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Class A Basketball Blog: Power rating primer; Boys players to watch

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

As basketball gets underway, this first edition of the Class A blog provides a primer on the power rating system and we take a look at some player of the year candidates on the boys side. The girls will be featured next week.

Power rating for basketball

For basketball teams in Class A, a team is awarded five points for each win, plus a point for each win earned by that opponent. A team gets no points for a loss, but is awarded one-third (33 percent) of that opponent’s wins.

The power rating is then computed by taking the total power points awarded and dividing that number by the number of total games played – including invitational tournaments during the regular season and the region tournament.

However, games played against out of state opponents, and games played against opponents playing non-region schedules, will not be counted in the power rating computation. So teams playing high-powered opponents from other states during holiday …

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(UPDATED) Class A Blog: Key results from Friday; Power Rating process; Playoff match ups prior to appeals

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here we go. The regular season is by the boards. Now it’s time for the second season … the playoffs.

In today’s blog we have some key results from Friday night, the process by which the power ratings will be finalized from the Georgia High School Association’s Steve Figueroa, and finally, a projected public and private school bracket, based on one that is making the rounds in the blogosphere.

No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 35, No. 8 Landmark Christian 0. The top ranked team in the AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily poll and the defending public school champions dominated the War Eagles to win their fourth consecutive Region 5 title. It was the second loss in a row for Landmark Christian (8-2, 4-2), which began the season 8-0. ELCA (10-0, 6-0) went into the game tied for first in the private school power ratings with Mt. Pisgah (10-0, 6-0), a 41-26 winner over Mt. Zion-Carroll, Friday. Landmark is presently No. 3 in the …

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Class A Blog: What to Watch for Friday? Regions 1, 3 and 5 to decide titles on the field

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here are three games that will decide region champions, and four others worthy of mention:

No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (9-0, 5-0) at No. 8 Landmark Christian (8-1, 4-1). The Chargers are poised to claim their fourth consecutive Region 5 crown as they march toward their second consecutive Class A private school state title. Landmark hopes to reclaim some momentum heading into the playoffs, after falling for the first time this season last week at Holy Innocents’ (6-4, 4-2), 29-28. This is the fourth straight season the Region 5 title has come down to a battle between ELCA and Landmark.

Mitchell County (6-3, 5-0) at No. 3 Seminole County (9-0, 5-0). The Eagles began the season 1-3 but have become one of the hottest teams in Class A, stringing together five straight wins during Region 1 competition. During the run, Mitchell County has outscored its opponents 218-43, including a 80-0 demolition of winless Stewart County. …

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Class A Blog: New Divided Top 5’s; New Top 16 in the Power Ratings; Who Fell Out, Three on the Bubble

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

As we head into the final week of the regular season (where did the time go??), here’s the AJC.com Class A Blog Divided Top 5 (overall AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily ranking in parenthesis), along with this week’s top 16 in the Georgia High School Association/MaxPreps Power Rankings, public and private, and a link to the full lists.

As always, last week’s power ranking for each team is in parenthesis. A new twist to this week’s list is “Three On the Bubble,” – three teams currently on the outside looking in, but that still have a shot at cracking the top 16. The number of power rating points behind the No. 16 spot is posted next to each bubble team.

PUBLIC

1. Seminole County (3) (9-0, 5-0). Seminole County blanked Miller County (4-6, 3-3) last week, 21-0, setting up a Region 1 championship game at home in Donaldsonville on Friday against Mitchell County (6-3, 5-0).

2. Johnson County (4) (9-0, 4-0). The Trojans blasted …

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Class A Blog: What happened Friday? Holy Innocents’ and OLM pull upsets; ELCA, Aquinas, other favorites roll on; Calvary Day-JoCo to settle Region 3 next week

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s what went down Friday night in Week 11.

Holy Innocents’ rallies to topple Landmark. In north Atlanta, Holy Innocents (6-4, 4-2) rallied from deficits of 21-7 and 28-21 with just over five minutes left in regulation to stun previously unbeaten No. 6 Landmark Christian (8-1, 4-1), 29-28. Landmark sophomore QB/K Stockton McGuire’s 52-yard field goal fell just a few feet short as time expired, setting off a midfield celebration for Holy Innocents’ players and fans in what Bears’ head coach Ryan Livezey called one of the best games he’s witnessed as a coach or a fan, according to the school’s website. Holy Innocents’ outscored the War Eagles 22-7 down the stretch. Clay Pfhol’s 2-yard touchdown run and Jackson Miller’s subsequent two-point conversion reception from Luke Wright with a little over a minute left provided the winning advantage for the Bears, who all but clinched a spot in the top 16 of the private school power …

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Class A Blog: What to watch for Friday? ELCA and Landmark on collision course for Region 5 championship game

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).

