2018 HSFB Play-By-Play Schedule:
17-Aug NS Warner Robbins vs. Centennial
24-Aug S. Forsyth vs. Blessed Trinity
FREEEDOM BOWL @ MILTON HIGH
31-Aug Daytona Mainland vs. Bob Jones (4:30pm)
31-Aug Cardinal Gibbons vs. Milton (8:30pm)
1-Sep Chaminade-Madonna vs. Muscle Shoals (10am)
1-Sep American Heritage vs. St. Josephs (1:30pm)
1-Sep Stoneman Douglas vs. St. Matthews (5pm)
1-Sep North Gwinnett vs. Wekiva (8:30pm)
7-Sep Grayson vs. Marietta
14-Sep St. Pius vs. Marist
21-Sep Milton vs. Parkview
28-Sep Centennial vs. Alpharetta
5-Oct Dawson Co. vs. GAC
12-Oct Marietta vs. McEachern
19-Oct Cedar Grove vs. Pace Academy
26-Oct Lanier vs. Dacula
2-Nov Lovett vs. Westminster
Dec. State Finals
**ALL GAMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
Coming up this week on 680 The Fan & the Sports X Friday Night Footbal:
We continue our coverage of region play as the Cedar Grove Saints (7-1 overall record/ 4-0 record in Region 5/ #2-ranked team in AAA) visit the Pace Academy Knights (5-3 overall record/ 3-1 record in Region 5/ #13-ranked in AAA).
Alright, first things first: If Cedar Grove wins this Friday night, they will be the 2018 Region 5-3A Champions. They defeated Westminster last week, so they own the tiebreaker on the Wildcats, the only other team that could catch them record wise. A Pace Academy win would put Cedar Grove, Pace Academy and Westminster in a three-way tie where each would have beaten the other.
As far as lower classification teams go, Cedar Grove’s roster could be the best. The highlight man is senior wide receiver Jadon Haselwood. The former University of Georgia commit is one of the top pass catchers in America and is a “pick any college” type talent. The All-American is a stud on defense too, but he isn’t the third best player on that side of the ball. Senior Dante Walker, senior Rashad Cheney and junior Isaiah Ratliff are all among the top 25 players at their respective positions in the country.
The men from Ellenwood are led by head coach Jimmy Smith, who has taken the program to this new, incredible level of success over the last six seasons. In that time, Smith has won 60-games and led the program to a state title, two semifinals and two second-round appearances.
If any team knows about loaded rosters in the lower classification, it’s Pace Academy. In the last two seasons, the Knights have graduated two of the top offensive linemen in America, two FBS playmakers, an FBS linebacker, three major Group of Five playmakers and a host of major FCS products. These were the men who helped lead Pace to the state title in 2015.
More talent returns this season, but if we must choose someone to isolate, let’s look at senior athlete Keashawn Perryman. The two-way athlete is a two-time all-region performer and a big play waiting to happen. A versatile player, Perryman averages right around a hundred yards of total offense per ballgame.
Former NFL veteran Chris Slade is wrapping up his sixth season as the head coach. In that time, he has posted a 41-26 record and led the team to four playoff berths. Plus, the 2015 state championship.
Now let’s look at the season so far.
The Saints defeated a good Summerville (South Carolina) team and a nationally ranked Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama) squad to open the year. In a ballgame which showed just how good they really are, the men in two shades of blue nearly defeated 7A powerhouse McEachern on the road, eventually falling 24-17.
The Knights have run the river of emotions this season. They started the year with wins over a 6A school (New Manchester) and then ended Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy’s 37-game win streak. Next, they were absolutely hammered by two state title contenders. Afterward, they turned in two expected wins, and followed them by splitting two games with Westminster and Lovett.
The Saints lead the all-time series between the two programs, 2-0. These two programs first met when they joined regions back in 2016. And of course, Cedar Grove has been one of the best teams in the state in that time. Which is reflected in a scoring margin of 77-7 over the last two years.
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7A Top 10
- Colquitt County (7-0)
- Grayson (5-2)
- Parkview (7-0)
- Hillgrove (7-0)
- Walton (7-0)
- North Gwinnett (6-2)
- Lowndes (6-1)
- Milton (5-2)
- Archer (5-2)
- Brookwood (6-1)
Honorable Mention: Camden County (6-1), Marietta (3-4), North Paulding (6-1), North Cobb (6-1), Roswell (6-1)
News: Class 7A
Biggest win of the Week: Marietta over McEachern. Now, the Blue Devils have a chance at the region title. And the Indians have a chance to miss the playoffs. Biggest mover of the Week: On the negative side of things, McEachern drops 7 spots and nearly out of the top twenty. Newest Edition: Marietta is back.
