Notebook: South Paulding’s Burks having breakout season

Despite South Paulding’s setback against North Paulding last week, quarterback Chandler Burks is having a breakout season. He’s on pace to pass for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,250 in the regular season. Burks is flourishing in South Paulding’s new spread offense, which coach Ed Koester said Burks learned in one week while recovering from an appendectomy the first week of June. “Tremendous leader,” Koester said. “Knows what every position does on every play. Makes great decisions. Will always be the first to give everyone else credit.” His official numbers in South Paulding’s 5-1 start: 82-of-119 passing for 1,277 yards and 12 touchdowns; 666 yards rushing on 68 carries.

Players committed to schools moving up

In GHSF Daily’s List last week of Georgia high school players who have committed to Division I FBS schools, we did not include schools that are moving to the FBS level in 2014 or later. Those are Appalachian State (Sun Belt, 2014), Georgia Southern (Sun Belt, 2014), Old Dominion (C-USA, 2014) and Charlotte (C-USA, 2015). Some readers wanted to know which Georgia players are committed to them, so here they are, according to 247Sports and other sources:

Appalachian State: DE Alanmichael Harkness (M.L. King), LB Devan Stringer (Gainesville), PK A.J. Wells (Marion County), TE Brandon Walton (Carrollton), WR A.J. Howard (Harris County), WR Rashad Canty (Riverdale)

Charlotte: QB Brooks Barden (Cartersville), RB Maetron Thomas (Stockbridge), WR Mark Quattlebaum (Cartersville)

Georgia Southern: OG Ryan Northrup (Norcross), ATH Ryan Peterson (Irwin County)

Old Dominion: DT Torrez Wentz (Warren County)

Boulder Brown: Great name for an O-lineman

Offensive linemen don’t get enough credit. GHSF Daily wants to help. Last week, Emanuel County Institute and North Hall set school records for rushing yards in a game. ECI ran for 604 in a 69-27 victory over Wheeler County, and North Hall ran for 571 in a 56-31 victory over East Hall.

Nice job to ECI offensive linemen Zach Thompson, Mitchell Cowart, Jarrett Henry, T.J. Hackle, Jarrod Downer, Zach Carruth, Colorado Gearheart, Britt Todd and Boulder Brown. And to tight ends Willie Worthen and Willie Johnson.

Nice job to North Hall offensive linemen Russell Gillespie, Justin Bacus, Cole Strickland, Avery Rogers, Hayden Hughes, Dylan Truelove and Thomas Marchman. And to tight ends Nolan Tucker, Devin Motes and Dalton Lavender.

More top performances

Pike County QB Tyler Gregory rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and was 9-of-15 passing for 109 yards in a 34-31 victory over Jackson last week. … Allatoona RB Josh Bettistea rushed for 270 yards and five touchdowns on 31 carries in a 35-28 victory over New Manchester. Bettistea has 17 touchdowns on the season. … North Cobb RB J’Vonte Herrod scored four touchdowns and rushed for 145 yards on 11 carries in a 42-13 victory over South Cobb.


The Lowndes-Valdosta game is stirring up a fuss this week because of Lowndes’ decision to ban Valdosta from streaming the game live over the Internet. It is not uncommon for schools to deny access to streaming in its home stadium, but apparently Lowndes has not done it in the past, and Valdosta isn’t happy about it. … Wayne County WR Krenwick Sanders, who committed to Wisconsin this week, is believed to be the state’s leader in touchdown receptions with 13. … Whitewater coach Amos McCreary won his 150th game against Northgate last week. His has coached two schools to the state semifinals in his career: Creekside in 2000 and Whitewater in 2012. His record is 150-66. He was 74-38 at Creekside and is 76-28 at Whitewater.

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could be anybody

October 14th, 2013
6:10 pm

wow congrats to coach McCreary – I can’t imgaine how old he must be to have won 150 games against Northgate. How many has he lost against them? maybe he’s really Nosferatu…