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Georgia High School Football Daily-11/13/12

November 13, 2012
By Calvin Scandrett of Lamar County Trojans



Class AAAAA Playoff Preview

Each day this week, we'll look at the playoff draw for one of the five classifications above Class A, continuing today with Class AAAAA. Here are five interesting facts about each of the 16 games, with an emphasis on playoff history. One team has reached seven quarterfinals, five semifinals and two finals in the past eight years but is playing its first-round game this year on the road. Find out which one below.

 

Favorite: Northside-Warner Robins

Best draw: Warner Robins

Worst draw: Flowery Branch

Sleeper: Ware County

Best first-round matchup: Tucker at Creekview

 

Effingham County (6-4) at Northside (10-0)

- Northside-Warner Robins is 13-1 in the first round at home all-time but lost in 2010 to Whitewater in one of the notable upsets of the past decade in the state playoffs. Northside was 10-0 and ranked No. 1 then, and now.

- Northside has won 10 games in a season for the 14th consecutive season, which is a state record. Five of those 10 victories this season came against playoff teams.

- Effingham County has lost six straight first-round games in the playoffs. The school's last victory came in a 1995 region playoff. The last state-playoff victory came in 1987, when Effingham reached the Class AAAA title game and lost to Morrow.

- Effingham County is 47th in scoring offense (20.4) and 34th in scoring defense (22.9) against a schedule that is ranked 67th among 75 teams in Class AAAAA. Northside is second in scoring (43.9) and first in scoring defense (7.0) against a schedule that is 28th.

- Northside beat Effingham County 49-14 in the first round of the 2002 playoffs in the only previous meeting between these schools.

 

Creekside (7-3) at Thomas Co. Central (8-2)

- Creekside's last playoff win came in 2006, a 20-0 victory over Griffin in the second round when Eric Berry was Creekside's quarterback. Creekside has lost seven consecutive road games in the playoffs, last winning in 1997.

- Thomas County Central set a state record by winning 27 straight home playoff games from 1987 to 2006 (ended by St. Pius in overtime). Thomas Central is 5-3 at home in the playoffs since then but lost the last two, including to Dutchtown 15-0 in the first round last season.

- Thomas County Central won five state titles in the 1990s but has gone no further than the semifinals since 2007.

- Creekside is 36th in scoring offense (24.5) and fifth in scoring defense (9.8) against a schedule that is ranked 56th among 75 teams in AAAAA. Thomas County Central is 13th in scoring offense (34.6) and 15th in scoring defense (15.3) against a schedule that is 11th.

- Creekside beat Thomas County Central 10-6 in the first round of the 2000 playoffs in the only previous meeting between these schools. Creekside was 13-1 that season.

 

N. Paulding (7-3) at Flowery Branch (8-2)

- North Paulding, which opened in 2009, is the youngest school in the AAAAA playoffs. This is North Paulding's first trip to the playoffs.

- Flowery Branch, which opened in 2002, also was in its fourth season of football (2005) when it made the playoffs for the first time and reached the quarterfinals.

- Flowery Branch is 13-7 in the state playoffs and has made the quarterfinals four times and the semifinals twice.

- North Paulding is seventh in scoring offense (37.0) and 45th in scoring defense (26.7) against a schedule that is ranked 50th among 75 teams in AAAAA. Flowery Branch is 20th in scoring offense (32.6) and 35th in scoring defense (23.3) against a schedule that is third.

- These schools have never met in football. They are the only AAAAA schools 10 years old or less that are playing in the first round.

 

Tucker (8-2) at Creekview (9-1)

- Creekview is playing a home playoff game for the first time in its history. The school in Canton opened in 2006 and has had winning seasons five of seven years under one coach, Al Morrell. Creekview has played on the road at Eastside in 2008 and Carrollton in 2009, losing both.

- Over the past 10 seasons, Tucker has reached seven quarterfinals, five semifinals and two finals. Tucker won state titles in 2008 and 2011.

