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Class A Blog: New Divided Top 5; Power Rankings; Coachspeak with Mt. Pisgah’s Mike Forester

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s the AJC.com Class A Blog Divided Top 5 after Week 7 of the season (overall AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily ranking in parenthesis). As everyone has played at least five games, here is the link to the GHSA/MaxPreps Power Ranking site: http://www.ghsa.net/2013-ghsa-power-ratings-class-a-football. We provide a list of the top 16 teams, public and private, below as well.

This week’s “Coackspeak” features Mt. Pisgah Christian’s Mike Forester, whose Patriots are 5-0.

PUBLIC

1. Seminole County (3) (5-0, 1-0). Seminole County stayed unblemished this season with a 48-8 win over Terrell County (1-1, 3-3) in its Region 1 opener on Friday. Seminole County will visit winless Stewart County (0-5 0-2) in Lumpkin on Friday.

2. Irwin County (5) (4-0-1, 1-0). Irwin County won its Region 2 opener last week, 49-19 over Telfair County (3-3, 0-2). Irwin will face a big test on Friday when Clinch County (2-3, 1-0) visits Ocilla.

3. Johnson County (6) …

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Class A Blog: Claxton upsets Savannah Christian; Mt. Paran, Mt. Pisgah keep winning; Landmark escapes; Pacelli stays perfect

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Friday night produced some interesting outcomes:

Shockers in north, south Georgia. In the biggest stunner of the night, Claxton (3-2, 1-0) scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to stun Savannah Christian (2-2-1, 0-1), 28-21, and ruin the Raiders’ homecoming. Trailing 14-13 after three quarters, the Tigers got two fourth quarter touchdown runs from QB Cornelius Taylor (16, and 1-yard), and hung on for their first victory over Savannah Christian since 1999. The win ended a seven-game losing streak in the series for Claxton, which now is in the driver’s seat for the Region 3-Division A crown. At the other end of the state, Christian Heritage(5-1, 2-0) won its fifth game in a row in impressive fashion, 35-0 over Gordon Lee (3-2, 0-1). The win for the Dalton-based Lions, in just their third season of competition, sets up a showdown with Darlington next week for the Region 6-Division A lead.

Mt. Pisgah, Mt. Paran on collision course. The two …

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Class A Blog: What to look for Friday? No. 3 Aquinas, No. 4 Seminole County, No. 7 PAC, No. 8 Irwin County face region road tests

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

As region play begins in earnest across the state, here are six games of note on Friday, along with five more to pay attention to.

Our Lady of Mercy (1-3, 1-0) at No. 2 Landmark Christian (5-0, 1-0). The War Eagles will look to stay unbeaten in their Region 5 home opener, after dismantling Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (56-19) on the road last week. Mercy is coming off of a 22-14 win over resurgent Pace Academy (3-2, 0-1) last week. Landmark won last year’s meeting in overtime, 30-27.

No. 3 Aquinas (4-0, 1-0) at Hancock Central (3-1, 1-0). The Irish will look to stay unbeaten when they visit Sparta for a Region 7 contest. Hancock Central’s lone loss was a 63-0 blowout at AAA No. 1 Buford. The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents in their three wins 130-32.

No. 4 Seminole County (4-0) at Terrell County (3-2, 1-0). Seminole County will begin defense of its Region 1 title with a visit to Dawson to take on the Greenwaves. Terrell is out to …

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Class A Blog: New Divided Top 5 Lists, Coachspeak with Johnson County’s Don Norton

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s the AJC.com Class A Blog Divided Top 5 after the sixth week of the season (overall AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily ranking in parenthesis). While some teams are already half way through their regular season schedules, we’ll wait until next week – when everyone will have played at least five games – to link to the GHSA/MaxPreps Power Ranking site.

This week’s “Coachspeak” features Johnson County’s Don Norton, who has the Trojans rolling at 5-0.

PUBLIC

1. Seminole County (4). Seminole County (4-0) was idle last week, and will begin Region 1 play on the road in Dawson on Friday against Terrell County (3-2, 1-0).

2. Johnson County (5). The Trojans (5-0) went to Savannah last week and out-physicalled one of the traditionally most physical teams in the state, No. 6 Savannah Christian (2-1-1), 14-7. JoCo will take a week off before welcoming Montgomery County (1-4) to Wrightsville on Oct. 11 in the sub region opener for the …

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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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Class A Blog: What to look for on Friday? Holy Innocents-ELCA, JoCo-Savannah Christian headline the slate of games

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here are four games of note on Friday, along with four more to pay attention to.

Athens Christian (2-2) at No. 6 Prince Avenue Christian (3-1). It’s the Region 8 opener for both teams. Both were involved in blowouts last week. PAC is coming off of a 55-6 win over Glascock County (1-4) while Athens Christian was blasted 56-0 by Class AAA No. 9 North Oconee (2-1).

