Compiled by Score Atlanta
Brantley County 28, Savannah 23
Crisp County 21, Albany 6
Houston County 38, Jones County 0
Kendrick 46, Jordan 22
Six games this week match teams that are undefeated in region play going head to head for region championships, and three more of those matchups will decide subregion titles. The biggest is in 5-AAAA, where I expect Carrollton to dethrone defending region and state champion Sandy Creek. Also go with Mary Persons over Veterans (2-AAAA), Monroe Area over Chestatee (8-AAAA), Carver-Columbus over Peach County (2-AAA), Dublin over Laney (3-AA) and Calhoun over Model (7-AA). And expect Statesboro, Grady and Cedartown to win their subregions and advance to next week’s region championship games.
THE WEEKEND PREDICTIONS
Last week: 162-29 (.848); Overall: 1,322-312 (.809)
Houston County##Jones County
By David Purdum / For the AJC
A giant Friday in AAAA is highlighted by No. 1 Sandy Creek’s visit to No. 2 Carrollton. The Patriots are the defending state champions and have beaten the Trojans three straight times by an average margin of 14.6 points. But Carrollton has been the more impressive team this season, outscoring opponents 344-54. The Trojans have not been scored upon in the first quarter all season.
“I don’t know if we’re the favorite,” said Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker, “but we’re the defending champs.”
Sandy Creek won last season’s meeting, 30-7, and has won three of the four meetings with Carrollton overall, including in the 2010 state championship game.
In other big region games:
Region 2: No. 6 Mary Persons hosts a Veterans team that has won five straight to set up a battle between the only two unbeaten teams in region play. The winner will get the top seed out of Region 2. Mary Persons has won all three meetings with Veterans, including 21-7
By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here are the top five games on the Class A slate this weekend, along with two more worth the price of admission.
Pace Academy (4-4, 1-3) at No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (7-0, 4-0). A win by ELCA will set up the biggest game in Class A this season next week, when the Chargers, the defending private school champs, travel to No. 6 Landmark Christian (8-0, 4-0) with the Region 5 title on the line. Pace needs an upset to increase its power rating and bolster its chances of making the playoff field of 16. Currently, the Knights are on the outside looking in.
No. 6 Landmark Christian (8-0, 4-0) at Holy Innocents (5-4, 3-2). If both Landmark and ELCA stave off upsets, next week will be the biggest game to date for both, as ELCA will come to downtown Fairburn for the Region 5 title game. Holy Innocents, like Pace, needs a win to fortify its standing in the top 16.
Fellowship Christian (5-3, 2-2) at No. 8 Mount Pisgah Christian (8-0, 4-0).
North Cobb and Alpharetta can clinch region tiles with victories on Friday.
In Region 4, North Cobb (7-1, 6-0) and junior quarterback Tyler Queen (1,530 yards passing) are at home against Marietta (6-2, 4-2). North Cobb has won five straight in the series. It would be the school’s fifth region title, first since 2007.
In Region 6, Alpharetta (6-2, 5-0) and junior quarterback Austin King (1,568 yards passing) are at Centennial (1-7). Alpharetta is after its second region title, first since 2011.
Lovejoy (8-1) in Region 2 and Hughes (7-1) in Region 3 also can clinch Friday, but only if their second-place teams lose.
Other things to watch this week in AAAAAA:
- Lowndes (7-2, 4-1) plays at Camden County (7-1, 4-0) in the top Region 1 game. Lowndes coach Randy McPherson is 2-5 all-time against Camden County. No other Georgia school has beaten him more than three times. Camden County can win its 13th consecutive region title (second straight in 1-AAAAAA) by beating Lowndes this
Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAA:
- Northside-Warner Robins (2-AAAAA) and Ware County (3-AAAAA) can clinch region titles with victories on Friday. Ware County has the easier task. The Gators will claim their 10th region championship if they beat Bradwell Institute (3-5), but even if they lose they can win the region by beating Effingham County (5-3) in the season finale. Northside must beat city rival Warner Robins, which is 7-1 overall and tied for second place in the region. Warner Robins would take the title with victories in its final two games.
