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Georgia Vs The USA Set For 2020

The 2020 Georgia vs The USA doubleheader powered by Prep Gridiron Logistics has announced the participants and games for this years event. Tom Riden Stadium in Buford, GA will be the site for the doubleheader on August 21st, 2020.


Life Christian Academy (VA) will take on Cedar Grove (GA) in the first game of the doubleheader. Cedar Grove finished 13-2 last season en route to winning its third GHSA (Georgia High School Association) class 3A state championships in the last four years. The Saints went 1-1 in OOS games with a loss to Central-Phenix City (AL) and a victory over Valor Christian (CO) last year.

Life Christian Academy out of Chester, VA will be entering its third season of football. The Eagles have compiled a 6-12 record playing a heavy national schedule as an VISAA (Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association) school in its first two years.

In the night cap host Buford (GA) will take on Manatee (FL). Buford (GA) went 15-1 and won its 12th state championship in its fifth different GHSA classification by winning the 2019 5A state championship. Buford defeated Life Christian Academy (VA) last season 33-22 in their only game against a non-Georgia team.

Manatee is rich in football history with five state championships, the latest coming in 2011, in the FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association). Manatee finished 8-5 last season losing in the regional finals of the class 7A state playoffs to Venice (FL).

2019 Georgia High School Football Championship Briefs

The eight GHSA (Georgia High School Association) classifications crowned the 2019 football champions this past weekend. Georgia State Stadium hosted the championships for the first time ever as the GHSA made the decision to move the championship games from Mercedes-Benz Stadium to Georgia State Stadium prior to the season beginning due to cost. Prior to Mercedes-Benz Stadium the GHSA held the state championships at the now demolished Georgia Dome.

Here is a brief look at the eight championship games and the 2019 champs beginning with the 7A Classification which featured two teams currently ranked in the Max Preps Xcellent Top 25 as 9th ranked Lowndes took on 18th ranked Marietta.


Class 7A:

18th Marietta (13-2) jumped out a to 17-0 lead on a pair of touchdown runs by Kimani Vidal and a field goal from Cooper Kipp in the first half that held up for a 17-9 victory over ninth-ranked Lowndes. Harrison Bailey passed for 271 yards and Arik Gilbert had 146 yards receiving on 11 receptions for Marietta. Ferringhetti Brown caught a touchdown pass and Jose Palcios had a field goal for Lowndes. Marietta won it’s first state championship in football since 1967 and did it in Richard Morgan’s fourth season as head coach.

Marietta will play Eastside Catholic (WA) as a part in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series this weekend in Las Vegas. Eastside Catholic went 12-1 this season and won the 3A WIAA state championship this season.

Georgia teams are 0-2 in the event since its inception in 2016. Lee County lost to St. Frances Acacemy (MD) in 2018 and Valdosta lost to Chandler (AZ) in 2016.

Class 1A-Private:

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (13-1) defeated Wesleyan (12-3) 33-13 to win a state record fifth consecutive state championship. Wesleyan led 6-0 at the half after a pair of Javy Martinez field goals. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy scored 27 unanswered points in the third quarter on three rushing touchdowns from Keaton Mitchell and one by Josh Rogers to take command of the game. Mitchell finished with 192 yards on 19 carries and 4 touchdowns. Rogers had 132 yards on none carries and a touchdown while Gabe Wright rushed for 113 yards on eight carries.

Class 2A: 

Dublin (14-1) and Brooks County (10-5) exchanged heavyweight blow after blow in the second half of a thrilling championship game. Brooks County, who lost to Dublin in the regular season, led 14-9 at halftime after a stellar goal line stand at the end of the second quarter.  In the second half however Dublin outscored Brooks County 33-18 on it’s way to victory. Mark Mitchell scored the go-ahead touchdown for Dublin on a two-yard run for a 21-20 lead with 2:07 left in the third.

