With basketball season about to kick into full gear, let’s recap last season in Class AA region-by-region on the girls side. Last week, the boys’ season was recapped.
Teams: Berrien, Brooks County, Cook, Early County, Fitzgerald, Pelham, Thomasville
2012-13 region champion: Thomasville
2012-13 playoff teams: Thomasville, Pelham, Early County, Cook County
How the region fared in the playoffs: Thomasville advanced to the semifinals, where it lost to state-champion Wesleyan; Pelham advanced to the quarterfinals, losing to state runner-up Laney.
Teams: Atkinson County, Bacon County, Benedictine, Bryan County, Jeff Davis, Long County, McIntosh Academy County, Metter, St. Vincent’s Academy, Toombs County, Vidalia
2012-13 region champion: McIntosh Academy County
2012-13 playoff teams: McIntosh Academy County, Jeff Davis, Vidalia, Toombs County
How the region fared in the playoffs: McIntosh reached the second round; no other team advanced.
The first round of the Class AAA heavyweight championship went to Savannah. The Blue Jackets won the first of two regular-season meetings against arch-rival Johnson on Saturday, 58-51.
UAB-commitment Chris Cokley, Branielus Ross and Jermaine Williams scored 14 points each, while Savannah State commit Jamal Norman scored 13 for Savannah (4-0). Johnson (5-2) was led by Antwan Maxwell with 16 points. Rico Bonds knocked down three 3-pointers and scored nine points for the Atom Smashers.
Johnson had a chance late. The Atom Smashers drew within a point with 31 seconds remaining, the Savannah made 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
Last year the teams split four meetings. Savannah and Johnson each won a game during the regular season. Savannah won the Region 1-AAA tournament and Johnson won the state championship.
No dropoff for Dawson boys: The Dawson County boys lost most of its firepower from a year ago, but that hasn’t stopped the Tigers from getting off
Each Tuesday during the regular season, GHSF Daily published a list of Top Performances from the previous weekend.
Here are our choices for the best 10 individual performances for the 2013 season.
But first, let’s discuss a few players and performances that didn’t make the final list. We can hear them now: “What more do I have to do?”
Two running backs from the Augusta area rushed for exactly 402 yards in a game this season. Fewer than 12 players have done that in history. Kahlige Fleglar of Glenn Hills scored all five of his team’s touchdowns on just 14 carries in a 34-0 victory over Cross Creek. Each of his TD runs covered more than 50 yards. Dontarius Brookins of Hancock Central scored seven touchdowns on 15 carries in a 66-14 victory over Twiggs County.
The era of the workhorse running back is still with us. Chapel Hill sophomore RB Jamarcus Morrissette had 56 carries for 385 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 38-28 victory over B.E.S.T. Academy. Alexander junior RB
Here is the all-region team for 2-AAAAAA, as chosen by the league’s coaches:
Coach of the year: Al Hughes, Lovejoy
Offensive player of the year: WR Preston Williams, Lovejoy
Defensive player of the year: LB Kentavius Preston, Rockdale County
Special teams player of the year: Deandre Huff, Newton
QB – Courtney Heard, Morrow, Sr.
RB – Jeremiah Kirkland, Lovejoy, Sr.
RB – Hassan Enis, Druid Hills, Jr.
OL – Blake Davis, Rockdale County, Jr.
OL – Randy Robinson, Lovejoy, Jr.
OL – Corey Thomas, Newton, Sr.
OL – Ryan Adams, Alcovy, Sr.
OL – Justin Brown, Lovejoy, Sr.
WR – Davonte Jones, Newton, Jr.
WR – Terrell Mclaughlin, Rockdale County, Sr.
WR – Keenon Davis, Morrow, Jr.
WR – Jaylin Penny, Alcovy, Sr.
Ath. – Tristin Payne, Alcovy, Sr.
P – Devin Dawkins, Rockdale County Co., Sr.
DL – Curtiss Benton, Alcovy, Sr.
DL – A. J. Reeves, Luella, Jr.
DL – Kris Ellis, Lovejoy, Sr.
DL – Julian McKnight, Rockdale County, Sr.
LB – Steve Osondu, Luella,
Eight of the top 30 highest-scoring teams in Georgia history played in 2013. Here are GHSA teams that have scored 600 or more points in a season. Lamar County finished with 598.
707 – Buford (2013)
682 – Dublin (2006)
681 – Buford (2007)
680 – Gainesville (2012)
668 – Washington County (2013)
666 – Burke County (2011)
662 – Camden County (2011)
660 – Sandy Creek (2012)
657 – Calhoun (2011)
657 – Carrollton (2013)
655 – Gainesville (2013)
652 – Tucker (2011)
647 – Buford (2011)
644 – Miller County (1997)
642 – Camden County (2008)
641 – Griffin (2013)
639 – Calhoun (2012)
639 – Fitzgerald (2009)
637 – Creekside (2013)
636 – Calhoun (2005)
635 – Carrollton (2010)
633 – Tucker (2013)
630 – Washington County (1994)
629 – Gainesville (2009)
629 – Valdosta (1971)
628 – Clinch County (2010)
627 – Statesboro (2001)
625 – Lovejoy (2012)
625 – Northside (Warner Robins) (1999)
620 – Benedictine (2013)
620 – Buford (2003)
618 – Eagle’s Landing Christian (2012)
616 – Emanuel County
Here is the all-region team for 4-AAAAA Div. B, as chosen by the league’s coaches:
Player of the year: Dexter Knox, Creekside
Offensive player of the year: Andrew Johnson, McIntosh
Defensive player of the year: Chris Collins, Creekside
Coach of the year: Olten Downs, Creekside
QB – Andrew Johnson, McIntosh, Sr.