Holy Innocents (2-2) at No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (3-0). After taking a week off, the top-ranked team in Class A will begin Region 5 competition at home in McDonough against the Bears. ELCA rolled to a 68-6 win over Class AA Hapeville Charter back on Sept. 13, while the Bears are trying to reverse a two-game skid, having lost to Class AAAAA Riverwood (35-21) and George Walton Academy (35-14) the past two weeks.

No. 9 Johnson County (4-0) at No. 4 Savannah Christian (2-0-1). In what many believe is the best game of the weekend, the Trojans will visit Savannah for a Region …

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Class A Blog: New Divided Top 5 includes Marion County and Mt. Paran; Coachspeak with Mt. Paran’s Mitch Jordan

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Time for the AJC/AJC.com Class A Blog Divided Top 5 after Week 5. For the first time in history, there is a tie in the rankings. The overall AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily ranking is in parenthesis. We’ll wait until after Week 7, when every team will have played half of its regular season games (five), to start linking to the GHSA’s Power Ranking site.

And check out our conversation with Mount Paran Christian School head coach Mitch Jordan, whose team is making believers out of its Class A foes.

PUBLIC

1. Seminole County (7). Seminole County (4-0) and its option attack rolled up 250 yards rushing en route to a 42-12 win over previously unbeaten Class AA Pelham (3-1). Seminole County will take this weekend off before its Region 1 opener, Oct. 4, on the road at Terrell County (2-2) in Dawson.

2. Johnson County (9). The Trojans (4-0) downed Savannah Country Day 26-6 last week. JoCo will test itself at No. 4 Savannah Christian …

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Class A Blog: FPD upset of Pace, Mt. Paran dominance of Trion among Friday surprises

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here are some things we learned Friday night:

FPD shocks Pace. No. 10 Pace Academy (3-1) looked nearly unstoppable in its three wins this season, averaging more than 40 points per game. But a First Presbyterian Day (1-2) team that had been outscored 66-10 in its first two games this season found its groove Friday night at home in Macon, and the Vikings upset the Knights 28-18. FPD used big plays and clutch defense to secure the win. QB Will McCormick threw touchdown passes of 56 and 74 yards to Reggie Gantt and O’Showen Williams, respectively, while Jam Morris added touchdown runs of 90 and 35 yards. Will Black had an interception for the Vikings, who forced three Pace turnovers. Denzel Franklin had a 44-yard touchdown run for the Knights, while Malik Staples added a 4-yarder.

Mount Paran back on track. After dropping a close game at No. 2 Landmark Christian (14-7) last week, Mt. Paran (3-1) returned to its winning ways big time on Friday …

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Class A Blog: Mt. Paran-Trion, Seminole County-Pelham, Pace-FPD headline this week’s slate of games

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

We’ve got a short list of “big games” this week in Class A. Here are three that should be well worth the price of admission, plus three more to pay attention to as well:

Mount Paran Christian School (2-1) at Trion (3-0). This crossover game in Region 6 is probably the top Class A game of the weekend. Upstart Mt. Paran battled hard but came up just short last week at undefeated (4-0) No. 2 Landmark Christian, 14-7. Now QB Jake Allen, RB Dorian Walker and WR Emoni Williams will try to rebound against a Trion team that is averaging 40 points per game while yielding just nine. The Bulldogs – led by its hard-running backfield of Malik Martin, Devonya Farmer, Bradley Womack and Chandler Latham – manhandled Walker (2-1) last week, 42-7.

No. 8 Seminole County (3-0) at AA Pelham (3-0). Seminole County is off to a fast start and will try to knock off a Class AA team that is just as hot. Seminole County held off a scrappy team from Clinch County (1-3) …

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Class A Blog: New Divided Top 5, Coachspeak with Telfair County’s Matt Burleson on the turnaround in McRae

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s the AJC.com Class A Blog Divided Top 5 after Week 4. The overall AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily ranking is in parenthesis, and as usual, here at Class A Blog Headquarters we don’t always agree with the AJC/GHSFD poll.

Also, as previously stated, we’ll start linking to the GHSA’s Power Ranking site after Week 6, when most teams will have completed half of their regular season (five games).  And check our conversation with Telfair County head coach Matt Burleson, who is quietly building a solid program down in McRae.

PUBLIC

1. Seminole County (8). The Indians are 3-0 after a 21-14 win over much-improved Clinch County (1-3). Seminole County RB Robert Speights scored on a 66-yard touchdown run and threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Peters, while QB Alex Fudge scored on a 3-yard run. Next up is a visit to AA Pelham (3-0) on Friday.

