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Georgia Express 2024 Fights Through Adversity, Reach Program Firsts At Bama Jam

Basketball is a game of runs and the 2024 Georgia Express gained valuable experience in learning just how quickly a run can change a game. The Express were faced with many of these situations throughout their three showings at the Hoop Seen Bama Jam in Hoover, AL over the weekend.

The Express- who were undersized in every game of the event, opened the pool play portion of the event with a sub-par 66-44 loss to the Alabama Dream 2024 (Madison, AL). What was a nine-point deficit at halftime, quickly turned into a 19-point deficit after the Express allowed the Dream to open the second half with a 10-0 run. That run paired with being out-rebounded by a wide margin put the game out of reach. Evan Taylor (16 points 7 rebounds 6 assists) and Zayd Fisher (12 points) led the Express in defeat.

“We knew we didn’t play as well as we are capable of and we were not aggressive enough as a team,” Head Coach John Green said. “We went back to the hotel and broke down the film. I was pleased at how the guys not only took responsibility for their mistakes but how they also held their teammates accountable during the film session.”

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Georgia Express 2024 posted a 2-1 mark at Hoop Seen Bama Jam

In the evening game the Express showed the film session paid off as they played with much more energy and aggression which they needed. Trailing 41-34 in the second half to Pro One Select White (Huntsville, AL) the Express went on a 12-0 run midway through the second half to take a 46-41 lead powered by Evan Taylor and Cam Robinson. Taylor scored eight of his game-high 15 points including back-to-back three-pointers which tied it at 41, then gave the Express a 44-41 lead. Robinson- who scored four of his 13 points during the run, capped the run with a baseline floater for a 46-41 Express lead with just under six minutes remaining.

The work was not complete however.  Pro One Select White hit a three-pointer to take a 51-49 lead with 3:30 remaining which was quickly answered by a Robinson hoop on the next possession.  After Rodney Harris (5 points 9 rebounds 5 assists) split a pair of free throws for a 52-51 Express advantage with 1:51 left, Dylan Johnson (9 points 4 rebounds 3 assists) drained his third three-pointer of the game moments later followed by a Taylor layup as the Express held off Pro One Select White 57-56 for the win. The victory gave the Express a second place finish in their pool, marked the first win for the Georgia Express 2024 program against a non-Georgia opponent and first win outside of the state of Georgia.

In their final game of the event against ABA (Hampton Cove, AL), the Express had to withstand a first-half three-point barrage from ABA. ABA drained six three-pointers on their way to a 29-16 halftime lead. The ABA lead grew to as many as 14 points in the second half at 32-18 on the scoreboard with just over 14 minutes left.”*

The Express, unaware of the incorrect score made it a non-factor after the dust settled. Trailing 36-25 with 9:48 left, the Express went on a 21-5 run over a 5 minute span which included a Joe Reddick (7 points 5 rebounds 3 assists) three-pointer to tie it 41-41 with 4:35 left. Taylor followed with a three-pointer with 4:12 left for a 44-41 lead and Cam Robinson capped the run with a layup off a Reddick assist for a 46-41 lead which forced an ABA time with 3:45 remaining. The 2024 Express would go on to win 55-47.

“Love it, love the way we played… no bounced back from adversity after that first game and played through the adversity [in the other games]. Two second-half comeback wins in a row shows me now we know how to play through adversity,” Green firmly stated. “The film session, much like the game-day practice last week, made us better in a short amount of turnaround time. To see them respond the way they did, you cannot ask more from young players growing into the game of basketball as a group,” Green added.

For the young Express, three games featured three different types of runs, but winning two straight is how you start a run of wins. The Express have now won five of their last seven and hold a 5-4 mark in Hoop Seen Events. They will return to Hoop Seen action later in August.

*NOTE: The Georgia Express 2024 team was not awarded their one-point for a Cam Robinson made first free throw at the beginning of the second half with 15:50 on the clock. Robinson split two free throws, making the first and missing the second which makes the correct score 29-17. The Express 2024 team played minus a point the entire second half.  For the basis of this report, the score on the scoreboard at the scorers table was used. Video evidence/film of the game shows the error at the point where the point was not awarded to the Express. The true final score was 56-47.

