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How many years ago was Southeast Whitfield's last winning season prior to this year?

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Thursday's Answer:
Jones County handed Northside-Warner Robins its only loss this season.




Thursday, Nov. 13




Houston County 55, LaGrange 34


Friday, Nov. 14




South Forsyth at Etowah

North Paulding at Westlake

Newton at Valdosta

Central Gwinnett at North Gwinnett

Roswell at Lambert

Douglas County at Hillgrove

Lee County at Lovejoy

Norcross at Archer

East Coweta at McEachern

Cherokee at Alpharetta

Grayson at Mill Creek

Tift County at Tucker

North Cobb at Hughes

Northview at Milton

Peachtree Ridge at Dacula

Rockdale County at Colquitt County




Mays at South Paulding

Starr's Mill at Ware County

Jones County at Carver-Columbus

Winder-Barrow at Kell

Alexander at Stephenson

Brunswick at Stockbridge

LaGrange at Houston County

Sequoyah at Lanier

Glynn Academy at Drew

New Manchester at Creekside

Salem at Dalton

Northside-Columbus at Northside-Warner Robins

Mundy's Mill at Coffee

Carver-Atlanta at Allatoona

Creekview at Gainesville

Warner Robins at Harris County


Class AAAA


Columbia at Sandy Creek

Eagle's Landing at Wayne County

Baldwin at Worth County

White County at Cartersville

Whitewater at Marist

Liberty County at Griffin

Westover at Mary Persons

Southeast Whitfield  at Buford

Thomson at Eastside

Fayette County at St. Pius

Stephens County at Pickens

Bainbridge at West Laurens

Locust Grove at Burke County

Lithonia at Woodward Academy

Gilmer at North Oconee

Veterans at Cairo


Class AAA


Ringgold at Callaway

Jackson-Atlanta at Washington County

Jackson at Pierce County

Oconee County at West Hall

Cedartown at Adairsville

Hephzibah at Blessed Trinity

Dodge County at Westside-Macon

Franklin County at Jefferson

Westside-Augusta at Cedar Grove (Saturday)

Rockmart at Calhoun

Elbert County at Lumpkin County

Appling County at Peach County

Westminster at Laney

Sonoraville at Central-Carroll

East Hall at Hart County

Central-Macon at Cook


Class AA


Wesleyan at Heard County

Monticello at Screven County

Bacon County at Brooks County

Washington-Wilkes at Darlington

Bremen at Lovett

Dublin at Macon County

Thomasville at Benedictine

Chatooga at Rabun County

Swainsboro at Lamar County

Chattahoochee County at GAC

Greene County at Coosa

Berrien at Vidalia

Bleckley County at Jefferson County

Pace Academy at Bowdon

Model at Union County

Bryan County at Fitzgerald


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Griffin pushes forward with sophomore QB

R5 T4 Fayette County at R6 T1 St. Pius


A 0-2 start to the season is long forgotten

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as the Golden Lions have won 8 straight. A spread out rushing game with six players over 200 yards is headed by Dalton Wilson who has 595 yards rushing and 11 total touchdowns. The Tigers re-enter the post season for the first time since their 11-1 season in 2007. Robert Easterwood III impacts the game on both sides of the ball. The electric and elusive Daveion Nash is versatile on offense playing both quarterback and wide receiver.


R6 T3 Columbia at R5 T2 Sandy Creek


This will be the first time that these teams match up and there is a considerable amount of talent on both squads. Highly-touted wide receiver Shadell Bell was a large contributor to an Eagle offense that averaged 29.7 points including five games of 40-plus points. Senior defensive back Brian Miller and defensive end Trent Sellers lead a Patriot defense that allowed 13.4 points per contest while running back Eric Swinney is the largest threat on the Sandy Creek offense. The senior gained 1411 yards rushing with 16 touchdowns.


R4 T4 Eagle's Landing at R3 T1 Wayne County


Eagle's Landing has only posted five winning seasons in its 23-year history and is a win away from a school-record nine-win season and first-ever playoff victory. Wayne County is the only No. 1 seed in the state with a 5-5 record and the Yellow Jackets are looking to catch fire in the postseason like last year when the team made a run to the state semifinals.


R2 T3 Baldwin at R1 T2 Worth County


First-time head coach Lee Hannah led Baldwin into the playoffs with a 6-4 record after the team sunk to a 3-7 record a year ago. The Braves last playoff win came in 2010. This marks the first time Baldwin and Worth County have met on the gridiron and Worth County has made huge improvements in the second year of head coach Jason Tone. Worth County went 3-7 last year and enter the postseason with a 6-3 record and No. 2 seed. Worth County fell to Cairo 27-20 in the Region 1 championship last Friday.


