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Foreclosure Cancelled in Time for Christmas

FAYETTEVILLE, GA -- For Melissa Smiley and her young son, it was a dark cloud hanging over their Christmas tree.

Their home was in foreclosure and about to be sold on the courthouse steps.

They turned to 11Alive's Help Desk almost a month ago.

Smiley, a single mom, says she's been trying since last February to get a mortgage modification and the last 10 months have been like back and forth tennis match with her bank, Bank of America.

She was trying to avoid what seemed inevitable -- a foreclosure sale on January 4.

Every time she contacted Bank of America, she said the bank told her, "'It's still in review--its still in review--its still in review. We need you to fax this. We need you to send this.' I've been doing that since February 2010."

Georgia Football State Championship Recaps

ATLANTA -- The dust has settled on Georgia high school football season and only five teams claimed a state championship.

Class AAAAA: Brookwood 52, Colquitt County 38

Jamaal Cole ran for three touchdowns, Andre Sims had an 87-yard kickoff return for a score and Brookwood defeated Colquitt County 52-38 to win the Class AAAAA state championship Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.

Nick Tompkins had 144 yards rushing and scored twice for the Broncos (14-1). The teams combined for 993 yards from scrimmage, with Colquitt County (9-6) amassing 609 yards and 38 first downs.

It was just the second AAAAA title not won by a team from south Georgia since 2003 and gave Brookwood its second state championship. The Gwinnett County school also won a state title in 1996.

In Review: 2010 Georgia HS Football Season

ATLANTA -- Georgia's high school football season is over, but the speculation does not have to stop. In addition to reviewing the computer's predictions, Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net takes a look at how good this year's champions are compared to teams from the past.

This year, Massey Matchups correctly predicted three of five state champions. The computer predictor tool finished with a 23-12 record in the final three rounds of the state playoffs. In the regular season, Massey Matchups finished 161-46, bringing its overall season record to 184-58.

The computer's prediction for each championship game is on the left; the actual final score appears on the right.

Brookwood 38, Colquitt County 28; Brookwood wins 52-38

10 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

ATLANTA -- What does a burglar think when they look at your flower beds?

Could information you post on your Facebook page be of interest to a burglar?

Read this list of Ten Things a Burglar Won't Tell You.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste, and taste mean there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming systems they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up in the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

Georgia State Finals: Previews and Predictions

ATLANTA -- This weekend, 10 teams play for a state championship.

Four teams have been in this position as recently as last season; others have never played for a state title. Some teams are facing opponents their schools have never faced. Some schools were predicted to win a state championship before the playoffs started. Other schools were predicted to lose as early as the second round.

All 10 teams have taken different paths, but they are all in the same position now.

What should the fans expect to see? Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net previews all five games and the computer tool Massey Matchups predicts the exact score and point spread of each matchup.

Massey Matchups Misses on Half of Semifinal Games

ATLANTA -- The Georgia high school football semifinals proved to be tough for Massey Matchups to predict. Out of 10 games, the computer predictor tool correctly picked only five winners.

That brings Massey Matchups to 20-10 in the quarterfinals and semifinals. The computer went 1-1 in all five classifications; its most accurate predictions were Carrollton's big win over Burke County and Clinch County's win over Wilkinson County.

Here are how the semifinals went. The computer's prediction is on the left; the actual final score appears on the right.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week: Week 15 Winner

TYRONE, GA -- As the playoffs get deeper, the individual performances keep getting better. In the quarterfinals, three players competed well enough to earn a nomination for 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Under Armour Athlete of the Week. Which player won this week's award?

With a little over half of the online vote, Sandy Creek's Alex Chisum is the Under Armour Athlete of the Week. Chisum is a senior wide receiver committed to play football at the University of Cincinnati next year.

In his team's 41-0 win over Monroe Area, Chisum caught eight balls for 187 yards. Sandy Creek has a dynamic offense and Chisum has been an integral part of the Fighting Patriots' success.

Sandy Creek is now 14-0, has won 28 straight games, and plays Carrollton in the 3A state championship this weekend.