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GHSA places schools in regions

The Georgia High School Association placed its 457 member schools into regions for the 2024-26 academic years Thursday, pushing reclassification one big step closer to completion.


The GHSA approved the appeals of six schools to move out of Class 6A, which will be the highest classification, and into Class 5A. Winning those appeals were Arabia Mountain, Houston County, Kennesaw Mountain, New Manchester, Newnan and Shiloh.


Losing appeals to move out of the highest class were Alexander, Central Gwinnett, Chapel Hill, Effingham County, Grovetown, Heritage of Conyers and Rockdale County. Douglas County withdrew its appeal.


Other schools winning appeals to play in lower classes were Allatoona to 4A, Central of Macon to A Division I, Dalton to 4A, KIPP Atlanta to 2A, Richmond Academy to 3A, Savannah to A Division II, Shaw to 2A, Union Grove to 4A and Warner Robins to 4A. Eastside lost its appeal to get 4A.


The GHSA’s reclassification committee will meet Thursday to consider appeals from schools requesting a different region in the same class.


Here are the 56 regions that will go into effect next fall, pending the outcome of any appeals. Schools marked with an asterisk do not play football.


Class 6A

Region 1: Camden County, Colquitt County, Effingham County, Lowndes, Richmond Hill, Tift County, Valdosta


Region 2: Alexander, Carrollton, Chapel Hill, Douglas County, East Coweta, Paulding County, Westlake


Region 3: Campbell, Harrison, Hillgrove, McEachern, Osborne, Pebblebrook, South Cobb


Region 4: Archer, Grayson, Grovetown, Heritage-Conyers, Newton, Rockdale County, South Gwinnett


Region 5: Cherokee, Etowah, Marietta, North Cobb, North Paulding, Walton, Wheeler


Region 6: Alpharetta, Denmark, Forsyth Central, Innovation Academy*, Lambert, North Atlanta, North Forsyth, South Forsyth, West Forsyth


Region 7: Berkmar, Brookwood, Duluth, Meadowcreek, Norcross, North Gwinnett, Parkview, Peachtree Ridge


Region 8: Buford, Central Gwinnett, Collins Hill, Dacula, Discovery, Mill Creek, Mountain View


Class 5A

Region 1: Bradwell Institute, Brunswick, Evans, Glynn Academy, Greenbrier, Lakeside-Evans, South Effingham, Statesboro


Region 2: Coffee, Houston County, Lee County, Northside-Warner Robins, Thomas County Central, Veterans


Region 3: Banneker, Dutchtown, Hughes, Lovejoy, McIntosh, Morrow, Newnan, Northgate


Region 4: Arabia Mountain, Chamblee, Decatur, Dunwoody, Lakeside-DeKalb, Shiloh, Tri-Cities, Woodward Academy


Region 5: East Paulding, Kennesaw Mountain, Lithia Springs, New Manchester, Rome, South Paulding, Villa Rica


Region 6: Creekview, Lassiter, Pope, River Ridge, Riverwood, Sequoyah, Sprayberry, Woodstock


Region 7: Chattahoochee, Gainesville, Johns Creek, Lanier, Milton, Roswell, Seckinger


Region 8: Alcovy, Apalachee, Clarke Central, Eastside, Habersham Central, Jackson County, Loganville, Winder-Barrow


Class 4A

Region 1: Benedictine, New Hampstead, Perry, Ware County, Warner Robins, Wayne County


Region 2: Eagle's Landing, Eagle's Landing Christian, Hampton, Jones County, Locust Grove, McDonough, Ola, Stockbridge, Union Grove, Woodland-Stockbridge


Region 3: Central-Carroll, Griffin, Harris County, Jonesboro, Mundy's Mill, Northside-Columbus, Starr's Mill


Region 4: Creekside, Drew, Forest Park, Jackson-Atlanta, M.L. King, Mays, Midtown


Region 5: Clarkston, Cross Keys, Druid Hills, Lithonia, Marist, Southwest DeKalb, St. Pius, Tucker, Westminster


Region 6: Blessed Trinity, Cambridge, Centennial, Holy Innocents', Kell, North Springs, Northview, Pace Academy


Region 7: Allatoona, Cartersville, Cass, Cedartown, Dalton, Hiram, Southeast Whitfield, Woodland-Cartersville


Region 8: Cedar Shoals, East Forsyth, Flowery Branch, Madison County, North Oconee, Walnut Grove


Class 3A

Region 1: Bainbridge, Cairo, Dougherty, Monroe, Peach County, Westover


Region 2: Fayette County, LaGrange, Mary Persons, Sandy Creek, Spalding, Trinity Christian, Troup, Upson-Lee, Whitewater


Region 3: Beach, Calvary Day, Groves, Islands, Jenkins, Johnson-Savannah, Liberty County, Long County, Southeast Bulloch, Windsor Forest


Region 4: Baldwin, Cross Creek, Harlem, Hephzibah, Howard, Richmond Academy, West Laurens, Westside-Augusta


Region 5: Cedar Grove, Douglass, Luella, Mount Zion-Jonesboro, North Clayton, Riverdale, Stephenson, Stone Mountain


Region 6: Chestatee, Dawson County, Gilmer, Greater Atlanta Christian, Lumpkin County, North Hall, Pickens, White County


Region 7: Adairsville, Calhoun, Heritage-Ringgold, LaFayette, Northwest Whitfield, Ridgeland


Region 8: Cherokee Bluff, East Hall, Jefferson, Johnson-Gainesville, Monroe Area, Oconee County, West Hall


