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Defending champions Marion County and Aquinas head into the 2014 football season ranked No. 1 in Class A. See our poll below for the rest of the rankings. Also, check out some of the top recruits headlining the 2014 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic. 

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Mays at Grady





1. Archer

2. McEachern

3. Mill Creek

4. Colquitt County

5. North Gwinnett

6. Lovejoy

7. Grayson

8. Camden County

9. Tucker

10. Marietta




1. Northside-WR

2. Creekside

3. Coffee

4. Stephenson

5. Ware Co.

6. Kell

7. Gainesville

8. Allatoona

9. Creekview

10. Warner Robins




1. Buford

2. Sandy Creek

3. Griffin

4. Carrollton

5. Marist

6. Thomas County Central

7. St. Pius

8. Burke County

9. Veterans

10. Arabia Mountain




1. Washington County

2. Calhoun

3. Callaway

4. Blessed Trinity

5. Peach County

6. Cook

7. Ringgold

8. Jefferson

9. Hart County

10. Central-Carroll





1. Benedictine

2. Lovett

3. Heard Co.

4. GAC

5. Brooks Co.

6. Wash-Wilkes

7. Fitzgerald

8. Lamar Co.

9. Bowdon

10. Dublin



1. Aquinas


3. Mt. Pisgah

4. Calvary Day

5. Mt. Paran

6. Landmark Christian

7. Savannah Christian

8. Prince Avenue Christian

9. Athens Academy

10. Savannah Country Day





1. Marion County

2. Irwin County

3. Charlton County

4. Clinch County

5. Hawkinsville

6. Johnson County

7. Lincoln County

8. Emanuel County Institute

9. Dooly County

10. Commerce 



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Sunday, August 17, 2014

By Stephen Black
Defending champs retain No. 1 status



It should come as no surprise to the state that defending Class A-Private champion Aquinas returns

Photo by Bill Cox

in 2014 as the top-ranked team in the classification. Coach James Leonard went undefeated in his first season heading up the Irish.


ELCA rolled through last season largely unchallenged before getting edged by Calvary Day in the semifinals. Coach Jonathan Gess has another talented squad that looks like an elite contender once again.


Mount Pisgah, like ELCA, was undefeated last year prior to getting beat by one point in the semifinals by Aquinas. Mike Forester's program looks like one of the top up-and-coming teams in the state and the Patriots will challenge again in A-Private.


Savannah Christian, Athens Academy and Savannah Country Day are all teams in the top 10 that were not ranked after last season.


Marion County lost to Hawkinsville last year, then bounced back to win out, including a 40-7 revenge win over Hawkinsville in the playoffs, to claim the state title, the first in program history. The Eagles look strong again this season and are the favorites to win the championship again. Dooly County and Hawkinsville join Marion in the top 10 from Region 4.


Region 2-A has been the dominant region in recent years among Class A-Public schools, and has three teams in the preseason top 10 in Irwin County, Charlton County and Clinch County.


ECI made the top 10 after finishing last season unranked. 





1. Aquinas


3. Mt. Pisgah

4. Calvary Day

5. Mt. Paran

6. Landmark Christian

7. Savannah Christian

8. Prince Avenue Christian

9. Athens Academy

10. Savannah Country Day



1. Marion County

2. Irwin County

3. Charlton County

4. Clinch County

5. Hawkinsville

6. Johnson County

7. Lincoln County

8. Emanuel County Institute

9. Dooly County

10. Commerce 

By Craig Sager II
Corky Kell Classic, a hub for top prospects


The Corky Kell Classic features the best programs in the state and these football powerhouses are factories for producing the nation's top college prospects each year. There is no better way for a recruit to start the foot- ball season than a breakout performance in the Corky Kell Classic. With so much talent on the field, it gives every player an opportunity to go against the best competition on opening week's biggest stage.


Looking back at the amount of college signees that played in the Corky Kell the past couple years shows

Photo by Ty Freeman

how densely populated Georgia High School football is with talent. In 2012, the event featured the most major college signees in Corky Kell Classic history with names like Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss), Tyren Jones (Alabama), Parker McLeod (Ala- bama), Brandon Kublanow (Georgia) and Bryce Ramsey (Georgia).




McEachern is this year's host of the Corky Kell Classic and they will look to defend their home turf with one of the most talented rosters in the state. Offensive tackle Chuma Edoga is committed to USC and running back Taj Griffin is a five-star committed to Oregon. Griffin is one of the fastest players in the country and can outsprint his way to touchdowns in the return game and in a variety of ways out of the backfield. Edoga is one of the most athletic offensive lineman in the nation and his skillset is already polished. The college-ready lineman possesses a huge wingspan with the power and speed that make him impenetrable.


Wideout T.J. Rahming is a threat at receiver and is pledged to Duke and guard Chandler Jones has already committed to Louisville. The underclassman stars for the Indians are junior defensive tackle Julian Rochester and sophomore quarterback Bailey Hockman. Rochester is one of the highest-rated prospects in the country for the 2016 class and Hockman was named to the CBS MaxPreps All-American preseason team for the Class of 2017.


North Gwinnett is led by Clemson-commit and consensus five-star Mitch Hyatt at offensive tackle and a bevy of skill guys. Wideout Almonzo Brown is narrowing down offers from Florida, Georgia Tech and Kansas State, among others and Daniel Imatorbhebhe is a 6-foot-4 target who is already committed to Missouri.




Tucker is a factory for producing college talent and is headlined by Alabama-commit Jonathan Ledbetter. Outside linebacker Elijah Sullivan is an Auburn-commit and Sandy Creek transfer Delvin Weems is an all-purpose back pledged to Marshall.


Weems' former running mate at Sandy Creek Eric Swinney is committed to Ole Miss and there are a few undecided running backs that are receiving plenty of collegiate fan mail. Brookwood's Jesse Brown and Colquitt County's Sihiem King have seen interest spike after their junior seasons. Brown has been offered by Furman, Georgia State, N.C. State and Yale and King holds offers from Cincinnati, Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech heading into the season. Archer has a championship-caliber quarterback returning under center with Gabe Tiller. This summer, Tiller led the Tigers to the Corky Kell Classic 7-on-7 championship and followed the polished passing. His poise in the pocket and ability to improvise and make plays suits an Archer offense with plenty of options to share the football. Tiller's top playmakers will be running back Dylan Singleton, tight end Connor Redmond and rising junior Kyle Davis


Singleton is a composite four-star junior with offers from Duke and South Carolina that will play running back and defensive back. Redmond is a 6-foot-4 tight end committed to South Carolina and Kyle Davis is a 6-foot- 3, 220-pound junior also committed to the Gamecocks.


As we've seen over the years, expect the McEachern sidelines to be a popular destination for college football's top coaches on Aug. 22-23. The teams in this year's Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic represent some of the best programs in the state and the talent on each squad includes some of the best recruits in the nation.




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