- Tucker is 4-1 on the road in the playoffs since 2003. Before that, Tucker didn't travel well, losing nine of 11 road playoff games.

- Tucker is 17th in scoring offense (33.3) and fifth in scoring defense (9.8) against a schedule that is ranked 16th among 75 teams in AAAAA. Creekview is 11th in scoring offense (36.0) and 14th in scoring defense (15.0) against a schedule that is 73rd.

- These school have never played each other in football.

 

Lakeside (5-5) at Ware County (9-1)

- Ware County first made the playoffs in 1960 (Class A semifinals) and is 23-24 all-time in postseason games. Ware has lost in two state finals (1961, 2007) but never won a state championship.

- Lakeside of Evans is in the state playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in history. The school, which opened in 1988, did play two postseason games in 1992, but one was a region playoff. Lakeside has not won a true state playoff game on the road.

- Lakeside is 1-5 against state playoff teams. No other AAAAA playoff team has played against more playoff qualifiers.

- Lakeside is 37th in scoring offense (24.4) and 56th in scoring defense (31.2) against a schedule that is ranked 34th among 75 teams in AAAAA. Ware County is 16th in scoring offense (33.6) and second in scoring defense (8.3) against a schedule that is 62nd.

- Ware County leads the series between these schools 3-0, winning most recently 31-6 in 2010. They have never met in the playoffs.

 

Bainbridge (7-3) at Union Grove (9-1)

- Union Grove is playing its first home playoff game since 2002, when the McDonough school beat Lumpkin County and Washington-Wilkes on the way to the Class AA quarterfinals in its third year of existence.

- Bainbridge has played in postseason games in 20 previous seasons and won a state title in 1983.

- Bainbridge is 2-7 in first-round playoff games since 2002.

- Bainbridge is 28th in scoring offense (26.9) and 24th in scoring defense (18.6) against a schedule that is ranked 26th among 75 teams in AAAAA. Union Grove is 26th in scoring offense (29.1) and 16th in scoring defense (15.4) against a schedule that is 61st.

- These school have never played each other in football.

 

Clarke Central (5-5) at East Paulding (10-0)

- Clarke Central is 5-5 and in danger of its first losing season since 2005. Current coach Leroy Ryals arrived in 2006.

- East Paulding's best finish is the Class AAAA semifinals in 2006.

- East Paulding is 6-1 in home playoff games. East's first home playoff loss came to Warner Robins in the 2011 quarterfinals. Clarke is 1-4 on the road in the playoffs since 2004.

- Clarke Central is 25th in scoring offense (29.4) and 32nd in scoring defense (21.6) against a schedule that is ranked second among 75 teams in AAAAA. East Paulding is fourth in scoring offense (42.5) and fourth in scoring defense (9.0) against a schedule that is 57th.

- East Paulding beat Clarke Central 24-10 in the second round of the AAAA playoffs in 2010. Clarke was 11-0 and ranked No. 2 at the time.

 

Pope (7-3) at Stephenson (7-2)

- Stephenson has lost in the first round four of the past five seasons, all in the highest classification. Three of those losses came at Hallford Stadium, site of this game.

- Pope has made the playoffs for three consecutive seasons for the first time in history. Pope has two state playoff wins - against Marietta in 2000 and Mays in 2011.

- This is the 12th straight season that Stephenson has made the state playoffs. Stephenson's best finish was the semifinals in 2005.

- Pope is 49th in scoring offense (20.3) and 27th in scoring defense (19.2) against a schedule that is ranked 37th among 75 teams in AAAAA. Stephenson is 18th in scoring (33.2) and 24th in scoring defense (17.3) against a schedule that is fifth.

- Pope is playing its 25th season of varsity football but has never played a team from DeKalb County or played at Hallford Stadium, site of this game.

 

Northgate (5-5) at Harris County (6-4)

- Harris County won its first region title this season. The school's first season of varsity football was in 1956. Harris County is 0-6 all-time in the playoffs, including five first-round losses since 2000. This will be the first state playoff game held at Harris County and second postseason game. Harris hosted a region final in 1976.

