The state’s third-largest university has taken a first step to starting a football program. Kennesaw State officials now hope to build a fundraising framework that will support a team.
Don’t tell Derek Cook’s boys they aren’t big enough. The Kell Longhorns spent their first few years as one of Class 5A’s smaller schools. But it didn’t show on the football field. A state playoff team two years running, Cook’s team entered Region 5, Class 4A this past offseason with a solid pedigree accompanying them.
This week's list of the top 44 seniors in Georgia high school football has only two changes- AJ Sims of Brookwood was replaced by Peachtree Ridge Lion Justin Watts. Check out this page each week on Tuesday morning for our latest edition of the Score 44.
All five classifications saw movement in this week's rankings as several ranked teams lost on Friday night. In Class AA, Lovett jumped to No. 7 after a convincing win over Callaway, while Jefferson County and Fitzgerald entered the rankings. In Class AAA, Woodward Academy and Burke County debuted at Nos. 9 and 10 respectively. Flowery Branch moved into the Class AAAA rankings for the first time ever after dispatching Apalachee.
In Cobb County action, North Cobb won their second game in a row while Hillgrove continued their undefeated season with a win over North Forsyth. Class AAA No. 5 Carrollton dominated Centennial while Norcross held on to defeat Roswell. Wesleyan took out Twiggs Co. in Class A action while Buford rebounded to defeat Westminster.
The state owned property that was supposed to house the Golf Hall of fame in Augusta still hasn’t been sold. It could still be months before the state will unload the downtown Augusta site through an auction.
These 10 games feature some of the best matchups in the state this weekend. Georgia commitment Nick Marshall leads Class A No. 2 Wilcox County in a huge game at No. 4 Clinch County. Buford will look to rebound after a rare loss, while Lovett hosts No. 9 Callaway in Class AA. Woodstock and Kell meet in an interesting inter-classification matchup between two ranked teams and Peachtree Ridge travels to Newnan for a top 5 matchup in the state's highest classification.
An all-Fulton showdown between Blessed Trinity and Grady did not disappoint last Friday, as a back-and-forth thriller resulted in a 17-14 win for the host Titans. Grady two-way star Damian Swann did all he could for the Grey Knights, but it was not enough to pick up a road victory.
Georgia receiver A.J. Green has been suspended for four games for selling a jersey to someone the NCAA says qualifies as an agent. Green sold his Independence Bowl game jersey for $1,000. The junior, who sat out the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, must miss three more games before eligible to play.
Because of the big wins North Gwinnett and Camden County have produced over the last two weeks, the national media is starting to take notice. In the MaxPreps rankings, North Gwinnett is ranked No. 12 in America while Camden Co. is ranked No. 23. The Wildcats got a big win Friday beating Miami Central (Fla.), while North Gwinnett took care of Crenshaw (Calif.), a nationally-ranked team from the Los Angeles area.