Archive for September, 2013

List/Trivia/Quote: Bryant, Ironside have near-record performances

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Two Georgia players had near-record-setting performances on Friday. North Oconee’s Kawon Bryant scored eight touchdowns. Hillgrove’s Elijah Ironside threw seven TD passes. Here is how those accomplishments rank in history, according to GHSFHA records:

Touchdowns scored:

10 – Kenneth Moore, Calhoun (1948)

8 – Don Callaway, Miller County (1999)

8 – Thomas Flowers, Pebblebrook (2001)

8 – Kawon Bryant, North Oconee (2013)

7 – Several (most recently Darrien Hudson of ELCA in 2009)

Touchdowns thrown:

9 – Ed Staten, North Whitfield (1962)

8 – Jeremy Privett, Charlton County (2003)

8 – Hutson Mason, Lassiter (2009)

7 – Elijah Ironside, Hillgrove (2013)

7 – Jeremy Privett, Charlton County (2003)

7 – Hutson Mason, Lassiter (2009)

7 – Deshaun Watson, Gainesville (2012)

TRIVIA

Kawon Bryant of North Oconee has scored 21 touchdowns in four games. What is the Georgia record for touchdowns in a season? (Answer Tuesday)

Answer to Friday’s question: Glascock County holds the Georgia record …

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Notable results of Week 6: Commerce, Tift County pull off surprises in region openers

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable results of Week 6:

1. Commerce 31, George Walton Academy 21: Commerce, which came into the game at 2-2 after a 28-0 loss to Rabun County, opened Region 8-A play with an upset of the team ranked No. 5 in Class A last week. Commerce went 1-5 in region play last year but made the playoffs based on the power rankings. Commerce is 1-3 all-time against the Bulldogs.

2. Tift County 32, Coffee 29: Tift County upset the No. 10 team in last week’s Class AAAAAA rankings and earned its first region victory since 2010. The Blue Devils are 4-1 for the first time since the 2006 team started the season 5-0 and eventually reached the state semifinals. Coffee won 24-7 when the teams met in the Region 1-AAAAAA opener last year.

3. South Paulding 48, Allatoona 45: South Paulding moved into sole possession of first place in Region 5-AAAAA with an overtime victory against the team ranked No. 7 in the classification last week. South …

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Poll Talk: Milton ranked for first time since 1980

Milton is 5-0 for the first time in 14 years, but being ranked is even rarer. The Eagles are No. 9 in this week’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Class AAAAAA rankings, Milton’s first appearance in a state poll since 1980.

Milton opened the season with a 31-24 overtime victory over Alpharetta, now the first-place team in Region 6, and has won the rest of its games by at least four touchdowns.

The latest was a 38-9 victory over Wheeler despite the absence of start running back Treyvon Paulk, who is injured. Micco Brisker rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown in his place.

Milton ironically graduated its best senior class in history when four players signed with ACC or SEC schools. One of those was Carl Lawson, who went to Auburn as the No. 1-rated defense end in the country.

This year’s Milton team has three blue-chip prospects in Paulk, who is committed to Tennessee, and juniors Nick Wilson, a lineman, and Quarte Sapp, a linebacker.

Milton plays another 5-0 team on Friday …

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Saturday softball, volleyball and football scores

