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National Movement For Georgia Teams

The updated Perfect Game HS Top 50 national rankings showed expected movement with Winder-Barrow being eliminated and Mill Creek advancing in the state playoffs.

North Gwinnett is now the highest ranked of seven Georgia teams coming in at No. 8 followed by Allatoona (No.14), Parkview (No. 17), Blessed Trinity (No.22), Pope (No. 33), Winder-Barrow (No. 40) while Mill Creek enters the rankings for the first time at No. 44.

Outside of Winder-Barrow’s 37-spot slide, Blessed Trinity slid nine spots after suffering a game 2 loss to Columbus however rebounded to win the series in three games to advance.

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With Winder-Barrow out, Allatoona (31-3) and Pope (31-5) are the only remaining nationally ranked teams in class 6A. Allatoona swept Effingham County in the second round and will host a hot Johns Creek (20-12) team in the Elite 8. Pope swept last season’s 5A state champion Houston County to advance to face Dalton (24-8). Region 6-6A widely considered the toughest region in class 6A, has three of four teams remaining in the Elite 8 in Allatoona, Dalton and River Ridge.

North Gwinnett (32-2) and Parkview (30-4) would meet in the class 7A semifinals if each survive their Elite 8 matchups. North Gwinnett will travel to Hillgrove (25-10) while Parkview will host Woodstock (24-13). Mill Creek (31-5) is on the opposite of the bracket and will travel to North Paulding (23-10). Hillgrove is the lone remaining Cobb County team in class 7A after last season’s 6A state champion Walton fell to Mill Creek.

Blessed Trinity (31-4) will host West Laurens (23-10). The Titans have passed very tough tasks in the first two rounds of class 4A defeating Cartersville and Columbus.

Other Series of Note:

Class 3A’s top-ranked team Redan (25-9) continues to roll. The Raiders have won 16 straight game an advanced to the Elite 8 after sweeping Crisp County and will host Coahulla Creek. Redan has scored 12 or more runs in three of their four playoffs games so far. Coahulla Creek (24-9) was ranked tenth by the Georgia Dugout Preview rankings entering the playoffs and defeated No. 6 Pike County in the second round. Six of the top 10 in class 3A are in the quarterfinals with Calhoun and Lovett being the two unranked teams.

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Georgia National Teams Sweep Way Into Round Of 16

The six teams ranked in the latest Perfect Game HS Top 50 entering the Georgia state playoffs all swept their opponents to advance to the second round in their respective classes.

No. 3 Winder-Barrow (29-2), the highest nationally ranked Georgia team in multiple polls, defeated Harrsion 3-2 in eight innings in game one. In game two Bulldogg pitcher Darrell Woodall pitched a one-hit, nine strikeout complete game as Winder-Barrow completed the sweep with an 8-0 victory. Winder-Barrow will face Richmond Hill in the second round of the 6A playoffs. Richmond Hill swept Stephenson to advance.

No. 9 Parkview (28-4) racked up 20 runs on 19 hits in a sweep of Forsyth Central to advance. Parkview will host Colquitt County in the second round of the 7A playoffs. Colquitt County swept McEachern to advance.

No. 11 North Gwinnett swept Rockdale County by a combined 21-1 score in two games. North Gwinnett (30-2) hit four home runs in the second game and will face Lassiter in the second round of the 7A playoffs. Lassiter swept Newnan to advance.

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In one of the more highly anticipated first round matchups, No. 12 Blessed Trinity swept previously nationally ranked Cartersville 4-1 and 10-1 to advance in the class 4A playoffs. Blessed Trinity will host Columbus in the second round. Columbus swept Thomson by a combined 21-4 score to advance.

No. 20 Allatoona (29-3) swept Lanier 7-2 and 6-2 to advance to the second round of the 6A playoffs. Tyler Messick was a perfect 3-for-3 in game one with 3 RBI. Kyle Jacobsen was held without a hit in both games, struck out twice and scored three runs in eight plate appearances. Allatoona will host Effingham County in the second round. Effingham County swept Mundy’s Mill to advance.

