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NFL DRAFT SPECIAL
 
 
Today, we spotlight former Adairsville star Vic Beasley getting drafted by the Falcons with the eighth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. We also include all the results from last night's girls and boys first round soccer action. Follow scores, brackets and schedules for baseball, soccer and lacrosse playoffs HERE or visit the AJC's High School Sports Page. Also, download the free HS Scores App for your mobile devise if you have not already for each day's schedule and live scoring of the state playoffs. 


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Trivia
Question: 
How many straight games did Vic Beasley post a tackle for loss during his career at Clemson?

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Thursday's Answer:
Steelers first round draft pick Bud Dupree won a basketball state championship at Wilkinson County High School.

PRE-PLAYOFF SOCCER RANKINGS 


 

BOYS


Class AAAAAA

1. Chattahoochee

2. Roswell

3. Duluth

4. Marietta

5. Central Gwinnett

6. Brookwood

7. Campbell

8. Harrison

9. Lambert

10. Tucker


Class AAAAA

1. Dalton

2. Houston County

3. Greenbrier

4. Gainesville

5. Riverwood

6. Starr's Mill

7. Sequoyah

8. Glynn Academy

9. McIntosh

10. Clarkston


Class AAAA

1. St. Pius

2. Woodward Academy

3. North Oconee

4. Whitewater

5. Johnson-Gainesville

6. Northwest Whitfield

7. Southeast Whitfield

8. Buford

9. Locust Grove

10. Spalding


Class AAA

1. Westminster

2. Calhoun

3. Jackson

4. West Hall

5. Islands

6. Blessed Trinity

7. East Hall

8. Dawson County

9. North Murray

10. Oconee County


Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian

2. Riverside Military

3. Thomasville

4. Wesleyan

5. Pace Academy

6. Benedictine

7. Lovett

8. Holy Innocents'

9. Long County

10. Union County


Class A

1. Savannah Christian

2. Fellowship Christian

3. Stratford Academy

4. Atlanta International School

5. Paideia

6. Mt. Paran

7. Athens Academy

8. Aquinas

9. Pinecrest Academy

10. Hebron Christian

GIRLS

Class AAAAAA

1. Harrison

2. Lassiter

3. Grayson

4. Walton

5. Lambert

6. South Forsyth

7. Parkview

8. Peachtree Ridge

9. John's Creek

10. Pope


Class AAAAA

1. McIntosh

2. Starr's Mill

3. Columbus

4. Northgate

5. Gainesville

6. Alexander

7. Richmond Hill

8. North Atlanta

9. Greenbrier

10. Rome


Class AAAA

1. Marist

2. St. Pius

3. Woodward Academy

4. Buford

5. Veterans

6. Pike County

7. Spalding

8. Mary Persons

9. Ola

10. Whitewater


Class AAA

1. Westminster

2. Blessed Trinity

3. Dawson County

4. Lumpkin County

5. Calhoun

6. Adairsville

7. Savannah Arts

8. Decatur

9. Oconee County

10. Jefferson


Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian

2. Wesleyan

3. Lovett

4. East Laurens

5. St. Vincent's

6. Holy Innocents'

7. Bremen

8. Lamar County

9. Fitzgerald

10. Pace Academy


Class A

1. Fellowship Christian

2. Atlanta International School

3. First Presbyterian Day

4. Paideia

5. Athens Academy

6. Aquinas

7. Stratford Academy

8. Savannah Christian

9. Hebron Christian

10. Savannah Country Day


 


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NFL DRAFT 
By Craig Sager

Adairsville's Beasley gets drafted by Falcons

The Falcons opened up the franchise's celebrated 50th draft by welcoming Clemson's all-time sack leader, Vic Beasley, to Atlanta with the No. 8 overall pick. Beasley, who finished his college career with a record-breaking 33 sacks, is known for his ability to attack on third-down-and-long situations, an area on the defensive side of the football that Atlanta set as the priority to improve heading into this year's draft.

Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast

With the 6-foot-3, 246-pound outside linebacker still on the board for Atlanta's first pick, his world-class athleticism and his speed off the ball were exactly the traits Dan Quinn and the front office were looking for.


 
"Beasley's first step quickness is what makes him what he is," explained an excited head coach Dan Quinn. "We were focused on Vic [Beasley] from the very beginning," added Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, "I'm glad we didn't have to get antsy to jump up to get him."

 

WELCOME HOME...

 

The NFL Draft is anything but predictable and Beasley was projected as high as the third overall pick in several mock drafts before falling in the Falcons' lap. However, his flashy red and black suit that matched Falcons colors perfectly and his Georgia roots provided a storybook moment as Beasley slipped on his Falcons hat on the draft stage for the first time. Beasley grew up a Falcons fan and played his prep football at Adairsville High School, located an hour north of the city.

"
I think it's awesome to have a guy who grew up a Falcons fan and wants to be here," said Quinn.

Beasley showed his enthusiasm to play in his home state after stepping off the stage and opened his press conference with "There is no better place than the Falcons."