Class 2A

Region 1: Carver-Columbus, Columbus, Hardaway, Jordan, Kendrick, Shaw, Spencer, Sumter County


Region 2: Callaway, Jackson, Morgan County, Pike County, Rutland, Westside-Macon


Region 3: Appling County, Cook, Crisp County, Pierce County, Savannah Arts Academy*, Tattnall County


Region 4: Burke County, Butler, Davidson Fine Arts*, Glenn Hills, Johnson-Augusta*, Josey, Laney, Technical Career Magnet*, Thomson


Region 5: Carver-Atlanta, Coretta Scott King Academy*, Hapeville, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, Lovett, North Cobb Christian, Therrell, Washington


Region 6: Columbia, Drew Charter*, Miller Grove, Redan, Salem, South Atlanta


Region 7: Coahulla Creek, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, Murray County, North Murray, Ringgold, Rockmart, Sonoraville


Region 8: East Jackson, Franklin County, Hart County, Hebron Christian Academy, Prince Avenue Christian, Stephens County, Union County


Class A Division I

Region 1: Bacon County, Berrien, Brantley County, Dodge County, Fitzgerald, Jeff Davis, Thomasville, Worth County


Region 2: ACE Charter, Aquinas, Bleckley County, Central-Macon, Dublin, East Laurens, Jefferson County, Northeast, Southwest, Washington County


Region 3: Savannah Christian, Savannah Country Day, Screven County, St. Vincent's Academy*, Swainsboro, Toombs County, Vidalia, Woodville-Tompkins*


Region 4: Greenforest Christian*, Jasper County, Lamar County, Landmark Christian, McNair, Putnam County, Social Circle, Southwest Atlanta Christian*, Towers, Utopian Academy*, W.D. Mohammed*


Region 5: Atlanta International*, B.E.S.T Academy, Ben Franklin Academy*, DeKalb School of the Arts*, Fellowship Christian, Galloway*, King's Ridge Christian, Mount Vernon, Mount Bethel Christian*, Mount Paran Christian, Mount Pisgah Christian, Paideia*, St. Francis, Walker, Weber School*, Whitefield Academy


Region 6: Armuchee, Bremen, Coosa, Darlington, Haralson County, Heard County, Model, Pepperell, Temple


Region 7: Chattooga, Christian Heritage, Dade County, Dalton Academy*, Fannin County, Gordon Central, Gordon Lee


Region 8: Athens Academy, Athens Christian, Banks County, Barrow*, Commerce, Elbert County, Oglethorpe County, Providence Christian, Rabun County, Tallulah Falls*, Wesleyan


Class A Division II

Region 1: Baconton, Baker County*, Calhoun County*, Early County, Miller County, Mitchell County, Pataula Charter, Pelham, Quitman County*, Randolph-Clay, Seminole County, Southwest Georgia STEM*, Stewart County*, Terrell County


Region 2: Atkinson County, Brooks County, Charlton County, Clinch County, Echols County*, Irwin County, Lanier County, Turner County


Region 3: Bryan County, Claxton, Emanuel County Institute, Jenkins County, McIntosh County Academy, Metter, Portal, Savannah, Savannah Classical*, Savannah Early College*, Steam Academy*


Region 4: Crawford County, Dooly County, Hawkinsville, Montgomery County, Telfair County, Treutlen, Wheeler County, Wilcox County


Region 5: Elite Scholars Academy*, Georgia Academy for Blind*, Georgia Military College, Georgia School for Innovation*, Glascock County, Hancock Central, Johnson County, Stilwell Arts*, Twiggs County, Wilkinson County


Region 6: Central-Talbotton, Chattahoochee County, Furlow Charter*, Macon County, Marion County, Rainey-McCullers*, Schley County, Taylor County, Webster County*


Region 7: Atlanta Classical*, Bowdon, Fulton Leadership Academy*, Genesis Innovation*, Georgia Fugees Academy*, Georgia School for Deaf*, Greenville, Manchester, Mount Zion-Carroll, Trion


Region 8: Greene County, Lake Oconee Academy, Lincoln County, Taliaferro County*, Towns County, Warren County, Washington-Wilkes, Woody Gap*

Slaughter, Philo, Souare at No. 1

Providence Christian’s Quinton Slaughter, Prince Avenue Christian’s Aaron Philo and Loganville’s Ahmed Souare finished the regular season as GHSA yardage leaders.


Slaughter, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior, rushed for 2,089 yards in 10 games. In 2022, he ran for only 302 yards on a team that won just two games. This season, Slaughter rushed for 389 in a single game, against playoff qualifier Union County on Oct. 13, and led the Storm to an 8-2 finish, best in Providence history.


Philo has led the state in passing the past two seasons, so his 3,131-yard effort is no surprise. He has a chance to pass for more than 4,500 yards for the third straight season. Philo was an AJC Super 11 preseason pick who is committed to Georgia Tech.


Souare, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior, is a rising prospect who burst on the scene this season after catching only seven passes in 2022. He finished this regular season with 65 receptions for 1,275 yards and 16 touchdowns. He went over 200 yards twice this season, most notably on Oct. 5, when he had 13 catches for 290 yards and four touchdowns against Clarke Central.


This is the final GHSF Daily yardage leaderboard of the season. It will remain on our website and can be updated if there are omissions.