No. 48 Pope swept Creekside by a combined 20-2 score to advance to the second round of the 6A playoffs. Pope (25-5) will face Houston County who defeated Heritage-Conyers 4-3 and 4-3 to advance.

Other notable Georgia first round series: Redan (23-9), the top ranked team in Georgia class 3A, swept Fannin County by a combined 17-2 score to advance. Redan will host Crisp County in the second round. Redan was the only Region 5-3A team that did not need three games in the first round. Lovett was the only other team from Region 5-3A to advance after defeating Dawson County in three games. Pace Academy and Westminster each lost to North Hall and Greater Atlanta Christian respectively in three games. Redan and Lovett tied in their first meeting this season 7-7 which ended in controversy, however recently the game has been awarded to Lovett 8-7. Redan won the second meeting 6-4. Both teams are on opposite sides of the bracket and could only meet again in the championship series. Lovett is not ranked in the Georgia Dugout Preview poll.

Walton, who has been previously ranked nationally this season, swept Westlake by a combined 23-1 score in 7A to advance. Walton will face a dangerous Mill Creek team in the second round. Mill Creek (29-4) has victories this season over state contenders North Gwinnett, Parkview, Loganville (5A), Lassiter and Brookwood.

Tucker (26-6) swept Brunswick by scores of 14-2 and 9-7 to advance. The Tigers will host River Ridge out of Region 6-6A in the second round. River Ridge (25-7) swept Dacula to advance an dis ranked No.4 in class 6A.

Georgia National Baseball Rankings Headed Into Playoff

The Georgia baseball playoffs begin this Friday across all eight classes. Several teams have been nationally ranked throughout the season. Here is a look at where Georgia schools stand nationally entering the playoffs.

The Perfect Game HS Top 50 features six Georgia squads topped by third ranked Winder-Barrow (27-2). The Bulldogs are undefeated against Georgia opponents and posted a 5-2 OOS record against very strong national competition with the high point being a 3-1 showing at the USA National High School Invitational in March. Winder-Barrow will open the playoffs against Harrison. Harrison played in arguably the toughest region in class 6A and picked up a victory over Allatoona this season.

Parkview (26-4) comes in at No.9 in the PG Top 50. The Panthers deep pitching and sound defense propelled them to 14 shutout victories this season. Parkview posted a 6-1 OOS record this season to go with instate losses state contenders to Allatoona (6A), Mill Creek (7A) and Brookwood (7A).

North Gwinnett opened the season winning its first 20 games, are 28-2 entering the playoffs and ranked No. 11 in the PG HS Top 50.  The Bulldogs went 4-0 in OOS games this season with instate losses to Mill Creek (7A) and Loganville (5A). As a team North Gwinnett is batting .331 and has a team ERA of 1.93.

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Blessed Trinity (27-3) comes in at No. 12 and may have the toughest first round opponent in previously ranked Cartersville. The Titans posted a 5-1 OOS record and suffered instate losses to Etowah (7A) and Kell (6A), both in higher classifications than Blessed Trinity. Blessed Trinity is batting .336 as a team with a 1.36 team ERA.

Allatoona (27-3) comes in at No.20 in the latest PG HS Top 50 . The Buccaneers won their lone OOS contest while suffering defeats to Harrison, Dalton and Blessed Trinity. The Buccaneers signature victory of the season came against Parkview (7A). Allatoona as a team is batting .342 with 201 RBIs and a team ERA of 1.68.

Rounding out the Georgia teams in the PG HS Top 50 is Pope (24-5) at No. 48. The Greyhounds were undefeated in OOS play with a 5-0 mark. Losses this season came to Cambridge, Dunwoody, Alpharetta and Walton. Pope remains ranked despite losing four of its last nine games to close the regular season.

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In the latest Max Preps Xcellent 25 rankings Winder-Barrow (No.3), North Gwinnett (No.5), Allatoona (No.12) and Pope (No.23) are ranked.

In the latest Baseball America Top 25 Parkview tops the Georgia pack at No.8. Winder-Barrow (No.14) and Walton (No.22) are the only other Georgia teams ranked.

