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  Today, we announce the current Falcons HS Coach of the Week. Also, we detail the full Week 8 football schedule in the left panel and look into Class AAAA's elite.

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Thursday, Oct. 6
Effingham County at Glynn Academy
Jenkins at Islands
Johnson County at Jenkins County
Pierce County at Brantley County
Randolph-Clay at Baconton Charter
Friday, Oct. 7
Adairsville at Calhoun
Apalachee at Dacula
Appling County at Long County
Aquinas at Warren County
Arabia Mountain at Miller Grove
Athens Academy at Hebron Christian
Baldwin at Richmond Academy
Berrien at Thomasville
Bleckley County at Washington County
Blessed Trinity at White County
Brookstone at Marion County
Brunswick at Bradwell Institute
Calhoun County at Seminole County
Callaway at Lamar County
Calvary Day at Savannah Country Day
Cambridge at Dunwoody
Carrollton at Villa Rica
Cass at East Paulding
Central Gwinnett at Berkmar
Central-Carroll at Cedartown
Central-Macon at Peach County
Chamblee at Southwest DeKalb
Chattahoochee County at Miller County
Christian Heritage at Bowdon
Clarke Central at Loganville
Claxton at Savannah Christian
Coahulla Creek at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe
Columbia at Lithonia
Creekview at Allatoona
Cross Creek at Burke County
Discovery at Mill Creek
Dodge County at Dublin
Dooly County at Hawkinsville
Douglass at Forest Park
Druid Hills at Luella
Duluth at Collins Hill
Dutchtown at Locust Grove
Eagles Landing Christian at Our Lady of Mercy
Early County at Brooks County
East Coweta at Westlake
East Jackson at Monroe Area
East Lake, FL at Ware County
Eastside at Henry County
Emanuel County Institute at Wheeler County
Etowah at Woodstock
Evans at Alcovy
Fayette County at McIntosh
Fitzgerald at Albany
Flowery Branch at Walnut Grove
Forsyth Central at North Forsyth
Franklin County at Jackson County
Fulton Leadership Academy at Landmark Christian
Gainesville at Habersham Central
George Walton Academy at Athens Christian
Gordon Lee at Mt. Zion, Carroll
Greater Atlanta Christian at East Hall
Greenbrier at Lakeside-Evans
Greene County at Washington-Wilkes
Greenville at Central-Talbotton
Grovetown at Heritage-Conyers
Hancock Central at Lincoln County
Hapeville Charter at Washington
Haralson County at Sonoraville
Harrison at Sprayberry
Hillgrove at North Paulding
Hiram at Rome
Houston County at Lee County
Howard at Perry
Hughes at South Paulding
Jefferson County at Harlem
Johns Creek at Chattahoochee
Johnson-Gainesville at Buford
Kennesaw Mountain at Marietta
King's Ridge at Pinecrest Academy
LaGrange at Cartersville
Lakeview Academy at Prince Avenue
Lanier at Winder-Barrow
Lassiter at Roswell
Liberty County at Tattnall County
Macon County at Crawford County
Mary Persons at Upson-Lee
Mays at Douglas County
McIntosh County Academy at Portal
McNair at Redan
Meadowcreek at Brookwood
Monticello at Social Circle
Morrow at Griffin
Mountain View at Peachtree Ridge
Mt. de Sales at Tattnall Square
Mt. Vernon Presbyterian at Wesleyan
Mundy's Mill at Osborne
New Hampstead at Statesboro
New Manchester at Northgate
Newnan at Wheeler
Newton at Archer
North Clayton at Woodward Academy
North Cobb at McEachern
North Cobb Christian at Darlington
North Hall at Lumpkin County
North Springs at Cross Keys
Northside-Warner Robins at Valdosta
Northview at Centennial
Northwest Whitfield at Heritage-Catoosa
Oconee County at North Oconee
Oglethorpe County at Elbert County
Ola at Eagles Landing
Pace Academy at Westminster
Parkview at Lakeside-DeKalb
Pebblebrook at Campbell
Pike County at Jackson
Pope at Alpharetta
Providence Christian at Commerce
Rabun County at Putnam County
Ridgeland at LaFayette
Ringgold at Murray County
River Ridge at Dalton
Rockdale County at South Gwinnett
Rutland at Westside-Macon
Sandy Creek at Chapel Hill
Schley County at Taylor County
Shiloh at Grayson
South Atlanta at Therrell
South Cobb at Sequoyah
South Effingham at Wayne County
South Forsyth at Lambert
Southeast Whitfield at Pickens
Southwest at Northeast
Spalding at West Laurens
Spencer at Jordan
St. Anne Pacelli at Manchester
St. Francis at Mt. Pisgah Christian
Starr's Mill at Whitewater
Stephens County at St. Pius
Stone Mountain at Lovett
Stratford Academy at Twiggs County
Strong Rock Christian at Holy Innocents'
Terrell County at Stewart County
Thomas County Central at Warner Robins
Thomson at Hephzibah
Towers at Cedar Grove
Treutlen at Montgomery County
Tri-Cities at Alexander
Union County at Dawson County
Union Grove at Hampton
Veterans at Bainbridge
Walker at Mt. Paran Christian
Walton at Cherokee
West Forsyth at Milton
West Hall at Chestatee
Whitefield Academy at Fellowship Christian
Wilkinson County at First Presbyterian
Windsor Forest at Savannah
Woodland-Cartersville at Paulding County
Woodland-Stockbridge at Stockbridge
Worth County at Cook
Saturday, Oct. 8
Glenn Hills at Laney
Monroe at Dougherty
Southeast Bulloch at Johnson-Savannah

