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When was Hephzibah football's last trip to the playoffs? 

Today's answer can be found in the newsletter!
Tuesday's Answer: 
Palazzo made seven extra points in her team's win over Kennesaw Mountain. 




1. Walton

2. Harrison

3. North Cobb

4. East Coweta

5. Johns Creek

6. Roswell

7. Lassiter

8. Etowah

9. South Forsyth

10. West Forsyth


1. Sequoyah

2. Dunwoody

3. Columbus

4. River Ridge

5. Northside-Columbus

6. Cambridge

7. Allatoona

8. McIntosh

9. Camden County

10. Ola

Class AAAA

1. Buford

2. Sandy Creek

3. Marist

4. St. Pius X

5. Woodward Academy

6. North Hall

7. North Oconee

8. Ridgeland

9. Heritage-Catoosa

10. Northwest Whitfield

Class AAA

1. Westminster

2. Blessed Trinity

3. Oconee County

4. Sonoraville

5. Savannah Arts

6. Decatur

7. Rockmart

8. East Hall

9. Morgan County

10. Jefferson

Class AA

1. Holy Innocents'

2. Wesleyan

3. Lovett

4. Gordon Lee

5. Greater Atlanta Christian

6. Coosa

7. St. Vincent's Academy

8. Pace Academy

9. Model

10. Darlington

Class A

1. Hebron Christian

2. Savannah Christian


4. Walker

5. Mt. Paran

6. Fellowship Christian

7. Athens Academy

8. Landmark Christian

9. Prince Avenue Christian

10. Calvary Day


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

By Craig Sager II
North Cobb upsets Walton for spot in Elite 8

Walton's quest for a fifth straight state title ended in the second round on Tuesday as visiting North Cobb took the match in four sets. North Cobb took the first two sets 25-21, 25-22 but Walton recovered to win 25-12 in the third. The fourth set was neck-and-neck until North Cobb got a 29-27 win.


"We had as many as five hitters

North Cobb Volleybal

across the front row at times, and I felt that that gave us a good chance to win," North Cobb head coach James Auld told the Marietta Daily Journal. "It was a game of five hitters to two hitters, and their two hitters were really good, but our defense could adjust, and we did a good job."


Roswell, Harrison, South Forsyth, North Gwinnett and Johns Creek swept their way into the Elite 8 and Brookwood and East Coweta took their matches in four sets over Woodstock and Norcross, respectively.


In Class AAAAA, Cambridge and Harris County advanced to the Elite 8 after having to play both rounds on the road. Columbus, Dunwoody, Camden County, River Ridge, Northside-Columbus and Sequoyah round out the quarterfinals.


North Oconee, Marist, North Hall, Woodward Academy, St. Pius, Buford and Sandy Creek make up the Class AAAA Elite 8 and this field of team is yet to drop a single set.


East Hall survived a five set match with Ringgold in the opening round but took care of Kendrick with a sweep on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals. Morgan County upset Decatur in the first round but Savannah Arts proved to be too much on Tuesday and handed the Bulldogs a three-set sweep.


Class A had the most top 10 matchups in its second-round action and Savannah Christian, Calvary Day and ELCA were able to battle past ranked opponents. No. 2 Savannah Christian took down No. 5 Mt. Paran 3-1 No. 3 ELCA swept No. 7 Athens Academy. No. 10 Calvary Day pulled off a 3-1 upset over No. 4 Walker. Hebron Christian, Fellowship Christian and Prince Avenue Christian make up just six remaining teams in Class A.  



By Craig Sager II
Bowen's winning Rebels warrant recognition

Hephzibah head coach John Bowen is named Atlanta Falcons High School Coach of the Week. Bowen has been the Rebels' head coach since 2005 and has previously coached at Glascock County and John Hancock Academy as he continues his 18th season as a head coach in the Peach State. The Rebels surpassed their win total from a year ago last Friday night and moved to 5-2 with a huge 23-19 region win over Glenn Hills. Hephzibah's last trip to the playoffs came in 2009 and the Rebels are one win away from posting just their sixth winning season in the program's 60-year history. 


Bowen's strengths as a coach come from his organizational skills and the way he handles himself during rebuilding years. The program went a combined 1-19 in 2011 and 2012 and improved to 4-6 last season. With a 5-2 start this year, the confidence and support within the program continues to strengthen.


In addition to bringing a winning culture to the school, Bowen is an advocate of player safety and participating in this physical sport with the knowledge and background to do it the right way. Bowen brought the NFL Heads Up tackling program to the program this year and has used the Practice Like the Pros program for the last three seasons.


Every coach deals with change and obstacles and Bowen has been the glue that holds everything together. High turnover within the coaching staff has resulted in Bowen taking the reins of defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator and special teams coordinator in addition to head coach during his time at the helm.


Hephzibah football has looked to make a difference off the field under Bowen and the team raises awareness for breast cancer and prostate cancer. Bowen has also raised awareness about battered women who deal with verbal and/or physical abuse. 




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