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We release pre-playoff football rankings and give you the first round pairings of the 2014 GHSA state playoffs. Also, we recap the cross country state championships with complete results provided in the left panel.


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1. Colquitt County

2. Grayson

3. Valdosta

4. Dacula

5. North Gwinnett

6. Milton

7. Mill Creek

8. Lee County

9. Archer

10. Tucker



1. Ware County

2. Coffee

3. Allatoona

4. Kell

5. Northside-Warner Robins

6. Lanier

7. Houston County

8. Creekside

9. Harris County

10. Mays


Class AAAA

1. Buford

2. Griffin

3. Marist

4. Sandy Creek

5. Woodward Academy

6. St. Pius

7. Cartersville

8. Mary Persons

9. Cairo

10. Whitewater


Class AAA

1. Washington County

2. Calhoun

3. Blessed Trinity

4. Peach County

5. Jefferson

6. Central-Carroll

7. Westminster

8. Westside-Macon

9. Hart County

10. Cook


Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian

2. Vidalia

3. Lovett

4. Benedictine

5. Fitzgerald

6. Brooks County

7. Macon County

8. Darlington

9. Lamar County

10. Thomasville


Class A-Private

1. Mount Paran

2. Aquinas

3. Calvary Day

4. Savannah Christian

5. Mount Pisgah

6. Landmark Christian

7. Prince Avenue Christian

8. Tattnall Square

9. Pacelli

10. ELCA


Class A-Public

1. Marion County

2. Irwin County

3. Hawkinsville

4. Charlton County

5. Dooly County

6. Lincoln County

7. Commerce

8. Clinch County

9. Emanuel County Institute

10. Claxton









1. Marietta 1:25:03.36

2. Brookwood 1:27:26.05

3. Mill Creek 1:27:12.88

4. Milton 1:26:58.77

5. Etowah 1:27:33.29



1. Northview 1:40:27.49

2. South Forsyth 1:41:26.48

3. Milton 1:43:19.60

4. West Forsyth 1:43:37.73

5. Harrison 1:45:13.11




1. Clarkston 1:26:35.17

2. Flowery Branch 1:26:25.79

3. Starr's Mill 1:27:48.25

4. Alexander 1:28:40.94

5. Forsyth Central 1:28:45.99



1. Dunwoody 1:43:54.60

2. Starr's Mill 1:44:57.80

3. Creekview 1:46:44.40

4. Northgate 1:48:05.80

5. Flowery Branch 1:48:43.00


Class AAAA


1. St. Pius X 1:24:40.05

2. Marist 1:26:26.85

3. North Oconee 1:26:37.38

4. Woodward Academy 1:26:33.88

5. Whitewater 1:28:13.71



1. Marist 1:37:37.50

2. St. Pius X 1:46:45.10

3. Heritage-Catoosa 1:47:01.24

4. White County 1:47:19.86

5. North Oconee 1:48:58.03


Class AAA


1. Blessed Trinity 1:27:51.27*

2. East Jackson 1:26:42.53

3. Westminster 1:29:37.39

4. Oconee County 1:29:28.77

5. Savannah Arts Academy 1:32:04.63



1. Westminster 1:42:18.55

2. Blessed Trinity 1:46:00.46

3. Hart County 1:49:05.00

4. Oconee County 1:53:56.09

5. Dawson County 1:56:34.78


Class AA


1. Wesleyan 1:30:02.68

2. Pace Academy 1:30:45.34

3. Bleckley County 1:32:30.43

4. Lovett 1:32:39.51

5. Holy Innocents' 1:34:00.25



1. Lovett 1:43:27.77

2. Wesleyan 1:48:00.51

3. Darlington 1:47:32.19

4. Holy Innocents' 1:50:30.24

5. Pace Academy 1:52:49.05


Class A Public


1. Jenkins County 1:43:10.13

2. Towns County 1:43:09.72

3. Trion 1:43:18.14

4. Claxton 1:43:24.89

5. Commerce 1:45:48.88



1. Towns County 2:03:51.24

2. Commerce 2:06:03.30

3. Jenkins County 2:18:20.34

4. Trion 2:16:09.08

5. Atkinson County 2:15:56.62


Class A Private


1. Hebron Christian Academy 1:30:10.96

2. Providence Christian 1:33:12.20

3. Galloway 1:31:12.68

4. Athens Academy 1:33:33.99

5. Landmark Christian 1:35:15.08



1. Landmark Christian 1:43:17.60

2. Providence Christian 1:46:52.41

3. Hebron Christian Academy 1:48:54.25

4. Athens Academy 1:47:08.52

5. Galloway 1:55:00.23


*At Class AAA Boys, Blessed Trinity and East Jackson each had 60 points but BT was given the title because their runners place higher overall.