Dublin never trailed again however had to pull away from Brooks County twice. Brooks County pulled to within 28-26 on a 65-yard touchdown run by Omari Arnold. Mitchell answered with a 55-yard touchdown run to extend Dublin’s lead to 35-26. After another Arnold rushing touchdown run from Brooks County made it 35-32, Zion Kemp scored the game-sealing touchdown with 1:51 remaining for the final 42-32 Dublin win.

Dublin rushed for 437 yards and did not attempt a pass in the contest. Jaques Evans led the Fighting Irish rushing attack with 188 yards an a touchdown while Mitchell (94 yards) and Kemp (86 yards) each rushed for two touchdowns. Omari Arnold finished with 103 yards rushing on 10 carries and three touchdowns for Brooks County.

Class 5A:

No matter who won, a 16th state championship between the two school was going to be won. Until the closing moments it looked as though Warner Robins (13-2) would claim it however Buford had other plans. Trailing 14-7 with 4:59 left in the fourth quarter, Buford capped a 14-play 78-yard drive with an Ashton Daniels to Jamarius Issac 22-yard touchdown pass with 27 seconds to tie it up. Warner Robins would get a chance to win the game in regulation but Cary Payne missed a 50-yard field goal as time expired.

In overtime and Issac came up big again intercepting Warner Robins’ Jalen Addie’s pass on their opening possession. Moments later Hayden Olsen hit the game-winning field goal from 24 yards out for the 17-14 Buford (14-1) win. Buford head coach Bryant Appling wins the schools 12th title in his first season as the head coach. Buford has now won state titles in five different classifications (A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA). Buford moves up to class 6A next season.

Addie rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and Ahmad Walker added a rushing touchdown for Warner Robins. Gabe Ervin finished with 73 yards and a touchdown rushing for Buford.


Class 6A:

Harrison (15-0) swept the season series against region foe Allatoona (11-3-1) with a 20-7 victory to win it’s first state championship in school history.  Leading 13-7 in the third quarter Harrison’s Brandon Carter returned an interception 31 yards to the Allatoona two. On the next play Gavin Hall scored on a two-yard touchdown run for the final 20-7 margin.

Hall passed for 122 yards and a touchdown and an interception to go with 28 yards rushing and a touchdown. James Ziglor finished with 88 yard receiving including a 49-yard touchdown reception that gave Harrison a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.

Alex Wilson rushed for 122 yards for Allatoona. Marshall rushed for 45 yards and passed for 39 yards a touchdown and an interception. Receiver Ashante Das had all 39 yards and a touchdown receiving. Allatoona was denied of it’s second state title in history and first since 2015.

Class 1A Public:

Marion County (11-3) vs Irwin County (13-0) won its first stat title since 1975 with a 56-14 victory over Marion County (11-3). Irwin County outscored Marion County 28-0 in the second half but it was the 21-0 unanswered points, all off of Marion County turnovers, in the third quarter that blew open the game.

DJ Lundy rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, Gabriel Benyard rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns and Jamorri Colston rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown for Irwin County. Irwin County quarterback Zack Smith tallied a rushing and passing touchdown for the Indians in the victory.

Marion County quarterback Trice McCannon rushed for 135 yards and touchdown and passed for 92 yards and touchdown before leaving the game early due to injury.

Class 3A:

Cedar Grove (13-2) won its third state title in four years with a 21-14 victory over Crisp County. The Saints win the title under first-year head coach Miguel Patrick. Chavon Wright rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns while Austin Smith passed for 64 yards and touchdown for Cedar Grove. Cedar grove led by 14 points on two different times in the contest.  Crisp County’s final touchdown came on a blocked punt return by Latravious Walker.   in the closing minutes for the final 21-14 margin. Crisp County was held to 161 yards of total offense. Marquise Palmer finished with 64 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Cougars.

Class 4A:

Blessed Trinity (14-1) won it;s third consecutive championship with a 17-14 victory over Oconee County (13-2). Elijah Green rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries to lead Blessed Trinity’s attack. Blessed Trinity trailed 7-3 late in the second quarter when Green ripped off back-to-back touchdown runs of 30 and 66 yards to give Blessed Trinity the 17-7 advantage at halftime.

