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August 27, 2012
By Calvin Scandrett of Lamar County Trojans

Dear Calvin,

GHSF Daily will be running its weekly feature called "Top Performances" each Tuesday this season. You may make nominations by replying to this e-mail. They must be made by Monday and include accurate statistics.Those who make the list also will appear on ajc.com. 

GHSF Daily Rankings


1. Grayson (1-0)

Last week: Beat McEachern 31-12. Grayson rushed for 314 yards and won without completing either of its pass attempts in winning its 16th consecutive game. Jordan Germany rushed for 81 yards on 11 carries for Grayson, and his 34-yard TD run in the fourth quarter iced the game. David Fennell had 75 yards on 16 carries. McEachern QB Tymashian Clemons rushed for 108 yards, including a 79-yard scoring run in the first quarter, and passed for 102. Grayson, which allowed 38 yards per game rushing in 2011, gave up 165 against the Indians. Next: Friday vs. Miami Central, Fla. (0-0)

2. Camden County (1-0)

Last week: Beat Peachtree Ridge 42-0. It was the most lopsided score in Corky Kell Classic history. Brice Ramsey was 6-for-9 passing for 132 yards and three touchdowns. J.J. Green rushed for 85 yards on eight carries, scored two touchdowns and forced a fumble. Travis Johnson and Conner Lockhart had two sacks each. Next: Friday vs. Vanguard, Fla. (0-0)

3. Walton (1-0)

Last week: Beat Brookwood 35-24. Tyren Jones rushed for 303 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries. Three of his scores covered 48 yards or more. Walton LB Blake Montz had four sacks. Jamaal Cole rushed for 167 yards for Brookwood. Next: Friday at McEachern (0-1)

4. Lassiter (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Hillgrove (1-0) at McEachern

5. North Gwinnett (1-0)

Last week: Beat Colquitt County 16-14. North Gwinnett's Michael D'Angola made a 34-yard field goal as time expired. North Gwinnett QB Michael Haynes was 13-of-20 passing for 125 yards in his first start. He also rushed for 51 yards. His 22-yard run to the Colquitt County 11 set up the game-winning field goal. Donnie Miles, a South Carolina commit, scored on a 77-yard run for a 13-8 lead in the third quarter. The victory avenged at 17-7 loss to Colquitt County in 2011 playoffs. Next: Saturday vs. A.C. Flora, S.C. (1-0)

6. Lowndes (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Luella (0-0)

7. Colquitt County (0-1)

Last week: Lost to North Gwinnett 16-14. Colquitt lost its sixth consecutive game at the Georgia Dome on North Gwinnett's 34-yard field goal on the final play. Cole Segraves passed for 170 yards, but Colquitt was held to 115 yards rushing. The Packers dropped a pass in the end zone on a two-point conversion attempt that would've given them a 16-13 lead in the fourth quarter. Wayne Grandy of the Moultrie Observer notes that Colquitt has lost three straight games on the final possession of the opposing team - to Grayson in 2011, to Norcross in an Aug. 17 scrimmage and to North Gwinnett. Next: Friday at Thomas County Central (1-0)

8. Lovejoy (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Mundy's Mill (0-0)

9. Alpharetta (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Milton (0-0)

10. Valdosta (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Saturday vs. North Augusta, S.C. (1-0)


1. Northside-Warner Robins (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Flowery Branch (0-0)

2. Tucker (1-0)

Last week: Beat Cedar Grove 36-14. Dallas Rivers rushed for 115 yards and three touchdowns, and Tucker held Cedar Grove to 184 yards of total offense, including only 92 passing by preseason all-state QB Johnathan McCrary. Tucker had 411 yards of total offense. Yusuf Minor rushed for 124 yards, and Joseph Farrar ran for 97 yards. Next: Sept. 7 at North Atlanta (0-0).

