Beyond The Game with Rennie Curran

By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor

July 17, 2019 (Atlanta, GA):  Today on the podcast we are joined by Rennie Curran to hear about his football days and what he has done beyond the game.  Curran was a star linebacker at Brookwood High School and was recently inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame.  His football career continued with All American success at University of Georgia, and into the NFL with the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Bucs.  Curran discusses how he prepared for life after football, and his successful second career as a speaker, author and business coach.

Listen here:  Season 1, Episode 2: Beyond The Game with Rennie Curran

Highlights:

0:55 Impact from Liberian parent upbringing

18:30 Rapid Ten questions on football career

30:40 What is a Gamechanger

36:05 Brand ambassador for BuffBoxx

42:38 Meet his daughter and book co-author

Beyond The Game with Andre Fluellen

By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor

June 5, 2019 (Atlanta, GA):  Today we spoke with Cartersville High School alumni Andre Fluellen to learn about his football career and life after the game.  Fluellen won a GHSA state championship while playing for the Hurricanes, and then he went on to star for the FSU Seminoles in college.  He was drafted in the third round by the Detroit Lions, and played defensive tackle in the NFL for eight seasons with the Lions, Dolphins, and Bills.  Fluellen talks about his time after the NFL as he has returned to his hometown Atlanta with his wife and two daughters.  He worked as a color commentator for SportalTV for the 2018 season of high school football in Georgia.

Listen here:  Season 1, Episode 1: Beyond The Game with Andre Fluellen

Highlights:

4:18 Fluellen’s time at FSU with Bobby Bowden

13:20 Rapid Ten questions on the NFL

31:53 Motivational speaking

39:34 Broadcast career ambitions

 

Atlanta Football Players on National Signing Day

By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor

February 6, 2019 (Atlanta, GA):  Atlanta high schools send their best players to many of the top college football programs in America, and 2019 was another banner year.  Today saw a number of the top players making things official at National Signing Day hosted by 680 The Fan/247 Sports at Sport & Social in Battery Park.  We saw nearly 100 players today from over 10 schools, MC’ed by Rusty Mansell and Doug Konkel.

The day got off to a great start, with Rome Wolves star running back Jamious Griffin choosing to stay at home in Atlanta and attend Georgia Tech.  Later in the event, we heard from Coach Appling at Buford High who updated the big crowd on the health progress of their own star running back Derrian Brown and teased a big announcement from the Texas Longhorns coming soon.

See more from the event here.

Touchdown Club of Atlanta 2018 Awards

By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor

January 24, 2019 (Atlanta, GA):  The Touchdown Club of Atlanta is a non-profit group that supports football in Atlanta and the nation.  Since their founding in 1938, they have honored top players and coaches across the country.  Previous winners of the prestigious Bobby Dodd National Player of the Year include such stars as Peyton Manning, Eric Berry, Terrelle Pryor and many more NFL and college standouts.

This year’s offensive winner is QB Taulia Tagovailoa from Thompson High School in Alabaster, AL.  Taulia’s older brother Tua is the starting quarterback at Alabama, where Taulia will attend next year.  The 2018 defensive winner is Nakobe Dean from Horn Lake High School in Mississippi.  Dean will attend UGA next year.

The Touchdown Club also honored QB Dylan Fromm from Warner Robins High School as Mr. Georgia Football, an honor his brother UGA QB Jake Fromm won as well.  Also honored were underclassmen winners of the Little Peach Award RB Keaton Mitchell from Eagles Landing Christian Academy and WR Marcayll Jones from Warner Robins.

Also present at the ceremony last night in Atlanta were the 8 coaches of the year and many of the members of the TCA All-Star offense and defense teams.

See pictures from the event below.

 

Georgia Football Players Lead Early Signing Day

By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor

December 19, 2018 (Atlanta, GA):  The state of Georgia continues to supply many of the top college football programs in America with talent at all positions.  This year Georgia produced seven 5-star players, and 4 of them celebrated their signings at the 680 The Fan/247 Sports signing day event at Sport & Social in Battery Park.  It was a great day with 50 players from 10 schools participating, MC’ed by Rusty Mansell and Doug Konkel.