2. Lincoln County (3). The Red Devils (1-1) were off last week. They will look to rebound …

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Class A Blog: 12 teams — 6 public, 6 private — stay perfect Friday night

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here is a look at some teams that remained undefeated thus far:

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy. As expected, the No. 1 Chargers (3-0) steam rolled Hapeville Charter 68-6 in a game that was 55-0 at the half.

Landmark Christian School. The No. 2 War Eagles escaped Friday with a 14-7 win over Mt. Paran Christian School in Fairburn. Landmark (4-0) got touchdowns from senior RB Darius Smith on a 5-yard run and a 35-yard fumble return by freshman Joey Blount. Landmark led 14-0 after one quarter and the defense made it stick. Mt. Paran (2-1) proved it will be a contender, as the Eagle defense stood firm against Landmarks power running game.

Seminole County. The Indians, ranked No. 8, posted 252 yards of total offense in a 21-14 win over Clinch County (1-3). Seminole County RB Robert Speights scored on a 66-yard touchdown run and threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Peters, while QB Alex Fudge scored on a 3-yard run.

Trion. The Bulldogs (3-0) …

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Class A Blog: Games to watch Friday (and Thursday, too)

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here are seven big games this weekend, plus three more to pay attention to as well:

Mount Paran Christian School (2-0) at Landmark Christian School (3-0). The Eagles will look to continue their march to respectability when they visit Landmark on Friday. Mt. Paran finished 3-7 last season, but a new offense – the old single-wing with some spread principles – along with the addition of players like WR/RB Emoni Williams, who didn’t play last season, and the emergence of QB Jake Allen has turned the Eagles into a contender for the Region 6 crown. Landmark, a Class A private school state semi-finalist last season, is one of the few teams in the state to play in all three weeks of the season thus far. The War Eagles are undefeated despite playing a number of young players, including freshman DB DJ Brown. They are led by sophomore QB Stockton McGuire and RB/DB William Higbie. Last season: Landmark 28, Mt. Paran 10.

Clinch County (1-2) at No. 8 …

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Class A Blog: Week 3 Divided Top 5, Coachspeak with Pace Academy’s Chris Slade

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s the AJC.com Class A Blog Divided Top 5 after Week 3. The overall AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily ranking is in parenthesis. Right now with most teams having played two games, the Power Rankings don’t mean a whole lot. We’ll start linking to those after Week 6, when most teams will have completed half of their regular season (five games).

PUBLIC

1. Seminole County (8). The Indians are 2-0 after blasting Turner County (0-2) 49-0 last Friday. Seminole County gained 281 yards rushing and was led by senior RB Robert Speight who ran for 135 of those yards on 12 carries. Speight also accounted for three touchdowns. He ran for a 37-yarder, caught a 20-yarder from QB Alex Fudge, and threw a half-back pass for a 27-yard score to Tyler Peters. The Indians host Clinch County (1-2) on Friday in Donaldsonville.

2. Lincoln County (3). The Red Devils (1-1) were shut out in the second half in a 28-14 loss to Washington-Wilkes, ranked No. 6 …

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Class A Blog: ELCA is still ELCA; Say hello to Pace; Seminole keeps rolling

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s a quick look at what we learned Friday night in Week 3 of the season:

Clinch is better, but ELCA is still ELCA: While Eagle’s Landing Christian’s 30-0 win at Clinch County was a better game than last season’s 47-20 win, which was way less competitive than the score indicated, 30-0 is still 30-0. The No. 1 Chargers led 16-0 at halftime and continued to wear down the Panthers, who appear to be much better than last year’s squad that went 4-6, missed the post season and had the worst record for a Clinch County team since a 4-7 season in 1985. Friday, ELCA, the defending Class A private school champion, was led by a defense that stoned Clinch County on four downs at the ELCA 1-yard line in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Dalton Etheridge threw two touchdown passes to Davis Carrandi and ran for another.

Pace is in the football business now. About 10 years ago, an administrator at Pace Academy was quoted as saying that the Knights …

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Class A Blog: ELCA-Clinch, GWA-Aquinas, PAC-Savannah Christian headline big games in season’s third week

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here is a six-pack of big games in just the third week of the regular season:

No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (1-0) at Clinch County (1-1). This will be a great early season barometer for both teams. Last season ELCA thumped the Panthers 47-20 in a game that wasn’t nearly that close. The Chargers led by five touchdowns at the half. That game was two years removed from an epic battle between the two in the 2010 state quarterfinals, which was won by Clinch County, the eventual Class A state champs, 34-27. Now comes the rubber match between the two. ELCA, the defending Class A private school champion, is coming off a 27-7 win over Alabama private school power Briarwood Christian last week and is led by senior dual-threat quarterback Dalton Etheridge. Clinch County looks like it might be back on course after one of its worst seasons ever last year. The Panthers competed well two weeks ago in a 26-14 loss to Class AA No. 5 Brooks …

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