JSerra’s opponent this weekend, Milton HS, is the defending 7A (highest division) state champion in Georgia.
The Atlanta-area school is in a place described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) as “an affluent horse town on the northern edge of Fulton County.” https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ajc.co ... O/amp.html
Per the AJC, they will be the first Georgia HS football team to play a game in California. Wow. No pressure Harlow.
“When I interviewed here [in 2017], I said we’ve got to get into the Corky Kell Classic (local ATL showcase) and try to get some national experience whether it’s bringing in out-of-state teams or going to play those teams,’’ Head Coach Adam Clack said. “It creates a great experience for those kids. … And you like to have your school talked about. You feel relevant. It doesn’t put points on scoreboard, but it keeps the community excited.’’
Milton pulled one of the biggest upsets in GA state championship history, beating Colquitt County HS, 14-13, in the 2018 title game. CCHS was ranked in the top 5 nationally going into the game and was a 21-point favorite.
The Eagles entered the season ranked in the top 5 of the state 7A rankings, and opened with a 45-0 win over cross town rival Alpharetta (GA) — before losing 26-23 last week to Buford (GA), the top team in Class 5A. They are still in the top 10 of Georgia 7A, currently ranked 9th.
Their star player is actually an offensive lineman, 6-5 320lb Clemson commit Paul Tchio. Tchio went into full Myles Murao IMG-mode in their win over Alpharetta, scoring a big man TD and celebrating like a kid chasing the ice cream truck down the street ...
Based on the highlights below from the Buford game, posted by their sophomore QB Devin Farrell (early offer from Texas A&M), it looks like they run some type of 11 personnel, spread option offense when he is in the game, featuring a fair amount of scrambling from Farrell (who throws well on the run).
Farrell rotates with senior QB Jackson Weaver, with both seeking to replace graduated 2018 region POY Jordan Yates (Georgia Tech).
Their two 2-way TE/DEs are big kids, with junior Austin Weiner at 6-7 235, and sophomore Jack Nickel at 6-4 225 (who caught the first TD in the clip above). Weiner has 5 offers incl Kansas St, and Nickel has 8 offers already, including Florida St and Va Tech. Sophomore RB/LB Jordan McDonald is 6-0 215 and has early offers from Florida St and Kentucky.
Here’s another clip with TE Nickel catching one of his two TDs against Buford, this one from Weaver on a rollout.
Here is their team preview from the spring, which is likely still accurate, considering Georgia seems to have a LOT less transfers than California.https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ajc.co ... P/amp.html