The Georgia Dugout Preview final regular season rankings have North Gwinnett (7A), Winder-Barrow (6A) and Blessed Trinity (4A) ranked No.1 in their respective classes. Starrs Mill (5A), Redan (3A), Jeff Davis (2A), Gordon Lee (1A Public) and Savannah Christian (1A Private) round out the other top ranked teams entering Georgia playoff action.

Perfect Game HS Top 50: Georgia updates

Georgia continues to occupy a number of spaces in the latest Perfect Game High School Top 50 national poll.

Parkview is the highest ranked Georgia teams coming in at No.5. The Panthers swept a four-game spring break swing in Florida with victories over Jesuit, Sarasota, Venice and IMG Academy. The Panthers outscored those teams by a combined 14-1. Parkview extended it’s winning streak to 16 consecutive games with a pair of victories over Norcross this week. The Panthers have tallied seven shutouts during the winning streak.

Winder-Barrow (23-2) continues to climb the rankings moving up to No.7. The Bulldoggs have followed up their 3-1 showing in the National High School Invitational with a three-game sweep of region foe Habersham Central to go with two victories this week against Apalachee.

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North Gwinnett (24-2) is the third Georgia team in the top ten coming in at No.9. The Bulldogs have won four of their last six games. They have defeated Discovery and Peachtree Ridge this week.

No.19 Allatoona (23-2) ran its winning streak to nine after defeating Stockbridge, Grayson County (KY) and North Atlanta at the Perfect Game Spring Fling at Lake Point. The Buccanners outscored those three foes by a combined 26-1 score.  The Buccaneers rule-ruled Osborne 15-0 this week and face Dalton in a home-and-home series with region 6-6A first place on the line beginning Friday in Dalton.

Blessed Trinity (No. 12), Pope (No.15), Walton (No. 37) are the other teams in the Perfect Game HS Top 50.

 

 

Georgia Fills Perfect Game Top 50 Rankings

As the Georgia high school baseball season begins to come down the home stretch and head for the playoffs, several teams can be found in the national rankings.

Pope (7), Winder-Barrow (10), North Gwinnett (12), Parkview (17), Blessed Trinity (19), Allatoona (21) and Walton (30) all are in the latest Perfect Game Top 50 high school rankings.

North Gwinnett (7) and Winder-Barrow (21) are also ranked in the latest Baseball America HS Top 25  rankings.

Winder-Barrow (7), North Gwinnett (9) and Allatoona (12) also come in ranked in the latest Max Preps Xcellent 25.

Here is a brief look at each team and their upcoming schedules this week.

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Pope (19-2) had its 14-game winning streak snapped last week falling to Cambridge 4-2. Pope will face county rivals Lassiter and Walton this week. Chase Smith and Ryan Webb have been solid for Pope in the pitching department this season. Offensively the Greyhounds have been solid averaging just over seven runs per game while yielding just under three runs per game.

Winder-Barrow (18-2) went 3-1 at the National High School Invitational last week in Cary, NC with victories over No.3 Huntington Beach (CA), No.16 American Heritage (FL) and Rocky Mountain (CO). The Bulldoggs lost in the semifinals to Dana Hills (CA). Winder-Barrow will wrap up the regular season with series against Habersham Central, Apalachee and Lanier before the state playoffs. Darrel Woodall (P), Daniel Buice (P), Will Hargraves (IF/P), Beau Hanna (C) and Pat DeMarco (CF) pace the senior-laden team.

Allatoona (19-2) has won six in a row and will face Stockbridge and North Atlanta this week in the Perfect Game Spring Fling at Lake Point. An all-important 2-game region series against Dalton still remains on the schedule. Kyle Jacobsen is the highlight player for the Buccaneers. Jacobsen enters the week batting .471 with 21 RBI 3 HR and is 5-1 with a 0.95 ERA and 23 strikeouts on the mound. David Smith (C; .417 24 RBI 2 HR), Payton Eeles (2B; .368 13 RBI), Blake Evans (SS; .417 6 RBI), Skylar McPhee (3B; .343 16 RBI) and Tyler Messick (1B/3B; .324 13 RBI) make Allatoona a championship contender in the heavy 6A classification. Head coach Keith Hanson recorded his 300th career victory earlier this season in a 10-1 victory over Creekview.

