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Georgia High School Football Daily-11/08/12

November 8, 2012
By Calvin Scandrett of Lamar County Trojans



Weekend Preview: GHSF Daily's 10 Best

Allatoona at East Paulding

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Raider Stadium/The Boneyard, Dallas

Records, rankings: Allatoona is 9-0 overall, 9-0 in Region 5-AAAAA and No. 5; East Paulding is 9-0, 9-0 and No. 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Allatoona and East Paulding are the only remaining unbeaten teams in 5-AAAAA, and the winner of this game will claim the region championship while the loser will settle for the No. 2 seed. This is the only game in the state this week matching undefeated teams. Allatoona is seeking its second consecutive region title, and East Paulding is seeking its first title since 2007 and its second overall. 2. Allatoona's offense is tied for sixth in Class AAAAA with an average of 37.6 points per game. The Buccaneers have two 1,000-yard rushers in senior T.J. Herron (1,038 yards, 166 carries) and sophomore Josh Bettistea (1,103 yards, 103 carries). Bettistea rushed for 344 yards on 26 carries in a 56-27 victory against North Paulding last week. 3. East Paulding has the No. 3 offense in Class AAAAA with an average of 44.4 points per game. Kamani Thomas is the leading rusher with 1,428 yards on 144 carries (9.92 yards per carry) and has had four games of at least 224 yards. Kyler Neal has 825 yards on 61 carries. QB Mitchell Webb has passed for 1,135 yards and 17 touchdowns with just one interception.

 

Camden County at Colquitt County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Memorial Stadium, Moultrie

Records, rankings: Camden County is 9-0 overall, 5-0 in Region 1-AAAAAA and No. 1; Colquitt County is 6-3, 3-2 and No. 10.

Last meeting: Colquitt County won 32-31 in the 2011 Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

Three things to know: 1. If Colquitt County loses this game and Coffee beats Valdosta, the final two playoff berths in Region 1-AAAAAA will be decided by points allowed against the five contending teams in the region. Currently, Colquitt has allowed 64 points. Valdosta (96) and Coffee (97) have given up far more points, so it would take an epic blowout in this game to keep Colquitt out of the playoffs. The Valdosta-Coffee loser likely is out of the playoffs. 2. Camden County has clinched the region title, but the game still holds meaning for Camden, the newest member of Region 1. Camden's success of the past decade has been discounted by some for Camden's long membership in weak Region 3-AAAAA. After beating Lowndes last week, Camden coach Jeff Herron told the Valdosta Daily Times, "I am not going to lie, it feels good because a lot of people doubted us." Camden's average score against region opponents this season is 39-7. 3. Colquitt County gets two-thirds of its offense in passing while using two quarterbacks. Senior Cole Segraves (1,202 yards passing, seven TDs, nine INTs) is likely to start. Sophomore Daniel Mobley (933 yards passing, nine TDs, four INTs) has a sore shoulder. Segraves threw three interceptions in the Valdosta loss but bounced back last week in a must-win game against Coffee and was 14-of-17 passing for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Gainesville at Flowery Branch

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Falcon Field, Flowery Branch

Records, rankings: Gainesville is 7-2 overall, 6-1 in Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; Flowery Branch is 7-2, 7-0 and No. 10.

Last meeting: Gainesville won 29-21 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. The winner of this game will be the Region 8-AAAAA champion, and the loser will take the No. 2 seed. Gainesville is seeking its fifth consecutive region title and 29th overall. Flowery Branch tied for first place in 8-AAAA last season but was the No. 3 seed, so the Falcons will be attempting to win their first outright region championship. 2. Gainesville junior QB Deshaun Watson is perhaps the leading candidate for Class AAAAA player of the year. The third-year starter has accounted for more than 3,100 yards of total offense (2,376 passing, 772 rushing) and had a hand in 44 touchdowns (32 passing, 12 rushing). Watson passed for 258 yards and two TDs in the Red Elephants' 46-41 upset loss to Loganville last week. 3. Flowery Branch QB Jackson McDonald doesn't have the type of numbers that Watson has, but he is also dangerous running and passing. McDonald has passed for 1,105 yards and 13 touchdowns and has rushed for 605 yards and 12 TDs, according to the Gainesville Times.

