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Prep Sports Notebook: Houston County High pitcher makes commitment

Houston County High School senior pitcher Tanner Hall announced his verbal commitment to attend Armstrong State last week.

Hall is a 6’1 left-hander with a fastball clocked as high as 87 mph. He also throws a change-up and a curve ball.

Tanner will combine with Georgia Southern commitment Tony Locey and Florida State commitment D.L. Hall to form arguably the most formidable pitching staff in Middle Georgia this season for the Bears.

Armstrong State went 34-14 last year, advancing to the championship game in the Peach Belt Conference before falling to Georgia College.

REGION GAMES BEGIN THIS WEEK

Local football teams will begin their quest toward a GHSA state playoff berth with region contests beginning this weekend.

Northside will host Evans on Friday, while Warner Robins travels to Greenbrier. Houston County will play at home on Saturday against Grovetown. All three local programs are 1-0 on the young season.

The Eagles were idle last week after opening their season with a big come-from-behind win on the road over North Cobb. Evans enters the contest at 1-0 after defeating Westside-Augusta 49-7. Northside won last year’s matchup between the pair 38-6.

Warner Robins used its own come-from-behind magic last week, storming back from a 21-0 deficit to dispatch Peach County 44-34 in Fort Valley, while Greenbrier opened its campaign two weeks ago by beating Harlem 10-3. The Demons had no trouble with the Wolfpack a year ago as they rolled to a 44-6 win.

The Bears looked every bit of their Top-3 consensus ranking in GHSA Class-AAAAA last Thursday as they cruised to a 41-13 win over Veterans and were able to play underclassmen much of the second half. Grovetown dominated Harlem 42-7 in its opener, but figure to have a much tougher time with a Houston County team that soundly beat them 41-10 in 2014.

Peach County and Perry will renew their rivalry on Friday in Fort Valley as both teams try to break into the win column this season in a non-region affair, while Veterans looks to regroup as it hosts Macon County.

FROMM MOVES CLOSER TO RECORDS

Houston County High junior quarterback Jake Fromm continued his assault on the GHSA state passing records with a huge first half against Veterans on Thursday.

Fromm eclipsed the 5,000-yard mark for his career in the opening quarter and finished the contest 18-of-26 passing for 353 yards and three touchdowns.

Former Gainesville quarterback and current Clemson signal caller DeShaun Watson holds the state mark with 13,077-yards. That mark may prove to be out of reach, but second-place Zach Stanford’s total of 9,062 is well within reach. Stanford played for Metter High School from 2001-2004.

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