RB – Dexter Knox, Creekside, Sr.
RB – John Smith, Starr’s Mill, Sr.
RB – Christian Wofford, Whitewater, Jr.
OL – Dylan Crozier, Whitewater, Sr.
OL – Jason Akins, Starr’s Mill, Sr.
OL – Marquell Harrell, Creekside, Jr.
OL – Travis Bertke, McIntosh, Sr.
OL – Aaron Carr, Northgate, Sr.
WR – Jason Stanley, Creekside, Jr.
WR – Trey Walters, McIntosh, Sr.
WR – Darvin Williams, Creekside, Sr.
Ath. – Jay Ashley, Whitewater, Jr.
P – Charlie Goedtke, McIntosh, Sr.
DL – Lawrence Curtis, Creekside, Sr.
DL – Rashad Menetee, Northgate, Sr.
DL – Matt Ogle, McIntosh, Sr.
DL – Jim O’Neill, McIntosh, Sr.
LB – Chris Collins, Creekside, Sr.
Here is the all-region team for 3-AAAA Div. A, as chosen by the league’s coaches:
Player of the year: WR Krenwick Sanders, Wayne County, Sr.
Offensive player of the year: QB Malique Jackson, Wayne County, Sr.
Defensive player of the year: LB Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County, Sr.
Special teams player of the year: Richard Lecounte, Liberty County, Fr.
QB – Jordan Waters, Liberty County, Sr.
QB – Collin Chance, Statesboro, Sr.
WR – Cameron Brown, Wayne County, Sr.
WR – Tyler Hagan, South Effingham, Sr.
WR – Freddie McSwain, Liberty County, Sr.
WR – Joe Corless, Statesboro, Sr.
RB – Anfernee Jordan, Wayne County, Jr.
RB – Sherrodric Rawls, Statesboro, Sr.
RB – Trentice Williams, Liberty County, Sr.
RB – Patrick Brown, South Effingham, So.
TE – Jeremy Caldwell-Fabregas, Liberty County, Sr.
OL – Tyler Smith, South Effingham, Sr.
OL – Kharn Collier-Ellison, Liberty County, Sr.
OL – Dustin Sloan, Wayne County, Sr.
OL – Jordan Padgett, Wayne County, Sr.
OL – John
Norcross 31, North Gwinnett 14
Recap: Myles Autry’s 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown helped get Norcross out of a 14-0 hole in the first quarter, and his 69-yard TD reception from A.J. Bush – who threw for 303 yards – put the game on ice with 9:39 left. Norcross scored the final 31 points.
History: Norcross became the first team to win back-to-back championships in the highest class since Camden County in 2008 and 2009 and the first from Gwinnett County to do it since the 2000-2002 Parkview dynasty. Norcross became the fifth team in 18 tries to avenge a regular-season loss in a state championship game. North Gwinnett had beaten Norcross 36-17 on Sept. 13. Norcross is only the fourth team to win the highest classification after a 1-2 start. The others are 2009 Camden County, 1996 Brookwood and 1978 Griffin.
NG – Nate Brown 5 pass from Hayden Sphire
Here is the all-region team for 6-A Div. B, as chosen by the league’s coaches:
Offensive player of the year: QB Aaron Winchester, Mount Pisgah Christian, Jr.
Defensive player of the year: LB Nick Sbravati, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.
Lineman of the year: OL/DL Shingi Chigwere, Mount Pisgah Christian, Jr.
Coach of the year: Mike Forester, Mount Pisgah Christian
QB – Hunter Bryant, Fellowship Christian, Sr.
QB – Everett Pollard, Whitefield Academy, Sr.
RB – Dorian Walker, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.
RB – Browning Dunn, Mount Pisgah, Sr.
RB – Penny Hart, King’s Ridge, Jr.
WR – Alex Edmonds, Fellowship Christian, Sr.
WR – Oz Dixon, Mount Pisgah, Jr.
OL – Michael Berk, Walker, Sr.
OL – Clay Hostetter, Fellowship Christian, Sr.
OL – Gunter LaPrad, Mount Paran Christian, So.
OL – Cliff Farrow, King’s Ridge Christian, Sr.
TE – Tommy Pease, Mount Pisgah, Sr.
AP – Emoni Williams, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.
DL – Patrick Lee, Mount Paran Christian,
By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Congratulations to Aquinas and Marion County for their championship wins, which officially bring our beloved football season to a close.