 

Greater Atlanta Christian at Lovett

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium/Conley-Oakley Field, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Greater Atlanta Christian is 7-2 overall, 3-0 in Region 6-AA and No. 5; Lovett is 5-4, 3-0 and No. 10.

Last meeting: Lovett won 35-28 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. GAC's offense is balanced with 1,657 yards rushing and 1,596 passing. RB Kyle Scales (937) is closing in on 1,000 yards rushing. QB Rafe Chapple has thrown 15 TD passes. Peter Whiteneck (30 catches, 550 yards, six TDs) and WR Chris Willians (27-542-5) are the top receivers. 2. Comparative scores favor GAC, which beat region rivals Wesleyan 42-20 and Westminster 30-0. Lovett beat both with fourth-quarter rallies. Against Westminster, QB Willie Candler (1,304 passing yards) hit Andrew Siegel for a 30-yard TD pass with 5:24 left at the end of an eight-play, 77-yard drive for a 10-7 lead that stood up. Against Wesleyan the week before, Lovett drove 72 yards on 11 plays for the winning touchdown, which was a 1-yard run by Grant Haley with 29 seconds left. Lovett won 24-21 as Haley, who scored three touchdowns, intercepted a pass to seal it. 3. The series between these two is tied 4-4, but Lovett has won the past four. Four of the past five meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer. Lovett is seeking its 16th region title overall, first since 2009 and second since 2000. GAC is seeking its fifth region title and first since 2001.


Heard County at Bowdon

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Warren P. Sewell Field, Bowdon

Records, rankings: Heard County is 9-0 overall, 7-0 in Region 5-AA and No. 8; Bowdon is 8-1, 6-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Bowdon won 48-30 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. Heard County RB/FS Duranta Dunson is a Class AA player-of-the-year candidate. He has rushed for 1,264 yards and 20 touchdowns on 112 carries (11.2 ypc). He has made 72 tackles, intercepted four passes and caused two fumbles. 2. Bowdon kept itself in contention for a region title with a 26-21 victory over rival Bremen last week. Sophomore RB Darrell Holland scored two touchdowns and rushed for 120 yards - 116 after Bowdon trailed 14-6 at halftime. Bowdon took the lead in the fourth quarter and defended Bremen's final drive inside the Bowdon 25-yard line in the final seconds. 3. Heard clinches the region title with a victory. Bowdon would need to win by seven points or more because of the region's tiebreaker criteria that looks at point differential among tied teams, which would include Manchester. Heard County has won two region titles in its history, most recently in 2006. Bowdon has won 15, most recently in 2005. The only time that Bowdon has won a region title outside of the lowest classification was in 1971, when only 11 teams played in the lowest class, which was C at the time.

 

Landmark Christian at ELCA

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Commitment Field, McDonough

Records, rankings: Landmark Christian is 7-2 overall, 5-0 in Region 5-A and unranked; Eagle's Landing Christian is 8-1, 5-0 and No. 1.

Last meeting: Landmark Christian won 14-7 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. Landmark Christian RB Jeremiah Kirkland rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-3 victory over Holy Innocents' last week. Kirkland rushed for 87 yards in Landmark's upset of ELCA in the Class A semifinals last year after Landmark lost to ELCA 35-14 in the regular season. In the semifinal upset, Landmark intercepted a pass late and scored on a 24-yard quarterback run with 42 seconds left. ELCA was 0-for-11 passing with two interceptions in the game. 2. ELCA RB Keyante Green has rushed for 842 yards (13.2 ypc) and 15 touchdowns despite missing three games injured and not playing the second half since the first game. QB Dalton Etheridge (52-for-77, 941 yards) missed last week's game with a high ankle sprain and is questionable for this game. 3. The winner of this game is the region champion. It would be a third straight for ELCA. Landmark has won five region titles, most recently in 2007. Region champions in Class A are guaranteed of a playoff berth and cannot be seeded below any non-champions in the playoffs.

 

Marist at Carver (Atlanta)

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Lakewood Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Marist is 8-1 and No. 2 in Class AAAA; Carver is 9-0 and No. 9 in AAAA.

Last meeting: Marist won 21-6 in 2011.

