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Thursday, Oct. 6
Baldwin 7, Richmond Academy 0
Burke County 55, Cross Creek 12
Emanuel County Institute 55, Wheeler County 0
Hapeville Charter 34, Washington 0
Jefferson County 49, Harlem 10
Lakeside-Evans 7, Greenbrier 0
Pierce County at Brantley County, late
Randolph-Clay 76, Baconton Charter 21
Thomson 70, Hephzibah 0

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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Friday, October 7, 2016



No. 1 Roswell hosts No. 6 Lassiter

The toughest question to answer in the state each year is who is the best football team in the GHSA? The newly established Class AAAAAAA houses 48 teams, some regarded as national powerhouses meaning the competition is as good as it gets in the Peach State. Colquitt County staked its claim as the best-of-the-best the past two seasons, repeating as state champions in the midst of a dynasty. This year, however, it looks like the Packers have passed the torch. But to who?
Grayson brought in a stable of Division-I recruits, putting a target squarely on their back. On paper, the Rams might have the most talent in the state and are off to a 4-1 start, the No. 3 ranking in the state and are coming off a 60-0 shutout of Rockdale County. Grayson's only loss has come to IMG Academy, Fla., 26-7 on ESPN.
If you like flash and sizzle, Grayson is your pick for the state's best. But for me, that's not my style.
How about No. 2 Mill Creek? The Hawks sit at 6-0 and defeated the Wicked Witch of the East, also known as Colquitt County in the Corky Kell Classic, 34-27. Coach Shannon Jarvis' team is a true no-nonsense, get the job done type unit. They don't put up monster individual stats, instead grinding teams out by spreading the wealth around on offense and thoroughly dominating teams physically with their defense. Cameron Turley made some big throws against Colquitt County and is steady veteran under center.
I love what the Hawks are doing, but are they the best in the state? They very well may be, but let's see who else is out there.
Colquitt County is still Colquitt, shaking off an unfathomable 0-4 start and winning three straight. If there's one coach you don't want to bet against come playoff time, it's Rush Propst. But alas, I'm a real riverboat gambler and I'll take that bet this year.
So who's the best team in the state? Is it No. 4 McEachern paced by Florida State-commit Bailey Hockman? Is it No. 5 Norcross, a program with a rich history of hanging championship banners?
No, no, no.
My pick is No. 1 Roswell.
The Hornets are 5-0 and ranked No. 6 in MaxPreps Xcellent 25 poll. You want the resume? You got it. A dominating 24-7 Corky Kell Classic victory over Class AAAAA No. 1 Buford.  A 34-3 shellacking at No. 8 Colquitt County, yes, at Colquitt. A 47-0 win at Archer and wins over Central Gwinnett and Milton.
Through five games the Hornets have allowed only 16 points. That's a 3.2 point per game average. Defense wins championships right? Justin Ellis has emerged as a feared pass-rusher with five sacks with Mitch Stone tallying four himself. Roswell has eight interceptions with blue-chippers LeAnthony Williams Jr. and Xavier McKinney powering the secondary.
Offensively? Dual-threat dandy Malik Willis is elusive, throwing for 739 yards and seven touchdowns while adding 320 yards rushing and two scores. Bowling ball Sheldon Evans has 652 yards on the ground and seven scores. And through the air, Corey Reed Jr., Jayden Comma and Kentrell Barber give Coach John Ford more than enough weapons.
Right now, Roswell is the team to beat and Lassiter will be another great measuring stick for the Class 7A field.


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."

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