- Thomas County Central (1-AAAAA) and Tucker (6-AAAAA) will win region titles if they win out, but they also can clinch this week if they get help. Thomas County Central is off this week, but the Yellow Jackets will be region champions if Harris County loses to Hardaway. TCC and Harris County meet on Nov. 8, and Harris County could force a three-way tie by winning its final two games. Tucker will win its 15th
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the playoffs in Region 6-AAA have essentially turned into a round-robin scenario to determine the four playoff spots. It’s all going to come down to who can beat who and claim the four postseason spots in one of the toughest leagues in the state.
This week the big games are St. Pius at Blessed Trinity and Cedar Grove at Woodward Academy.
Blessed Trinity (5-3, 3-1), led by tailback Chad Manthey, seems to have found its offense. The Titans have scored 150 points in their last five games. St. Pius (6-2, 3-1) had its defense rattled last week for 42 points, a fact that will challenge the unit led by Nick Ruffin and Daniel Crochet. St. Pius has won all five meetings against its fellow Catholic school competitor, including last year’s hard-fought 24-17 decision.
Cedar Grove (6-2, 3-1) had last week off after its loss to St. Pius. The Saints are led by running back Deion Sellers and quarterback James Hartsfield. Woodward (7-2, 4-1)
GHSF Daily has identified 18 Georgia head coaches who won state titles as players in Georgia. If there are others, let us know.
*Cortez Allen, M.L. King (1995 SW DeKalb)
*Lee Belknap, McIntosh (1991 Cartersville)
*Steve Devoursney, Griffin (1988 R.E. Lee)
*Olten Downs, Creekside (2000 Shaw)
*John Ford, Roswell (1996 Brookwood)
*Cherrard Freeman, Warren County (1993, 1995 Lincoln County)
*Ulysses Hawthorne, Beach (1975 Central Macon)
*Hal Lamb, Calhoun (1981 Commerce)
*Jeff Littleton, Bainbridge (1987 Worth County)
*Clay Livingston, Chattooga (1988 Warner Robins)
*Mike McDonald, Newnan (1987 Morrow)
*Roger Metts, Clinch County (1991 Clinch County)
*Reggie Mitchell, Americus-Sumter (1989, 1990 Valdosta)
*Eric Parker, Burke County (1983 Mitchell-Baker)
*Tommy Parks, Harris County (1988 R.E. Lee)
*Mike Parris, Heritage-Conyers (1979 Redan)
*Ben Reaves, Walnut Grove (1982 Valdosta)
*Jason Strickland, Fitzgerald (1991 Clinch County)
Which active head coaches have won
Here is this week’s schedule with projected margins of victory, courtesy of the Maxwell Ratings. The projected winner is on the left. The projected margin of victory is on the right. The Maxwell computer ratings take into account historical scores, weighing the more recent seasons the most heavily. Games involving out-of-state teams are not included because of lack of data on those opponents.
Crisp Co. at Albany -19
Houston Co. vs. Jones Co. -13
Kendrick vs. Jordan -27
Savannah vs. Brantley Co. -4
Adairsville at Gordon Central -40
Alexander at Columbus -30
Allatoona vs. North Paulding -2
Alpharetta at Centennial -27
Americus-Sumter vs. Dougherty -25
Aquinas vs. Georgia Military -38
Archer at Grayson -13
Athens Academy vs. Hebron Christian -29
B.E.S.T. Academy vs. Rockmart -11
Bacon Co. vs. Atkinson Co. -22
Baldwin at West Laurens -8
Benedictine at Jeff Davis -41
Bleckley Co. at Monticello -20
Bremen vs. Temple -36
Brookstone at Central,
Here’s what to look for Friday in Class AA:
Does Model stand a chance against Calhoun?
By Score Atlanta
Chattahoochee 3, Johns Creek 2: In the Class AAAAAA semifinals, Chattahoochee defeated neighborhood-rival Johns Creek for the third time this season, 25-12, 16-25, 26-24, 23-25, 15-13. The host Cougars trailed 13-11 in the final set, but clinched the match after a block by Lexi Kingree ignited a 4-point Chattahoochee rally.
“It’s a huge win over a great team,” said Chattahoochee coach Jennie Blevins. “It shows what you can do if you push yourself hard enough.”
