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BLITZ Monthly — October 2018

Football & Softball Power Rankings
Coach & Player Interviews
Football Highlights
College Spotlight: Brad Hurst & Mackenzie Callas
State Playoffs (Softball)
Top Defenses & Offenses in State (Football)

After a loss to open the season, the Wildcats are taking form very nicely with five straight wins, including a record-breaking 68-7 Week 6 win at Banks County! FULL STORY/HIGHLIGHTS (Photo by Bobby Escoe)
"It felt like the perfect time" says Donny Curry on the commitment to Troy University! Why? What sold him on it? READ HIS STORY
ELITE OFFENSES
At the 2018 midway point, GHSF Daily released the top 10 offenses by classification. Commerce, Dawson, Habersham Central, Jefferson, Rabun & Union all made the list! READ MORE

ELITE DEFENSES

GHSF Daily also named the top 10 defenses in the state by classification, and Commerce, Dawson, Jefferson & Union [who all were also top defenses] made the list! READ MORE
STATE RANKINGS

FOOTBALL

RABUN - #3
COMMERCE - #4
JEFFERSON - #6
DAWSON - #9
UNION - #10

SOFTBALL
JEFFERSON - #3
BANKS - #4
COMMERCE - #8


VOLLEYBALL
RABUN - #6
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HIGHLIGHTS: Stephens County 41, Habersham Central 28 (WEEK 4)
FULL RECAP / STORY
SOFTBALL STATE PLAYOFFS are on the near horizon. Many are playing in their region tournaments this week, but we know a few teams have punched their tickets: White County, Jefferson, Stephens County, Dawson County, Union County, Lumpkin County, Banks County. Habersham Central is on the cusp!
Lumpkin County is having one of its best seasons in school history! Izzy Kinard & Natalie Robinson are leading the charge...
FULL STORY/INTERVIEW
The BLITZ Football (After Week 6) & Softball (October) Power Rankings were released, with the top 5 in football holding a 27-2 record. Jefferson gained the top spot in the softball rankings. FOOTBALL // SOFTBALL
WEEK 3 COMEBACK: Stephens County held a 14-13 lead in the third quarter until Austin Jones returned a punt 60-plus yards for the go-ahead game-winning touchdown that propelled the Rabun County Wildcats to a big win. RECAP / STORY
Dawson County broke a few school records in its 64-0 win over East Hall in Week 6! FULL STORY
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: Former White County three-sport star and all-state kicker Brad Hurst continues to thrive in kicking duties at Georgetown. FULL STORY
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: Dawson County alum Mackenzie Callas is enjoying a breakout sophomore year at Brenau. FULL STORY

The Banner Challenge of 2018 is full-force! All you have to do is tag @BLITZSportsGa on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram w/ a pic of your banner. Most creative will win a plaque at the end of the season!

PLAYER INTERVIEWS
Banks County
Jaycie Bowen (SR P/1B #22)
Taylor Speed (SR C #24)
Abby Ledford (SR 3B #17)


Habersham Central
Donovan Curry (SR WR/CB #8)
Tre Luttrell (SR QB/S #16)

Paige Cook (SR SS #6)
Adelaide Askew (SR 1B #13)

Alexandra Shalikashvili (JR OH #3)
Sydney Brookshire (JR L #9)


Lumpkin County
Izzy Kinard (SR UTIL #1)
Natalie Robinson (JR P/1B #30)


White County
Spencer Adams (Charlotte Knights – AAA White Sox)
COACH INTERVIEWS
Banks County
Jay Reid

Habersham Central
Benji Harrison
Lindsay Herrin
Stephanie Thomas


Lumpkin County
Joseph Jones
Shane Williamson


Stephens County
Wesley Tankersley

White County
Tim Cokely
MARSHALL the MARSHAL: Meet Tallulah Falls' crazy-talented angler who continues to reel in the bass, this time in an unforgettable New York/Canadian experience! READ HIS STORY
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Kyle Sandy gives his top players in boys basketball to watch for in 2018-19!
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BLITZ PLAYER OF THE WEEK
So far in 2018, we've named 38 individuals Player of the Week! Below are five of them. PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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NEWS - Top content of September/October 2018