- Northgate is 3-6 all-time in the playoffs. Northgate's best finish was the Class AA quarterfinals in 2000.

- Northgate is 0-5 against playoff teams, 5-0 against non-playoff teams. No other AAAAA playoff contender has more losses to playoff teams than Northgate.

- Northgate is 52nd in scoring offense (19.7) and 19th in scoring defense (16.9) against a schedule that is ranked 13th among 75 teams in AAAAA. Harris County is 30th in scoring offense (25.7) and 37th in scoring defense (24.2) against a schedule that is 33rd.

- Northgate defeated Harris County 35-0 in 2011 and 17-14 in 2010 in the only meeting between these schools. They were members of Region 3-AAAA in those years.

 

Richmond Hill (8-2) at Warner Robins (8-2)

- Richmond Hill is in the playoffs for the first time since 1996, the only other year in which the Wildcats have played in the postseason.

- Richmond Hill suffered through 14 consecutive losing seasons after a 9-4 finish in 1996 until 2011, when the team went 6-4 under Lyman Guy, who came to the school in 2010.

- Warner Robins is 53-30 in the postseason since its first appearance in 1957. Warner Robins won state titles in 1976, 1981, 1988 and 2004.

- Richmond Hill is ninth in scoring offense (36.3) and second in scoring defense (8.3) against a schedule that is ranked 74th among 75 teams in AAAAA. Warner Robins is fifth in scoring offense (37.8) and 20th in scoring defense (17.1) against a schedule that is 41st.

- These school have never played each other in football.

 

Southwest DeKalb (7-3) at Kell (9-1)

- Southwest DeKalb is 47-32 in postseason games since making its first appearance in 1959. Southwest has won state titles in 1972 and 1996.

- Kell has made the playoffs each of the past five seasons. Its best finish was the quarterfinals in 2010.

- Kell won its second region title in history this season. The first came in 2010.

- Southwest DeKalb is 50th in scoring offense (20.0) and 12th in scoring defense (14.8) against a schedule that is ranked 23th among 75 teams in AAAAA. Kell is 19th in scoring offense (32.6) and 12th in scoring defense (14.8) against a schedule that is 27th.

- Kell has never played a team from DeKalb County. Southwest DeKalb has not played a game in Cobb County since a 28-21 victory over McEachern in the first round of the 1995 state playoffs.

 

Rome (8-2) at Gainesville (7-3)

- Rome is looking for its first playoff victory since reaching the semifinals in 2008, the best finish in school history.

- Gainesville has not missed the playoffs since coach Bruce Miller's arrival in 2002 and is 8-2 in the first round, 7-0 at home in the first round.

- Gainesville is 61-43 in the postseason since its first appearance in 1951. No other Georgia school has won more playoff games or region titles without a state championship.

- Rome is eighth in scoring offense (36.7) and 47th in scoring defense (28.0) against a schedule that is ranked 53rd among 75 teams in AAAAA. Gainesville is third in scoring offense (43.7) and 33rd in scoring defense (21.9) against a schedule that is seventh.

- Rome and Gainesville have never played. Gainesville did have a playoff rivalry with West Rome in the early 1970s in Class AA. Gainesville won a 1970 quarterfinal and 1972 semifinal against West Rome, whose coach then was Nick Hyder. West Rome beat Gainesville in the 1971 quarterfinals and 1974 semifinals. West Rome merged with East Rome in 1992 to form Rome High.

 

Lee County (7-3) at Whitewater (9-1)

- Lee County will be looking for its third playoff victory in history. The others came in 1999 and 2005. The school began playing football in 1971.

- Whitewater will be looking for its third playoff victory in history. The others came in 2007 and 2010. This will be Whitewater's first home playoff game since 2007. The school opened in 2004.

- Whitewater won its first region title in history this year (Region 4).

- These school have never played each other in football. Neither has ventured far from home. Lee County beat a metro Atlanta team for the first time this season (Morrow).

