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National Signing Day at Mary Persons High School

National Signing Day at Mary Persons High School

Mary Persons signees: Taylor Williams - Wingate, QB. Jay Beckham - Fort Valley State, offensive line. G.J. Howland - Air Force, offensive line.

GHSA Class A to Have Two State Champions

The Georgia High School Association voted Tuesday in Macon to create separate public-school and private-school playoff systems for Class A athletics and declare two Class A champions.

The motion passed 36-12 with one abstention.

The new system will take effect next school year.

The GHSA held a special called meeting Tuesday at the Macon Centreplex to discuss reclassification issues across the state.

GHSA Director Ralph Swearingin said, "We know that not everybody is going to be happy, but what it's going to mean is that private schools will be assured they have a champion." He called it a win-win situation for both private and public schools.

Coach Mark Ledford of the Wilcox County Patriots called the current state of class A an "unlevel playing field." He is certain that now the rural schools will be able to find out who is the best among other rural schools in each sport.

GHSA Releases Proposed Regions For 2012-2014

Football powers Peach County and Carver were placed in the same region today as the GHSA unveiled its proposed regions for 2012-2014.

Central and Southwest were also grouped in with Peach and Carver in Region 2AAA.

Other highlights under the new proposed regions:

Jones County will play with Northside, Warner Robins and Houston County in Region 2AAAAA.

Dublin and East Laurens will play in Region 3AA while rival Bleckley County will move into Region 4AA with Crawford County, Macon County, Taylor County, Lamar County, Monticello, Northeast and Putnam County.

FPD will move into Region 7A where the Vikings will be paired with Wilkinson County, Twiggs County and GMC.

Schools have until December 16 at noon to appeal their placement and asked to be placed in a different region. Schools cannot ask to move into a different classification.

GHSA Approves Reclassification

The Georgia High School Association committee unamamously approved a 6 classification change this morning in Thomaston, to become effective fall of 2012 through 2014. The divide is based on the student population of individual schools and will determine the competitve schedule for athletics, academics and extracurricular activities.

The move is the first for the state to have 6 classifications, since adapting to 5 in 2000. Several central Georgia athletic directors were in attendance of the meeting and are in support with the switch, including Southwest Macon's Carror Wright, Mary Person's Rodney Walker and Bleckley County's athletic director Sam Barrs, who is also a GHSA committee member.

Playoff Week 1: Your Football Friday Night Scores

Glynn Academy - 16
Northside - 42

Lambert - 21
Clarke Central - 25

Warner Robins

Habersham central - 48
Chattahoochee - 65

Upson-Lee - 3
Lovejoy - 42

Kell - 30
Marist - 7

John Milledge - 16
Westfield - 42

Gatewood - 7
Valwood - 33

Heritage - 20
Edmund Burke - 43

Brentwood - 36
Arlington Christian - 33

Brookwood - 14
Piedmont - 48

Worth Co. - 7
Peach Co. - 36

Monroe Area - 21
Ridgeland - 35

Perry - 9
Cairo  - 24

Cedartown - 14
Stephens Co. - 21