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Softball

Eagles Landing Christian 1, Social Circle 0

Eagles Landing Christian 8, Camden County 2

Eagles Landing Christian 8, Pickens County 0

Emanuel County Institute 12, East Laurens 2

Emanuel County Institute 2, Taylor County 1

Greenbrier 8, Marist 5

Greenbrier 7, Marist 4

Hillgrove 8, Woodland-Bartow 0

Lassiter 6, Hillgrove 4

Lassiter 2, Woodland-Bartow 1

Lowndes 5, Bruswick 2

Lowndes 21, Brunswick 0

Madison County 7, Apalachee 2

Pickens County 4, Decatur 0

Social Circle 7, Pickens County 2

Telfair County 7, Talylor County 0

Telfair County 13, East Laurens 0

Volleyball

Brentwood (TN) 2, North Cobb 0

Brookwood 2, ELCA 1

Cartersville 2, Woodland-Bartow 0

Cartersville 2, Adairsville 1

Cartersville 3, Woodland-Bartow 0

Chattahoochee 3, Hillcrest (AL) 0

Chattahoochee 2, Madison County (AL) 0

Chattahoochee 2, Sandy Creek 0

Chattahoochee 2, St. Agnes Academy (TN) 1

Chattahoochee 2, St. Joseph’s Catholic (SC) 0

East Hall 2, Eastside 0

East Hall 2, …

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Carrollton’s dominance; another remarkable night for Nick Chubb

Chubb watch: Cedartown running back Nick Chubb rushed for 370 yards and five touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 42-28 win over Southwest Whitfield. “(He) probably had 150 yards called back by penalties,” Cedartown coach Scott Hendrix said in a text message. Chubb, who is committed to Georgia, now has 1,359 yards.

Upset: Westover ended a 13-game losing streak to Cairo and snapped the Syrupmakers 24-game region winning streak with a 14-9 win. Jysanti Richardson had two interceptions for Westover. The Patriots’ last win over Cairo came in 1993.

Ejection: Griffin coach Steve DeVoursney was ejected in the first quarter of the fifth-ranked Bears’ big win over No. 3 Stockbridge. After the Bears were called for offensive pass interference, Griffin’s bench was flagged twice for unsportsmanlike conduct, before DeVoursney was eventually ejected. The undefeated Bears rallied around assistant Antonio Andrews and senior quarterback Jaquez Parks, who accounted for 376 yards and four …

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South Paulding takes lead in 5-AAAAA; Stephenson, Tucker set up huge showdown

Here are some of the things we learned about Class AAAAA on Friday:

- There’s a new leader in 5-AAAAA: South Paulding took over sole possession of first place in Region 5 with a 48-45 victory against seventh-ranked Allatoona. Quarterback Chandler Burks passed for 395 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two TDs for the Spartans, who are seeking the first playoff berth in the program’s eight-year history. Allatoona fell into a tie for second place with North Paulding and East Paulding. The Spartans have another important game next weekend when they travel to North Paulding.

- The battle of 1 vs. 2 is set: Top-ranked Tucker and No. 2 Stephenson took care of business on Friday to set up the huge DeKalb County matchup at Hallford Stadium on Oct. 11 (the region has next weekend off). Tucker beat Lakeside-DeKalb 56-7 for its 13th consecutive victory in the series, scoring at least 50 points for the sixth time in the past seven meetings. Stephenson built a big early lead and …

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Class A Blog: JoCo makes statement, St. Anne-Pacelli 4-0 again, Mt. Pisgah still unbeaten, Commerce and Clinch pull upsets

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

There were some interesting outcomes Friday night:

Johnson County makes a statement. The Trojans, ranked No. 9, went to Savannah and out-muscled one of the most physical programs in the state, 2011 state champion Savannah Christian, ranked No. 4, 14-7. JoCo, held the Raiders out of the end zone in the game’s final two minutes, after Savannah Christian had a first-and-goal from the 5-yard line. The Trojan defense held Savannah Christian to just 58 yards rushing, according to the Savannah Morning News. JoCo is now 5-0 for the first time since 2010, while the Raiders (2-1-1) suffered their first loss of the season.

Lincoln County rebounds. After losing two games in a row and falling from No. 2 in the state at the beginning of the season to No. 10, Lincoln County (2-2, 1-0) got back on track with a 21-20 win over First Presbyterian Day (1-3, 0-1). The Red Devils jumped out to a 21-7 lead and hung on, as their defense stopped Viking QB Will …

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North Oconee’s Bryant continues to post record numbers

Kawon Bryant may not only be the best running back in Class AAA, the junior may be the best in the state.

