The Colquitt County-Hoover game on Aug. 30 will be televised by ESPN after all, more specifically ESPNU. The game will be shown on a tape-delayed basis at 11 p.m. (although it will be available live on ESPN3). The ESPN Networks pushed for a game on Labor Day that would match Colquitt County coach Rush Propst against his former Alabama school, the one made famous by MTV and perhaps Propst himself, who was an entertaining figure on the reality TV series “Two-A-Days.” Propst couldn’t persuade the GHSA to allow his team to play twice in one week, as Colquitt also has a game on Saturday, Sept. 7, against Lovejoy. ESPN now will televise another game on Labor Day – Godby (Fla.) vs. DeMatha (Md.) – but will get the Colquitt-Hoover matchup on the Friday before. The 2013 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase schedule of weekly televised games includes one other Georgia team. ESPNU will feature Gainesville vs. Loganville on Nov. 1. In addition, two Georgia teams will be televised on Aug. 24 as part of the ESPN High School Football Kickoff – South Gwinnett vs. Lincoln, Fla., at 3:30 p.m., and Norcross vs. Booker T. Washington, at 7 p.m., both on ESPN.
Nice throw, son
Two of GHSF Daily’s preseason all-state quarterbacks are the sons of their head coaches – Brooks Barden at Cartersville and Tyler Queen at North Cobb. Other quarterbacks whose fathers are the head coach include Hayden Sphire, son of Bob Sphire at North Gwinnett, and Elijah Ironside, son of Phil Ironside at Hillgrove. The QB son is nothing new in Georgia. Connor Shaw, South Carolina’s starting quarterback, and Jaybo Shaw were stars at Flowery Branch under Lee Shaw, who is now at Rabun County. Who is the last QB son to lead a team to a state title? We’re not sure, but it happened twice in 1981 with Waycross QB Todd Williams (son of Dale Williams) and Commerce QB Bobby Lamb (son of Ray Lamb).
From tight end to blue-chip QB
One of the most exciting parts of high school football is that stars are born every season. Take Stephen Collier, the quarterback at Lee County. A year ago, he had never been a high school quarterback. At 6 feet, 4 inches, he was the starting tight end as a sophomore and better known for basketball, the sport in which he had started since he was a freshman. In his first stab at quarterback, Collier passed for 1,877 yards and accounted for 34 touchdowns, 23 passing and 11 rushing, on a team that averaged 45 points per game. That still wasn’t enough to make him all-state, but he had an amazing summer on the combine circuit. Now, he’s committed to Ohio State. He has a 4.0 GPA.
Wesleyan’s Jones turns to baseball
Wesleyan wide receiver Jahmai Jones, who made GHSF Daily’s preseason all-state team, has quit football and plans to focus on baseball, coach Franklin Pridgen confirmed Thursday. As a sophomore, Jones had 70 catches for 1,071 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is the brother of Notre Dame receiver and former Gainesville all-state player Tai-ler Jones.
Mount Zion of Carroll County will play at Glascock County on Oct. 4 to replace a game lost when Southwest Atlanta Christian canceled its season. Glascock originally was scheduled to play Trion on that date, but Trion has elected to play only nine games.
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