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Georgia High School Football Daily-08/14/12

August 15, 2012
By Calvin Scandrett of Lamar County Trojans


Big schedule of scrimmages this week 

There are more than 100 scrimmages scheduled this week, starting with tonight's game between Walton and Hillgrove, a pair of Class AAAAA region champions from 2011.


Here are 10 of the more intriguing matchups:



*Walton at Hillgrove: Expect Walton, the 2011 runner-up in Class AAAAA, to start with a top-five state ranking. The Raiders return the state's leading rusher (Tyren Jones) and quarterback Parker McLeod. Both are committed to Alabama. Also back is all-state lineman Brandon Kublanow, who has committed to Georgia. Hillgrove is coming off an 11-1 finish and region title but lost star RB Kenyan Drake to Alabama.



*Cook at Coffee: Coffee from Region 1-AAAAAA begins the coaching era of Robby Pruitt, a 293-game winner who spent the past decade at Fitzgerald. Cook should be a top-10 team in Class AA with preseason all-state players Zack Williams (56 receptions in 2011) and DE/TE Matthew Foster (10 sacks). The south Georgia schools have not met in a real game since 1979.


*Lovejoy at Peachtree Ridge: Lovejoy is moving up to AAAAAA after reaching the Class AAAA in 2011 and brings back many key starters, including Georgia Tech-committed RB Travis Custis (1,839 yards rushing in 2011). Peachtree Ridge has no superstar but might be a sleeper with its front seven on defense returning.


*Marietta at Kell: Marietta QB Anthony Jennings, who is committed to LSU, will test one of the state's best secondaries. Safety Quincy Mauger has committed to Georgia, and cornerback Brendan Langley is bound for South Carolina.


*Norcross at Colquitt County: Norcross (8-3 in 2011) has all-state RB Alvin Kamara and a cornerback, Shon Akins, who is committed to Cal. Colquitt County has attention from the national rankings. The Packers (11-3 in 2011) are led by QB Cole Segraves (160-for-268 passing for 2,115 yards).


*Peach County at Northside (Warner Robins): Don't be surprised if either is ranked No. 1 in preseason - Peach in AAA, Northside in AAAAA. The best player on each team might be a wide receiver. Demarcus Robinson (52 receptions, 1,027 yards in 2011) has committed to Clemson, but Northside's Keshun Hill (47 receptions, 730 yards receiving, 292 rushing) is no slouch, either.


*St. Pius at Stephens County: Chaz Thornton, who rushed for 2,179 yards in 2011, leads Stephens County, probably the team to beat in 8-AAAA. St. Pius has a couple of juniors being recruited in the secondary who are blue-chippers in Nick Glass (committed to Georgia) and Nick Ruffin (offers from seven ACC or SEC schools).


*Vidalia at Lincoln County: Vidalia (6-4 in 2011) was 5-0 last season, but the wheels fell off when star RB Juan Foster was lost to an injury. He ran for 1,480 yards as a sophomore. He's back. Lincoln County (12-1) is perhaps the favorite to win the new public school title in Class A. The only times these schools have met in a real game was a 1983 quarterfinal. Lincoln won.



*Cedar Grove vs. M.L. King: All-state QB Johnathon McCrary has more than 6,000 yards passing in his career. M.L. King has one of its most talented teams ever, but finding a quarterback to replace Jonquel Dawson (8,798 career passing yards) is a priority. The two will play at Panthersville Stadium.


*Southwest DeKalb at Newton: Newton coach Cortez Allen is facing his former coach, Buck Godfrey. Allen was a member of Southwest DeKalb's state championship team in 1995. Allen says he has the state's best defensive line. NT Treyvon Richardson and DE Kingsley Ejike have the most college offers.

Preseason All-State Teams: Class AAA

Johnathon McCrary, the Cedar Grove quarterback whose 6,098 career passing yards put him less than 3,000 from the state record, leads GHSF Daily's preseason all-state team in Class AAA.


