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Colquitt County new No. 1 in Class AAAAAA

Two defending state champions and seven other Top 10 teams lost their opening games last week, making for lots of changes in the high school football rankings.

Norcross, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA, lost to Booker T. Washington 55-0 in a stunning outcome to a game televised by ESPN. Washington is ranked No. 1 by USA Today, but Norcross had six top-six national rankings of its own. The Blue Devils fell to No. 6 in the AAAAAA rankings.

Colquitt County, a 21-6 winner over Grayson on Saturday in the Corky Kell Classic in the Georgia Dome, took over the to spot. It is the first time the Packers have held a No. 1 ranking  since a 5-0 start in 2006.

Colquitt’s chance to justify that position comes Friday when the Packers visit nationally ranked Hoover of Alabama, a team that won five state titles under Colquitt head coach Rush Propst. Colquitt has reached the semifinals or better each of the past four seasons, each time losing to the eventual champion.

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Walton 35, Brookwood 24

Tyren Jones gave Alabama fans a little peek of what might be soon coming their way. The Crimson Tide commitment ran 26 times for 254 yards and scored five touchdowns Saturday to help Class AAAAAA No. 4 Walton to a 35-24 win over unranked Brookwood in the Corky Kell Kickoff Classic at the Georgia Dome.

It was only the second time in five meetings that Walton, ranked fourth in has managed to beat the Broncos, the first since a 14-9 win in the 2008 Kickoff Classic. It was Walton’s fifth victory in the showcase event.

Jones, who led the state with 2,375 rushing yards a year ago, scored on a runs of 71, 1, 48, 6 and 52 yards. He also caught two passes for 11 yards.

Brookwood was led by senior Jamaal Cole, who ran 25 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

Walton stunned Brookwood with an onside kick to start the game. No Brookwood player ever touched the ball, which was recovered by kicker Anthony Price at the Brookwood 48. But Walton wasted the momentum, as a holding penalty …

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Camden County 42, Peachtree Ridge 0

Camden County was efficient offensively and stingy defensively when it needed to be, and the Wildcats rolled to a 42-0 victory against Peachtree Ridge in the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

It was the sixth victory in seven appearances in the event for Camden County.

Camden County took control with touchdowns on two of its three possessions in the first quarter. After Camden missed a 38-yard field goal on its first drive, the Wildcats’ defense forced a Lions punt after three plays. A low snap led to a 7-yard punt, giving Camden possession at the Peachtree Ridge 29. Four plays later, Antonio Wimbush scored from the 2 for a 7-0 lead.

Camden County drove 80 yards in five plays, aided by a 15-yard penalty against the Lions, for its second score. Jaccob Johnson capped the drive with a 19-yard run with 1:22 remaining in the quarter to make it 14-0.

Camden County ran just eight offensive plays in the second quarter but added to the lead when Brice Ramsey threw a …

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North Gwinnett 16, Colquitt County 14

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

North Gwinnett junior kicker Michael D’Angola calmly drilled a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Bulldogs to a 16-14 win over Colquitt County, Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Game 3 of the Corky Kell Classic.

North Gwinnett head coach Bob Sphire said he and his staff never mentioned the 17-7 loss, at home, that his Bulldogs suffered at the hands of Colquitt County last season in the second round of the state playoffs.

He didn’t have to.

“We studied the film so we could prepare, but that was it,” Sphire said. “This is high school football and it’s important to these kids. They want to compete with the best. I’m sure [the loss] was on their minds, but eveything was unsaid.”

The Bulldogs let their play and effort do the talking in the rematch. North Gwinnett’s defense was stout throughout the contest, holding the Packers to less than half of the 30 points per game they averaged last season.

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Grayson 31, McEachern 12

Any concerns that Grayson coach Mickey Conn might have had about his offense, which has an inexperienced line and a new starting quarterback, were quickly put to rest at the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

The Rams rushed for 314 yards, had three long time-consuming scoring drives and never trailed in their season-opening 31-12 victory against McEachern in the Corky Kell Classic. It was the 16th consecutive victory for Grayson, which won the Class AAAAA championship in 2011.

Conn knew that his defense, a unit loaded with college prospects, would be a good one, but it was the offense that stood out against McEachern.

“I liked the way we ran the football,” Conn said. “Our offensive line and our running backs really came off the football. And [quarterback] David McTier, for his first game, what a great job he did at the line of scrimmage. My hat’s off to the O-line. That’s the thing we lost off of last year’s team, and that offensive line just came out here and took control …

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Kell 19, Chattahoochee 8

Kell, ranked No. 4 in Class AAAAA, got a pair of first-half touchdown passes from Matthew McGuigan to Brendan Langley in the opener of the Corky Kell Classic and the defense did the rest in a 19-8 win.

