Notebook: ESPNU to televise Colquitt County-Hoover

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.

Schedule change

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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17 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

August 16th, 2013
11:03 pm

I hope they carry their crying towels.

Colquitt Fan

August 17th, 2013
9:51 am

You comment every time Colquitt is brought up in something. Why are you so obsessed with us?

Sportsnut

August 17th, 2013
11:25 am

@ Colquitt Fan == Nothing to do with obsession. Maybe I just look at Colquitt as competition. I am glad you rang. Your last comment to me was that our kids played dirty and you tried to use what others had said to qualify your words. The entire state of Georgia saw Lovejoy play and it was widely recognized as a falsehood that they were dirty players. Your assumption about that should be put to rest. What you saw was a good football team with some very hard hitting players that played with fire on the field.

Why should I not talk about Colquitt? We play you. We are in the same class. I am a fan of Lovejoy. All I want to do is watch and talk football. Colquitt is a good program that I think is sometimes better than most think and sometimes less than everyone thinks. This year, I happen to think they are less. I could be wrong but that is what I feel. Maybe there is a little bit of wonder as to how they could get such high praise and fail to hoist any hardware year in and year out. I know their record recently and it is good but it is equivalent to Stephenson and all that talent and not finishing the drill.

Don’t get me wrong. I respect the program and their accomplishments.

Sportsnut

August 17th, 2013
11:30 am

On another more somber note, We lost a player on Friday night as DeAndtre, a db. from Creekside died after suffering a injury during their scrimmage at Banneker. The entire Clayton County community send’s out our condolences to his family, the Creekside community and the football program.

RobFromNorcross

August 17th, 2013
3:05 pm

Condolences to the family of the young man from Creekside.

Regarding Colquitt vs. Hoover (AL), I hope that Colquitt County represents Georgia football and pounds Hoover’s team on both sides of the ball and dominates from one end zone to the other…

Catdoc

August 17th, 2013
5:04 pm

I have to disagree Rob. I want Hoover to pound Colquitt into the ground.

Colquitt Fan

August 17th, 2013
5:56 pm

No one said Lovejoy isn’t any good. They are a very good team. But many people said they played dirty with late hits and celebration penalties, and unsportsmanlike penalties. The gptv announcers said it all night, it cost them the game against colquitt and I remember several other teams saying it so I’m not making it up. Every time something comes up about Colquitt you run in here and say we cheat and we recruit players an all this nonsense while your team has recruited players. Heck, Norcross has like ten new guys this year and yet Colquitt is the cheaters. lowndes QB last year played for 3 high schools in four years. And Colquitt has hardware, we have some region titles and a state title with a few runner ups

Sportsnut

August 17th, 2013
6:52 pm

Unlike you, the rest of Georgia saw what I saw. Since you mentioned it, the GPB set of announcers were pulling for Norcross, or couldn’t you tell. Everyone else could. I do my homework. I will not say something that is not true. On the subject of recruiting, we don’t. No need. Many people, as you put it, were the people who were surprised by what Lovejoy turned out to be. That was in their eyes. I knew. We knew. What cost us the game at Colquitt was not due to discipline, either for dirty play nor late hits nor celebration penalties. We lost. Sure there were reasons we lost but no excuses, at this point,are applicable

The earth is flat. I am going to get several other people to tell you that and I will see if you believe that. “When I came to a split in the road, I, I took the path less traveled”. Didn’t your parents tell you to believe only half of what you see and none of what you hear.

I hope Colquitt has a fine season and I wish them well but I do have my opinion and that is what it is. This season, they will struggle with an offensive line averaging 212 lbs. per man. I think teams will bring pressure often and it will be Colquitt’s downfall. With the schedule they have, it is going to be tough on them. As far as Norcross recruiting, I haven’t a clue. You have to understand. Your school and it’s coach has only themselves to blame for the perception that people have of them. Just as you said, “I didn’t make it up”.

Yes you have hardware. You won state in 94′. You won Region in 94, 95, 96 and 99. Since then….?

Colquitt Fan

August 17th, 2013
8:40 pm

I’m not sure it’s recruiting. Sometimes kids just want to play for a winner and a coach that puts kids into college. Colquitt may get a player or two a year and that’s nothing compared to a lot of schools. Propst came into Moultrie under scrutiny and has been squeaky clean since he got here. It’s just easy for folks to hate on him but he hasn’t done anything wrong. And I was at the colquitt Lovejoy game last year, that #40 alone cost y’all like 3 personal fouls alone

Colquitt Fan

August 17th, 2013
8:44 pm

An we do have a few small OL and that’s our weakest link but a 212 average ? Lol. We have a 250 guy(committed to Ga St.) a 303 guy, 275, 280, and a 235. Yep they’re small

Sportsnut

August 18th, 2013
1:09 am

@ Colquitt Fan == Your starting offensive line averages 212 lbs. per man. The kid at 303 is not a starter, unless something happened this week. I told you guy’s, I do my homework. That #40 was 6A defensive player of the year. Nathaniel Norwood is his name. The personal fouls called on him at Colquitt would not and never were called anywhere else. I wonder why?

Sportsnut

August 18th, 2013
1:22 am

It was a broken neck that killed DeAntre Turman from Creekside. I ask all those going to the Vigil to wear your school colors and represent. I will be there.

Chan

August 18th, 2013
7:48 am

Hoover 41 Colquitt 21

[...] 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. http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-high-sc…_school_sports [...]

Camden74

August 18th, 2013
8:54 pm

Hoover is overrated, as usual…….. :-)

Sportsnut

August 20th, 2013
10:30 pm

it is time for Georgia to get more recognition. Bring on the National High School Football Playoff’s.

Packer Backer

August 21st, 2013
2:52 am

Just watch some footage of Hoover’s game last year against South Panola. They definitely have some athletes but I honestly think our offensive skill players are better than anything I saw from their offense. The real test is whether our o-line can just tread water because Hoover is usually big in the trenches. I will say this: Hoover is not used to seeing the level of competition week in and week out that Colquitt does playing a really tough non-region schedule plus Region 1 powerhouses. Grayson will be a great test and regardless of whether we win or lose in the Dome, I think Colquitt will be in midseason form in Birmingham. Don’t be shocked if our front 7 on defense gives Hoover fits. Propst mentioned that the defense will use multiple 3-4 and 4-3 packages. That’s not something most high school teams see often.