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Friday rewind: 7 TDs in 15 plays and other notables

Amazing: No. 4 Monroe Area ran only 15 plays in the first half against Stephens County on Friday. The Purple Hurricanes scored touchdowns on seven of those plays en route to a 47-0 win. Quarterback Stanton Truitt and running back Kwan Brooks each ran for two touchdowns for Monroe Area, which is 7-0 for the second straight season.

Collision course: No. 1 Sandy Creek and No. 2 Carrollton continued their dominating starts and stayed on course for their Nov. 1 showdown. Eric Swinney scored three touchdowns, and the Sandy Creek defense posted its second straight shutout in a 49-0 win over Shaw on Thursday. The Patriots have won 38 consecutive region games.

Jarvis Terrell rushed for four touchdowns to lead Carrollton to a 49-12 win over Troup County on Thursday. The Trojans have outscored opponents 292-47.

Chubb Watch: Nick Chubb rushed for 355 yards and five touchdowns in undefeated Cedartown’s 42-34 win over Pickens. Chubb now has 1,853 yards and 29 touchdowns. Cedartown is 7-0 …

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AAAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Carver-Atlanta 40, Therrell 6: Carver-Atlanta raced to a 33-0 halftime lead before coasting past Therrell. The host Panthers dominated in all three phases of the game, which included a blocked punt, an interception return for a touchdown by Charlie Patrick, and a fumble recovery for a score by Ed Curney. Jordan Holden also threw a touchdown pass to Tevish Clark for Carver-Atlanta.

Cedartown 42, Pickens 34: Cedartown’s ground game was too much for Pickens in this shootout between Polk County foes. Running back Nick Chubb rushed for five scores and Israel Battle added another as the Bulldogs edged the Dragons. Cedartown remains undefeated at 7-0, having scored more than 30 points in each contest. Pickens falls to 4-2.

Johnson-Gainesville 31, Clarkston 21: Defense was the story as the host Knights earned their second win of the season. Kavin Hopkins and Jamison Owen returned fumbles for touchdowns from 10 and five yards, respectively. Quarterback Chase Sims …

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AAAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Carrollton 52, Fayette County 14: Eight Carrollton rushers combined to gain 246 yards and five touchdowns on the ground as the host Trojans rolled. The Trojans led 35-7 at the half. Trey Chivers ran for 63 yards and Will Garrett had 62 to lead Carrollton. Garrett as 6 for 9 passing for 83 yards and one score.

Chestatee 48, Johnson-Gainesville 7: The visiting War Eagles scored 35 points in the second quarter to take control of a scoreless game. The War Eagles did most of their damage on the ground with five rushing touchdowns from four different players. Blake Buffington had two scores from two yards and 17 yards. Cody Humphries and Khalil Cantrell each returned fumbles for touchdowns in the first half.

Jonesboro 28, North Clayton 0: The host Cardinals used a strong defensive effort to outlast North Clayton. Quarterback Romario Atkinson lead the offense and threw for two touchdowns. The first went 35 yards to Saleem Veree and the other went 26 yards to Jyair …

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AAAA roundup: Marist throttles Therrell

By Score Atlanta

Dutchtown 49, Riverdale 28: Visiting Dutchdown scored 28 points in the opening quarter but Riverdale cut the lead to 28-14 at the half with a Torre Washington touchdown pass and 25-yard Nathan Williams touchdown run. Dutchtown’s Malik Barkley and Matthew Daniels iced the game with fourth quarter touchdown runs.

Marist 67, Therrell 6: Marist scored early and often against host Therrell, jumping out to a 29-0 lead at the end of the first quarter as it cruised to an easy victory. All of Marist’s scores came on big plays of double-digit yardage. Carter Miller led the way with two touchdowns.

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Class AAAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Carrollton 42, Calhoun 7: The host Trojans rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead as Malik Sheppard returned an interception 37 yards for a score in the first quarter, then rushed for a 14-yard touchdown in the second. Carrollton racked up 211 total yards by intermission. The Trojans nabbed three interceptions and totaled 335 yards. Carrollton’s Trey Chivers rushed for 78 yards and two scores.

Griffin 38, Jonesboro 0: Griffin raced to a 31-0 lead as it put away host Jonesboro early. The Bears were led by quarterback Jaquez Parks, who rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns while also passing for 159 yards and another score. Christian Owens hauled in a 25-yard scoring strike from Parks. Devonta Freeman added a touchdown run and Noah Flowers had an interception in the shutout.

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Class AAAA football roundup

By Score Atlanta

Griffin 35, Northgate 0: The host Bears held a 14-0 lead at the half and ran away with the game in the second half. Miller had two rushing touchdowns and was also the leading rusher. Trey Willis had a long touchdown reception for another score. The Bears held Northgate out of the end zone with a goal-line stand to end the game.

