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  Today, we release the pre-playoff volleyball rankings and breakdown the latest shuffling in the poll. Check the left panel for the Week 9 football schedule/results.

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Thursday, Oct. 13
Dublin at Southwest-Macon
Heard County at Callaway
Islands at Beach
Luella at North Clayton
South Effingham at New Hampstead
Friday, Oct. 14
Albany at Brooks County
Alexander at Hughes
Allatoona at Sprayberry
Alpharetta at Johns Creek
Aquinas at Greene County
Archer at Grayson
Atkinson County at Telfair County
Bacon County at Swainsboro
Baconton Charter at Stewart County
Baldwin at Thomson
Banneker at Decatur
Berkmar at Parkview
Berrien at Fitzgerald
Bradwell Institute at Richmond Hill
Brantley County at Tattnall County
Bremen at Haralson County
Brookwood at Central Gwinnett
Bryan County at Metter
Buford at Cedar Shoals
Butler at Jefferson County
Calvary Day at Portal
Camden County at Colquitt County
Campbell at Newnan
Carrollton at Hiram
Cartersville at Sandy Creek
Carver-Atlanta at Riverwood
Carver-Columbus at Cairo
Centennial at North Atlanta
Central-Talbotton at Marion County
Chapel Hill at Central-Carroll
Chattahoochee County at Calhoun County
Chestatee at Blessed Trinity
Clarke Central at Johnson-Gainesville
Claxton at McIntosh County Academy
Clinch County at Turner County
Collins Hill at Mountain View
Columbus at Westover
Commerce at Riverside Military
Coosa at Dade County
Crawford County at Dooly County
Cross Keys at Clarkston
Dacula at Gainesville
Dalton at Sequoyah
Darlington at Trion
Dawson County at Fannin County
Dougherty at Cook
Douglas County at Tri-Cities
Dunwoody at Pope
Dutchtown at Woodland-Stockbridge
East Jackson at Franklin County
East Laurens at Bleckley County
East Paulding at Woodland-Cartersville
Gilmer at Southeast Whitfield
Glascock County at Georgia Military
Glynn Academy at Brunswick
Gordon Central at Armuchee
Grady at North Springs
Griffin at Fayette County
Groves at Jenkins
Grovetown at Evans
Habersham Central at Lanier
Hancock Central at Washington-Wilkes
Hapeville Charter at B.E.S.T. Academy
Hart County at Jackson County
Henry County at Salem
Heritage-Catoosa at Ridgeland
Heritage-Conyers at Greenbrier
Houston County at Coffee
Jackson at Central-Macon
Jefferson at North Oconee
Johnson-Savannah at Windsor Forest
Jones County at Union Grove
Jordan at Lamar County
Kendrick at Pike County
King's Ridge at St. Francis
LaGrange at Troup
Lakeside-DeKalb at Norcross
Lakeview Academy at George Walton Academy
Lambert at North Forsyth
Lanier County at Irwin County
Lee County at Northside-Warner Robins
Liberty County at Appling County
Lithia Springs at Jackson-Atlanta
Locust Grove at Ola
Loganville at Flowery Branch
Long County at Pierce County
Lovejoy at Tucker
Lumpkin County at Greater Atlanta Christian
M. L. King at Jonesboro
Macon County at Schley County
Madison County at Stephens County
Manchester at Brookstone
Marietta at Hillgrove
Marist at West Hall
McEachern at Kennesaw Mountain
McIntosh at Starr's Mill
Miller County at Sneads High School, FL
Miller Grove at Southwest DeKalb
Milton at South Forsyth
Model at Chattooga
Monroe at Crisp County
Morgan County at Monroe Area
