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Parkview has hired former Loganville head football coach Eric Godfree. See Craig Sager II's breaking news story below. Also, look at the latest hoops rankings on the left panel and also read a profile of North Gwinnett defensive end Dante Sawyer in today's stories. 

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1. McEachern

2. Archer

3. Parkview

4. Norcross

5. Hillgrove

6. Mountain View

7. North Forsyth

8. South Forsyth

9. Westlake

10. Hughes



1. Southwest DeKalb

2. Salem

3. Tucker

4. Drew

5. Stephenson

6. Forest Park

7. Effingham County

8. Hiram

9. Osborne

10. Creekview


Class AAAA

1. Redan

2. Columbus

3. Chestatee

4. Cross Creek

5. Fayette County

6. Columbia

7. Marist

8. Monroe-Albany

9. Mary Persons

10. Carrollton


Class AAA

1. Washington County

2. St. Pius X

3. Buford

4. Morgan County

5. Tattnall County

6. Dodge County

7. Southwest Macon

8. Beach

9. Franklin County

10. Decatur


Class AA

1. Kendrick

2. Wesleyan

3. Laney

4. Pelham

5. Greater Atlanta Christian

6. Armuchee

7. Putnam County

8. Pepperell

9. Calhoun

10. Vidalia


Class A

1. Holy Innocents'

2. Southwest Atlanta Christian

3. St. Francis

4, George Walton Academy

5. Gordon Lee

6. Randolph-Clay

7. Calvary Day

8. Claxton

9. Paideia

10. Darlington



1. Nick Chubb


2. Lorenzo Carter


3. Nick Ruffin


4. Bryson Allen-Williams


5. Dante Sawyer


6. Cortez McDowell


7. Korie Rogers


8. Wesley Green


9. Mike Rogers


10. Orlando Brown


11. Detric Dukes


12. Nate Brown


13. Andrew Williams


14. Kendarius Webster


15. Allen Artis


16. Demarquis Gates


17. Kevin Mouhon


18. Elisha Shaw


19. Treyvon Paulk


20. Myles Autry


21. Taariq Shabazz


22. Kendall Baker


23. C.J. Leggett


24. Grant Haley


25. Evan Berry


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Norcross, South Forsyth jump with big wins

In Class AAAAAA, Mountain View fell to No. 6 after a 55-38 loss to Norcross.
Photo by St. Pius X Athletics

The Blue Devils followed the win over Mountain View with a 56-24 victory over Meadowcreek and jumped three spots to No. 4. South Forsyth (19-3) debuts at No. 8 after a 55-47 win over North Forsyth last Tuesday.


In Class AAAAA, Forest Park fell two spots to No. 6 after a 45-32 loss to No. 7 Drew and the win moved Drew up to No. 4 in this week's poll. Creekview (16-5) replaces Sequoyah in the poll after posting a 40-33 road win over the No. 9 Chiefs on Tuesday. 


In Class AAAA unbeaten Redan (21-0) remains No. 1, but Columbus (19-1) jumped two spots and takes over No. 2 after cruising past Randolph-Clay (69-52), Sandy Creek (55-51), Carrollton (40-28) and LaGrange (70-44) last week. Richmond Academy beat Cross Creek 44-40 on Saturday and dropped the Razorbacks to No. 4 in this week's poll.


St. Pius X jumped Buford for the No. 2 slot in Class AAA this week and are one of the hottest teams in the state at 18-3. Decatur (15-5) replaced North Oconee for No. 10.


In Class AA, No. 8 Putnam County topped No. 7 Bleckley County 62-52 last Tuesday and sent the Royals out of this week's poll. Vidalia reenters the poll at No. 10 with a 16-5 overall record. In Class A, no teams lost this past week and the rankings remain the same.



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by Craig Sager II
Panthers hire former Loganville head man



Parkview will fill the coaching vacancy left by Cecil Flowe by hiring

Loganville head coach Eric Godfree. Godfree played tight end at Parkview from 1990-1993 and coached the Panthers after his playing career at Presbyterian College as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator. Godfree began his head coaching career at Loganville in 2004 and finishes his tenure with the Red Devils with a 53-50 record. The Parkview job opened this past October when Flowe announced his retirement midway through the Panthers' disappointing 3-7 season, but left behind a legacy at Parkview that saw four state titles, a state record 46 straight wins and a 197-67 all-time record according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.


"Obviously, with the tradition that Parkview has, that's a big draw itself," said Godfree about accepting the head coaching position. "I respect and think the world of Cecil Flowe. He is one of the main reasons why I am doing what I am doing today and to be able to work at a program like Parkview means a lot to me. I played there and right out of college ball, my first coaching job was there and those were some special times."


The next step for Godfree will be finalizing his new coaching staff and Godfree expects to began teaching and coaching at the Gwinnett campus sometime in early February. 


"Parkview has a lot of good football coaches there now so as far as having to go out and find a new staff it will not be as difficult as it would be at other schools," said Godfree. 


Parkview's brand of football was synonymous with good defense during Flowe's tenure, but the offense has become stagnant in recent seasons. Godfree's return to Parkview and his uptempo zone read offense could give the Panthers more balance this upcoming season. 


"We've transitioned into a read zone style at Loganville and I am planning on going into Parkview and running a no-huddle offense," said Godfree. "It will depend on our personnel and if we have to throw it 70 percent of the time we will, and if we have to run the ball 70 percent of the time we will. The defense [at Parkview] has played very well and has been very competitive. If you play good defense you will be close in every game you play. So that part of the job really does excite me."


The Panthers will be competing in Region 8-AAAAAA next season that saw a changing of the guard last season as Archer and Dacula established themselves in the region. Godfree believes Parkview is in one of the toughest regions in the state, but he expects the Panthers to reestablish their supremacy. 


 "Parkview is still Parkview and there is no question that Parkview can compete for one of those top spots [next season]." 

by Craig Sager II
Athletic defensive end finds home in SEC


Dante Sawyer is a 6-foot-3, 262-pound defensive end that has been on recruiting boards

Photo by Ty Freeman

since he was a freshman. Sawyer had to show a lot of patience during his long journey of college visits and countless collegiate fan mail, but made his committment to the University of South Carolina days after North Gwinnett made a trip to the Class AAAAAA state championship. 


Head coach Steve Spurrier got the four-star to commit to the Gamecocks on Dec. 17 and it looks like Sawyer will fit right into the Gamecocks' recent history of athletic defensive linemen. This past season, while Sawyer terrorized opponents' backfields, he also threw for a touchdown pass, ran in a score and hauled in a diving interception in the state championship. The lineman also caught a 31-yard pass this season.


Sawyer has the perfect combination of height and strength and he can keep the low pad level that is needed to take on double teams and create a push in the trenches. At the collegiate level, Sawyer will be able to drop into coverage in certain passing situations and seeing how South Carolina uses his versatility on the field will be an interesting chapter in his career at the next level. 




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