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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Local Class "A" Private Football Players Name All-State by

Six local Class Private school football players were named All-State by one of the most popular recruiting sites on social media today, Recruit
Calvary Day School placed three players. They were Jalen Leary, Taeguan Washington, and Sayyid Stevens. Savannah Country had two players, Adam Byck and Hawkins Pindar. Savannah Christian had a lone player who was Dylan McMahon.
Here are their write ups by on why they were chosen and congratulations to the players named.


RB – Adam Byck, Savannah Country Day
Byck led Savannah Country Day and the entire classification with 2061 yards, on a whopping 361 rushing attempts and 22 TD’s. In a 2nd round playoff game he had 327 yards on 41 carries, which help beat Mt. Pisgah 20-17.

RB – Jalen Leary, Calvary Day
Leary was one of the best two-way players in Class A but earns All-State RB due to his 1627 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground. He is a super-shifty junior from Calvary Day and absolutely a recruit to watch for this offseason.

OL – Dylan McMahon, Savannah Christian
McMahon is the best center prospect we have evaluated in the class of 2019. The Savannah Christian center has unbelievable strength and quickness at the point of attack.

K – Hawkins Pindar, Savannah Country Day
Pindar takes the All-State kicker spot after his outstanding season where he went 13-15 including a 54-yard bomb which broke one of the many school records he holds at Savannah Country Day.

DL – Taequan Washington, Calvary Day
Washington from Calvary Day has made over 90 tackles per season since his sophomore year. This year the powerful lineman ended with 99, which led Class A private defensive tackles.

DL – Sayyid Stevens Calvary Day
Stevens his teammate at Calvary Day lived in opposing team’s backfields as well. The junior ended up with 99 tackles, 11 sacks and 32 tackles for loss. Fellowship Christian’s

Thursday, December 7, 2017

More Awards for the GISA AA Football Champions - Memorial Day Blue Thunder

Michael Thompson, Head Coach of Memorial Day School’s Blue Thunder football team, earned another trophy for his already crowded trophy case, by being named the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) AA “COACH OF THE YEAR” for 2017.

Thompson led his 2017 team to the school’s 6th GISA AA State Championship on Friday, November 17th against Robert Toombs Christian Academy (Lyons).  The Blue Thunder have now won 6 State Championships since 2008.  Thompson also has 2 State Basketball championship on his resume.

All Region and All State Awards for the Blue Thunder were also announced today:       

ALL REGION PLAYERS:  Derry Pinkston, Julian Roberts, Jamario Green, Troy Thompson, Taj Bailey.         

ALL REGION / ALL STATE PLAYERS: Winston Wright, Delvecchio Powell, Christian Smith, Caelan Jones

All Region and All State honors are voted on by the coaches of the GISA.

Senior Christian Smith will be playing in the GISA All Star game this weekend in Americus.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Savannah Quarterback Club Hands Off Last Two Players of the Week Awards

The last regular "Huddle" for the Savannah Quarterback Club was held on November 27, 2017. As has been a tradition the Savannah Quarterback Club handed off its latest two player of the week awards for the last weekend of the high school football season for the weekend of November 3, 2017.

Benedictine Military School senior running back Terrick Smalls, Jr. took home the Offensive Player of the Week. Smalls rushed for 112 yards on 10 carries, had one reception for 25 yards with one touchdown in the Cadets 41-0 win over Jeff Davis.

The Defensive Player of the Week award went to HV Jenkins High's senior corner back Daniel Jordan in the Warriors win over Beach 49-14, Jordan had 7 tackles and a sack. Both award winners thank the quarterback club for their award and then got to listen to the guest speaker, ESPN College Football Journalist Mark Schlabach.

There will be one more meeting for the Savannah Quarterback Club on January 27, 2018. That will be the Annual Bowl Party. It is a unique meeting because that's when the club gives out exceptional awards and announces the players of the year and the team of the year.