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Monday, November 10, 2014

Preseason favorites return to 6A top 10

Class AAAAAA saw movement as three previously-ranked teams returned to the top 10 for the first time since September. Mill Creek re-entered the poll for the first time in nine weeks at No. 7 and

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Tucker took over at No. 10 for the first time since Week 1. Archer, the preseason No. 1, finished its year with seven straight wins and returned to the poll at No. 9.


In Class AAAAA, Creekside jumped Harris County for No. 8 after topping Stephenson for a second time this season on Friday. In Class AAAA, Mary Persons dropped from No. 3 to No. 8.


Westside-Macon debuts in Class AAA and replaces Cook. Class AAA's, Hart County dropped to No. 9 after suffering its first loss of the season to Jefferson on Friday. In Class AA, Lamar County dropped from No. 6 to No. 9 and Macon County debuted at No. 7. Class A-Private Mount Pisgah and 


Class A-Public Dooly County each leapt from No. 8 to No. 5 in their respective polls. Undefeated Mount Paran edged unbeaten Aquinas for No. 1 in Class A-Private.



First round pairings set in Class AA-AAAAA
The playoff fields are just about set in Classes AA through AAAAAA and first round action will take over statewide on Friday. There are two more playoff spots yet to be filled in Class AAA and they will be determined tonight in a mini-playoff between Cedartown/Rockmart/Pepperell. 

In Class AAAAAA, Gwinnett County heavyweights will square off in the opening round and the three-way tie in Region 8 sets up some great first round clashes. Stay tuned all week for previews of the first round action and catch all of the results live on Friday as we set the Sweet 16 fields.  


GHSA Football Playoffs

First Round (R is for region and T is the seed in that region)