6A Top 10
- Lee County (7-0)
- Creekview (7-0)
- Douglas County (7-1)
- Tucker (5-2)
- Stephenson (6-1)
- Allatoona (5-2)
- Harrison (7-1)
- Valdosta (5-3)
- Sequoyah (6-1)
- Coffee (6-2)
Honorable Mention: Johns Creek (6-1), Dacula (5-2), Lanier (5-2), Centennial (5-2), Northside-Warner Robins (4-4)
News: Class 6A
Biggest win of the Week: Valdosta over Coffee. The Wildcats now become the first 2-0 team in the region standings and sends Coffee to 0-2. Biggest mover of the Week: On the minus side, Northside-Warner Robins drops nine spots. Are they better than #15? Of course, but still, four losses. Newest Edition: None..
5A Top 10
- Rome (8-0)
- Buford (6-2)
- Stockbridge (7-0)
- Warner Robins (7-1)
- Dutchtown (7-0)
- Wayne County (8-0)
- Jones County (6-1)
- Kell (5-2)
- Southwest DeKalb (7-0)
- Carrollton (6-2)
Honorable Mention: Ware County (5-2), Veterans (7-1), Arabia Mountain (4-3), Thomas County Central (5-2), Banneker (6-1)
News: Class 5A
Biggest win of the Week: Kell over Carrollton. This win by the Longhorns throws the region standings into chaos as wee now find five teams with two losses. Biggest mover of the Week: Kell and Carrollton, again. The dominating performance by the Longhorns moves Kell up two spots; while the Trojans fall six spots. Newest Edition: Well, it is Arabia Mountain, but I must say there is so much depth on the back end of the top fifteen. I had a list of six teams to choose from.
4A Top 10
- Blessed Trinity (7-0)
- Mary Persons (7-0)
- Cartersville (8-0)
- Troup (7-0)
- St Pius (7-1)
- Marist (7-1)
- Eastside (7-0)
- Burke County (6-2)
- North Oconee (6-2)
- Pickens (8-0)
Honorable Mention: Flowery Branch (6-1), Woodward Academy (4-3), Ridgeland (5-2), Cairo (5-2), West Laurens (5-2)
News: Class 4A
Biggest win of the Week: Blessed Trinity survives an overtime affair with Flowery Branch. Biggest mover of the Week: With little movement in the rankings, Woodward Academy moves up a modest three spots. Newest Edition: West Laurens.
3A Top 10
- Calhoun (7-0)
- Cedar Grove (7-1)
- Monroe Area (8-0)
- Peach County (5-2)
- Greater Atlanta Christian (6-2)
- Benedictine (6-1)
- Jefferson (7-1)
- Pierce County (7-0)
- Dawson County (6-1)
- SE Bulloch (7-0)
Honorable Mention: Liberty County (4-1), Westminster (4-3), Pace Academy (5-3), Westside-Macon (5-2), North Hall (6-1)
News: Class 3A
Biggest win of the Week: The only meeting of ranked teams was between Cedar Grove and Westminster. The Saints showed how good they are by winning a 30-point game. Biggest mover of the Week: North Hall pops up a few spots. Newest Edition: North Hall.
2A Top 10
- Hapeville Charter (6-1)
- Callaway (7-1)
- Rockmart (7-0)
- Bremen (6-1)
- Rabun County (6-1)
- Brooks County (5-2)
- Dublin (7-1)
- Dodge County (6-1)
- Fitzgerald (6-2)
- Washington County (6-0)
Honorable Mention: Vidalia (7-0), Union Co (7-0), Elbert County (4-3), Heard County (5-2), Screven County (4-3)
News: Class 2A
*At Press Time for the rankings, Washington County and Dodge County were slated to meet on Monday the 15th…* Biggest win of the Week: Brooks County over Thomasville. Biggest mover of the Week: Screven County moves up two spots. Newest Edition: Also Screven County.
1A Pub. Top 10
- Irwin County (7-0)
- Clinch County (6-1)
- Commerce (7-0)
- Pelham (7-0)
- Marion County (8-0)
- Mt Zion, Carroll (7-1)
- Charlton County (5-2)
- Mitchell County (5-1)
- Schley County (6-1)
- Emanuel County Institute (4-3)
Honorable Mention: Claxton (5-2), Manchester (4-3), Dooly County (3-3), Macon County (3-4), Trion (5-3)
News: Class 1A - Public
Biggest win of the Week: Schley County over Macon County. People were wondering how good they were, and yes Macon County is down a bit, but for SC to beat MC is still a very good accomplishment. Biggest mover of the Week: Also, Schley County. They jump up five spots. Newest Edition: None.
1A Priv. Top 10
- Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (6-1)
- Athens Academy (7-0)
- Prince Avenue Christian (6-1)
- Savannah Christian (6-1)
- Darlington (6-1)
- Fellowship Christian (7-0)
- Calvary Day (6-1)
- Aquinas (7-0)
- Mount Paran Christian (5-2)
- George Walton (6-1)
Honorable Mention: Tattnall Square (5-3), Mount de Sales (6-1), Savannah Country Day (6-1), Mt Vernon Presbyterian (5-2), Trinity Christian (5-2)
News: Class 1A - Private
Biggest win of the Week: Tattnall Square defeats Mount de Sales. Now, MdS will be taken out of the hunt for a Top Eight seed. Biggest mover of the Week: Also, Tattnall Square. They jump up a mere four spots. Newest Edition: Mt Vernon Presbyterian is back.
