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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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Photo Courtesy: Georgia Prep Sports Network

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)

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Storylines Abound In Georgia 5A Girls Semifinals

Today’s Georgia class 5A semifinals opener at Columbus State University features the teacher vs pupil when Southwest Dekalb faces Flowery Branch. Southwest Dekalb head coach Kathleen Richey-Walton coached Flowery Branch head coach Courtney Newton-Gonzalez for two years on the travel ball circuit while Newton-Gonzalez played at Flowery Branch. Newton-Gonzalez went on to play at South Carolina and was the head coach at Lexington (SC) before coming home to coach her alma mater last season.

“I enjoyed coaching her,” Richey-Walton said. “She was a good hard-nosed player, she had a good career in college and is doing a good job as a coach. I’m sure I’ll learn something from her.”

Big words coming from Richey-Walton who was honored more for her lacrosse skills in her native Ohio than basketball, however her basketball coaching is what comes to mind first in Georgia. Richey-Walton is also the head coach of the Southwest Deklab Lady Panthers’ lacrosse team.

Southwest Dekalb (26-4) has won five state championships and are in the semifinals for the eighth time in ten years under Richey-Walton.  Four-year starter Jada Walton (Texas A&M) is the leader for the Lady Panthers. Walton, a southpaw, is averaging 13.4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals this season. Ogheneruona Uwusiaba (Central Florida)-Nigerian descent, is her third year of playing organized basketball and is the anchor in the post. Uwusiaba is averaging 11.5 points and leads the team in rebounding at 8.4 per game. Chantz Cherry (Stoney Brook) engineers the offense with her unselfish play, good defense and vision. “She’s a point guard that just does not turn the ball over,” Richey-Walton noted about Cherry.

“The team is focused, they have not been too high or too low,” Richey-Walton said. “We want to execute and be efficient on offense and on defense, we slipped a little bit against Eagles Landings so were working on being tighter and dealing with (Flowery Branch) attack and uptempo play.”

Newton-Gonzalez has Flowery Branch (24-6) in the semifinals for the first time in school history. The Lady Falcons’ uptempo offense is powered scoring-wise by Taniyah Worth, Julianne Sutton and Lexie Sengkhammee. Worth has improved on her 15.2 point per game average in the state tournament to 17.2 points per game. Sutton (North Georgia) puts in 10.1 point per game and cleans the glass fora team-tying high of 7.8 per game. Sengkhammee is the engineer of the offense and shots the three-ball at at 39 percent clip.

The defense is where Flowery Branch hangs its hat. Through three state tournament games the Lady Falcons pressure defense is allowing an average of 38 points per game in victories over North Springs, Statesboro and Carrollton.

“We take pride in our pressure defense and we’ve done a good job throughout the season,” Newton-Gonzales said. “We went out and scheduled tougher teams this season and that has helped us down the stretch. Southwest Dekalb is good and this team is ready for the challenge.”

Flowery Branch’s schedule included non-Georgia teams Bradley Central (TN), Spring Garden (AL) and McMinn Central (TN) in addition to state foes Winder-Barrow (2-1 in three meetings), West Hall and region foe Buford (0-3 in three meetings).

Senghammee set the single season record for three-pointers made and hit six three-pointers in three games this season. Queen Scott is described by Newton-Gonzalez as the ultimate role player, defensive specialist and routinely guards the opposing teams best player. Caroline Wysocki, Ashley Woodroffe and Janoah Williams also play key roles for the Lady Falcons.

“Were excited about were the program is going,” Newton-Gonzales said.

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Georgia 5A girls semifinals commence 

The other semifinal game pits top-ranked Griffin against second-ranked Buford. Griffin enters the contest with a 28-1 mark, the lone loss coming to Columbia which snapped a 20-game winning streak. Griffin is in the semifinals for the first time since 1998 and third time in school history.

The Lady Bears are led by seniors  Andeija Puckett (Cincinnati) and TyLeslie Happy Johnson. Puckett is the region 3-5A Player Of The Year and is averaging a double-double with 17.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Johnson is puts in 7.7 points and grabs 6.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore Daisya Reid controls the offense while scoring 9.7 points per game to go witha 1-to-1 assist to turnover ratio.