Pictured: Left to Right Benedictine Asst Coach Jung, Terrick Smalls, Jr., Mark Schlabach (ESPN College Football Journalist), Jenkins Asst Head Coach Leroy Benton accepting on behalf of Daniel Jordan

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Life Gone To Early - Local School Honors Fallen Student with the Gray Solana Roundball Rumble

A Life Gone To Early - Local School Honors Fallen Student with the Gray Solana Roundball Rumble

The Gray Solana Roundball Rumble will be played November 30 through December 2 at St. Andrew's. Here is an excerpt from the Savannah Fellowship of Christian Athletes website
about Gray Solana, who passed away four days before his 15th birthday

“Graham Fontaine Solana, or 'Gray' as he was known, was born February 11, 2000 in Savannah, Georgia with a heart condition known as Long QT Syndrome. Once thought to be quite rare, it is now known that as many as 1 in 3000 people has it. LQTS is more prevalent than childhood leukemia, and is every bit as deadly. This is mainly because most people with it are unaware they have it. The only symptoms are fainting spells, and its’ main victims are kids up to age 25. LQTS is known to strike young athletes suddenly, so if you or anyone in your family has sudden onset fainting spells on or off the field, see a cardiologist right way. The only other symptom is sudden death. We were blessed to be aware of Grays’ condition, but he succumbed to it even though he was on medication and not doing anything strenuous at the time of his collapse. He was 4 days shy of his 15th birthday when it happened. He was just a great kid, and was 100% into whatever interested him. God, friends, family, his school (Saint Andrews’), UGA Football, and playing basketball were what he was all about.” A life gone to early.

The Rumble is a middle school and junior varsity basketball tournament. One of Gray’s passions in
life was to play hoops. The teams entered to support Gray’s memory in the tournament are Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda, Hancock and St. Andrews for Middle School Boys (they play on November 30). The Schedule is SCDS vs Bethesda at 5 pm and Hancock Day School vs St. Andrew's at 6 pm.

In the junior varsity division, the teams are Bethesda, Calvary, St. Andrews and Holy Trinity (a SCISAA team from Bluffton).

The tournament benefits:

1) The Savannah area chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (the Gray Solana FCA Camp Scholarship Fund that sends kids and coaches to sports camp in the summer

2) Sudden Arrythmia Death Syndromes Foundation (learn more at Gray died from SADS.

3) The Gray Solana Emerging Leader Award at St. Andrews School - people can also make donations to the Gray Solana Scholarship at by clicking on “ GIVING “ and then “ONLINE GIVING” and scrolling down to the Scholarship area.

This event is one way of remembering Gray and helping others affected by this disease. Gray lives on in others and let’s show our support by attending, or you can go online and make a donation.

Note - pictures from Facebook &  Savannah FCA website

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Savannah Quarterback Club Hands Off Two More Player of the Week Awards

The Savannah Quarterback Club met on Monday night November 11th and honored two local prep football players for games played the week of 10/27/2017. 

The offensive player was Delvecchio Powell from the 2017 GISA Class 2A State Champion Memorial Day School Blue Thunder football team. Delvecchio a junior running back/linebacker rushed for 158 yards on 8 carries and 3 touchdowns. 

On defense, it was Savannah Country Day's defense end Andre Miller. Miller a sophomore had 12 solos tackle; 6 assisted, for 18 total tackles and recovered one fumble in the Hornets 31-6 win over McIntosh County Academy. 

The young men received their award, thanked the Savannah Quarterback Club, and got to listen to the guest speaker Dave Hart. Hart was the former University of Tennessee Athletic Director. Hart was credited with fixing the Volunteers football program and upgrading the sports facilities at the University of Tennessee.
Pictured L-R - Ray Orio Country Day asst coach, Andre Miller Savannah Country Day School, Delvecchio Powell Memorial Day School, Michael Thompson Memorial Head Coach, Dave Hart Former AD University of Tennessee

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2017-2018 Savannah High School Boys Basketball Preview

2017-2018 Savannah High School Boys Basketball Preview
by Travis Jaudon 

It’s high school hoops season in Savannah once again and this season begins with more questions than answers for most of the perennial powers in the area. As has been the case for several years, the high school basketball scene in Savannah centers around the always difficult region 3-AAA.
Housing the public school name brands like Jenkins, Johnson, and Savannah High, the region was tilted on its hinges last season with the official arrival of Islands basketball. Led by their terrific trio of Justin Cave, Hugh Durham, and Trae Broadnax, the Sharks made some considerable noise inside of the loaded region. The departure of those three players, and how Islands will replace them, is one of the leading questions coming into this season.
Let’s start with my preseason predicted order of finish along with some questions surrounding the teams coming into the year.