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Thursday, October 6, 2016



Ford recognized for reaching new heights
Presented by Ford, the Atlanta Falcons Coach of the Week program recognizes 12 high school football coaches across the state of Georgia for their hard work and dedication to making a difference in student-athletes lives on and off the field over the course of the GHSA season.  The sixth winner of the 2016 season is John Ford of Roswell High School. Now in his fourth year at the helm, Ford has changed the Hornet culture. Just two years prior to his arrival in 2013, Roswell finished 0-10 in 2011.

Today, the Hornets are ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAAA, No. 6 in the MaxPreps Xcellent25 poll and have allowed just 16 points through their 5-0 start with dominant wins over Buford (24-7) and two-time defending state champion Colquitt County (34-3), highlighting their resume.

Step by Step

"Right now we are just trying to be a little better today than we were yesterday," explained Ford on how he has helped rebuild Roswell. "That's what it comes down to, try to stack good days on top of good days. We believe in the law of incrementalism around here and just constant improvement and trying to meet a standard every day."

Those good days have started to pile up as the Hornets have increased their win total each year since Ford took over as head coach, improving from 4-6 to 8-4 to a school-record 14 wins a year ago and a trip to the state championship.

Fueling Fulton

"Humbled. Grateful to God, for sure," told Ford when he heard about winning Coach of the Week. "I'm just really thankful to have great players and coaches I get to work with every day."

Those same players and coaches that Ford works with on the gridiron on a daily basis are also present in off the field initiatives as well.

"We have players that read and get kids off the bus every Friday. We raise money for all sorts of different causes. For our spring game to get in, we asked that you bring a can for North Fulton Community Charities. We've partnered with a bunch of people. We've fed the homeless in the past; we've done a bunch of things like that."


Spectrum of styles lead Class AAAA's elite
The first seven weeks of the GHSA season have been dominated by Class AAAA's top three ranked teams. If you were to look at the margin of victory for each of these three teams (Cartersville-37 ppg , Thomson-34.8 ppg, Woodward Academy-34.2 ppg), it wouldn't show you that in fact, these teams are stylistically very different from each other. From Cartersville's quick passing attack, to Thomson's physical running game, and to Woodward Academy's balance and flexibility, these teams impose their will in different ways. Here's a look at what's been fueled Class AAAA's elite to their fast starts.

1.  Cartersville

With four regular season games left, the top-ranked Purple Hurricanes carry a state-best 21 game winning streak into the weekend. Five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence has statistically dominated his junior season, while resting in the second half or running out the clock during Cartersville's lopsided losses. Lawrence has tossed 20 touchdowns with six interceptions, while moving the ball with an efficient 15.7 yards per completion. Nine different Purple Hurricanes have logged receiving touchdowns and it's been a collective effort to fuel their 269.5 passing yards per game. One of the reasons Cartersville isn't averaging even more yardage is its defense that continues to gift the offense prime field position while holding opposing offenses to just six points per game.

2. Thomson

The Bulldogs ride a 5-0 start into Friday's matchup with Hephzibah and have conquered through a challenging first half of the season with sterling success. Thomson had a two-week bye after back-to-back wins over Jefferson (42-20) and Pace Academy (38-10), and returned to the gridiron last Friday to roll past Clarkston 73-8. Former Glynn Academy head coach Rob Ridings has built something special at Thomson and has accumulated a 17-2 record since a 4-7 finish his first season in 2014. Unlike Cartersville's well-dispersed passing attack, Thomson looks to physically pound the football right through opposing defenses. The Bulldogs have rushed for 313.6 yards per game and are averaging nine yards per carry this season.

3. Woodward Academy

Since a 14-10 loss to Grady the second week of the season, Woodward Academy has outscored its next four opponents 202-12. The 5-1 War Eagles host 3-2 North Clayton this Friday and actually close out their season later this month (Oct. 28) due to a bye week on the Friday of the final regular season. Cartersville's passing attack and Thomson's run-first offense are much different than Woodward Academy's balanced offense. With balance comes flexibility. Quarterback Ryan Glover has been efficient with his passes and supplants the offense with 182.2 passing yards per game to go with his 13 touchdown passes and two interceptions. On the ground, Woodward Academy averages 173.5 yards per game led by sophomore Tahj Gary (48-340-7) and senior Jalen Polk (30-281-6). This flexibility in the playbook that comes with having a reliable quarterback and solid running game gives Woodward Academy the option of attacking a team's weakness in advantageous ways each week. Against a physical front, the War Eagles can stretch the field with their perimeter playmakers, while teams that are vulnerable to the run have to account for Gary and Polk, which add their own additional dimensions to the running game.

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