GDFL Announces Team In Gwinnett County Georgia

Per the Gwinnett Daily Post, the Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL) will have a team located within Gwinnett County Georgia. Gwinnett County is known for its talent-rich base as it is home to the last three high school football state championship teams at the highest level in Georgia (’10 Brookwood-5A, ’11 Grayson-5A, ’12 Norcross-6A).

The Gwinnett Land Sharks are the newest team to enter the GDFL. The GDFL will be entering their fourth season and held their second National Championship game in Atlanta, GA in 2011, the Chambersburg Cardinals defeated the Oklahoma Thunder 19-14 in that contest.

The GDFL’s closest connection the Gwinnett County, Ga were the Georgia Jets. The Jets were launched in 2009 under the name Gwinnett Jets and won a minor league football championship in 2010 as member of another minor league football league. The Jets lost in the first round of 2011 GDFL Playoffs in their first and only full season in the league. Georgia Jets ownership could not be reached for comment.

The GDFL is national minor league football league boasting over 90 teams throughout the Untied States and Canada. More information on the league can be found here.

Were working on these developments so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

McEachern Returns Home To Earn Win

The McEachern Lady Indians went 0-2 on their trip to New York for the Rose Classic last week. The biggest loss was to Bishop Ford (NY)  in their final game. Bishop Ford spanked McEachern 72-49  while going 21-31 from the free throw line while McEachern improved on their yer long struggles from the stripe however did not get there enough    going 7-12.

McEachern returned to Georgia and region play to defeat Pebblebrook  86-59. McEachern will return to action on Friday night against region and crosstown foe Hillgrove, seeking to  revenge their earlier 42-41 loss to them this season.

McEachern Falls To Nazareth In Opening Rose Classic Showing

The McEachern (GA) Lady Indians fell 64-55 to Nazareth (NY) in the opening round of the Rose Classic Super Jam in Brooklyn, New York. Sophomore Te’a Cooper led McEachern with 20 points, 6 assist and 6 steals while freshman Jada Lewis chipped in 14 points, 5 steals and 2 dimes. KlinTisha Martin added 13 points for McEachern

McEachern trailed by one point with under three minutes to play but were unable to power ahead for the victory after making “key mistakes” as head Coach Phyllis Arthur said.

The 2013 Rose Classic is underway in Brooklyn
The 2013 Rose Classic is underway in Brooklyn

“We have to hustle and we have to be intense and want it, if we want to be better, hustle will get you everywhere”, Arthur said while placing emphasis on hustle.

The foul line again caused problems for the Lady Indians as they shot 46% going 11-24 while Nazareth went 21-34 from the line for 62%.

“We have to make free throws… I don’t know of many teams in Georgia that can play with them, they are pretty good”, Arthur said about Nazareth.

McEachern will again be in action Saturday night against Bishop Ford at 9PM EST. Bishop Ford is the host school.


McEachern Girls Have New York State Of Mind

The McEachern Lady Indians will take their 10-7 overall record (7-2 in the region) on the road to New York to participate in the Rose Classic Super Jam at Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn this weekend. The Lady Indians defeated Georgia region 4-6A foe Marietta 52-23 in the final game before leaving for New York and will take a five-game winning streak with them to Brooklyn. McEachern will be one of 29 teams competing in the four-day tournament/event.

2013 Rose Classic Super Jam
2013 Rose Classic Super Jam

This will be the second out-of-state tournament the Lady Indians will be participating this season. They went 0-2 in the Thanksgiving Turkey Jam in Memphis, Tennessee losing to Hall (Little Rock, AR) and Memphis Central (TN). The Lady Indians also lost to out-of-state opponent Blackman (TN) for an 0-3 record this season against out-of-state competition. Clearly with  10-7 record, the Lady Indians are far from their championship form of last season when they won Georgia’s Class 5A (highest class before reclassification this year) with a 33-0 record, a squad that has six players playing top-level Division-I college basketball in the SEC, ACC, Pac-12 and Big East as we know it as of today, and finished No.2 in the nationally in multiple national polls.

McEachern will play Nazareth (Brooklyn, NY) on Friday January 18th in the nightcap at 8pm EST and Bishop Ford (Brooklyn, NY) on Saturday January 19th again in the night cap at 9pm EST. Out-of-state scheduling in the heart of the region season, why?

“It’s important for us to play this level of competition to prepare us for postseason play [In Georgia] and in February [region tournaments and state tournament seeding on the line in Georgia], we want to play the best so there won’t be any questions at the end of the season”, head coach Phyllis Arthur said.

