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South Georgia is the talk of the HSFB scene as Ware County takes over at No. 1 in 5A and Region 1 dominated the 6A top five. See today's SHSSN for the rankings and our weekend review. 


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What is the combined record of Region 1-6A teams thus far?   

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1. Colquitt County

2. Grayson

3. Camden County

4. Lowndes

5. Valdosta

6. Dacula

7. North Gwinnett

8. Hughes

9. Roswell

10. East Coweta



1. Ware County

2. Coffee

3. Creekside

4. Kell

5. Jones County

6. Northside-Warner Robins

7. Allatoona

8. Lanier

9. Houston County

10. Stephenson


Class AAAA

1. Buford

2. Sandy Creek

3. Griffin

4. Marist

5. Thomas County Central

6. Eagle's Landing

7. Woodward Academy

8. Whitewater

9. Mary Persons

10. Cairo


Class AAA

1. Washington County

2. Calhoun

3. Blessed Trinity

4. Peach County

5. Jefferson

6. Westminster

7. Central-Carroll

8. Hart County

9. Westside-Macon

10. Adairsville


Class AA

1. GAC

2. Benedictine

3. Fitzgerald

4. Lovett

5. Vidalia

6. Brooks County

7. Model

8. Lamar County

9. Washington-Wilkes

10. Darlington


Class A-Private

1. Aquinas

2. Mount Paran

3. Savannah Christian

4. Calvary Day

5. Landmark Christian

6. Mount Pisgah

7. Pacelli

8. Tattnall Square

9. Pinecrest Academy

10. St. Francis


Class A-Public

1. Marion County

2. Charlton County

3. Hawkinsville

4. Irwin County

5. Telfair County

6. Dooly County

7. Commerce

8. Claxton

9. ECI

10. Atkinson County



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Monday, September 20, 2014

Region 1 dominates AAAAAA top five


Region 1-AAAAAA teams have had an amazing time romping through the non-region parts of their schedules this season. Camden County, Colquitt County, Lee County, Lowndes, Valdosta and Tift County are each undefeated to the tune of a combined 28-0 record. Consequently, four of those teams are in our top five in the

Photo by Ty Freeman

state's largest classification. Defense has been the name of the game in Region 1, as Valdosta, for example, has given up just 10 points in five games (all of them to Class AAAAA No. 5 Thomas Co. Cen.). Lee County and Tift County each have two shutouts.


Also in Class AAAAAA, Roswell and East Coweta have joined the fray at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.


Following its loss to Creekside, Stephenson fell to No. 10 in Class AAAAA while the Seminoles jumped to No. 3. Previous No. 1 Northside-Warner Robins fell to No. 6 while Jones County, which beat the Eagles this weekend, soared into the rankings to No. 5. Ware County took over at No. 1 in Class AAAAA after starting the season 4-0 with impressive wins over Brooks County, Coffee and Richmond Hill.


Class AAAA remained largely the same, although Cairo reappeared at No. 10 after a week out of the rankings. Class AAA saw no changes from last week.


In Class AA, Darlington debuted in the top 10 after a 3-1 start in which the lone loss came to an out-of-state team (Murphy, N.C.).


Class A-Private had some movement in the back five as Pacelli rose to No. 7 and Tattnall Square to No. 8. Pinecrest Academy and St. Francis both debuted after undefeated starts.


Class A-Public saw Commerce jump to No. 7 and Claxton debut at No. 8 after beating ECI, which dropped to No. 9.



By Craig Sager II

Walton sweeps competition at All City Playdate


The second annual All City Classic took place Saturday at South Forsyth and

Photo by Kyle Scruggs

Lambert as 14 of the states best programs squared off for a total of 30 games. Unlike a tournament bracket, these matchups were all handpicked to provide the games everyone wanted to see. Out of the 14 participating schools, only Walton escaped unscathed and the Raiders finished 4-0 with without dropping a set to Sequoyah, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek and Harrison.


The day opened with North Cobb and Sequoyah at 8 a.m. Sequoyah entered the tournament with a 26-2 record and a perfect resume against instate opponents. The Chiefs have been on Cherokee County's fall break for a week and perhaps came out flat to start the marathon of games. North Cobb served up a (25-20, 25-22) sweep and the Chiefs' day would not get easier with Walton next on the slate.


The Raiders took the first set 25-13 over Sequoyah, before roaring back from a 8-3 deficit in the second set to take it 25-19.


"Instead of panicking when someone makes a mistake, this team believes in each other, explained Walton head coach Susanne Fitzgerald. "When you know your teammates have your back each player is going to perform better."


The Raiders' second game resulted in a 25-14, 25-15 sweep over Chattahoochee and, like each of Walton's four victories on Saturday, the Raiders strung together a huge run in the second set. After leading just 13-11, the Raiders finished the second frame outscoring the Cougars 12-4 to the 25-15 match point.


Meanwhile, host South Forsyth and East Coweta were playing on the adjacent court and East Coweta pulled off a 25-17, 25-22 sweep. Duke-commit Jessica Bartholomew had a pair of spiked in the final four points to close the second set for the Indians.