Setter Haley Templeton led Chattahoochee with 29 kills, 36 assists 23 digs while Reina Terry has 16 kills and Claudia Coco had 35 digs.
Walton 3, South Forsyth 0: Top-seeded Walton swept visiting South Forsyth 25-15, 25-15, 25-9. Sophomore Celeste Fitzgerald led the Raiders with 45 assists and Jessica Sloan posted a team-high 19 kills. Walton freshman Dalaney Hans and Lindsay Seagraves each served three aces and Kate Schwartz recorded 12 digs.
McIntosh 3, Northgate 0: Host McIntosh
Colquitt County might be the new No. 1 team in Class AAAAAA, but the Packers aren’t the best-performing team in Georgia, according to the computer Maxwell Ratings.
That would be Buford, the No. 1 team in Class AAA. Colquitt is fourth behind Carrollton and Washington County.
Is it possible the best three teams in Georgia play below the top two classifications?
The computer ratings are based on scores, not conventional wisdom that says the best teams play in the highest class. If one looks at Buford’s scores, for example, they are as dominant as one would expect from any Class AAAAAA playing the same schedule.
”Aside from the Gainesville game, it’s clear Buford has yet to be tested,” Maxwell said. ”However, since the Gainesville game is the best barometer to date, Buford went into the stadium of what most everyone agrees is one of the top five teams in AAAAA and beat them by more than three touchdowns. That alone would put them at the top of the AAAAAA teams.”
By Stephen Black
What: State championship softball tournament
When: Thursday through Saturday
Where: Columbus Softball Complex
The GHSA state softball tournament moves into the semifinals Thursday as the eight teams left in each classification will play what essentially is a double-elimination tournament through Saturday in Columbus. The brackets are divided into a winners and losers bracket with the championship games being played Saturday.
Only three defending champions made the semifinals, led by Buford in Class AAA. The Wolves have won state championships each year since 2007 and have been ranked No. 1 all season. Coach Tony Wolfe’s team enters the state tournament at 33-1 and has won 21 consecutive games.
Northwest Whitfield in Class AAAA and Gordon Lee in Class A-Public are the only other defending state champions to make the semifinals.
In Class AAA, Pike County’s Marley Stowers brings a .592 batting average with her to the 4-team playoff. Stowers also
Thirteen teams that won region titles in 2012 cannot repeat. Note that Class A has five of those, and a sixth, Lincoln County, needs a miracle in Region 7-A. Eagle’s Landing Christian (5-A) and Seminole County (1-A) have what amount to region championship games on Nov. 8. ELCA (7-0, 4-0) plays Landmark Christian (8-0, 4-0), and Seminole (8-0, 4-0) plays Mitchell County (6-3, 5-0).
Grayson – 8-AAAAAA
Whitewater – 4-AAAAA
East Paulding – 5-AAAAA
M.L. King – 6-AAAAA
Westside, Macon – 2-AAAA
Ridgeland – 7-AAAA
Thomson – 3-AAA
Screven County – 2-AA
Wilcox County – 2-A
ECI – 3-A
Brookstone – 4-A
Walker – 6-A
Athens Academy – 8-A
Which school has the longest active streak of region titles? (Answer Thursday)
Answer to Tuesday’s question: The 2008 region rivals that played each other for a state championship were Tucker and Marist. Tucker won 15-3, avenging a regular-season loss.
“Titan Pride: Never give up, never say die.” (North Oconee Titan motto)
Here’s a look at Georgia’s teams ranked on a consensus of six polls (AJC – Atlanta Journal-Constitution/GHSF Daily; GS – Georgia Sports Writers Association; GPB – Georgia Public Broadcasting; SA – Score Atlanta; MP – MaxPreps; and Max – Maxwell Ratings):
1. Colquitt County (7-1)
2. Norcross (7-2)
3. North Gwinnett (7-1)
4. Camden County (7-1)
5. Lovejoy (8-1)
6. Collins Hill (7-1)
7. North Cobb (7-1)
8. Archer (9-0)
9. McEachern (7-1)
10. Hughes (7-1)
11. Hillgrove (7-1)
12. Lowndes (7-2)
13. Peachtree Ridge (6-2)