Three things to know: This is the Region 6-AAAA championship game between two teams that went undefeated in their subregions, and both teams are guaranteed a spot in the state playoffs. Marist is seeking its first region title since 2008 and its 22nd overall. Carver is seeking its first region title since 2007 and its fifth overall. Marist has won all four meetings between the schools, but they have played just twice since 1969. 2. QB Myles Willis is Marist's leading rusher with 670 yards and nine touchdowns on 127 carries, and he is 35-of-61 passing for 635 yards and six TDs. He was held to 13 yards rushing on seven carries in the subregion-clinching 24-0 victory over Chamblee last week, but he passed for 99 yards and a touchdown. Gray King is the second-leading rusher (50 carries, 431 yards) and leading receiver (12 catches, 299 yards). 3. Carver clinched its subregion with identical 22-19 victories over Washington and Grady on consecutive weekends. Montavious Taylor rushed for 196 yards on 27 carries against Grady last week. Taylor has rushed for 1,303 yards (9.8 ypc) on the season. The Panthers are trying to go 10-0 in the regular season for just the second time in school history.

 

North Hall at Buford

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom Riden Stadium, Buford

Records, rankings: North Hall is 8-1 overall, 6-0 in Region 7-AAA and No. 9; Buford is 6-3, 4-2 and No. 3.

Last meeting: Buford won 35-7 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. If not for two midseason forfeits by Buford, this would have been a matchup of two undefeated teams in region play that would have decided the 7-AAA title. As it is, North Hall already has clinched its first title since 2007 and Buford will finish out of first place for just the second time in 12 years. Buford will be the No. 2 seed unless it loses and White County beats Banks County, which would put the Wolves in third place. 2. North Hall outgained Banks County 296-44 in the first half in building a 35-0 halftime lead in its 42-7 victory last week. QB Bradley Brown passed for 103 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Taylor Ryder, and Kevin Christmas rushed for 107 yards and a TD on four carries, according to the Gainesville Times. 3. Buford's leading rusher, Dontravious Wilson, left last week's game against East Hall in the first half with an injury, but it didn't slow the Wolves as they ran for 325 yards in a 49-6 victory. Thomas Wilson had 98 yards on three carries, and Zavior Hoxie had 57 yards on 10 carries, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

 

Parkview at South Gwinnett

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, South Gwinnett Community Stadium, Snellville.

Records, rankings: Parkview is 7-2 overall, 6-1 in Region 8-AAAAAA and No. 9; South Gwinnett is 7-2, 6-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Parkview won 20-7 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. Parkview, South Gwinnett and Grayson are tied for first place in Region 8-AAAAAA, and all three have clinched playoff berths. Parkview can win its first region title since 2004 with a victory. South Gwinnett will win its first region title since 2003 if it beats Parkview and Grayson loses to Brookwood. 2. Parkview's leading rusher, Chris Carson, has missed most of the past two games with injuries. In his absence, Justis Rosser stepped up in a 38-7 victory over Berkmar last week. Rosser had two touchdowns and 111 of the Panthers' 254 yards rushing, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. 3. South Gwinnett gave itself a shot at winning the region title with a 42-38 victory over Brookwood last week, just the fifth win for the Comets in 29 all-time meetings with the Broncos. South Gwinnett QB Jordan Ramey passed for 382 yards and four touchdowns and scored the game-winning TD on a 2-yard run with 3:13 remaining. Ramey is 115-of-203 passing for 1,929 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season.  


Savannah Christian at ECI

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Rountree Stadium, Twin City

Records, rankings: Savannah Christian is 7-2 and No. 6 in Class A; Emanuel County Institute is 8-1 and No. 2 in Class A.

Last meeting: Savannah Christian won 34-0 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. ECI averages 280 yards rushing per game and has three players between 500-599 yards for the season, but the key ball carrier is Greg Purcell. He has 588 yards rushing and 265 receiving and a team-leading 12 touchdowns. 2. Savannah Christian FS/WR Jalen Myrick is a sure all-state player. He played only the first half last week in a 42-12 victory over Jenkins County but had time to score three touchdowns, catch five passes for 111 yards, rush for 43 yards on two carries and force a fumble. Committed to Minnesota, Myrick is best known for his speed and projects to play cornerback in college. 3. The winner is the region champion and is guaranteed to be seeded in the state playoffs higher than any non-champion. ECI is the home team in this game because of region rules that base it on the GHSA Class A power rankings. ECI (13.58) edged Savannah Christian (13.57) by .01 points. ECI will be in the public-school playoffs, while Savannah Christian will be in the private-school playoffs.

