No. 1 versus No. 2 is always fun.
Calhoun and Ridgeland again topped the Northwest Georgia Prep Power Poll this week and have a looming matchup Friday in Calhoun.
The Daily Citizen invited nine publications to participate and vote on a weekly top-10 list from 31 GHSA high schools in the defined area, which is made up of Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker and Whitfield counties. Six publications voted last week and this week, and the Yellow Jackets garnered all first-place votes each time. Ridgeland had five second-place votes and one third-place vote.
Calhoun, which won the Class 2A state title in 2011, returns senior quarterback Taylor Lamb, who has committed to the University of South Alabama.
“Taylor makes us go,” Calhoun coach Hal Lamb, Taylor’s uncle, told the Calhoun Times after the Yellow Jackets defeated Rome 31-0 in a preseason scrimmage. “He’s about as good as it gets. And our receivers played well tonight and made some good catches. We’ve got two good running backs in Alex Urbano and Tydus (Curtis), and our offensive line is deeper than we’ve ever had.”
Ridgeland has a highly touted college prospect in Vonn Bell, a safety and wide receiver.
Despite winning the only game played in the Northwest Georgia area last week, Dalton moved down a spot in the rankings. The Catamounts were ranked third in last week’s preseason rankings. After a 21-19 win against Ringgold, which was ranked 10th and stays at the spot, Dalton fell behind Cartersville by two points. The Cats face Calhoun in a home opener on Sept. 7.
Northwest Whitfield is the only new team in the poll this week, garnering the ninth spot. Last week the Bruins had 11 points and just missed making the top 10. This week, they replace Darlington in the rankings. Northwest will travel Friday for its season opener against Pepperell, which is ranked seventh this week after starting eighth last week and switching with Gordon Central.
The only other change this week was Rome jumping from sixth to fifth ahead of Cedartown.
Top two to meet
No. 1 versus No. 2 is always fun.
Champions of Dalton will offer more than speed training.
"After Deadline" sports podcast - Dec. 4, 2013
The Daily Citizen sports writers Devin Golden and Chris Whitfield start the show duscissing the proposed region alignments for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.
Mountaineers split duals at Cartersville
North Murray High School’s wrestling team split a pair of duals Wednesday at Cartersville, beating Coosa 60-21 but losing to the host Purple Hurricanes 50-23.
Area middle school roundup: Cougars basketball wins in OT
Luke Griffin scored 22 points to lead Dalton Middle School’s seventh-grade boys basketball team to a 38-35 overtime win over visiting Rome on Monday.
Loran Smith: Bulldogs were rewarded for persistence
Comebacks are sweet, and if anybody deserved one it was this University of Georgia football team, which has suffered tremendously from injuries this season and particularly in this past Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech.
Medals on her mind
Those who know Dalton High School swimmer Ninive Arriola saw her skill on display the past two seasons as she qualified for the Georgia High School Association’s Class A-5A state meet.
They want her to achieve a higher level of success this year — but as Arriola knows, that’s up to her.
News mostly good on new regions
The Dalton High School athletic department will have to invest more in fuel after being placed in a region which travels south down I-75 and stretches westward towards the Alabama state line.
Prep roundup: Dalton swim teams earn home sweep
Dalton High School’s boys and girls swimming and diving teams swept a trifecta of duals at home on Tuesday.
Murray County softball has five on all-region squad
Five Murray County High School softball players made the 2013 All-Region 7-2A Team, as selected by the eight-team league’s head coaches, including first-team selections Aubrie Osborne and Shea Pendley.
New regions released for area high schools
The Georgia High School Association today released its new regions for 2014-2016.
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