2,089 - Quinton Slaughter, Providence Christian [2A leader]

1,849 - Mason Sullens, Lumpkin County [3A leader]

1,837 - Matthew Fuller, Wayne County [4A leader]

1,811 - Devin Ingram, Stephenson

1,667 - Jordan McCoy, Tucker [5A leader]

1,646 - Toby Maddux, Trion [A Division I leader]

1,551 - Fred Brown, Coffee

1,509 - Jaiden Daniels, Commerce

1,506 - Zion Johnson, Newton [7A leader]

1,504 - Jeanarion Kamga, Westside (Augusta)

1,487 - Jayden “Duke” Scott, Stockbridge

1,470 - Duke Watson, Mary Persons

1,430 - Ryan Fowler, White County

1,424 - Zehmerius Shiflet, Madison County

1,422 - De'Ante Childs, Carver (Columbus)

1,421 - Sammy Brown, Jefferson

1,416 - Evan Garrett, Northgate

1,415 - Darrion Manuel, Monroe Area

1,408 - Elijiah Hayes, West Hall

1,407 - Walker Warshaw, Mount Vernon

1,405 - Camden Smith, Madison County

1,392 - Ousmane Kromah, Lee County [6A leader]

1,381 - Nykahi Davenport, Roswell

1,362 - Cam Robinson, Mill Creek

1,333 - Roderick McCrary, Creekside

1,319 - Aaron Bryant, Clinch County

1,310 - Jaydon Dorsey, Morgan County

1,309 - Khalas Finley, LaFayette

1,308 - Austin Clemons, Bryan County

1,306 - Javin Gordon, Stephens County

1,306 - Ja'Quan Brantley, Upson-Lee

1,302 - C.J. Gray, Temple

1,286 - Gianlucca Tiberia, Greater Atlanta Christian

1,281 - Gavin Hall, Gainesville

1,279 - Jonaz Walton, Central (Carrollton)

1,278 - C.J. Givers, Fellowship Christian

1,271 - Corey Watkins Jr., Clarke Central

1,254 - Telly Johnson, Hephzibah

1,244 - Keenan Phillips, Bainbridge

1,236 - Landon Williams, Dade County

1,235 - Amari Latimer, Sandy Creek

1,230 - Kyler McGrinn, Bowdon [A Division II leader]

1,223 - Ahmad Gordon, Perry

1,223 - Jessie Bell, Westside (Macon)

1,222 - Lawson Sullivan, Fannin County

1,220 - Robtravius Coney, Jenkins County

1,218 - Tysean Wiggins, Commerce

1,216 - Jake Turner, Oglethorpe County

1,211 - Zo Smalls, Savannah Christian

1,192 - Ken Williams, Pelham

1,174 - Ty Cummings, West Laurens

1,159 - Adriel Hernandez, Dalton

1,154 - Rayshaun King, Evans

1,152 - Mike Padgett, Chapel Hill

1,148 - Jacari Barnett, Elbert County

1,119 - Aucy Jacobs, Banks County

1,118 - Tycavion Stovall, Early County

1,113 - Conner Hulsey, Cherokee Buff

1,107 - Kaden Chester, Worth County

1,106 - Keshun McKever, Cook

1,104 - Braylen Rader, Union County

1,103 - David Eziomume, North Cobb

1,101 - Ta'Jon Corbitt, Miller Grove

1,098 - Foster Orris, West Forsyth

1,094 - Mataye Youman, Harris County

1,087 - Tripp Morris, East Forsyth

1,070 - Josiah Allen, Wheeler

1,063 - Jamari Welch, Athens Academy

1,045 - Kadiphius Iverson, Westside (Macon)

1,039 - Trey Brenton, Thomas County Central

1,038 - Caden Williams, Calhoun

1,028 - Kimauri Farmer, Carrollton

1,028 - Kelby Tymes, Marion County

1,024 - Jadan Baugh, Columbia

1,022 - Justus Savage, Hughes

1,020 - Phoenix Moss, Trinity Christian

1,019 - Devon Caldwell, Hebron Christian

1,013 - Ahmari Douglas, Long County

1,013 - M.J. Dowdy, Winder-Barrow

1,011 - Tyler Rogers, Pepperell

1,007 - Jaden George, Druid Hills

1,006 - Skyler Williams, North Murray

1,002 - M.J. Spurlin, Jackson County


3,131 - Aaron Philo, Prince Avenue Christian [A Division I leader]

2,845 - Brody Hannah, Loganville [5A leader]

2,692 - Rashawn Truell, New Hampstead [4A leader]

2,637 - Caiden Tanner, Union County [2A leader]

2,622 - D.J. Bordeaux, Alpharetta [6A leader]

2,521 - Lyndon Worthy, Worth County

2,519 - Jeremy Hecklinski, Walton [7A leader]

2,498 - Ben Klassen, Providence Christian

2,463 - Luke Nickel, Milton

2,442 - Josh Oliver, Flowery Branch

2,439 - Ben Brown, Wesleyan [3A leader]

2,426 - Christopher Garrett, Bradwell Institute

2,417 - Ethan Long, Dalton

2,406 - Carlton Brannon, Turner County [A Division II leader]