National Rankings

Camden County in top five in four polls

Camden County moved up two places to No. 2 in one national poll this week. The Wildcats have four top-five national rankings entering the final week of the regular season.

 

CalPreps

18. Camden County (22)

26. Grayson (31)

47. Norcross (48)

87. Northside, Warner Robins (75)

 

CNN/SI

2. Camden County (4)

 

ESPN

9. Camden County (9)

11. Lassiter (11)

13. Grayson (13)

 

Fox

14. Camden County (16)

16. Grayson (19)

44. Norcross (43)

 

iHigh

8. Camden County (8)

12. Grayson (12)

23. Lassiter (22)

 

MaxPreps

3. Camden County (3)

16. Grayson (15)

 

PrepNation

3. Camden County (5)

23. Lassiter (21)

SE 9. Norcross (SE 9)

 

Rivals

6. Camden County (7)

14. Lassiter (12)

11. Grayson (13)

45. Norcross (44)

58. Northside, Warner Robins (45)

95. North Gwinnett (96)

 

USA Today

5. Camden County (7)

HM. Lassiter (HM)

HM. Lowndes (HM)

HM. Norcross (HM)

On TV

Today

*Chattahoochee at Centennial, 7:30 p.m., WSB 2.2 (Atlanta)

*Richmond Hill at Windsor Forest, 7:30 p.m., WSAV/MyLC (Savannah)

 

Friday

*Brookwood at Grayson, 7:30 p.m., CSS

*Parkview at South Gwinnett, 7:30 p.m., GPB


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Weekend Preview: GHSF Daily's 10 Best
National Rankings: Camden County in top five in four polls
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List: Teams that can end region-title droughts
Trivia: Coach with the most state championships
Maxwell Projections
Playoff Scenarios: Class AAA
Region Standings: Class AAA
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Ending the drought

Here are teams that control their destiny toward breaking region-title droughts of at least five seasons. Some have clinched. Some will clinch. Some won't. But all are positioned to do it and need no outside help. There could be as many as six to win regions for the first time. The year listed in parentheses is the school's most-recent title.

 

Bowdon (2005)

Cartersville (2006)

Carver-Atlanta (2007)

Effingham County (1995)

GAC (2001)

Harris County (N/A)

Hart County (2001)

Heard County (2006)

Hughes (N/A)

Landmark Christian (2007)

Monroe Area (1969)

Norcross (2007)

North Hall (2007)

Parkview (2004)

River Ridge (N/A)

Screven County (2002)

Stockbridge (N/A)

Thomson (2007)

Vidalia (2004)

Ware County (2007)

Wayne County (1993)

West Forsyth (N/A)

Whitewater (N/A)

 

Source: GHSFHA.com

Trivia

Which Georgia head coach holds the record for most state championships? (Answer Friday)

 

Answer to Wednesday's question: Northside of Warner Robins can extend its state record of consecutive 10-win seasons with a victory this week. Northside has 14 consecutive 10-win seasons.

Maxwell Projections

Here is this week's schedule with projected margins of victory courtesy of the Maxwell Ratings. The projected winner is on the left. The projected margin of victory is on the right. The Maxwell computer ratings take into account historical scores, weighing the more recent seasons the most heavily.

 

Today's games

B.E.S.T Academy vs. Douglass -11

Carrollton at LaGrange -13

Chattahoochee at Centennial -12

Hardaway at Northside, Columbus -9

Richmond Hill at Windsor Forest -26

Spalding at Forest Park -27

 

