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How many touchdown passes has Cartersville freshman Trevor Lawrence thrown this season?

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Calhoun has won 54 consecutive home games.




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R2 T3 Newton at R5 T2 Etowah

R4 T1 Hillgrove at R8 T1 Archer

R4 T2 McEachern at R2 T1 Tucker

R5 T1 Milton at R1 T1 Colquitt County




R2 T3 Jones County at R6 T3 Mays

R2 T2 Houston County  at R4 T1 Stockbridge

R3 T3 Glynn Academy at R2 T1 Northside-Warner Robins

R8 T2 Gainesville at R5 T1 Allatoona


Class AAAA


R5 T2 Sandy Creek at R7 T1 Cartersville

R6 T2 Marist at R8 T1 Buford

R2 T1 West Laurens at R6 T1 St. Pius

R8 T2 North Oconee at R5 T1 Woodward Academy


Class AAA


R1 T2 Pierce County at R3 T1 Washington County

R4 T1 Blessed Trinity at R8 T1 Jefferson

R8 T3 Elbert County at R6 T1 Calhoun

R4 T3 Westminster at R8 T2 Hart County


Class AA


R1 T2 Brooks County at R5 T2 Heard County

R6 T2 Lovett at R2 T2 Benedictine

R2 T1 Vidalia at R6 T1 GAC

R6 T4 Pace Academy at R1 T1 Fitzgerald


Class A-Private


#9 Mount Pisgah at #1 Calvary Day

#5 Eagle's Landing Christian at #4 Prince Avenue Christian

#6 Savannah Christian at #3 Mount Paran

#7Tattnall Square at #2 Aquinas


Class A-Public


#8 Mt. Zion-Carroll at #1 Marion County

#5 Charlton County at #4 Hawkinsville

#14 Calhoun County at #6 Commerce

#10 Dooly County at #2 Irwin County



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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

By Kyle Sandy
Star recruits load quarterfinal matchups in 4A

R5 T2 Sandy Creek at R7 T1 Cartersville

Eric Swinney leads the charge for the Patriots as they visit the 11-1 Cartersville Purple Hurricanes. The four-star Ole Miss commit has 1,704 rushing and 19 touchdowns. He added two scores last week over Wayne County. The Canes will be tested after dominating a weak Region 7. Cartersville has allowed just three points total in the first two rounds. Freshman Trevor Lawrence has thrown for 2,603 yards and 25 touchdowns.

R6 T2 Marist at R8 T1 Buford

Two of the most prestigious programs in the state go at it. Marist is anchored by a defense that allows just eight points a game. The ground-and-pound of the War Eagles is headed by Ian Gipson, Sam Phelts, and Griffin King. As a team they are averaging 284 yards per game and 35 points. Buford has won six of the past seven state titles. The Wolves have outscored opponents on an average of 45 to 6. Luke Humphrey, Martin Mangram and Isaac Nauta all play big roles on offense.

R2 T1 West Laurens at R6 T1 St. Pius

St. Pius averages 323 yards per game on the ground and has five players with over 300 yards rushing. Dalton Wilson leads them all with 742 yards and 13 scores. West Laurens has a balanced offensive attack with Garrel Quainton throwing for 1,502 yards and Darius Bradford rushing for 1,152 yards. Senior Justin Smith is the Raider's main option on the outside catching 52 balls for 855 yards and nine touchdowns.

R8 T2 North Oconee at R5 T1 Woodward Academy

Kawon Bryant is the engine that makes

North Oconee Football

the North Oconee Titans go. He ran for 360 yards in their round one rout of Gilmer and helped the Titans knock off Cairo 14-7 last week. He has 1,835 yards rushing 25 touchdowns on the season. Woodward has a stud running back of its own in Elijah Holyfield. He has 1,322 yards rushing and 28 total touchdowns. Holyfield had 124 yards rushing and two scores in their win over Burke County.

Riverdale standout recognized for leadership off the field
The Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community presented by Ford is Chidi Okonya, Defensive End/Tight End at Riverdale High School in Riverdale, GA.  Okonya has made several contributions to his community, including participating in the FalCan Food Drive, served as a member of the BETA Club and Riverdale's chapter of the National Honor Society.

Okonya is one of the top Class of 2016 recruits in the state and is listed as a composite four star by 247sports. The 6-foot-5 defensive end has offers from Duke, Georgia, Missouri, Miami, Ole Miss and Cincinnati among others. 

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: 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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