High-SchoolGeorgia: Geno Smith

Friday football pick 'em gets a big-name guest

October, 28, 2011
If you know Miller Grove basketball star Tony Parker (@Tonyparker32), you know the senior is always down for a challenge. So when I told our upcoming cover subject that his close friend Joshua Holsey and this "ESPN Dude" pick Georgia's top football games every week, he just had to get in on the action (Seriously, you be the one to tell a 6-foot-9, 280-pound guy he can't make picks). We welcome Tony to this round and welcome back Geno Smith, who missed last week's action while helping St. Pius move to 8-0.

Grayson (8-0) at Brookwood (6-2)
MLK (8-0) at East Coweta (6-2)
Mays (7-1) at Marist (7-1)
Buford (8-0) vs Blessed Trinity (5-3)
Fitzgerald (8-1) at Brooks County (7-1)

My picks:

Tony's picks:
Special pick: Miller Grove over Southwest DeKalb

Geno's picks:
Grayson, 28-10 – Their team is pretty good and their undefeated
MLK, 35-17 – Pretty good team and Kenderius Whitehead is a beast
Mays, 28-21 – Marist is our rivals, so I got to go with Mays
Buford, 42-6 – Buford is a great team and very well-coached
Fitzgerald, 35-14 — Their record speaks for themselves.

Joshua's picks:
Grayson, 28-10 – That 2013 kid Robert Nkemdiche will get a couple of sacks to lead them.
MLK, 35-14 — Their offense and passing is unstoppable
Marist, 21-14 – They're a fundamentally sound team
Buford, 42-7 — They've been putting up big numbers all year.
Brooks County, 17-7 – I'm just picking the home team this time.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Georgia football rankings: Week 8

October, 24, 2011
Another perfect week for our top 10 but there are a few bubble teams we'd like to give some props to this week. St. Pius X topped Grady to move to 8-0 and emerge as a legit title contender. Senior Geno Smith is the star, but backup QB T.J. Holloman (three TDs) and Nick Ruffin have made some big plays this year. Brookwood appears to be back in championship form, Calhoun's attack is one of the state's best and Allatoona is tough to beat anytime Miles Jones is on the field.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
Grayson — defeated South Gwinnett, 40-0 (last week No. 1)
Camden County — defeated Jenkins, 56-7 (last week No. 2)
Stephenson — defeated East Coweta, 24-17 (last week No. 3)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Friday football pick 'em with Joshua Holsey

October, 21, 2011
Well, everyone went 3-2 last week so there wasn't any change in position in the standings. Joshua remains in first place with a comfortable five-point lead while Geno Smith and I are tied for second. Unfortunately, Geno won't be able to pick with us this week so Joshua and I will go one-on-one in his absence. Here's a look at the current standings and this weekend's top games.

As always, we hope to have some fans choose against us. You can participate by leaving your picks and player of the game nominee in the comments section or by tweeting your picks to @ESPNHSAuguste.

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Friday football pick 'em with Joshua Holsey and Geno Smith

October, 14, 2011
Joshua Holsey continues to be a beast with his picks, following a 5-0 week by hitting on four out of five games last round. With the strong effort, his lead swells to 5 points. Good showing for Geno Smith, who was the only one to correctly pick Valdosta to defeat Lowndes. The win catapulted him to a 4-1 showing. Then there's yours truly. Tough week for me as I went 2-3 to fall into a second-place tie with Geno. Here's what the standings currently look like:

As always, we hope to have some fans choose against us. You can participate by leaving your picks and player of the game nominee in the comments section or by tweeting your picks to @ESPNHSAuguste.

Now onto this week's games and picks.

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Football pick 'em with Joshua Holsey and Geno Smith: Round 2

September, 30, 2011
Here are the standings after the first round of the football pick 'em challenge:
Joshua Holsey (@HeyItsJholsey) 4-1
Me (@ESPNHSAuguste) 4-1
Geno Smith (@SmithGeno4) 2-3

Take a look at this week's slate of games and keep reading for our picks and predictions. We'd love for you guys to challenge us "experts" by leaving your winners and Player of the Game nominees in the comment section. Are you ready for some Week 6 football?

MLK (4-0) at No. 5 Valdosta (5-0)
Carrollton (4-1) at Troup (4-1)
Northside Warner Robins (4-0) at Warner Robins (3-1)
No. 7 Sandy Creek (4-0) at Eastside (4-1)
Lassiter (4-1) at Walton (5-0)
No. 4 McEachern (4-1) South Cobb (3-1)

Joshua's picks
MLK, 21-14 — Their receiver Blake Tibbs is going to be the impact player in this one.
Carrollton, 17-10Jonathan Jones is unstoppable as a running back. He's having a good season so far.
Northside, 28-14 — They have a good running game going this season.
Sandy Creek, 21-7 — RB Mike Hilton will be the difference in that game.
Walton, 14-7 — I'll just go with the home team.
McEachern, 28-14 — I've seen them play on TV and they have a pretty good squad and a nasty offensive line. They should be able to do what they want on offense.

Geno's picks
Valdosta, 28-10 — They're just bigger and more physical than MLK.
Troup, 14-10 — Junior linebacker Reuben Foster will do a good job on defense.
Northside, 35-14 — They usually win this matchup every year. They are going to keep it going tonight.
Eastside, 21-17 — I'm going with an upset here. I think Eastside will come in and play hard to get the victory.
Walton, 31-17 — I met Tyren Jones and Cody Richardson at a camp so I'm wishing them well tonight.
McEachern, 38-10 — They have a pretty good program, so I think they'll win.

My picks
Valdosta, 35-21 — You have to love the way this team has rebounded after graduating Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell. Plus, that's a long trip east for MLK.
Troup 21-14 — Carrollton's offense hasn't been held under 30 points — until tonight. Troup's defense is the truth, and ESPNHS All-State LB Reuben Foster has been a menace from his LB spot. I'm rolling with the home team.
Northside, 31-28 — Injuries are a concern for the Eagles but as long as RB Curtis Martin (3 TDs last week) and QB Jack Montgomery (188 passing yards) are healthy, this team is dangerous.
Sandy Creek, 34-21 — The Cole Garvin-to-Demarre Kitt connection has been unstoppable in recent weeks. Expect more of the same in this one.
Lassiter, 24-14 — It's true that Class AAAAA's leading rusher Tyren Jones (916 yards) is a beast, but the Trojans made a believer out of me when they upset Brookwood earlier in the season. Junior Eddie Printz (more than 900 yards and eight TDs) is a stud under center and will make Walton's defense put in overtime.
McEachern, 35-21 — This defense, led by South Carolina commit Darius English (29 tackles and nine sack), is playing at an extremely high level. They will be tested tonight, but ultimately the Indians will prevail.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Week 6 football pick 'em with Geno Smith and Josh Holsey

September, 23, 2011
We’re trying to keep things Ziploc fresh around here, so we’ll be churning out new content and talking to as many local stars whenever it's possible. Football pick ‘em is some new flavor we’ll be adding to the mix on a weekly basis. We’ve enlisted the services of ESPNHS All-State DBs Geno Smith (@SmithGeno4) of St. Pius X and Josh Holsey (@HeyItsJholsey) of Creekside to offer some insight on the top FB games this season.

It’s simple, the three of us will pick the winners of five games every week and keep a tally until the end of the season. We’d love for you guys to participate also by leaving your picks and Player of the Game nominee in the comment section. Go ahead and see if you can hang with the experts.

With no further ado, lets get going with this week's slate of games.

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