 

Georgia Lands Four In Perfect Game Preseason Top 50 Baseball Rankings

The Perfect Game Preseason Top 50 high school baseball poll was released this week with two Georgia teams landing in the Top 10. North Gwinnett, which has never won a state title in school history, is the highest ranked team at No.4 while Parkview comes in at No.10.

Buford at No.31 and Houston County at No.37 round out the Georgia teams in the preseason rankings giving the state a total of four teams. North Gwinnett, Parkview and Buford are all in Gwinnett County.

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Cobb County, which is rich in baseball and high school baseball history, did not have any teams in the preseason rankings. Pope (4), Walton (2), Harrison (1) and Lassiter (1) have all won state titles since 2001.

Parkview is the back-to-back defending 7A state champion and has won three of the last five titles in the highest classification and seven titles since 2001.

Buford won a state title in 2015 in class 4A and a 2A state title in 2011.

Houston County won state titles in class 5A in 2014 and 2016, both teams included former University of Georgia quarterback Jack Fromm.

The high school baseball season officially starts in Georgia for GHSA schools on Monday February, 10th.

Other Notable Bordering States Notes:

Florida led the way with 10 schools in the preseason poll led by No.1 Tampa Jesuit.

No.8- Bob Jones (AL), No. 25- Russell County (AL) and No. 32- Hoover (AL) are the Alabama representatives and No.43- Chapin (SC) is the lone team from South Carolina in the preseason rankings.

Georgia Goes 2-5 In Memphis Vs Atlanta Vs Birmingham Roundball Classic

The 12th Annual Memphis vs Atlanta vs Birmingham Roundball Classic was held over the weekend at Tucker High School in Tucker, GA. The host state Georgia teams compiled a 2-5 record in the event as teams from Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee left the peach state with victories.

Host Tucker (GA) (9-0) withstood every blow Lausanne Collegiate (TN) (4-2) could deliver in a 77-73 double overtime win in the nightcap.  Lausanne’s Dylan Andrews drilled a three-pointer in the corner with less than 3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime 56-56. Tucker took a 62-59 lead with 1:05 left in overtime on a three-pointer by Christian Yeates. Moussa Cisse scored back-to-back buckets to give Lausanne a 63-62 lead. Jermonte Hill split two free throws with one second remaining to force a second overtime 63-63. In the seocnd overtime Tucker was able to hold off Lausanne for the 77-73 victory.

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Jalen Montgomery (Lausanne) and Terrance Edwards (Tucker) were named Team MVPs

Cisse had 22 points to lead Lausanne while Jalen Montgomery, who fouled out in the first overtime which led to controversy at the table on how many fouls he actually had, finished with 21. Terrance Edwards had a game-high 28 points and Hill finished with 11 for Tucker.

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Joryam Sauzonou (McCallie) and Chris Youngblood (East Coweta) were named Team MVPs

East Coweta (GA) (8-1) defeated McCallie (TN) 67-60 in the opening game of the event. Chris Youngblood led the Indians with 24 points while Brandon Stroud finished with 16. Joryam Sauzonou led McCallie with 21 points

Fairfield (AL) got five three-pointers and 22 points from Torrance JaDarrius in a 59-52 win over Therrell (GA) (8-2). Malachia Holt-Bennett finished with 10 for Fairfield. Therrell, playing without junior forward Robbie Armbrester, was led by Roman Son’s 16 points and 13 points from Ra’Sean Fredrick.

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De’Marquiese Miles was named Team MVP for Lee

Montgomery Lee (AL) (7-0) used a full court press and a barrage of three-pointers to stifle Langston Hughes (GA) (3-4) from the opening tip in a wire-to-wire 76-45 win. De’Marquiese Miles led Lee with 26 points, Demarshia Davis put in 17 while Nicholas Barnes recored 11 for Lee. Lee connected on 10 of their 12 three-pointers in the first half. PJ Carter led Langston Hughes with 15 points.

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Kam Woods was named Team MVP for Pinson Valley

Pinson Valley (AL) (7-1) set the tone with a 25-point first quarter and never allowed Columbia (GA) (3-2) to threaten in a 66-57 win. Kam Woods had a game-high 36 points while Kool Aid McKinstrey had 12 as Cam Scott finished with 10 for Pinson Valley.  Devin Longstreet had a team-high 17 for Columbia followed by 16 from Kawasiki Ricks and 10 from D’Kwon Harris.