The North Oconee tailback ran for 372 yards and scored eight touchdowns for the Titans in a 62-27 win over Jackson County. Bryant has now rushed for 1,108 yards and scored 21 touchdowns in four games.

The eight touchdowns did not set a record; that was established in 1948 by Kenneth Moore of Calhoun. Bryant is the third player to score eight touchdowns, joining Thomas Flowers of Pebblebrook (2001) and Don Calloway of Miller County (1999).

The No. 10-ranked Titans were in a battle for three quarters and actually trailed 27-26 with 2:52 left in the third period. North then scored the next 36 points to settle the matter.

Saints end Decatur’s unbeaten run

Maybe Cedar Grove should start getting a closer look as far as being a title contender in Region 6-AAA. The Saints past their prerequisite exam on Friday night against Decatur and have enough ability to scare the big dogs …

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AA blog: Here’s what we learned Friday

Here’s what we learned from Friday night about Class AA:

Which team is more worthy of top 10 discussion?

  • Rabun County
  • Bowdon

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  • All teams in the top 10 appear worthy, going 10-0 for the week. And most teams won by a wide margin – save No. 6 Brooks County edging Early County, 13-6 – by outscoring the competition a combined 423-101. Lamar County likely holds on to the top spot after defeating Taylor County, 40-14; No. 2-ranked Lovett made good of its trip across state lines with a 35-13 win over Fort Payne (Ala.). No. 3 GAC put up the highest total in AA with 67 points to Howard School’s (Tenn.) 20. With such a strong showing from all top 10 schools, it’s hard to imagine any of them dropping out of the top 10.
  • Though the top 10 will likely remain intact, there are some teams knocking on the door. The Bowdon Red Devils improved to 5-0 with a convincing 35-12 over Region 5-AA rival …

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Class A roundup: Bobcats, Patriots victorious

By Score Atlanta

Mount Pisgah 26, Wilson (Ala.) 7: Aaron Winchester threw three touchdown passes to lead visiting Mount Pisgah. Ian Ainsworth contributed on both sides of the football and forced an early fumble that Jacob Delk recovered and ran in for a 40-yard Patriots touchdown. A missed PAT kept the score 6-0, but Winchester scrambled to find Ainsworth for the first of his three touchdown throws to increase the lead to 12-0. Patrick Messinger caught a 40-yard touchdown pass in the second half.

Our Lady of Mercy 22, Pace Academy 14: Host Our Lady of Mercy never trailed in a game during which neither offense could get in a rhythm. The Bobcats fumbled twice, once leading to Pace’s first touchdown and the second leading to a touchdown of their own, after one of their players picked up the fumble and took it to the 1-yard line. On Pace Academy’s final drive, the Bobcats had two sacks to preserve the victory. Knights’ quarterback Kevin Johnson completed 11 of 24 passes for 84 …

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Tift puts new wrinkle in Region 1 … Archer, Alpharetta take control … Norcross, Brookwood: ‘I’m not dead yet’

Many consider 1-AAAAAA the state’s toughest region. It was the most entertaining Friday night.

Third-ranked Colquitt County (4-1, 1-0) overwhelmed Lowndes 37-7. Lowndes (3-2, 0-1) has missed the playoffs only once since 1994, but things are looking desperate after the Vikings’ worst home loss in 15 years.

In other region openers, Camden County beat Valdosta 14-10 in a game between state-ranked while unranked Tift County won its first region game since 2010 with a 32-29 thriller over 10th-ranked Coffee.

In other AAAAAA happenings:

- Alpharetta (3-2, 2-0) is alone at the top in Region 6. The Raiders beat previously unbeaten South Forsyth 38-16. Centennial and North Forsyth also lost, leaving Alpharetta as the only unbeaten team in region play.

- Archer (5-0, 3-0) is alone at the top in Region 8. The Tigers beat Dacula 31-14 in a game between the only teams that hadn’t lost a game in region play.