Class 7A is represented by North Gwinnett, Parkview and Walton.

North Gwinnett (20-1) opened the season winning its first 20 games before falling last week 6-2 to Mill Creek. The Bulldogs pitching is anchored by seniors Jake Brace and Cade Heil. Brace is 5-1 with a  1.43 ERA to go with 32 strikeouts. Heil is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA and has fanned 53 batters this season. Sophomore Micah Borah leads the team in batting average at .463 and is second in RBIs with 20. Parker Coyne leads the team in RBIs with 22 and is batting .437 with a pair of dingers on the season.

Parkview (18-3) opened a four-game stretch over spring break in Florida with a 3-0 victory over Jesuit (No.12 in Baseball America HS Top 25) on Monday. The Panthers will face Sarasota (FL), Venice (FL) and IMG Academy (FL) this week while in Florida. Parkview will close the regular season with two-game series against Norcross, Meadowcreek and Brookwood after returning from Florida. Senior Joey DeMasi has powered the Panthers at the plate this season batting .361 with 32 RBI and 8 HR. Logan Cherney (.424) and Jonathan French (.325) are tied for second on the team in RBIs with 18 apiece. Caleb Mitchell and Braden Hays bring the heat from the mound. Mitchell is 5-1 with a 0.92 ERA and 35 strikeouts while Hays is 5-0 with a 2.15 ERA and 39 strikeouts.

Walton (18-4) was ranked as high as eighth this season in the Perfect Game Top 50 comes in at No. 30. The Raiders split two games with Etowah last week and will face Cambridge and county rival Pope in a rematch of last seasons state championship series this week. Walton will close out the regular season with a pair of three-game series against Lassiter and Woodstock. Senior pitcher Luke Bartnicki has tossed a no-hitter this season, has over 55 strikeouts and has hit 90-plus on the radar gun multiple times.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Georgia National Teams Advance In State Tournament: Notes

Georgia is represented by Wheeler (No.5) and Jonesboro (No. 12) in the latest Max Preps Xcellent 25 Boys basketball rankings.Both teams look to stay in the rankings after advancing to the Elite Eight in their respective classifications.

6A Wheeler defeated Douglas County 87-68 in front of a packed house that included North Carolina head coach Roy Williams. Williams lead his Tar Heels to a victory earlier in the day over Georgia Tech in which he opened the game with the “four corners” offensive set to pay tribute to the late Dean Smith, North Carolina scored on the play. Jaylen Brown was the main reason Williams was in attendance and he did not disappoint. Brown finished up 37 points and 17 rebounds in the win. Brandon Robinson finished with 27 for Douglas County (22-8) in defeat.

Wheeler (27-2) will host Newton (22-8) in the quarterfinals. Newton, the No. 4 seed out of Region 2-6A defeated defending 6A champion Tift County 52-49 in the first round and earned their spot in the quarterfinals with a 58-54 victory of Dacula.

4A Jonesboro (29-1) continues to flex their muscles with a 67-57 victory over St. Pius X. Jonesboro pulled away in the quarter after being tied 25-all at halftime and again at 32-all midway into the third quarter. Deandre Mack finished with a team-high 15, Austin Donaldson tallied 14 and sophomore sensation James Walker Jr finished with 11-all in the second half. The Cardinals have won 28 straight games. Jonesboro is 5-1 vs non-Georgia teams this season with its only loss to No.2 Montverde Academy (FL) in the second game of the season. Jonesboro will face Johnson-Gainesville in the quarterfinals. Johnson (29-0) is 1-0 vs non-Georgia teams and has quality in-state wins over Buford (twice), Apalachee, Gainesville and Whitefield Academy.

