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What two teams has Hughes beaten to start the season?

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Saturday's Answer: 
Woodward Academy's Elijah Holyfield scored seven touchdowns in his team's win over Decatur. 




1. Colquitt County

2. Mill Creek

3. Grayson

4. Camden County

5. Lovejoy

6. Hughes

7. Norcross

8. Valdosta

9. North Gwinnett

10. McEachern



1. Northside-Warner Robins

2. Coffee

3. Ware County

4. Kell

5. Stephenson

6. Creekside

7. Allatoona

8. Glynn Academy

9. Carver-Columbus

10. Flowery Branch


Class AAAA

1. Buford

2. Sandy Creek

3. Griffin

4. Burke County

5. Marist

6. Woodward Academy

7. Whitewater

8. Mary Persons

9. Thomas County Central

10. Cairo


Class AAA

1. Washington County

2. Calhoun

3. Blessed Trinity

4. Peach County

5. Jefferson

6. Westminster

7. Ringgold

8. Central-Carroll

9. Hart County

10. Cook


Class AA

1. GAC

2. Benedictine

3. Fitzgerald

4. Lovett

5. Washington-Wilkes

6. Brooks County

7. Heard County

8. Vidalia

9. Seminole County

10. Lamar County


Class A-Private

1. Aquinas

2. Mt. Paran

3. Calvary Day

4. Landmark Christian

5. Savannah Christian

6. Brookstone

7. Mt. Pisgah

8. Strong Rock Christian

9. Athens Christian

10. Prince Avenue Christian


Class A-Public

1. Marion County

2. Charlton County

3. Irwin County

4. Hawkinsville

5. Clinch County

6. Emanuel County Institute

7. Dooly County

8. Commerce

9. Johnson County

10. Mitchell County

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Monday, September 1, 2014

By Stephen Black
North Cobb, Hughes look like contenders in Class AAAAAA




-North Cobb's victory over North Gwinnett wasn't a total shock, but it was

Photo by Melanie Miller

surprising to many fans around the state. The Bulldogs looked impressive in edging McEachern in the opener, but North Cobb went to Suwanee and brought North Gwinnet back down to earth. With talented QB Tyler Queen at the helm, the Warriors look like a darkhorse state contender.


 -Hughes has two solid wins right off the bat. The Panthers' victories over Mays and Creekside are as impressive as any of a 6A team to start the season besides Colquitt County. The game versus Grayson Friday will be a measuring stick for both programs and if the Panthers get past the Rams, they could cruise to an undefeated season in a toothless Region 3.


-Archer began the season ranked No. 1 in our poll and with high expectations after returning almost all of last year's team, which went undefeated in the regular season. Now at 0-2, the Tigers will need to regroup over the week off before facing Grayson on Sept. 12. The offense has struggled thus far for Archer, scoring just 23 total points.


-Despite having to overcome the loss of prolific QB Rafe Chapple who is now at Yale, GAC may be better this year than it was last season when the Spartans went 10-2 and lost two games by a total of four points. GAC has been impressive in beating Benedictine and North Oconee. Aside from a clash with AA champ Lovett, the Spartans should cruise through the Region 6 schedule.


-Colquitt County is a decisive No. 1 in Class AAAAAA after convincingly beating Mill Creek in the Corky Kell Classic, then taking care of Hoover (Ala.) in Week 2. The Packers' defense is as good as it has been in a while and QB Chase Parrish has been efficient in leading the offense. This may be Coach Rush Propst's best team at Colquitt. 



GAC becomes third team to top Class AA 



GAC took over at No. 1 in Class AA as the previous two top-ranked squads in

Photo by Lauren Roberts

the classification fell once they reached the top. Lovett fell to No. 4 after losing to Westminster.