Memphis Arlington (TN) used a 14-9 fourth quarter to defeat Miller Grove (GA) (7-2) 51-44. Dontae Strayer led eight Arlington scorers with 23 points (15 in the first half). The loss snapped Miller Grove’s seven-game winning streak. Zyair Green led Miller Grove with 18 points .

Charlotte Christian (NC) (5-2) defeated Meadowcreek (GA) (0-8) 44-38 behind 21 points from Peter Lash. Kendall Campbell led Meadowcreek with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Meadowcreek has yet to find any team chemistry or win this season since the surprise coaching change one week prior to the season beginning.

Georgia HSFB Notes Week 1; Other Scores

The High School football season cranked up with a full schedule in Georgia on the final Friday in September. Here are some notes and scores from around the state.

In a battle of state champions from the highest class in Georgia (Grayson) and Alabama (Hoover), host Grayson jumped out a 14-0 lead and held on late for a 35-26 victory over the Buccaneers. Hoover (0-1) pulled to within two points, 28-26 on Larry McCammon’s third rushing touchdown with just over seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Grayson answered quickly when DJ Irons hooked up with Keynon Jackson for 71-yard touchdown pass to give Grayson (1-0) the 35-26 cushion which they held for the victory. Ronald Thompkins rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns while DJ Irons passed for 200 yards and touchdown and rushed for a touchdown. Hoover falls to 2-4 all-time against Georgia opponents and 0-2 all-time to Grayson.

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In Moultrie, GA the Colquitt County (2-0) Packers won their second straight game with a 26-7 victory over Vista Murrieta (CA). Daijun Edwards rushed for two touchdowns, Cam Singletary scored on a 46-yard touchdown reception and the Colquitt County defense held their second straight opponent under 150 yards of total offense. It was the Packers first-ever game against a team from California.

Lowndes (2-0) shutout its second opponent in a row with a 56-0 victory over International School Of Broward (FL). The Vikings have outscored their first two opponents 111-0 to open the season including a 45-0 victory over rival Valdosta in the season opener. Valdosta (1-1) defeated Woodland-Stockbridge (1-1) 26-0 to earn it’s first victory of the season while handing the Wolfpack it’s first loss.

Walton (2-0) under first-year head coach Daniel Brunner withstood Brookwood (0-2) 42-35. DJ Soyoye rushed for three touchdowns, quarterback Austin Kirksey passed for over 260 yards with a touchdown while highly-touted receiver Dominick Blaylock caught a touchdown pass for Walton. Brookwood was powered again by its rushing attack from Matthew Hill (rushing and receiving TD) and Dante Black (3 rushing TDs).

Defending 5A state champion Rome (1-0) defeated 6A Harrison (0-1) 33-21. Rome score the final 16 points of the contest after Harrison scored 14 unanswered points to take a 21-17 lead in the second half after trailing 17-7. Knox Kadum passed for a pair of touchdowns- both to Xavier Roberts, while Jamious Griffin rushed for a touchdown and defensive lineman JaQuon Griffin returned a fumble for a touchdown. Highly-touted Harrison quarterback Justin Fields passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another while finishing with over 300 yards of total offense.

Clarke Central (1-1) rebounded from a season opening loss to Winder-Barrow by defeating Oconee County (0-1) 27-11. Leading 14-3 in the third quarter, Jonathan Sewell caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Jack Mangel. Kapres Forbes put the game away by returning a punt 51 yards for a touchdown giving Clarke Central a 27-3 lead later in the third quarter. Mangel and Nadarrius Smith each had rushing touchdowns against the Warriors.

Stockbridge (1-0) used a Gabe McKensize touchdown run, a short field goal and a stout defense to defeat Mays (0-1) 9-0 for the second consecutive season. It marked the first time Mays was shutout in 64 games.

Mill Creek (2-0) scored 31 unanswered points enroute to a 31-13 victory over class 6A Stephenson (0-2). The Hawks, who overcame a deficit for the second consecutive week (defeated McEachern in season opener after trailing), rushed for over 200 yards and four touchdowns as a team.