Friday's games

Adairsville at Coahulla Creek -28

Americus-Sumter vs. Crisp Co. -7

Apalachee at Winder-Barrow -11

Appling Co. at Southeast Bulloch -26

Aquinas at First Presbyterian -3

Athens Acad. vs. Athens Christ. -22

Bacon Co. vs. Bryan Co. -14

Bainbridge vs. Lee Co. -4

Baldwin vs. Veterans -15

Banneker vs. Lithonia -9

Blessed Trinity vs. Cedar Grove -3

Bradwell Institute vs. Groves -10

Brooks Co. at Berrien -41

Brookstone at Greenville -6

Brunswick vs. Tift Co. -6

Buford vs. North Hall -9

Burke Co. vs. Wayne Co. -25

Butler vs. Hephzibah -18

Cairo vs. Dougherty -35

Calhoun at Chattooga -42

Calhoun Co. at Stewart Co. -33

Callaway vs. Rockmart -18

Calvary Day vs. Treutlen -25

Camden Co. at Colquitt Co. -17

Cartersville at Ringgold -15

Carver, Columbus at Jackson -24

Cass at LaFayette -28

Cedartown at SE Whitfield -14

Central Gwinnett at Shiloh -19

Chapel Hill at Jackson, Atlanta -12

Chattahoochee Co. at Temple -12

Chestatee at Madison Co. -33

Christian Heritage vs. King's Ridge -4

Clarke Central at Cedar Shoals -11

Clarkston vs. N. Cobb Christian -34

Claxton vs. Montgomery Co. -39

Commerce vs. Pinecrest Academy -8

Cook at Early Co. -6

Coosa at Murray Co. -32

Creekside vs. Drew -5

Creekview at Riverwood -10

Dacula at Berkmar -18

Dalton vs. Pickens -5

Darlington vs. Mt. Pisgah Christ. -20

Dawson Co. at West Hall -19

Dooly Co. vs. Schley Co. -29

Duluth at Mountain View -8

ELCA vs. Landmark Christian -21

East Hall at Fannin Co. -8

East Paulding vs. Allatoona -8

Elbert Co. at Franklin Co. -21

ECI vs. Savannah Christian -9

Fayette Co. vs. Alexander -14

Flowery Branch vs. Gainesville -3

Georgia Military vs. Twiggs Co. -2

Glascock Co. vs. Portal -5

Glynn Academy at Jenkins -16

Gordon Central at North Murray -12

Grady vs. Columbia -4

Grayson vs. Brookwood -19

Greene Co. at Riverside Military -28

Griffin vs. Eagle's Landing -34

Hawkinsville vs. Pacelli -22

Heard Co. at Bowdon -14

Hiram at New Manchester -15

Houston Co. at Greenbrier -13

Hughes vs. Westlake -30

Irwin Co. at Charlton Co. -4

Jefferson vs. Union Co. -39

Johns Creek vs. Alpharetta -8

Johnson, Gain. at Heritage, Ring. -13

Johnson Co. vs. Jenkins Co. -7

Jones Co. vs. Grovetown -15

Jonesboro vs. Dutchtown -14

Kell vs. Forsyth Central -40

Kendrick at Spencer -9

Kennesaw Mtn. vs. N. Springs -41

Lakeview-FO vs. Sonoraville -24

Lamar Co. vs. Crawford Co. -41

Laney at Harlem -36

Lanier at Walnut Grove -23

Lassiter at Etowah -25

Liberty Co. at Glenn Hills -20

Lincoln Co. vs. Hancock Central -25

Loganville vs. Salem -13

Long Co. at Metter -9

Lovejoy vs. Alcovy -39

Lovett vs. Greater Atl. Christian -4

M.L. King at Miller Grove -25

Manchester vs. Jordan -40

Marietta vs. Harrison -16

Marion Co. at Central, Talbotton -37

Marist at Carver, Atlanta -9

Mary Persons vs. West Laurens -16

McEachern at Hillgrove -6

McIntosh Co. Acd. vs. Benedictine -5

McNair at Towers -28

Mill Creek at Collins Hill -1

Milton vs. Woodstock -17

Model vs. Dade Co. -8

Monroe vs. Worth Co. -19

Monroe Area at Eastside -16

Morgan Co. vs. Jackson Co. -7

Mt. Zion, Carroll vs. Mount Paran -19

Newnan at East Coweta -3

Newton at Morrow -27

Norcross vs. Meadowcreek -42

North Cobb at Campbell -28

North Gwinnett at Peach. Ridge -25

North Oconee vs. Hart Co. -17

North Paulding at Villa Rica -11

Northeast vs. Bleckley Co. -2

Northside, W. Robins vs. Evans -41

Northwest Whitfield vs. Gilmer -4

Oconee Co. at East Jackson -20

Osborne vs. Cambridge -22

O.L. of Mercy vs. Strong Rock -26

Peach Co. vs. Southwest, Macon -40

Pepperell at Armuchee -21

Perry vs. Howard -40

Pierce Co. vs. Brantley Co. -39

Pike Co. at Central, Macon -13

