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Class AAAA week rolls on as we continue our daily previews with
two of the top teams in the state. No. 5 Marist has made the playoffs every year since 1982, while No. 10  Monroe Area returns 
a talented and hungry squad. Also a look at Playon Sports' 
expanded high school coverage. 
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Marist Preview
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Marist War Eagles


8/30        Clarke Central

9/06        At Thomas Co. Central

9/13        Lovett

9/20        At Therrell

10/04      Columbia

10/11      At Lithonia

10/18      Redan

10/25      At Stone Mountain

11/01      Chamblee

11/08      Region Play-In



Monroe Area Purple Hurricanes


8/30        At Loganville

9/06        At Winder-Barrow

9/13        Oconee County

9/20        At Lumpkin County

9/27        Lanier

10/11      At Stephens County

10/18      Walnut Grove

10/25      At Madison County

11/01      Chestatee

11/08      Eastside






  1. Sandy Creek
  2. Burke County
  3. Carrollton
  4. Cairo
  5. Marist
  6. Griffin
  7. Statesboro
  8. Westside-Macon
  9. Stockbridge
  10. Monroe Area

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

By Ashley Rosenberg 
War Eagles cleared for take-off in 2013



After losing to Ridgeland in the state semifinals, the Marist War Eagles are ready to take the 2013 season head on. With a 5-0 record in Region 6 and a 12-2 overall record, the War Eagles were just one game shy of a trip to the state championship. Having advanced to the playoffs every year since 1982, Marist head coach Alan Chadwick, sees this year as a challenge, but it confident his team will excel again.


Chadwick is about to enter his 28th season as head coach for the Marist War Eagles and has won more than 300 games. He is known to have one of the best winning percentages of any coach in the history of Georgia high school football, has been named regional coach of the year numerous times, was Class AAA Coach of the year, Georgia's NFL high school Coach of The Year, and has received many other accolades during his years at Marist.


The preseason No. 5 War Eagles head into the 2013 season with many holes in their roster. Marist's top two leading rushers, QB Myles Willis, who had over 1,000 yards rushing, and HB Gray King, who has decided to walk-on at Auburn, along with the top three tacklers, Greg Taboada, who now plays for Stanford, Jason Morris and Nick Carrier have walked across the stage to receive their diplomas and enter the next chapter of their lives.


"We lost a lot of important players," said Chadwick. "But I like the balance we are going to have in the fall."


With the loss of such important players, including Boston College-bound Willis, the War Eagles will look to adjust and succeed with new key players.


Among those is senior QB Chase Martenson, who became comfortable with the newly adopted helmet rule over the 2012 season. Willis had his helmet knocked off numerous times thoughout the season, taking him to the sideline and forcing Martenson to step in. This resulted in an important third-down conversion pass against Clarke Central, which led them to a 30-13 win over the Gladiators, along with another third-down conversion pass later in the season against Lovett.


Joining Martenson are teammates and seniors DT Kendall Baker, OT Sean McVay, and juniors DE Kenneth Brinson and FB Griffin King.


"King's a big play kind of guy," said Chadwick "and Brinson is an extremely athletic player. He won state in both wrestling and the discuss."



Baker weighs in at 297 pounds, stands 6-foot-6, and already has more than 15 SEC and ACC schools looking in his direction.


One of biggest games for the War Eagles this fall is renewed rival, Thomas County Central, ranked preseason No. 3 in Class AAAAA.


"They are great competition to play against" said Chadwick. "We are playing them on their home turf, so it will be an interesting game."


The War Eagles and the Yellow Jackets played each other last season for the first time in nine years, with the Yellow Jackets taking home the win. Within the rivalry, the War Eagles are 1-6 and looking to add to their single win when they play each other at Thomas County Central on Sept. 6.


"In order to get ready, we are working on getting bigger, stronger, faster, and thicker," said Chadwick. "We are focusing on weight training and speed development this preseason."


The War Eagles will kick off their 2013 season against Clarke Central on Aug. 30 on their home turf, looking to start their season off with a win and continue to add to the Marist legacy.





By Jennifer Ballard

Purple Hurricanes eager for more playoff success



Monroe Area ran away with the 2012 Region 8-AAAA title after 44 years without winning the region. The Purple Hurricanes ended the 2012 season 12-2 losing only one regular season game to Eastside 35-0. Head coach Matt Fligg brought the Hurricanes from a 0-10 season (2008-09) to a nearly flawless season last fall.


"Our kids did great. I have a really good coaching staff.  We had a really good season last year and over the past three years," said Fligg.