Cartersville (2-0) won their 32nd consecutive game with a 52-45 victory over Bartram Trail (FL) (0-1). Rico Frye rushed for a one-yard touchdown with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to break a 45-45 tie and give Cartersville the 52-45 lead. Bartram Trail moved to the Cartersville 11 yard line after a pass interference call in the end zone however on the next play Riley Smith’s pass was incomplete as time expired. Cartersville’s highly-touted quarterback Trevor Lawrence passed for over 400 yards with three touchdowns while Rico Frye rushed for over 125 yards and two touchdowns. Bartram Trail rotated Smith and Gatewood at quarterback most of the day. Gatewood passed for over 160 yards and a touchdown while rushing for over 115 yards.

Cedar Shoals (1-0) overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Discovery (0-2) for the second consecutive season 22-12. Trailing 12-7, Cedar Shoals’ Cameron Hudson returned a lateral for a touchdown for a 15-12 lead after a successful two-point conversion. The Jaguars sealed the deal with a 19-play drive capped by a Jephari Colbert 7-yard touchdown with just more than three minutes remaining in the game. Colbert rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns for the Jaguars.

Other scores of interest:

Tucker (2-0) defeated Lakeside-Dekalb (0-2) 54-0; Tucker travels to Colquitt County this week.

Cedar Grove (2-0) defeated Southwest Dekalb (1-1) 37-7

North Gwinnett (1-1) defeated Milton (1-1) 31-28

Langston Hughes (2-0) defeated Westlake (0-1) 16-13; Langston Hughes is off this week before hosting Mays on Sept. 8th. Westlake will host Shiloh this week

Venice (FL) (1-0) defeated Camden County (1-1) 35-3; Camden County does not have a passing touchdown through two games this season in its new spread offense.

Redan (1-1) defeated Lithona (0-2) 18-9

Dutchtown (1-0) defeated Ola (1-1) 39-7

Central Gwinnett (2-0) defeated Dacula (0-1) 36-33

Valdosta (1-1) defeated Woodland-Stockbridge (1-1) 26-0; Woodland-Stockbridge travels to Tri-Cities this Saturday

Buford (2-0) defeated Melbourne Central Catholic (FL) (0-1) 34-17; Buford hosts International School of Broward (FL) this week

Lovejoy (2-0) defeated Mundy’s Mill (0-2) 33-14; Lovejoy faces Stockbridge this week at Tri-Cites on Saturday

 

 

Field Announced For Craig Sager Memorial Classic

The first annual Craig Sager Memorial Classic will be held November 18, 20 and 21 at Dacula High School.  The tournament is in honor of the late sports broadcaster Craig Sager, who passed away in December of 2016 after battling acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Thursday morning the tournament field was announced by event co-founder and head Dacula boys basketball coach Dr. Russ Triaga.

Triaga along with Sager’s son Craig Sager II are the founders of the tournament.

Tournament seeding will be conducted by an independent panel of Coaches, Media and Player Evaluators. There are three non-active coaches on the panel with a combined 12 state championships who still reside in Georgia and follow Georgia high school basketball.

A total of 32 teams will participate, 16 each of boys and girls. Host Dacula along with Buford, Lakeside-Dekalb, Therrell and Walnut Grove will each have both boys and girls teams in the tournament field. 48 games will be played in total.

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Below are the girls teams in the field.

Archer (GA 7A semifinalist), Walnut Grove, Grayson, Douglass-Atlanta, Dacula, North Gwinnett, Duluth, Columbia, Holy Innocents (GA 1A Private Runner Up), Valdosta, Hebron, Shiloh, Buford (GA 5A Champion), Lakeside-Dekalb, Therrell and West Forsyth

The boys field will feature non-Georgia teams from Alabama, Florida and New York. Below are the boys teams.

Dacula, Harrison, Harris County, John’s Creek, South Gwinnett, Johnson-Savannah, Osbourne, Northview, Owego Free Academy (NY), Walnut Grove, Hialeah (FL), Therrell, Lakeside-Dekalb, Buford (GA 5A Champion), Discovery and Carver-Montgomery (AL).

Dacula will utilize both gyms on their campus for the tournament with boys and girls games being played at the same time.  Each day games will begin in both gyms at 10 am with the final games beginning each night at 8:30 pm. Triaga said talks were “in progress” for live broadcasting/streaming of the event.