Notes from Georgia schools that have been on the national radar this season: 

6A Pebblebrook (25-5) defeated Pope 78-59. Ty Hudson scored 26 points to lead Pebblebrook. Pebblebrook used a 22-6 third quarter to break the game open after trailing 38-33 at halftime. Pebblebrook went 4-4 vs non-Georgia opponents, three of those losses are to teams currently ranked in the Top 10 nationally (No.2 Montverde Academy-FL, No. 6 DeMatha -MD, No. 8 Sierra Canyon-CA). Their other non-Georgia loss came to nationally respected yet unranked Bartow (FL). 3A Laney is the lone Georgia opponent to the Falcons this season. Pebblebrook will travel to Norcross in the quarterfinals.

6A Shiloh (26-3) defeated Rockdale County 55-45. Josh Okogie had a team-high 17 points in the win. Shiloh has not lost to a Georgia team this season but is 0-3 vs non-Georgia opponents. The Generals have won six in a row. Shiloh will host Alpharetta in the quarterfinals.

5A McIntosh (29-1) suffered its first loss of the season during ‘win or go home’ time. The Chiefs fell 66-65 to M.L. King (24-5) losing not only the game but standout point guard Will Washington to a wrist injury in the third quarter. Washington would not return and was diagnosed with a broken wrist. Jordan Lyons tallied 22 points for McIntosh.

4A Miller Grove (27-3), defending and six-time state champions, outlasted Statesboro 50-42 in overtime on the road. The Wolverines headliner Alterique Gilbert finished with a team-high 16 points. The Wolverines have won 21 in a row and are 4-2 vs non-Georgia teams. Miller Grove has a victory over St. Francis while their only loss to a Georgia team came at the hands of Jonesboro. Miller Grove will travel to Warner Robins in the quarterfinals.

3A Laney (28-1) extended their winning streak to 28 games with a 68-31 victory over Rockmart. Laney (Augusta, GA) is unranked nationally yet always come up in the discussion with Wheeler, Jonesboro, Greenforest Christian and St. Francis as one of the best teams in Georgia regardless of classification. Laney’s only loss of the season came to St. Francis in the season opener. The Wildcats went 3-0 vs non-Georgia teams and have defeated defended Georgia 3A champion Morgan County twice this season, 3A title contender Jenkins and 6A title contender Pebblebrook-all of which are in the quarterfinals in their respective classes. Laney goes 11-deep most nights led by JaShawn Brooks’ 13 points per game. Laney will travel to East Hall in the quarterfinals.

1A Private Greenforest Christian (25-1) defeated Southwest Atlanta Christian 103-31. John Ogwuche scored 25 points leading five Greenforest players in double figures. Greenforest lone loss came to Pebblebrook. The Eagles posted a 3-0 record vs non-Georgia teams. All three victories came in the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, SC. The Eagles have scored over 90 points nine times this season scoring over 100 points four times.

1A Private St. Francis (26-3) defeated Lakeview Academy 103-59.Malik Beasley poured in a game-high 32 points while Kobi Simmons pumped in 27 for St. Francis. St. Francis is  6-2 vs non-Georgia teams including a three-point loss to No. 2 Montverde Academy. 5A Miller Grove is the only Georgia team to defeat the Knights this season.

Girls National Rankings and Radar Notes:

2A Holy Innocents (29-0) is the lone girls team from Georgia nationally ranked. The Lady Bears checked in at No.15 in the latest girls Max Preps Xcellent 25. The Lady Bears defeated Bleckley County 68-20 to advance to the Elite Eight. Holy Innocents were the Class 1A private runner-ups last season before moving up in classification this season. Holy Innocents went 5-0 vs non-Georgia opponents with in-state victories over 6A McEachern, 5A Columbus and 1A Private Southwest Atlanta Christian. Columbus (20-7) is the only opponent out of the state tournament in their classification after losing in the first round. Junior Erika Cassel is one of the team’s top scorers and is averaging a double-double this season with points and rebounds. Sophomore Khlaya Pointer is the other leading scorer helping power the Lady Bear attack. Holy Innocents will travel to Vidalia in the quarterfinals.