Losing to eventual state champion Sandy Creek in the semifinals last season, Fligg's team  advanced as far in the playoffs as any Monroe Area team ever had.  


The 2013 season brings new goals and new expectations for the team. Fligg lost a total of six key starters to include Trevon Byrd and T.J. Sigmund. The biggest struggle for the Hurricanes this season will be replacing players on special teams.


Even though the Hurricanes lost several key players, Fligg is confident his youthful team will rise to the occasion.


"This season will depend on the sophomores who will have to play big on Friday instead of Thursdays from now on," said Fligg.


QB Stanton Truitt, who has received multiple SEC and ACC offers, and WR Michael Gallup, who has received attention from multiple college programs, will add to the talent on this team.


One big game this year for the Hurricanes will be Eastside.


"Everyday we tell them that Monroe is not going to surprise anybody and we are going to be everybody's big game this season," said Fligg. "That has increased the intensity of our workouts and practices. Our goal is to be ready for any challenge. If other teams want to make us 'the' game, we're going to take that challenge and play hard."


The journey ahead will not be easy. The Hurricanes will begin their season at Loganville on Aug. 30.









By Score Atlanta

PlayOn! announces expanded coverage



NFHS, PlayOn! Sports Announce Plans for High School Sports Network

Joint Venture Would Create Central Destination, Expanded Coverage of High School Sports


DENVER (June 25, 2013) -- The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and PlayOn! Sports (PlayOn) plan to create and launch the NFHS Network, an all-digital network devoted to coverage of high school athletic content through the Federation's state association members. The NFHS Network, with an anticipated start date at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year and featuring comprehensive coverage of boys and girls sports and activities from across the country, will be a subscription-based digital service available at


Each of the 51 NFHS state association members has the opportunity to join the NFHS Network to showcase its high schools, student athletes and tournaments.  While states will continue to maintain local media relationships, the NFHS Network will become the largest aggregated destination for coverage of high school sports in the country, thus creating increased viewing opportunities for students, parents and fans - wherever they may be in the world. 


 "With 19,000 high schools in the United States and nearly two million events held annually across the country, we are very excited about this enormous opportunity," said Bob Gardner, executive director of the NFHS.  "Once launched, the network will help the Federation showcase its primary mission of expanding participation and opportunities for involvement in education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities.  We are excited to provide viewership opportunities for fans of high school athletics all over the country."


The new NFHS Network will build on the existing success of the PlayOn digital platform and high-quality coverage of high school sports. PlayOn currently streams nearly 30,000 events per school year on its national digital portal in addition to producing and distributing television coverage of select championship events. PlayOn works with 32 state associations and sections in 26 states, as well as more than 600 high schools across the country that have adopted PlayOn's technology platform to self-produce their school's sports and activities.


"Teaming up with the NFHS is a natural progression to build a truly national high school sports platform while honoring the local communities that support them," said David Rudolph, PlayOn! Sports chief executive officer. "Our mission is to serve the current and future generations of student-athletes, support and encourage their participation and make their performances accessible to their friends, family and fans on every media platform they use."


Nearly 50 million Americans identify themselves as high school sports fans and high school events have three times the attendance of college and professional sporting events combined. Couple this passionate fan base with the usage of smartphones and other connected devices and the NFHS Network will become a consolidated high school destination for schools, student-athletes, families, fans, alumni and advertisers.


"We are building a network for the next 40 years," Rudolph continued. "The NFHS Network is being designed for the next generation of consumers who are driving the consumption of content in a multi-screen environment. These digital natives will set the stage for the success of the NFHS Network."


The NFHS Network is a joint venture between the NFHS and PlayOn! Sports and will be governed and overseen by a combination of NFHS and PlayOn executives.  Both Gardner and Rudolph worked with numerous state association executive directors for more than seven months to develop the concept and agreement.  The NFHS Network is structured to provide all state associations with the opportunity to participate, providing a framework for a true national footprint for high school sports.


"Ultimately, we want to make the NFHS Network the most treasured and trusted source for high school athletics," Gardner said.


NFHS Network: We are High School.



About PlayOn! Sports

PlayOn! Sports is the largest rights holder, producer, and aggregator of high school sports events distributed across television, the Internet, and IP-video enabled mobile devices. By combining State Athletic Associations' postseason content with the regular season events of member schools, PlayOn streams more than 30,000 high school sporting events a year, providing marketers with a unique multi-media platform solution to reach teens, young adults and families. PlayOn is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with offices in the Southeast, Midwest and California. View the PlayOn! Sports Network at and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @playonsports.



About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at








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