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1. Brookwood

2. Walton

3. Peachtree Ridge

4. Milton

5. Mill Creek

6. Lambert

7. Norcross

8. Johns Creek

9. Lowndes

10. Roswell




1. Dunwoody

2. Lakeside-DeKalb

3. Flowery Branch

4. McIntosh

5. Lakeside-Evans

6. Winder-Barrow

7. Whitewater

8. Northview

9. East Paulding

10. Starr's Mill


Class AAAA


1. Marist

2. Heritage-Catoosa

3. Alexander

4. Chestatee

5. Pickens

6. Grady

7. Northwest Whitfield

8. Veterans

9. Westover

10. Carrollton


Class AAA


1. St. Pius X

2. Blessed Trinity

3. White County

4. Woodward

5. North Hall

6. North Oconee

7. Chapel Hill

8. Savannah Arts Academy

9. West Hall

10. Oconee County


Class AA


1. Wesleyan

2. Westminster

3. Lovett

4. Bleckley County

5. Jefferson

6. Thomasville

7. Union County

8. Coosa

9. Model

10. Bremen


Class A


1. Landmark Christian

2. Providence Christian

3. Darlington

4. Mount Pisgah

5. Pace Academy

6. First Presbyterian Day

7. Paideia

8. Athens Academy

9. Mount Paran

10. Towns County






1.  Norcross
2.  Colquitt Co.
3.  North Gwinnett
4.  McEachern
5.  Lowndes
6.  North Cobb
7.  Mill Creek
8.  Walton
9.  Lovejoy
10. Peachtree Ridge


1.  Gainesville
2.  Northside-WR
3.  Thomas Co. Central
4.  Stephenson
5.  Flowery Branch
6.  Tucker
7.  Kell
8.  ML King
9.  Whitewater
10. Ware Co.


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


1.  Buford
2.  Peach Co.
3.  Thomson
4.  Carver-Columbus
5.  St. Pius X
6.  Cartersville
7.  North Hall
8.  Washington Co.
9.  Blessed Trinity
10. North Oconee


1.  Calhoun
2.  Brooks Co.
3.  GAC
4.  Fitzgerald
5.  Lamar Co.
6.  Jefferson
7.  Cook
8.  Washington-Wilkes
9.  Lovett
10. Vidalia

1.  ELCA
2.  George Walton Academy
3.  Prince Ave. Christian
4.  Savannah Christian
5.  Landmark Christian
6.  Brookstone
7.  First Presbyterian
8.  Darlington
9.  Athens Academy
10. Holy Innocents'


1.  Lincoln Co.
2.  Wilcox Co.
3.  Irwin Co.
4.  Wilkinson Co.
5.  Seminole Co.
6.  ECI
7.  Marion Co.
8.  Miller Co.
9.  Charlton Co.
10. Dooly Co.


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Friday, August 16, 2013

By Craig Sager II

Playoff hopefuls prepare for season



There will be 140 scrimmages played tonight across the state. It will be an important night of football, as many of the schools have just one week before their season openers.


Score Atlanta will be at the Walton vs. South Cobb scrimmage tonight, as the Raiders will take the field for the first time without current Alabama running back Tyren Jones and current UGA OL Brandon Kublanow. Sophomore Karekin Brooks and Breyon Thomas will share carries behind a brand-new offensive line that features a whole new cast of starters.


South Cobb will hit the turf with a new head coach in former Burke County defensive coordinator Michael Youngblood. Ed Koester resigned in January after posting a 7-3 record.


Class AAAAAA Berkmar has the daunting task of playing in Region 8 and will scrimmage with defending AAA state champion Buford in hopes of preparing them for the tough road ahead. The Patriots finished 2-8 last year. The Wolves open up with Elbert County before facing off with Gainesville Sept. 6.


Allatoona comes off a great 11-2 season, but replaces almost the entire starting lineup this season. A scrimmage with North Cobb is going to provide the Bucs with a great opportunity to find weaknesses before aiming for another playoff berth this season.


Cambridge is still in its infancy as a program, but the Bears have made tremendous strides heading into their second season. Head coach Craig Bennett went 1-9 last season, but an excited student body and a year of experience will make Cambridge's scrimmage with Blessed Trinity intriguing.


One of the premier scrimmages tonight is Grayson against defending Class AAAAA state champion Gainesville. The Rams lost 21 starters from last year, and head coach Mickey Conn says he has a group of guys that have waited their turn and will be ready to compete this season. Grayson opens up with Colquitt County in the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic and testing its new defense against the arguably the state's best offense last season (Gainesville) will be a great measuring stick.


Milton made the postseason last year in head coach Howie DeCristofaro's second season and he is taking his team on a road trip to Camden County to prepare them for for Region 5. Eagles running back Treyvon Paulk is committed to Tennessee. Camden County enters a new era with offensive coordinator Welton Coffey stepping in for the departed Jeff Herron. Coffey will use the scrimmage to prepare his team to take on North Gwinnett in the Corky Kell next week.


The NFHS Network will be streaming the games listed below HERE


Bacon County vs. Brantley County

Allatoona vs. North Cobb

Pope vs. Lassiter

Effingham County vs. Johnson

Calvary Day vs. Benedictine

Tucker vs. Marist

North Gwinnett vs. Stephenson

Mountain View vs. South Gwinnett

Ware County vs. Valdosta





Here are all 140 games.


Albany vs. Brooks County

Alexander at Chapel Hill

Allatoona at North Cobb

Apalachee at Elbert County

Aquinas at Washington-Wilkes

Athens Academy at Jackson County

B.E.S.T. Acad. at New Manchester

Bacon County at Brantley County

Baldwin at Wilkinson County

Berkmar at Buford

Butler at Swainsboro

Calvary Day at Benedictine

Cambridge at Blessed Trinity

Cartersville vs. Woodland-Bartow

Cass at Gordon Central

Cedar Grove at M.L. King (PV) 

Central-Macon vs. Westover

Chamblee at Bainbridge

Charlton County at Pierce County

Chattooga at Trion

Clarkston at Jackson-Atlanta

Claxton at Metter

Coffee at Cook

Collins Hill at Archer

Columbia at Tri-Cities

Coosa at Cedartown

Creekside at Banneker

Creekview at Centennial

Crisp County at Dooly County

Cross Creek at Glascock County

Darlington at Pepperell

Dawson County at Towns County

Duluth at Dacula

Eagle's Landing at Union Grove

ELCA at Dutchtown

East Laurens at West Laurens

East Paulding at McEachern

Evans at Thomson

Fannin County at Pickens

Fitzgerald at ECI

Forsyth Central at Cherokee

Franklin County at Commerce

Gilmer vs. Murphy, N.C.

Glenn Hills at Jefferson County

Grayson at Gainesville

Groves at Savannah

Haralson County at Heard County

Hardaway at Brookstone

Hart County at Habersham Central

Henry County at Ola

Heritage-Conyers at Eastside (Sharp)

Heritage, Ringgold at Coahulla Creek

Hillgrove at South Paulding

Hiram at Harrison

Holy Innocents' at Decatur

Houston County at Perry

Hughes at McIntosh

Irwin County at Bleckley County

Jackson at Woodland, Stockbridge

Jenkins County at Screven County

Johnson County at Wilcox County

Johnson-Savannah at Effingham County

Josey at Grovetown

Kendrick at Cairo

Kentucky Country Day at Fellowship Chr.

LFO at NW Whitfield

Lambert at Lanier

Laney at Burke County

Lanier County vs. Pelham

Liberty County at Glynn County

Lincoln County at Vidalia

Lithia Springs at Fayette County

Locust Grove at Strong Rock

Loganville at Johnson-Gainesville

Lovejoy at Peachtree Ridge

Lumpkin County at Banks County

Mary Persons at Manchester

McIntosh County Academy at Brunswick

McNair at Meadowcreek

Miller County at Clinch County

Miller Grove at Westlake

Milton at Camden County

Model vs. Notre Dame, Tenn.

