interviewee is former Georgia and Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason, now a sports radio host and college football color commentator. Mason and Matt Stewart will be calling Saturday's Walton-Mill Creek and North Gwinnett-Brookwood games at the Corky Kell Classic on WATL...
Daily List: Head coaches with at least five career stops in Georgia

Daily List: Head coaches with at least five career stops in Georgia

Rick Tomberlin is the new head coach at Appling County, his alma mater. Appling is the ninth school for which Tomberlin has been a head coach. Only two men - current Miller County coach Brent Miller and retired Savannah Christian coach Jack Miller - have been head coaches at more Georgia schools. Below are those with six or more career stops, plus eight active coaches with five. This list includes...
Daily Trivia: Schools with Super 11 selections in three consecutive seasons

Daily Trivia: Schools with Super 11 selections in three consecutive seasons

There have been seven schools that have placed members on the AJC Super 11 for three consecutive seasons or more. The seventh occurred this season. Which school was it? The first six were Thomasville - Alphonso Ellis (1986), Shawn Jones (1987), Mike Jones (1988), Charles Bostic (1989); Dunwoody - Kevin Kimbell (1988), Russ Young (1989), Rodney Shelton (1990); Washington County - Demetro Stephens (1993)...
Top 10 games of Week 1

Top 10 games of Week 1

Blessed Trinity at St. Pius When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, George B. Maloof Stadium, Atlanta  Records, rankings: Blessed Trinity (14-1 in 2017) is No. 1 in Class AAAA; St. Pius (8-6 in 2017) is No. 6 in AAAA.  Last meeting: Blessed Trinity won 35-21 in 2017.  Things to know: The series between these Catholic schools is tied 5-5. Blessed Trinity has won the last five. Blessed Trinity...

Maxwell Week 1 projections

Each game is listed showing the game rate, favorite, the expected winning percentage of the favored team, the projected margin, and the opponent. The game rating is the rating required to win 50% of all games in an infinite round robin competition against the expected rating of the loser of the game, which favors games with highly rated and closely matched opponents.  All data is courtesy of...
Five games to watch: Kell gets things started in Benz

Five games to watch: Kell gets things started in Benz

When Brett Sloan took over the program at Kell a year ago, he felt like he was jumping into a moving vehicle. Longtime coach Derek Cook, who had taken the team to four region championships during his nine seasons, had moved into administration and Sloan, then an assistant at Walton, had been hired in April. Now, as he prepares for his second season, Sloan is more comfortable with the situation as...
POY Watch: Grayson’s Pappoe checks all the boxes

POY Watch: Grayson’s Pappoe checks all the boxes

For the eighth season, GHSF Daily will be keeping track of the race for state player of the year. Unlike all-state teams or the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super 11, which reflect players' individual talents, the POY Top 10 stresses players' projected impact on the teams and the state as a whole.  Georgia's all-classification players of the year are more likely to be quarterbacks and running...
Four Questions with Corky Kell Classic executive director Dave Hunter

Four Questions with Corky Kell Classic executive director Dave Hunter

GHSF Daily is expanding its Four Questions feature this season beyond head coaches to other voices in high school football. Today's interviewee is former Dave Hunter, executive director of the Corky Kell Classic. Hunter is a former head coach and athletics director at Brookwood. He was inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June. 1. What is your most memorable Corky...
Daily List: Teams with the most victories since 2000

Daily List: Teams with the most victories since 2000

These are the schools with the most victories since 2000, ranked in their current classifications. Records for all schools can be found on GHSFHA. (184-41-0) - Camden County  (175-47-0) - Lowndes  (161-51-0) - Grayson  (157-60-0) - North Gwinnett  (151-68-0) - Brookwood  (151-68-0) - Parkview  (151-74-0) - Colquitt County  (147-62-0) - McEachern  (145-61-0)...
Daily Trivia: Last Class A player to win all-classification player of the year award

Daily Trivia: Last Class A player to win all-classification player of the year award

Clinch County LB/RB Trezmen Marshall is No. 5 in GHSF Daily's preseason Player of the Year Watch. Who was the last Class A player to win an all-classification player-of-the-year award in Georgia? (Answer Thursday) Answer to Tuesday's question: The schools that have the most victories this decade in each classification are Camden County, Northside (Warner Robins), Buford, Marist, Calhoun, Fitzgerald...

10 Teams (5 public, 5 private) to Watch and More

Football season is back! To get things started, here’s an early snapshot including a look at five teams to watch on both the public and private sides. Defending champs: Eagle’s Landing Christian completed one of the most dominant seasons in Georgia high school history, finishing undefeated (14-0) and winning the private title, 55-3, over Athens Academy. It was the Chargers’ third...
5 teams to watch

5 teams to watch

Get ready for another competitive season in Georgia’s middle classification. Last year showcased the depth of the classification with a highly-competitive regular season and its unforgettable postseason. Here are 5 teams with great storylines worth following this season.      1. Blessed Trinity  2018 Outlook: Blessed Trinity made an incredible run to capture its first-ever...

Class AAA football has new look, but the top dogs are still biting

The Class AAA high school football landscape will be vastly different in 2018 than in previous years with the addition of two high-caliber programs from other classifications. Benedictine, which moved up from AA, and Jefferson, which moved down from AAAA, will shake up their respective regions and impact the balance of power across the classification. The rankings (listed below) reflect their immediate...

Best 10 in class: 1. Grayson, 2. Colquitt County ... 

