Notebook: Basketball power Westover on brink of first football region title

Which Georgia school has won six state championships in boys basketball but no region titles (much less state titles) in football?

That would be Westover of Albany. The Patriots (6-2, 5-0) are on the doorstep of history today. A victory over Worth County (3-5, 2-3) would clinch Region 1-AAAA in the fourth season under Octavia Jones, a graduate of Albany’s Monroe High and Albany State University.

Westover’s 14-9 victory over Cairo on Sept. 27 paved the way. The Patriots hadn’t beaten the Syrupmakers in 20 years.

Westover is allowing 10.2 points per game. The biggest reason is Trenton Thompson, a five-star defensive tackle. But Jones says the biggest surprise has been DE Brenten Wimberly. He has 51 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, and 12 sacks.

“We have been under the radar this year, but I actually like it that way,” Jones said. “I am so proud of these guys because when I got here four years ago, no one ever thought that they could ever win in football.”

Glenn Hills RB rushes for 402 yards

Glenn Hills RB Kahlige Fleglar last week became the ninth player on record to rush for 400 yards in a game. Fleglar ran for 402 yards and scored all five of his teams touchdowns on just 14 carries in a 34-0 victory over Cross Creek. Each of his TD runs covered more than 50 yards. The state record for rushing yards in a game belongs to Don Calloway of Miller County. He rushed for 476 against Lanier County in 1999. The most recent player to top 400 in a game, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, had been Pepperell’s Janier Ferguson, who ran for 402 against Armuchee in 2011.

Georgia making a name in SEC at QB

Three starting SEC quarterbacks – LSU’s Zach Mettenberger (Oconee County), South Carolina’s Connor Shaw (Flowery Branch) and Auburn’s Nick Marshall (Wilcox County) – are former Georgia high school players. Could there be more next season? Marshall will return at Auburn. True freshman Anthony Jennings (Marietta) is No. 2 on the depth chart behind Mettenberger at LSU. Hutson Mason (Lassiter) is the heir apparent to Aaron Murray at Georgia. True freshman Blake Sims (Gainesville) is the top backup at Alabama behind senior A.J. McCarron. Josh Dobbs (Alpharetta) will start for Tennessee this week in place of injured junior Justin Worley against Missouri. Though not likely to start next year, Missouri has Eddie Printz (Lassiter), and Vanderbilt has Johnny (formerly known as Johnathon) McCrary (Cedar Grove). Both are true freshmen who set passing records last season in Georgia.

Bryant looking for offers

Kawon Bryant, the North Oconee junior who has rushed for a Class AAA-best 1,960 yards and 35 touchdowns, isn’t getting college offers yet, although it’s early. North Oconee coach Terry Tuley says Bryant’s has size. “It can’t be that he is 5-9 and 192,” Tuley said. “We are puzzled and feel that because he hasn’t received the [NCAA] Clearinghouse that maybe that is the problem. Frankly, I wish I knew so if it is in my power to help I could get it done.” The NCAA Clearinghouse assures that players have taken the right courses the required coursework. Bryant is a junior, so that is not expected to be an issue. Nor should speed and strength. Bryant is built like a rock. “I think he is the I tailback that has good hands that can merge into the passing game,” Tuley said. “He.ran great 40 times at Clemson and Georgia and the best was at Florida State. Recruiting comes nowhere near an exact science, so there is always that unknown that drives you crazy.”

Coaches invited to Falcons reception

GHSA head football coaches are invited with one guest to the 2013 Salute to Georgia High School Football Reception on Dec. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Georgia Dome-Atlanta Falcons Owners Club. Coaches must RSVP by Dec. 2 to Derek Hooper at 404-367-2243 or dhooper@falcons.nfl.com. This reception, which includes a free meal, will recognize the 2013 classification coaches of the year, the Warrick Dunn Captain in the Community of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement winner. Coaches will have the opportunity to win a number of prizes for their commitment to football. As in previous years, the Atlanta Falcons would like to extend the opportunity to the first 50 coaches that RSVP for the reception to receive two tickets to the Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers game on Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.

Briefly …

Rick Hurst of Eastside now leads Newton County in career victories. He is 59-39. He passed Milton McLaney, who was 57-49-5 at Newton County (1956-66).

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Roll tide

November 1st, 2013
9:06 pm

Blake Sims (Gainesville) , the back-up QB at Alabama is a redshirt junior, NOT a true freshman.