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Coaching changes: LaGrange’s Pardue among seven to resign in recent days

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LaGrange’s Pardue steps down

LaGrange football coach Steve Pardue resigned this week after 17 seasons during which he won 161 games and state titles in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

 

“I’m at peace, and I’m excited about whatever’s next,” Pardue told Kevin Eckleberry for this story in the LaGrange Daily News. “I know from a personal standpoint I’ve got to find something that’s real time-consuming.”

 

Pardue’s teams won eight region titles. LaGrange was 115-17 from 2000-09 and was named GHSF Daily’s Class AAA program of the decade.

 

Four LaGrange linebackers during that era – Qua Huzzie (2008), Tray Blackmon (2004), Wesley Woodyard (2003) and Sam Olajubutu (2001) – were named Class AAA defensive players of the year.

 

Pardue is a native of Kentucky. He joined LaGrange’s staff as an assistant in 1991, when the school won a state and national title.

 

LaGrange finished 5-6 this season, its first losing season since 1999.

 

Pardue is one of seven head coaches whose …

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Top kicking performances: Kay makes five FGs in one game, two from 50+ yards

Here are six outstanding accomplishments by place-kickers this season.

 

Do you know of others?

 

lDutchtown’s Ryan Kay scored all of his team’s points last week in the 15-0 first-round victory over Thomas County Central. He made field goals of 24, 30, 42, 51 and 56 yards.

 

lLaGrange’s E. Smith made a 56-yard field goal and barely missed on a 57-yard attempt in a 22-7 victory over Spalding on Sept. 3. He tried and barely missed a 63-yard attempt the next week.

 

lMarist’s Austin Hardin kicked a 59-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in a 17-14 victory over Southwest DeKalb on Sept. 17.

 

lMcEachern’s Nicholas St. Germain kicked two field goals of more than 50 yards (54 and 52) in the Indians’ 64-48 victory against Hillgrove on Oct. 8 in the game that essentially decided the Region 4-AAAAA championship.

 

lRoswell’s Ty Long kicked a 52-yard field goal on the final play of the game last week to give the Hornets a 29-27 victory against Parkview.

 

lWare County’s Zack …

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M.L. King QB-WR tandem break county records with high-octane passing game

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Jonquel Dawson grabbed hold of the DeKalb County career passing mark with his 298 yard performance against Harrison in the first round of the Class AAAAA football state playoffs on Friday night at Hallford Stadium.

He hit on 17-25 passes with one touchdown as he sailed past Avondale’s Charles Dudish and Peachtree’s Todd Rampley to a career 4,856 passing yards to break the 27-year old record of 4,614 yards held by Rampley (1981-83).

Dawson, a junior, has hit on 302 of 599 pass attempts in 32 games with 48 touchdowns and 34 interceptions and 50.4 completion percentage since 2008.

He turned his touchdown to interception ratio around with 35 touchdowns this season against only six interceptions after entering the season with just 13 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.

His assault on the DeKalb County records this season includes a record 3,084 passing yards on 171 completions in 276 attempts. The 171 completions are second all-time in DeKalb County just 32 …

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Voting day: Would you help another team scout in the playoffs?

Would you help another high school football team prepare for their playoff opponent with any information, film or in-person scouting?

Duluth’s Corey Jarvis: I’ve heard about coaches, once their season is over, that will go scout a playoff game for one of their coaching friends who still has a team in the playoffs. I would never do it because I don’t t think that’s fair. As far as film, if someone in my region asked for film of one of our regular-season opponents that they might meet in the playoffs, I would help out. If it was somebody requesting it from outside the region, I might be less likely to help. It depends on the situation, and they are usually going to get the film anyways. As far as any coach calling me for my opinion of a team, I would do that. That’s not really scouting. I’d tell them stuff like who the better players are. But they will figure that out anyways by watching the film.

Johns Creek’s Mike Cloy: No, I would not scout for another team in the playoffs …

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Weekend Forum: Talk Second Round Georgia HS Football Playoffs LIVE!

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The AJC’s Michael Carvell

It’s the second round of HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS. This week, AJC high schools beat writer Michael Carvell is off but we welcome discussion about high school football.

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.

GHSA PLAYOFFS BRACKETS: AAAAA | AAAA | AAA | AA | A

SECOND ROUND SCOREBOARD: CLICK HERE to see the second round playoff results.