Locust Grove 7, Ola 3: Visiting Locust Grove utilized a 3-yard touchdown run by Tre King to beat Ola in a low-scoring affair. Despite 208 yards of total offense to Ola’s 284, Locust Grove improved its record to 1-1 on the season, while Ola fell to 0-2. Justin Drake caught two passes for 64 yards and also had 28 rushing yards for the visitors.

Riverdale 29, Drew 26: Visiting Riverdale benefitted from a safety off of a blocked punt by Ryan Beasley and fought off a late Drew rally to improve to 2-0. Jordan Metts had two rushing touchdowns and Reshad Canty caught a long touchdown pass to contribute to the win. Isa Muhammed also returned …

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Class AAAA football roundup

By Score Atlanta

Carrollton 35, Oxford (Ala.) 14: Carrollton scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to break the game open as the Trojans led 28-7 at the half. Despite the lopsided score, Oxford actually outgained Carrollton 367-293, but was undone by three interceptions. Four Carrollton rushers scored touchdowns.

Carver-Atlanta 20, Mays 19: Carver defeated Mays thanks to strong special teams and timely defensive play in a game played at Lakewood Stadium. Carver’s special teams blocked two blocked extra points and the defense recorded a safety.

Eagle’s Landing 41, Ola 10: Host Eagle’s Landing outscored Ola 28-0 after its 13-10 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Corey Holloway scored a 15-yard touchdown, and the Eagles added a Bradley Dewberry interception return for a touchdown and two Sedrick Palmer rushing scores in the fourth.

Griffin 59, Dutchtown 35: Visiting Griffin scored 35 points in the opening half and added its final two scores in the third quarter. …

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Maxwell Ratings’ preseason projections: Class AAAA

Below are the Maxwell Ratings’ projected finish and record (overall and region) for each team in Class AAAA.

Remember that the only data used is related to a team’s past performance. The computer does not take into account personnel and coaching changes from season to season.

Overall

Region

Rank

Team

W

L

W

L

Rating

Sch.

REGION 1

5

Cairo

8.17

1.83

6.21

0.79

68.32

50.21

14

Monroe

6.22

3.78

5.13

1.87

58.98

51.86

30

Westover

5.20

4.80

4.13

2.87

50.99

49.97

36

Amer.-Sumter

5.91

4.09

3.45

3.55

47.78

42.41

38

Worth County

4.56

5.44

3.37

3.63

47.47

49.69

43

Crisp County

3.95

6.05

3.00

4.00

44.74

50.89

61

Albany

2.69

7.31

1.48

5.52

33.91

46.49

63

Dougherty

1.46

8.54

1.23

5.77

32.74

53.19

REGION 2

9

Baldwin

6.69

3.31

5.39

1.61

61.53

51.99

10

Westside

7.24

2.76

5.27

1.73

60.93

45.31

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Profiles of new head coaches: A look at Class AAAA

Number of hires: 15

Best hire: Barney Hester, Howard

Hardest to replace: Olten Downs, Riverdale

Best job: Perry

Toughest job: Therrell

Most interesting: Barney Hester, who won 11 state titles in the Georgia Independent School Association, took the job at Howard, a Macon school that has lost 24 consecutive games.

Region 1

*Americus-Sumter hired Tift County defensive coordinator Reggie Mitchell to replace Chris Wade, who served in the interim in 2012 after the mid-season resignation of Michael Pollock. Mitchell, a former Valdosta player who won two state titles under Nick Hyder, has been a head coach at Albany (2006-08) and Sherwood Christian Academy (2009-10). Americus-Sumter lost its final five games last season and finished 4-6.

*Worth County hired Camden County running backs coach Jason Tone to replace Scott Ward, who landed at Fitzgerald as linebackers coach. Tone has been on Camden’s staff since 2007. He was offensive coordinator at Wayne County in 2006. He coached at his …

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Norcross gets another national ranking: No. 6 in RivalsHigh100

Norcross is ranked No. 5 nationally in the RivalsHigh100 released Thursday.

Sandy Creek is No. 10, and Gainesville is No. 25. Those represent Georgia’s reigning state champions in the three highest classifications.

Other Georgia teams in the top 100 are No. 28 North Gwinnett, No. 49 North Cobb, No. 60 Camden County and No. 63 Colquitt County.

Norcross plays No. 4 Booker T. Washington of Miami at Norcross on Aug. 24. Washington plays No. 1 Central of Miami on Sept. 6.

Norcross also has been ranked No. 3 by MaxPreps, No. 6 by National Prep Football Poll and No. 11 by CalPreps.

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Preseason all-state: Chubb, Sandy Creek players headline AAAA team

Nick Chubb, the Cedartown running back who set a regular-season state record with 2,721 rushing yards in 2012, heads the preseason all-state team in Class AAAA. Chubb has committed to Georgia.