Pope vs. Northview -24

Prince Avenue at George Walton -6

Putnam Co. at Monticello -11

Rabun Co. vs. Oglethorpe Co. -10

Ridgeland vs. River Ridge -21

Riverdale at Locust Grove -6

Rockdale Co. vs. Druid Hills -5

Rome vs. Woodland, Cartersville -32

Sandy Creek vs. Columbus -42

Savannah vs. Beach -4

Sav. Country Day at Wheeler Co. -10

Screven Co. at Dublin -33

Seminole Co. at Mitchell Co. -6

Sequoyah at Sprayberry 0

Shaw vs. Troup -11

South Atlanta vs. Redan -8

S. Effingham at Richmond Acad.-10

South Forsyth vs. North Forsyth -4

South Gwinnett vs. Parkview -7

South Paulding at Lithia Springs -23

SW Atl. Christian vs. Fellowship -5

Southwest DeKalb at Dunwoody -30

St. Pius at Decatur -26

Starr's Mill at Mt. Zion, Jonesboro -17

Statesboro at Cross Creek -33

Stephens Co. at Lumpkin Co. -32

Stephenson vs. North Atlanta -38

Stockbridge vs. North Clayton -24

Swainsboro vs. Dodge Co. -4

Tattnall Co. vs. Johnson, Sav. -14

Taylor Co. vs. Macon Co. -1

Terrell Co. vs. Randolph-Clay -5

Thomas Co. Cent. vs. Harris Co. -29

Thomasville vs. Pelham -30

Thomson vs. Jefferson Co. -31

Toombs Co. vs. Atkinson Co. -37

Towns Co. vs. Hebron Christian -11

Tri-Cities vs. Douglas Co. -7

Trion vs. Whitefield Academy -9

Tucker vs. Mays -13

Turner Co. vs. Clinch Co. -4

Union Grove vs. McIntosh -18

Upson-Lee at Woodland, Stock. -1

Valdosta at Coffee -3

Vidalia at Jeff Davis -36

Walker at Gordon Lee -11

Walton at Roswell -21

Ware Co. vs. Effingham Co. -27

Warner Robins vs. Lakeside, Ev. -23

Wash.-Wilkes at Social Circle -41

West Forsyth at Lambert -22

Westminster vs. Hapeville -39

Westside, Augusta at Josey -24

Westside, Macon at Rutland -32

Wheeler at Cherokee -20

White Co. vs. Banks Co. -31

Whitewater vs. Ola -31

Wilcox Co. vs. Telfair Co. -25

Wilkinson Co. vs. Warren Co. -39

 

Saturday's games

Arabia Mountain at Lakeside, Atl. -21

Chamblee vs. Washington -8

Northgate at Mundy's Mill -5

Pace Academy at Mount Vernon -22

South Cobb at Pebblebrook -24

Stone Mountain vs. Therrell -28

Westover vs. Albany -22

 
Playoff Scenarios: Class AAA

Each day this week, GHSF Daily will examine the playoff scenarios for every region in the state, continuing today with Class AAA (Class A will not be included because the playoff fields for the public- and private-school tournaments will be determined by the power rankings). This is not meant to include every possibility, because tiebreaker procedures vary from region to region and are not widely publicized. Instead, we'll focus on the most likely or least complicated scenarios.

 

Region 1

Region champion Pierce County and Appling County have clinched the top two spots, and Tattnall County has clinched a playoff berth. The winner of the Tattnall County-Johnson (Savannah) game will be the No. 3 seed. Johnson is in the playoffs if it beats Tattnall County or if Savannah loses to Beach. Savannah still has a shot, but it must beat Beach and get some help.

 

Region 2

Region champion Carver of Columbus and Peach County have clinched the top two spots. A Pike County victory over Central of Macon would make Pike County the No. 3 seed and Jackson the No. 4 seed. If Jackson upsets Carver and Central upsets Pike County, Jackson would be the No. 3 seed and Central would be the No. 4 seed. Losses by Pike County and Jackson would produce a three-way tie for third place.

 

Region 3

Thomson, Washington County and Jefferson County have clinched the top three spots. The winner of the Dodge County-Swainsboro game will be the No. 4 seed.

 

Region 4

Callaway, Chapel Hill, Rockmart and Central of Carrollton are locked in as the top four seeds, regardless of what happens this weekend.