This is the week it all starters. Here’s a closer look at the top 10 teams in Class AAAAAAA – 1. Grayson – The Rams are ranked in the top 10 of two national polls. They have a record 10 of the top 100 senior prospects in Georgia, per the 247Sports Composite, so that’s the reason, and a good one. No team is more talented. Ronald Thompkins, a running back injured much of last...
Region 1 looks ready to continue its championship run

Region 1 looks ready to continue its championship run

Region 1 has dominated Class AAAAAA football in the state since the Georgia High School Association’s most recent reclassification dropped Valdosta and Lee County into the second-highest classification at the start of the 2016 season. Both teams have taken their turns bringing home the state championship (Valdosta in 2016, and Lee County last year), but the other teams in the five-school region...
Top teams getting a boost from transfers

Top teams getting a boost from transfers

High-profile offseason transfers have become as much a part of Georgia high school football today as marching bands, cheerleaders and coaching whistles. Here are some of the more prominent players to move this offseason:  *Jonquavous Brown (Grovetown): Brown, a running back with some mid-major offers, rushed for 1,422 yards in 10 games last season for Greenbrier. Only one team held him below...
Four Questions with recruiting analyst Rusty Mansell

Four Questions with recruiting analyst Rusty Mansell

GHSF Daily is expanding its Four Questions feature this season beyond head coaches to other voices in high school football. Today's interviewee is Rusty Mansell, a recruiting analyst for 247Sports for the past eight years. He is the director of player personal for the Elite Classic All-Star games in Georgia and is a member of the Adidas All-American selection committee. A native of Rome, he was a...
Daily List: Schools that have improved the most this decade over last

Daily List: Schools that have improved the most this decade over last

Stockbridge was 24-76 in the century's first decade but is 85-18 since. The improvement of 61 victories is by far the largest of any school in the state among schools that have fielded teams each year since 2000. 61 - Stockbridge  39 - Marion County*  37 - Lee County  35 - Rabun County  33 - Aquinas  31 - Monroe Area  30 - Richmond Hill  30 - Calvary Day  29...
Daily Trivia: Schools with the most victories this decade

Daily Trivia: Schools with the most victories this decade

Which schools have the most victories this decade in each classification? (Answer Wednesday) Answer to Monday's question: Stockbridge is the school that has improved its victory total by a state-best 61 wins from 2000-09 to 2010-18. Kevin Whitley was hired as the team's head coach in 2009. (See Daily List above). 
Song remains the same as far as state contenders

Song remains the same as far as state contenders

Things don’t appear to change much this fall in Class AAAAA, where the same familiar faces will be favored to contend for the state championship.   It all begins with No. 1-ranked Rome, which starts the season with a 27-game winning streak. The Wolves lost their entire defensive line and will need to reconstruct much of the defense, although that side of the ball looked good in a preseason...
Maxwell 2018 preseason playoff projections

Maxwell 2018 preseason playoff projections

Below are the current Maxwell Ratings' playoff projections for each class.   The Maxwell Ratings playoff projections are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2017 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons. While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure as defined by the games, region alignments, and...
10 things to know before high school football season kicks off 

10 things to know before high school football season kicks off 

The Georgia high school football season begins Thursday with the first of 171 games scheduled for the opening week. Here are some things to know about the 2018 season:   Best openers: Nine games this week match ranked teams, three that are part of the three-day Corky Kell Classic. Those are Rome vs. Marietta on Thursday at Rome’s Barron Stadium, Tucker vs. Buford on Friday at Georgia...
Maxwell 2018 preseason rankings

Maxwell 2018 preseason rankings

The Maxwell Ratings will rank the Georgia High School Association's 422 teams throughout the 2018 season. The ratings are based entirely on historical performance and on field results and do not consider personnel changes on the roster or coaching staffs. Interesting results: - By the middle of last season it was practically a given Grayson would meet Lowndes for the state title, but each were surprisingly...
2018’s best new games begin in Corky Kell Classic, Week 1

2018’s best new games begin in Corky Kell Classic, Week 1

Georgia football teams typically schedule their games for two-year contracts. That means some intriguing new matchups are added every two years.  Here are 10 of the best games of 2018 that were not played in 2017. Three are this week.  *Marietta at Rome (Thursday): Two-time defending Class AAAAA champion Rome puts its 27-game winning streak on the line against nationally ranked Marietta...
Projected top players by position: Best special-teams players

Projected top players by position: Best special-teams players

More place-kickers are committed to Division I schools than usual this season. Among those are Westminster's Charlie Ham (Duke), Dalton's Iva Mora (Wake Forest) and Northside-Warner Robins' Cory Munson (Western Kentucky). Others have offers.  "Schools used to treat kickers as second-class recruits," said Joe Sturniolo, Ham's position coach at Westminster. "Some schools are finally...
Daily Trivia: Most improved team over previous decade

Daily Trivia: Most improved team over previous decade

Which school has improved its victory total the most (by 61 wins) this decade from the previous decade? Hint: This school hired a new coach in 2009. (Question applies only to schools that have fielded varsity football teams each season since 2000.) Answer to Friday's question: Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship played at Sprayberry. Mississippi State defensive lineman Montez Sweatt played at Stephenson...
Four Questions with official Bill Palmer

Four Questions with official Bill Palmer

GHSF Daily is expanding its Four Questions feature this season beyond head coaches to other voices in high school football. Today's interviewee is Bill Palmer, the executive assigning secretary for the Northeast Georgia Officials Association in Elberton. Palmer has officiated Georgia high school football games for 47 years. 1. What is the most memorable game that you've officiated? "The most...
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