3. Kell (1-0)

Last week: Beat Chattahoochee 19-8. Brendan Langley, who has committed to South Carolina, caught touchdown passes of 28 and 27 yards from Matthew McGuigan, one a swing pass, the other in the end zone, as Kell took a 16-0 lead at halftime. Langley also had 85 yards rushing on three carries. Kell held Chattahoochee, led by Navy-committed QB Travis Marshall, to 199 yards in total offense. Next: Sept. 7 vs. Woodstock (0-1)

4. Stephenson (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Saturday vs. Pine Forest, Fla. (0-0) at North Gwinnett

5. M.L. King (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Saturday vs. Stockbridge (0-0) at Tri-Cities

6. Warner Robins (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Veterans (0-0)

7. East Paulding (0-0)  Last week: Off. Next: Friday at North Paulding (0-0)

8. Gainesville (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Thursday vs. West Forsyth (0-0)

9. Thomas County Central (1-0)

Last week: Beat Thomasville 41-7. Deondre Cooksey rushed for 110 yards, and Damion Williams ran for 78 with three touchdowns. Thomasville had five turnovers. Central led 28-0 at halftime. All-state QB Adam Choice rushed for 65 yards on 11 carries. It was the most lopsided score in the 50-year-old rivalry since Central won 45-7 in 1995. Next: Friday vs. Colquitt County (0-1)

10. Flowery Branch (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Northside, Warner Robins (0-0)


Class AAAA

1. Sandy Creek (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Banneker (0-0)

2. Carrollton (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Oxford, Ala. (0-0)

3. Marist (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Clarke Central (0-0)

4. Cairo (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Thomasville (0-1)

5. Statesboro (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Lakeside, Evans (0-0)

6. Griffin (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Dutchtown (0-0)

7. Stephens County (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Franklin County (0-0)

8. Burke County (0-1)

Last week: Lost to Thomson 21-14. Burke County QB Donquell Green rushed for 160 yards, but the Bears had less than 250 yards in total offense, according to the Augusta Chronicle, and failed to hold a 14-0 lead. Next: Sept. 7 vs. Hephzibah (0-0)

9. Jonesboro (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Mount Zion, Jonesboro (0-0)

10. Baldwin (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Jefferson County (0-1)


Class AAA

1. Peach County (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Perry (0-0)

2. Buford (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Elbert County (0-0)

3. Carver-Columbus (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Spencer (0-0)

4. St. Pius (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Westminster (0-1)

5. North Oconee (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Sept. 7 at St. Pius (0-0)

6. Thomson (1-0)

Last week: Beat Burke County 21-14. Chris Jordan rushed for 165 yards on 27 carries and scored on a 62-yard run after an option pitch with 1:11 remaining in the first half for a 21-14 lead. Burke led 14-0, but Thomson scored touchdowns on its next three drives. The second half was scoreless. Chris Tutt hit Georgia-committed TE Jordan Davis on a 15-yard TD pass for the tie, as Davis made the catch over two defenders. Torrie Battle scored on a 27-yard run and had 43 yards rushing. Thomson led in total yards 333-270. Next: Sept. 7 vs. Lakeside, Evans (0-0)

7. Elbert County (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Buford (0-0)

8. Washington County (1-0)

Last week: Beat Eagle's Landing Christian 24-19. Washington County defended a fourth-and-7 pass from its 12-yard line with 25 seconds left. Preseason all-state player William Walker (134 yards passing, 24 yards rushing) threw a 30-yard TD pass and later scored on a 25-yard run that made it 24-12 with less than nine minutes left. Next: Friday at Grovetown (0-0)

9. Blessed Trinity (1-0)

Last week: Beat Westminster 25-20. Freshman Milton Shelton rushed for 108 yards, and his 29-yard run in the fourth quarter gave Blessed Trinity a 25-14 lead. Blessed Trinity had lost standout RB Jordan Denson to a knee injury last week. Blessed Trinity scored four points on safeties, and Pat Jasinski stripped a Westminster player of the ball and ran 35 yards for another score on defense. Blessed Trinity has beaten Westminster two consecutive times after losing five in a row in the series. Next: Friday at Lovett (1-0)