Region 3-AAA Predicted Order of Finish
1.      Johnson (19-10 in 2016, Kyle Sandy’s preseason AAA rank: 2)*
2.      Jenkins (22-8, KS: 6)* 
3.      Windsor Forest (9-16)*
4.      Beach (10-17)*
5.      Savannah (13-15)
6.      Islands (19-10)
7.      Southeast Bulloch (10-17)
8.      Groves (1-23)   
*State playoff teams

Johnson comes in as the favorite to win region 3-AAA according to most anyone you could ask.
Deservedly so.
The Atomsmashers, led by their one-of-a-kind coach Utaff Gordon, are returning a wealth of talent. Amanze Ngumezi (UGA commit) is one of the better players in the state for Gordon and the ‘smashers. Ngumezi, a 6-foot-8 center, has the ability to create mismatches every night he takes the floor. If he can keep from getting into foul trouble throughout the season, the senior should put up big numbers in his final high school campaign while being the rock that Johnson leans on throughout.
Ngumezi will be joined by a cast of formidable sidekicks, most notably, junior wing Shamar Jones.
Jones, who led the team in scoring last season, also took the most shots. He can turn the tides of the entire region if he increases his FG% this time around. Eleik Bowles, E’Maury Bowles, and Elavian Bowles will all three be counted on as returning playmakers from the 2016 squad.

Jenkins, a perennial power in the city of Savannah (and the entire state of Georgia) since the arrival of head coach Bakari Bryant. Now in his sixth season as the head Warrior, Bryant will have a unique team this season. Returning guard Tre’ Mays is a steady presence at the top for Bryant and company. One of eight seniors on the 2017 roster, Mays (10.4ppg in 2016) teams up with fellow returning starters Ahmad O’Neal and Tyrone Scott (12.3ppg/7.2rpg) this year.
The real question for the 2017-2018 Warriors surrounds their four highly thought of transfers: Lamont Sams (Johnson in 2016), Matt Sams (Savannah), Daqwan Outing (Savannah), and Sai Fisher (St. Augustine Prep: New Orleans, LA).
Fisher, who averaged around 14 points per game last season as an honorable mention all state selection in Louisiana’s class 5A, will take over the reigns of the Warrior offense as the point guard. The big bodied guard is excellent at driving and drawing contact in the lane. Each of these players are upperclassmen with experience, but they are new to Jenkins and new to the returning core of Scott, Mays, and O’Neal. Time will tell if the influx of talent leads to an increase in wins for HVJ, but something tells me they’ll be just fine. 

After Johnson and Jenkins, there are a ton of questions surrounding the region. The two other name brands from the 912, Savannah High and Beach, are both trying desperately to return to their glory days of region titles and state playoff runs. For each school, that task is becoming increasingly more difficult as the rise of Jenkins in recent years has led to some players taking their talents elsewhere. Of course, there are other factors to the recent lack of success on the hardwood for both the Blue Jackets and Bulldogs, but no matter the reason, the point remains: Savannah basketball is better when Beach and The High are contenders.
Beach is an interesting team sitting in the middle of this region because they lose three starters from last year’s team, which was one half of basketball away from making the state playoffs before falling to Savannah High late in the season, but they also return six seniors including Kawan Williams and Benjamin Brewton. Beach head coach Herman Haggray has made a commitment to playing faster this season, so expect the Bulldogs to score in bunches if all goes as planned.   

Windsor Forest is a team that, in my eyes, is really intriguing heading into this season. Head coach Aaron Clark will lead his Knights into region 3-AAA play led by senior guard Ben Mitchell (10.3ppg in 2016) and junior forward Zimbabwe Fields (13.1ppg). Fields, a six-foot-three-inch wing player that I believe is being overlooked. With Mitchell and Fields running the show on Savannah’s south side, I think the Knights are the team that can potentially shake up the top of 3-AAA a la the 2016 Islands Sharks.