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Class A Blog: Changes in the Divided Top 5’s and the Power Rankings; Coach Speak with Marion County’s Mike Swaney

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s the AJC.com Class A Blog Divided Top 5 (overall AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily ranking in parenthesis), along with this week’s top 16 in the Georgia High School Association/MaxPreps Power Rankings, public and private, and a link to the full lists. As always, last week’s power ranking for each team is in parenthesis, and a list of teams that dropped out of the coveted to 16 is at the bottom of the list.

This week’s “Coach Speak” features No. 5 Marion County’s Mike Swaney, who is building a program that will be one to reckon with for years to come.

PUBLIC

1. Seminole County (3) (8-0, 4-0). Seminole County manhandled Raldolph-Clay (3-5, 2-3), 56-21 last week. Next up is a trip to Colquitt for a tough game against Miller County (4-5, 3-2) on Friday, before Seminole County hosts Mitchell County (6-3, 5-0) next week to decide the Region 1 champion.

2. Marion County (5) (8-0, 5-0). The Eagles beat up Brookstone (5-3, 2-3), …

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Class A Blog: JoCo, Clinch and Calvary Day win in unanticipated blowouts; Mt. Pisgah, Holy Innocents’ and FPD win nail biters

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here are some highlights from Week 10:

Surprise blowouts. Three games expected to be hotly contested ended in lopsided decisions. No. 5 Johnson County moved to 8-0, 2-0 in Region 3 – Division B, as the Trojans jumped all over No. 8 Emanuel County Institute (5-3, 2-1), 65-29. ECI had won eight of the last 10 meetings, including a 40-0 decision last season on the way to winning the Class A public school state championship. The 65 points tallied by the Trojans was the most points scored by one team in the history of the series, which dates by to 1978. ECI still leads 20-14. The win by Johnson County essentially gives the Trojans the sub region title.

Down in Homerville, No. 10 Clinch County (5-3, 4-0) continued its march back to prominence with an unexpectedly easy 34-7 win over rival Charlton County (5-2, 3-1), which had won nine of the previous 10 meetings between the two schools. Charlton still leads the series, which dates by to 1962, …

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Class A Blog: What to watch Friday? Marion County-Brookstone, JoCo-ECI, Mt. Pisgah-Mt. Paran, Charlton-Clinch headline Week 10 action

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here are four huge games on tap in Week 10 Friday, plus a half dozen more worth the price of admission.

No. 6 Marion County (7-0, 4-0) at Brookstone (4-3, 2-2). The Eagles will try to stay unbeaten and all but sew up their third Region 4 title in the last four seasons. Marion County also is No. 1 in the current Georgia High School Association/MaxPreps power rankings for public schools. Brookstone probably does not have a shot at the region championship, but the Cougars can upgrade their power ranking with a win. They currently sit at No. 12 on the private school side.

No. 5 Johnson County (7-0, 2-0) at No. 8 Emanuel County Institute (5-2, 2-0). The Region 3 – Division B title will be on the line in Twin City. ECI, the defending Class A public school champion, has won eight of the last 10 meetings, including 40-0 last season in Wrightsville. A win could vault the Bulldogs, currently at No. 7 in the public school power rankings, into the …

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Class A Blog: New Divided Top 5’s; Power Ranking Top 16’s; Coach Speak with coaches facing huge contests this week

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Things are beginning to get interesting as we head into Week 10, with some huge games on tap Friday. Here’s the AJC.com Class A Blog Divided Top 5 (overall AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily ranking in parenthesis), along with this week’s top 16 in the Georgia High School Association/MaxPreps Power Rankings, public and private, and a link to the full lists. As always, last week’s power ranking for each team is in parenthesis, and a list of teams that dropped out of the coveted to 16 is at the bottom of the list.

This week’s “Coach Speak” features comments from five coaches playing in big games this weekend.

PUBLIC

1. Seminole County (3) (7-0, 3-0). Seminole County mauled Calhoun County (1-6, 0-3), 31-6 last week. Next up is a home game in Donalsonville against Randolph-Clay (3-4, 2-2).