In Class AAAAAA, there was an moments shift as Mill Creek climbed to No. 2 after a dominant victory over West Forsyth and two major losses to top 10 teams. Hughes entered the poll at No. 6 after two weeks of impressive wins while North Gwinnett was upset by North Cobb and Archer lost to Peachtree Ridge. McEachern tumbled in light of North Gwinnett's loss and the season-ending injury to Taj Griffin.


Flowery Branch and Carver-Columbus entered the Class AAAAA rankings and Cairo appeared at No. 10 in Class AAAA. Westminster debuted at No. 6 in Class AAA after beating Lovett, the No. 1 team in AA.





By Craig Sager II
Marist edges Godby for Georgia's lone win




Marist 17, Godby (Fla.) 14: Joey Gogol's 19-yard field goal with eight

Courtesy Curtis Compton/AJC

seconds left lifted Marist past Godby in the opening game of the Battle of the Borders at Hallford Stadium. Quarterback Sam Phelps ran in a 1-yard touchdown to give Marist a 7-0 lead before Godby quarterback Darius Bradwell answered with a 6-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to tie it at 7-7. The Jaguars jumped offsides on a 30-yard Marist field goal attempt before the half and Spencer Taylor capitalized with a 6-yard Marist touchdown run. Bradwell ran in his second score in the third quarter to make it 14-14. Marist survived a three-turnover third quarter and coverted a 3rd and 11 with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter on a 31-yard reverse by sophomore Chris Martel that set up the Gogol game-winning kick.


Norland (Fla.) 30, M.L. King 0: Kion Holder intercepted Jordan Douglas and returned it for a 28-yard touchdown to give Norland a 7-0 first quarter lead in Game 2 of the Battle of the Borders. Three of four Douglas interceptions came in the first half and the Lions' offense managed 34 total yards in the opening half before a 10-yard second half. In the second quarter, Carlton Davis intercepted Douglas and set up a Rodrick Robinson 26-yard touchdown run. Minutes later, Robinson hauled in an interception and drove the Vikings into the redzone, before fumbling inside the 1-yard line. M.L. King recovered and escaped with just a 14-0 halftime deficit. On the final play of the third quarter, Robinson extended Norland's lead to 21-0 with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Steven McIntosh before an hour-long lightning delay halted the action. The Vikings' defense extended the lead to 23-0 with a fourth quarter safety.


Miami Central (Fla.) 21, Stephenson 20: After a scoreless opening quarter, Stephenson's Dewann Ford scored on an 18-yard quarterback keeper to give the Jaguars a 6-0 lead in the third game of the Battle of the Borders.  Stephenson failed the 2-point conversion and the Rockets used a 7-yard Malik Allen rushing score to take a 7-6 lead with 53 seconds left in the first half. Stephenson (seven) and Central (five) combined for just 12 passing yards in the first half. Central opened the second half with a 79-yard touchdown drive capped off by Jerrod Thomas' quarterback sneak. Stephenson answered with a Dexter Neal touchdown reception with 17 second left in the third quarter but the Jaguars failed another 2-point conversion and trailed 14-12. The Rockets made it a 21-12 lead with five minutes to play on a 1-yard Allen touchdown run. Stephenson cut it to 20-21 with 42 seconds left with an Ivonte Patterson touchdown run and Dexter Neal 2-point conversion, but the Rockets recovered the ensuing kickoff and ran out the clock.


Booker T. Washington (Fla.) 19, Tucker 7: In a game that ended well after midnight, Tucker lost for the second time this season in two games, falling to last season's high school national champion. The Tornadoes, from Miami, scored in the first quarter on a Maurice Alexander 10-yard pass to  Vaquan Small. The conversion was no good but in the final minute of the second quarter, Antonio Calloway ran back a punt for a 60-yard score. The Tornadoes then went up by 19 on an Alexander 15-yard pass to Calloway. Tucker, who lost to Norcross last week in overtime at the Corky Kell Classic, then picked up its only score of the game on a 90-yard kickoff return by Yaquis Shelley.





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