Friday, Nov. 14



R6 T3 South Forsyth at R5 T2 Etowah

R4 T4 North Paulding at R3 T1 Westlake

R2 T3 Newton at R1 T2 Valdosta

R8 T4 Central Gwinnett at R7 T1 North Gwinnett

R5 T3 Roswell at R6 T2 Lambert

R3 T4 Douglas County at R4 T1 Hillgrove

R1 T3 Lee County at R2 T2 Lovejoy

R7 T4 Norcross at R8 T1 Archer

R3 T3 East Coweta at R4 T2 McEachern

R5 T4 Cherokee at R6 T1 Alpharetta

R8 T3 Grayson at R7 T2 Mill Creek

R1 T4 Tift County at R2 T1 Tucker

R4 T3 North Cobb at R3 T2 Hughes

R6 T4 Northview at R5 T1 Milton

R7 T3 Peachtree Ridge at R8 T2 Dacula

R2 T4 Rockdale County at R1 T1 Colquitt County



R6 T3 Mays at R5 T2 South Paulding

R4 T4 Starr's Mill at R3 T1 Ware County

R2 T3 Jones County at R1 T2 Carver-Columbus

R8 T4 Winder-Barrow at R7 T1 Kell

R5 T3 Alexander at R6 T2 Stephenson

R3 T4 Brunswick at R4 T1 Stockbridge

R1 T3 LaGrange at R2 T2 Houston County

R7 T4 Sequoyah at R8 T1 Lanier

R3 T3 Glynn Academy at R4 T2 Drew

R5 T4 New Manchester at R6 T1 Creekside

R8 T3 Salem at R7 T2 Dalton

R1 T4 Northside-Columbus at R2 T1 Northside-Warner Robins

R4 T3 Mundy's Mill at R3 T2 Coffee

R6 T4 Carver-Atlanta at R5 T1 Allatoona

T7 T3 Creekview at R8 T2 Gainesville

R2 T4 Warner Robins at R1 T1 Harris County


Class AAAA

R6 T3 Columbia at R5 T2 Sandy Creek

R4 T4 Eagle's Landing at R3 T1 Wayne County

R2 T3 Baldwin at R1 T2 Worth County

R8 T4 White County at R7 T1 Cartersville

R5 T3 Whitewater at R6 T2 Marist

R3 T4 Liberty County at R4 T1 Griffin

R1 T3 Westover at R2 T2 Mary Persons

R7 T4 Heritage-Catoosa at R8 T1 Buford

R3 T3 Thomson at R4 T2 Eastside

R5 T4 Fayette County at R6 T1 St. Pius

R8 T3 Stephens County at R7 T2 Pickens

R1 T4 Bainbridge at R2 T1 West Laurens

R4 T3 Locust Grove at R3 T2 Burke County

R6 T4 Arabia Mountain at R5 T1 Woodward Academy

R7 T3 Gilmer at R8 T2 North Oconee

R2 T4 Veterans at R1 T1 Cairo


Class AAA

R6 T3 Ringgold at R5 T2 Callaway

R4 T4 Jackson-Atlanta at R3 T1 Washington County

R2 T3 Jackson at R1 T2 Pierce County

R8 T4 Oconee County at R7 T1 West Hall

R5 T3 Cedartown/Rockmart/Pepperell at R6 T2 Adairsville

R3 T4 Hephzibah at R4 T1 Blessed Trinity

R1 T3 Dodge County at R2 T2 Westside-Macon

R7 T4 Franklin County at R8 T1 Jefferson

R3 T3 Westside-Augusta at R4 T2 Cedar Grove

R5 T4 Rockmart/Cedartown/Pepperell at R6 T1 Calhoun

R8 T3 Elbert County at R7 T2 Lumpkin County

R1 T4 Appling County at R2 T1 Peach County

R4 T3 Westminster at R3 T2 Laney

R6 T4 Sonaraville at R5 T1 Central-Carroll

T7 T3 East Hall at R8 T2 Hart County

R2 T4 Central-Macon at R1 T1 Cook


Class AA

R6 T3 Wesleyan at R5 T2 Heard County

R4 T4 Monticello at R3 T1 Screven County

R2 T3 Bacon County at R1 T2 Brooks County

R8 T4 Washington-Wilkes at R7 T1 Darlington

R5 T3 Bremen at R6 T2 Lovett

R3 T4 Dublin at R4 T1 Macon County

R1 T3 Thomasville at R2 T2 Benedictine

R7 T4 Chatooga at R8 T1 Rabun County

R3 T3 Swainsboro at R4 T2 Lamar County

R5 T4 Chattahoochee County at R6 T1 GAC

R8 T3 Greene County at R7 T2 Coosa

R1 T4 Berrien at R2 T1 Vidalia

R4 T3 Bleckley County at R3 T2 Jefferson County

R6 T4 Pace Academy at R5 T1 Bowdon

T7 T3 Model at R8 T2 Union County

R2 T4 Bryan County at R1 T1 Fitzgerald


Class A Public and Private

Pairings will be decided this week by power rankings and the first round is Nov. 21.

By Lauren Goldstein
Marietta boys capture Class 6A title

Carrollton - Marietta High School took home the GHSA Class AAAAAA boys cross county state title on Saturday as their combinations of 5K's was the best and the team finished with the time of 1:25:03.36 followed by Brookwood (1:27:26.05) at the course at Carrollton High School. Brookwood won the championship last year. The individual

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title was won by Lakeside-Dekalb's Davis Stockwell (16:33.77). The battle for first was intense as runner-up Mountain View's Tyler Barber crossed the finished line right behind Stockwell (16:33.85). On the girls' side, Northview's Lindsay Billings (18:29.73), who has been almost unbeatable all season, took home the individual state title and led the Titans (1:40:27.49) to the state championship over South Forsyth (1:41:26.48). Northview won the Class AAAAA title last year.


Class AAAAA: The Clarkston boys took home the boys title (1:26:20.14) followed by Flowery Branch (1:26:25.79). Kell's Logan Poteet (16:14.93) won the individual title. The girls' championship was won by Dunwoody (1:43:54.60) followed by Starr's Mill (1:44:57.80). Alyssa Hooker (19:45.70) of Lakeside Evans won the individual trophy.


