The fact probably got lost in Washington County’s undefeated regular season and run to the state title game in football, but they play pretty good basketball in Sandersville, too. So far the gymnasium has been a House of Pain for opponents this year.
The Washington County girls have been particularly good. The Golden Hawks have won the first nine games of the season, including the Colquitt County Invitational.
The Golden Hawks beat Madison County of Florida, Fitzgerald and Brunswick, which entered the tournament finale with an undefeated record. Shon Kitchens scored 21 points and Nia Johnson added 13 in the 68-66 win over Brunswick in the final game.
Washington County is led by Kitchens, who averages 18 points, and Daknequa White, who averages 12.1 points. Johnson averages 10.6 to give the Hawks three players in double figures.
Central Carroll girls win Christmas Classic
The Central Carroll girls won the Carroll Country Christmas Classic and stretched its season-opening
Compiled by Score Atlanta
Allatoona 92, East Paulding 80
Apalachee 94, North Oconee 62
Berkmar 61, Morgan County 53
Cambridge 50, Mountain View 43
Coffee County 57, Thomas County Central 40
Commerce 56, Social Circle 57
Dacula 72, Clay County (Fla.) 69
Fellowship Christian 56, Sebastian River (Fla.) 29
Glenn Hills 59, Mays 46
Harrison 92, Paulding County 80
Heritage, Conyers 63, Jefferson 53
Hilton Head (S.C.) 63, Monroe Area 52
Jenkins 68, Meridian (Miss.) 60
Lakeside, Dekalb 46, Decatur 40
Locust Grove 46, Pike County 41
Lumpkin County 76, Central, Carrollton 61
Miller Grove 50, Hough (N.C.) 45
Newton 73, Walnut Grove 64
Norcross 49, Father Henry Carr (Canada) 40
Paideia 48, John’s Creek 39
Peachtree Ridge 57, Christ School (N.C.) 53
Pebblebrook 63, Laney 60
Pope 63, North Cobb 46
Riverwood 88, Lovett 57
South Atlanta 68, Lincoln (N.Y.) 65
Spencer 65, Harris County 56
Stephenson 65, St. Francis 63
Stewart County 69, Wilcox County 51
Tucker 74, Columbia 59
Northwest Whitfield senior defensive lineman/linebacker Isaiah Mack had two sacks and five tackles for 23 yards in losses in leading the North team to a 27-7 victory over the South in the GACA Senior All-Star Game in Columbus on Monday.
The game, the oldest high school all-star game in the country, was dominated by the defenses. Mack, the defensive player of the year in Region 7-AAAA, has committed to Chattanooga.
The North got touchdown passes from Brooks Barden of Cartersville, Tanner Brumby of Pickens and Michael Gallup of Monroe Area.
Gallup, a receiver, threw a 56-yard TD pass to Arabia Mountain’s Greg Phillips for the game’s first score.
The North’s Thomas O’Leary of St. Pius kicked two field goals.
The South’s touchdown came in the second quarter on a 10-yard run by Esaias Chapman of Harris County.
Neither team had much success moving the ball. The game’s leading rusher was Jordan Ellis of Peachtree Ridge. The Virginia-committed running back ran for 42 yards
Compiled by Score Atlanta
Allatoona 66, Cartersville 60
Cambridge 53, Lumpkin County 51
Carver-Columbus 77, Brookstone 55
Coffee 72, Wilcox County 62
Dawson County 53, Hapeville (N.C.) 39
Douglas County 76, Hapeville Charter 52
Douglass 68, Central Gwinnett 56
Fellowship Christian 49, East River (Fla.) 43
Grayson 84, Alcovy 38
Harrison 63, Pope 57
Heritage-Conyers 82, Monroe Area 49
King’ Ridge 61, Brookwood 59
Lakeside-DeKalb 51, Riverwood 43
Morgan County 68, St. Francis 61
Newnan 67, Dutchtown 51
Norcross 87, Mullins (S.C.) 48
North Cobb Christian 60, Carrollton 45
Parkview 60, Chattahoochee 44
Paulding County 42, North Cobb 41
Piedmont (Ala.) 68, Union County 61
Riverdale 48, Ramsey (Ala.) 45
Roswell 69, Casey County (Ky.) 52
Sequoyah 88, White County 79
Shaw 63, Jordan 61
Westlake 65, South Atlanta 59
Whitewater 71, South Cobb 70
Winder-Barrow 68, Hebron Christian 46
Archer 64, Franklin County (Tenn.) 41
Bowdon 47, Heard County 41
Buford 33, Gainesville
A few girls hoops notes from around Class AA:
Jaquez Parks, the quarterback who led Griffin to its first football state championship in 35 years, called his senior season ‘’perfect,’’ although it nearly had a terrible ending.