- Lee County is first in scoring offense (45.0) and 38th in scoring defense (25.2) against a schedule that is ranked 65th among 75 teams in AAAAA. Whitewater is 15th in scoring offense (34.3) and 10th in scoring defense (10.0) against a schedule that is 51st.

 

Jones County (7-3) at Glynn Academy (7-3)

- Glynn Academy has made the playoffs seven of the past eight years. Before that, Glynn had made it only once in 15 years. Glynn is 1-6 in the first round during the recent stretch.

- Glynn Academy won a state championship in 1964. Other schools in this draw that have won state championships are Tucker, Thomas County Central, Southwest DeKalb, Warner Robins, Clarke Central, Bainbridge and Northside.

- Jones County is in the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Jones County's last playoff victory came in 2001. The Greyhounds have won two region playoff games but only that one state-playoff game in the history of the program, which dates to the 1940s.

- Jones County is 23rd in scoring offense (32.0) and 44th in scoring defense (26.5) against a schedule that is ranked 55th among 75 teams in AAAAA. Glynn Academy is 10th in scoring offense (36.2) and eighth in scoring defense (12.1) against a schedule that is 54th.

- These school have never played each other in football.

 

Sequoyah (7-3) at M.L. King (10-0)

- M.L. King enters the playoffs as a region champion and No. 1 seed for the third consecutive season and the fourth time in six seasons.

- M.L. King has played 11 of its 12 playoff games since 2005 in Hallford Stadium and has a 7-4 record there.

- This will be Sequoyah's first playoff game since 2008. Sequoyah's best finish is the AAAAA quarterfinals in 2004, when Sequoyah lost to eventual champion Lowndes.

- Sequoyah is 12th in scoring offense (36.0) and 21st in scoring defense (21.0) against a schedule that is ranked 68th among 75 teams in AAAAA. M.L. King is 21st in scoring offense (32.5) and seventh in scoring defense (10.5) against a schedule that is ninth.

- These schools have never played each other in football. Sequoyah does have a history in DeKalb County, however. The Chiefs came to North DeKalb Stadium in 2001 and beat No. 3-ranked and 10-0 Tucker 17-0 in the first round.

 

Heritage (8-2) at Allatoona (9-1)

- Heritage of Conyers has made the playoffs for three straight seasons for the first time in its history, which began in 1976. Heritage is 3-5 all-time in the postseason and has never advanced past the second round.

- Allatoona is in the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Its best finish is the AAA quarterfinals last season, when Allatoona lost to eventual champion Burke County 32-28.

- Opened in 2008, Allatoona is playing its fourth full season of varsity football. The only younger school to make the AAAAA playoffs is North Paulding, which opened in 2009.

 - Heritage is 33rd in scoring offense (25.0) and ninth in scoring defense (13.7) against a schedule that is ranked 35th among 75 teams in AAAAA. Allatoona is 14th in scoring offense (34.5) and11th in scoring defense (14.7) against a schedule that is 58th.

- These schools have never played each other in football.

First-Round Playoff Pairings

Class AAAAAA

Tri-Cities (4-6) at Lovejoy (9-1)

Marietta (7-3) at Lowndes (9-1)

Wheeler (6-4) at Grayson (9-1)

Johns Creek (8-2) at North Gwinnett (9-1)

Rockdale County (3-7) at Hughes (9-1)

Valdosta (7-3) at North Cobb (8-2)

Brookwood (6-4) at Lassiter (10-0)

Mill Creek (7-3) at Alpharetta (7-3)

Hillgrove (6-4) at Camden County (9-1)
East Coweta (4-6) at Newton (5-5)

Chattahoochee (7-3) at Norcross (10-0)

Milton (7-3) at South Gwinnett (8-2)

Colquitt County (7-3) at McEachern (8-2)

Alcovy (4-6) at Newnan (8-2)

Collins Hill (6-4) at West Forsyth (9-1)

Parkview (7-3) at Walton (7-3)

 

Class AAAAA

Effingham County (6-4) at Northside-Warner Robins (10-0)