The day kicked off with a star-studded group headlined by UGA commits WR Dominick Blaylock (5-star Walton) and TE Ryland Goede (Kennesaw Mountain).  Both will have a chance to make an early impact for the Bulldogs.  Another 4-star in the early group was DT Christopher Hinton (Greater Atlanta Christian) who will be heading to Michigan next year.

After the big announcement that Justin Fields was transferring from UGA, they made a late push to get QB Zach Calzada (Lanier) to switch his commitment, but he stayed true to Texas A&M.  Watch his announcement below.

Two players from Riverdale High were in the next group, headlined by TE Jaelyn Lay who is off to Clemson.

Then it was time for the champs to make their announcement.  7A Milton High had four players in attendance, after shocking the GHSA world with a huge title win over nationally ranked Colquitt County.  Milton QB Jordan Yates is heading to Georgia Tech and DB Joseph Charleston will join a big group from Atlanta at Clemson.

Creekside High was represented by Taj Dodson, who will head to SEC upstart Kentucky next season.

A huge group from Grayson attended the event.  The Rams had two 5-star players signing their letters of intent today, OT Wanya Morris (Tennessee) and DE Owen Pappoe (Auburn). They were joined by others including Kevin Harris II (Alabama), Kenyatta Watson II (Texas), and Jakai Clark (Miami).

Tyrone Hopper from Roswell High made an appearance to sign his letter to join the Florida Gators. Listen to him explain his decision here.

The next big group was from the Buford Wolves, who were led by 5-star OL Harry Miller (Ohio State).  He was joined by RB Derrian Brown (Texas), Jalar Holley (Miami) and a pair of Ole Miss offensive linemen in Reece McIntyre and Carter Colquitt.

The day’s final signee was RB Tahj Gary from Woodward, who will play for the Virginia Tech Hokies next season.

SportalTV Teams Get Ready for 2nd Round

By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor

November 15, 2018 (Atlanta, GA):

SportalTV was live for 12 exciting football games of the week throughout this fall season.  We covered 21 teams and saw great action from across the state of Georgia.  15 of those teams made the GHSA playoffs, and 8 advanced to the second round.  As these teams kick off their quest for the Sweet 16 tomorrow night, here is a preview of each game and links to watch their action from earlier this season.

7A Playoffs

No. 3 Grayson hosts Norcross: The Rams played at Westlake on September 14th, winning by a score of 21-16.  The two could meet again if both win on Friday night.  The Rams were led that night by senior WR Kenyon Jackson who had over 100 yards receiving and 2 TDs. The Grayson D swarmed all over the field, with Kevin Harris II leading the charge.  Grayson takes on a tough Norcross team in the second round after easily beating South Forsyth by a score of 38-6 in the first round.

No. 10 Westlake hosts Lowndes: The Lions gave a scare to Grayson in the game back on September 14th. QB Jalyn Williams was sensational that night and will need to be sharp when they take on a battle tested Lowndes team this Friday.  Lowndes put the hurt on Cherokee in round one with a 54-14 victory.  Westlake edged North Paulding 28-24 in the first round.

6A Playoffs

No. 3 Harrison visits Lanier: The Hoyas took on Allatoona on SportalTV on October 5th.  The Buccaneers came into Harrison and left with a 23-7 win in a game that was closer than the final score indicated.  The Hoyas bring a tough defense and a passing game led by Gavin Hall and Micah Davis into their second round match-up with Lanier.  The Hoyas edged John’s Creek by a score of 23-20 in the first round, while Lanier beat another SportalTV team Mays 20-12.

