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 Colquitt vs. Grayson
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**
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South Forsyth vs Blessed Trinity
We get a great cross-classification matchup when South Forsyth from AAAAAAA (1-0 overall record/ Honorable Mention in the rankings) visits the defending state AAAA champions, Blessed Trinity (1-0 overall record/ #1-ranked team in 4A).
There are very few teams in the lower classifications (4A-1A) that could stand up to a squad in the highest classification, especially a constant playoff program, and come away with a win.
Blessed Trinity is one of them.
When the Titans made their dominant run to a state title last season, they were driven by junior classmen. In fact, one could make the argument the Roswell based program returns eight of its top 10 players from last year. They are so talented, you could also argue over who deserves isolation during our preview. So many choices.
Let’s start with senior Steele Chambers. The Ohio State commit has rushed for 2,800-yards over the last two seasons and scored 45 times. Senior JD Bertrand is a Georgia commit and a top thirty-rated linebacker nationally, according to 247Sports National Composite rankings. Next season could be an all-timer for running backs in Georgia high school history and junior Elijah Green is one of the best. Last season, he averaged six yards per carry and totaled 1,231-yards on the ground. Finally, senior athlete Ryan Davis has amassed over 4,000 all-purpose yards and this season will be his fourth year as a starter.
The Titans are led by Head Coach Tim McFarlin. Now entering his eighth season at BT, he has won 75 games, four region titles and the 2017 State Championship. That state title was the second for the 18-year veteran who won his first title down the road at Roswell High School in 2006. His career record is 157-52-2.
Meanwhile, these are the salad days of South Forsyth football. Last season marked the fifth consecutive season the team has notched a winning record, a first for the program born in 1989.
Last season, the War Eagles won their second region title in three seasons, outscored opponents by 214-points and was an underrated club.
Questions are surrounding the team in 2018. Gone, through graduation, is quarterback Cal Morris, Second Team All-State defensive lineman Ryan LaFlamme, running back Jared Honey (700-plus all-purpose yardage) and Second Team All-State offensive lineman Jordan Nelson. Plus, the opening of Denmark High School, the newest in Forsyth County, has thinned out some of their depth.
The coaching staff has admitted a bit of uncertainty and a need to lean on returning starters and upperclassmen. Senior defensive lineman Jamal Camp pressured quarterbacks 22 times last season and came away with five tackles for a loss. Senior Landon Sims can play anywhere, and senior offensive lineman Chris Biba was a Second Team All-State performer in 2017.
Head Coach Jeff Arnette enters his eighth season at South and has posted a 52-35 record, with five playoff appearances. In 14 seasons in the state of Georgia, Arnette has also made stops at Oconee County and Elbert County, with a 97-59-1 overall record.
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High School Football Scores Around Georgia
7A Top 10
- Colquitt County (1-0)
- Grayson (0-0)
- North Gwinnett (1-0)
- Walton (1-0)
- Milton (1-0)
- Archer (0-1)
- McEachern (0-1)
- Marietta (0-1)
- Norcross (1-0)
- Hillgrove (1-0)
Honorable Mention: Parkview (1-0), Lowndes (1-0), North Cobb (1-0), Mill Creek (0-1), South Forsyth (1-0)
News: Class 7A
Not to brag too much but hold my drink while I almost brag too much…Colquitt County moves into the top spot after a dominating performance versus McEachern. Meanwhile, don’t worry Indian fans, your team will find itself. We always get results in Week One which surprise and we must remember not to put all the stock into them. CC moves to number-one because they were close to being preseason head-honcho anyway. Milton, what a win. Of course, we weren’t shocked, seeing as we had them ranked higher than anyone in the state. And yes, even with the loss Archer is still capable of winning a state title. Oh, and Norcross? We will admit that level of dominance was surprising.
6A Top 10
- Lee County (1-0)
- Coffee (1-0)
- Northside, Warner Robins (1-0)
- Tucker (0-1)
- Stephenson (1-0)
- Valdosta (1-0)
- Dalton (1-0)
- Mays (0-1)
- Dacula (1-0)
- Glynn Academy (0-1)
Honorable Mention: Douglas County (0-1), Allatoona (0-1), Lanier (1-0), Hughes (0-1), Harrison (1-0)
News: Class 6A
Well, we said in the preseason rankings last week that the theme for this class in 2018 is parity. We may not receive a better example than what we saw this past weekend when eight teams in the top fifteen were saddled with losses. Still, take our word for it: this parity is born in the reality of so many good teams. The Top Ten and Honorable Mention will have an ebb and flow throughout the year which will be rather unpredictable. No one finishes this season undefeated in AAAAAA.
5A Top 10
- Rome (1-0)
- Buford (1-0)
- Warner Robins (1-0)
- Carrollton (0-0)
- Stockbridge (0-0)
- Jones County (1-0)
- Ware County (1-0)
- Arabia Mountain (1-0)
- Kell (1-0)
- Carver-ATL (0-1)
Honorable Mention: Wayne County (0-0), Clarke Central (1-0), Griffin (1-0), Starr’s Mill (0-0), Bainbridge (1-0)
News: Class 5A
…*The author tries to find something original to say and NOT mention either Rome or Buford*…Well, that is impossible this week. And fittingly, they were equally impressive. Every once and a while, we like to point out who had the “best win of the week”. The two juggernauts share that trophy in Week One. Rome did give up a few more points than the experts would like (Marietta QB Harrison Bailey finished with six touchdown passes and 400+-yards) considering that is their biggest question entering 2018. But they flew up and down the field on offense against a defensive unit that features five or six D1 prospects. Meanwhile, Buford seemed to beat up a Tucker team that is traditionally among the most physical and athletic in the upper classifications. And Warner Robins win over Tift County is worth bragging on too.