Creekside (7-3) at Thomas County Central (8-2)

North Paulding (7-3) at Flowery Branch (8-2)

Tucker (8-2) at Creekview (9-1)

Lakeside-Evans (5-5) at Ware County (9-1)

Bainbridge (7-3) at Union Grove (9-1)

Clarke Central (5-5) at East Paulding (10-0)

Pope (7-3) at Stephenson (7-2), Saturday, Hallford Stadium

Northgate (5-5) at Harris County (6-4)

Richmond Hill (8-2) at Warner Robins (8-2), Saturday

Southwest DeKalb (7-3) at Kell (9-1)

Rome (8-2) at Gainesville (7-3)

Lee County (7-3) at Whitewater (9-1)

Jones County (7-3) at Glynn Academy (7-3)

Sequoyah (7-3) at M.L. King (10-0), Hallford Stadium

Heritage-Conyers (8-2) at Allatoona (9-1)

 

Class AAAA

South Effingham (6-4) at Westside-Macon (9-1)

Jonesboro (9-1) at Westover (7-3)

Shaw (6-4) at Monroe Area (9-1)

Grady (8-2) at River Ridge (5-5)

Perry (6-4) at Burke County (9-1)

Monroe (7-3) at Griffin (9-1)

Eastside (7-3) at Sandy Creek (10-0)

Dalton (7-3) at Carver-Atlanta (9-1), Lakewood Stadium

Riverdale (7-3) at Cairo (8-2)

Statesboro (8-2) at Mary Persons (8-2)

Washington (8-2) at Ridgeland (9-1)

LaGrange (5-5) at Chestatee (8-2)

Worth County (4-6) at Stockbridge (9-1)

Baldwin (6-4) at Wayne County (5-4-1)

Gilmer (8-2) at Marist (9-1)

Stephens County (8-2) at Carrollton (7-3)

 

Class AAA

Dodge County (5-5) at Carver-Columbus (9-1)

Rockmart (5-5) at Appling County (8-1-1)

Ringgold (6-4) at North Oconee (9-1)

Cedar Grove (6-4) at Buford (7-3)

Jackson (6-4) at Thomson (10-0)

Johnson-Savannah (4-6) at Chapel Hill (6-4)

Jackson County (6-4) at Cartersville (10-0)

White County (7-3) at Blessed Trinity (8-2)

Central-Carroll (5-5) at Pierce County (9-1)

Jefferson County (4-6) at Peach County (9-1)

Woodward Academy (7-3) at North Hall (8-2)

Gordon Central (8-2) at Morgan County (8-2)

Tattnall County (5-5) at Callaway (9-1)

Pike County (6-4) at Washington County (9-1)

Dawson County (6-4) at St. Pius (8-2)

Hart County (5-5) at Adairsville (7-3)

 

Class AA

Westside-August (5-5) at Vidalia (10-0)

Northeast (8-2) at Fitzgerald (8-2)

Kendrick (5-5) at Jefferson (9-1)

Westminster (4-6) at Pepperell (6-4)

Bacon County (6-4) at Screven County (9-1), Saturday

Early County (7-3) at Bleckley County (8-2)

Rabun County (6-4) at Heard County (10-0)

Model (6-4) at Greater Atlanta Christian (7-3)

Macon County (4-6) at Brooks County (10-0)

East Laurens (6-4) at McIntosh County Academy (8-2)

Wesleyan (4-6) at Calhoun (10-0)

Bowdon (8-2) at Washington-Wilkes (9-1)

Cook (7-3) at Lamar County (9-0-1)

Benedictine (7-3) at Laney (7-3), Saturday

Coosa (4-6) at Lovett (6-4)

Greene County (4-6) at Manchester (8-2)

Playoff Predictions: Class AAAAA

Each day this week, GHSF Daily's Todd Holcomb and Chip Saye will pick which teams they think will win in the first round of the playoffs. Today we look at Class AAAAA.