McCrary, who is committed to Vanderbilt, is one of many on the AAA team to pledge to a Division I program. Others include Peach County wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (Clemson), St. Pius safety Nick Glass (Georgia), Jackson defensive lineman Justin Akins (Georgia Tech), Central of Macon linebacker Nigel Bowden (Vanderbilt) and Buford lineman Josh Cordiello (Georgia).


Jackson defensive lineman Jay Woods, who holds 20 offers, remains uncommitted.


Three other major recruits in this classification - WR Marqui Hawkins of Carver (Columbus), QB/WR Terry Booger of Woodward Academy and WR/DB Rico Johnson Swainsboro - didn't make our list, mainly because other players had more productive junior seasons at their position. But keep an eye on them. 


Class AAA


QB - Johnathon McCrary, Cedar Grove, Sr.

RB - Tyshon Dye, Elbert County, Sr.

RB - Marquis Benton, Morgan County, Jr.

WR - Tyshaun Clemmons, Gordon Central, Sr.

WR - Demarcus Robinson, Peach County, Sr.

OL - Josh Cardiello, Buford, Sr.

OL - Chavis Dickey, Peach County, Jr.

OL - Bailey Ross, Morgan County, Sr.

OL - Michael Selby, Washington County, Sr.

OL - John Thomas, Carver (Columbus), Sr.

ATH/QB - William Walker, Washington County, Sr.

ATH/QB - Nick Colvin, North Oconee, Sr.



DL - Justin Akins, Jackson, Sr.

DL - Bryson Allen-Williams, Cedar Grove, Jr.

DL - Larons Winston, Gordon Central, Sr.

DL - Jay Woods, Jackson, Sr.

LB - Nigel Bowden, Central (Macon), Sr.

LB - Cameron Garnett, Thomson, Sr.

LB - Austin Roark, Woodward Academy, Sr.

LB - Timothy Whatley, Carver (Columbus), Jr.

DB - William Bussey, Thomson, Sr.

DB - Nick Glass, St. Pius, Jr.

DB - Cortez Leonard, Callaway, Sr.

DB - Everett Nicholas, Cedar Grove, Sr.



PK - Preston Slemp, Cartersville, Sr.

P - J.W. May, Washington County, Sr.


Coming Wednesday: Class AAAA


Who was the first Georgia high school player to pass for 3,000 yards in a season? (Answer Wednesday)


Answer to Monday's question: The only school that has a winning record against teams coached by Lincoln County's Larry Campbell (with at least two games played) is Savannah Christian, at 3-0. Campbell also is 0-1 against Brooks County, Greenville, Manchester and Model.


Still making passes

Most passing yards in 2011 by players returning in 2012:


3,638 - Taylor Lamb, Calhoun

3,350 - Eddie Printz, Lassiter

3,251 - Deshaun Watson, Gainesville

3,113 - Joshua Dobbs, Alpharetta

2,778 - Makail Grace, Wilcox County

2,643 - Johnathon McCrary, Cedar Grove

2,501 - Trevon Jones, Mays

2,352 - Cole Garvin, Sandy Creek

2,173 - Kentel Kendrick, Peach County

2,115 - Cole Segraves, Colquitt County

2,049 - David Whipple, Wilkinson County


Jermaine Hutchinson, listed as a preseason Class AA all-state running back from Temple on Monday, has transferred to Villa Rica, a AAAAA school. His place on the preseason AA team was taken by George Myers of Laney. ... Drayon Williams, who played at Marietta last season, is at Walton. We had his school incorrect in Monday's issue. ... Thomas County Central's Adam Choice, who rushed for 1,622 yards last season, was left off our list of top returning rushers for 2012. The updated list can be found on ajc.com by clicking here.