Cole Garvin, the quarterback who led Sandy Creek to a state championship, is one of four members of the team from the defending title-holders. WR Demarre Kitt (committed to Clemson), DL Chris Williams (Ole Miss), junior RB Eric Swinney and LB Khari Lain also made the team.

The AAAA team required some shuffling and regrettable omissions because of excessive depth at certain positions. Monroe Area QB Stanton Truitt, one of GHSF Daily’s Top 44 players statewide, was beaten out by Garvin and “athlete” Donquell Green, Burke County’s similar dual-threat quarterback.

Also missing out at quarterback were prolific passers Charles Stafford of Westover and Zach Giddens of LaGrange, each of whom threw for about 3,000 yards last season. Dalton sophomore Kelvis Rhodes, who rushed for more than 1,528 …

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Norcross, Sandy Creek ranked top five nationally in preseason football poll

Two Georgia teams are ranked in the top five of the first national high school football poll for 2013.

Norcross, the defending Class AAAAAA champion, is No. 3 in the preseason top 25 of MaxPreps, an online site that covers high school sports.

Sandy Creek, the 2012 champ in AAAA, is No.  5.

Both teams return several major FBS (formerly called Division I-A) prospects from teams that finished 15-0 last season.

Norcross’ bid for a national title gets a sharp test at home on Aug. 24, when the Blue Devils face Booker T. Washington of Miami, which MaxPreps ranks No. 9 nationally. Three Norcross players  (WR Myles Autry, DE Lorenzo Carter, LB Kevin Mouhon) are rated four-star prospects or better by Rivals.

Sandy Creek returns two 1,000-yard rushers (Eric Swinney, Delvin Weems), a 2,000-yard passer (Cole Garvin) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Demarre Kitt), all of whom are FBS prospects. It is unusual for Georgia teams outside the highest two classifications to make top-25 national …

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Columbia girls coach Frost takes job at Mays

Chantay Frost, who led Columbia’s girls basketball teams to state championships in 2010, 2012 and 2013, is the new head coach at Mays in Atlanta.

DeKalb County athletics coordinator and former Columbia boys coach Phil McCrary confirmed the hire Friday. Frost was not immediately available for comment Friday.

Columbia had never won a state playoff game in its history until Frost – who had never been a high school head coach – arrived in 2008-09. She immediately led the team to the quarterfinals.

Frost’s record at Columbia was 126-26, and her program sent more than a dozen players to college basketball, including Miah Spencer (N.C. State), Destinee Smith (North Florida) and Frost’s youngest daughter, Zuri Frost (Tennessee Tech).

Frost was an assistant at Stone Mountain before coming to Columbia as a teacher only. She remained involved in basketball in assisting with AAU and middle school teams on which her daughters played. When the Columbia job came open, she took …

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Class AAAA baseball: Redan sweeps Marist

He wasn’t at his customary spot in the dugout, but there was no question that the Redan baseball team had coach Marvin Pruitt on their mind as they celebrated winning the Class AAAA championship.

The veteran coach had to step back from the day-to-day operation of the club since health problems early in the year. But when the players received the championship trophy, it went straight to Pruitt, who smiled as the crowded chanted his name.

“This is something I’ve been dreaming about for a long time,” said Pruitt, DeKalb County’s first 400-game winning coach.

Redan (30-7) knocked off nemesis Marist (27-9), winning the first game 11-0 and taking the second 4-3 at Marist’s Jerry Queen Field. It was the first title for a DeKalb County public school since Dunwoody in 2007. It was the third time Redan had reached the final.

“This means a lot,” said Redan shortstop Wesley Jones, a Georgia signee. “To have the experience to get one … it’s hard to describe.”

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Baseball: Tradition-rich Redan seeks first state title

Marist and Redan will attempt to build onto their baseball traditions Monday as the high school season of sports nears its final out.

Championship series in classes AAAAAA (Milton-Roswell) and AA (Westminster-Lovett) resume while Redan travels to Marist for Game 1 of their three-game series in AAAA.

Marist defeated Redan in three of four meetings in the regular season and won the team’s region. Marist also is favored because of its history of 12 state championships.

Redan’s tradition is lesser known if only because this is the Stone Mountain school’s first state final appearance.

Three Redan graduates are in the major leagues in Domonic Brown (Phillies left fielder), Chris Nelson (Dodgers third baseman) and Brandon Phillips (Reds second baseman). Retired all-star Wally Joyner also is a Redan alumnus.

Brown and Nelson played for current Redan coach Marvin Pruitt, the first 400-game winner in DeKalb County history. Redan’s leading hitter is Chris Nelson’s nephew, sophomore …

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