Islands has more talent to replace coming into the year than any other team in the entire city. As mentioned earlier, the loss of their big three means that there are plenty of opportunities for someone to step up and provide the scoring for head coach Karl DeMasi and his Sharks. Sophomore point guard Derek Edwards (4.8ppg in 2016) and junior Kalen Deloach (3.8ppg/3.7rpg) will be asked to contribute in elevated roles this year as DeMasi and company will try and replace their entire starting five. It won’t be easy, but most returning Sharks have some experience which should serve them well in the early non-region schedule.

Outside of Region 3-AAA
2016 Record: 16-11, 10-2 in 3-A
Head Coach: Lenny Williams (1st year)
Outlook: The Wolverines of Woodville-Tompkins may be one of the most talented teams in the area that no one is talking about. Kyle Sandy ranks WT as the number nine team in class-A coming into the season, and that lofty rank is well earned. Setting the young school’s high mark for number of wins (16) last season, Woodville returns its core of sophomore scoring guards and loses only one senior from a team that made the state playoffs last season.
The three (now junior) guards Charleston Willingham (9.2ppg in 2016), Jordan Walker (7.7ppg), and Deante Green (7.0ppg) will join senior point man AJ Hassel (7.0ppg) and junior big man Preston Crisp for what should be a special season for Woodville-Tompkins.

New Hampstead
2016 Record: 18-9, 6-4 in 2-AAAAA
Head Coach: Tonya Mackey (6th year)
Outlook: The Phoenix are entering what would what seem like a rebuilding year after losing six contributing seniors from last year’s squad which came within two points from making the elite 8. Head coach Tonya Mackey has done a sensational job building this program from the ground up since their start in 2012 (5-21), but this year is going to be tough for the Phoenix, especially once they are inside of region play. Returning 0 starters from the 2016-2017 team, New Hampstead “is looking to be competitive build again with a brand new ball club this season” says Mackey.

Savannah Christian
2016 Record: 14-12, 8-4 in region 3-A
Head Coach: Travis Priddy (4th year)
Outlook: Savannah Christian may have the best private school team in the city this season. Returning almost all of their contributing players from last season, the Raiders will look to try and improve on their 2016-2017 5th place finish in a loaded region 3-A. Juniors, forward Aly Keys and guard Jordan Grant join forces with seniors, forward Eric Davidson and guard Justin Anderson to try and accomplish something big for this version of the Raiders basketball team.
Head coach Travis Priddy, now in his fourth season at the helm of the Raiders, says his team expects to be near the top of the region but he is concerned about a possible lack of “toughness” inside. Keys and Davidson should fix any concerns with interior play as the season goes along, however. I expect a nice year for the Raiders.

Savannah’s Names to Watch
1.      Amanze Ngumezi – Johnson
2.      Tyrone Scott – Jenkins
3.      Shamar Jones – Johnson
4.      Zimbabwe Fields – Windsor Forest
5.      Tre Mays - Jenkins
6.      Charleston Willingham – Woodville
7.      Ben Mitchell – Windsor Forest
8.      Sai Fisher – Jenkins
9.      Derek Edwards – Islands
10.  AJ Hassel – Woodville 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Savannah Quarterback Club Hands Off Two More Player of the Week Awards

The Savannah Quarterback Club wrapped another huddle Monday night and handed off two more awards. These awards went to the most outstanding performances on the field, offensively and defensively, for the games played on the weekend of October 19, 2017.

Pictured Left -Defensive Player of the Week, Jonah Griffin
& Speaker, Tony Barnhart
Right - Offensive Player of the Week, Travion Bass-Black
The lone recipient to attend was Benedictine defensive back senior Jonah Griffin. The Cadet received the award for his play on the defensive side of the ball in a Benedictine victory over Bacon County, 47-13. Griffin recorded 3 tackles 1 sack and an interception in the game.

The offensive player of the week, Travion Bass-Black, could not attend due to his team, Windsor Forest was playing in a mini-playoff game. Which the Knights won and now advance to the state playoffs. Travion a senior running back had an outstanding game against Islands High School in a Windsor Forest win, 37-0. Bass-Black gained 130 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns.