2,401 - Tyler Niehr, North Paulding

2,353 - Gavin Nuckolls, Northwest Whitfield

2,344 - Neko Fann, Colquitt County

2,340 - Chase Dupree, Southwest

2,336 - Elliott Sturbaum, McIntosh

2,299 - Devin Edmonds, Jones County

2,291 - Dylan Raiola, Buford

2,261 - Sire Hardaway, Douglas County

2,234 - Darnell Kelly, Peachtree Ridge

2,225 - Trey Townsend, Calhoun

2,223 - Antwann Hill Jr., Houston County

2,204 - Julian Lewis, Carrollton

2,202 - Skyler Williams, North Murray

2,186 - Hampton Johnson, Athens Academy

2,152 - Judd Anderson, Warner Robins

2,142 - Reece Fountain, Rome

2,129 - Jack Stanton, Greater Atlanta Christian

2,100 - Jay Kanazawa, Schley County

2,095 - Sam Nazarian, Mount Vernon

2,090 - Jeff Davis, Grayson

2,070 - Jim Franklin, Aquinas

2,017 - Air Noland, Hughes

1,935 - Amonte Harden, Miller Grove

1,935 - Gary Gaither, Spencer

1,892 - Jaxon Pate, Sonoraville

1,884 - Jake Merklinger, Calvary Day

1,883 - Drew Folsom, Cook

1,882 - Jackson Davis, Riverwood

1,851 - Preston Ratliff, Lanier

1,841 - Ty Truelove, Rabun County

1,823 - Ethan Evangelista, Harlem

1,818 - Drew Richardson, East Jackson

1,807 - Dashun Gilbert, Lovejoy

1,807 - Teddy Jarrard, North Cobb Christian

1,796 - Cameron Beasley, Washington County

1,780 - Luke Priester, Chattahoochee

1,780 - Sam Streicher, Pickens

1,764 - E.J. Colson, Cedar Grove

1,737 - Tanner Marsh, North Hall

1,731 - Ethan Spector, River Ridge

1,725 - K.J. Smith, Roswell

1,725 - Peyton Lynch, Woodstock

1,719 - Ryan Hall, North Gwinnett

1,703 - Vinson Berry, Creekside

1,701 - Chase McCravy, Marietta

1,698 - T.J. Stanley, Toombs County

1,692 - Tripp Nix, White County

1,690 - Luke Kromenhoek, Benedictine

1,686 - Barton Mixon, Savannah Country Day

1,679 - Brady Chandler, Heritage (Ringgold)

1,664 - Baxter Wright, Gainesville

1,658 - Braylan Ford, Harrison

1,657 - Carter Triplett, Christian Heritage

1,627 - Johnny Nutt, Wilcox County

1,623 - Jamon Jones, Jonesboro

1,608 - Bryce Clavon, Kell

1,605 - Kaleb Scarbary, ACE Charter

1,593 - Cam Sanders, Bainbridge

1,573 - Luke Hooks, Ware County

1,566 - Corey Randle, Monroe

1,561 - Ian Reynolds, North Atlanta

1,559 - Jaylen Johnson, Thomas County Central

1,557 - Shane Throgmartin, Mill Creek

1,545 - Cade Aycock, South Forsyth

1,531 - Brodie McWhorter, Cass

1,530 - Elijah Seaney, North Forsyth

1,530 - Colter Ginn, Perry

1,527 - Curt Clark, Spalding

1,523 - Cohen Peeples, East Coweta

1,518 - T.J. Wilcox, Collins Hill

1,518 - Jared Echols, South Gwinnett

1,516 - Mysonne Pickens, Pebblebrook

1,515 - Kai Robinson, Druid Hills

1,515 - Darian Keefe, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

1,507 - Kyler McGrinn, Bowdon


1,275 - Ahmed Souare, Loganville [5A leader]

1,214 - Judson Petty, North Murray [2A leader]

1,187 - Caleb Lee, Providence Christian

1,152 - D'ontae Fulton, Worth County

1,132 - Jeremiah Ware, Flowery Branch

1,122 - Sean Wilson, Alpharetta [6A leader]

1,101 - Sacovie White, Cass

1,088 - Javarius George, North Paulding [7A leader]

1,059 - Ka'Monta Durden, Washington County

1,057 - Isiah Canion, Warner Robins

1,023 - Ny Carr, Colquitt County

1,002 - B.J. Gibson, Wilcox County [A Division II leader]

1,000 - Tyon Jones, Bradwell Institute

993 - Tyler Stewart, Jones County

985 - Jaylen Hampton, New Hampstead [4A leader]

977 - Cameran Loyd, Walton

975 - C.J. Wiley, Milton

969 - Ricky Johnson, Houston County

964 - Antavious Murphy, Bainbridge

959 - Carmelo Mays, Southwest

956 - Emaree Winston, Calhoun

941 - John Stuetzer, Pope

928 - Landon Dolhancyk, McIntosh

912 - Lee Niles, Brookwood

908 - Montez Redding, Jonesboro

905 - Jensen Goble, Union County

903 - Samual Turner, Southwest DeKalb

901 - Bryson Campbell, Athens Christian [A Division I leader]

871 - Ethan Barbour, Alpharetta

857 - D.J. Avery, Chattahoochee

844 - Kyle Vaka, Kell

842 - Matthew Miller, Providence Christian

842 - Tristan Anderson, Rockmart

814 - Gus Anderson, Newnan

814 - Jalewis Solomon, Schley County

813 - Xavier Daisy, Greater Atlanta Christian

812 - Marcus Calwise, Newton

812 - Hudson Hill, Prince Avenue Christian

811 - Charlie Idom, Christian Heritage

801 - Brice Whitley, ACE Charter

800 - Willie Goodwyn, Rabun County

799 - Kenny London, Dalton

797 - Dom LeBlanc, Dawson County [3A leader]

796 - Jack Rhodes, Aquinas

794 - Brady Klaus, Harrison

783 - Chase Jameson, Lanier

780 - Dakarai Anderson, Perry

775 - D.K. Daniel, Rome

768 - Hudson Hulett, North Murray

762 - Hayden Jones, Pickens

759 - Zeke Whittington, Habersham Central

755 - Max Owens, Heritage (Ringgold)

751 - Ryals Puryear, North Hall

746 - Malachi Lonnon, New Hampstead

740 - Peyton Zachary, Kell

737 - Demarcus Horne, Spencer

737 - Ke'arrin Dawsey, Turner County

730 - Chasen Jones, East Hall

727 - Seth Larson, Flowery Branch

720 - Cedric Evans, Spalding

717 - Keegan Townsend, Sonoraville

713 - T.J. Smith, North Cobb

712 - Jamie Tremble, Wesleyan

708 - R.J. Lindsey, Duluth

707 - Shane Kelley, Creekside

701 - Jonathan Stafford, Archer

701 - Chase Colina, Woodstock

695 - Bryant Thomas, Bradwell Institute

693 - Keron Milton Jr., Northside (Warner Robins)

691 - Ran Ogletree, Harris County

688 - Mike Matthews, Parkview

687 - Keith James, Savannah Country Day

685 - Elijah Evangelista, Harlem

685 - Marquis Martin, Montgomery County

683 - Jaydan Hibbert, Jackson County

682 - Deshun Horsley, East Coweta

677 - Myles Abernathy, Peachtree Ridge

670 - Devin Hester, Cedar Shoals

669 - Walter Willis Jr., Pebblebrook

668 - Devin Carter, Cedar Grove

662 - Hudson Gray, Northwest Whitfield

660 - John Cineas, Grayson

651 - Keyon Standifer, Athens Academy

Reed Chandley, Cherokee

Reed Chandley, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior kicker/punter at Cherokee, is the scoutSMART Student-Athlete of the Week. Chandley has a 3.4 GPA and was the leading scorer on his team with 44 points (17 extra points and nine field goals). He is president of First Priority and a Cherokee High School FCA leader, Interact Club member (food pantry), FCA Summer Camp counselor, Thrive Ministry volunteer at FBCW, youth soccer referee, youth leader at a local church and VBS counselor at Sixes UMC. “Reed is having an all-state caliber season for us,” Cherokee head coach Josh Shaw said. “In 25 years, I haven’t had a specialty player work harder at his craft than Reed.”


GHSF Daily, in conjunction with scoutSMART, will be announcing a football student-athlete of the week each Friday this season. The ideal candidate will be outstanding on the field and in the classroom. Please click here to send nominations to Diane Bloodworth.

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GHSA Finals

No. 21: Valdosta 14, Athens 13 (1965 Class 3A)

The new Class 6A

Class 6A will be the highest classification in 2024, and the enrollment difference from top to bottom will be stark. Brookwood, the largest school, has 3,880 students. Chapel Hill, the smallest, has 1,665. The current highest class, 7A, has 46 football teams, and only Buford, Carrollton and Kennesaw Mountain had fewer than 2,150 students in 2021. The new Class 6A will have 58 football-playing schools, so that widens the enrollment range. But the 3.0 multiplier widens it further. Three Douglas County schools – Douglas County, Alexander and Chapel Hill – will be in the highest class starting in 2024 despite fewer than2,000 students because of high out-of-zone numbers. Below are the raw enrollment numbers, not those used after the 3.0 multiplier was applied.


3,880 - Brookwood

3,480 - Grayson

3,304 - Peachtree Ridge

3,279 - Parkview

3,210 - Lowndes

3,201 - Lambert

3,108 - East Coweta

3,089 - Berkmar

3,073 - Archer

3,067 - North Gwinnett

3,052 - North Paulding

3,030 - Campbell

3,011 - Cherokee

2,776 - Camden County

2,773 - Osborne

2,745 - Mill Creek

2,730 - Discovery

2,685 - Walton

2,666 - Duluth

2,654 - Marietta

2,650 - Richmond Hill

2,640 - Meadowcreek

2,605 - Collins Hill

2,588 - South Gwinnett

2,586 - Colquitt County

2,574 - Pebblebrook

2,563 - Newton

2,534 - Dacula

2,521 - North Cobb

2,508 - South Forsyth

2,496 - Valdosta

2,490 - Denmark

2,464 - West Forsyth

2,449 - Etowah

2,444 - Central Gwinnett

2,395 - Norcross

2,391 - Rockdale County

2,387 - Forsyth Central

2,380 - Wheeler

2,332 - North Atlanta

2,300 - McEachern

2,290 - Hillgrove

2,285 - Mountain View

2,266 - Tift County

2,184 - Grovetown

2,170 - Harrison

2,156 - Westlake

2,146 - Effingham County

2,137 - South Cobb

2,116 - Paulding County

2,084 - Alpharetta

2,080 - North Forsyth

1,923 - Buford

1,907 - Douglas County

1,844 - Alexander

1,825 - Carrollton

1,803 - Heritage (Conyers)

1,665 - Chapel Hill

Today's List reveals that Brookwood is the state's largest high school. What is the GHSA's smallest high school that fields a football team? (Answer Monday)


Answer to Thursday’s question: Duke defensive end Ryan Smith, the ACC’s defensive lineman of the week, was an all-state player on Harrison’s 15-0 state championship team of 2019.

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Class 7A

(Friday games unless noted)

Archer at Valdosta

Harrison at Carrollton

North Gwinnett at West Forsyth

Mountain View at Walton

Camden Co. at Newton (Sat., SH)

Campbell at McEachern

Lambert at Peachtree Ridge

Osborne at Mill Creek

Wheeler at Buford

Denmark at Norcross

East Coweta at North Paulding

Richmond Hill at Grayson

Collins Hill at North Cobb

Duluth at Milton

Marietta at Westlake

Parkview at Colquitt Co.


Class 6A

(Friday games)

Dunwoody at Lee Co.

Lovejoy at Effingham Co.

Alpharetta at Sequoyah

Habersham Central at Douglas Co.

Houston Co. at North Atlanta (HA)

Evans at Woodward Academy

Creekview at Blessed Trinity

South Paulding at Gainesville

East Paulding at Lanier

River Ridge at Roswell

Brunswick at Mundy’s Mill (TO)

Northside, Warner Robins at Marist

North Forsyth at Hughes

Sprayberry at Rome

Jonesboro at Glynn Academy (GL)

St. Pius at Thomas Co. Central


Class 5A

(Friday games)

Decatur at Ware Co.

McIntosh at Warner Robins (MT)

Dalton at Greater Atlanta Christian

Flowery Branch at Creekside

Statesboro at Tucker (A)

Ola at Harris Co.

Cambridge at Hiram

Jackson, Atlanta at Jefferson

Chapel Hill at Eastside (SH)

Centennial at Cartersville

Dutchtown at Northgate

Jenkins at Arabia Mountain (GO)

Loganville at Mays (L)

Cass at Kell

Northside, Columbus at Jones Co.

Chamblee at Coffee


Class 4A

(Saturday games)

Troup at Cairo

Wayne Co. at Spalding (GM)

Heritage, Ringgold at Westminster

North Hall at Stockbridge

Westover at LaGrange (C)

Baldwin at Benedictine (SM)

Holy Innocents’ at Cedartown

Pace Academy at North Oconee

Lovett at Madison Co.

Hapeville Charter at Central, Carroll

Westside, Macon at New Hampstead (P)

Shaw at Starr’s Mill

East Forsyth at Luella

Northwest Whitfield at Stephenson (HS)

Burke Co. at Perry

Trinity Christian at Bainbridge


Class 3A

(Friday games)

Hephzibah at Crisp Co.

Long Co. at Mary Persons

White Co. at Bremen

Hebron Christian at Cedar Grove (HS)

Thomasville at Harlem

Jackson at Calvary Day

Ringgold at Wesleyan

Carver, Atlanta at Stephens Co.

Douglass at Oconee Co.

Gordon Lee at Lumpkin Co.

Peach Co. at Savannah Christian (P)

Monroe at Morgan Co.

Monroe Area at Sandy Creek

Gilmer at Adairsville

Savannah Country Day at Upson-Lee

Richmond Acad. at Carver, Col. (OS)


Class 2A

(Saturday games unless noted)

Putnam Co. at Fitzgerald

Vidalia at Spencer (OS)

Model at Therrell (HA)

Providence Christian at Callaway (Fri., C)

Worth Co. at Laney

ACE Charter at Pierce Co.

South Atlanta at North Murray

Redan at Fellowship Christian

Eagle’s Landing Christian at Union Co.

Washington at Rockmart

Southwest at Toombs Co.

Jeff Davis at Thomson

Athens Academy at Columbia (AV)

Fannin Co. at North Cobb Christian

Appling Co. at Northeast (TH)

Washington Co. at Cook


Class A Division I

(Friday games)

Temple at Irwin Co.

Claxton at Bleckley Co.

Pepperell at Mount Vernon

Prince Avenue def. Athens Christ., forfeit

Pelham at Heard Co.

East Laurens at Bryan Co.

Mount Pisgah Christian at Dade Co.

Jasper Co. at Commerce

Oglethorpe Co. at Elbert Co.

St. Francis at Trion

Swainsboro at Metter

Bacon Co. at Lamar Co.

Rabun Co. at Social Circle

Darlington at Whitefield Academy

Screven Co. at Dublin

Crawford Co. at Brooks Co.


Class A Division II

(Friday games)

Wilcox Co. at Seminole Co.

McIntosh Co. Academy at Clinch Co.

Mt. Zion, Carroll at Manchester

Washington-Wilkes at Johnson Co.

Randolph-Clay at Telfair Co.

Turner Co. at Portal

Macon Co. at Christian Heritage

Glascock Co. at Aquinas

Hancock Central at Greene Co.

Taylor Co. at Bowdon

Charlton Co. at Jenkins Co.

Miller Co. at Dooly Co.

Lincoln Co. at Wilkinson Co.

Schley Co. bye

Emanuel Co. Institute at Lanier Co.

Hawkinsville at Early Co.


Stadium abbreviations: (A) Adams; (AV) Avondale; (C) Callaway; (GL) Glynn County; (GM) Griffin Memorial; (GO) Godfrey; (HA) Henderson-Atlanta; (HS) Hallford; (L) Lakewood; (MT) McConnell-Talbert; (OS) Odis Spencer; (P) Pooler; (SH) Sharp; (SM) Savannah Memorial; (TH) Thompson; (TO) Twelve Oaks



Class 4A

First Presbyterian bye

Strong Rock Christian at Stratford Acad.

Bethlehem Christian bye

Tattnall Square bye

Bulloch Academy bye

Westfield at George Walton Academy

St. Anne-Pacelli bye

Brookstone bye


Class 3A

John Milledge Academy bye

St. Andrew’s at Tiftarea Academy

Brookwood School bye

Pinewood Christian bye

Valwood bye

Lakeview Academy at Southland Acad.

Frederica Academy bye

Terrell Academy bye


Class 2A

Edmund Burke Academy bye

Trinity Christ., Dublin at Piedmont Acad.

Central Fellowship Christian bye

Southwest Georgia Academy bye

Gatewood bye

Georgia Christian at Augusta Prep

Briarwood Academy bye

Brentwood bye


Class A

Flint River Academy bye

Fullington Academy at Thomas Jefferson

Harvester Christian at Memorial Day

Robert Toombs Christian bye



Cherokee Christian bye

Walker at Skipstone Academy

Calvary Christian bye

Lanier Christian at King’s Academy

Here is where Georgia teams stand in several national polls. The numbers on the left are this week's rankings; the numbers in parentheses are last week's rankings.



(Top 100)

18. (16) Walton

19. (23) Colquitt County

20. (12) Mill Creek

22. (15) Thomas Co. Central

31. (30) Carrollton

35. (32) Buford

53. (58) Newton

57. (64) Grayson

58. (42) Douglas County

75. (66) Westlake

83. (77) Rome

86. (63) Hughes

94. (NR) Coffee

95. (72) Gainesville

98. (80) Lee County


USA Today

(Top 25)

9. (11) Mill Creek

13. (15) Colquitt County

16. (17) Buford

21. (21) Walton



(Top 100)

8. (9) Mill Creek

11. (12) Colquitt County

12. (13) Walton

16. (17) Buford

17. (18) Carrollton

39. (40) Gainesville

49. (58) Grayson

74. (73) Thomas Co. Central

77. (51) Parkview

92. (91) Rome

95. (94) Benedictine

99. (98) Lee County


Massey Ratings

(Top 100)

7. (9) Mill Creek

13. (12) Colquitt County

14. (13) Buford

16. (14) Walton

26. (26) Carrollton

28. (30) Thomas Co. Central

44. (59) Grayson

57. (54) Westlake

64. (57) Benedictine

65. (65) Hughes

68. (97) Coffee

73. (78) Roswell

77. (87) Rome

80. (83) Lee County

82. (89) Douglas County

86. (74) Gainesville

88. (86) North Cobb

99. (NR) Newton


High School Football America

(Top 100)

8. (9) Mill Creek

10. (11) Buford

11. (12) Colquitt County

18. (19) Walton

40. (45) Carrollton

59. (59) Gainesville

76. (77) Benedictine

96. (97) Hughes

100. (NR) Rome


SBLive/Sports Illustrated

(Top 25)

8. (8) Mill Creek

11. (11) Colquitt County

12. (12) Buford

21. (21) Walton

(Top 25)

9. (10) Colquitt County

13. (14) Mill Creek

19. (20) Walton

25. (25) Buford


Blue Star Media

(Top 25)

6. (6) Mill Creek

11. (11) Buford

13. (13) Colquitt County

15. (15) Walton

GHSA schools play numerous games against out-of-state competition. GHSF Daily has tracked the scores of those games each week, and here’s how Georgia fared against the rest of the nation.


Vs. Alabama**********5-3

Vs. California*******0-1

Vs. Florida*********19-10

Vs. Maryland*********2-0

Vs. New Jersey*******1-0

Vs. Ohio*************0-1

Vs. North Carolina***6-3

Vs. South Carolina**13-10

Vs. Tennessee********3-5



Last week’s scores

Eufaula, Ala. 27, Early Co. 24

Pataula Charter 54, Barbour Co., Ala. 8

TD Club lunches conclude Tuesday

Join the Touchdown Club of Atlanta for its final luncheon of the 2023 season on Tuesday with guest speaker Tom Rinaldi. The event will begin at 11:45 a.m. at Maggiano’s in Buckhead (3368 Peachtree Road). For details on upcoming events or membership information, click here.

Today’s interviewee is Pace Academy wide receiver/cornerback Terrence Kiel II, who signed Wednesday to play baseball at Texas A&M, where he also has an offer to play football. Kiel holds the Pace Academy record for touchdowns in a career with 40, setting the mark on a 97-yard interception return last week against Mount Zion of Jonesboro. Kiel didn’t realize he had set the record until he discovered it himself two days later, which he explains. In baseball, Kiel is a switch-hitting shortstop who hit .500 for Pace last season. Kiel and Pace’s football team are playing at North Oconee on Saturday in the Class 4A playoffs. Kiel is the son of Terrence Kiel Sr., a former Texas A&M and NFL safety who died in a car accident in 2008 at age 27.


Terrence Kiel II, Pace Academy wide receiver/cornerback

1. How do you feel about the school record? “Having the 40 touchdowns and breaking the Pace record is a big thing for me because that was my goal. The coaches do a good job of having our game plan and getting us prepared. And I couldn’t have done it without the blocking and my teammates. They were the ones who set me up for the touchdowns. It’s funny because I was sitting at home on Sunday and I thought about the record, so I went to the stats and counted the touchdowns. I was like, ‘Oh shoot!’ So I texted Coach Bach [Pace head coach Nick Bach] and told him that I believed I broke the record for touchdowns at Pace, and he saw that I did. And once I found that out, I got pretty excited while watching the NFL on Sunday, so that was a pretty fun moment. He also told me that I was the first player to have a 90-plus-yard pick six in Pace Academy history. We were in film when he told me that, and I got a standing ovation from my teammates and applause from the coaches, so that was a very special moment for me.”