No. 7 Allatoona visits Dacula: Allatoona won the game against Harrison behind great running by Daniel Parsons.  Parsons had 140 yards and a TD in a hard fought game for the Bucs.  Allatoona drew another SportalTV team Centennial in the first round.  The Knights were missing their star QB Max Brosmer, and they fell hard to Allatoona 38-7 in the first round.  Dacula had an easy 28-0 first round win over Northgate.

No. 6 Sequoyah visits Creekside: The Chiefs were live on SportalTV on October 19th on the road at Sprayberry.  Sequoyah brought its patented Wing T offense led by Collier Pecht and Cole Jacobs. The Chiefs came away with a big road win 35-28 that night.  Their first round playoff game against Alpharetta (also a SportalTV team) came down to the last minute, with the Chiefs pulling out the 34-30 victory.  They take on Creekside Friday night, who easily bested Gainesville 47-12.

5A Playoffs:

Kell visits No. 2 Buford: The Longhorns were live on SportalTV on August 31st against their Cobb County rival Lassiter.  The two schools are only separated by a few miles and know each other well. Kell blasted the Trojans by a score of 29-3 that night, with QB Evan Conley throwing dimes and a big pick six by Nick Ross.  Kell easily beat Carver Atlanta 48-8 in the first round, but they have a huge battle ahead of them Friday.  The travel to face a Buford team that has been a favorite all season to take on Rome High for the 5A championship.

3A Playoffs:

No. 1 Cedar Grove hosts North Hall: The Saints were live on SportalTV on September 21st vs Lovett, and they easily won that contest 45-0.  RB Chavon Wright had 3 TDs that night, and 5 Star WR Jadon Haselwood was spectacular in limited action.  The defense led by Rashad Cheney Jr was stifling.  Cedar Grove had an easy first round win 49-0 over Hart County. They take on North Hall, who won their game over Lakeview 41-6.

Lovett visits No. 2 Calhoun: The Lions had a tough time with Cedar Grove on SportalTV, and it won’t get any easier in the second round of the playoffs. They visit defending state champ Calhoun, who won their first round game against Fannin County 55-17.  The Lions come in with momentum, having beaten their rival Westminster two weeks ago before getting a huge 40-7 win in the first round vs Morgan County. They will need big performances by KJ Wallace and Nick Johnson if they are to upset Calhoun Friday.

Week 12 Football Coaches Poll

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Using state-of-the-art technology, now for the first time ever coaches have the chance to have their voices heard implementing an anonymous key to vote for who they truly think are the top teams in their respective classifications.

Classes with enough votes weekly have their poll published.  This is our final poll of the season as Georgia moves into the playoffs this week.  Good luck to all teams still alive for the championships.


Week 12 7A sportalNews Coaches PollFor the final vote of the season in Class 7A, Milton and Westlake received enough qualifying votes from the coaches across the state.  Tift and Lowndes were both receiving votes last week, but lost to Camden Co and Colquitt respectively.  Marietta had received votes last week as well, but even with a final week victory did not appear on the required three ballots this week.

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Class 6A saw good participation from coaches in the final voting.  Big match-ups among top 10 teams led to changes in the rankings.  Stephenson beat Tucker live on SportalTV, vaulting the former to #4 and the latter dropped to #8.  Sequoyah jumped Allatoona after beating their region rival.  Coffee dropped into the others receiving votes category after a loss to #1 Lee County.  Harrison’s 1 point loss in OT to #2 Creekview didn’t hurt their standing in this final poll.

Week 12 Class 5A sportalNews Coaches PollClass 5A sees limited changes in this week 12 poll.  Ware County lost to #7 Wayne County, dropping Ware to the others receiving votes category.  Carrollton got a win in their final week, but did not appear on the required three ballots to stay ranked going into the playoffs.

Wk 12 Class 4A sportalNews Coaches PollIn Class 4A, the only change in the final ranking was Mary Persons and Troup County switching spots.  Mary Persons closed the season with a win, while Troup County got knocked out by #2 Cartersville.

The remaining classes did not have enough qualifying votes this final week.

Check back with SportalNews in 2019 for another year of Coaches Poll.