The guest speaker for the huddle was legendary sports reporter and college reporter for 39 years, Tony Barnhart.  Barnhart, is known in the college football world as Mr. College Football.  Tony has been involved in every aspect of sports reporting.

This Georgia Bulldog alumnus has been a reporter for newspapers, television and radio. Barnhart spent 24th years as the national college football writer with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and eight years as an analyst for CBS Sports, Tony currently serves as the "SEC Networks'' studio analyst. He has also written five books on college football.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Savannah Area GHSA & GISA 2017 Playoff Schedule is Set to Kickoff

Georgia High School Football State Playoff Brackets
Georgia High School Association 1st Round
Friday 11.10.17 All games Kickoff @ 7:30 pm

Region 1 #3 Northside Warner Robbins vs. Region 2 #2 Brunswick
Region 2 #3 Effingham County vs. Region 1 #2 Coffee County
Region 2 #4 Richmond Hill vs. Region 1 #1 Lee County
Region 1 #4 Valdosta vs. Region 2 #1 Glynn Academy

Region 2 #3 New Hampstead vs. Region 1 #2 Bainbridge
Region 2 #4 South Effingham vs. Region 1 #1 Warner Robins

Region 4 #4 Jackson vs. Region 3 #1 Jenkins
Region 4 #3 Pike County vs. Region 3 #2 SE Bulloch
Region 3 #3 Windsor Forest  vs. Region 4 #2 Westside Macon
Region 3 #4 Savannah High vs. Region 4 #1 Peach County
Region 1 #4 Dougherty vs. Region 2 #1 Liberty County

Region 1 #4 Berrien vs. Region 2 #1 Benedictine

A Private
Class A Private
Team #24 Strong Rock @ Team #9 Calvary Day
Team #23 Brookstone @ Team #10 Savannah Country Day
Team #17 Hebron Christian @ Team #16 Savannah Christian

AA State Semi-finals
Region 2 #2 Memorial Day School vs. Region 4 #1 Briarwood

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Savannah Area GHSA & GISA 2017 Playoff Schedule

Georgia High School Football State Playoff Brackets
Georgia High School Association 1st Round 
Friday 11.10.17 All games Kickoff 7:30 pm 

Region 5 #3 Hughes vs. Region 6 #2 Allatoona 
Region 1 #3 Northside Warner Robbins vs. Region 2 #2 Brunswick
Region 2 #4 Richmond Hill vs. Region 1 #1 Lee County
Region 1 #4 Valdosta vs. Region 2 #1 Glynn Academy

Region 2 #3 New Hampstead vs. Region 1 #2 Bainbridge
Region 2 #4 South Effingham vs. Region 1 #1 Warner Robins

Region 4 #4 Jackson vs. Region 3 #1 Jenkins
Region 4 #3 Pike County vs. Region 3 #2 SE Bulloch
Region 3 #3 vs. Region 4 #2 Westside Macon
Region 3 #4 vs. Region 4 #1 Peach County
Region 1 #4 Dougherty vs. Region 2 #1 Liberty County

Mini- Game Playoff Monday 11.06.17 for Region Spots #3 & #4
Beach, Savannah High, Windsor Forest mini-playoff game Monday 4:30 pm at Morris Field Daffin Park
       Standard football with opening kickoffs with two 5 minute halves 
       Game #1 Savannah faces Beach 1st, winner qualifies.
       Game #2 Loser faces Windsor, with winner advancing.

Region 1 #4 Berrien vs. Region 2 #1 Benedictine

A Private
Power Rankings As Of: 11/04/2017 11:00 am
Calvary Day #8
Savannah Calvary  #9
Savannah Christian #16
NOTE: Power Rankings are under appeal as of this posting.  Below is why per GHSA.
  • ·         After the established deadline for reporting teams for playoff competition, schools shall review the power ratings posted on the GHSA website.
  • ·         A request to correct a school’s won-loss record or appeal or dispute the power rating of an individual school must be submitted in writing by the principal before 12:00 noon on the day of the Wildcard Selection Committee Meeting.
  • ·         Will be official per GHSA 

AA State Semi-finals

Region 2 #2 Memorial Day School vs. Region 4 #1 Briarwood

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Two More Student Athletes Catch a Savannah Quarterback Club Player of the Week Award

Picture L-R Travis Blackshear, Todd Stansbury, Ulyeon Middleton
Monday the Savannah Quarterback club once again gathered to talk about football, hand off awards to local gridiron standouts and listen to the guest speaker from Georgia Tech, Todd Stansbury.

There were two young men in-house to receive the offensive and defensive awards. The offensive player of the week was Benedictine's outstanding all-purpose football player senior Travis Blackshear, and on the defensive side of the ball was Windsor Forest High School standout player junior Ulyeon Middleton.

Travis was the offensive player of the week as he rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-14 win over Toombs County. On the defensive side of the field was Ulyeon, who had 7 tackles and two sacks in a 43-14 victory over Johnson. Additionally, Both recipients thank the club for their award and got to listen to the Todd Stansbury. A big congratulation to both players for wining this prestigious award from the Savannah Quarterback Club.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Savannah Quarterback Club Tosses Two More Awards

The Savannah Quarterback Club was at it again tossing out two more Athletes of the week for the high school football games played on October 6th. Two more deserving student/athletes clutched the award and ran with it.

First was A.E.
Pictured Left to Right: Kawan Williams ( Offense - AE Beach HS)
Dari Nowkhah (Speaker, ESPN) & Mikell Jackson (Defense -New Hampstead HS)
Beach stand out all-purpose player senior Kwan Williams, who grabbed the offensive player of the week for his performance in the Bulldogs 35-0 win over Groves. Williams had five catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, New Hampstead Phoenix defensive end junior Mikell Jackson gathered his for his performance over Statesboro High School. Mikell recorded ten total tackles and two sacks. Both athletes got to speak and thank the Savannah Quarterback Club for their awards and got to listen to the guest speaker from ESPN, broadcaster Dari Nowkhah.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Savannah Quarterback Club Passes Out More Outstanding Player of the Week Awards

The Savannah Quarterback Club passed out its Offensive and Defensive players of the week for games played on September 29, 2017.

Catching the offensive player of the Week honors was Jenkins's senior wide receiver Tyrone Scott. Scott is one of the top college recruits in the Savannah area this year. In the game against Johnson High School, in which Jenkins won 35-6 win. Tyrone had three catches for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Tackling the defensive player of the week was Savannah High's senior outside linebacker Treisean Palmer. Treisean was honored for Savannah High’s 21-15 win over Beach. He had eight solo tackles and one sack. Both players both got a chance to speak to the club about winning their respective awards and had the chance to listen to the guest speaker, former college and NFL player Chris Moher.

              Pictured Left to Right:  David Roberson (Coach Savannah High), 
             Treisean Palmer (Defense #8 Savannah High, Speaker Chris Mohr (Alabama/Buffalo Bills), 
Tyrone Scott (Offense #1 Jenkins), 
Coach John Walker (asst Coach Jenkins)
Mohr grew up in Thomson, Georgia, and played high school football at Briarwood Academy. Chris was recruited by the University of Alabama, where he was the team's starting punter for three years. Mohr went on played in the NFL with Tampa Bay (1989), Buffalo Bills (1991-2000), Atlanta Falcons (2001-2004, and the Washington Redskins (2005. The highlight of Mohr's career was with the Bills from 1991 to 2000, during which time he appeared in three Super Bowls with the team—Super Bowl XXVI, Super Bowl XXVII, and Super Bowl XXVIII.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Savannah Quarterback Club Hands Off Awards to Local Underclassmen

Savannah Quarterback Club Hands Off Awards to Local Underclassmen for the Week of September 22, 2017

(L-R) Keith Kilgore, Jonathon Joseph, Wes Durham, James Shellman, Alex Modicue
For their efforts on the gridiron for the week of September 22, sophomores James Shellman of Islands High School and Jonathon Joseph of Bethesda Academy
were honored at the Savannah Quarterback Meeting on Monday October 09, 2017. James was introduced by Islands High School Quarterbacks Coach, Alex Modicue. As Jonathon was
introduced by Bethesda Academy Dean of Students, Keith Kilgore. Both young men were awarded their trophies by Atlanta Falcons play-by-play announcer Wes Durham and gave a short acceptance speech. Wes Durham is a well-known in Georgia as a sportscaster that has called many games for Georgia Tech, Fox Sports, and the NFL.

The Players accomplishments -
Offensive Player of the Week 9.22.2017
James Shellman Islands High School
Sophomore / Quarterback
In Island’s High School’s 37-14 win over Johnson. Shellman threw 5 touchdown passes.

Defensive Player of the Week 9.22.2017
Jonathan Joseph Bethesda Academy
Sophomore / Cornerback
In Bethesda’s 36-22 loss to Dorchester Academy, Johnathan had 2 solo Tackles
and 5 interceptions.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Savannah Quarterback & Former Head Coach Sam Wyche Hand off Two More Awards

(Pix L-R) Eric Davidson, Sam Wyche, Jalen Leary
It was another Monday night at the Savannah Quarterback going 71 years strong and taking care of the "Boys of Fall" in Savannah Georgia. The Players of the Week for the week of September 15th were Calvary Day School running back Jalen Leary and Savannah Christian Prep Linebacker Eric Davidson. Below you will find the scoop that got both players selected as the back and lineman of the week.

What an experience as both young men received their award, spoke to the club, and got to meet and take a picture with former Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Sam Wyche. Coach Wyche had a remarkable career in the NFL and led the Bengals as the head coach to Super Bowl XXIII.  Furthermore, Wyche is a Georgia boy himself.
Sam graduated from North Fulton HS, after that went on to play college football at Furman, and subsequently as a quarterback and coach in the NFL.

Back of the Week
Jalen Leary #27 Calvary Day School
Junior / Running Back
Calvary’s 55-25 win over Montgomery County
170 Yards rushing on 20 carries with 5 Touchdowns

Lineman of the Week
Eric Davidson #36 Savannah Christian
Senior / Linebacker
Savannah Christian’s 40-20 win over Truetlen County
Eric had 7 Solo Tackles / 14 total tackles and 1 rushing TD on Offense

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Savannah Quarterback Handing Off Awards Again!

Savannah, GA – The Savannah Quarterback Club met for the second time this season, Monday September 25th. They recognized the offensive and defensive players of the week for September 1st and September 8th. For the week of September 1st, the one offensive player was Senior, Adam Byck from Savannah Country Day. The defensive player recognized was, Thomas Bingley from St. Andrew's School. For the week of September 8th, the offensive player is Senior, Nick Iannone from Benedicitne Military School. The defensive player was Senior, Desmond Williams from Windsor Forest High School. All four of these young men accepted their award and were given a chance to speak. Furthermore, below is the accomplishments these players performed to win this special award. 

Players of the week - pictured left to right:
Desmond Williams, Nick Iannone, Adam Byck and Thomas Bingley
Adam Byck #46
Savannah Country Day 45-13 win against Lanier County
Senior - Running Back
33 Carries - 244 Yards - 3 TD

Thomas Bingley #62
St. Andrews 33-0 win against Thomas Heyward
Senior - Defensive End / Defensive Tackle


Nick Iannone #15
Benedictine 48-7 win over Southeast Bulloch
Senior - Quarterback
201 Yards passing

Desmond Williams #13
Windsor Forest 23-20 win over Long County
Senior - Defensive End / Outside Linebacker
5 tackles

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It's Kickoff Award Time for the 71st Season for the Savannah Quarterback Club

(Pix Left to Right - Aljhamon Thomas, Javonte Middleton, Ameen Stevens, Jamie McLellan)
The Savannah Quarterback Club kicked off their 71st meeting this past Monday, September 18th. The club goes far and above to recognize the outstanding football players in Chatham County. To receive a Savannah Quarterback Club player of the week award, your team needs to come from Chatham County, and your game must have been played in Chatham County. 
The club recognized the back and lineman players of the week for week one games on August 18th, and for week two games of the season, August 25th. 


