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CALHOUN, Ga. — When Hal Lamb looked at the challenge facing his Calhoun High School football team Friday night in the GHSA Class AAA second-round playoff game against Cedar Grove, he knew his team had one major advantage.

CALHOUN, Ga. — Hal Lamb's football teams have always had one constant — they were more physical than nearly any team they met.

DALTON, Ga. -- Offenses may rule the world of high school football, but Matt Land believes championships are still won with defense.

To say the state-runner-up finish, the four region championships and the numerous coach of the year awards don't mean anything to Mark Mariakis would be missing the point.

Ridgeland High School football coach Mark Mariakis announced he is resigning his position after 11 seasons. Mariakis, who is in his 30th year of teaching and coaching, said he has been contemplating the move for two years and believes he is being led in a new direction.

CALHOUN, Ga. — For a half Friday night, it was about as complete a football game as the Calhoun Yellow Jackets have played all season, and it was more than good enough for a 43-14 win over outmanned Rockmart.

DALTON, Ga. — They are the kinds of moments few ever know about, but for a football team — especially one trying to shed decades of negativity — they are priceless.

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- When you're the one tabbed to replace the Chattanooga area's high school football player of the year, there's more than a bit of pressure involved.

VARNELL, Ga. -- Will Swantic has spent the past two years with one goal in mind. Well, make that two goals.

Sunday high school football practices are usually taboo, but three northwest Georgia coaches had no choice but to put their players through the paces a day before the No. 4 playoff team from Region 7-AAAA will be decided in a mini-playoff.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Heritage lost the battle Friday night, but the war is still winnable.

Are you ready for some Monday night football?

COLUMBUS, Ga. — With one big swing of her bat, Jana Johns not only helped win a state softball championship, she also earned a new toy.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Trying to win six games in two days finally proved too much for the Gordon Lee High School softball team.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — On the heels of a seven-game baseball World Series, the hottest softball rivalry in northwest Georgia may go one step further.

For all the success northwest Georgia high school softball teams had this regular season, four of them learned Thursday that one bad game — or inning — in Columbus can put championship hopes in jeopardy.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — High school athletic competition can leave lasting memories for teenagers, some memorable for good reasons; others can leave a few scars.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Shannon Brooks and his 1,700 rushing yards dominated the pregame talk, but the Pickens County defense stole the show Friday night in a 23-0 Region 7-AAAA win at Heritage.

Some of their situations may seem dire, but the great majority of football teams in the northwest Georgia area still have postseason lives to play for with three Friday nights to go in the regular season.

Many have tried to contain Shannon Brooks, but no one has succeeded in slowing the state of Georgia's leading rusher in high school football this season.

TRION, Ga. — A year ago at this time the Trion High School softball team was left to wonder what one more win might have meant.

CALHOUN, Ga. — With the game on the line, the team's most dangerous hitter up and first base open, Calhoun High School softball coach Diane Smith was surprised to see Taylor Kelly getting pitched to.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Ringgold dug its usual early hole in Friday's twice-delayed Georgia Class AAA softball first-round series against Rockmart, but, as usual, the Lady Tigers found a way to climb out.

CALHOUN, Ga. — The biggest adjustment of the 2014 prep football season for the Ringgold Tigers may have occurred Friday night, but it had nothing to do with schemes or personnel. Down by 14 points to upset-minded Sonoraville in a key Region 6-AAA game, coach Robert Akins went for an attitude adjustment.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — The Heritage High School softball team has had the penchant in recent years to often play close, intense playoff games — sometimes closer than expected.

Finding the right fit is always a priority when it comes to decision time for a high school recruit.

CALHOUN, Ga. — Maddie Green wasn’t quite sure what to do.

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. -- As the two-time defending state softball champions in Class AAAA, Northwest Whitfield has instant name credibility within the Georgia prep circle.

ATLANTA — It really didn't hit Senorise Perry that he was about to live out his childhood dream until the morning of Sept. 7.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — A 49-12 win over your oldest rival is always a tonic for what ails you, and what bothered Ringgold Friday night as Catoosa County neighbor Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe came calling was a serious bad taste in the Tigers' collective mouth.

DALTON, Ga. — Two storylines have remained consistent at the Region 7-AAAA softball tournament at Heritage Pointe Park.

DALTON, Ga. — Calhoun had to work a little overtime to win the Region 6-AAA softball tournament championship Thursday and after winning three games, including two over regular season champion Ringgold.

DALTON, Ga. — Sometimes a little adversity is good for a softball team.

DALTON, Ga. — Two softball tournaments, one location and two very different outcomes on a crazy Wednesday at Heritage Pointe Park.

CALHOUN, Ga. — Raw talent has exuded from Kaelen Riley his entire life. Friday night, in the 42-10 dismantling of 10th-ranked Adairsville, the Calhoun High School junior became a polished quarterback.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. -- If pitching is the name of the game in softball's postseason, then Calhoun and Gordon Lee are well stacked for runs at new state championships.

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Shane Pendley knew something was up right away.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. -- Sammie Henson has coached wrestling in nearly every corner of the country except the Southeast. That, however, hasn't prevented the first-year West Virginia University head coach from making a pair of northwest Georgia stars a part of his initial recruiting class.

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Hal Lamb doesn't get to turn on his fiery side often, but the Calhoun High School football coach was more than a little hot as his team trailed 10-7 at Ringgold Friday night.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. -- In case anyone needed a reminder of the strength of the Gordon Lee High School softball team, Thursday's 18-3 dismantling of Region 7-AA foe Dade County should suffice.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Sydney Smith admits competition has brought the best in her.

TRENTON, Ga. — If Friday night's final nonregion tuneup was a test for the Northwest Whitfield Bruins, the grade likely would be incomplete.

TRION, Ga. — Three games into the 2014 high school football season, much of the heavy lifting already has been accomplished for the Trion Bulldogs.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — With the high school softball postseason in Georgia less than two weeks away, coaches are hoping for signs their teams are about to peak.

As a defensive player in the modern game of pass-heavy offenses, Zach Weathers was understandably giddy heading into Friday night's game against Dade County and its wing-T attack.

  • Sept. 13th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

The Chattanooga Lookouts' strong run to a spot in the Southern League championship series is a case of a baseball team peaking at the right time. Title opponent Jacksonville, however, has reached a different peak.

Sean Gray is the worrying sort, not an altogether odd personality trait for a football coach.

Heritage overcame some offensive growing pains to give E.K. Slaughter his first win as the Generals' coach Friday night, doing so with strong special teams and a defense that forced four turnovers.

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — The ending was a bit hairier than Richie Wood might have wanted, but the end result was the statement the second-year Ridgeland High School softball coach was expecting.

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