The Longhorn secondary was as good as advertised, forcing Chattahoochee quarterback Travis Marshall into short passes most of the day, causing two turnovers and collecting a safety.

“For our front seven, it’s got to be a good feeling to look behind you and see those guys back there,” said Kell coach Derek Cook. “It’s hard to be wrong right now with them … We were able to take [Marshall's] eyes off the receivers to find the rush, and when he did that, we were able to converge on him.”

Marshall completed 14 of 18 passes, all but one of the completions coming on short-range passes. He finished with 101 passing yards and rushed for 56.

“Defensively, you take away that one series to start the second half- and that was on a short field – take that away and we played near …

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Friday night football roundup

By Score Atlanta

Class AAAAAA

Campbell 35, Morrow 6: The visiting Spartans dominated all aspects of the game. Ricky James quarterbacked the offense with two touchdown passes to Armand Gazda. Running backs Michael Rogers and Darius Harris each scored on the ground and Prince Butler nabbed two interceptions. With the win, the Spartans equaled last year’s win total.

Class AAAA

South Atlanta 34, Lithonia 19: The visiting Hornets outscored Lithonia 27-12 in the second half to cement the season-opening victory. Deandre Jackson rushed for 160 yards on 13 carries and added two touchdowns. Quarterback Jemario Washington threw for 108 yards including two touchdowns to wide receiver Chris Williams. Chris Gardner had three sacks.

Class AAA

Jackson-Atlanta 31, Towers 4: The visiting Jaguars were led by Roderick Collier’s two interceptions and 28-yard touchdown reception. Collier returned one of the picks for a 90-yard touchdown. Quarterback Shadricus Ferguson threw for 228 yards and …

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Hillgrove 31, Westlake 15

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

It took a while, but Hillgrove woke up.

The Hawks shook off a shaky first half offensive performance, and rolled to 31 points in the second to put away a game Westlake squad, 31-15. The Hillgrove win spoiled the debut of Westlake head coach Stanley Pritchett, who left North Atlanta last spring to take over the Lion’s program last spring.

“It was just jitters, and we didn’t have that ball a lot – only three possessions I think,” said Phillip Ironside. “I told them it’s a long second half. Settle down. We’re going to score. Let the game come to you, and we did that.”

Westlake led 7-0 at the half, after scoring on their second possession of the game. The Lions took advantage of a short field after their defense throttled Hillgrove’s first offensive possession. Westlake took over on the Hillgrove 34 yard line, and two plays later, quarterback Renard Battle hit Kaleb Green in the right front corner of the end zone to give the …

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Greater Atlanta Christian 34, Stone Mountain 26

Greater Atlanta Christian stormed to an early lead and then held off a furious rally to beat Stone Mountain 34-26 in Spartans’ coach Tim Hardy’s first game.

The Spartans (1-0) seemed to have the game in hand after Corey Stevenson’s 1-yard touchdown gave them a 34-14 lead with seven minutes left in the game. But Stone Mountain (0-1) answered with two incredible plays on consecutive drives to cut the lead to 34-26. On both plays, Pirates’ quarterback Corderal Cook scrambled to evade Spartan defenders and then threw long passes downfield to Sammy Johnson. The second one, an 86-yard touchdown, gave the Pirates hope. But GAC ran out the clock to give Hardy a win in his coaching debut.

The Spartans were led by quarterback Rafe Chapple and the big-play running of Kyle Scales (18 carries for 126 yards), Corey Stevenson and Micah Abernathy. The Spartans finished with 231 yards rushing as the Class AA school carved through the Class AAAA Pirates. Stone Mountain’s Cook …

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Newnan 38, Marietta 29

LSU-bound quarterback Anthony Jennings lived up to the preseason hype in Marietta’s season-opening game against Newnan on Friday, but it was Newnan’s Bailey Bryant who stole the show.

Bryant, a sophomore making his first varsity start, completed 16 of 19 passes for 181 yards and threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as the Cougars rallied for a 38-29 victory at the Blue Devils’ Northcutt Stadium.

“We were able to do some things that worked against them and I’m just proud of my kids,” Newnan coach Mike McDonald said.

Newnan led for most of the first half but trailed 22-17 entering the fourth quarter. Bryant then connected with Traon Moss for touchdown passes of 19 and 35 yards over the next three minutes to give Newnan the lead for good at 32-29.

