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JOHNSON-GAINESVILLE PREVIEW

Our Class AAAA week continues as we look at a team that
had an incredible turnaround in 2012. Under new head coach
Jason Roquemore, the Knights improved from 0-10 in 2011
 to 6-4 last season. We look at what's next for the Knights in
2013. Also, we give you a look at PlayOn! Sports
expanded high school coverage. 
 
 
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Question:
Prior to Jason Roquemore's 6-4 record as Johnson-Gainesville's first-year head coach, how many total wins did the Knights have the previous three seasons?  

Today's answer can  
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Wednesday's Answer:
Last year, Sandy Creek sent 
Shaquille Wiggins to UGA and Corey Griffin to Georgia Tech.
 
SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE
 
 
FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

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Johnson, Gainesville

8/23        At West Hall
8/30        At Oglethorpe County
9/06        North Hall
9/13        At North Murray
9/20        East Hall
10/04      Chestatee
10/11      Clarkston
10/18      At Druid Hills
10/25      Pickens
11/08      Region 7/AAAA TBA

 

CLASS AAAA FOOTBALL RANKINGS

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  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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Thursday, June 27, 2013


JOHNSON-GAINESVILLE PREVIEW
By Craig Sager II
 
Turnaround brings new set of challenges

 

 

Last June, Johnson-Gainesville named Jason Roquemore its new head coach just two months before the season began. Roquemore came from his previous job at North Cobb Christian where he served as defensive coordinator for two seasons. Paul Friel's resignation and return to his home state Maryland led to about 40 applications from coaches looking to fill the vacancy. Ultimately, Roquemore was hired and the Knights players were "genuinely excited for a fresh start."

         That fresh start could not have come soon enough after going 5-25 from 2009-2011. In 2012 under Roquemore's guidance, Johnson finished the season with a winning record at 6-4 and that new beginning encouraged his team heading into 2013.

         "Our goal is to continue to take the next step this season," said Roquemore.

        FB Luis Hernandez is the leader of the team and is a bulldozer in the Knights' double-slot offensive attack. The playbook is the same seen with Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson's triple option, and the run-first philosophy faired well for them.

       This offense requires a lot of practice and players need to be able to read the defense well and Roquemore has guys who can do this.

Jessie Griggs will play in the backfield, while also starting at linebacker next season. On the offensive line is Caleb Herrin and Jordan Green, who fit in well with the fast-moving group of linemen.

         The quarterback for next season remains a closed book and Roquemore is choosing to keep that information private. Chase Sims is a guy could potentially be a two-way starter at defensive back and quarterback. At wideout is Jamison Owens who also plays linebacker and provides excellent blocking in the perimeter.

         The passing game will only compliment this offense, and Roquemore makes it clear what his team wants to do offensively.

         "Have you seen us play before?" asked Roquemore. "We throw the ball maybe 10 times a game."

         The run game will continue to pace the offense, and the Knights will look to improve on their 25 points-per game average this season. Defensive improvements will be the formula for getting the Knights into the playoffs. In 2012, they gave up 28 points per game and this is an offense that is built to control the clock and keep the defense off the field. Steve Rodriguez should be able to make an impact on the defensive line this year and help lift the unit. The Knights open at West Hall and Oglethorpe County before hosting an excellent North Hall team Sept. 6.

 

 




PLAYON! SPORTS RELEASE
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 NFHSnetwork.com.

 

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 www.playonsports.com 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 www.nfhs.org.

 

 

 

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