6A McEachern (22-6) is unranked after holding the No.1 spot until the first week of January. T’ea Cooper totaled 29 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals as the defending 6A champs defeated South Forsyth 56-47. The Lady Indians posted a 5-1 record vs non-Georgia opponents, have wins over quarterfinalist Forest Park (5A) and Parkview (6A) and three losses to Osborne  this season. McEachern has won two of the last three state titles in Georgia’s highest classification and are playing without post players Caliya Robinson and Zieandra Bridges. Robinson played in the first four games before tearing her ACL and MCL while Bridges was involved in a car accident in late January and was ruled out for the season. McEachern will travel to Mountain View in the quarterfinals.

6A Archer (26-5) outscored Tift County 6-4 in overtime to come away with the 50-48 victory on the road. Last season’s 6A runner-up went 2-2 vs non-Georgia opponents, their other three losses came to region foe Parkview. Sisters Madison (Sr) and Autumn Newby (So) power the Lady Tigers but it was Amber Skidgel’s 15 points that led Archer on this night.

6A Osborne (26-2) advanced the Elite Eight with a 58-44 win over North Forsyth. 1A Southwest Atlanta Christian is the only team from Georgia to hand the Lady Cardinals a loss. Osborne posted a 5-1 record vs non-Georgia teams and has three victories over defending champion McEachern this season. Senior Nikira Goings is the leading scorer averaging over 21 points per game. Osborne will travel to Parkview in the quarterfinals.

6A Parkview (25-3) advanced to the quarter finals with a 61-25 victory over Colquitt County.  The Lady Panthers have won 17 straight games and went 2-2 vs non-Georgia opponents with losses coming to No.1 Mater Dei (CA) and No.4 St. Mary’s (CA). McEachern is their only loss to a Georgia opponent. Junior Raven Johnson leads Parkview in scoring at almost 16 points per game followed by Victoria Harris at almost 13 points per game. Parkview will host Osborne in the quarterfinals.

4A St. Pius (27-3) is powered by Asia Durr. Durr is averaging 48 points per game through two state tournament games. Durr scored 44 of her teams 65 points in a 65-50 victory over class 4A No.1 Jonesboro in the second round. Durr scored 52 points in the state tournament opener against Woodward Academy. St. Pius went 3-1 vs non-Georgia opponents this season. The only in-state losses came to 6A Mountain View, who will face McEachern in the 6A quarterfinals and region foe Marist. Thee lost to Marist was in the Region 6-4A tournament championship game. St. Pius will travel to Buford in the quarterfinals. St. Pius defeated Buford in the class 3A title game last season.

Georgia 6A Playoffs Move Into Quarterfinals; Updated Brackets

Georgia 6A Playoff brackets

Game Briefs:

J.J. Green raced 48-yards on the Wildcats first play of scrimmage for a touchdown to give Camden the early 7-0 lead. Green would later add another touchdown run for his 50th as a Camden County Wildcat, tying Brandon West for first in the schools all-time history. Green has scored 300 total points and is second behind Brandon West (304 points) by four points for most points scored in Camden County history. Antonio Wimbush added a  67-yard  punt return touchdown while Brice Ramsey tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Kalvarez Bessent in Camden’s 34-14 win over East Coweta. Bessent also added a touchdown run for the Wildcats. Camden County scored 20 unanswered points to open the second half to break open a tight game which was 14-7 at halftime. Camden will host Norcross in the quarterfinals next week.

Norcross’s Alvin Kamara ran for three touchdowns and piled up over 180 yards rushing as the Blue Devils defeated South Gwinnett for the second time this 2012 season 27-7 to advance to the quarterfinals against Camden County. Electric junior Myles Autry scored a touchdown via the run game for Norcross to open the scoring, the rest of the Norcross points were scored by Kamara. South Gwinnett’s touchdown came on a 5-yard pass from Jordan Ramsey to Bernard Robinson in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout.

