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Cedar Shoals Wins Track & Field State Title

The Cedar Shoals Jaguars entered the Georgia class 5A Track & Field state championships  in Carrollton, GA as a one of the favorites to take the state title along with Grady and Southwest Dekalb.

Rogerous Swain won the triple jump state championship, Markell Allen finished third in the triple jump and Michael Horvat picked up two points in the high jump with a seventh place finish giving the Jaguars 18 points to sit fourth after the field events.

The strength of the Jaguars was its depth in the running events as Cedar Shoals had multiple participants qualify for the finals in the 100M and 200M as well as the 300M hurdle events.

Trent Harris finished sixth while Rogerous Swain finished eighth to earn the Jaguars four points in the 100M. Harris ran a time of 11.00 while Swain ran an 11.04. Southwest Dekalb’s Terryon Conwell won the event with a time of 10.83.

Markell Allen and Rogerous Swain finished fourth and fifth in the 200M to earn the Jaguars five points. Allen finished with a time of 22.04 while Swain ran a 22.08. Southwest Dekalb’s Terryon Conwell won the event with a time of 21.68.

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Lirante Jackson picked up two points with a seventh place finish in the 400M with a time of 49.35. Southwest Dekalb’s Terryon Conwell won the event with a time of 47.59.

Jon Oglesby picked up a point with his eight place finish in the 800M with a time of 2:04.98. Decatur’s Sam Ellis won the event with a time of 1:51.85.

Ashton Daniel picked up 16 points with his runner-up finishes in the 110M and 300M hurdles with times of 14.57 and 38.41 respectively. Cameron Hudson finished sixth in the 300M with a time of 40.34 to earn three points. Grady’s Christian McNair-Jones won both events with times of 14.17 and 38.28 respectively.

The 4x100M relay team of Markell Allen, Ashton Daniel, Trent Harris, Rogerous Swain with alternates Jon Oglesby and Formetrius Jones won the state title in this event with a time of 40.74. The Jags time was the tied for the fastest time in the event including prelims and finals matching Grady’s 4x100M prelim time. Grady didn’t not score in the finals due to a DNF.

Markell Allen, Ashton Daniels, Lirante Jackson, Rogerous Swain along with alternates Trent Harris and Formetrius Jones put the icing on the cake with a runner-up finish in the final event, the 4x400M relay with a time of 3:19.90 to earn the final eight points. Fayette County won the event with a time of 3:17.82. Southwest Dekalb’s team led by Terryon Conwell was disqualified on false starts however even with a first place finish and DNF from the Jaguars they would not have been able to catch them as the Jaguars had a 12-point lead entering the event. Grady did not have a team qualify for the finals.

Cedar Shoals finished with 71 points to come out on top by a 20-point margin to win its first state championship since 2005 and fourth in school history. The Jaguars also won state titles in 2001 and 2003 and finished as the runner-up in 2000, 2013 and 2016.

Southwest Dekalb finished second with 51 points while Grady finished third with 50 points. Host Carrollton finished tied for fourth with Starr’s Mill with 41 points.

Georgia Track & Field Team State Champions (points):
7A Boys- Westlake (62), 7A-Girls- Westlake (75)

6A Boys- Allatoona (58), 6A Girls- Mays (62.50)

5A Boys- Cedar Shoals (71), 5A Girls- Buford (100)

4A Boys- Marist (70.50) 4A Girls- Chapel Hill (66)

3A Boys- Cedar Grove (71) 3A Girls- Greater Atlanta Christian (114)

2A Boys- Vidalia (71), 2A Girls- Jeff Davis (71)

1A Private Boys- Eagles Landing Christian Academy (77); 1A Private Girls- Athens Academy (88)

1A Public Boys- Hancock Central (71), 1A Public Girls- Telfair County (81)


Grady Tops Mays In Scrimmage

The calendar read August, the weather made it feel like late October and the schedule said it was a scrimmage but the crowd and atmosphere was of a late October regular season contest as Grady hosted Mays at Grady Stadium in a scrimmage between Class 5A and 4A teams.

On their second possession Grady went 59 yards scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run by Hakeem Todd for a 7-0 lead. Mays would answer right back, getting a 23-yard run from DJ Langford setting up a 50-yard touchdown pass from Ayiende Russell to Tyshawn Brown two plays later cutting the Grady lead to one, 7-6 in the first.

Grady came right back down the field behind solid quarterback play from Isiah Jenkins and rushing game behind Todd and Martin Fleming. The Grey Knights would cap the 70-yard drive on a Todd 13-yard touchdown run and led 14-6.

Todd, who also plays linebacker, would find the end zone again in the third quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run and Grady would add a junior varsity touchdown in the fourth quarter for the final 27-6 margin.

“Hakeem (Todd) is a special player, a double threat guy on both sides of the football and we expect big things from him this year and moving Isiah (Jenkins) to quarterback gets both of them on the field at the same time and that’s plus for us,” Grady head coach Ronnie Millen said afterwards

Millen has had only one losing season entering his 13th year at Grady and is one win way from his 100th career victory. Although this game didn’t count in the standings, he’ll get that shot in the season opener against Decatur, he and his staff liked what they saw from their team in the scrimmage.

“I saw some good things, our offensive line stepped up tonight we were able to control the ball and play Grady Football. We had some mental breakdowns but for a scrimmage I think they did well. We have some things we still need to iron out but overall I’m pleased with the effort,” Millen said.

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Under the direction of former Duluth and ML King head coach Corey Jarvis, Mays is loaded with underclassmen talent that lacks in experience. Jarvis is 61-29 overall including 12-18 in three seasons at Duluth and is entering in his 9th year as a head coach and first at Mays.

Outside of their big-play touchdown, Mays struggled to move the ball and played close to the vest on offense. The Raiders punted twice, turned the ball over on downs twice, threw an interception and had two drives end at the end of the second and third quarters in varsity action. Defensively Mays forced Grady to punt three times and Jerome Smith intercepted a pass in the end zone to halt another productive Grady drive in varsity action.

“We’ve got some guys that just need to play. We are loaded with guys who haven’t played much and we’ll get better as the season goes,” Jarvis said.

Mays graduated 32 players from last season’s squad that went 5-5 playing in one of the toughest regions in Georgia, Region 6-5A with the likes of Stephenson, ML King, Tucker, Southwest Dekalb and improving Miller Grove and Arabia Mountian.