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How many seasons did Riverside Military Academy head coach Gary Downs play with the Atlanta Falcons? 

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WEEK 8 CROSS COUNTRY RANKINGS

 

 

Boys

6A

1. Marietta

2. Peachtree Ridge

3. Milton

4. Brookwood

5. Lakeside-DeKalb

6. Walton

7. South Forsyth

8. Mill Creek

9. Etowah

10. Lambert

 

5A

1. Clarkston

2. Forsyth Central

3. Starr's Mill

4. McIntosh

5. Alexander

6. Flowery Branch

7. Morrow

8. Lakeside-Evans

9. Cambridge

10. Creekview

 

4A

1. St. Pius X

2. Woodward Academy

3. North Hall

4. North Oconee

5. Marist

6. Pickens County

7. Whitewater

8. White County

9. Carrollton

10. Wayne County

 

3A

1. East Jackson

2. Blessed Trinity

3. Westminster

4. Savannah Arts

5. Oconee County

6. West Hall

7. Coahulla Creek

8. Banks County

9. Dawson County

10. Jackson County

 

2A

1. Pace Academy

2. Wesleyan

3. Bleckley County

4. Benedictine

5. Holy Innocents'

6. Lovett

7. Darlington

8. Lamar County

9. Union County

10. Thomasville

 

A

1. Trion

2. Baconton Charter

3. Paideia

4. Hebron Christian

5. Landmark Christian

6. Towns County

7. Georgia Military

8. Hawkinsville

9. Whitefield Academy

10. Galloway

 

Girls

6A

1. South Forsyth

2. Etowah

3. Milton

4. Harrison

5. Mill Creek

6. Northview

7. Walton

8. Brookwood

9. Marietta

10. Pope

 

5A

1. McIntosh

2. Northgate

3. Starr's Mill

4. Dunwoody

5. Cambridge

6. Columbus

7. Flowery Branch

8. Creekview

9. Union Grove

10. Winder Barrow

 

4A

1. Marist

2. Heritage

3. St. Pius X

4. White County

5. North Oconee

6. Buford

7. Whitewater

8. Woodward Academy

9.  North Hall

10. Pickens County

 

3A

1. Westminster

2. Blessed Trinity

3. Hart County

4. Oconee County

5. Savannah Arts

6. Jefferson

7. Morgan County

8. Coahulla Creek

9. Dawson County

10. Banks County

 

2A

1. Darlington

2. Wesleyan

3. Lovett

4. Pace Academy

5. Holy Innocents'

6. St. Vincents'

7. Model

8. Bremen

9. Lamar County

10. Bleckley County

 

A

1. Landmark Christian

2. Hawkinsville

3. Trion

4. Commerce

5. Jenkins County

6. Hebron Christian

7. Athens Christian

8. Providence Christian

9. Athens Academy

10. Towns County

 

 






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Wednesday, October 1, 2014



CROSS COUNTRY NOTEBOOK
By Stephen Black
Clarkston, Abbkar continue torrid pace 

Clarkston won the boys White Race in the Aubrae Gunderson Invitational

Photo by Mark Brock/DeKalb Co

Saturday in Conyers while Starr's Mill won the White Race in the girls meet. The White races indicated the top 10 most competitive teams at the events.


 

Clarkston was trailed by Lakeside-DeKalb, which totaled 80 points, and Starr's Mill, which totaled 106. Davis Stockwell of Lakeside-DeKalb won the race in a time of 16:03.40 ahead of second-place finisher Abbas Abbkar of Clarkston, who turned in a time of 16:07.10. Allatoona's Page Colton took third in 16:07.85.


 

In the girls race, Flowery Branch was the runner-up with 54 points while Lakeside-DeKalb totaled 67. Allatoona took fourth and Archer fifth. Shannon Fair of Aquinas took first with a time of 19:11.27 ahead of McKenzie Knudsen, who finished with a time of 19:48.31.


 

Oconee County won both the boys and girls Blue Races (A-4A teams) while Locust Grove freshman Madison Allie won the girls race in a time of 20:50.95 and Michael Hans of Oconee County won the boys race in a time of 16:48.07.


 

Winder-Barrow on the boys Red Race (5A-6A) while Richmond Hill won the girls race. Winder-Barrow took second in the girls race and Richmond Hill took second. Christian Nix won the boys red race with a time of 17:06.90 while fellow East Paulding Raider Alyssa Sheffield won the girls race with a time of 20:15.00.


 

Clarkston followed up its win at Conyers with a sweep of the DeKalb County Championships Tuesday at Arabia Mountain. It is the Angoras' second consecutive sweep of the county championships.


 

The boys team had a perfect score of 15 by finishing its top seven racers in the top seven while the girls won their first meet of the season.

 



FALCONS COACH OF THE WEEK
By Craig Sager II
Downs recognized for impact on and off the field

Riverside Military Academy head coach Gary Downs has plenty of football experience to share with his players but his reach has been much further than just teaching his players the game. On the gridiron, Downs' career began to grow as a running back for Spencer High School, while his father was stationed at Fort Benning. His talents took him to N.C. State where he'd earn Academic All-ACC honors off the field and earn All-ACC honors on the field.

            

The New York Giants took Downs in the third round of the 1994 draft and he'd play for the Broncos in 1995 before returning to New York in 1996. In 1997, the Falcons gave Downs the call and he'd spend the next four seasons playing for Atlanta. Downs emerged as a leader on special teams during the Falcons 1998 NFC Championship season that took the team to its first-ever Super Bowl.

            

Downs dove into the coaching profession in 2003 as Riverside Military Academy's running backs coach. He took over the offensive coordinator duties the following season and helped lead the Eagles to the 2005 GISA state championship. Downs would serve as a coaching intern with the Falcons and had a brief stint in NFL Europe before he took over the play calling at Mount Pisgah Christian School from 2007-2011. Downs returned to the Eagles in 2012 and helped the program improve to a 5-5 record last season.

            

Riverside Military Academy is presented with its own set of challenges that other programs do not face. As a boarding school, younger players can get homesick and need a mentor to look up to while they adapt. Downs always makes himself available to help his players. Downs has played football at the most competitive level and understands the importance of safety. He set in motion for Riverside Military Academy to bring in the Falcons Helmet Safety Camp. The Camp set up the workshops to help the parents and his players understand how to play the game correctly and put safety as a priority.

            

Downs has players from all over the country and even outside of the U.S. borders on his team and each summer he will make sure to keep up with each of them. The team participates in Buddy Curry's Kids and Pro's Camps and helps out at local Boys and Girls Clubs around North Georgia. Whether it is on the football field, in the classroom or in the community, Downs has led by example and continues molding the lives of young men that will set out to do the same.    


 





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