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How many wins would Walton have to forfeit if the GHSA punishes the Raiders for use of an ineligible player?

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1. Walton

2. Harrison

3. East Coweta

4. North Cobb

5. Johns Creek

6. Lassiter

7. Etowah

8. West Forsyth

9. North Gwinnett

10. Roswell



1. Sequoyah

2. Dunwoody

3. Ola

4. Columbus

5. Northside-Columbus

6. Northgate

7. River Ridge

8. Camden County

9. Cambridge

10. Grovetown


Class AAAA

1. Buford

2. Sandy Creek

3. Marist

4. St. Pius X

5. Woodward Academy

6. North Hall

7. Northwest Whitfield

8. North Oconee

9. Ridgeland

10. Southeast Bulloch


Class AAA

1. Blessed Trinity

2. Westminster

3. Oconee County

4. Decatur

5. Sonoraville

6. Rockmart

7. Savannah Arts

8. Morgan County

9. Southeast Bulloch

10. Fannin County


Class AA

1. Wesleyan

2. Holy Innocents'

3. Lovett

4. Gordon Lee

5. Greater Atlanta Christian

6. St. Vincent's Academy

7. Coosa

8. Pace Academy

9. Model

10. Darlington


Class A

1. Hebron Christian

2. Savannah Christian

3. Athens Academy


5. Mt. Paran

6. Fellowship Christian

7. Prince Avenue Christian

8. Walker

9. Calvary Day

10. Landmark Christian


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Walton self-reports use of ineligible player

Score Atlanta has learned that Walton High School has self-reported to the Georgia High School Association that it has played an ineligible player on its football team and could be forced to forfeit several victories, including region wins over Lassiter (59-16) and Wheeler (17-10). Currently, Walton is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in Region 5-AAAAAA.


The Raiders opened the season with non-region wins over South Gwinnett and Marietta before opening region play with a win over Lassiter. The Raiders then lost to Roswell and beat Wheeler Friday night. Sources have told Score Atlanta that the alleged ineligible player has since left the school. Walton is coached by Mo Dixon, who is in his first year after replacing current Glynn Academy head coach Rocky Hidalgo.


Historically, in these situations, the GHSA rules for a forfeit when an ineligible player participates in a contest. GHSA executive director Gary Phillips confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he has received the self-report letter from Walton and has asked the school for further documentation. A decision is expected today. If the decision goes against Walton their overall record would go to 0-5 and 0-3 in region play, making it doubtful the Raiders would have a chance to make the playoffs. Walton has made the playoffs in 12 of the last 13 seasons.



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By Craig Sager II
Georgia teams compete in Southern Invitational

Sequoyah, St. Pius X, East Coweta, Walton and South Forsyth competed in

Photo by Tracy Ussery

the Southern Invitational Volleyball Tournament this weekend with top teams from Tennessee and South Carolina.


Wando (S.C.) won the tournament with a 25-20, 25-17 sweep over Webb (Tenn.) Walton went 2-0 in the silver division and Sequoyah went 1-1. South Forsyth grabbed one victory before falling out of the Bronze Divison and St. Pius X and East Coweta dropped both games in the Championship Division. 


Walton has the weekend off after three busy weekends in a row. The Raiders were in Lexington Kentucky for a five-match weekend before playing in the All City Classic two weeks ago and Southern Invitational this past Saturday. The Raiders finish the regular season with a tri-match at Lassiter with the host Trojans and Wheeler on Tuesday. 


East Coweta has another busy weekend and will be one of 12 teams highlighting the Serve for the Cure pool this weekend. The two day tournament will be played at Class AAA No. 1 Blessed Trinity and will feature some of the top teams in the state. Notre Dame, Tenn. and Blythewood, S.C. are the lone out-of-state schools. Cambridge, Columbus, McIntosh, Chattahoochee, Landmark Christian, Milton, North Oconee and Westminster will represent Georgia.


Twelve matches will be played on Friday and a total of 18 matches are scheduled for Saturday before the bracket is set. The tournament action starts at 3:30 pm and the championship match is tentatively scheduled for a 6:30 pm start.


Postseason play approaches and the playoffs will be here in less two weeks. The six 2014 state champions will be crowned in less than a month. 32 teams from each classification will make the playoffs and when each bracket reaches the quarterfinals, the teams are given a seed 1-8 and set accordingly into the quarterfinals championship bracket. The higher seed hosts once the seeds are assigned and the state championships will all be on the same Saturday this year. Last season was split between Friday and Saturday at Marietta, but this year will use two locations to fit the action into one day. Westminster will host the Class A-AAA championships and Marietta will host the Class AAAA-AAAAAA on Saturday.

By Craig Sager II
Wesleyan takes over top spot in Class AA 

In Class AAAAAA, Lassiter beat Etowah 25-16, 25-19 and jumped the Eagles. Pope swept Lassiter however, and Johns Creek jumped the Trojans and Etowah as a result and took over at No. 5.  Grovetown dropped to No. 10 in Class AAAAA and Columbus made a leap to No. 4 with its second win over Northside-Columbus in the past week.


In Class AAAA, Marist jumped two spots to No. 3 in the poll with a sweep over St. Pius on Tuesday. North Hall swept North Oconee and improved to No. 6. In Class AAA, Decatur fell to a trio of Class A powers (Mt. Pisgah, Walker and Mt. Paran) this weekend and fell from No. 2 to No. 4. Morgan County debuted at No. 8 with a 20-13 record.


Class AA is the only classification with a new No. 1 this week. Wesleyan defeated Holy Innocents 2-1 last week and unseated the Golden Bears for the top spot. In Class A, Savannah Christian made the biggest leap and moved to No. 2 with wins over Camden County, Calvary Day and Savannah Arts Academy in the last week. 


Marist lineman recognized for impact off the field

The Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community presented by Ford is Will Pearson, an Offensive/Defensive Lineman for Marist High School in Atlanta, GA.  Pearson has made several contributions to his community,including volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, is an Open Hand Participant and mentors youth athletes during summer football camps. 


The Captain in the Community program recognizes outstanding high school football student-athletes around the state of Georgia that demonstrate strong leadership skills both on-and-off the field.  Winners are selected by USA Football, the Official Youth Football Development Partner of the NFL. Additionally, each winner's high school will receive a grant in the amount of $1,000 to support community initiatives courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons and the NFL's Youth Football Fund.




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