Lovejoy set the tone by taking a  7-0 lead after Arshard Jackson caught a touchdown pass on their way to a 36-15 win over Marietta. Marietta jumped on a Lovejoy mistake picking up a botched snap on a field goal attempt and Onterrio Lay returned it 60-plus yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, Marietta cashed in the two-point conversion and led for the only time 8-7. After that Lovejoy  ripped off 29 unanswered points before Marietta added a late touchdown and Lovejoye punched their ticket to the quarterfinals against North Gwinnett.  Lovejoy quarterback Alejandro Bennefield tossed 3 touchdown passes on the night and running back Travis Custis powered the Wildcat running game with 96 yards rushing on 23 carries and caught a touchdown pass. Jeff Murphy also had a touchdown reception and Brandon Davis returned an interceptions 105 yards for a touchdown for Lovejoy. Davis also has an 88-yard block field goal return and 90-yard interception return for a touchdown in the postseason. Marietta’s only offensive touchdown came in the fourth quarter when Anthony Jennings hit Tyree Harris on a 44-yard scoring pass. Lovejoy’s defense shutdown the explosive offensive attack of the Marietta Blue Devils all night recording multiple tackles for loss for in the game.

North Gwinnett took points however they could get them against a nationally-rated Grayson Ram defense to advance 28-10. North Gwinnett kicker Michael D’Angola kicked four field goals to give North Gwinnett a 12-3 lead into the third quarter. North Gwinnett’s defense would force four Grayson turnovers and the special teams would record a safety after a bad snap by Grayson. Dante Sawyer had a force fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception for the Bulldogs defensively. Wideout Nate Brown tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chad Scott for North Gwinnett’s only touchdown of the game on a reverse pass. Grayson’s Corey Schaffer caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

Mill Creek’s Jacorey Lewis continued to pile up the yardage and touchdowns in his senior season. Lewis’ rushed for over 230 yards and with three touchdowns while Mill Creek scored touchdowns on their first eight possessions a 56-21 win over Brookwood. Brookwood defeated Mill Creek during the 2012 regular season 31-21. The 56 points given up by Brookwood were a school record. Mill Creek quarterback Daniel David passed for over 100 yards and a touchdown and rushed for three touchdowns on the night. Jamaal Cole led Brookwood with over 180 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Colquitt County survived a war with Newnan to adavance to the quarterfinals. John Boatwright scored on a 20-yard touchdown run with 1:38 remaining to lift Colquitt County to the 26-23 win. Colquitt County will travel to Parkview for the quarterfinals.

Parkview won its second consecutive overtime playoff game with a 26-23 win over West Forsyth. Justis Rosser, as he did last week, ended the game for Parkview with a 15-yard touchdown run to lift Parkview into the quarterfinals. Parkview quarterback Rob Youngblood passed for over 100 yards and hit Mac Marshall on a 37-yard touchdown pass for the visiting Panthers. The Panthers defense has been a staple of it all season coming form the rugged Region 8 held West Forsyth, who entered the game averaging 41.9 point per game, to only 23. Parkview will host Colquitt County in the quarterfinals.

North Cobb advanced to the quarterfinals behind the running of back J’Vonte Herrod who tallied five touchdowns on the evening for the Warriors in their 42-14 win over fourth-year program Langston Hughes. Latrell Gibbs returned a fumble on a kickoff 25-yards to account for the other North Cobb touchdown. Langston Hughes’ quarterback Kenny Moxey passed for two touchdowns hitting Keion Davis and Bingo Morton in the loss.

Delano Spencer Vital In Southern Select Win Over Dallas

Delano Spencer

Delano Spencer is an athlete with a decorated athletic check list dating back to grade school. The rising senior at Greater Atlanta Christian is the schools starting quarterback and shooting guard and tosses it around the mound as well.

Spencer began his high school learning at Parkview (Lilburn, GA) and was on the football, basketball and baseball teams for the Panthers. As a freshman, Spencer sat behind Kalik Barnes and Jack Esmond on the quarterback depth chart and was a starting guard on the basketball team. As a Junior at GAC, Spencer was the starting signal caller on the gridiron for a team that went 8-2 yet missed the state playoffs and started on the basketball team that went 25-6 losing by two points in the Elite Eight of the 2A state tournament in Georgia.

This summer he is running with the Southern Select squad and seeking to refine his game.  Spencer carried the scoring load for much of the day as Southern Select defeated the Dallas Seawolves 64-58 over the weekend in basketball action. Spencer had partner Frank Booker on his side down the stretch for the victory.