4A Top 10
- Blessed Trinity (1-0)
- Mary Persons (1-0)
- Cartersville (1-0)
- Marist (0-0)
- Thomson (0-1)
- St Pius (0-1)
- Troup (0-0)
- Oconee County (1-0)
- Woodward Academy (0-1)
- Sandy Creek (0-0)
Honorable Mention: Ridgeland (0-1), Cedartown (0-1), Salem (1-0), Burke County (0-1), Stephens County (1-0)
News: Class 4A
The “biggest win of the week” is truly a toss-up. Blessed Trinity beat a rival and Top Ten team in St Pius. Mary Persons routed a school in the AAAAAA classification with a high-level of tradition in Gainesville. Cartersville took a new cast of characters down to Cobb County and handily defeated a Top Ten ranked club from the AAAAAA classification, Allatoona. The “biggest loss of the week” is awarded to Woodward Academy. We will talk more about this in the AAA rankings, but a 25-point loss for the War Eagles, to Westminster, is shocking. No matter how good Westminster is.
3A Top 10
- Calhoun (1-0)
- Cedar Grove (1-0)
- Greater Atlanta Christian (1-0)
- Peach County (0-0)
- Benedictine (1-0)
- Monroe Area (1-0)
- Westminster (1-0)
- Jefferson (0-1)
- Lovett (0-1)
- Pace Academy (0-1)
Honorable Mention: Dawson County (1-0), Liberty County (0-0), Pierce County (1-0), Crisp County (1-0), Jenkins (0-1)
News: Class 3A
Some of the top teams in AAA turned in very nice wins last week. Calhoun turned a 14-14, third quarter game, into a 45-21 win over a ranked Ridgeland team from AAAA. Cedar Grove played a traditionally good squad from South Carolina and handled them. GAC won a rivalry game with a late touchdown; and did it against a Top Ten Lovett squad. And Benedictine, plus Monroe Area, served notice of their contention. However, the “win of the week” award easily goes to Westminster. We knew they would be good, but this club looks like they are better than we expected. To beat AAAA title contender Woodward Academy by 25-points is impressive. No need for an overreaction and anointment as titlists, but we will now watch the Wildcats with a keener eye.
2A Top 10
- Callaway (0-0)
- Heard County (1-0)
- Hapeville Charter (0-0)
- Brooks County (1-0)
- Dodge County (1-0)
- Thomasville (1-0)
- Fitzgerald (1-0)
- Screven County (1-0)
- Elbert County (1-0)
- Toombs County (1-0)
Honorable Mention: Dublin (1-0), Bremen (1-0), Rockmart (1-0), Rabun County (0-1), Jefferson County (0-1)
News: Class 2A
We pride ourselves on accuracy and awareness. We have bragged over the last few years about how we have provided the most accurate rankings in the state. It isn’t an exact science, and goodness knows we have been way off on some teams, but through some chaos we have been pretty dead-on when it comes to spotting champions, contenders and ranking-deserved squads. To do this, we have an actual ranking in each class of about 35-teams. And they shuffle a good bit each week. This was one of the wildest Week One reshufflings we have ever had. So many teams with interesting wins and losses. To give you a peak behind the curtains, one team in this class jumped from #34 into the top twenty. AA is going to be wild this year.
1A Pub. Top 10
- Clinch County (1-0)
- Irwin County (1-0)
- Charlton County (1-0)
- Manchester (1-0)
- Mt Zion, Carroll (1-0)
- Emanuel County Institute (0-1)
- Commerce (1-0)
- Pelham (1-0)
- Dooly County (0-0)
- Marion County (1-0)
Honorable Mention: Macon County (0-1), Mitchell County (0-1), McIntosh County Academy (0-1), Trion (1-0), Turner County (1-0)
News: Class 1A - Public
Week One in the 1A Public classification did not provide us with any major storylines. I suppose ECI losing by 35-points is big. Although they lost to a top ten caliber club from AA in Dublin. Three teams that were consensus top fifteen squads took a loss last week and dropped: Macon County, Mitchell County and McIntosh County Academy. And a couple of other losses allowed Turner County and Trion to get there first look at the Honorable Mention.
1A Priv. Top 10
- Eagles Landing Christian Academy (1-0)
- Mount Paran Christian (0-0)
- Prince Avenue Christian (1-0)
- Calvary Day (0-0)
- Athens Academy (1-0)
- Darlington (1-0)
- Stratford Academy (0-0)
- Aquinas (1-0)
- Savannah Christian (0-1)
- Wesleyan (0-1)
Honorable Mention: Savannah Country Day (0-0), Mount Pisgah Christian (0-1), Fellowship Christian (1-0), Mt Vernon Presbyterian (0-1), Athens Christian (1-0)
News: Class 1A - Private
Your obligatory ELCA win streak update: The Chargers took down Morrow from the AAAAAA classification on Friday night. It was win number thirty-seven in a row, which is the seventh longest in state history and ties them with the 1984 West Rome Chieftans and the 1963 Valdosta Wildcats. They are now four wins shy of the top five and ten wins short of tying the all-time state record.
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