Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021
Lilley leads Charlton to win in rivalry
The Swamp War rivalry is alive, and Charlton County owes a big thanks to Jaylen Lilley, a junior running back and linebacker.
Lilley rushed for 242 yards – all but 16 of Charlton County’s total offense – in a 35-34 victory over Clinch County last week. Lilley had 37 attempts and scored five touchdowns. He also had eight tackles.
Charlton County had lost six straight to Clinch County until winning the past two to even the iconic South Georgia series 30-30-1. Charlton County is 5-0 for the first time since 2014.
Lilley is GHSF Daily’s state Player of the Week. The award, sponsored by AstroTurf and Sports Turf, will be presented to Lilley at his school this week.
Top five
*Benedictine QB Holden Geriner was 31-of-42 passing for 448 yards and three touchdowns and ran for three short scores in a 49-42 victory over Ware County.
*Charlton County RB/LB Jaylen Lilley rushed for 242 yards on 37 carries, scored all five of his team’s touchdowns, ran in a two-point conversion and made eight tackles in a 35-34 overtime victory over Clinch County.
*Rome CB/RB Bryson Hill rushed for 197 yards and four touchdowns and had five tackles, two pass breakups and one blocked punt that he recovered for a touchdown in a 45-27 victory over Carrollton.
*Warner Robins WR Daveon Walker had 10 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-30 victory over Lee County.
*Wheeler County QB Jaquez Kincy passed for 134 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 30-yard TD pass in a 33-14 victory over Hawkinsville.
Best of the rest
*ACE Charter DE Justin Verdier had eight tackles, two for losses, and 1.5 sacks in a 35-6 victory over 31-point favorite Wilkinson County.
*Apalachee DB Ethan Middlebrooks had eight first hits and five assists and forced a fumble in a 22-21 victory over 28-point favorite Eastside.
*Armuchee QB Chandler Desanto rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns on four carries and was 6-of-10 passing for 126 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-7 victory over Weaver, Ala.
*Berrien DB Elijah Denson had 13 solo tackles and two assists in a 17-7 loss to Tattnall County.
*Calhoun WR Quin Smith had four receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown and threw a 36-yard TD pass in a 31-7 victory over Cedartown.
*Cedar Shoals LB/RB Tyson Saylors rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns on two carries and had 11 solo tackles, four tackles for losses, one sack and four assists in a 42-8 victory over East Hall.
*Central of Carrollton QB Devan Powell rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries and was 8-of-12 passing for 121 yards in a 35-20 victory over Heard County.
*Chattooga RB LaShaun Lester rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in a 49-21 victory over Model.
*Cherokee Bluff RB Jayquan Smith rushed for 255 yards and four touchdowns in a 40-6 victory over Gilmer.
*Clinch County RB Amazi Williams rushed for 218 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-34 loss to Charlton County.
*Coahulla Creek RB Tyler Locklear rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in a 34-12 victory over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.
*Collins Hill QB Sam Horn was 30-of-36 passing for 323 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-0 victory over East Coweta.
*Columbia RB Royce Tolbert rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and had 165 yards in punt returns, including a 99-yard touchdown, in a 34-6 victory over Towers.
*Cook RB Jamarion Walker rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in a 41-13 victory over Brantley County.
*Creekside LB Kaquan Kimber had 15 tackles in a 55-0 victory over Tri-Cities.
*Crisp County DE Ethan Pollock had 15 tackles, two tackles for losses, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in a 30-8 victory over Upson-Lee.
*Duluth QB Lonnie Ratliff IV was 22-of-24 passing for 406 yards and five touchdowns in a 47-7 victory over Berkmar.
*Fannin County QB/LB Seth Reece passed for 174 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 110 yards and one touchdown and was in on four tackles in a 52-7 victory over Gordon Central.
*Georgia Military WR/DB Caleb Bush had two receiving touchdowns and intercepted two passes in a 42-0 victory over Twiggs County.
*Gordon Lee DL Justin Cruise had five tackles and a sack and scored two touchdowns in a 29-0 victory over Southeast Whitefield.
*Greater Atlanta Christian DB/QB/WR Will Hardy had seven tackles, two interceptions, a tackle for a loss and 118 all-purpose yards in a 24-18 victory over Westminster.
*Greenbrier WR Malik Leverett had 14 receptions for 158 yards in a 44-6 victory over Walnut Grove. He had touchdowns rushing, passing and receiving for the second consecutive game.