10. Jackson (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Mary Persons (0-0)

Class AA

1. Calhoun (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Ridgeland (0-0)

2. Fitzgerald (1-0)

Last week: Beat Jefferson County 23-6. Jason Strickland, formerly of Lamar County, got his first victory as Fitzgerald's head coach. His team rushed for 340 yards. QB Romarius Gaulden scored on a 58-yard keeper for a 16-0 lead, and D.J. Smith put the game away with a 38-yard run for a 23-9 lead. Next: Sept. 7 vs. Irwin County (0-0)

3. Brooks County (1-0)

Last week: Beat Clinch County 43-3. Preseason all-state QB Malcolm Parrish was 13-of-20 passing for 170 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 99 yards and two scores. Brooks outgained Clinch 354-34, according to the Valdosta Daily Times. It was Clinch's worst loss since 1977. Next: Friday vs. Monroe (0-0)

4. Cook (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Worth County (1-0)

5. Lamar County (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Spalding (0-0)

6. Dublin (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Dodge County (1-0)

7. Lovett (1-0)

Last week: Beat Woodward Academy 7-3. Grant Haley's 3-yard TD run with 2:05 left in the first half gave Lovett a 7-3 lead that held up. The TD drive covered 24 yards after Woodward fumbled a punt. Lovett held Woodward to 203 yards in total offense. Woodward QB Terry Googer, a top FBS (formerly Division I-A) prospect, was limited to 31 yards rushing on 16 carries and 11-of-25 passing for 97 yards. Lovett's Charlie Ingram had two sacks. Lovett leads the series between these private schools 9-8. Next: Friday vs. Blessed Trinity (1-0)

8. Greater Atlanta Christian (1-0)

Last week: Beat Stone Mountain 34-26. GAC led 20-2 and 34-14 before Stone Mountain rallies. Kyle Scales rushed for 126 yards on 18 carries for GAC. GAC was burned three times by Stone Mountain WR Sammy Johnson, who had three caches, all touchdowns, for 177 yards. Next: Friday vs. Savannah (0-0)

9. Westminster (0-1)

Last week: Lost to Blessed Trinity 25-20. Westminster was close in total yards, 209-216, but not turnovers, 3-0, and allowed two safeties and a defensive touchdown. Westminster's Nigel Walker rushed for 49 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Jake Forte was 12-of-26 for 137 yards. Westminster is 5-6 in openers since 2002. Next: Friday vs. St. Pius (0-0)

10. Vidalia (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at West Laurens (0-0)


Class A

1. Lincoln County (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at McCormick, S.C. (1-0)

2. Wilcox County (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Wilkinson County (0-0)

3. Eagle's Landing Christian (0-1)

Last week: Lost to Washington County 24-19. ELCA failed on a fourth-and-7 from the Washington County 12 in the final seconds. ELCA QB Dalton Ethridge was 14-of-21 for 175 yards and rushed for 71 yards. ELCA RB Keyante Greene, who has committed to Purdue, rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. ELCA led in first downs 23-12 and total yards 346-239, according to the Macon Telegraph. Next: Friday at Briarwood Christian, Ala. (0-0)

4. Wilkinson County (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Wilcox County (0-0)

5. Charlton County (0-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Saturday at Brantley County (0-0)

6. Aquinas (1-0)

Last week: Beat East Laurens 33-13. Preseason all-state RB Brendan Douglas rushed for 145 yards on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns. Aquinas had 26 first downs, according to the Augusta Chronicle. Next: Sept. 7 at George Walton Academy (0-0)

7. Calvary Day (1-0)

Last week: Beat Landmark Christian 28-21. Calvary Day won despite trailing 21-0 at halftime. Preseason all-state Jake Clemens was 8-of-17 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 80 yards. His 1-yard run in the final minutes was the game-winner. Calvary Day is ranked for the first time since 2003. Next: Friday vs. Bryan County (0-0)