Here are the second round playoff games you can find stories and photos from this weekend on ajc.com…

Marist-Chattahoochee | Photos
Valdosta-McEachern | Photos
Grayson-N. Gwinnett | Photos

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

Brunswick-Starr’s Mill
Norcross-Brookwood
Flowery …

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UGA recruit has a chance to be top pick in draft

You know how college baseball recruiting is? You can’t recruit too well or you may lose your top prospects to the major-league baseball draft.

UGA has signed Northview High pitcher Reggie McClain, while teammate (infielder) John Holland is headed to Florida State.

Northview P Reggie McClain (left) signed with UGA, while teammate John Holland is headed to Florida State (far right). Northview’s head coach is Josh Bartlett.

Northview P Reggie McClain (left) signed with UGA, while teammate John Holland is headed to Florida State (far right). Northview’s head coach is Josh Bartlett.

Here is what Perfect Game Scout had to say about Reggie:

Reggie McClain is a 2011 RHP with a 6-2 185 lb. frame from Johns Creek, GA who attends Northview HS.  He has a very nice athletic build, live bodied actions and a big leg raise delivery. Reggie is smooth and balanced has good direction and repeats well. He has a high 3/4’s release point and his arm is fast and easy.  Reggie throws an upper 80’s fastball that will touch 91 mph. He maintains velocity well, keeps fastball down and throws to spots well. He’s primarily a fastball pitcher with an 81 mph …

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Westminster football standout switches to coaching after concussion No. 7

Westminster’s Noel Hardin says it’s nowhere near the same as playing football but the closest thing to it.

Hardin is spending his senior season serving as the school’s first-ever “student assistant coach” after having his playing career abruptly end last year because of a severe concussion.

Westminster's Noel Hardin (far left) coaches the younger players on the team (AJC)

Westminster's Noel Hardin (far left) coaches the younger players on the team (AJC)

“This is my way of staying connected to football, the sport I’ve loved so much for as long as I can remember,” Hardin said. “It has been awful not being able to play. It changed the direction of everything in my life. So I’m very thankful to the coaches for allowing to me to still be a part of the program.”

When Westminster plays at Calhoun on Friday in the second round of the Class AA playoffs, Hardin will be dressed like the rest of the team’s coaches — wearing a green and white shirt with khaki pants. He works under Westminster assistant Kevin Horne with the linebackers.

“The coaches have been great to …

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Good news for former high school football star with life-threatening cancer

There is good news for former West Forsyth football player Trey Rood, who was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer (Stage IV metastatic melanoma) in June 2009.

Encouraging news for Trey Rood (AJC)

Encouraging news for Trey Rood (AJC)

All tumors are shrinking and the brain MRI was clear, which appears to be the result of a T-Cell Therapy trial at M.D. Anderson last summer. Rood’s eyesight has also been restored since the occorrence of his brain tumor earlier this year.

“He’s gaining weight and his hair is growing back,” said his mother, Cherie Hood. “He’s really enjoying his life as a college student at Georgia and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.”

Rood returns to MD Anderson for a battery of tests next week, and the family is hopeful for a continued positive response to the trial.

Georgia Hoopstars AAU team sends 10 to college basketball ranks

The Georgia Hoopstars AAU had 10 girls sign basketball scholarships:

Whitefield Academy’s Ericha Barnes (Mercer)

Duluth’s Tarlesha Boles (North Carolina Central)

Kennesaw Mountain’s Alex Boyer (Palm Beach Atlantic)

Forsyth Central’s Christy Hewatt (College of Charleston)

Whitefield Academy’s Brianna Jones (James Madison)

Campbell’s Chakecia Miller (George Washington)

Duluth’s Kayla Nolan (Georgia State)

Savannah Christian Prep’s Kelly Reid (Colgate)

Douglas County’s Kristina Wells (Kennesaw State)

West Forsyth’s Megan Whittaker (Louisiana-Lafayette)

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Daughter of former NBA All-Star Mark Price headed to UNC over Georgia Tech and Georgia

The daughter of former NBA All-Star and Georgia Tech basketball star Mark Price has accepted an athletic scholarship to North Carolina over Georgia Tech, Georgia and Texas. Caroline Price is one of the nation’s top tennis players and also considered Tennessee, Southern Cal and Vanderbilt before selecting the Tar Heels.

“I chose North Carolina because I felt like it was the best fit for me for tennis and school,” Price said. “I am very excited about playing in one of the top tennis programs in the country, getting my education from a very well respected university, and I am also looking forward to watching a lot of ACC basketball.”

Price is 5-foot-11 and left-handed. The Duluth resident won the Under-18 Clay Court Nationals last summer.