 

 

 

Games

Holcomb's Picks

Last week: 16-5

Overall: 174-64

Saye's Picks

Last week: 15-5

Overall: 188-52

Effingham Co. at Northside

Northside

Northside

Creekside at Thomas Cent.

Thomas Co. Central

Thomas Co. Central

N. Paulding at Flow. Branch

Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch

Tucker at Creekview

Tucker

Tucker

Lakeside-Evans at Ware Co.

Ware Co.

Ware Co.

Bainbridge at Union Grove

Union Grove

Bainbridge

Clarke Central at E. Paulding

East Paulding

East Paulding

Pope at Stephenson

Stephenson

Stephenson

Northgate at Harris Co.

Harris Co.

Harris Co.

Rich. Hill at Warner Robins

Warner Robins

Warner Robins

Southwest DeKalb at Kell

Kell

Kell

Rome at Gainesville

Gainesville

Gainesville

Lee Co. at Whitewater

Whitewater

Whitewater

Jones Co. at Glynn Academy

Glynn Academy

Glynn Academy

Sequoyah at M.L. King

M.L. King

M.L. King

Heritage at Allatoona

Allatoona

Heritage

Invitation To Coaches

Salute to Georgia High School Football Reception

All GHSA-affiliated football head coaches are invited to attend the 2012 Salute to Georgia High School Football Reception, presented by Russell Athletic. The event will take place on Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Atlanta Falcons Owners Club at the Georgia Dome.

 

With the first state championship game on that Saturday kicking off at the new start time of 11:30 a.m., the event has been changed from a luncheon to a reception. The invitation allows coaches and a guest to enjoy a meal and mingle with fellow coaches as well as the 2012 Classification Coaches of the Year, Warrick Dunn Captain in the Community honorees and the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Additionally, prizes will be awarded for commitment to the sport of football.

 

The Atlanta Falcons will offer to the first 100 coaches to RSVP for the reception the opportunity to receive two tickets to the Falcons-Buccaneers game on Dec. 30 at the Georgia Dome. Make sure to mention the tickets when you RSVP, and Mia Scott will follow up with a confirmation of attendance and tickets.

 

For coaches staying in Atlanta, the following hotels within six blocks of the Georgia Dome are recommended: Omni at CNN Center, 404-659-0000; Embassy Suites, 404-223-2300; Residence Inn by Marriott, 404-522-0950; and Quality Hotel, 404-524-7991.

 

RSVP by Dec. 3 by calling 404-367-2243 or e-mailing Scott at mscott@falcons.nfl.com.


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First-Round Playoff Pairings
Playoff Predictions: Class AAAAA
List: Maxwell Ratings' favorites to win Class AAAAA title
Trivia: Class AAAAA playoff coaches with state titles
Top Performances
Corrections
Final Regular-Season Region Standings: Class AAAAA
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Odds-on favorites

The Maxwell Ratings rank Class AAAAA teams in order of their odds of winning the state title. The odds are influenced by each team's draw.

 

1. Northside (Warner Robins)

2. M.L. King

3. East Paulding

4. Kell

5. Warner Robins

6. Ware County

7. Whitewater

8. Flowery Branch

9. Gainesville

10. Allatoona

11. Tucker

12. Thomas County Central

13. Stephenson

14. Creekview

15. Heritage (Conyers)

16. Southwest DeKalb

17. Glynn Academy

18. Union Grove

19. Rome

20. Bainbridge

21. Northgate

22. Clarke Central

23. Jones County

24. Lee County

25. North Paulding

26. Richmond Hill

27. Harris County

28. Creekside

29. Pope

30. Sequoyah

31. Lakeside (Evans)

32. Effingham County

Trivia

Four head coaches in the Class AAAAA playoffs have won state championships. Who are they? (Answer Wednesday)

 

Answer to Monday's question: The coaches of Class AAAAAA playoff teams who have won state titles in Georgia are Mark Crews of Brookwood, Jeff Herron of Camden County, Cecil Flowe of Parkview, Mickey Conn of Grayson, Randy McPherson of Lowndes, Rance Gillespie of Peach County and Terry Crowder of Chattahoochee.