Buford is highlighted by the heavily recruited Tory Ozment. Ozment leads the Lady Wolves in scoring at 13.4 point per game and shoots 43 percent from downtown. Audrey averages 10 points per game and snatches almost three boards a game. Marissa Bruce is an experienced player that chips in 9.4 points per game, 3.1 rebounds and brings plenty of energy on both ends of the floor. Jessica Nelson comes off the bench however leads the Lady Wolves in rebounding at 5.4 per game.

The Lady Wolves only in-state loss were to class 1A Private’s St. Francis and Wesleyan. Buford is in pursuit of it’s fifth state championship.

The table is set and the plot will begin to unfold as the it boils down to the newcomers against the established. All four squads can either add to their history or make history themselves. No question who advances to the finals next week at the University of Georgia it will be earned and not given.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

High School Football Returns: Georgia

The 2016 regular season high school football kicked off around the southeast with a slate of games from Thursday night to the wee hours of Sunday morning in what has come to be known as Week Zero. Here is a look at some noteable games from the weekend.

In Georgia, two-time defending champion Colquitt County had its 30-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Mill Creek in a 34-27 defeat. It was Mill Creek’s first victory over the Packers in the all-time series (3-1 Colquitt leads) and in a stroke of irony it was a victory over the Hawks in 2014 that began the Packers 30-game streak. Mill Creek quarterback Cameron Turley connected with six different receivers while passing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. Colquitt’s Jake Saunders passed for over 300 yards, three touchdowns but had two key interceptions. Turley sealed the game with a 41-yard completion to Edmond Graham on third down with less than a minute remaining in the game. Mill Creek will host Stephenson (loss 34-23 to Cedar Grove) while Colquitt will host American Heritage Plantation (FL) this week.

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Valdosta became the first high school program in the nation to win 900 games with its third straight win over Winnersville rival Lowndes 38-13. Valdosta scored two special teams touchdowns, returned an interception for a touchdown and running back Tevin Gray rushed for over 100 yards an d a touchdown in the victory. Lowndes quarterback Michael Barrett finished with a passing and rushing touchdown for the Vikings. Valdosta will host Woodland- Stockbridge (won 55-6 over Union Grove) while Lowndes will host Baytown-Palm Bay (FL) this week.

Xavier Mckinney returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and running back Sheldon Evans rushed for over 115 yards and a touchdown as Roswell defeated Buford 24-7. Roswell’s defense held Buford to less than 75 yards rushing and never allowed the Wolves to establish any momentum after a first quarter touchdown by Derrian Brown. Roswell will host Central Gwinnett in two weeks while Buford will take on Bishop Timon (NY) in Ireland in two weeks.

Throughout the summer Shiloh head coach Ryan Andrews talked confidently about the progression of his program entering his second season at the helm, namely the defense. It was that defense that stole the show in the opener by scoring three touchdowns in a 27-14 victory over Collins Hill earning the Generals their fourth straight victory dating back to last season.  Tyler Reese returned and interception for a touchdown while Greg Jones and Noah McInnis each returned fumbles for touchdowns. Shiloh will host Parkview (won 32-9 over Christ Presbyterian Academy, TN) this week while Collins Hill hosts Norcross (won 46-14 over Walton).

Other notes:
Creekside defeated Miami-Norland (FL) 9-7. Seminoles quarterback Khalil McClain rushed for a touchdown in the victory.

Langston Hughes received a strong effort from senior quarterback Isaiah Green in a 44-6 victory over Mundy’s Mill.

Clarke Central shutout Winder-Barrow 31-0 behind two rushing touchdowns from quarterback Jack Mangel. Zay Brown returned an interception for a touchdown for the Gladiators.

Southwest Dekalb defeated Redan 22-12 in its first game since the sudden death of head coach Michael Tanks. Tanks passed earlier in the month of complications from a stroke suffered at the beginning of fall camp. Retired educator Fletcher Salter was named Panthers interim head coach on August 12th. Salter coached under Tanks and legendary Panther coach Buck Godfrey in addition to coaching various sports at various schools in Dekalb County.

 

 

McEachern (GA) Out Of National Rankings

The McEachern Lady Indians are on break. At 7-1 with region games ahead of a New York classic coming in January, McEachern is settling into their season. Their lone loss came at the hands of No.3 ranked nationally Blackman (TN) by seven in a Tennessee tournament.