8. Emanuel County Institute (1-0)

Last week: Beat Metter 42-7. ECI led 28-0 at halftime and played the fourth quarter with a running clock in a game played at Statesboro's Paulson Stadium. Running backs Greg Purcell and Michael Sutton scored two touchdowns each. ECI outgained Metter 379-162. Next: Sept. 7 at Washington County (1-0)

9. Landmark Christian (0-1)

Last week: Lost to Calvary Day 28-21. Landmark failed to hold a 21-0 halftime lead and a 21-7 fourth-quarter lead. Jeremiah Kirkland scored Landmark's first two touchdowns on runs. QB Josh Nobles passed 2 yards to Cole Higbie for the 21-0 lead after a Calvary Day fumble. Landmark beat Calvary Day 21-7 in the 2011 Class A second round. Next: Friday vs. Athens Christian (0-0)

10. Savannah Christian (0-1)

Last week: Lost to Jenkins 21-20. Paris Baker, making his first start at quarterback, rushed for 141 yards and all three touchdowns for Jenkins, which led 21-7 in the fourth quarter and held on. Savannah Christian missed an extra point that would have tied the game with 3:01 left. Savannah Christian lost starting QB Brandon Thomas to an ankle injury in the first half. Freshman quarterback Chase Marini was 5-of-10 passing for 67 yards in leading the comeback. Jenkins missed its first extra point but went for two and made it for a 21-7 lead in the third quarter. Next: Sept. 7 at Prince Avenue Christian (1-0)

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In This Issue
GHSF Daily Rankings
List: Teams that played in the Corky Kell and won state
Trivia: Defending champions losing opener the next season
Weekend Scores
Saye It Ain't So: Biggest surprises of the weekend
Region Standings: Class AAAAAA

Dome to Dome

Twelve teams have played in the Corky Kell Classic and won state titles in the same season since the event began in 1992. With five Kell teams ranked in the current top five (Grayson, Camden County, North Gwinnett, Walton and Kell), there's a decent chance it will happen in 2012. (We wrote Friday that 10 eventual state champions had played in the Kell. We should've said that 10 have won in the Kell and won a state title. Two state champions lost in the Kell - 1996 Brookwood and 2009 Camden County.) Here are the 12:


1996 Brookwood

1997 Parkview

1997 Thomas County Central

1998 Carrollton

2000 Parkview

2001 Parkview

2002 Parkview

2006 Roswell

2008 Camden County

2009 Camden County

2010 Brookwood

2011 Grayson


Two 2011 state champions lost their openers in 2012. Last year, two 2010 state champions lost their openers. Who were they, and who beat them? (Answer Tuesday)


Answer to Friday's question: Dublin holds the record for most total points in a season with 682, set in 2006.