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In This Issue
Spotlight: Big schedule of scrimmage games this week
Preseason All-State Teams: Class AAA
Trivia: State's first 3,000-yard passer
List: Returning leaders in passing yardage

Here is our updated list of scrimmage games, with changes from Monday's edition in red. If you have updates or corrections, let us know.



Brookwood at Loganville

Walton at Hillgrove



Adairsville at Dalton

Calhoun at Rome

Blessed Trinity at Cambridge

Dutchtown at ELCA

East Coweta at Whitewater

East Hall at Chestatee

Jenkins at Tattnall Co.

Johns Creek at Northview

McCallie (Tenn.) at Heritage, Ringgold

Milton at Forsyth Central

Monticello at East Jackson

Rutland at Warner Robins

Starr's Mill at Sandy Creek

Villa Rica at Central, Carroll

West Laurens at East Laurens



Alpharetta at Roswell

Arabia Mountain at Forest Park (T)

Archer at Collins Hill

Armuchee at Sonoraville

Atkinson Co. at Wheeler Co.

Baconton Charter at Mitchell Co.

Banneker at Creekside

Benedictine at Calvary Day

Berkmar at Buford

Bleckley Co. at Irwin Co.

Bradwell Institute at Wayne Co.

Brantley Co. at Bacon Co.

Brooks Co. at Albany

Butler at Warren Co.

Campbell at Sprayberry

Cedar Shoals at Oconee Co.

Cedartown at Coosa

Chamblee at Bainbridge

Chapel Hill at Alexander

Cherokee at Hixson (Tenn.)

Christian Heritage at Central (Tenn.)

Clarkston at Meadowcreek

Clinch Co. at Miller Co.

Columbia at Tri-Cities

Commerce at Franklin Co.

Cook at Coffee

Dacula at Duluth

Dodge Co. at Toombs Co.

Dooly Co. at Crisp Co.

Druid Hills at Lakeside, Atlanta

Dunwoody at Alcovy

East Paulding at McEachern

Eastside at Heritage, Conyers

Elbert Co. at Apalachee

Emanuel Co. Institute at Fitzgerald

Fayette Co. at Lithia Springs

Gainesville at Creekview

Georgia Military at Oglethorpe Co.

Gordon Central at Cass

Glascock Co. at McCormick (S.C.)

Glynn Academy at Liberty Co.

Grady at Mays (L)

GAC at Woodward Academy

Griffin at Newnan

Habersham Central at Hart Co.

Hardaway at Brookstone

Harlem at Hephzibah

Harris Co. at Worth Co.

Heard Co. at Haralson Co.

Henry Co. at Ola

Hiram at Harrison

Holy Innocents at Decatur

Houston Co. at Perry

Jackson at Woodland, Stockbridge

Jackson Co. at Athens Academy

Johnson, Gaines. at Riverside Military

Johnson, Savannah at Effingham Co.

Jonesboro at Thomas Co. Central

Lakeview Academy at Mount Pisgah

LFO at Northwest Whitfield

Landmark Christian at Walker

Laney at Jefferson Co.

Lanier at Lambert

Lithonia at Salem

Locust Grove at Strong Rock

Lovejoy at Peachtree Ridge

Luella at Stockbridge

Manchester at Mary Persons

Marietta at Kell

McIntosh Co. Academy at Brunswick

McNair at South Atlanta

Metter at Claxton

Miller Grove at Westlake

Model at North Murray

Monroe at Tift Co.

Mountain View at South Gwinnett

Murray Co. at Southeast Whitfield

New Manchester at B.E.S.T. Acad.

Norcross at Colquitt Co.

North Clayton at Drew

North Gwinnett at Stephenson (HS)

North Hall at Amherst Co. (Va.)

North Springs at Mundy's Mill

Northside, Columbus at Pacelli

O.L. of Mercy at Whitefield Academy

Pace Academy at Wesleyan

Parkview at Mill Creek

Peach Co. at Northside, W. Robins

Pelham at Lanier Co.

