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With the University of Georgia Bulldogs preparing to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in Saturday’s SEC Championship game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, it’s a great time to look back at Griffin’s place in the history of the big game.

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DALLAS — Michigan moved up to No. 2 Tuesday night in the second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings, joining Georgia, Alabama and Cincinnati in the top four heading into conference championship weekend.

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The local high school football season was a memorable one for two of the four local area teams, Spalding High and Rock Springs Christian Academy.

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KENNESAW — Kennesaw State shined from start to finish in the opening round of the FCS playoffs with a commanding 48-21 win over the Davidson Wildcats. The Owls totaled 417 yards of total offense en route to the largest margin of victory during a playoff game in school history.

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The Spalding High football team enjoyed its greatest success in five years this season, matching the 2016 team’s 8-win total.

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The Southern Premier Football League held its championship day on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Griffin.

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Griffin High’s season came to an end 56-42 at Jones County on Nov. 12 in the opening round of the Class AAAAA State Tournament.

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KENNESAW — After winning its third conference championship in the last five seasons, Kennesaw State football had its head coach and star quarterback named as finalists for two national awards.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — On a day when No. 6 Notre Dame did little wrong in a 55-0 shutout of beleaguered Georgia Tech on Saturday, coach Brian Kelly made a pitch for his team's postseason aspirations in the College Football Playoff.

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Brendt Washington tossed a 53-yard touchdown pass to Hayes Fleming in the second quarter, J.D. Watson returned an interception 75 yards for another score in the third and Ahmad Davis scored on a 1-yard TD run in the fourth as Rock Springs Christian Academy topped Harvester Christian Academy …

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BOGART — No. 9-state ranked Spalding High was eliminated at the hands of No. 7-ranked North Oconee 37-0 Friday night here in the second round of the Class AAAA State Tournament.

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A local youth football league team will represent Griffin and the state of Georgia at the Pop Warner D2 Southeastern semifinals on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.

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The Rock Springs Christian Academy varsity football team had its last full practice of the season on Wednesday. Shown are photos from that practice. The team had a walkthrough on Thursday and is scheduled to play for the GAPPS Class A state championship on 7:30 p.m. today against Harvester C…

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Rock Springs Christian Academy head coach Clint Ashmore told his team during its last full practice of the season on Wednesday, “This is your chance to leave your stamp on the program, set the standard.”

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The high school basketball season tipped off locally on Saturday when Spalding High split with visiting Hampton, the Lady Jags winning the opener 56-18 and the Jags falling in the nightcap 43-38.

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The Rock Springs Middle School 8-man football team traveled to Lanier Christian Academy in Gainesville for the 2021 GAPPS State Championship on Thursday Nov. 11. Both teams went into this game undefeated. RSCA finished state runner-up, losing 50-6. Rock Springs defeated Central Christian Sch…

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Class AAAA No. 9-state ranked Spalding High and No. 7-ranked North Oconee clash in the second round of the Class AAAA State Playoffs on Friday in Bogart.

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With the football playoffs well under way, the fall sports season is quickly coming to an end.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott ran for two touchdowns, Nahshon Wright recovered a blocked punt for a score a week after touching one kept Dallas from getting the ball, and the Cowboys routed the Atlanta Falcons 43-3 on Sunday.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn dodged questions about facing the Atlanta Falcons for the first time since getting fired as their coach last year by stating the obvious several times.

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GRAY — Griffin High senior quarterback Khalfani Harps accounted for a career-high six touchdowns as he rushed for touchdowns of 1, 1, 2 and 44 yards and tossed TD passes of 17 and 20 yards to Jaleel Chambliss to lead four-seeded Griffin High in a 56-42 loss to Region 4-AAAAA champion and No.…

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The Griffin High football team opens the Class AAAAA State Tournament tonight at Class AAAAA No. 9-state ranked Jones County in Gray.

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Besides Griffin High, which opens the Class AAAAA State Tournament tonight at Class AAAAA No. 9-state ranked Jones County, and Class AAAA No. 9-state ranked Spalding High, which opened the Class AAAA State Tournament in a late game Thursday night at Class AAAA co-No. 12 ranked Troup in LaGra…

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Griffin High and Spalding High received their preliminary region assignments for the next two-year cycle on Thursday when the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) released its list a day after hearing appeals for schools to move up or down in classification.

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LaGRANGE — Spalding High’s defense held Troup County’s offense out of the end zone and limited the Tigers to a field goal to lead the way in 10-3 win Thursday night at Callaway Stadium as the Jags advanced to a second-round game in the state playoffs for the first time since 2016.

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Class AAAA No. 10-state ranked Spalding High and No. 13-ranked Troup County clash in an opening-round game in the Class AAAA State Tournament 7 p.m., Thursday at Callaway Stadium in LaGrange.

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AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Before he headed onto the track for the biggest race of his career, Kyle Larson heard Mario Andretti praise him as one of the most well-rounded drivers in all of motorsports.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Matt Ryan hit Cordarrelle Patterson for a 64-yard gain with a minute to go, setting up Younghoe Koo's 29-yard field goal as time expired, and the Atlanta Falcons defeated the mistake-prone New Orleans Saints 27-25 on Sunday.

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Van Dyke threw three touchdown passes, Charleston Rambo had 210 receiving yards to nearly break the Miami single-game record and the Hurricanes continued their second-half surge with a 33-30 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

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The Griffin High and Spalding High football teams entered the weekend in wait-and-see mode, the Bears waiting to learn their opening-round opponent in the Class AAAAA State Tournament and the Jags waiting to learn their opening-round opponent in the Class AAAA State Tournament.

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All of the area teams were in action Friday except for Griffin High and Spalding. Griffin High was idle, while Spalding won a late game 27-6 Thursday night against Howard at the Ed Defore Sports Complex in Macon.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves were cheered by hundreds of thousands of fans in a two-stage parade on Friday celebrating the team’s first World Series championship since 1995.

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla.