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Best 10 games in Georgia this week

Allatoona at Dalton

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Harmon Field at Bill Chappell Stadium, Dalton

Records, rankings: Allatoona is 3-0 and unranked in Class AAA; Dalton is 2-1 and unranked in AAA.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to watch: 1. Allatoona’s Miles Jones, who rushed for more than 1,200 last season, finished with 228 yards and five touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 55-14 blowout of Southeast Whitfield last week. 2. Allatoona averaged 32 points in its first three games, but it will be facing a Dalton team that has recorded consecutive shutouts after a 27-14 loss to Calhoun in its opener. 3. Dalton’s Toombs Norman recovered two fumbles, one of which he returned 40 yards for a touchdown, and intercepted a pass in the Catamounts’ 28-0 victory against Gilmer last week.

Brunswick at Valdosta

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Cleveland Field at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium, Valdosta

Records, rankings: Brunswick is 2-1 and unranked in Class AAAA; Valdosta is 3-0 …

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Basketball: Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt and UGA’s Mark Fox observe Miller Grove prospects at 6 a.m.

Brandon Morris (No. 31 shooting the ball) has offers from UGA, Clemson and Auburn, among others (AJC photo)

Brandon Morris (No. 31 shooting the ball) has offers from UGA, Clemson and Auburn, among others (AJC photo)

You’ve got to be good to have college coaches, including Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt and UGA’s Mark Fox, show up at 6 a.m.

There are some good players at Miller Grove, the two-time defending Class AAAA champions.

When the DeKalb County powerhouse had voluntary early morning workouts recently, 15 schools were represented, including the head coaches of Georgia Tech and UGA. Assistants from Duke, Florida, Florida State and Alabama, among others, also attended.

On Tuesday at 6 a.m., there were more coaches, including representatives from Ohio State, Wichita State, Auburn and Georgia State. Florida coach Billy Donovan was also in attendance.

“They weren’t coming to see the workouts … they were coming to let our guys know ‘Hey, we’re here because we’re recruiting you,’” said Miller Grove coach Sharman White.

Who are the main attractions?

Tony Parker, the 6-9 power forward who …

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Florida, Clemson, Virginia, Florida State, Wake Forest watch Milton High’s boatload of basketball prospects

Is Florida's Billy Donovan about to try to raid Milton High for prospects? (AP)

Is Florida's Billy Donovan about to try to raid Milton High for prospects? (AP)

The college basketball world invaded Milton High on Tuesday night.

Florida’s Billy Donovan, Clemson’s Brad Brownell, Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton, Wake Forest’s Jeff Bzdelik, and Virginia’s Tony Bennett were the headliners in town to watch Milton High’s fleet of college prospects. The team had voluntary workouts on Tuesday night in front of the college head coaches. Assistants from other schools, including Ohio State, were also in attendance.

“We had a boatload of coaches there,” Milton coach David Boyd said. “I got to speak to one of my heroes, Billy Donovan. We got to be friends when I was at Berkmar and we played in a tournament in Florida. He let us practice at his place. He’s a great coach, and he couldn’t believe how nice our facilities were at Milton High School.”

Let’s move on to the important business: Which college was there to see which Milton player?

Florida likes a pair of Milton …

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High-scoring games a growing trend; Flowery Branch is a main culprit

Flowery Branch’s 52-35 victory over Apalachee last week was not unusual – not for Flowery Branch.

In 2009, Flowery Branch joined Charlton County and Lassiter in becoming the first teams in GHSA history to play four games in which both teams scored more than 30 points.

Lassiter played in five – and won them all. Charlton was 2-1-1, and Flowery Branch was 2-2.

The fact that three teams did it in 2009 was almost inevitable, given the trend. The prevalence of high-scoring games has been on a sharp rise since 1990. Before that, games in which both teams scored more than 30 points were occurring only about three or four times a season. There were six of those kinds of games played last week alone. M.L. King has played in two of those games this season.

We’ve compiled a few numbers with the help of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

GHSA games in which both teams scored more than 30 points, by decade:

1950-59: 11

1960-69: 20

1970-79: 25

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Lineup for Wednesday’s GPB Sports Central

On GPB Sports Central Wednesday Night at 7:30 on Georgia Public Broadcasting …

*Former Georgia head football coach Vince Dooley stops by and talks with Gil Tyree about how high school football has changed over the years and his experiences as a player in high school.

*Niki Noto has a story on Falcons president Rich McKay and his son John, who is the quarterback at Holly Innocents’; it’s a tale of father and son, a quarterback and president and the bond that brings them together.

*Jon Nelson went down to Valdosta to talk with coach Rance Gillespie and his regenerated program, at one time one of the best in the nation, a school that has won 23 state titles and six mythical national championships.

*Mark Harmon popped over to Tucker High Schiool where three of their players on defense have committed to play college football at Georgia, Auburn and Stanford.

We also have the latest AJC/GPB Top 10 Football poll from the Georgia High School Football Daily, a volleyball report, …

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Top individual performances last week

Here are some of the top performances we’ve found for last week. Let us know if there were some comparable games that we missed.

Two that stand out most to us are a freshman from Apalachee rushing for 262 yards, or basically anything involving the Apalachee-Flowery Branch game. Meanwhile, Hawkinsville’s Fabian Forrest is the suspected state leader in rushing yards now with 758 in three games.

 

  • Allatoona RB Miles Jordan rushed for 225 yards and five touchdowns in a 55-14 victory over Southeast Whitfield.
  • Apalachee freshman RB Stanley Williams rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-35 loss to Flowery Branch. Teammate Alex Camp, a senior, had 225 rushing and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
  • Baldwin QB DeAndre Thomas was 10-of-11 passing for 113 yards and scored two touchdowns rushing in a 35-0 victory over Westside.
  • Berkmar QB Xaviir Briggs threw for 200 yards and rushed for 142 in a 47-23 victory over Central Gwinnett.
  • Calhoun QB Landon Curtis was 15-of-18 passing …

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Expert analysis of Carver-Columbus All-American Isaiah Crowell, the USA’s No. 1 high school RB???

crowell_0831_658813g.jpgHow good is Carver-Columbus High’s Isaiah Crowell? Is he worthy of being considered the nation’s No. 1 tailback in high school? Or is that a bunch of hype?

We asked someone who would know: Buford coach Jess Simpson, who played college football at Auburn and later served as a graduate assistant at the SEC school. Simpson has led Buford to three straight Class AA state championships, and seen many of Georgia’s top running backs over the years as an assistant and head coach.

Two weeks ago, Crowell rushed for 188 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown, in a 14-0 win over Buford.

“We’ve played against some kids that have been really, really good,” said Simpson, reeling off an elite list that included UGA’s Caleb King (Greater Atlanta Christian), Brad Lester (Parkview HS and Auburn) and Monte Williams (Commerce HS), among others.

“I can honestly tell you, and no disrespect to any of those other guys, that the Crowell kid is better than any of them. You can’t look at him and say ‘He’s …

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Basketball: Norcross High’s Josiah Moore commits to Nebraska over Auburn, Georgia State, others

Norcross High combo guard Josiah Moore has pledged to sign a basketball scholarship with Nebraska.

Nebraska-bound Josiah Moore (Special)

Nebraska-bound Josiah Moore (Special)

The 6-foot-5 Moore was also considering Auburn, Marquette, Georgia State and Georgia Southern. He averaged 9 points last year for Norcross.

“[Nebraska] is will be moving into the Big Ten conference and that was very appealing to me,” Moore said in a statement. “I think it will be a good opportunity to play my freshman year and against some good competition every night.”

Moore was a key player for Norcross, which posted a 27-3 record last year and nearly upset eventual state champion Milton High in the playoffs. Said Norcross coach Jesse McMillan, “Josiah was an integral part of our success last season. He understands the value of the team concept and knows how to contribute in all areas on the floor. He will be counted on to excel in a scoring role as well as improve on his rebounding and defensive leadership this year.”

Moore is ranked as …

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Basketball: Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt uses iPad for recruiting presentation with top Georgia prospect; UGA goes ‘old school’

Which basketball coach would you prefer to have over for dinner?

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One of the nation’s top high school basketball players had the chance to sit down for dinner conversations with coaches from Georgia Tech and UGA on back-to-back evenings.

Milton High’s Julian Royal, who is ranked among the country’s top 100 players, has narrowed down to Georgia Tech, UGA and Wake Forest.

First up was Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, who met with the 6-foot-9 power forward over the weekend. Royal’s family is fond of Hewitt, and they wanted to know about the coach’s future at Tech.

They are aware of Hewitt’s successes, such as guiding Tech to an appearance in the 2004 national championship game and a track record of sending players to the NBA. They also know about how Tech’s team fell short of lofty expectations last year, along with the coach’s flirtation with St. John’s.

“If I am going to send my …

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New rankings: Who can win it all?

The season is not a month old, so there’s no sense in what I’m about to do, but suspending logic and going on gut entirely, who are the teams that can win state titles this year?

 

AAAAA – Camden, North Gwinnett, Lowndes. Don’t think P’Ridge is good enough. Don’t think McEachern is experienced enough. Don’t think anybody else is good enough. I could see lots of teams reaching the final, though.

 

AAAA – Northside, Tucker, Clarke, Griffin. Marist and TCC are close, but I can’t see them winning five straight.

 

AAA – Peach County, Sandy Creek, Cairo.  Carrollton would make a great runner-up team. So might Baldwin.

 

AA – Carver, Buford. Nobody will beat both of ‘em.

 

A – Charlton, Wesleyan, Clinch, Wilcox, Lincoln, ELCA. Class A is about the best it’s ever been. I picked Clinch to beat Wilcox, by the way. I’m no good at predictions, so I really need to point that out.

The rankings …

AAAAA — In: Norcross, South Gwinnett. Out: Brookwood, …

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Ex-UGA football star Asher Allen, now with Minnesota Vikings, gives props to Tucker High School

What should NFL players say during national TV introductions? Name and?

  • College
  • High School
  • Hometown
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You know how before the NFL games on Monday Night Football, they let the starters do video introductions of themselves? You’ll see the Saints QB and he’ll say “Drew Brees, Purdue.”

Sometimes the players will say the darndest things, such as hometowns or high schools. Or even their colleges in a different way — “THE Ohio State University” or “The U” for Miami.

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In last Thursday’s NFL opener between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings, former UGA standout Asher Allen made the start at DB. When it was time for the Vikings player intros, Allen told the national TV audience, “Asher Allen, Tucker High School.”

“I didn’t see it on TV because I was at a football game, but a lot of people were talking about it the next day at school,” Tucker coach Franklin Stephens said on Sunday night. “They were really …

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Video of AJC Super 11 Thomas O’Reilly, Pope HS offensive lineman (Auburn recruit)

2010 Super 11: Thomas O’Reilly, Pope High Pope High’s offensive lineman Thomas O’Reilly talks about his early graduation coming up and excitement about attending Auburn. (Video by Ryon Horne/AJC)

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Grandson of Jack Nicklaus suspended for two football games after making gesture

Nick O’Leary, who is one of the nation’s top high school football players and the grandson of Jack Nicklaus, has been suspended for two games for making an obscene gesture toward the stands after a game.

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O’Leary is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 tight end by Rivals and plays at Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is considering football scholarship offers from Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina, among others.

O’Leary’s father, Bill, played football at Georgia, while his mother, Nan, was a volleyball player for the Bulldogs.

Dwyer lost to Ohio’s Glenville High 26-22 on Monday in a game televised by ESPN. The replays showed that Dwyer appeared to score the game-winning touchdown twice in the final seconds. O’Leary made a gesture as his team was leaving the field and it was caught on tape.

The Florida High School Athletic Association suspended O’Leary for two games for an “unsportsmanlike act.” Dwyer coach Jack Daniels …

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Weekend Forum: Talk Week Three Georgia HS Football LIVE!

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Chat with Michael Carvell

It’s Week Three of HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. This week, AJC high schools beat writer Michael Carvell blogs live and takes your questions about high school football and related topics.

We are here to talk football, football and more football. Going to a game? Take the cellphone or PDA and let us know what’s going on at YOUR game. Got a score update, see a killer play? Keep your comments clean, respectful, limited to FOOTBALL TALK and POST THEM HERE. Personal insults won’t be tolerated and could get you banned from the board.

WEEK 3 SCOREBOARD: CLICK HERE to see the Week 3 results.

Here are the Week Three games you can find stories and photos from this weekend on ajc.com…

GAC vs. Holy Innocents’ | Photos
Westminster vs. Buford | Photos
McEachern vs. Marietta | Photos
South Gwinnett vs. Shiloh | Photos

Don’t forget to check out these high school football gamers…

Woodstock vs. Kell | Kell’s Brian Randolph
Peachtree Ridge vs. Newnan

In the metro …

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10 best high school games this week

Apalachee at Flowery Branch

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Falcon Field, Suwanee

Records, rankings: Apalachee is 1-0 overall, 1-0 in Region 8-AAAA and No. 9; Flowery Branch is 2-0, 2-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Flowery Branch is one of 10 Georgia teams that have shut out both of their opponents this season. 2. Apalachee won Region 8-AAAA last season and has a 13-game winning streak in the region. Flowery Branch moved up in classification this year and is new to the region after reaching the Class AAA semifinals last year. 3. Apalachee is a run-oriented team that has attempted one pass this season (it went for a touchdown). Flowery Branch quarterback Austin Brown, who has committed to Western Carolina, threw for 212 yards last week.

 

Baldwin at Westside (Macon)

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Ed DeFore Sports Complex, Macon

Records, rankings: Baldwin is 2-0, 1-0 in Region 2-AAA and No. 6; Westside is 2-0, 1-0 and …

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