McEachern (7-1; 4-0) swept Ribault-Jacksonville (FL) and Edgewater (FL) in a Florida tournament and have since remained undefeated in region action with a thirty point victory over region neighbor Harrison. For a team that likes to use pressure defense and push the tempo the Lady Indians are only averaging 64.6 points per game. Defensively they are allowing 49.0 points per game, averaging 17.43 in margin of victory in seven wins.

Junior Te’a Cooper is putting up numbers to the tune of 16.5 pts 5.6 ast 3.7 stl, Taylor Gordon is second in scoring in the team at 15.3 pts and Caliya Robinson is putting up 11.3 pts with 8.8 reb. McEachern is no longer ranked nationally after starting 20th in the preseason.

Southwest Dekalb (GA) (7-2) is ranked at No. 20 nationally by Max Preps defeating Southwest Atlanta Christian (GA), Miller Grove (GA) and Sacramento (CA). Southwest’s losses have come to Tucker (GA) and Windward (CA). Tucker loss to Norcross in a scrimmage, McEachern defeated Norcross on the road by two points this regular season. No other Georgia teams are nationally ranked.

McEachern’s next five games are against region opponents Kennesaw Mountain, Pebblebrook, Campbell, North Cobb and Marietta. They have defeated North Cobb and Marietta already this season. After that, Nazareth (NY) and Capitol Christian Academy (MD) await in New York for the Rose Classic Super Jam.

ML King Earns Second Consecutive Shutout, Beats Southwest Dekalb 18-0

ML King defeated Southwest Dekalb 18-0 Saturday night in Clarkston, GA using all facets of the game to chalk up their second shutout of the season, improving to 2-0 in 2012. Quarterback Montqavious Johnson guided a balanced ML King offense on its opening drive which ended with a 27-yard field goal by Kra. On Southwest Dekalb’s opening possession trailing 3-0, the ML King defense and special teams would enter the game. SWD would get hit with delay of game and substitution penalties and were on their own 7-yard line lining up to punt. ML King got a rush and blocked it in the end zone, the Panthers recovered it for a safety giving King a 5-0 baseball score looking lead.

Southwest Dekalb would put together a drive down to the ML King 12-yard line before settling for and missing a 39-yard field goal.

Johnson would then warm up hitting Demarquis Polite-Bray and Donald Clark for nice yardage on passing plays, then handing off to bruising back Jamel Smith with back to back carries totaling 15 yards, setting up a 36-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Polite-Bray on the next play for a 12-0 ML King lead after a successful PAT.

“He was able to come in this week, get the jitters out from last week, settle down, read the defense and play ball, the guy was all-county last year”, ML King head coach Rober Freeman said about his starting quarterback.

The Panthers would miss a field goal from 34-yards out after a 10-play drive stalled on their next possession and it was 12-0 at the intermission.

In the third ML King put the game away halting another SWD drive with solid defense, a defense that saw JaCarthy Mack, Chaka Diarrassouba, Hector Stanback and others making multiple plays all night. King would line up, mix pass and run as Johnson hit four straight passes on a  61-yard 13-play drive capped with a Jeremy Tyler 6-yard touchdown run and an 18-0 lead. That lead would be held by the ML King defense as the posted their second consecutive shutout to open the 2012 season. King shutout Stockbridge 23-0 in their season opener last week.

“I just like the way they [the defense] get to the ball, they play assignment football. We bent a little bit but we didn’t break, we were able to get stops when we needed them so that helped us out big time”, Freemen stated.

Montqavious Johnson finished 15-24 190 yards and a touchdown on the night hitting Donald Clark 5 times for 85 yards and Polite-Bray 3 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. Jamel Smith rushed 4 times for an important bruising 24 yards while Clark, Spencer Williams and Reynard Whyte shared other rushing duties.

“We have a good run game and then we can throw the ball. This year we wanted to be balanced out, we have three or four running backs that can run the ball and we have to use them and be smart with the clock…Oh man Jamel [Smith] is a monster as you can see the other defenses don’t want to tackle him and he runs hard”, Freeman replied when asked about balance.

ML King will face Mays next Friday. Mays defeated Miller Grove 34-7 last Friday night. Southwest Dekalb will take on Lakeside-Dekalb who defeated Dunwoody 28-14.