Former NBA All-Star Mark Price (right) and his daughter Caroline Price, who is one of Georgia's top high school seniors in tennis (Special photo)

Former NBA All-Star Mark Price (right) and his daughter Caroline Price, who is one of Georgia's top high school seniors in tennis (Special photo)

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VIDEO: AJC Super 11 linebacker talks about his commitment to Tennessee Volunteers

AJC Super 11: A.J. Johnson,  Gainseville High, Middle Linebacker.

A.J. Johnson of Gainesville High School talks about his commitment to Tennessee next fall and his favorite high flying super hero, Hancock. (Video by Ryon Horne/AJC)

Did A.J. make the right choice with Tennessee? And do you think another school will be able to flip him before signing day? Please post below.

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‘Cam Newton de$erves a pay rai$e’

“Cam Newton de$erves a pay rai$e.”

That was one of the countless Facebook status statements after the Georgia game about Newton, one of the most gifted quarterbacks to ever come out of Atlanta (Westlake High).

I do want to point out one thing about Newton, who has been the center of a whirlwind of allegations over the last 10 days. Here’s the one thing: Despite the media firestorm surrounding Newton, he is simply the best player in college football.

Look what the Altanta wonderkid did vs. UGA: He rushed for 151 yards and two TDs and passed for 148 yards and two other scores.

Cam Newton at Atlanta's Westlake High (Photo by Curtis Compton)

Do you see what I see? I see the best player in college football. Here's Cam Newton at Atlanta's Westlake High (Photo by Curtis Compton)

Newton is the first quarterback in SEC history to pass for more than 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. He is amazing to watch, so big yet so agile and athletic. Maybe not the strongest arm in the world, but makes great decisions and has a nice touch …

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Validating the bias: Gwinnett teams go 10-1 in first round

It was a fun first round. I still think the score was reversed on the Northside game. I might be ready to believe that Whitewater won, but at no point was the score 28-0. Just don’t believe it. …

No need to kick the Eagles when their down. It had been 13 straight first-round wins until Whitewater beat the No. 1-ranked team in Class AAAA 28-21.

Meanwhile, three of my favorite biases – Gwinnett County, Region 1-AA and Region 6-AA – were impressive in the first round. About 90 percent of the time when there’s a team ranked despite a questionable W-L record, it’s a team from one of these places.

Is there a Gwinnett bias in the AJC rankings? Generally, yes. It’s because Gwinnett teams so often deliver in the playoffs.

Mill Creek 32, Etowah 6.

Parkview was the only Gwinnett team to lose, and it took a 52-yard FG by a region champion playing at home to do it. The rest went 10-0. Four of them won on the road vs. higher-seeded teams.

There was a complaint in an early season Poll Talk …

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Class A matchups: Clinch County emerges as favorite

Each day this week, we’ve been looking at the playoff draw for one of the five classifications, concluding today with Class A. Here are five interesting facts about each of the 16 games, with an emphasis on playoff history. Which school puts its 28-game home winning streak on the line Friday night? Find out below.

Favorite: Clinch County

Best draw: Wilkinson County

Worst draw: Johnson County

Sleeper: Emanuel County Institute

Best first-round matchup: Charlton County at Hawkinsville

Greenville (8-2) at Clinch Co. (10-0)

- Greenville, which won Region 4-A last season, defeated Brookstone 14-10 in a must-win game last week to get the No. 4 seed.

- Greenville coach Jeremy Williams has gained national recognition for his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. While fighting the illness, Williams has led Greenville to its best back-to-back seasons (19-3 record) since 1985-86.

- Clinch County is ranked No. 1 in Class A and bidding to become the third school to win …

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M.L. King QB Jonquel Dawson takes aim at DeKalb County passing record

The DeKalb County career passing mark of 4,614 yards set by Peachtree’s Todd Rampley from 1981-83 is just 57 yards out of the grasp of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Jonquel Dawson as the Lions enter the Class AAAAA state playoffs this Friday.

The 7-3 Lions host 5-5 Harrison at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston and Dawson could have the record before the first quarter ends if the air attack clicks like it has been all season.

Dawson, a junior, stands at 4,558 yards on the season which is just 19 yards out of second held by Avondale’s Charles Dudish from 1964-67 at 4,577. Entering the 2010 season Dawson had just 1,772 yards passing, but has piled up a DeKalb County single season best in yards with 2,786 and 34 touchdowns. His 154 completions is third behind Southwest DeKalb’s Eric Jones with 203 (1983) and Mike Brinkley of Druid Hills with 168 (185).

Jones had held the single season yardage mark until last week’s 252 yard performance by Dawson in the 26-24 …

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