*Greenville WR Jamie Wheelous had four receptions for 198 yards and two touchdowns, one a 64-yarder on the first play from scrimmage, in a 57-26 loss to Schley County.
*Heritage of Newnan RB James Thorpe rushed for 181 yards on 21 carries in a 26-14 loss to Mount Zion of Carroll County.
*Jackson County WR Jaden Cofer had six receptions for 145 yards and 275 all-purpose yards in a 34-30 loss to Clarke Central.
*Johns Creek QB Kyle Durham rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on five carries and was 7-of-12 passing for 166 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-32 victory over Riverwood.
*Kell LB T.J. Felix had 15 tackles, one for a loss, rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and averaged 40 yards on four punts in a 40-13 victory over South Cobb.
*Long County RB Ahmari Douglas rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in a 38-33 victory over Frederica Academy.
*McIntosh County Academy RB/LB Will Jones rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns and had two sacks and a tackle for a loss in a 42-6 victory over Claxton.
*Monroe Area QB Selation Straughter was 9-of-11 passing for 235 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and scored two two-point conversions in a 38-10 victory over Lakeside of Evans.
*Mount Vernon WR Jonathan Gallinaro had seven receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-0 victory over George Walton Academy.
*Norcross LB Zakye Barker had 17 tackles, six hits behind the line, a sack and an interception in a 16-3 victory over Meadowcreek.
*North Cobb WR Denylon Morrissette had eight receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-19 victory over North Gwinnett.
*North Oconee RB Dominic Elder rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in a 28-0 victory over Madison County.
*Oglethorpe County RB Nate Brown rushed for 234 yards and a touchdown on 34 attempts in a 31-0 victory over Butler.
*Rabun County RB Lang Windham had 192 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns on five rushes and one reception in a 70-14 victory over Pickens, S.C.
*Richmond Hill DB Tommy Bliss blocked two punts and a field-goal attempt and had four solo tackles in a 37-14 victory over Bradwell Institute.
*Ringgold RB Kori Dumas rushed for 181 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries, all in the first half, of a 78-0 victory over Murray County.
*Savannah Christian LB David Bucey had 17 tackles, three tackles for losses, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a 14-7 victory over Mount de Sales.
*South Atlanta RB Keyjuan Brown rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 26-17 victory over Pace Academy.
*Southwest DeKalb Armond Davis had four receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown and scored on a 59-yard run in a 47-6 victory over St. Pius.
*Sprayberry LB Philip Andoh had four tackles for losses, three sacks, two QB pressures and two forced fumbles in a 43-27 victory over Osborne.
*Thomson LB/RB Kindarius Green had eight tackles, three tackles for losses, two sacks and a forced fumble and scored two touchdowns in a 42-14 victory over Morgan County.
*Towns County LB Seth Gillis had nine tackles, three for losses, in a 14-11 victory over Bethlehem Christian.
*Treutlen WR/DB Tim Blair scored on a 70-yard kickoff return 45-yard interception return and 65-yard pass in a 45-36 victory over Telfair County.
*Walton RB Braylen Stokes rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in a 31-19 victory over Roswell.
*Washington-Wilkes RB Ja’Marquez Tyson rushed for 104 yards on eight carries and scored four touchdowns in a 51-0 victory over Hancock Central.
*Wesleyan QB Jett Miller passed for 400 yards and five touchdowns, completing 18 of 22 pass attempts, in a 42-7 victory over Loganville Christian.
*Whitefield Academy QB Cole Peterson was 18-of-25 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns and scored a touchdown in a 29-28 loss to Brookstone.
*Winder-Barrow WR Trevor Summerfield had three receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 45-14 victory over Habersham Central.
*Woodward Academy RB Damari Alston had 173 rushing yards on 27 carries and 45 yards on three receptions. He scored all four Woodward touchdowns in a 29-14 victory over Banneker.
Lines of distinction
*Brookstone’s offensive line of Tripp Duncan, Mal Waldrep, Andrew Newton, Luke Snipes and Ian McGarry with tight ends Walter Blanchard and Luke Norman pave the way for 414 yards of total offense in a 29-28 victory over Whitefield Academy.
*Centennial’s offensive line of Daniel Calhoun, Daniel Max, Jake Wilbanks, Luke Stevens and Timmy Robert led the way for 325 rushing yards on 46 attempts (7.0 ypc) in a 33-6 victory over Chattahoochee. Centennial broke a 23-game losing streak.