OCTOBER 2 – Wildcats’ Jones and Stockton earn POW award…again!
OCTOBER 2 – College Spotlight: Dawson alum Callas having breakout sophomore year at Brenau
OCTOBER 1 – Habersham libero Brookshire named volleyball Player of the Week
OCTOBER 1 – Jefferson diamond duo named Players of the Week
OCTOBER 1 – BLITZ Softball Power Rankings, October
OCTOBER 1 – BLITZ Football Power Rankings, After Week 6
SEPTEMBER 30 – Dawson County breaks three records in rout of East Hall
SEPTEMBER 30 – Marshall the Marshal
SEPTEMBER 29 – Rabun’s win over Banks sets new school record
SEPTEMBER 28 – WEEK 6 FINALS & RECAPS
SEPTEMBER 28 – Rabun win streak hits five in blowout win at Banks [VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS]
SEPTEBMER 28 – Game of the Week Preview: Banks vs Rabun
SEPTEMBER 28 – Surging Leopards taking momentum into matchup with powerhouse Rabun [VIDEO]
SEPTEMBER 28 – Updated state leaderboard features number of local players
SEPTEMBER 27 – Lady Raiders volleyball seeking third straight state playoff appearance [VIDEO]
SEPTEMBER 27 – WEEK 6 PREVIEW & PREDICTIONS
SEPTEMBER 27 – Stingy Defenses: Local programs not giving up much, among state leaders in points allowed
SEPTEMBER 26 – Tallulah Falls bass fishing pair catches state berth at first tournament
SEPTEMBER 26 – High-Octane Offenses: Local teams among state leaders in points per game
SEPTEMBER 26 – Volleyball programs eye state playoffs
SEPTEMBER 25 – Leopards’ Walker & Rabun’s Stockton named Players of the Week
SEPTEMBER 25 – Lady Leopards dynamic duo take Player of the Week honors
SEPTEMBER 24 – BLITZ Football Power Rankings, After Week 5
SEPTEMBER 21 – WEEK 5 FINALS & RECAPS
SEPTEMBER 21 – WEEK 5 PREVIEW & PREDICTIONS
SEPTEMBER 20 – Donovan Curry ‘felt like the perfect time’ to commit to Troy University
SEPTEMBER 19 – College Spotlight: Former Warriors star Hurst shines at Georgetown
SEPTEMBER 18 – Banks County’s Lehotsky (Fan Vote), Rabun’s Jones & Jefferson’s Clark named Players of the Week
SEPTEMBER 18 – White County’s Vandiver earns volleyball Player of the Week award
SEPTEMBER 17 – Lady Tigers freshman Martinez earns Player of the Week after game-winning hit
SEPTEMBER 17 – BLITZ Football Power Rankings, After Week 4
SEPTEMBER 15 – WEEK 4 FINALS & RECAPS
SEPTEMBER 14 – Stephens County scores 34 unanswered to stun Habersham, keeping streak alive in rival series [VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS]
SEPTEMBER 14 – Game of the Week Preview: Stephens vs Habersham
SEPTEMBER 14 – Slew of local players on state leader boards in passing, rushing and receiving
SEPTEMBER 13 – Lumpkin County in midst of historic season [VIDEO]
SEPTEMBER 13 – WEEK 4 PREVIEW & PREDICTIONS
SEPTEMBER 13 – Lady Raiders’ Kilee Thomas pitches, catches, hits way to Player of the Week
SEPTEMBER 12 – Tallulah Falls girls, Commerce boys win Cookies ‘n Quotes; Stephens, Rabun, Habersham also participate
SEPTEMBER 12 – Lumpkin County’s Kinard named Player of the Week
SEPTEMBER 11 – Leopards’ Walker (Fan Vote), Union’s Allison & Rabun’s Jones named Players of the Week
SEPTEMBER 10 – McGinnis, Muldoon excel at Double Dip Invitational, earn POW honors
SEPTEMBER 10 – Cheerleader Banner Challenge 2018
SEPTEMBER 10 – Lady Indians senior Bohannon named volleyball player of the week
SEPTEMBER 10 – BLITZ Football Power Rankings, After Week 3
SEPTEMBER 7 – Friday Night Scores & Recaps, Week 3
SEPTEMBER 7 – Wildcats survive slow start against Stephens to win home opener [VIDEO]
SEPTEMBER 7 – Game of the Week Preview: Rabun vs Stephens
SEPTEMBER 6 – WEEK 3 PREVIEW & PREDICTIONS
SEPTEMBER 6 – Allison’s 100 wins at Union puts him in rare class
SEPTEMBER 5 – Softball trio of Hobbs, Denton & Dunagan split Player of the Week honors
SEPTEMBER 5 – Local teams flex muscles with first cross country state rankings
SEPTEMBER 4 – Raiders sophomore Clouatre (Fan Vote) & Jefferson’s McNally Players of the Week
SEPTEMBER 4 – BLITZ Softball Power Rankings, September
SEPTEMBER 4 – College Spotlight: White County alum Adam Johnson having big success at Cumberlands
SEPTEMBER 4 – BLITZ Football Power Rankings, After Week 2
SEPTEMBER 2 – Adams takes tough-luck loss in stellar outing at Gwinnett [VIDEO]
SEPTEMBER 1 – Spencer Adams preps for final start of 2018 at Gwinnett [VIDEO]

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