Johns Creek sent Walton a wakeup call last season with a 3-1 victory that ultimately served as motivation during the Raiders' journey to win their fourth straight state title. After last year's loss to the Gladiators, Walton came out focused on Saturday and took a 16-5 lead in the opening set before sweeping the Gladiators to the tune of 25-11, 25-16.


Walton's fourth and final match was the most anticipated pairing with the top-ranked Raiders and the No. 2 Harrison Hoyas. These two Class AAAAAA rivals met in the state title in 2011 and 2012 and Walton got the best of the Hoyas both times. Last year, the Raiders swept Harrison in the regular season and this year they handed the Hoyas their first loss of the season on Sept 30.


Walton led 20-17 in the first set, but back-to-back Walton serving errors and UGA-commit Caroline Ostman's two kills got Harrison back in it and the Hoyas eventually set up match point with a 24-23 lead. Walton survived the match point and senior Ashley Dean served up an ace that would give Walton a 26-24 win in the first set. The second set was a much different scenario and instead of going right at the taller Harrison hitters, Walton altered its defensive strategy and the score and the court opened up.


"We changed where we were attacking from and we changed our defense," explained Fitzgerald. "When we started defending better we weren't getting frustrated and our performance could improve offensively. When you remove poor defense your hitters start playing better because they know they are getting the ball."


The Raiders opened on a 14-3 run and seniors Ashley Miller and Ashley Dean combined and junior Tai Bierria were too much for the Hoyas to handle in a 25-9 Walton win.


"We knew the last time we played Harrison we faded out in the second set," said Fitzgerald. "Today's performance, on top of what the team did last week in Louisville, showed me how big this team's heart is."


Miller had 11 kills and three blocks against Harrison and Baierria had seven kills on just 14 attempts.


All City Playdate results

Centennial 2, Roswell 1

East Coweta 2, Chattahoochee 0

East Coweta 2, Roswell 0

East Coweta 2, South Forsyth 0

Harrison 2, Johns Creek 0

Johns Creek 2, Landmark Christian 1

Johns Creek 2, Lassiter 1

Lambert 2, Roswell 0

Landmark Christian 2, Centennial 1

Landmark Christian 2, Chattahoochee 0

Landmark Christian 2, Roswell 0

Lassiter 2, Northview 0

North Cobb 2, Sequoyah 0

North Cobb 2, South Forsyth 0

Northview 2, Landmark Christian 1

Northview 2, Roswell 0

Sequoyah 2, Chattahoochee 0

Sequoyah 2, Harrison 1

Sequoyah 2, Northview 0

South Forsyth 2, Lassiter 0

Walton 2, Chattahoochee 0

Walton 2, Harrison 0

Walton 2, Johns Creek 0

Walton 2, Sequoyah 0



By Craig Sager II

Jones County, Houston County keep rolling


Jones County sent a message on Friday with a 45-37 win over previously top-ranked Northside Warner Robins. Sophomore quarterback Bradley Hunnicutt tore up the secondary with 350 yards and two touchdowns. Northside led 10-7 early, but Chandler Ramage sprinted in for a 71-yard touchdown and Hunnicutt found Davian Daniel for a 12-yard touchdown pass that sparked a 21-10 Jones County lead at the half. 

Photo by Jones County Football



Since 2002, the Greyhounds have posted just two winning seasons. Their 9-3 mark in 2001 is the school's most ever wins and they've made the playoffs just once in the last 12 years. Where did this potent offense come from? The answer to that question is first-year head coach Justin Rogers.


Rogers served as the offensive coordinator for Griffin the last four seasons and helped the Bears capture the 2013 Class AAAA state championship with an offense that averaged 42.7 points per game. The Bears were 43-7 in Rogers four seasons at the school. 


This year's Greyhounds offense is averaging 49 points per game and 452 yards of offense per outing. Nine different players have accounted for 17 rushing touchdowns through the first four games and a trio of juniors catching passes from the sophomore quarterback leads the receiving corps. 


Jones County isn't the only middle Georgia team that is wreaking havoc on Class AAAAA this year. Houston County is off to a 4-0 start and thrashed Warner Robins 62-30 on Friday. Houston County led 28-23 at the half before outscoring the Demons 34-7 after the intermission. Von Lassiter is in his second year as head coach of Houston County and led the Bears to a 7-4 finish last year, the most wins since 2006. 


Like Jones County, a sophomore quarterback has powered the offense. Jake Fromm has already tallied 1,158 passing yards with 10 touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions. Running back Kenny Gant has 10 rushing scores and three receiving scores in the first four games and junior Darion Anderson has 462 receiving yards and seven touchdowns to lead the receivers.


Jones County hosts Grovetown before a trip to Lakeside-Evans the following week and enjoys a bye week before they visit Houston County for an Oct. 16 showdown. The Bears visit Lakeside-Evans this Friday and take a week off before visiting Cross Creek the week before their clash with the Greyhounds. 






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