*Haralson County’s offensive line of Jarrod Rodriguez, Zach Burrell, Benny Parker, Brody Salyers, Colton Sanders, Eli Salmon, Jacob Rodriguez and Kaden Mullins cleared a path for 449 yards rushing in a 56-0 victory over Banks County. Clay Hyatt ran for 163 yards, bringing his season total to 740 in five games.
*Holy Innocents offensive line of Sterling Hartrich, Mikey Bennett, Jakobe Harmon, Logan Hodgson and Henry Reams with tight ends Tripp Inglesby, Jackson Phoenix and James Gleeson opened holes for 410 rushing yards in a 51-21 victory over Athens Christian.

*Jackson's offensive line of Clayton Hixon, Anterius Evans, Averie Bennett, Liam Harland, Felix Hixon and Kemari Lamar led the way to a 467 total yards – 281 rushing, 186 passing - in a 45-14 victory over Pike County. The line allowed no sacks.

 *The Mount Zion of Carroll County offensive line of Garrett Gordon, Cohen Hancock, Avery Lepard, Skyler Walker, Kyle Leonard and Dylan Roulaine cleared a path for 313 rushing yards in a 26-14 victory over Heritage of Newnan. Sherrod Montgomery (104) and Ethan Lepard (103) each ran for more than 100 yards.

*North Hall’s offensive line of Zane Hall, Austin Copper, Kyler Olson, Jarrett Latty and Baker Dyer paved the way for five rushing touchdowns in the first half of a 38-14 victory over West Hall. Kevin Rochester rushed for 162 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries.
Committee favors increased multiplier
The Georgia High School Association’s reclassification committee on Monday favored increasing the out-of-zone enrollment multiplier to 2.5 or 3.0 to address the perceived disproportionate sports success among private and city schools.
Three straw-poll votes, each resulting in a 13-5 tally, supported increasing the multiplier from the current 2.0 while rejecting the private schools’ competitive-balance proposal and the city schools’ call for a different kind of multiplier.
The informal votes are not official or binding, and the reclass committee will meet again Sunday hoping to settle on a framework to present before the GHSA’s executive committee by Monday.
Reclass committee member Tommy Marshall, the former athletic director of Marist, a private Catholic school, pushed for the committee to reconsider a model proposed by nine larger private schools to allow their sports teams to be classified individually based on their past results. It did not get support Monday.
A proposal from city schools Calhoun, Cartersville and Jefferson to apply the multiplier only to out-of-zone athletes, and not all out-of-zone students, was similarly brushed aside.
Those proposals aren’t necessarily off the table, but they’ll require successful lobbying to gain traction. If the GHSA approves a reclassification plan Monday, the GHSA next week will begin placing its 450-plus member schools into new classifications and regions, a process that can take two months or longer.
The GHSA used a 2.0 multiplier for the current two-year cycle, which will end after the 2021-22 academic year, but most public schools now say it didn’t go far enough in curtailing what they believe are unfair competitive advantages held by schools that get large percentages of students from out of their school zone.
The multiplier counts out-of-zone students more than once when determining enrollment used for classification. For example, a school with 1,000 students overall, and 500 from outside the school’s zone, would be counted as having 1,750 students using a 2.5 multiplier and 2,000 students using a 3.0 multiplier.
A group of nine larger private schools – Benedictine, Blessed Trinity, Greater Atlanta Christian, Marist, Pace Academy, Lovett, St. Pius, Westminster and Woodward Academy – are the most likely to face higher classifications under a bigger multiplier. City schools such as Buford, Cartersville, Calhoun and Jefferson also could wind up in higher classes.
Meadowcreek's Carrera leaves for AD job
Jason Carrera, the football coach who made Meadowcreek competitive after years of futility, is stepping down to become the athletic director at Central Gwinnett, where he also will be an assistant principal.
Terrance Banks, a former Newton and Tri-Cities head coach, will take over at Meadowcreek. The Mustangs are 2-4 overall this season and 1-1 in Region 7-7A.
Meadowcreek won only five games from 2002 to 2014, making it Georgia’s least successful team in the highest classification.
In Carerra’s first season in 2015, Meadowcreek went 3-7, the program’s best finish since 2001. In 2017, the Mustangs made their first playoff appearance since 1988. They made the playoffs again in 2020.