2. You've gotten scholarship offers from Texas A&M for both football and baseball. Can you tell us more about your history with the two sports and how you manage them? “When I was a little kid, around the age of 4, I started playing football and baseball at the same time. My dad played football at Texas A&M and got drafted by the San Diego Chargers and played for a few years. At a young age, I always knew I wanted to play football and baseball. I knew I always had to keep working and getting better at my skills. I progressively saw my skills rapidly increase as I got older. I got my baseball offer my sophomore year and got my football offer a little after my junior year ended. It was pretty special because my goal was to always go to Texas A&M, and I achieved that goal. I signed with the baseball team yesterday [Wednesday] for signing day. Having that football offer meant a lot because my dad played there. I’ll be doing baseball my freshman year, and I’m still interested in playing football my sophomore year.


“As for managing the two in high school, I start with football in the summer because of summer workouts and practices. And when it’s in full effect during the season, I only play football. Sometimes I go and hit during the weekends because during the weekdays football takes up so much of my time that I’m not able to hit [during the week] or play in fall games with my [baseball] team. I use the weekends for recovery, too, after games on Fridays when I’m a little banged up. When football season is over, I switch right into baseball. So I can just flip the switch. I’m already in baseball season and get prepared for high school and travel ball too. So that’s how I get ready for both sports. And once I’m done with baseball in the summer, it’s right back to football.”


3. What are your plans for either or both sports post-college? “My goal is to make it to the MLB draft. That’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I have the opportunity to do that coming up in the next few months. And after I finish my baseball career, I also want to try to play in the NFL too. I want to be like another Deion Sanders, playing in the MLB and playing the NFL too. Post football and baseball career, whatever happens, I want to be a pilot. So I have my plans set out.”


4. Which sport is your favorite, and who’s your biggest inspiration in each sport? “It’s a pretty hard decision. I’ve been going back and forth over the years. But I’d say baseball is definitely my favorite. There’d be times where football is also my favorite. It depends on which season I’m in. As far as inspirations, players I like to watch a lot are Michael Harris [Braves center fielder] and Adolis Garcia [Rangers right fielder]. Those are my two favorite players to watch. And Adolis Garcia and the Texas Rangers just won the World Series, and he did really well. If he didn’t get hurt, he probably would’ve won MVP. For football, my dad is my inspiration. I’ve always looked up to him, watching his highlights in college and the NFL. My goal was to always be better than him, and I think that I’ve accomplished that.”


- Interview by GHSF Daily intern Micahya Costen


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Week 12 Superlatives

GHSF Daily selects a weekly Player of the Week, Team of the Week and Offensive Line of the Week. The awards are sponsored by Sports Turf, BSN SPORTS, Titan Electric, Alfa Insurance and the U.S. Army.

Player of the Week:

Toby Maddux, Trion

Team of the Week: Coffee

Offensive Line of the Week: Grayson

Visit our website throughout the season for updated standings in all eight classifications

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.

All games are on Friday. Game schedules are subject to change.

Let The Steak House Restaurant serve your team’s next pre-game meal

The Steak House Restaurant in Hawkinsville specializes in high school football team pre-game meals. We have a private dining area for traveling parties of 140 guests. We serve high school football teams every week from all over the state traveling through central Georgia. We offer special rates for football teams. Let us cater your next pre-game meal. We are located at 341 Bypass, 9 Buchan Dr., Hawkinsville. Please contact Lewis Fowler at 487-892-3383 or via email by clicking here for reservations or to get more information.


Character Education Athletic Program: The Mike Jones Story

Looking to improve the character and discipline on your team? Former professional and All-American athlete Mike Jones is looking to save the lives and careers of our youth by sharing with them the mistakes he made that sidetracked his career. The Mike Jones Story is relatable for ANY athlete in ANY sport. Let us reinforce the same messages that I know you try to instill into your athletes daily. Character education saves lives, and that is a fact! Contact Terry White at 706-442-1337 or via email by clicking here for bookings, or visit the website by clicking here.


Senior players needed for Global Ambassadors Bowl 2024 in Spain

From 2008-2019, a Team Stars & Stripes squad of high school seniors each spring chose to experience a fascinating foreign country as a team over a nine-day period. Global Travel is rolling again, and we are reaching out to players and coaches nationally as we build a solid team of committed, enthusiastic high school seniors not likely to receive a college football scholarship to join and play one more game – in Spain. The tour highlight will be a ‘friendly match’ against a Spanish Under-19 All-Star team. The tour will run Saturday, March 16, through Sunday, March 24, starting in Barcelona on the Mediterranean Sea and then heading to Madrid where the Bowl game will be played. Click here for the trip itinerary and inclusions, or for more information contact coach Greg Vandagriff at 678-877-6293 or via email by clicking here.


Southeast Georgia Football Recruiting Fair hosted by FCA on Dec. 12

The 2023 Southeast Georgia Football Recruiting Fair hosted by FCA will be held Dec. 12 (8 a.m.-1 p.m.) at Camden County High School in Kingsland. FREE to high school coaches and college recruiters. Contact Suzie Tippins by clicking here to reserve your spot. RSVP requested by Dec. 5.


GHSA is recruiting officials for all sports

The GHSA is actively attempting to recruit contest officials in all sports. If you are 18 years of age or older, go to the GHSA website (, then click on the Officials section to access the Playing for Another Team program. Individuals merely need to provide a name and email address and indicate the sports interested in to receive registration information. For more information, contact GHSA associate director Don Corr via email by clicking here.

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Georgia High School Football Daily is a free e-mail newsletter produced and owned by Todd Holcomb and Chip Saye. Holcomb is a former lead high school football writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and co-founder of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. Saye is a 38-year veteran of the newspaper industry who has covered high school sports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Athens Banner-Herald, Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and Gwinnett Daily News.