As such, this is the final Class A football blog of the season. In this edition, we allow the coaches to give their individual takes on the high and low points of their seasons, as well as their main focus this off season. We hope you enjoy this version of Coach Speak, featuring a number of coaches from Class A.
Also, if you’re in need of one last high school football fix, the only high school all-star game in the state played in the Georgia Dome will take place Saturday (Dec. 21). The DL Scott Junior & Senior High School All-Star Games will begin with the North Senior All Stars vs. the Central/South Senior All Stars at 1:30 p.m. The North team is made up of players from north Georgia counties (Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, Pickens, Walker and
The home of Griffin quarterback Jaquez Parks was burglarized on Saturday while Parks was leading his school to its first state championship in 35 years, according to WSB-TV.
Griffin defeated Carrollton 56-35 for the Class AAAA title in the Georgia Dome. Parks set a state-finals record with 544 yards from scrimmage – 338 passing and 216 rushing.
But when his family returned to their Griffin home, they found it ransacked, the TV station reported. Police said burglars used an ax to break in.
“I think I was targeted because they knew that my whole family supports me. They knew whole family was going to be there,” Parks told WSB.
Congrats to the seven state champions.
First state titles ever – Creekside, Marion County, Aquinas
First titles since the 1970s – Griffin (1978), Lovett (1970)
Repeat champions – Norcross, Buford
Norcross and Buford are the only teams that started and finished No. 1. Buford went wire to wire. Norcross became the fourth team in the highest class to win a state title after a 1-2 start.
Three No. 1 teams entering the playoffs fall one victory short – North Gwinnett, Tucker, Lamar County
Final rankings are below.
Also feel free to debate all-class player of the year. That will be selected some time this week and announced around Christmas.
1. Norcross (13-2)
2. North Gwinnett (13-2)
3. Colquitt County (11-3)
4. Archer (11-1)
5. Hillgrove (11-2)
6. Camden County (10-2)
7. McEachern (11-3)
8. Collins Hill (11-2)
9. Hughes (10-2)
10. Lowndes (9-4)
1. Creekside (15-0)
2. Tucker (14-1)
3. Gainesville (12-2)
4. Kell (13-1)
5. Ware County (11-2)
Myles Autry returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown to help Norcross climb out of an early 14-0 hole and then supplied the knockout punch with a 69-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to lead the Blue Devils to a 31-14 victory over top-ranked North Gwinnett in the Class AAAAAA football championship game Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
Norcross (13-2) became the first team to win back-to-back championships in the highest class since Camden County in 2008 and 2009 and the first from Gwinnett County to do it since the 2000-2002 Parkview dynasty. The Blue Devils’ two titles also extended Gwinnett’s streak to four straight in the classification, following championships by Brookwood in 2010 and Grayson in 2011.
The victory avenged Norcross’ 36-17 loss to its 7-AAAAAA rival on Sept. 13 that dropped the Blue Devils to 1-2. They finished the season with 12 consecutive wins.
Autry provided the spark in a Norcross championship-game victory for the second straight
By David Purdum / For the AJC
A track meet broke out at the AAAA state championship football game. And Carrollton couldn’t keep up with the state champion Griffin Bears.
Senior quarterback Jaquez Parks accounted for 574 yards with five touchdowns, and Trey Willis caught three touchdown passes and returned a kickoff for another score, leading the Bears to a 56-35 win over Carrollton in the highest-scoring state championship game in Georgia high school history.
It’s the first state championship for the Bears since 1978 and third overall and caps the program’s first unbeaten season.
Parks finished with 338 yards passing and four touchdown passes. He sealed the victory with a 73-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Willis caught touchdown passes of 53, 30 and 10 yards, and returned a kickoff 98 yards in the third quarter to help Griffin (15-0) take command.
“We’re going to take this championship trophy back to Griffin and celebrate,” said Parks, who has
Compiled by Score Atlanta
Saturday, Dec. 14
Blessed Trinity 56, Riverwood 36
Brookstone 68, Chattahoochee County 62
Calhoun 64, Pepperell 43
Chattooga 66, Morris Innovative 12
Clarke Central 67, Cedar Shoals 61
Collins Hill 56, Shiloh 53
Columbia 67, Kell 46
Dawson County 53, Pacelli 40
Hillgrove 71, Cartersville 70
Johnson-Gainesville 83, Flowery Branch 62
Newnan 59, LaGrange 58
Northgate 69, Our Lady of Mercy 48
North Murray 72, Southeast Whitfield 51
Riverdale 55, Locust Grove 38
Sprayberry 65, Walker 44
Stockbridge 66, Henry County 54
Stone Mountain 66, Druid Hills 43
Walton 83, Campbell 58
White County 63, Riverside Military 36
Whitefield Academy 72, Providence Christian 29
Buford 49, Columbia 44
Dawson County 74, Pacelli 5
Grady 58, Banneker 48
Henry County 75, Stockbridge 45
Hiram 55, South Cobb 37
Jackson-Atlanta 67, Rockmart 30
Norcross 63, Peachtree Ridge 40
Northgate 44, Our Lady of Mercy 35
North Paulding 47, South Paulding 32
Riverwood 66, Blessed