R8 T4 White County at R7 T1 Cartersville


The No. 7-ranked Purple Hurricanes earned their third straight region title after a dominant regular season that saw Cartersville outscore opponents by an average margin of 32.5 points. Their offense is led by freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence, who passed for 2,141 yards and 19 touchdowns while Kalin Heath roams the secondary for a defense that allowed just 85 points on the year. White County finished regular season play with a 6-4 record while averaging 30 points per game offensively, but boast no wins against teams with a record better than .500.


R5 T3 Whitewater at R6 T2 Marist


Quarterback Jay Ashley and running back Christian Wafford carry the load offensively for the Whitewater Wildcats. Ian McIntyre and Hunter Worley both make plays on the outside. Marist relies on its rushing attack and defense (7 ppg) to win games. Ian Gipson ran for 706 yards this season while quarterback Sam Phelts threw for 602 yards and rushed for 548. Offensive lineman and future Georgia Bulldog Sage Hardin leads the way up front.


R3 T4 Liberty County at R4 T1 Griffin


Griffin's starting quarterback, Anforne Stroud, suffered a dislocated thumb on his throwing hand (left) in a passing drill last week in practice and is expected to miss three-four weeks. The undefeated Bears will rely on sophomore Tylan Morton. Liberty County is 4-6 and looking for its first playoff win since 2009.


R1 T3 Westover at R2 T2 Mary Persons


Mary Persons obtained an 8-2 record on the season, reaching the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The Bulldogs feature a dominant defense that allowed just 13.4 points per game, while logging three shutouts. The same can be said about Westover as they gave up the same number of points per contest but it may be there offensive stars that could be the difference maker. Juniors Emory McKenzie and Qundez Carter each ran for over 900 yards on the season while combing for 18 touchdowns.


R7 T4 Southeast Whitfield at R8 T1 Buford


Head Coach Sean Gray has led Southeast Whitfield to its first winning season in 28 years but have a tall task ahead of them. Buford has won six of the past seven state titles in this ultimate David vs Goliath matchup. Tyler Brown carries the Raiders offensively rushing for over 100 yards per game. The Big Bad Buford attack comes from both sides of the ball. Luke Humphrey distributes the ball through the air while Martin Mangram runs. Shug Frazier and Quay Picou clog up the line defensively.


R3 T3 Thomson at R4 T2 Eastside


Eastside fell 48-28 to Griffin last Friday in the Region 4 championship and take a No. 2 seed into the playoffs with a 6-4 record. This will be the first time Eastside and Thomson have ever faced each other. Former Glynn Academy head coach Rob Ridings took over the Thomson program this season and led the Bulldogs to a 4-6 overall record. Thomson started the year 1-4 but finished 3-2 in the second half of the year and grabbed a No. 3 seed.



R8 T3 Stephens County at R7 T2 Pickens 


Stephens County finished with a 5-2 record within a tought Region 8-AAAA along with going a perfect 4-0 in road matchups. Their run-oriented offense carries three Indians that ran for more than 500 yards on the season. Quarterback Mason Long can also sling the rock, passing for 1,313 yards and 15 touchdowns on the year. The Dragons averaged 39 points per game thanks to a tremendous season by running back Shannon Brooks. The senior ran for 2,159 yards with 30 scores on just 211 touches and looks to cause havoc alongside junior Marcus Byrd who compiled 894 yards and 11 touchdowns.


R1 T4 Bainbridge at R2 T1 West Laurens


Jeff Littleton has led Bainbridge into the playoffs in each of his two seasons at the helm. Bainbridge sits at 6-4 and comes off a huge 14-9 win over Thomas County Central last Friday. 7-3 West Laurens is guaranteed its first winning season since 2005 and the Raiders' Region 2 championship this season was just the second time in school history that West Laurens grabbed a region title. West Laurens comes off an impressive 21-14 win over Mary Persons.


R4 T3 Locust Grove at R3 T2 Burke County


Clint Satterfield has been head coach at Locust Grove since 2009 and has won a career-best eight games this season as his Wildcats enter the playoffs. Locust Grove has key victories over Eastside and Jonesboro this year. Burke County edged Thomson 21-14 last Friday for the No. 2 seed out of Region 3. Burke County won the Class AAA title in 2011 and has won 51 games the past five seasons under head coach Eric Parker.


R6 T4 Lithonia at R5 T1 Woodward Academy


The Champ's son Elijah Holyfield leads Woodward Academy into the post season after rushing for 1,244 yards and scoring 25 total touchdowns. Jes Sutherland has thrown for 1,411 and 14 touchdowns while ball hawking defensive back Marcus Hyatt has 5 interceptions. Arabia Mountain enters the state playoffs for the first time since 2002 after missing the playoffs last year with the same 6-4 record. Lithonia is 2-7 all-time versus Woodward Academy and last defeated the War Eagles 12-7 in 1986.


