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58 minutes ago, GardenStateBaller said:

They've played SFA, AHP and Dutch Fork of late. Getting there...

Thumbs down. Dutch Fork is looking at the worst season in decades. SFA and AHP were ESPN games years ago. 

Im don’t expect them to play top 25 national powers every year, but dang someone close in strength. 


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9 minutes ago, Nolebull813 said:

Thumbs down. Dutch Fork is looking at the worst season in decades. SFA and AHP were ESPN games years ago. 

Im don’t expect them to play top 25 national powers every year, but dang someone close in strength. 


AHP played Lowndes last season. DF is a great HSFB brand in the SE region of the USA. 

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Class 7A

1. (1) Buford (3-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Carver-Atlanta (1-2)

2. (2) Colquitt County (4-0)

Last week: Beat Lee County 37-20. Colquitt County never trailed and went up 37-14 early in the fourth quarter. Neko Fann was 19-of-29 passing for 200 yards and rushed for 31 yards, and Ny Carr had seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. Next: Sept. 22 vs. Cedar Grove (2-2)

3. (3) Mill Creek (3-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Cedar Grove (2-2)

4. (4) Walton (3-0)

Last week: Beat Pope 67-7. Walton led 60-0 at halftime. Jeremy Hecklinski was 12-of-17 passing for 223 yards. Ashton Woods and Lota Ogokwe had five tackles behind the line between them. Next: Friday vs. Marietta (1-3)

5. (5) Carrollton (3-1)

Last week: Beat Villa Rica 50-0. Ju Ju Lewis was 15-of-22 passing for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Jacob Levy had a three-yard tackle for loss for a safety on Villa Rica’s first possession. Next: Friday vs. Jenkins (1-2)

6. (6) Parkview (3-0)

Last week: Beat North Gwinnett 35-32. Trelain Maddox rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns, the last one a 3-yard run with 1:10 left. He also intercepted a pass. Next: Friday vs. St. Pius (1-3)

7. (7) Westlake (4-0)

Last week: Beat Southwest DeKalb 57-7. Sean Smith was 10-of-11 passing for 136 yards. Tyler McKinstry and Demarius Hines returned interceptions for touchdowns, and Carmelo O’Neal returned a fumble for a touchdown. Next: Friday at Newton (4-0)

8. (8) Milton (2-1)

Last week: Beat Roswell 34-14. T.J. Lester’s 1-yard run in the final minute of the third quarter at the end of a 14-play, 71-yard drive broke open what had been a seven-point game. Lester rushed for 114 yards on 22 carries. Luke Nickel was 18-of-26 passing for 241 yards and three touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Alpharetta (1-2)

9. (NR) Valdosta (3-1)

Last week: Beat Warner Robins 45-12. Todd Robinson was 14-of-18 passing for 144 yards and rushed for 64 yards. Prince Jean rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on four carries and had nine receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. His 85-yard run put Valdosta up 31-3 late in the third quarter. Shakevious Wright returned an interception for a touchdown. Next: Friday vs. Deerfield Beach, Fla. (1-2)

10. (10) Grayson (3-1)

Last week: Beat Spartanburg, S.C., 21-19. Elijah Miller scored the winning touchdown on a 7-yard run midway in the fourth quarter of a road game against the No. 4 team in South Carolina’s highest classification. Grayson trailed 16-9 at halftime. Next: Sept. 22 vs. Lowndes (3-0)

Out: No. 9 Norcross (2-1)

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Cedar Grove at Mill Creek

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Markham Field at Mill Creek Community Stadium, Hochston

Records, rankings: Cedar Grove is 2-2 and No. 1 in Class 3A; Mill Creek is 3-0 and No. 3 in 7A.

Last meeting: Mill Creek won 52-36 in 2022.

Things to know: Cedar Grove’s schedule so far is the 11th-toughest in any class, according to the Maxwell Ratings, and that’s not counting this game against the defending Class 7A champions and the one next week at Colquitt County. The Saints’ offense is keeping up. QB E.J. Colson, a four-star recruit in his third season as a starter, is 57-of-82 passing for 640 yards. Bo Walker, a sophomore with several Division I offers, has more than 500 yards from scrimmage. Cedar Grove is averaging 38.5 points but allowing 38.8. Mill Creek’s average score is 39-11 against three Class 7A opponents, including Region 7 favorite Norcross (won 27-13). New starting QB Sam Throgmartin has been efficient (41-of-54 passing, 444 yards, seven touchdowns, no interceptions). Running backs Cam Robinson and Daniel Smith each have 100-yard rushing games. Trajen Greco has four TD receptions. The defense has four seniors, including cornerback Greco (Georgia Tech), who are Power 5 Conference recruits.