2. Emanuel County Institute (8) (5-2, 2-0). ECI was off last week. The Bulldogs welcome undefeated No. 5 Johnson County (7-0, 2-0) to Twin City …

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Class A Blog: Landmark, ELCA and Marion County keep winning; Commerce is back; Clinch-Charlton, Paran-Pisgah meet next week for titles

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here are some key developments from Week 9 in Class A:

Landmark knows how to win. Say what you want about the No. 4 War Eagles (8-0, 4-0). Not that big. Not that fast. Too young. Yada, yada, yada. But one thing is for certain. Landmark Christian School knows winning, and it proved it again Friday night with a 17-10 homecoming win over Pace Academy (4-3, 1-2). Just as it had against Our Lady of Mercy two weeks ago, Landmark went into the fourth quarter trailing by a score, this time 14-10 after a third-quarter touchdown reception of 5-yards by the Knights’ Kameron Uter – his second of the game. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior had an 81-yarder in the second quarter. But the War Eagles put together a nine-play drive that ate up nearly all of the game’s final five minutes, and sophomore QB Stockton McGuire finished it off with a 2-yard touchdown run with 36 seconds left in regulation to keep Landmark unbeaten and on a collision course …

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Class A Blog: What to watch for Friday? Pace-Landmark, Dooly County at Marion County, Athens Academy at Commerce

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here are three big games on Friday, along with five more worth keeping an eye on.

Pace Academy (4-2, 1-1) at No. 4 Landmark Christian (7-0, 3-0). Coming off of a bye week, the Knights will try to spoil homecoming in downtown Fairburn and keep their Region 5 title hopes alive. After a blistering 3-0 start, Pace dropped two in a row to First Presbyterian Day in Macon and Our Lady of Mercy in Fayetteville, but righted the ship two weeks ago with a 40-0 thumping of Strong Rock. The Knights are led by Stanford-bound DB/RB Denzel Franklin and 6-foot-4 WR Kameron Uter, along with junior QB Kevin Johnson. Landmark beat up on Strong Rock last week, 34-12. The War Eagles are looking to remain unbeaten to set up an epic clash with No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in the season finale Nov. 8. Landmark is led by sophomore QB Stockton McGuire and senior LB/FB William Higbie. Landmark won last season, 38-12.

Dooly County (4-2, 3-0) at No. 7 …

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Class A Blog: New Divided Top 5, Minor shake ups in Top 16 Power Rankings

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s the AJC.com Class A Blog Divided Top 5 after Week 8 of the season (overall AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily ranking in parenthesis), and we link to the GHSA/MaxPreps Power Ranking site as well: http://www.ghsa.net/2013-ghsa-power-ratings-class-a-football.   Additionally, we provide a list of the top 16 teams, public and private. Last week’s power ranking for each team is in parenthesis, and a list of teams that dropped out of the coveted top 16 is at the bottom of the list.

And we’re still efforting to bring you another installment of “Coackspeak” before we update the blog on Thursday.

PUBLIC

1. Seminole County (3) (6-0, 2-0). Seminole County beat up on Stewart County (0-6, 0-3) 38-0, and will take on another struggling program on Friday when Calhoun County (1-5, 0-2) visits Donalsonville.

2. Emanuel County Institute (8) (5-2, 2-0). ECI mauled Treutlen (3-3, 2-1) 42-15 in Soperton, setting up a showdown with No. 5 …

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Class A Blog: Aquinas exorcises Red Devils; Region 6 showing strength; St. Anne-Pacelli’s streak ends, Marion County’s continues; What’s wrong with Savannah Christian?

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s what we learned Friday night in Week 7 of the season:

The wheels have come off of the wagon at Savannah Christian. Once again the biggest shocker of the night involves Savannah Christian, and again the news is not good. The Raiders (2-3-1, 0-2) dropped their third straight game, this one in humiliating fashion, 37-0, at rival Calvary Day (4-2, 2-0). Savannah Christian, the 2011 state champion, is known for having a stingy, physical defense, and showed flashes of it earlier this season when the Raiders stymied Prince Avenue Christian’s vaunted wing-T attack in a 17-9 win over the Wolverines – their only loss this season. But that was a month ago. Friday, the Cavaliers scored all 37 points in the first half, taking advantage of three turnovers by the Raiders, who mustered just 20 yards of offense all night, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Aquinas ends 41-year skid vs. Lincoln County with authority. No. 2 Aquinas had lost …

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Class A Blog: What to look for Friday? Three big Public vs. Private matchups

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here are five of the top games in Class A for Week 7 (three of which are Public vs. Private matchups), along with five more worth watching.

No. 2 Aquinas (5-0, 1-0) at No. 9 Lincoln County (3-1, 2-0). In the game of the weekend in Class A, the Irish will put their unblemished record on the line in Lincolnton against the Red Devils, who are starting to get healthy. The winner will most likely claim the Region 7 title and an automatic top eight birth in the state playoffs. Lincoln County won last year’s contest, 20-13.

Clinch County (2-3, 1-0) at No. 5 Irwin County (4-0-1, 1-0). The winner will most likely battle Charlton County for the Region 2 championship. Clinch is much improved after disappointing last season, while Irwin County wants to prove it belongs in the discussion for the Class A public school title. Irwin County won last season’s game 26-15.

No. 7 Prince Avenue Christian (5-1, 2-0) at Commerce (4-2, 2-0). The winner will …

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