 

Region 5

Region champion Cartersville has clinched the No. 1 seed. Gordon Central, Adairsville and Ringgold are tied for second place, one game ahead of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. Adairsville will be the No. 2 seed if it beats Coahulla Creek, but Adairsville would miss the playoffs entirely if it loses, LFO beats Sonoraville and Ringgold and Gordon Central win. Gordon Central and Ringgold make the playoffs if they win, Adairsville wins or LFO loses.

 

Region 6

Blessed Trinity, St. Pius, Cedar Grove and Woodward Academy have clinched the region's four playoff berths. If St. Pius defeats Decatur this week, St. Pius will be the No. 1 seed, the Blessed Trinity-Cedar Grove winner be the No. 2 seed, the Blessed Trinity-Cedar Grove loser will be No. 3, and Woodward will be No. 4. A St. Pius loss would leave a three-way tie for second place, with each team 1-1 against the other two.

 

Region 7

Region champion North Hall has clinched the No. 1 seed. Buford has clinched a playoff berth and will take the No. 2 seed if it beats North Hall or if White County loses to Banks County. White County has clinched no lower than third place. Dawson County will be the fourth playoff team if it beats West Hall.

 

Region 8

North Oconee, Hart County and Jackson County have clinched playoff berths. The winner of the North Oconee-Hart County game will be the region champion. Morgan County will be the other playoff team if it beats Jackson County or if Elbert County loses to Franklin County. If Elbert County and Jackson County win, Elbert takes the other playoff spot.
Region Standings: Class AAA

Region 1-AAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week*

Pierce County

6-0

8-1

Did not play

vs. Brantley Co.

Appling County

5-1

7-1-1

Did not play

at Southeast Bulloch

Tattnall County

4-2

5-4

d. SE Bulloch 45-25

vs. Johnson, Savannah

Johnson (Savannah)

3-3

3-6

d. Beach 46-2

at Tattnall Co.

Southeast Bulloch

2-4

4-5

l. to Tattnall Co. 45-25

vs. Appling Co.

Savannah

2-4

3-6

d. Brantley Co. 16-6

vs. Beach (SM)

Beach

2-4

2-7

l. to Johnson, Sav. 46-2

at Savannah (SM)

Brantley County

0-6

1-8

l. to Savannah 16-6

at Pierce Co.

GHSF Daily's projected playoff teams: 1. Pierce County, 2. Appling County, 3. Tattnall County, 4. Johnson (Savannah)

 

Region 2-AAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Carver (Columbus)

5-0

8-1

d. Peach Co. 26-17

at Jackson

Peach County

4-1

8-1

l. to Carver, Col. 26-17

vs. Southwest

Jackson

3-2

6-3

d. Central, Macon 40-20

vs. Carver, Columbus

Pike County

3-2

5-4

d. Henry Co. 42-12

at Central, Macon (H)

Central (Macon)

2-3

2-7

l. to Jackson 40-20

vs. Pike Co. (H)

Southwest

1-4

2-7

Did not play

at Peach Co.

Henry County

0-6

1-9

l. to Pike Co. 42-12

Does not play

Projected playoff teams: 1. Carver (Columbus), 2. Peach County, 3. Pike County, 4. Jackson

 

Region 3-AAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Thomson

3-0

9-0

Did not play

vs. Jefferson Co.

Washington County

3-1

9-1

d. Dodge Co. 49-0

Does not play

Jefferson County

2-1

4-5

d. Swainsboro 27-14

at Thomson

Dodge County

0-3

4-5

l. to Washington Co. 49-0

vs. Swainsboro

Swainsboro

0-3

3-6

l. to Jefferson Co. 27-14

vs. Dodge Co.