Parks’ home was burglarized and ransacked on the day of the championship game at the Georgia Dome, where Parks had a record-setting performance – 338 yards passing and 216 yards rushing – in a 56-35 victory over Carrollton.
At the time, Parks sounded as if he’d lost a little faith in his fellow man.
“It just angered me,’’ Parks told WSB-TV. “I go out and do that for my city, played the best game of my life and they do that to me, and it angers me and makes me sad.’’
It turns out that his community was behind Parks more than he thought. According to Parks and Griffin coach Steve DeVoursney, a local Walmart replaced some stolen electronics, including a television and an Xbox game. McDonald’s gave him a scholarship worth $5,000 to be applied toward tuition or other college
Jaquez Parks is more likely to wind up in the Ivy League than the ACC or the SEC. He’s not a five-star recruit. He’s just a record-setting quarterback on Griffin’s history-making state championship team.
‘’It doesn’t bother me, but I’ve wondered about it,’’ Parks said of his status as a college recruit. ‘’It motivates me to show what I can and that I could be that (five-star) player even though they’re not looking at me like that player.”
Parks is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s all-classification state player of the year, an honor that typically goes to a player headed for big-time college football. Recent winners include Alvin Kamara, now at Alabama and Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss.
None meant any more to his team than did
Offensive player of the year: Grant Haley, Lovett
Defensive player of the year: D’Andre Walker, Hughes
Coach of the year: Olten Downs, Creekside
QB – Terry Googer, Woodward Academy, 6-4, 215, Sr.
QB – Keenan Moore, Jackson-Atlanta, 6-2, 170, Jr.
RB – Keion Davis, Hughes, 6-1, 188, Sr.
RB – Dexter Knox, Creekside, 5-9, 200, Sr.
RB – Antavis Rowe, Washington, 5-11, 167, Sr.
WR – Orenzo Smith, Jackson-Atlanta, 6-0, 160, So.
WR – Kameron Uter, Pace Academy, 6-4, 215, Sr.
OL – Jeremiah Culbreth, Hughes, 6-4, 265, Jr.
OL – Marquel Harrell, Creekside, 6-5, 294, Jr
OL – Jahlil Mathis-Ellis, Hughes, 6-3, 300, Sr.
OL – Tej Suber, Lovett, 6-4, 247, Sr.
OL – Dallas Warmack, Mays, 6-2, 290, Jr.
ATH – Grant Haley, Lovett, 5-10, 180, Sr.
PK – A.J. Cole, Woodward Academy, 6-4, 210, Sr.
DL – Lawrence Curtis, Creekside, 5-10, 220, Sr.
DL – Patrick Keough, Lovett, 6-1, 213, Sr.
DL – Natrez Patrick, Mays, 6-3, 220,
Offensive player of the year: Preston Williams, Lovejoy
Defensive player of the year: Lorenzo Carter, Norcross
Coach of the year: Keith Maloof, Norcross
QB – Tyler Herman, Collins Hill, 6-3, 195, Sr.
RB – Jordan Ellis, Peachtree Ridge, 5-9, 212, Sr
RB – C.J. Leggett, North Gwinnett, 5-9, 215, Sr.
WR – Preston Williams, Lovejoy, 6-5, 205, Jr.
WR – Nate Brown, North Gwinnett, 6-3, 210, Sr.
TE – Connor Redmond, Archer, 6-5, 235, Jr.
OL – Chuma Edoga, McEachern, 6-4, 285, Jr.
OL – Mitch Hyatt, North Gwinnett, 6-6, 275, Jr.
OL – Kaleb Kim, Mill Creek, 6-4, 275, Jr.
OL – Andrew Marshall, West Forsyth, 6-5, 270, Sr.
OL – Nick Wilson, Milton, 6-3, 280, Jr.
ATH – Mike Rogers, Campbell, 6-1, 180, Sr.
PK – Ian Shannon, Marietta, 6-4, 190, Jr.
DL – Andrew Butcher, Alpharetta, 6-3, 240, Jr.