Weekend Scores

Thursday's game

Johns Creek 28, Woodstock 0


Friday's games

Aquinas 33, East Laurens 13

Arabia Mountain 41, Clarkston 0

Athens Academy 41, Glascock Co. 6

Blessed Trinity 25, Westminster 20

Brantley Co. 14, Baconton 0

Brooks Co. 43, Clinch Co. 3

Calvary Day 28, Landmark Christ. 21

Campbell 35, Morrow 6

Chapel Hill 28, Osborne 0

Coffee 41, Whitewater 3

Dalton 21, Ringgold 19

Dawson Co. 42, East Hall 0

Dodge Co. 35, Southwest 6

East Gadsden, Fla. 33, Bainbridge 14

Fitzgerald 23, Jefferson Co. 6

Glynn Academy 28, McIntosh Co. 10

GAC 34, Stone Mountain 26

Greenbrier 23, Cross Creek 6

Hayesville, N.C. 20, Towns Co. 12

Hillgrove 31, Westlake 15

Holy Innocents' 20, Lakeside, Atl. 14

Jackson, Atlanta 31, Towers 4

Jenkins 21, Savannah Christian 20

Johnson, Gainesville 19, West Hall 13

Lanier Co. 19, Atkinson Co. 8

Lovett 7, Woodward Academy 3

Mount Pisgah 55, Mount Vernon 13

Murphy, N.C. 46, Fannin Co. 13

Newnan 38, Marietta 29

New Manchester 23, Paulding Co. 20

Prince Avenue 48, St. Francis 20

South Atlanta 34, Lithonia 19

Thomson 21, Burke Co. 14

Tucker 36, Cedar Grove 14

Walker 30, Temple 14

Washington Co. 24, ELCA 19

Wash.-Wilkes 48, Calhoun Falls 0

Wheeler 10, Sprayberry 7

Worth Co. 14, Swainsboro 7


Saturday's games

Bremen 34, Alexander 28

Brunswick 16, Wayne Co. 13

Camden Co. 42, Peachtree Ridge 0

Central, Carroll 35, Haralson Co. 20

Christian Ac., Tenn 42, Darlington 23

Emanuel Co. Institute 42, Metter 7

Grayson 31, McEachern 12

Heard Co. 43, Callaway 37

Kell 19, Chattahoochee 8

North Gwinnett 16, Colquitt Co. 14

Thomas Co. Central 41, Thomasville 7

Walton 35, Brookwood 24

Saye It Ain't So

GHSF Daily's Chip Saye ranks the most surprising results of the weekend:


1. Thomson 21, Burke County 14: Thomson ended a four-game losing streak against Burke County and snapped the defending Class AAA champion's 12-game winning streak. Burke County beat Thomson in the region championship game each of the past two seasons by a combined score of 58-17.


2. Jenkins 21, Savannah Christian 20: Defending Class A champion Savannah Christian had its 15-game winning streak snapped when it missed an extra-point attempt after cutting the lead to one point with 3:01 remaining. Jenkins is a AAAAA school that went 4-6 last season.


3. New Manchester 23, Paulding County 20: New Manchester, a Douglasville school playing its first full varsity season, is in first place in 5-AAAAA after winning the first region game in the program's brief history. New Manchester is 3-0 all-time in varsity games after beating Cross Keys and North Springs in 2011.


4. Calvary Day 28, Landmark Christian 21: Landmark, the Class A runner-up in 2011 and the fourth-ranked team in the preseason this year, lost despite leading 21-0 at halftime. Calvary Day's victory avenged a 21-7 loss in the second round of the playoffs last year.


5. Johnson (Gainesville) 19, West Hall 13: The Knights broke a 12-game losing streak and gave John Roquemore a victory in his first game as head coach. Johnson opted to play a non-region schedule this season after going 15-54-1 since its last playoff appearance in 2004.


Macon Telegraph's

'12 to Treasure'

The Macon Telegraph's 12 to Treasure, a look at the top players in middle Georgia, was published Sunday. Three of them also made the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's statewide Super 11 team - Montravius Adams of Dooly County, Demarcus Robinson of Peach County and Johnny O'Neal of West Laurens.


DL Montravius Adams, Dooly County

LB Nigel Bowden, Central (Macon)

QB Makail Grace, Wilcox County

WR Johnathan Howard, Wilcox County

WR Keshun Hill, Northside (Warner Robins)

LB Johnny O'Neal, West Laurens

LB Trey Payne, Northside (Warner Robins)

WR Demarcus Robinson, Peach County

OL/DL Michael Selby, Washington County

WR Shannon Smith, Westside (Macon)

QB William Walker, Washington County

RB Undre Williams, Jones County

Region Standings: Class AAAAAA

Region 1-AAAAAA




Last week

This week*




d. Wayne Co. 16-13

at Glynn Academy

Camden County



d. Peachtree Ridge 42-0

vs. Vanguard, Fla.




d. Whitewater 41-3

at Ware Co.




Did not play

vs. Luella

Tift County



Did not play

at Westover (Sat., M)




Did not play

vs. N. Aug., SC (Sat., NG)

Colquitt County



l. to North Gwinnett 16-14

at Thomas Co. Central


Region 2-AAAAAA




Last week

This week




Did not play

vs. Jones Co. (Thu.)

Druid Hills



Did not play

vs. Clarkston (A)




Did not play

at Mundy's Mill (TO)




Did not play

at Lowndes

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