R7 T3 Gilmer at R8 T2 North Oconee


Gilmer is one win away from tying a school-record nine wins in a season. The Bobcats topped Heritage-Catoosa 27-20 last Friday for the No. 3 seed out of a solid Region 7 that includes Pickens and Cartersville. North Oconee is led by running back Kawon Bryant. The senior has rushed for 1,471 yards and 19 touchdowns this season.


R2 T4 Veterans at R1 T1 Cairo


Cairo's last state championship came in 2008 and the Syrupmakers are hoping to ride a defense that allowed just 11.1 point per game this season deep into the playoffs. Veterans won a playoff game for the first time last season and finished 8-4 overall. This year, Veterans started 0-6 but finished the year winning 3-of-4 and snuck into the playoffs with a 3-7 record.


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Farrar showcases excellence on and off the field

The Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community presented by Ford is Arrington Farrar, a free safety at the Woodward Academy in College Park, GA.  Farrar has made several contributions to his community, including serving on the Service Leadership Board and the Five Points Diversity Club at his school. He also serves as a mentor to youth through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


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.


To submit a nomination for the Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community Program, please visit


By Craig Sager II
Reclassification challenges state's hierarchy


The GHSA Cheerleading State Championships are back in Columbus to crown this year's eight state champs. Reclassification shook the cheerleading landscape two years ago as Lambert, Houston County, Veterans, Pierce County, Mt. Paran and Ola all claimed first-ever

state titles in the same season. Last year, however, saw less new faces in year two of the region shufling as four of the classifications repeated and no new champs took the podium. 

The GHSA went through reclassification this offseason and the result could lead to another historic championship weekend. Defending Class AA champion Calhoun is now in Class AAA and will headline a field that features two-time defending Class AAA champion Pierce County. Calhoun is seeking its sixth state crown in nine years.The move to AAA ends an epic battle between Coosa (three) and the Yellow Jackets (five), which own the last eight state titles inClass AA. 

In Class AAA, Pierce County, Cartersville, Central-Carroll and North Oconee rounded out the Class AAA top 4 last year. Cartersville and North Oconee were classed up to AAAA and Calhoun will make its debut in Class AAA as a favorite to challenge Pierce County and Central-Carroll. Cartersville and North Oconee join Class AAAA and make their debut with two-time defending champion Veteran spacing the field. Columbus finished 4thin Class AAAA last year and will compete in Class AAAAA this year with headliners Houston County and McIntosh. 

Throughout the competition this weekend, we are sure to see the impact of the newly-aligned classes unfold. In Class AAAAAA, Lambert ended Gwinnett County's domination of Georgia's highest classification in 2012 and followed it up with another run to the title last season. Gwinnett County had won six-of-seven state titles in Georgia's highest class prior to Lambert's emergence to power. Mill Creek won three state titles from 2008-11 and is led by Jennifer Henderson, a two-time individual All American Cheerleader national champion.



Competitive cheerleading has been a GHSA sport that dates back to the 1993-94 school year and the co-ed division began crowning state champs in the 2004-05 season. Peachtree Ridge captured the co-ed title for the third time last year, giving the Lions more co-ed titles than any school in the state. Winder-Barrow and Duluth each boast two co-ed state titles. 

Not many programs have dominated the podium like Class A-Public Trion has in recent years but Commerce has been able to topple the Bulldogs every couple years. Trion was edged by Commerce for the state title last year after claiming five of the previous six and these two programs have combined to capture a state title the past seven years. 

Sectionals will be streamed live on NFHS Network today and will broadcast the Class A Finals and the Saturday Finals. After the champions are crowned, GPB will televise a taped "Cheerleading Special" on Sat., November 22 at 5:00 p.m., Sun., November 23 at 6:00 p.m., and Tues., November 25 a t7:00 p.m. for those wanting to revisit the thrill of competing for a title.



Grayson at Mill Creek
Tift County at Tucker
Mays at South Paulding
North Cobb at Hughes
Jones County at Carver-Columbus
Warner Robins at Harris County
Dodge County at Westside-Macon
Wesleyan at Heard County
Eagle's Landing at Wayne County
Thomson at Eastside

Craig Sager
Last Week: 7-3Mill Creek
Jones County
Harris County
Eagle's Landing
Ricky Dimon
Last Week: 8-2Mill Creek
South Paulding
Warner Robins
Eagle's Landing
DJ Galbiati-Blalock
Last Week: 5-5Mill Creek
South Paulding
North Cobb
Jones County
Warner Robins
Westside, Macon
Eagle's Landing
Brian Jones
Last Week: 7-3Grayson
South Paulding
North Cobb
Jones County
Harris County
Wayne County
Lauren Goldstein
Last Week: 6-4Grayson
Tift County
South Paulding
North Cobb
Harris County
Dodge County
Heard Count
Wayne County




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
9:30 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 10 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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