Class AAAA:.The St. Pius boys (1:24:40.05) won the title, running by Marist (1:26:26.85). Marist had won the last two titles and nine of the last 12. Pius had won the last four championships at Class AAA. Woodward Academy Alex Murfee (16;20.24) took the individual trophy with a 5K personal best, which placed him in the MileSplit US First Team Elite. For the girls, Marist (1:37:37.50) is the state champion followed by St. Pius (1:46:45.10). Marist's Morgan Ilse (18:25.90) won the individual title. It was the seventh straight year the Marist girls have won it all.


Class AAA: Blessed Trinity and East Jackson finished tied with 60 points apiece but BT (1:27:51.27) was awarded the state title because their runners placed higher overall. East Jackson's Chase Kennedy (16:42.91) was the best in the individuals. For the girls, Westminster (1:42:18.55) won the championship over BT (1:46:00.46). Hart County's Audrey Honiotes (19:26.68) won the individual title. Westminster split the title last year at Class AA with Wesleyan.


Class AA: The Wesleyan boys (1:30:02.68) finished on top and Pace Academy (1:30:45.34) was second. Darlington's Spencer Fields (17:11.80) won the individual championship. Lovett (1:43:27.77) had an impressive performance for the girls, taking home the state title and Serena Tripodi (19:16.17) took home the individual title.


Class A-Public: Jenkins County (1:43:10.13) slipped by Towns County (1:43:09.72) to win the boys title. Irving Rendon (18:56.43) of Morris Innovative won the individual championship. The Towns County girls (2:03:51.24) won its third straight title, getting by Commerce (2:06:03.30). Also, Hannah Whitehead (21: 47.95) of Towns won the individual championship.


Class A-Private: Hebron Christian Academy (1:30:10.96) won the boys title over Providence Christian (1:33:12.20) and Galloway's Reilly Friedman (15:52.43) won the individual award. He was the only runner in 2014 state championship to break under 16 minutes. The Landmark Christian (1:43:17.60) girls won the championship, again leaving Providence Christian (1:46:52.41) as the runnerup.  After finishing fifth at the state meet last year, Fellowship Christian's Emma Grace Hurley won her first-ever state title (19:06:78).


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Atlanta Falcons FREE Youth Football Clinic
 Monday, November 10, 2014 * 6:00 - 8:15pm

Kennesaw Mountain High School

1898 Kennesaw Due West RD * Kennesaw, GA 30152


Clinic: 6 - 8:15 p.m.  
This free clinic for children ages 6 - 14 will focus on teaching young athletes proper football tackling, as well as other football fundamentals and life skills. This is a non-contact, no equipment clinic. 

Parent Informational Session: 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. 
Session led by former Atlanta Falcons Linebacker Buddy Curry. Parents will learn about proper equipment fitting, concussion awareness and the heads up tackling technique. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided to parents in attendance.  



TO: All GHSA-affiliated High School Football Head Coaches
You and one guest are cordially invited to attend the
2014 Salute to Georgia High School Football Reception
Presented by Ford


Saturday, December 13, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Georgia Dome-Atlanta Falcons Owners Club
One Georgia Dome Drive
Atlanta, Georgia, 30313
**Lower Level in between section 115-116
R.S.V.P. by Monday, December 1 to (404) 367-2243 or
David Quiroga at

With the start time of 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 13th for the first State Championship game, this reception invite allows you and a guest to enjoy a meal, mingle with fellow coaches as well as the 2014 Classification Coaches of the Year, Warrick Dunn Captain in the Community of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement winner. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to win a number of prizes for your outstanding commitment to the sport of football.

As in previous years, the Atlanta Falcons would like to extend the opportunity to the first 50 coaches that R.S.V.P. for the reception to receive two tickets to the Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers game on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. If interested, please make sure to mention when you R.S.V.P. and David Quiroga will follow-up with a confirmation of attendance and tickets.

Should you decide to stay in Atlanta, we recommend the following hotels within six blocks of the Georgia Dome: Omni at CNN Center (404) 659-0000, Embassy Suites (404) 223-2300, Residence Inn by Marriott (404) 522-0950, and Quality Hotel (404) 524-7991.



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