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Game of the Week Nominees: Playoffs Round Two

DRUID HILLS, GA -- The online voting came down to the wire, but Hiram at Tucker won the right to be 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week, beating out Flowery Branch-Kell by a 1.1 percent margin.

Class 4A was well-represented in this week's voting. Three of the four nominated games were 4A contests. Hiram at Tucker received 50 percent of the vote and 11Alive will broadcast live from Adams Stadium for Friday's 6 p.m. news.

Hiram is coming off of a 35-10 win over Lambert in Round One. The Hornets are 9-2, having lost to 11-0 Kell and 9-2 East Paulding. They play an undefeated Tucker team that has been dominating opponents since their 31-24 double-overtime win over Marist on September 3rd. The Tigers most recently beat Loganville 50-6 in Round One.

Both teams lost in the second round of last year's playoffs.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week: Week 12 Winner

HOSCHTON, GA -- All votes are in for 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Under Armour Athlete of the Week and the winner is Mill Creek quarterback John Russ.

Russ was nominated for his three-touchdown performance against Duluth in the final week of the regular season. In that game, the Mill Creek signal caller was 17-for-22 with over 200 yards passing. Russ and the Hawks clinched a playoff spot with their 34-23 win over Duluth. They have since advanced to the second round.

Tune into MyATL-TV at 10:30 pm this Friday to see Russ featured on 11Alive's HighSchoolSports.net.

Starr's Mill running back Zach Laskey was also nominated for the Under Armour Athlete of the Week award. The senior back rushed for 132 yards on 13 carries in his team's 24-7 win over Griffin for the Region 3-4A championship.

School Closing Leaving Families Out in Cold

DACULA, GA -- "We came in to pick our children up from school just like any other day."

Parents say that's where just any other day ended, with a letter telling them that The Legacy Academy in Dacula was closing its doors on Friday Nov. 19, for good.

Tearful teachers told mother Jennifer Wells: "Legacy was a foreclosure property. It was being rented from the bank and the bank had sold it to a private owner."

Wells and other parents were handed a list of Pre-K's in their area with vacancies. There were only 15 available slots for Legacy's 60 students.

"It's a little devastating," said Legacy parent Jose Maties. He says the possible good news is that the new owners run a Pre-L school. "The new owners tell us that they want to take the branding off, keep all the teachers, all the students, keep all the programs and business as usual."

Game of the Week Nominees: Playoffs Rd. One

SUWANEE, GA -- With 46.9 percent of the online vote, Hiram at Lambert is 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week. And now that the postseason has started, the stakes are higher than ever.

Hiram and Lambert are both relatively new schools. Hiram's football program kicked things off in 2000 and the 8-2 Hornets are in the playoffs for the second year in a row. Lambert, only in its first full year of varsity play, is also 8-2 and looking to make a splash in the postseason.

Hiram has given up more points than Lambert this season, but the Hornets have also scored more points.

Lambert has scored more than 30 points only once this year; Hiram has reached that mark six times.

11Alive will broadcast live from Lambert during the 6 pm newscast.

Governor's Office Looks into Kenerly Indictment

ATLANTA -- Governor Sonny Perdue in one of his last acts in office has appointed a panel to look into the indictment of Gwinnett Commissioner Kevin Kenerly.

In an executive order Wednesday, Gov. Perdue appointed Attorney General Thurbert Baker, Cobb County Commissioner Tim Lee and Forsyth County Commissioner Charlie Laughinghouse to review the grand jury's decision in response to a series of land deals.

The commission is charged with determining whether "the rights and interests of the public" will be affected by the indictment, setting up Kenerly for a possible suspension from the board while the case plays out in court.

The report is due in two weeks.

A grand jury indicted Kenerly a month ago on charges of bribery and failing to disclose a financial interest in properties up for rezoning.

Kenerly and his lawyer Walt Britt attended the hearing but declined to comment on the indictment, saying they hadn't seen it.

Georgia High School Football Playoffs: 5A Preview

 

CLASS 5A

Favorite: Camden County

Predicted Final Four: South Gwinnett, North Gwinnett, Lowndes, Camden County

Easiest Draw: North Gwinnett. The Bulldogs would not have to face a team with less than three losses until at least the quarterfinals. Being on the complete opposite side of the bracket from Camden County is also a big plus.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week: Week 11 Winner

ALPHARETTA, GA -- This week's winner of 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Under Armour Athlete of the Week is only a sophomore, but his performance in Week 10 was good enough to beat out two seniors in the online vote.

Alpharetta wide receiver Carlos Burse caught three touchdown passes en route to his team's 48-28 road win over Centennial. Burse, who is also a talented basketball player, will try to help the Raiders win their first playoff game in school history this Friday.

To get that playoff win, Burse and company will have to face off against another Athlete of the Week nominee: Brookwood linebacker Cameron Lynch.