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Interview with Adam Carter, Lowndes head coach

1.  What persuaded you to leave one good job for another? What was most attractive about Lowndes? “First, Grayson is an amazing job with even better people. My time there is something I will always cherish. My son was born in that community, and we made lifelong friends there. My goal after leaving South Georgia was to one day come back. My wife and I had many conversations about the Lowndes job. We knew if there was ever an opportunity to raise our son here, I would jump on it. Everyone knows the history of Lowndes football, but for me it was much more. I was looking for a place to raise our son, Steele, and to call home for a long time. This is a retirement job, community, school system, program. Lowndes checks off all the boxes for a football coach – past success, facilities, support and hard-nose football. The most attractive thing about this job is the people. Our administration, board of education and community are all about Lowndes. The motto here is OneLowndes, and each school in our system embraces that.”

2. What has Lowndes done facilities-wise since you were hired, and how important are facilities becoming in Georgia? What's the future here? “Lowndes’ facilities are second to none. The Concrete Palace is a special place that everyone should experience. A few months after I started here, we were able to get into our new indoor facility. This facility rivals most in the country at any level. Around our campus ,though, you will find a year-old three-story academic building, new tennis courts, turf baseball/soccer fields and a new building almost complete for our band and track programs. Facilities are a huge plus in our profession. In South Georgia, the heat and weather can be tough. This indoor facility allows all of our sports to practice during any season. I think everyone likes new things. I also think the school systems understand that buildings get old and outgrown. That investment into our kids and facilities is unmatched here at Lowndes.”

3. How would you assess your team after three games? “It’s hard to complain when you are 3-0. We are an inexperienced football team, so every game creates new learning experiences for our kids. With a mostly new staff, we are still figuring out our team and what they can do on Friday nights. We have been a bend-but-don't-break team on defense. We have created 14 turnovers in just three games, so that is a huge positive. Our offense is coming along. We have a few dynamic players over there, and we will continue to grow offensively each week. I will say this about our kids: They have not quit. We have been down at halftime the last two weeks, and our kids have responded well in the second half.”

4. What are some of the changes that you and your staff have made that players are having to adjust to? “I think everything has changed for our kids. We have changed the way we lift, eat, practice, etc. When you have a large staff turnover, things are going to be different. I tell people this all the time, it is not about right or wrong, just about how we do things. We have changed schemes in all three phases of the game. This does take some time. The install of schemes is one thing. The in-game adjustments and how we fix issues is totally different. I think they have enjoyed how we practice. It is continuously moving parts. We do not stay in one spot very long. The tempo in the weight room was a little different for them. Once they figured out the system, it was an easy transition, and now they are starting to see some results in their numbers.”

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On 9/13/2023 at 8:22 AM, GardenStateBaller said:

Most improved 7A teams:

+15.73 - Peachtree Ridge (Matt Helmerich)

+12.28 - Westlake (Rico Zackery)

+9.59 - Milton (Ben Reaves)

+7.94 - Valdosta (Shelton Felton )

+7.69 - Newton (Josh Skelton)

Newton will finally get ranked at 5-0.

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Class 7A

1. (1) Buford (4-0)

Last week: Beat Carver-Atlanta 31-0. Buford was never in danger despite four scoreless drives into Carver’s red zone. Dylan Raiola was 14-of-17 passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Marietta (1-4)

2. (2) Colquitt County (4-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Cedar Grove (2-3)

3. (3) Mill Creek (4-0)

Last week: Beat Cedar Grove 56-35. Cam Robinson rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. Shane Throgmartin was 9-of-12 passing for 102 yards and three touchdowns. Mill Creek led 42-9 midway in the third quarter. Next: Friday at Parkview (4-0)

4. (4) Walton (4-0)

Last week: Beat Marietta 52-8. Walton forced five turnovers and went up 35-0 in the second quarter. Makari Bodiford rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Jeremy Hecklinski was 11-of-16 passing for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Ashton Woods had four tackles for losses. Next: Sept. 29 vs. North Paulding (5-0)

5. (5) Carrollton (4-1)

Last week: Beat Jenkins 47-14. Carrollton led 47-0 at halftime. Ju Ju Lewis was 8-of-10 passing for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Keshun Johnson returned a punt 29 yards for a touchdown, and Jadyn Thompson returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. Next: Friday at Hillgrove (2-3)

6. (6) Parkview (4-0)

Last week: Beat St. Pius 48-0. Bryce Coulson returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown, and Carson Wilson returned a punt 70 yards for a TD. Jaiden Jenkins was 5-of-5 passing for 121 yards. Trelain Maddox rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Next: Friday vs. Mill Creek (4-0)

7. (NR) Newton (5-0)

Last week: Beat Westlake 27-12. Zion Johnson rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries and returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown. Newton held Westlake to 173 total yards. Newton is 5-0 for the first time since 1950. Next: Sept. 29 at Grayson (3-1)

8. (8) Milton (3-1)

Last week: Beat Alpharetta 37-12. Luke Nickel was 15-of-23 passing for 264 yards and three touchdowns. T.J. Lester rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Next: Friday vs. North Cobb (2-2)

9. (9) Valdosta (4-1)

Last week: Beat Deerfield Beach, Fla., 54-0. Freshman RB Deron Foster rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries. Next: Friday at McEachern (1-4)

10. (10) Grayson (3-1)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Lowndes (3-1)


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11 hours ago, GardenStateBaller said:


I love Benedictine and how Danny Britt approaches the game. In a one-off game, the Cadets could best many of the teams on the list. Mill Creek and Walton might be a bridge too far. A couple more may simply have too much size and quality depth. I hope he keeps it going and is able to cast a wider net and truly make Georgia proud.

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Cedar Grove at Colquitt County


When, where: 7 p.m. Friday, Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium, Moultrie

Records, rankings: Cedar Grove is 2-3 and No. 1 in Class 3A; Colquitt County is 4-0 and No. 2 in 7A.

Last meeting: Colquitt County won 39-17 in 2022.

Watch the game: On television on ESPNU and online at NFHS Network.

Things to know: Cedar Grove has maintained its No. 1 ranking despite losses to Mill Creek, Westlake and Florida’s Monarch, all much bigger schools. The 42.2 points allowed per game is concerning, but the Saints are scoring points (37.8) with the best of them despite what the computer Maxwell Ratings rank as the state’s fourth-best schedule in any class. Elliott Colson (committed to Central Florida) has passed for 981 yards and 15 touchdowns this season and went over 4,000 (4,316) and 50 (52) for his career last week. He passed for 273 yards against Colquitt County last season. Colquitt County’s current average of 43.0 points per game doesn’t figure to help the Saints’ defensive fortunes. Neko Fann has thrown for 937 yards and 14 touchdowns. Ny Carr (Georgia) has 30 receptions for 489 yards and nine touchdowns.

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Lowndes at Grayson


When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Grayson Community Stadium, Loganville

Records, rankings: Lowndes is 3-1 and unranked in Class 7A Grayson is 3-1 and No. 10 in 7A.

Last meeting: Lowndes won 24-14 in 2022.

Watch the game: On television on GPB.

Things to know: Lowndes’ first-year coach, Adam Carter, was Grayson’s coach the previous four seasons and won three region titles and the 2020 Class 7A championship. Grayson’s new coach, Santavious Bryant, was there the first three seasons and spent last season on Gainesville’s staff. Lowndes lost its first game this season last week to East Coweta 42-30. Marvis Parrish passed for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Jaylin Carter had seven receptions for 119 yards. Jacarre’ Fleming had 132 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 13 touches. But Lowndes was torched for 319 passing yards and four touchdowns on just 10 completed passes. Fleming also had a big game last season against Grayson. He was 8-of-9 passing for 131 yards and scored three of his team’s touchdowns as Lowndes jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first half. Grayson was ranked No. 2 at the time. Lowndes was unranked. Grayson is getting more than 60% of its yards passing as Jeff Davis has thrown for 947 yards and 13 touchdowns. He passed for 307 yards against Lowndes last season. Grayson’s loss this season came to Walton 49-27 in the opener.

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Mill Creek at Parkview


When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Big Orange Jungle, Lilburn

Records, rankings: Mill Creek is 4-0 and No. 3 in Class 7A; Parkview is 4-0 and No. 6 in 7A.

Last meeting: Mill Creek won 40-17 in 2022.

Watch the game: Online at NFHS Network.

Things to know: These schools are on opposite corners of Gwinnett County and didn’t play each other until 2021, when Mill Creek beat Parkview in the Corky Kell Classic. In the 2022 game, Mill Creek trailed 14-3 after allowing a 99-yard TD pass but scored the next four touchdowns. Cam Robinson rushed for 188 yards. Robinson is now a senior. He’s rushed for more than 200 yards in four of his past six games dating to last season, all against playoff or top-10 competition. Mill Creek has four defensive players with major Division I offers, though the leading tackler is LB Josh Anglin, who is committed to North Alabama. Parkview, under first-year coach Joe Sturdivant, has become more of a running team, averaging 204.0 yards rushing and 113.0 passing. Trelain Maddox, who is committed to Georgia Tech, rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns two weeks ago against North Gwinnett. Parkview’s best all-around player is WR/DB Mike Matthews, who rarely leaves the field. He’s a top-25 national recruit committed to Tennessee.

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Callaway forfeits victory over Cedartown

The GHSA has overturned Callaway’s opening 27-10 victory over Cedartown on Aug. 25 and made it a forfeit, Callaway principal Jason Graham announced on the school's Facebook page Wednesday.


Graham said the GHSA had notified Callaway of four ineligible players. Ineligible players typically are those do not meet the GHSA's academic or transfer requirements.


Callaway’s record is now 1-2. Cedartown is 2-2.

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