Jennings quickly answered Bryant’s first touchdown pass with a 25-yard TD to Wake Forest commitment Tyree Harris, briefly giving Marietta a 29-25 lead, but Newnan scored again less than a minute later after taking …

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Coffee 41, Whitewater 3

Facing a season opener against visitor from the state’s most storied region, Whitewater  suffered greatly from its own miscues Friday night.

Coffee, hailing from Region 1-AAAAAA and coming off a 5-6 campaign in 2011, handed new coach Robby Pruitt a 41-3 win in his first game, getting a pair of touchdowns from senior running back George Johnson.

Coffee, which had eight different players carry the ball, outgained Whitewater 405-113. Keegan McGovern completed 8 of 13 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Timareion Simmons rushed for 67 yards on 10 carries and Johnson had 63 yards on nine attempts.

Whitewater quarterback Jay Ashley took a 20-yard sack on the game’s first play from scrimmage and the Wildcats were forced to punt. The Fayette County school appeared ready to overcome the negative play after forcing a turnover on Coffee’s first offensive play, a short pass from McGovern to Raquan Ross, who fumbled at the Coffee 43 and Whitewater recovered.

The Wildcats drove …

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Tucker 36, Cedar Grove 14

He may not be the most heavily recruited of this typically talent-laden Tucker bunch, but he knows how to open a show.
Tucker fullback Dallas Rivers had 12 carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns, as the Class AAAAA No. 2 Tigers opened the season with 36-14 win over Class AAA No. 8 Cedar Grove.
At 5-foot-11, 183 pounds, he looks more like a battering ram than most of Tucker’s lean, fast backfield mates. Speed may kill, but sometimes it’s just as effective to run through a would-be tackler as it is to run around him.
“I’m a combination of both – speed and power,” Rivers said. “I love contact.”
It was far more than just Rivers, though, for the Tucker rushing game. Rivers, Yusuf Minor and Joseph Farrar all rushed for more than 100 yards, and each scored at least once as the Tigers amassed 408 yards on the ground.
That’s the gameplan that’s kept Tucker near the top of the state for several years now, and it worked perfectly out of the gate once again.
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Blessed Trinity 25, Westminster 20

By David Purdum / For the AJC

No. 10 Blessed Trinity forced three turnovers, two in the fourth quarter, and got a spark from freshman running back Milton Shelton in a 25-20 win over visiting Westminster.

Jon Jon Yu and Carter McManes each picked off passes in the fourth quarter, and Pat Jasinski stripped the ball from Westminster tight end Joe Bridges and raced 38 yards for touchdown in the first half.

It’s Blessed Trinity’s second straight win over Westminster, following a five-game losing streak to its former Region 6-AA rival. Blessed Trinity moved up to AAA this season, while the Wildcats remained in AA.

The win came a couple days after Blessed Trinity found out starting running back Jordan Denson, last year’s leading rusher, will miss the season after tearing his ACL in his left knee in a scrimmage last week. Senior Timmy Mertz started in Denson’s place, but it was freshman Milton Shelton who jumpstarted the Titans’ offense in the second half.

Shelton finished …

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Washington County 24, ELCA 19

The Washington County Golden Hawks withstood a late comeback from the Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy Chargers and hung on for a 24-19 road victory in McDonough.

Behind by 12 points early in the fourth quarter, ELCA closed the gap on a 10-yard scoring run by Keyonte Green, then forced a three-and-out to get the ball back. The Chargers drove to the Washington County 13, where a Dalton Etheridge pass on fourth-and-7 fell incomplete near the goal line with 25 seconds left.

Washington County opened the scoring early in the first quarter on a 37-yard field goal by J.W. May. The Chargers took the ensuing kickoff and assembled a 70-yard scoring drive, capped off by Green’s 2-yard run. But Melvin Hill raced 36 yards for a touchdown to give the Golden Hawks a 10-6 lead at halftime.

Washington County struck again in the third quarter when William Walker found Deonte Latimer open down the middle for a 30-yard touchdown pass. Marquis Griffin ran 14 yards for a Charger score on the …

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Friday Night Chat: Georgia high school football scores, updates, photos and chat – LIVE!

Welcome to the first Friday Night Chat of the 2012 football season. Not a full schedule tonight, but several games involve top-10 teams.

Here are a dozen games that I’m keeping a close eye on …

Calvary Day at Landmark Christian
Cedar Grove at Tucker (Hallford)
Clinch Co. at Brooks Co.
Coffee at Whitewater
Fitzgerald at Jefferson Co.
Hillgrove at Westlake
Lovett at Woodward Academy
Newnan at Marietta
Swainsboro at Worth Co.
Thomson at Burke Co.
Washington Co. at ELCA
Westminster at Blessed Trinity

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