Projected playoff teams: 1. Thomson, 2. Washington County, 3. Jefferson County, 4. Dodge County

 

Region 4-AAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Callaway

6-0

8-1

d. Douglass 54-16

vs. Rockmart

Chapel Hill

5-1

6-3

d. Central, Carroll 41-21

at Jackson, Atlanta (G)

Rockmart

4-2

5-4

d. B.E.S.T. Acad. 41-15

at Callaway

Central (Carrollton)

4-3

5-5

l. to Chapel Hill 41-21

Does not play

Jackson (Atlanta)

3-3

5-4

d. Haralson Co. 22-20

vs. Chapel Hill (G)

Haralson County

2-5

4-6

l. to Jackson, Atl. 22-20

Does not play

B.E.S.T. Academy

1-5

2-7

l. to Rockmart 41-15

vs. Douglass (Thu., L)

Douglass

0-6

1-8

l. to Callaway 54-16

at B.E.S.T. Acd. (Thu., L)

Projected playoff teams: 1. Callaway, 2. Chapel Hill, 3. Rockmart, 4. Central (Carrollton)

 

Region 5-AAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Cartersville

6-0

9-0

d. Sonoraville 56-7

at Ringgold

Gordon Central

4-2

7-2

l. to Adairsville 38-35

at North Murray

Adairsville

4-2

6-3

d. Gordon Central 38-35

at Coahulla Creek

Ringgold

4-2

6-3

d. Lakeview-FO 14-9

vs. Cartersville

Lakeview-Ft. Ogle.

3-3

6-3

l. to Ringgold 14-9

vs. Sonoraville

North Murray

2-4

5-4

d. Coahulla Creek 34-0

vs. Gordon Central

Coahulla Creek

1-5

2-7

l. to North Murray 34-0

vs. Adairsville

Sonoraville

0-6

1-8

l. to Cartersville 56-7

at Lakeview-Ft. Ogle.

Projected playoff teams: 1. Cartersville, 2. Adairsville, 3. Gordon Central, 3. Ringgold

 

Region 6-AAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Blessed Trinity

4-1

7-2

l. to St. Pius 24-17

vs. Cedar Grove

St. Pius

4-1

7-2

d. Blessed Trinity 24-17

at Decatur

Cedar Grove

4-1

6-3

d. Woodward Acad. 47-14

at Blessed Trinity

Woodward Academy

4-2

7-3

l. to Cedar Grove 47-14

Does not play

Decatur

2-3

5-4

d. McNair 21-20

vs. St. Pius

McNair

0-5

3-6

l. to Decatur 21-20

at Towers (AV)

Towers

0-5

0-9

Did not play

vs. McNair (AV)

Cross Keys

 

0-9

l. to Hapeville 26-0

Does not play

Projected playoff teams: 1. St. Pius, 2. Blessed Trinity, 3. Cedar Grove, 4. Woodward Academy

 

Region 7-AAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

North Hall

6-0

8-1

d. Banks Co. 42-7

at Buford

Buford

4-2

6-3

d. East Hall 49-6

vs. North Hall

White County

4-2

6-3

d. West Hall 42-7

vs. Banks Co.

Dawson County

3-3

5-4

d. Fannin Co. 54-12

at West Hall

East Hall

2-4

4-5

l. to Buford 49-6

at Fannin Co.

Banks County

2-4

3-6

l. to North Hall 42-7

at White Co.

West Hall

2-4

3-6

l. to White Co. 42-7

vs. Dawson Co.

Fannin County

1-5

1-8

l. to Dawson Co. 54-12

vs. East Hall

Projected playoff teams: 1. North Hall, 2. Buford, 3. White County, 4. Dawson County

 

Region 8-AAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

North Oconee

6-0

8-1

d. Oconee Co. 63-21

vs. Hart Co.

Hart County

5-1

5-4

l. to Morgan Co. 35-8

at North Oconee

Morgan County

4-2

7-2

d. Hart Co. 35-8

vs. Jackson Co.

Jackson County

4-2

6-3

d. Elbert Co. 33-28

at Morgan Co.

Elbert County

3-3

4-5

l. to Jackson Co. 33-28

at Franklin Co.

Franklin County

1-5

2-7

d. East Jackson 41-21

vs. Elbert Co.

Oconee County

1-5

2-7

l. to North Oconee 63-21

at East Jackson

East Jackson

0-6

0-9

l. to Franklin Co. 41-21

vs. Oconee Co.

Projected playoff teams: 1. North Oconee, 2, Morgan County, 3. Hart County, 4. Jackson County

 

Note: All scores are courtesy of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, Score Atlanta and other media outlets. If a score is not accurate, it was reported incorrectly.

 

* All of this week's games are Friday unless noted.

Stadium key: AV - Avondale; G - Grady; H - Henderson; L - Lakewood; SM - Savannah Memorial
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