The Rose Classic Super Jam has been played since 2006 and is a female student-athlete only tournament which uses a 30-second shot clock for all games. Sophomore T’ea Cooper (North Carolina commit) lead McEachern in scoring from the point guard spot at 17.5 ppg and hands out 4.9 apg in the process, while Freshmen Jada Lewis is putting in 9.9 ppg.

“I’m so excited [about the use of a shot clock]”, Arthur stated. “Were going to work with the shot clock in practice the next two days and I can’t wait to play with it”.

The shot clock in high school basketball was shot down in May of last year by the National Federation of State High School Associations. We interviewed Arthur after last season after the verdict was announced and Arthur, a proponent of the shot clock, spoke openly about the shot clock being needed in high school basketball. You can see that interview here at the 7:30 mark on the shot clock topic.

New York, that’s a long flight and the furthest McEachern has taken a basketball team in its school history.

“This trip will give the ladies some memorable memories. We have six ladies on the team that have never flown before, so it’s going to be a trip to remember for a lifetime”, Arthur added with excitement.

The first time you step on a jet and it’s for basketball, you have to be excited because if you seek to continue at the collegiate and professional levels you are going to have to fly so getting those jitters out-of-the-way now is a positive.

Follow @tsportscoverage on Twitter for updates on the McEachern Lady Indians this weekend as they will be in a New York State of Mind  this weekend.

Dontai Robinson Pours in 39 In Cedar Shoals Boys Win; Cedar Shoals Girls Win Second Straight

Cedar Shoals defeated Heritage-Conyers 74-67 in an overtime win in Conyers, GA  Tuesday night. Dontai Robinson led the way with 39 points while D’Andre Mahaffey and Jamyhia Mattox put in 13 each.

Cedar Shoals improves to 8-9; 6-3 on the season and will face crosstown rival Clarke Central (12-4; 6-4) on Saturday. Clarke Central defeated Cedar Shoals at Cedar Shoals 65-52 in their first meeting earlier this season in mid-December. Clarke Central lost 66-63 to Apalachee on Tuesday night.

May the hoop be with you
May the hoop be with you

Cedar Shoals Girls improved to 15-2 after a 49-36 win over Heritage-Conyers on Tuesday night. Cedar Shoals is ranked in the Top 10 in some state polls and will face Clarke Central on Saturday prior to the boys game. Clarke Central will enter the meeting with a 11-6 record and lost to Cedar Shoals 38-30 in their first meeting earlier this season in mid-December.

Kingdom Of The Sun Information

The 39th Kingdom Of The Sun High School basketball post holiday tournament was completed at the end of December 2012. The Ballard Bruins out of Louisville, Kentucky won the 2012 tournament.

Morgan County (Georgia) finished 6th in the 2012 Kingdom of the Sun. They are ranked in the Top 5 in Georgia Class 3A
Morgan County (Georgia) finished 6th in the 2012 Kingdom of the Sun. They are ranked in the Top 5 in Georgia Class 3A

The tournament committee released the following information on the value of the tournaments.

“Kingdom of the Sun is born off Illinois tourneys & becomes the 1st 16 team tourney in the Southeast in 1974
Fairdale, Ky. goes to the Kingdom of the Sun & starts the King of the Bluegrass tourney
Bristol, Tn. goes to the 1st Bluegrass & goes back & starts the Arby’s tourney
Decatur, Ga. Columbia HS goes to the Kingdom & starts the Nike Classic
All events are 16 team formats”

Morgan County (Madison, GA) competed in the 2012 tournament which is hosted by Vanguard (Ocala, FL), who also competed in the tournament.

Potential participants for the 2013 tournament are still unknown at this time.


Cedar Shoals Tops Loganville

Dontai Robinson poured in 20 points to lead Cedar Shoals to a 43-38 win over region 8-5A foe Loganville on the road Tuesday night.

Cedar Shoals has now won two games in a row and improves to 7-8 overall and 5-2 in the region on the young season.Two of the Jaguar losses were to out-of-state squads, Ribault and First Coast in Florida, the Jacksonville area, south of Camden County, Ga.

Cedar Shoals will travel to Apalachee Friday Jan.11. Cedar Shoals defeated Apalachee 55-50  in their first meeting this season.

McEachern Girls Down Campbell 59-58

The McEachern Lady Indians survived a key region road game against Campbell overcoming a 34-22 deficit at halftime to win 59-58 on Tuesday. McEachern used the power of the long ball on the evening as Freshmen Jada Lewis and senior Keiwanna Patterson combined for nine of McEachern’s ten three-pointers on the night.

Lewis led all McEachern scorers with 22 points (six three-pointers) and Patterson finished with 11 points (three three-pointers) while sophomore point guard Te’a Cooper chipped in 6 points.

