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Who has the hardest road in Class AAA? We've got our list in today's newsletter. See below for that rundown as well as a story on this weekend's scrimmages. 


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State Schedules
Preseason Clashes
3A's Toughest
Score Poll
Best Stories From Around the State
How many teams in our top 10s does St. Pius X have scheduled this season?

Today's answer can  
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Thursday's Answer:
Harrison reached the postseason in 2010. 







1. Colquitt County

2. Grayson

3. Peachtree Ridge

4. Walton

5. Brookwood




1. Thomas County Central

2. Flowery Branch 

3. Gainesville

4. Clarke Central

5. ML King 


Class AAAA 


1. Monroe-Albany

2. Veterans

3. Crisp County

4. Baldwin

5. Cairo







 5. Washington County

8/23    ELCA
9/30    Grovetown
9/6      At ECI
9/13    Baldwin
9/20    At Laney
10/4    At Lovett
10/11  Jefferson County
10/18  At Swainsboro
10/25  At Thomson
11/1    Dodge County


4. Jefferson County


8/23    At Fitzgerald
8/30    At Baldwin
9/13    Greenbrier
9/20    Evans
9/27    At Wesleyan
10/4    Dodge County
10/11  At Washington
10/18  Cook
11/1    At Swainsboro
11/8    Thomson

3. Thomson

8/23    Burke County
9/6      At Lakeside-Evans
9/13    At St. Pius X
9/20    LaGrange
9/27    At Westminster
10/4    GAC
10/11  Swainsboro
10/18  At Dodge County
10/25  Washington County
11/8    At Jefferson County

2. Swainsboro

8/23    Worth County
9/6      At Grovetown
9/13    Pierce County
9/20    Dublin
10/4    At Statesboro
10/11  At Thomson
10/18  Washington County
10/25  At Wilcox County
11/1    Jefferson County
11/8    At Dodge County

1. St. Pius X

8/30    Westminster
9/6      At North Oconee
9/13    Thomson
9/20    At Lovett
9/27    At Towers
10/4    McNair
10/18  At Cedar Grove
10/25  Woodward Academy
11/1    At Blessed Trinity 
11/8    Decatur



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Friday, August 9, 2013

Comcast Sports Southeast
announces expansion of high school TV/Digital platform

CSS is getting together with Score Atlanta and PlayOn! Sports to offer one HD TV broadcast every week as well as two exclusive games on the web. The season will start in Atlanta on Aug. 30 with CSS televising "Battle of the Big Chicken,'' a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. at McEachern's Cantrell Stadium featuring Walton vs. Hillgrove followed by Lassister vs. McEachern.  Every Friday night, high schol football fans will also be able to watch two digital games from around the south and will also feature live chat, social media interaction and live score updates. CSS will also televise the Mill Creek-Norcross game on Sept. 27. 

Click here to read the official release from CSS.


By Craig Sager II

Scrimmages deliver early tests



Spalding and Pike County were the first teams in the state to scrimmage, and this weekend there are four more matchups before the rest of the state lines up for the offseason's final exams. The tendency is to pick an opponent that is nearby, but as you will see with some of the matchups, preparing the team for the grueling season is the primary objective.


In a matchup between two Cobb County playoff teams from 2012, 5A Kell will visit 6A Marietta to scrimmage. The two teams will give their new key starters a taste of Friday Night combat. Marietta is replacing LSU-signee Anthony Jennings, who quarterbacked the Blue Devils into the playoffs two times as a starter. Kell will replace Quincy Mauger and Brendan Langley in the secondary, who are both at UGA now.


Class A Mt. Paran Christian will visit Class AA Lovett Friday. Mike Muschamp's Lions made it to the state quarterfinals last season before falling a touchdown shy to Lamar County, 35-28. Mitch Jordan and the Eagles look to improve on last season's 3-7 mark, and will get a great measuring stick with Lovett.


Osborne and Pebblebrook will feature two programs that are desperately trying to climb out of their respective region's basements. Pebblebrook will look to iron out its gameplan before the Falcons face the gauntlet of Region 4-6A (North Cobb, Hillgrove, South Cobb, Marietta, McEachern, Harrison, Kennesaw Mountain).


Osborne comes off a 1-win 2012 campaign and opens up the season in a rematch with Chapel Hill. Last year, the Cardinals got off to a slow start falling 28-0 to the Panthers and will use the scrimmage with Pebblebrook to seek improvements.


Last, but definitely not least, Colquitt County will travel 225 miles north on I-75 to tussle with the Norcross Blue Devils on Saturday. This scrimmage will be critical for each team's start to the season. Colquitt County opens with Grayson in the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic and Norcross plays Booker T. Washington out of Florida on ESPN in its opener.


Colquitt County head coach Rush Propst has been waiting to hoist a Georgia state title and will rely on quarterback Daniel Mobley and nine returning defensive starters to get there. Propst has put together arguably the toughest schedule in the country this season for his Packers. Going on a preseason road trip did not deter Colquitt County and the matchup will feature two focused teams.


Norcross has a couple positions to prepare for the season after pulling off the perfect 15-0 season last year. Head Coach Keith Maloof will get an opportunity to watch his quarterback A.J. Bush lead the talented Blue Devils for the first time. Bush started last season for Milton and will get an opportunity to practice managing the game in his new offense.


Running back Josh Boyd will get his first test ride as the feature back in the Norcross offense after transferring from South Gwinnett. Boyd rushed for 760 yards and nine touchdowns last season and will be stepping in for Alabama signee Alvin Kamara.




By Stephen Black
Pius, Region 3 tops list



We continue our look at the toughest schedules in the state with a rundown of Class AAA today....


5.  Washington County (ELCA, ECI, Baldwin, Lovett; Region games - Thomson)


The Golden Hawks aren't ducking anyone this year. Washington County opens with Class A-Private No. 1 ELCA before playing Grovetown in Week 2. The next week, WaCo faces Class A-Public defending state champion ECI.


Joel Ingram's team eventually faces Baldwin and Class AA-power Westminster prior to hitting the region slate, which includes Thomson and Jefferson County.


4.  Jefferson County (Fitzgerald, Baldwin, Wesleyan, Cook; Region games- Thomson, Washington County)


Now that they've torn up the 7-on-7's over the summer, Jefferson County will try to cut through a rough-and-tumble slate. The Warriors open the season with Class AA No. 4 Fitzgerald, then travel to middle Georgia power Baldwin the following week. After those two tough road games to open the season, Jefferson County hosts Greenbrier and Evans prior to traveling to Gwinnett County to face Wesleyan, which is in its second year in AA after an ultra-successful stint in Class A.


Jefferson County's Region 3 slate includes No. 3 Thomson and No. 8 Washington County.



3. Thomson (Burke Co, St. Pius X, LaGrange, Westminster, GAC; Region games -Washington Co, Jefferson Co.)


The Bulldogs delved into Atlanta to form their 2013 schedule, as three area schools will play Thomson. But first, the Bulldogs host Class AAAA No. 2 Burke County in the season-opener. In Week 3, Thomson travels to No. 5 St. Pius X before hosting LaGrange, a traditional power in Class AAAA.


Thomson then travels back to Atlanta for two games in a row to face Westminster and Class AA No. 3 Greater Atlanta Christian. In Region 3 play, the Bulldogs will try to tackle Washington County and Jefferson County.


2. Swainsboro (Pierce County, Dublin, Statesboro, Wilcox County; Region games- Washington County, Thomson, Jefferson County)


The Tigers play in one of the smallest regions in the state in Region 3. But coach Ken Etheridge's squad has to face No. 3 Thomson, No. 8 Washington County, Jefferson County and Dodge County in region play. In addition to that little meatgrinder of a schedule, Swainsboro also plays Pierce County, traditional-power Dublin, Class AAAA No. 7 Statesboro and Class A No. 2 Wilcox County in non-region play.


1.  SPX (Westminster, North Oconee, Thomson, Lovett; Region games- Blessed Trinity, Woodward Aca.)


Out of their 10 regular-season games, the No. 5 Golden Lions face four teams ranked in our preseason rankings. Two others, Westminster and Woodward Academy, are perennial playoff teams and local rivals for St. Pius X.


Right out of the gate, Pius will face fellow Atlanta private school Westminster for the fourth straight year. Then, the Lions have a trip to the Athens area, where they'll play No. 10 North Oconee. A trip across town to Buckhead to tee it up with Class AA No. 9 Lovett looms the week before region play.


In Region 6, the Lions have tough games against Woodward Academy and No. 9 Blessed Trinity.


No rest for the weary, as Pius hosts No. 3 Thomson the following week.


HONORABLE MENTION: Peach County (Perry, Baldwin, Warner Robins; Region games: Carver-Columbus)





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