Back of Week

Javonte Middleton #7 Jenkins High School  28-6 win in game against New Hampstead
Javonte is a senior and plays Quarterback
189 yards passing and 3 touchdowns
Favorite receiver was Tyrone Scott

Line of the Week

Jamie McLellan #68  Calvary Day School  20-0 win in game against Islands High School
Jamie senior and plays some offensive and defensive line


Back of Week
Ameen Stevens #3  Jenkins High School 45-36 win in game against New South Effingham
Ameen is a senior and plays Running Back
22 carries for 223 yards and 3 Touchdowns

Line of the Week
Aljhamon Thomas #4   New Hampstead High School 34-6 win in game against Savannah Christian
Alijhamon is a senior and plays Defensive end and Tight End 
7 solo tackles / 9 total tackles and 2 SACKS
Maxpreps has him with most SACKS statewide at 10

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Complete Savannah Area Football Schedule & Changes for 9.15.2017

With Hurricane Irma, coming through the Savannah area some schools were off until Thursday September 16, 2017. All public school’s teams will resume school practice on September 18, 2017. So, with the swirl of school closings and openings the schedule this weekend is abbreviated and made-up dates have been set.

There is one school that lost out, Memorial Day School. The Blue Thunder and their opponent Fredrica Academy could not come up with a compatible date. Which means the game is canceled and won't be made up. Here is the schedule.

Friday September 15
Benedictine @ Swainsboro 7:30 p.m.

Montgomery County @Calvary Day (Daffin Park) 7:30 p.m.
Treutlen @ Savannah Christian (Pooler Stadium) 7:30 p.m.

Non – Region 
Richmond Hill @ Grovetown 7:30 p.m.
South Effingham @West Laurens 7:30 p.m.

Saturday September 16
Non - Region
Statesboro @ Effingham, 6 p.m.
Bradwell @ Tattnall County, 5 p.m.

St. Andrew’s @ Northwood, 7 p.m.


Tuesday - September 19 
Beach @ Windsor Forest moved at Memorial 7 p.m.
Savannah High @ Groves at Garden City 7 p.m.

Friday - September 22
CLASS A Cross-over
Savannah Country Day @ Johnson County

Saturday - September 23
Beach @ Savannah High at Memorial 7 p.m.
Windsor Forest @ Groves at Garden City 7 p.m.

Friday - September 29
Johnson vs. Jenkins
Islands vs. Southeast Bulloch

CLASS AAAAA Non-region
New Hampstead vs. Long County

Friday - October 6
Bryan County vs. Toombs County

Memorial Day vs. Frederica Academy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Guess Who the Top SEC QB in 2017 Is?

The SEC Football Conference has been noted as a running back led conference. Some experts say this quarterback class of 2017, might just make the difference which team wins the SEC title. This year's preseason conference ranking by was as follows;
1. Jalen Hurts, Alabama
2. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
3. Austin Allen, Arkansas
4. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
5. Jake Bentley, South Carolina
6. Shea Patterson, Ole Miss
7. Jacob Eason, Georgia
8. Drew Lock, Missouri
9. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt
10. Malik Zaire, Florida
11. Danny Etling, LSU
12. Quinten Dormady, Tennessee
13. Stephen Johnson, Kentucky
14. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M

So, after two weeks a surprise quarterback has emerged out of Vanderbilt, Kyle Shurmur. Shurmer got red hot at the end of the 2016 season, and he has continued this year after two games. Kyle leads the conference quarterbacks with a passer efficiency rating of 217.

Close is the signal caller out of Ole Miss Shea Patterson who has a passer rating efficiency of 211 and has thrown for more than 400 yards more than Shumer. Patterson has thrown for over 900 yards this season. As far as for the preseason #1 QB Jalen Hurts of Alabama. Jalen sits at number nine. A surprise at ten is freshman Jake Fromm, who has taken over the starting spot for Georgia. Georgia preseason starter Jacob Eason got knocked out in game number one with a knee sprain. The quarterback chart was assembled by

Week two will be interesting as Vanderbilt goes to Kansas State in Kansas, and Ole Miss travels to California to battle the Golden Bears. Shurmer and Patterson will be tested. Do they hold their spots or who will sit on top next week as the top SEC quarterback? 

Key:  COMP: Completions   ATT: Passing attempts PCT: Completion percentage YDS: Passing yards
YDS/A: Yards per pass attempt   LONG: Longest pass TD: Passing touchdowns
INT: Interceptions thrown    SACK: Sacks   RAT: Passer Efficiency

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