DL – Lorenzo Carter, Norcross, 6-6, 230, Sr.
DL – Dante Sawyer,
Compiled by Score Atlanta
Butler 67, Mays 63
Calhoun 64, Coosa 42
Chattahoochee 65, North Hall 48
Columbia 65, Brainerd (Tenn.) 45
Dawson County 59, Union County 42
Eagle’s Landing Christian 52, North Forsyth 42
Greater Atlanta Christian 58, Tabernacle Baptist (Bahamas)
Jenkins 70, Cedar Grove 59
Lithonia 86, Southwest Atlanta Christian 68
M.L. King 65, Stone Mountain 57
McIntosh County Academy 69, North Florida Christian (Fla.) 46
Meridian 53, Crisp County 37
Morgan County 84, South Gwinnett 65
Northeast-Macon 48, Lovejoy 45
Parkview 50, Lanier 41
Sandy Creek 61, Southwest-DeKalb 58
St. Francis 86, Pebblebrook 63
Stephenson 64, Laney 63
Trion 62, Dalton 48
Vidalia 94, Tatnall County 45
Wheeler 86, Garner Magnet (N.C.) 60
Bainbridge 44, Terrell County 34
Buford 58, Franklin County 39
Calhoun 60, Ringgold 38
Campbell 69, Tri-Cities 31
Collins Hill 41, Sequoyah 31
Dodge County 56, Liberty County 37
Douglas County 73, Walton 45
Eagle’s Landing Christian 51, Lambert
By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
This edition of the Class A Blog will be a football-basketball mix, featuring notes from the top junior and senior all-star football games, along with some of the top basketball performers – teams and individuals – thus far this season. Also, note that the AJC All-State and All Metro Area Teams are out and can be seen here online and in the hard copy version of Sunday’s Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Class A players match up
Several big-time senior football players from Class A schools have competed or will be competing with and against players from larger classifications in various high school all-star games.
The Cobb County All-Star Senior Bowl, played Dec. 21 at McEachern High School, featured players from North Cobb Christian School (Zach Pruitt and John Towne), Mount Paran Christian School (Dallas Kepler and Jacob Ramsey), the Walker School (Michael Berk, Jacob Johnson and Josh Reini) and Whitefield Academy (Jaylen Hudson, Alex
By David Purdum / For the AJC
Two of the most highly-regarded rising senior running backs will be in the same backfield Tuesday, in the AT&T Junior Bowl at Grady High School
Sandy Creek’s Eric Swinney and Alexander’s Mikell Lands-Davis will be suiting up for the West squad.
Swinney rushed for 1,149 yards and scored 22 touchdowns for the Patriots. He averaged 8.39 yards per carry and has received scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida State, Clemson, Tennessee and Arkansas, among others.
Lands-Davis rushed for 2,374 yards and scored 27 touchdowns to help lead Alexander to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Lands-Davis has an offer from Clemson, several SEC teams, including Georgia, appear to be interested.
Here are the players from AAAA schools on Junior Bowl rosters:
(Note: Buford players included. Buford will be joining AAAA next season).
TE Aaron Cochran, Grady
ATH DeMarcus Moragan, Grady
S Aaron Williams, Carver
ATH Charlie Patrick, Caver
Happy Holidays to all! I know you’re busy opening gifts and spending time with family, so I’ll keep it short and sweet as we wait for basketball season to fully take off. A few notes in regards to Class AA:
The Dodge County girls will be favored in the Brewton Parker College Christmas Tournament. The Indians are off to a 7-0 start, which includes three victories over Class AAAAA competition. Their best win was a 43-38 victory over Warner Robins. Dodge hasn’t played since Dec. 13, a 57-33 win over Jones County.
Dodge is led by 6-foot-2 Rachel Selph, a junior post who averages 14 points, 11 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Junior Keyria Gordon adds 10.2 points and six rebounds and senior guard Markesha McCloud adds 9.1 points per game.
Blue Jackets head to North Carolina: Savannah will play in the sixth annual Upward Classic at the Gaston Day School in Charlotte, N.C. The major regional tournament is Dec. 27-30. The Blue Jackets will open the tournament on Friday at 9 p.m. against Kennedy Charter of Charlotte.
Savannah (6-1) is coming off a 58-57 loss to Class AAAAAA Tift County in the Battle of the South. Branielus Ross scored 15 points, Jamal Norman added 11 and Chris Cokley tallied