 
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT...


 
Beasley's burst and quickness off the ball is exactly what teams are looking for in an NFL pass rusher and not only does he begin the play with a burst, but he follows it up with excellent hand placement and leverage. His technique and athleticism blends to a point where at times it can appear almost effortless.


 
The resume he built during his college career is remarkable. Statistically, he had 101 tackles, 52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, 11 pass breakups, seven caused fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two touchdowns in 1,421 snaps over

Photo by AtlantaFalcons.com

48 games (25 starts) in his career. He had at least one sack in eight consecutive games from the end of the 2013 season to the start of 2014 and was involved in a tackle for loss in each of his last 15 games. That level of consistency is testament to not only his talent, but also to his preparation.

 

Beasley also builds on a legacy that saw back-to-back first-team All-American selections and two First-Team All-ACC honors. With so many highlight plays to watch from his career, Quinn, who has a passion for studying film of his own, was able to breakdown Beasley's progress through the years and everything he can bring to the franchise.


 
One notable moment from last season was when Beasley matched up with Florida State's All-American lineman Cameron Erving, who is an outstanding NFL prospect in his own right and was taken No. 19 overall by Cleveland this year. Beasley frustrated him with his full arsenal of speed, fundamentals and power.


 
"Coming from Clemson with a great coach like (Marion Hobby) really instilled in us great technique and discipline," explained Beasley.


 
Like any great pass rusher, not only does Beasley possess the skills to win his individual battles, but he consistently was able to beat double teams as well. He could be so disruptive at times that teams would have to bring double teams and add a chip block from the backfield to try and stop him. Having a guy that requires that type of attention from opposing offensive coordinators is exactly the type of playmaker Atlanta is looking for to control the line of scrimmage. Beasley is stepping into what is sure to be an extremely competitive offseason driven by position battles across the defense and as this new class of rookies arrives for work, Beasley will be the guy asked to set the tone. 


SOCCER PLAYOFF SCORES

GHSA Playoffs (First round)


 

Soccer 

 

Girls


Class AAA

(R6 #3) Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 4, (R5 #2) Callaway 1

(R3 #1) Washington County 2, (R4 #4) South Atlanta 1

(R1 #2) Pierce County 3, (R2 #3) Rutland 0

(R7 #1) Lumpkin County 8, (R8 #4) East Jackson 0

(R6 #2) Adairsville 9, (R5 #3) Cedartown 0

(R4 #1) Blessed Trinity 10, (R3 #4) Johnson-Augusta 0

(R1 #3) Southeast Bulloch 4, (R2 #2) Jackson 3

(R8 #1) Oconee County 9, (R7 #4) East Hall 1

(R4 #2) Westminster 10, (R3 #3) Westside-Augusta 0

(R6 #1) Calhoun 4, (R5 #4) Rockmart 0

(R7 #2) Dawson County 4, (R8 #3) Morgan County 0

(R2 #1) Peach County 1, (R1 #4) Islands 0

(R4 #3) Decatur 10, (R3 #2) Glenn Hills 0

(R5 #1) Central-Carroll 3, (R6 #4) Ringgold 2

(R7 #3) West Hall 5, (R8 #2) Jefferson 4

(R2 #4) Central-Macon at (R1 #1) Savannah Arts


 

Class AA

(R6 #3) Wesleyan 9, (R5 #2) Temple 0

(R3 #1) East Laurens 10, (R4 #4) Monticello 0

(R2 #3) Vidalia at (R1 #2) Berrien

(R7 #1) Model 3, (R8 #4) Rabun County 0

(R6 #2) Lovett 10, (R5 #3) Chattahoochee County 0

(R4 #1) Lamar County 9, (R3 #4) Dublin 1

(R1 #3) Thomasville 4, (R2 #2) Long County 2

(R8 #1) Union County 7, (R7 #4) Darlington 0

(R3 #3) Screven County 1, (R4 #2) Putnam County 0

(R6 #1) Greater Atlanta Christian 10, (R5 #4) Manchester 0

(R7 #2) Armuchee 4, (R8 #3) Oglethorpe County 3

(R2 #1) St. Vincents 10, (R1 #4) Brooks County 0

(R3 #2) Harlem 3, (R4 #3) Bleckley County 0

(R6 #4) Holy Innocents' at (R5 #1) Bremen

(R8 #2) Social Circle 3, (R7 #3) Dade County 2

(R1 #1) Fitzgerald 10, (R2 #4) Bryan County 0


 

Class A

(A4 #2) Eagles Landing Christian 2, (A3 #3) Georgia Military College 0

(A2 #3) Mt. de Sales at (A1 #2) Savannah Country Day

(A8 #2) Lakeview Academy 8, (A7 #3) Christian Heritage 1

(A5 #2) Paideia 7, (A6 #3) Kings Ridge 1

(A8 #3) Providence Christian 8, (A7 #2) Mt. Paran Christian 3




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