Max Johnson passed for 97 yards and two touchdowns for Oconee County who was seeking it’s first state title since 1999.

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.

High School Football

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



High School Football: Georgia

Grayson jumped out to a 7-0 lead over IMG Academy on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Chase Brice to Jamyest Williams early in the second quarter. From there it was all IMG Academy. Ascenders quarterback Kellen Bond rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another while Cooper Graham connected on two field goals as the Ascenders scored 26 unanswered points to win 26-7. Grayson committed three turnovers. IMG Academy had more penalty yardage.

Langston Hughes led Westlake 10-9 when the intra-classification and non-region game was called in the third quarter due to weather. Isaiah Green passed for a touchdown for Hughes. Trey Dixon rushed for a touchdown for Westlake.  No information was available on whether the game would be concluded at a later date.

Leroy Ryals won his first game as head coach at Cedar Shoals 42-6 over Discovery. Cedar Shoals (1-0) quarterback Akeem Glenn passed for four touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Stavion Stevenson and Altavious Wright each caught two touchdowns passes, Osiris Walker added a touchdown run, Trent Harris hit a field goal and the defense recorded two safeties. Cedar Shoals scored 40 or more points for the first time since 2011. The Jaguars travel to Decatur this week.

Etowah led North Cobb 20-17 after an Allen field goal in the fourth quarter. North Cobb (1-1)answered back with a touchdown by to go up 24-20 and eventually held on for that final score. Tyray Devezin scored on a 70-yard run for Etowah (1-1) who will host Spartanburg (SC) (2-0) next week. Spartanburg defeated T.L. Hanna 14-7 in overtime last week.

Other noteable games:

Tucker (1-1) raced out to a 35-3 halftime lead over Lakeside-Dekalb (1-1) and went on to win 48-10

Trailing 14-6 at halftime, backup quarterback Cori Pritchett replaced starter Xavier Dennis- who left with an injury late in the first half, in the second half to lead Redan (1-1) to its first win of the season 24-20 over Lithonia (0-2).

Glynn Academy knocked off Ware County 17-10

Southwest Dekalb (2-0) won its second consecutive game to open the season with a 21-20 come-from-behind victory over Cedar Grove (1-1) at Buck Godfrey Stadium. The Panthers Justin Tomlin connected with Michael Pace on a 20-yard touchdown pass and the extra point was successful with just over three minutes remaining to give Southwest Dekalb the victory.

Brookwood became the second straight opponent to score 40 or more points against Walton in their 40-13 victory. Brookwood (2-0) has posted 77 points through the first two games this season against North Gwinnett and Walton. Last season the Broncos scored 20 points in the first two games in losses to Mill Creek and Norcross. Walton (0-2) has been outscored 86-27 in two games this season.

Stockbridge (1-0) withstood Mays (0-1) 35-34 in the nightcap of the Inner City Classic at Lakewood Stadium. Mike Pierce returned an interception for a touchdown at the end of the first half to give Stockbridge a 14-13 halftime lead.. Tigers quarterback Kenderick Duncan rushed for a 15-yard touchdown with just over 2 two minutes remaining to give Stockbridge the 35-34 lead. Ryan Massey sealed the victory by intercepting Mays QB BJ Phillips with less than a minute remaining.

Venice (FL) handed Camden County its second consecutive loss 46-17. Camden County (0-2) will travel to Florida again next week to take on Columbia. Columbia defeated Gainesville (FL) 17-12 on Thursday.

Oconee County (1-0) handed David Perno his first loss at Clarke Central (1-1) 34-13.

Parkview (2-0) erased a 10-7 halftime margin to Shiloh (1-1) by outscoring the Generals 30-2 in the second half for the 37-12 victory.

Allatoona dropped to 0-2 on the season after a 21-13 loss to Alexander.

Venice (FL) handed Camden County its second consecutive loss 46-17. Camden County (0-2) will travel to Florida again next week to take on Columbia. Columbia defeated Gainesville (FL) 17-12 on Thursday.