Chris Mooneyham is a twenty-year broadcast veteran freelancing for several companies across America. Currently, he is a co-host and guest anchor for Atlanta’s sports leader, The Fan 680AM/ 93.7FM. While at The Fan, he has worked a myriad of shows including: NFL Game Day, College Game Day, Friday Night Football, Chuck and Chernoff, Buck and Kincade and The Rude Awakening. Mooneyham also serves as a guest anchor on Sports Updates. Aside from his work in the Fall on 680, you can find Chris reporting on the sidelines for the television broadcasts of Kennesaw State football. In the Spring, the Atlanta native is the play-by-play man for the highly decorated Emory University baseball team. He is a lead play-by-play man for the NFHS Network, and over the last decade, Chris was assigned the call for state championships in nearly every sport. One of his great honors, is spending the last seven years as play-by-play man for the Rising Seniors Georgia Junior Bowl on ESPN. After launching his own production company in 1998, Chris was the voice of Kennesaw State University baseball from 1998-2006; where he worked the 1998 and 1999 Division II National Championship Games and numerous national tournaments. Past jobs on his resume include: play-by-play man for the ABA’s Atlanta Vision, host for the Touchdown Club of Atlanta weekly blog, emcee for the nationally renowned symposium Sports Concussion’s: A Town Hall Meeting, and so much more. His voice over work has been featured all across the country including: Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Chicago, Houston and Seattle.
Mooneyham graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BS in Communications, with a focus on Media Studies, and a minor in Film Studies.
Born and Raised in South Louisiana, Chad is now in his 7th Season with 680 The Fan’s HSFB. The Bayou Bengal brings passion and energy like no one else and is always on top of the latest score and info from around the state.
Returning to the Friday Night Football lineup is its longest tenured host, the venerable veteran of Atlanta sports radio, Steve West. With 21-years in the Atlanta market, “Westy” has cultivated a loyal listener fanbase as the laid back, book of football knowledge.
With The Fan since day one of the relaunch in September of 2000, only Buck Belue and John Kincade can equal Steve’s service time. In that time, West has guest or co-hosted on countless shows in the station lineup.
The list over the last year would be lengthy as well, but a sampling would include: Buck Belue’s College Football Today, Hometeam and Hamilton, Buck and Kincade, and NFL Game Day.
This Fall, West will begin his 13th season as the host of the 680 FNF Scoreboard Show.
A die-hard Atlanta Falcons fan, Steve has been a season-ticket holder since the late 1980s, and the Falcon fanbase has always turned to him for straight talk and an honest breakdown of the club.
West earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Residing in Sandy Springs, Steve’s interests include fitness, travel, and pop culture
Karl Werl begins his fourteenth season as the lead play-by-play voice and one of the original members of 680 the Fan’s Friday Night Football. Karl has worn many hats in broadcasting throughout the Southeast since he entered the business in 2001. He originally started with 790 the Zone as a producer and sports reporter covering the University of Georgia, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta Braves as well as producing weekend and daily shows. He started doing play-by-play with Emory University calling baseball, softball, and basketball then had an opportunity to be the Director of Broadcasting and Play-by-Play voice for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League out of Fayetteville, NC where he was selected to call the All-Star game in Wilson, NC and the Petite Cup Championship. While in North Carolina, Karl called high school football and hosted a Saturday morning high school football recap show. Upon his return to Atlanta, Karl returned to the business sector but continued to stay in broadcasting doing freelance play-by-play work for GASports.com and Georgia News Network calling the GHSA Football State Semifinals and Finals, Georgia Public Broadcasting calling basketball games and calling regular season and playoff baseball for the Sunbelt League before being tabbed as the play-by-play voice for 680 the Fan’s Friday Night Football.
Karl graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Along with Mr. Hanover while at The Zone he created the now defunct Werl Ball and finished a close second to Mr. Hanover’s fraternity in the All Row Sports Championship and still thinks they would have won if The Stroke’s blade had not cracked. I’m not bitter.
Justin Hanover is a sports reporter/analyst who has worked in the business since 1996. His stops have included ESPN, CNN and 790 The Zone and have ranged from anchoring two minute Headline Sports updates to broadcasting four hour live radio shows. Included in-between has been play-by-play analysis and color commentary ranging from the high school level all the way through the professional level including being voice of the National Premier Soccer League’s Atlanta Silverbacks for the last four seasons.
Mr. Hanover graduated from Emory University in Atlanta in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He was the Intrafraternity Council Sports Chairman in his junior year and helped his fraternity win the All-Row Sports Championship.
Justin lives in Smyrna, Georgia with his wife and three children.