- Brookwood (1-3, 1-1) won’t go winless. The Broncos beat Parkview 10-0 in a …

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AAAAAA roundup: Archer, McEachern remain undefeated

By Score Atlanta

Archer 31, Dacula 14: Dylan Singleton had three touchdown runs to help host Archer (5-0) beat Dacula (2-3) in a Region 8-AAAAAA showdown. Singleton scored on a pair of three-yard runs in the first half. Dacula tied the game at 7-7 in the second quarter and at 14-14 just prior to halftime before Archer pulled away.

Singleton plunged in from two yards out late in the third quarter to give the Tigers a 21-14 advantage, setting the stage for Chad Bird’s heroics in the fourth. Bird returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown, then forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff which was recovered by Archer. That led to a 26-yard field goal by Michael Frye, which provided for the final margin of victory. Bird had two interceptions to go along with seven tackles. Archer running back Randy Nails carried 18 times for 106 yards and Gabe Tiller completed 12 of 20 passes for 128 yards.

Central Gwinnett 41, South Gwinnett 7: Eric Forrest threw for 228 yards and three …

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Stephenson 35, Southwest DeKalb 7

Behind 116 yards and 3 touchdowns from running back Dallas Rivers — all in the first half — Stephenson had no trouble dispatching of rival Southwest DeKalb, 35-7.

It was basically over after the first quarter, in which the Class AAAAAA No. 2 Jaguars scored 21 points while holding the Panthers to 1 total yard. Two of the three first-quarter touchdowns came via the legs of Rivers, who finished the quarter with 81 yards on 11 carries.

SW DeKalb didn’t move the ball at all on offense until the second quarter, when a roughing the passer penalty on Stephenson (5-0) started the Panthers at their own 38-yard line, their best field position of the night to that point.

Two plays later, SW DeKalb (1-4) made its first trip into Stephenson territory, advancing to the 48 on a 4-yard Samuel White catch.

But, quickly, a false start penalty would push the Panthers back across the 50, a negative play pushed them further back, and they had no more luck the rest of the half.

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AAAAA roundup: South Paulding upends Allatoona

By Score Atlanta

Drew 35, Starr’s Mill 34: Starr’s Mill recovered from a 21-0 halftime deficit to tie the game at 28 before scoring a touchdown with 20 seconds remaining to pull to within 35-34. The visiting Panthers went for a two-point conversion but fumbled a toss sweep to end their comeback chances. Drew quarterback Brandon Pearson threw touchdowns to three different receivers. Maurice Cash scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Titans on a kick return midway through the fourth quarter.

Dunwoody 20, Miller Grove 8: The host Wildcats notched their first win of the season as senior running back Aaron Alexander scored two rushing touchdowns for the Wildcats, one after an interception. After Tylor Scales intercepted the ball near midfield, Alexander scampered 37 yards for the score to push the lead to 14-0.

Gainesville 48, Heritage-Conyers 7: Gainesville scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions to make quick work of host Heritage-Conyers. DeShaun Watson threw five …

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AAAA roundup: Lanier falls to Truitt, Monroe Area

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Carrollton 51, Columbus 0: The host Trojans rolled up 349 yards, including 297 on the ground, while limiting Columbus to 85. Malik Sheppard led a fleet of Carrollton rushers with 79 yards and a 43-yard score. Four other Trojans scored rushing touchdowns. Carrollton dominated the game throughout, leading 30-0 after one quarter and 44-0 at the half.

Monroe Area 56, Lanier 28: Stanton Truitt rushed for five of host Monroe Area’s eight rushing scores, including a 67-yard touchdown run. Lanier stayed in the ballgame with a brilliant performance from wideout Devin Valentine, who hauled in all four of the Longhorns’ touchdowns. Valentine found the endzone on 14-, 69-, 50- and 33-yard scores.

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