Mt. de Sales at Wilkinson County
Mt. Paran Christian at Whitefield Academy
Mt. Zion, Carroll at Bowdon
Mundy's Mill at Mt. Zion-Jonesboro
Murray County at Coahulla Creek
North Cobb Christian at Christian Heritage
North Gwinnett at Duluth
North Hall at Union County
North Murray at Ringgold
North Paulding at North Cobb
Northside-Columbus at Hardaway
Northview at Cambridge
Oglethorpe County at Banks County
Pace Academy at Cedar Grove
Peach County at Rutland
Peachtree Ridge at Mill Creek
Pelham at Randolph-Clay
Pickens at Northwest Whitfield
Pinecrest Academy at Fellowship Christian
Prince Avenue at Hebron Christian
Providence Christian at Athens Academy
Putnam County at Monticello
Redan at Lovett
Richmond Academy at Burke County
River Ridge at Creekview
Rockdale County at Shiloh
Rockmart at Pepperell
Rome at Cass
Roswell at Walton
Savannah at Southeast Bulloch
Savannah Country Day at Savannah Christian
Seminole County at Mitchell County
Shaw at Americus-Sumter
Social Circle at Rabun County
Sonoraville at Adairsville
South Cobb at Harrison
South Paulding at New Manchester
St. Anne Pacelli at Greenville
St. Pius X at Oconee County
Statesboro at Ware County
Stephenson at Drew
Stockbridge at Eagles Landing
Stratford Academy at First Presbyterian
Taylor County at Hawkinsville
Temple at Spencer
Thomas County Central at Veterans
Thomasville at Early County
Tift County at Lowndes
Toombs County at Benedictine
Towns County at Athens Christian
Twiggs County at Tattnall Square
Upson-Lee at Perry
Vidalia at Jeff Davis
Villa Rica at Kell
Warner Robins at Harris County
Warren County at Lincoln County
Washington County at Dodge County
West Forsyth at Forsyth Central
Westlake at Pebblebrook
Westminster at McNair
Westside-Augusta at Screven County
Wheeler at East Coweta
Wilcox County at Charlton County
Woodstock at Lassiter
Woodward Academy at Eastside
Saturday, Oct. 15
Chamblee at Lithonia
Columbia at Arabia Mountain
Creekside at Mays
Harlem at Josey
KIPP Atlanta Charter at Washington
Lakeside-Evans at Alcovy
Morrow at Riverdale
Stone Mountain at Towers
Therrell at Douglass

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Pre-playoff poll rewards schedule strength
The state playoffs are here and we rank the field one last time before the state champions are crowned. In Class AAAAAAA, South Forsyth used a pair of wins over Lambert last week to grab the No. 1 seed out of Area 5 and hopped the Longhorns for a place in the pre-playoff top 5.
In Class AAAAAA, Johns Creek jumped Cambridge for No. 3 and Dunwoody used a 2-1 win over Cambridge to slide up to No. 4. Pope comes in at No. 6, despite being a No. 5 seed out of the loaded Area 7. River Ridge took the No. 2 seed out of Area 6 with a win over Sequoyah and bumped the Chiefs to No. 10.
In Class AAAAA, Decatur slid to No. 9 after losing back-to-back matches to Riverwood in the Area 6 championship.
Sandy Creek tumbled to No. 10 in Class AAAA after dropping a five-set match to Cartersville in the Area 5 championship.
North Hall topped Greater Atlanta Christian for the Area 7 No. 1 seed and rose to No. 4 in the Class AAA poll. Pace Academy used four sets to defeat Lovett for the No 1 seed out of Area 4 and swapped places for with the Lions to take over No. 2 in the poll.