Hoover’s 31 straight points powers win over North Marion

The Hoover Bucs entered their out of state contest with North Marion (FL) with plenty on the line. The Bucs picked up eight points towards the tiebreaker and will finish as the Region 3 runner-up after a 38-14 victory over the visiting Colts.

North Marion got it started early on a 66 -yard touchdown pass from  Caleb Seiler to Freddie Swain for a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter. From there Hoover used short fields, a strong running game with timely passing and third down conversions to to rip off 31 unanswered points to close the first half with a 31-7 halftime lead. Quarterback Chris Vacarella rushed for two touchdowns,  CJ Sturdivant and Vonte Brackett scored on rushing touchdowns and Barret Pickering added a 27-yard field goal during Hoover’s explosion.

After a stagnant first  half after the opening touchdown, the Colts offense came to live on their second possession of the third quarter by going 98 yards in 15 plays scoring on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Seiler to Swain to pull within 31-14 but would get no closer. Hoover added another rushing touchdown from Gailen Richardson early in the fourth quarter for the final 38-14 margin.

North Marion (8-1; 2-0) was lead by Justin Watkins 134 yards rushing on 25 totes while Swain finished with five receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns receiving.

Vonte Brackett finished with 77 yards rushing (71 in the first half) and Vacarella was 10-of-18 for 122 yards passing without a touchdown or interception.

Hoover was able to use the field position game to it’s advantage and went 6-of-7 in the red zone, a missed field goal on their third possession of the game was the only time the Buccaneers did not score int he red zone. North Marion was unable to convert on third downs throughout the night finishing 1-of-14.

Hoover will begin the Alabama 7A playoffs next Friday while North Marion will host Lake Weir to close their regular season in Florida before hosting the first round if the 5A Florida playoffs on November 13th.

TSC to carry North Marion at Hoover contest

Total Sports Coverage continues to strive towards providing you with high school football from across the southeastern United States. We are pleased to announce that we will have our traditional live audio only broadcast for the North Marion (FL) Colts against the Hoover (GA) Buccaneers on tonight Thursday October 29th.

This will feature our first game in the state of Alabama and our first game featuring teams from Alabama and Florida. In our seventh season, Total Sports Coverage continues to apply its mission statement…” Our quest is to bring premium sports broadcast to the internet covering the sports landscape that normally would not receive optimum coverage.”

North Marion will be playing its first-ever varsity football game outside of the state of Florida. Prior to this season, North Marion rarely played outside of the north central Florida area. The Colts opened their season at Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, FL) marking the farthest south the Colts had ever played a varsity football game. North Marion is 8-0; 2-0, 2015 District 6-5A champions and have made the playoffs the last 16 seasons, the last two under second-year head coach Stephen Field.

Hoover is nationally known and respected. Despite limping in to the contest winners of only 2 of its last 4, the Buccaneers are 7-2 and currently in a three-way tie for the runner-up spot in Region 3, which carries a first round home playoff game. Hoover has faced a team from Florida this season defeating 8A Manatee 42-21.

Our live broadcast coverage will begin at 7pm central time with kickoff following at 7:30pm. Catch all of the action here via your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

North Marion Releases New Uniforms For 2015 Season

The North Marion Colts continue to up their marquee value. Months away from breaking in a newly upgraded football and track facility, the Colts, on Sunday revealed new threads that they will wear this fall.

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North Marion will wear Nike uniforms after previously wearing Under Armour.

North Marion has made the state playoffs 15 seasons in a row and will be entering its second season under head coach Stephen Field, replacing Craig Damon now with the FHSAA. Damon was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Executive Director for Eligibility and Compliance Services.

North Marion, which is in Sparr, FL despite being listed as Citra, FL nationally, will play their first-ever out-of-state game this fall when they travel to Hoover, AL to take on nationally known and respected Hoover October 30th.

North Marion wide receiver Freddie Swain and Hoover defensive back PJ Hall will highlight the matchup. Both are being recruited by multiple colleges despite not being household names.

Hoover is the defending Alabama 7A state champions, North Marion bowed out in the regional quarterfinals last season in Florida.