South Paulding
The Otter’s Chicken Offensive Line of the Week is South Paulding’s unit of tackles Madden Sanker and Issac Keen, guards Kai Keller and Will Blair and center Andrew Young along with tight ends/H-backs Rod McCoy and Nik Elm. They registered 59 pancake blocks for an offense that put up 502 total yards in a 55-48 victory over Dalton. RB Jamarion Wilcox rushed for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Only one of South Paulding’s starting front five, Blair, is a senior. South Paulding is averaging 234.2 yards passing and 215.0 rushing and 39.6 points during a 4-1 start.
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Out of zone
The GHSA’s reclassification committee is considering increasing the multiplier on out-of-zone students, which would put private and city schools at higher risk of being moved into higher classifications starting in 2022-23. Also at risk are non-city public schools with high out-of-zone percentages, most of which aren’t finishing especially high in all-sports standings. Here are the percentage of students from out of zone as reported by larger city and private schools (those in Class 2A or higher) in 2019 along with all non-city public schools with 25% or higher out-of-zone enrollment in 2019. The typical GHSA school had 8.6% out-of-zone students in 2019.
City schools
34% - Carrollton
30% - Bremen
22% - Buford
22% - Calhoun
21% - Jefferson
21% - Vidalia
19% - Cartersville
17% - Thomasville
9% - Rome
8% - Valdosta
6% - Dalton
4% - Decatur
4% - Gainesville
3% - Marietta
Private schools
99% - St. Pius
98% - Greater Atlanta Christian
95% - Woodward Academy
77% - Marist
75% - Blessed Trinity
47% - Riverside Military
46% - Pace Academy
44% - Westminster
41% - Benedictine
37% - Lovett
High % public schools
76% - KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
68% - Hapeville Charter
35% - Jenkins
35% - Groves
31% - Chamblee
31% - Central (Macon)
31% - Johnson (Savannah)
30% - Islands
25% - Carver (Columbus)
25% - Laney
25% - Beach
Florida QB Emory Jones is the SEC offensive player of the week after throwing for 209 yards and rushing for 144 in a 38-14 victory over Tennessee. For what Georgia high school did Jones play? (Answer Wednesday)
Answer to Monday’s question: Warner Robins has the state’s longest winning streak at 14 and is the only 2020 champion that is undefeated in 2021. Callaway, which lost last week to Thomas County Central, had been the other 2021 undefeated team that won a title in 2020.

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Milton QB Devin Farrell was 13-of-16 passing for 202 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-29 victory over McEachern last week. Farrell was misidentified in Monday’s game summaries of top-10 teams.
Today’s interviewee is Chris Parker, former head coach at Pickens and Chapel Hill and now Pickens County Schools’ director of human resources. Parker is the founder of Parker Resources, a company that promotes the professional development of coaches and athletic directors. Parker is co-host of 92.9 The Game’s high school football show.
Chris Parker, founder of Parker Resources
1. What is Parker Resources? “It is a platform to help coaches and athletic directors. There are documents, courses, books, podcasts and more that can help coaches and ADs grow. There is a lot of training for teachers before they start teaching but very little for coaches about being a head coach or AD. The head coach is criticized constantly and has very little training coming into the job. This is true for all sports, not just football. I try to post a few things a week on social media. We have a weekly podcast I do with my brother, Michael, and friend, Chad Flatt. All of us are administrators now, and we talk about coaching issues with coaches and ADs from across the country.”
2. Why did you leave coaching, and what inspired you to start the company? “It was a very difficult decision to quit coaching football. We had two players pass away in 2017 and I had another daughter that same year. By late 2018, my perspective was just different, and the superintendent offered me an opportunity to work full-time at the district office. In February 2020 I was moved from athletics to director of human resources. When I found myself not involved in sports in any way, I started posting some of the things we did over the years on Twitter, and it took off. I had hundreds of people from all over the country asking me to put things together for them, so I put some document packages together. That led to the podcast, which led to writing a book, and another book, and now I've just recently finished my fifth book: a College Recruiting Guide for parents, athletes, and coaches. Since March 2020, I have helped coaches in all 50 states and a few other countries. I have been blown away by the support. It is a great feeling to be able to help coaches grow. It has been a great way to stay involved in the game that I love.”
3. In your two head coaching jobs at Chapel Hill and Pickens, your teams achieved the first playoff victories in history for both schools. What are the most important things a coach must do to make a struggling program a winner? “There are several factors that make a struggling program turn around. I would be lying if I didn't say one of them is luck. You must have some good players on the team, you must have supportive administration, and you must hire good assistant coaches. If you have those things, now it is the head coach's job to make it happen. Building relationships with everyone in the organization is the key. Focus on the people – the people make the place. Put relationships over everything. Then communicate with everyone your vision, even over-communicate with parents, players, admin, coaches. Find ways to present information in a way they understand your vision and get organized in everything you do. Do not focus on what you don't have. Focus on what you do have and avoid petty problems. This seems to get most people that do not turn it around. Keep pushing your vision, regardless of issues.”
4. You watch high school football now as a fan. What are the two or three - or the single most - interesting story lines to the season at the midway point in the regular season? “I'm really intrigued by the number of quality teams in the state. I think there are many teams that are championship-level teams in each classification and only one can win the championship. It's going to make for some great playoff matchups. Every year, Georgia seems to grow in number of quality teams. The level of quality coaching in the state is outstanding, and I hate that half of them must lose every week. It is exciting to see teams like Collins Hill, Mill Creek, Warner Robins, Trinity Christian and more that have started the season so hot, and it's exciting to see teams that are doing things their school hasn't done in a long time like Kennesaw Mountain, Long County, Georgia Military, Dougherty, Armuchee, etc. I love seeing teams come together and achieve. I'm also excited to see the level of coverage that high school football is getting in Georgia. We have so much good coverage. This newsletter is the best anywhere in the country. You guys do a great job. We have a great game on GPB and Peachtree TV each week with college football quality. Sam Crenshaw and I are on 92.9 the Game each Friday night 7 to midnight covering high school football. There are many other great radio shows, TV shows, social media accounts and more that make it exciting for the players, coaches and the communities. I would put our state's high school football coverage up against anyone.”
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Note: All scores are courtesy of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other media outlets. If a score is not accurate, it was reported incorrectly.

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Stadium key: A - Adams; FF - Freedom Field; GL - Glynn County - HA - Henderson-Atlanta; ND - North DeKalb; SH - Sharp; TO - Twelve Oaks
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Greater Georgia Basketball Officials enrolling new members
Greater Georgia Basketball Officials, one of the leading GHSA officials organizations, assigns officials to more than 25 high schools in the state. Our group is comprised of dedicated and professional men and women looking to give back to the game of basketball. If you are interested in joining Greater Georgia (GGBO), please contact Mike Oglesby via email by clicking here or by mail at Greater Georgia Basketball Officials, 3770 Cliff Crest Drive, S.E., Smyrna, GA 30080.
New sports fiction book geared toward teen athlete readers
Mike Tierney, a former longtime sports editor and writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has drawn from his experiences as a basketball coach in the Decatur school system to write the sports teen fiction book "Perfect To A Fault" about a high school player who goes through an entire season without missing a shot. Mike now coaches at Notre Dame High in the Los Angeles area, where he briefly worked with Ziaire Williams, the No. 10 pick in the NBA draft. Order the book by clicking here.

GPSA helps students grow in athletics, education and life skills
Georgia Storm Prep Academy, named for owner and head coach Storm Johnson (a former UCF standout and NFL running back), is a pre- and post-graduate football program. The program includes a complete academic program with NCAA approved classes, athletic training and competitions against other Prep programs and JUCOs to gain additional exposure. We will provide the best opportunity for student-athletes to grow and mature within athletics, education, and life skills while in attendance. For information, call 678-346-8144 or contact us via email by clicking here.
'Nobles Strong' out in paperback
Jon Nelson followed the story of the Irwin County Indians' 2019 season for GPB Sports and the chronicling of the eventual Single-A Champs is now in book form. Head Coach Buddy Nobles was given a cancer diagnosis before the season started. An entire community - on the field and off - united with the Nobles family and the Indians for a season no one touched by the story would ever forget. Order the book by clicking here.
Temple looking for game on Oct. 1
Temple High School of Class 2A is looking for a game on Oct. 1. Will travel (split the gate) or play at home (split the gate). If interested, contact coach Scotty Ward via email by clicking here.
Ware County seeks home game for Oct. 1
Ware County High School is looking for a home game on Oct. 1. If interested, contact head coach Jason Strickland via email by clicking here on athletic director Matt Collins by clicking here.
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