1. Walton (34-6)
2. Etowah (29-9)
3. Lassiter (28-6)
4. North Cobb (33-9)
5. South Forsyth (31-18)
6. Norcross (35-11)
7. Lambert (28-12)
8. North Gwinnett (39-7)
9. Mill Creek (36-8)
10. Woodstock (22-12)
1. Alpharetta (40-2)
2. Harrison (40-12)
3. Johns Creek (33-15)
4. Dunwoody (30-16)
5. Cambridge (29-15)
6. Pope (18-13)
7. Lakeside-Evans (36-7)
8. Greenbrier (34-4)
9. River Ridge (26-19)
10. Sequoyah (18-15)
1. Buford (36-4)
2. Whitewater (33-4)
3. McIntosh (21-6)
4. Chamblee (36-8)
5. Ola (41-7)
6. Veterans (28-7)
7. Riverwood (33-14-2)
8. Harris County (39-12)
9. Decatur (27-10)
10. Walnut Grove (25-9)
Class AAAA
1. Blessed Trinity (50-9)
2. Woodward Academy (26-13)
3. St. Pius (32-10)
4. Marist (20-10)
5. Columbus (41-11)
6. North Oconee (30-10)
7. Heritage-Catoosa (28-3-1)
8. Northwest Whitefield (31-10-2)
9. Ridgeland (22-9)
10. Sandy Creek (17-12)
Class AAA
1. Westminster (26-12)
2. Pace Academy (20-7)
3. Lovett (26-15)
4. North Hall (28-14)
5. Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (33-7-3)
6. Greater Atlanta Christian (22-13)
7. Fannin County (37-6)
8. East Hall (36-11)
9. Redan (28-2)
10. Savannah Arts (25-9)
Class AA
1. St. Vincent's (21-13)
2. Coosa (38-9)
3. Rockmart (15-11-2)
4. Armuchee (15-9)
5. Harlem (13-9)
6. Temple (13-11)
7. Jordan (16-6)
8. Rabun County (20-18)
9. Chattooga (18-20-1)
10. Westside-Augusta (13-16)
Class A
1. Savannah Christian (29-6-1)
2. Mt. Pisgah (30-4)
3. Calvary Day (26-6)
4. Athens Academy (33-13)
5. Walker (28-7)
6. Wesleyan (22-11)
7. Mt. Paran (29-12)
8. Mt. Vernon (19-10-1)
9. Gordon Lee (31-12-2)
10. Hebron Christian (34-18)


Adairsville's Beasley posts career day
Atlanta's 23-16 Week 5 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos was a game filled with impressive performances. On offense, running back Tevin Coleman recorded his first career receiving touchdown and finished with a career-high 132 receiving yards, which remains the highest receiving yardage any NFL running back has recorded this season.  On the defensive side of the ball, it was 2015 first-round pick Vic Beasley Jr. that stole the show with an unforgettable performance.
While the Falcons defense held the Broncos to 84 rushing yards on just 3.5 yards per carry, Atlanta's pass rush disrupted rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch all game. The Falcons finished with six team sacks, the most the team has recorded since Week 4 of 2005 (9 sacks). Leading the way was Beasley, the former Adairsville standout, who finished with a career-high 3.5 sacks and eight tackles. Beasley's 3.5 sacks are the most the NFL has seen in a single game this season.
"I just kept working," Beasley said following the win. "I hadn't been able to get sacks in the past couple of games. I just kept the confidence and I kept going. ... It was just working my craft. I was able to beat them around the edge a couple times and get them off balance. Things were just going my way."
Head coach Dan Quinn credited Beasley's jump off the ball for his productive day.
"The get-off jumped out at me today," Quinn said. "He really looked quick off the ball. ... We knew it was going to be a good environment and the speed off the ball was what set him off today."
Beasley's multi-sack performance measures up with some of the top pass rushing games the franchise has ever seen. His 3.5 sacks are tied for the fourth most in a single game in franchise history (Chuck Smith/Claude Humphrey 5.0; Claude Humphrey 4.0; John Abraham 3.5).
"It was a great feeling," said Beasley. "Our team came out and played together. As for myself, I was relentless and I kept going despite other weeks when I [didn't get a sack]. ... I was just relentless. I set up my tackle - my opponent - and I used different moves."
Dwight Freeney and Grady Jarrett finished with one sack apiece and Adrian Clayborn was credited with half a sack on a play where the 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive end converged on Lynch with Freeney.
 "A young guy like [Beasley] going out there and having three-and-a-half [sacks], it's an amazing game for him, and I'm happy for him," said Freeney.

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