HSFB Season In Full Swing; Scores And Notes

Week Zero is filled with a lot of classics and high-profile games to open the season with a splash. Week one is when just about everybody hits the field. Here are some scores and notes from the Week 1 action in our area.

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Ware County used two pick six touchdowns to defeat Manatee (FL) 23-7.

North Cobb’s Tyler Queen rushed in for the game-winning touchdown with under 40 seconds to play as the Warriors outscored North Gwinnett 23-7 in the second half to win 36-29

Camden County defeated Dutchtown 42-6. Camden put together multiple long drives and wore down a Dutchtown team that is finding its way under a new head coach.

Isaiah Green earned his first victory as a starter as Langston Hughes defeated Creekside 21-20 in the “Fairburn Fiasco”. Green tossed a touchdown pass to Montavious Atkinson while Demetrius Whitmore and DeFunda McCrary rushed for touchdowns as Langston Hughes held off 20-unanswered points by Creekside in the second half for the win. Julian Gibbs caught a touchdown pass and rushed for one to make it 20-14. Brice Terry scored late in the 4th quarter to make it 21-20. Creekside missed the extra point after being hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty making the extra-point a 35-yard attempt. It was the first time Creekside was held under 27 points since Langston Hughes held them to 16 last season. The last two meeting between these teams has been decided by three total points.

Mays lead Glenn Hills 40-0 at halftime. Mays used its entire JV team in the second half to close out the 40-0 win.

Lovejoy showed Mundy’s Mill they were still the bug dogs in Clayton County. They Wildcats gave Edgar Carson his first win as a head coach 47-13. Preston Williams caught a touchdown pass and over 150 yards receiving. Lovejoy rushed for over 300 yards as a team.

Peachtree Ridge downed Archer 14-10. Archer-which opened as the No.1 team in some local polls is now 0-2. The Tigers won their first 11-games last season. Peachtree Ridge’s standout DeAngelo Gibbs caught 135 yards and a touchdown worth of receiving yards from Chance Thrasher in the victory. Archer’s only score came on a block punt returned for a touchdown.

Sihiem King had a big night rushing for 170 yards and three touchdowns as Colquitt County defeated Hoover 35-14. Hoover only had one first down mid-way through the third quarter. Bull Barge recorded an interception in the victory. Kings’s 60-odd yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter sealed the Packers’ 35-14 win over the Hoover Buccaneers.

Hart County won on the road at Clarke Central 34-14. Cameron Fouch to Anthony Turner for a 77-yard touchdown pas to put Hart County up 27-0 in the third quarter. Hart County head coach William DeVane was also the head coach at Clarke Central from 2002-2005.

Elbert County broke open a 7-7 tie to win 42-20 over Cedar Shoals. It was the first game for Cedar Shoals head coach Scott Wilkins since leaving the school six seasons away.

Norcross improved to 2-0 with a 21-10 win over Brookwood. Norcross continues to seek those looking to fill the shoes of over 60+ seniors lost while Brookwood has some talent but fall to 0-2.

Ed Godfree won his first game as the head coach of the Parkview Panthers with a 45-21 victory over Mountain View. Godfree came over from Loganville and is replacing Cecil Flowe at Parkview. Flowe retired at the end of last season and is now the defensive coordinator for Kings Ridge Christian.

Kell defeated Lassiter on a late 4th quarter touchdown and added the two-point conversion to come away with the 42-35 win.

Stephenson’s Dewan Ford cashed in a Miami Central turnover scoring on a one yard sneak to give the Jaguars a 6-0 lead. Points off of turnovers continued to be the theme. Following a Stephenson turnover Malik Atkins scored from 7 yards out to put Miami Central (FL) up 7-6 with 10:14 left in the second quarter. In the third quarter Jerrod Thomas scored on a quarterback sneak to put Miami Central up 14-6. Stephenson scored late in the third when Ford hits Dexter Neal on a 10-yard touchdown pass, the two-point conversion was no good leaving it 14-12 Miami Central. In the fourth, Atkins rushed in from a yard out giving the Rockets a 21-12 lead. Stephenson fought back as Ivonte Patterson one-yard touchdown run, Ford hit Neal for the two-point conversion to bring Stephenson within 21-20.

