Coach of Josey's title team loses his job at Chattooga

John Starr , who coached Josey to a state title in 1995, has been fired from his head coaching position at Chattooga High.


Starr, who was 39-12 at Josey from 1993-96, had been the head coach at Chattooga in Summerville, Ga., since 1997. His team was ranked No. 10 in Class AA before losing 15-14 to Armuchee last Friday in Rome. He was fired the next day.

"The only thing they told me is that they're going in a different direction," Starr said.

Starr said this week he wants to coach again but does not know where his next move might be. Asked if he would consider returning to the area, he said, "I'm just weighing all my options ... anything could be possible at this point."

Josey, 15-0 in 1995, is the last Richmond County school to win a state title.

JOHNSON TO VISIT BUFFS: North Augusta linebacker Brett Johnson , one of the area's top uncommitted players, will take an unofficial visit to Colorado this weekend. The Buffaloes play No. 5 Texas at home Saturday night.

Johnson plans to fly out West Saturday morning. The Yellow Jackets (1-0, 4-1) play White Knoll at home Friday night.

Colorado has not offered Johnson a scholarship, but he said he is optimistic an offer will come, possibly this weekend. He plans to make an official visit to the school at a later date.

Johnson has offers from Buffalo and Air Force.

SOUTH AUGUSTA SHOWDOWN: Saturday's Cross Creek-Glenn Hills game will go a long way toward sorting out Region 3-AAAA.

The loser of this matchup will have two region losses and a heap of teams to leapfrog for one of four playoff berths.

Glenn Hills has dominated the series between the two former Class AAA rivals. Even in its sterling 8-3 season a year ago, Cross Creek still lost to Glenn Hills.

The Razorbacks haven't scored on the Spartans in two years, losing 13-0 and 6-0.

EXTRA WORKLOAD: Warren County sophomore Coby Reynolds nearly doubled his season rushing total in one game last week.

Reynolds rushed for a career-high 300 yards on 19 carries. He scored four times and had a 70-yard TD called back. He entered the game with 155 yards rushing and one score in four games.

"We had been sharing carries, but went with the hot hand (on Friday)," Warren County coach Lee Hutto said.

The Screaming Devils, who earned the top playoff seed out of Region 7-A last season, are off this week. Their region schedule begins next week at Wilkinson County.

THIS AND THAT: Evans is one of seven remaining unbeatens in Georgia's 84-team Class AAAA. ... Thomson and Washington County would bring unblemished region records into their Oct. 10 meeting should the Bulldogs get by Liberty County (1-4) this week. ... New area No. 1 Jefferson County is off to its second 5-0 start in four years.

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