Monroe at Tift County

Mount Pisgah at Lakeview Academy

Mt. Vernon at North Cobb Christian

Mundy's Mill at Upson-Lee

Newnan at Griffin

North Clayton at Drew

North Forsyth at Riverwood

Northside-WR at Peach County

Northview at Johns Creek

Oconee County at Cedar Shoals

Oglethorpe County at Georgia Military

Parkview at Mill Creek

Paulding County at Rockmart

Pope at Lassiter

Portal at Twiggs County

Prince Avenue Chr. at King's Ridge

Rabun County vs. Franklin, N.C.

Richmond Aca. at Lakeside-Evans

Richmond Hill at South Effingham

River Ridge at Woodstock

Rome at Calhoun

Roswell at Alpharetta

Sequoyah at Etowah

Shaw at Callaway (Hendrix Stadium)

Shiloh at Rockdale County

Sonoraville at Armuchee

South Atlanta at North Atlanta

South Cobb at Walton

South Forsyth at Winder-Barrow

South Gwinnett at Mountain View

Southeast Whitfield at Murray County

Spalding at Pike County

Sprayberry at Campbell

St. Francis at Pinecrest Academy

Statesboro at Southeast Bulloch

Stephens County at St. Pius X

Stephenson at North Gwinnett

Stockbridge at Luella

Stone Mountain at Lamar County

Terrell County at Early County

Therrell at Forest Park

Thomasville at Lowndes

Toombs County at Dodge County

Towers at Loganville Christian

Tucker at Marist

Walker at Landmark Christian

Ware County at Valdosta

Warren County at Greene County

Washington at Douglass

Washington County at Dublin

Wayne County at Bradwell Institute

Wesleyan at Pace Academy

Westside-Augusta at Greenbrier

Wheeler County at Atkinson County

Windsor Forest at Beach

Woodward Academy at GAC

Worth County at Harris County






By Craig Sager II

Changing the game one custom mouthguard at a time



The old days of boiling, then biting on a rubber glob to shape a mouthpiece are finished. If you played a contact sport, you probably remember buying the generic mouthpiece and heating it up before clinching your jaw with force to try to get a comfortable fit. These methods have dramatically changed in part to Impact Mouthguards, which is revolutionizing the once ordinary piece of equipment.


The Alpharetta-based company is making thousands of mouthpieces every month for everyone from professional fighters to local high school athletes. "protect your smile, protect your brain" is the creed that the company abides by and has used its website to make it easier than ever to get this professionally-crafted protection. Each customer receives a simple kit that takes roughly three minutes to make a complete impression of the individual's teeth. The kit is sent back to the Impact Mouthguards custom lab and the model is crafted and then shipped to the athlete within seven days.


"In terms of a dentist doing these mouth guards they just don't have the experience that we have here with our craftsman having made hundreds and hundreds a month and reading those gumlines and cutting them specifically for each sport," said owner Frank Rabinovitch.


The precision of each fit secures that the athlete can breathe, communicate and even drink water with the mouthpiece in, and the materials used in the construction makes the game safer.


"We are using multiple layers of material so that we build shock absorbency into the design of the mouthguard. It is designed to protect the athlete's mouth from injury and the hope is that the shock absorbency helps protect the head as well."


The important part of the customization is the fit, but the fun part is the logos and design that the athlete and team can add to personalize them to the "next level."


"We can put logos and we can put names and any graphic on the front [of  the mouthguard]," said Rabinovitch.


Kennesaw State University gets each athlete mouth guards from Impact and Rabinovitch pointed out that each coach and sport has its own preferences. For the basketball team it is custom-fitting clear guards, opposed to the black guards designed for the lacrosse team that are decorated with the school's Owl logo on the middle. Thousands of athletes across the country will be playing with these mouthguards this season and business has even extended to a recent order from Switzerland.


"This is the busiest time of the year, and we are busting out the seams with fall sports starting," said Rabinovitch. "We enjoy working with these coaches and players and helping protect them and keep them in the game." 



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