In Florida…

Mother nature wrecked havoc on the opening of the season as multiple games were delayed, cancelled or rescheduled throughout the Florida Week 1 weekend.

North Marion opened the season with a 27-10 win over Forest. Stephen Fields picked up his first win as North Marion head coach. James Allen rushed for touchdowns of 20, 47 and 37 yard in the Colts victory. Allen finished with over 170 yard rushing in the game. Norland added a safety early in the fourth quarter to make it 23-0.

Marist (GA) kicker Joey Gogol made a 19-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining to knock off Tallahassee-Godby 17-14. PJ Simmions and Darius Bradwell each rushed for touchdowns for Godby.

Booker T Washington defeated Tucker (GA) 19-7. Maurice Alexander passed for two touchdowns and Antonio Callaway return a punt 53 yards for a touchdown. Tucker’s lone score came on 90-yard kickoff return by Yaquis Shelley with 6:59 remaining in the game to make it 19-7.

Raines defeated White 13-7.

Kion Holder returned an interception for a touchdown and Rodrick Robinson scored on a 26-yard touchdown run as Norland leads ML King (GA) 14-0 at halftime. Robinson hooked up with Steven McIntosh for a 22-yard touchdown pass for a 21-0 Norland lead after three quarters. After play resumed entering the fourth quarter after a weather delay, Norland added a safety and another touchdown for the 30-0 victory.

In South Carolina…

Byrnes improved to 2-0 with a 50-0 win over TL Hanna. Byrnes has outscored their first two opponents 80-22 so far. Byrnes will travel to California to take on De La Salle. The movies ‘When the Game Stands Tall” is a true story based off of DLS. DLS is a dynasty in Northern California, an area not known for power high school football minus the all-boys De La Salle.

North Augusta 44 Midland 21 Final

Dorman improved to 2-0 with a thrilling 49-45 victory over Gaffney falls to 0-2. Gaffney’s Ward went 22-of-42 for 260 yards passing. Minus not throwing a touchdown, Ward’s efforts opened up things for Gaffney but Dorman proved to be too much. The teams combined for nearly 900 yards of total offense.

Warren Easton Wins National Select Championship

The Warren Easton Eagles from New Orleans, LA made their first-ever appearance in the National Selection 7-on-7 National Championships in Hoover, Ala a memorable one.

The talent-laden squad posted a 12-1 overall record, including a 6-0 mark in tournament play on Saturday, to win the National Championship. Warren Easton defeated Spanish Fort (AL)- Alabama’s Class 5A champion last season, 28-19 in the championship game.

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“This program has come a long way. Five or six years ago we could barely win a game and now we’re talking about winning a national tournament with a bunch of elite talent. My heart is filled with joy, we are just extremely blessed and we’re going to keep working,” Warren Easton head coach Antonio Hull said.

The Eagles only loss was to defending National Select 7-on-7 champion Kenton (OH) in its second game of pool play on Friday. After that, it was all Warren Easton Eagles. Easton did not lose again, winning their final eleven games to bring home the title.

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Deshawn Capers-Smith quarterbacked Warren Easton to the National Select 7on7 National Championship

Texas A&M commit Deshawn Capers-Smith lead the way for the Eagles at quarterback. Capers-Smith had plenty of help on offense with five-star wide receiver Tryon Johnson, three-star wide receiver Darrell Clark and Tulane commit Devin Glenn on offense.

Warren Easton scored 343 total points- an average of 28.5 points a game. In National Select events the defense can score however the scoring point breakdown was not available.

Defensively, Warren Easton allowed a total of 197 points- an average of 16.4 per game. Tulane commit Jeremie Francis, Arthur McGinnis and Clyde Leflore anchored the defense. McGinnis and Lefolre will begin to pop up on recruiting service website by regular season’s end.

Hull acknowledged his squads defensive efforts. “I’m ecstatic about the way our defense played. We’ve never had a defense to play like this since I’ve been at Warren Easton. Our offense did some great things but defensively we did a lot of good things.”

The Eagles will turn their attention to the regular season where they will look to improve on a 10-4 record last season which included a trip to the quarterfinals in Louisiana’s class 4A.

“We’re going to use this as a stepping stone. This is something to show them if you work hard and have a burning desire to perfect your skill good things happen,” Hull said.