Pepperell at Darlington

Pickens at Fannin Co.

Pierce Co. at Charlton Co.

Pike Co. at Spalding

Pinecrest Academy at St. Francis

Prince Avenue at King's Ridge

Richmond Acad. at Lakeside, Evans

Riverwood at North Forsyth

Rockdale Co. at Shiloh

Rockmart at Paulding Co.

Savannah at Groves

Shaw at Callaway (H)

South Cobb at Camden Co.

South Effingham at Richmond Hill

South Paulding at Pope

Southeast Bulloch at Statesboro

St. Pius at Stephens Co.

Swainsboro at Burke Co.

Terrell Co. at Early Co.

Thomasville at Lowndes

Thomson at Evans

Towns Co. at Dawson Co.

Twiggs Co. at Portal

Union Grove at Eagle's Landing

Upson-Lee at Lamar Co.

Valdosta at Ware Co.

Vidalia at Lincoln Co.

Walnut Grove at West Hall

Washington Co. at Dublin

Washington-Wilkes at Aquinas

Westminster at Temple

Westover at Central, Macon

Westside, Augusta at Greenbrier

Wilcox Co. at Johnson Co.

Wilkinson Co. at Baldwin

Winder-Barrow at South Forsyth

Windsor Forest at Beach (SM)

Woodland, Cartersville at Cartersville

Woodstock at River Ridge



Banks Co. at Lumpkin Co.

Cedar Grove vs. M.L. King (PV)

M.L. King vs. Cedar Grove (PV)

Morrow vs. Mt. Zion, Jonesboro (T)

North Atlanta vs. Jackson, Atl. (G)

North Cobb at Allatoona

N. Cobb Christian at Mount Vernon

Southwest DeKalb at Newton (SH)

Washington vs. Douglass (L)


Aug. 23

Carver, Columbus at Central (Ala.)

Howard at Jones Co.

Montgomery Co. at Long Co.

North Oconee at Clarke Central

Troup at Auburn (Ala.)

Union Co. at White Co.


Aug. 24

Americus-Sumter at Lee Co.

Appling Co. at Jeff Davis

Berrien at Sneads (Fla.)

Bowdon at Handley (Ala.)

Bryan Co. at Savannah Country Day

Calhoun Co. at Randolph-Clay

Carrollton at Douglas Co.

Central, Talbotton at Crawford Co. 

Central Gwinnett at West Forsyth

Columbus at Chattahoochee Co.

Dade Co. at Fort Payne (Ala.)

Dougherty at Seminole Co.

Eufaula (Ala.) at Cairo

Etowah at Sequoyah

First Presbyterian at Hawkinsville

Gordon Lee at LaFayette

Hancock Central at Putnam Co.

LaGrange at Valley (Ala.)

Lassiter at Flowery Branch

Macon Co. at Schley Co.

Madison Co. at Athens Christian

Marist at Centennial

McIntosh at Hughes

Monroe Area at Social Circle

Mount Zion, Carroll at Wadley (Ala.)

North Paulding at Kennesaw Mtn.

Northeast vs. Westside, Macon (ED)

Northgate at Veterans

Rabun Co. at Hebron Christian

Redan at Cross Keys

Riverdale at Carver, Atlanta (L)

Screven Co. at Jenkins Co.

Taylor Co. at Marion Co.

Telfair Co. at Treutlen

Trion at Chattooga


Not playing scrimmages



Turner Co.


Scrimmage status unknown

Cross Creek

George Walton Academy

Glenn Hills

Greene Co.


Hapeville Charter




Savannah Christian

Southwest Atlanta Christian

Southwest, Macon


Stewart Co.


Stadium abbreviations:

(ED) Ed DeFore Sports Complex; (G) Grady; (H) Hendrix, Hogansville; (HS) Hallford; (L) Lakewood; (PV) Panthersville; (SH) Sharp; (SM) Savannah Memorial; (T) Tara

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