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Jefferson edges Dawson County for BLITZ Cup

The final tally revealed that Jefferson takes home the BLITZ Cup for the 2018-19 school year, which had resided for the past year at Banks County High School, the previous winner.

WHAT IS THE BLITZ CUP?

For Jefferson, it marks the first-ever for the school as this was its inaugural year as part of BLITZ’s coverage. Jefferson barely edged Dawson County, scoring 198 points to Dawson’s 196. The total nearly eclipsed Banks County’s 201 from last season, which is the record.

The BLITZ Cup is awarded to one school in our coverage area that finishes the year with the most points. Points are earned for state playoff appearances, state rankings, winning seasons, Players of the Week & Year, region titles, and the like for all varsity sports across the board.

What makes it more impressive that Jefferson won is the fact that as a public city school (along with Commerce), points are adjusted accordingly, with caps put on point totals per sports to keep the balance competitive. Essentially, Jefferson scored a ridiculous 408 actual points, which would have more than doubled the record. However, public city schools’ totals are capped in specific sports, which brought the total to a reasonable 198.

The traveling trophy is housed at the winning school after being engraved, and remains there until the following year when it is engraved again with the newest winner.

FINAL BLITZ CUP STANDINGS

2018-19

  1. JEFFERSON*…………………………198 PTS
  2. DAWSON COUNTY………………..196
  3. COMMERCE*………………………..176
  4. BANKS…………………………………174
  5. RABUN…………………………………171
  6. UNION…………………………………154
  7. WHITE…………………………………104
  8. TALLULAH FALLS^………………100
  9. LUMPKIN………………………………94
  10. STEPHENS…………………………….83
  11. TOWNS^……………………………….83
  12. HABERSHAM CENTRAL…………82

*Points threshold; points capped in specific sports for public city schools; subject to 55% decrease in overall points; Without threshold, Jefferson’s total was 408 pts & Commerce’s 252.

^1A non-city schools given handicap on points as these schools don’t have the same number of varsity programs as other schools; Towns has 27 handicap points; Tallulah Falls has 42 handicap points; Without handicap, Towns’ total was 56 & Tallulah Falls’ 58

2018-19 presented the most parity we’ve ever seen for the BLITZ Cup. Rabun County held a slight lead at the end of the fall season over Jefferson, 82-77. By the end of winter sports, Dawson had risen from 5th place to first with a 127-121 lead over Rabun, and Jefferson in 3rd with 112. The spring season was phenomenal for Jefferson, and it pulled away with a 198-196 win over Dawson, holding off them, Commerce, Banks, Rabun, and Union, who all had solid years.

BLITZ CUP HISTORY

2018-19: Jefferson – 198 pts

2017-18: Banks County – 201 pts

2016-17: Rabun County – 156 pts

2015-16: Rabun County – 169 pts

2014-15: Rabun County – 180 pts

2013-14: White County – 175 pts

2012-13: Dawson County – 160 pts

2011-12: Habersham Central – 127 pts

2010-11: White County – 142 pts

2009-10: Dawson County – 122 pts

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