While McEachern shot 52% (10-19) from beyond the arc, they struggled from the foul line shooting a woeful 33% going 7-21.

The Lady Indians will host North Cobb while Campbell will travel to Hillgrove on Friday Jan. 11th. North Cobb defeated McEachern earlier this season 59-47 and Campbell fell 56-54 to Hillgrove in their previous meeting.

Alabama Does The Expected Against Notre Dame; Wins Going Away 42-14

Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42-14 to win their third BCS National Title in our seasons. As many predicted an expected the Crimson Tide won in convincing fashion over the team from South Bend, IN that has a mass national following.

Alabama finished with 264 yards rushing and 265 yards passing to tally a total of 529 yards of total offense. The Alabama defense held Notre Dame to a grand total of 32 yards rushing finishing with 302 yards of total offense, much coming in the second half when the game was well in hand.

Alabama’s win marks their second straight BCS Title and seventh straight for the SEC since Florida pop the seal in 2006.

The state of Alabama has won the BCS title for the fourth consecutive season with Auburn, led by Cam Newton, winning the one year Alabama did not.

Kenyan Drake, a Hillgrove (Powder Springs,GA) native who we covered in high school finished with 8 yards rushing on 3 carries in the championship game as a true freshmen. Drake was one of 19 players on the Alabama roster that played their high school football in the state of Georgia. Dillon Lee (Buford), Austin Sheppard (North Gwinnett), Kurt Freitag (Buford), Geno Smith (Atlanta, GA) are other notable names from the state of Georgia on the Alabama roster.

Florida had 8 players on the roster including wideout Amari Cooper (Miami, FL-Northwestern) who caught 6 passes for 105 yards and 2 TD in the national title win over Notre Dame. Sophomore DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Orlando, FL) was another notable player from Florida on the Alabama roster for this season.

South Carolina was represented by two players Chris Bonds (Columbia, SC) and John Fulton (Manning, SC)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban personally won his fourth national championship as a coach and sits behind former Alabama coaching legend Bear Bryant by only two, Bryant won six overall. Saban has three national titles at Alabama and one at LSU (2003).

National High School Football All-American Game Results

The High School football season officially came to end this weekend with the three major postseason All American games being held across the country. In total over 350 high school football players participated in these postseason games. Here are brief recaps of the Under Armour, U.S. Army and Semper Fidelis All American games that were played over the weekend.

Under Armour: Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, FL) of Team Black/Highlight and Reuben Foster (Auburn, AL) of Team White/Nitro were named the games MVP in the sixth annual Under Armour All American game played at Tropicana Field in Tampa, FL.

Alvin Kamara (Norcross, GA) broke off a 28-yard run that would lead to Team Black opening the scoring on 25-yard field goal by Sean Covington (St. Petersburg, FL) and led 3-0 late in the first quarter. Team Black went back to work and Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City, UT) tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Josh McNeil (Durham, NC) to give Team Black a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.

Ryan Santoso (Pace, FL) kicked a 44-yard field goal to pull Team White to within seven at 10-3 in the second quarter. Those would be the only points scored by Team White. Sean Covington kicked two more field goals for the final margin and the Team Black win.

Semper Fidelis: Eddie Printz (Marietta, GA) threw a touchdown pass with less than 10 seconds remaining to Ryan Switzer (Charleston, WV) to lift the East to the 17-14 win in the second annual Semper Fidelis All American game played in Carson, CA at The Home Depot Center. The East’s Levonte Whitfield (Orlando, FL) scored on a 78-yard touchdown run and Darrell Daniels (Pittsburgh, CA) caught a touchdown pass for the West.

U.S. Army All-American: In the 13th annual U.S. Army All-American game the East squad defeated the West squad 15-8. Derrick Henry (53 yards rushing 1TD) of Yulee, FL scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give the East a 7-0 lead. That lead would hold into the fourth quarter until Max Browne (Sammamish, WA)  hit Derrick Griffin (Richmond, VA) on a 16-yard TD pass and the West added the two-point conversion on Browne to DeSean Smith (Lake Charles, LA) pass to take an 8-7 lead.

The East came right back on their next drive after getting a 77-yard kickoff return to the West 29 by Taquan Mizzell (Virginia Beach, VA). Facing fourth down and sixteen, East quarterback Jeremy Johnson (Montgomery, AL) hit James Quick (71 yards receiving 1TD) (Louisville, KY) for a 35-yard touchdown pass and Derrick Henry added the two-point conversion to give the East the 15-8 lead. The West final drive ended on an incomplete pass. James Quick was named the games MVP (Pete Dawkins MVP Award). Official attendance for the game was 40, 133 which was a new record for the fifth consecutive year. The game was played in San Antonio, TX at the Alamodome.