Top Performances

Here are some of the top individual performances from last week:

 

Top five

*Aquinas RB/LB Brendan Douglas rushed for 300 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries and made 17 tackles in a 42-14 victory over First Presbyterian.

 

*Brunswick QB Cory Dixon passed for 401 yards and four touchdowns, completing 20 of 26 attempts, and rushed for 60 yards in a 50-37 victory over Tift County. WR Lavosh Wynn had eight catches for 212 yards and a touchdown.

 

*Colquitt County QB Cole Segraves was 20-for-34 for 160 yards and rushed 18 times for 164 yards and had a 70-yard touchdown run in a 13-12 victory over No. 1-ranked Camden County in Class AAAAAA.

 

*Glynn Academy RB Jonathan Alford scored six touchdowns, rushed for 342 yards and had 81 yards receiving in 70-26 victory over Jenkins.

 

*Lovett RB Grant Haley rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, caught three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown and blocked the potential tying extra point late in the fourth quarter of a 31-30 victory over Greater Atlanta Christian that clinched the Region 6-AA title.

 

Best of the rest

*Alpharetta QB Joshua Dobbs passed for 354 yards and a touchdown and scored two touchdowns in a 35-32 victory over Johns Creek. Dobbs finished the regular season with 3,354 yards passing, the most in the state.

 

*Apalachee DL Rakim Peters had 13 tackles, four for losses, and two sacks in a 42-20 victory over Winder-Barrow.

 

*Athens Academy RB Taylor Allen rushed for 151 yards and caught two passes for 24 yards in a 27-9 victory over Athens Christian.

 

*Bainbridge QB/RB Damian Bouie rushed for 262 yards - 221 in the first half - and scored three touchdowns in a 49-42 victory over Lee County. Bouie is usually a tailback but started at quarterback because of an injury.

 

*Cairo RB P.J. Davis rushed for 188 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 56-22 victory over Dougherty.

 

*Carrollton freshman RB Jarvis Terrell rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-14 victory over LaGrange.

 

*Cass QB Brandon Etheridge threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns and scored two touchdowns, most of it after returning from a dislocated thumb, in a 35-15 victory over LaFayette.

 

*Central Gwinnett WR Justin Brownlee had 13 catches for 258 yards and a touchdown in a 48-35 victory over Shiloh. Brownlee finished his season with 81 catches for 1,337 yards. RB Jourdin Shiloh also rushed for 204 yards in the game.

 

*Dooly County RB Chanin Hamilton rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-0 victory over Evans.

 

*East Paulding RB Kamani Thomas rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in a 25-7 victory over Allatoona that clinched a region championship. Thomas finished the regular season with 1,549 yards rushing for a 10-0 team.

 

*Fellowship Christian RB Tyler Hart rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in a 56-6 victory over Southwest Atlanta Christian.

 

*Grayson RB/DE Robert Nkemdiche rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and had two sacks and two QB hurries in a 42-13 victory over Brookwood that earned Grayson the Region 8-AAAAAA title.

 

*Hardaway sophomore RB Justin Crawford rushed for 337 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-20 victory over Northside of Columbus. Because of a hardship waiver detaining him, Crawford played in only five varsity games and finished with 825 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 96 carries.

 

*Hiram QB Rodrick Harrison set a school record with four touchdown passes and threw for 222 yards in a 42-6 victory over New Manchester.

 

*Johns Creek QB Skye Overton rushed for 195 yards and passed for 87 in a 35-32 loss to Alpharetta.

 

*Jones County RB Undre Williams rushed for 271 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-37 victory over Grovetown. Williams has 1,890 yards rushing and 30 touchdowns on the season.

 

*Lee County QB Stephen Collier passed for 361 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-42 loss to Bainbridge. He also scored a touchdown. RB Kenneth Hurley had 10 receptions for 212 yards and three touchdowns.

 

*Marist DL/TE Greg Taboada had four solo tackles and a sack, broke up a pass and caught a two-point conversion in a 42-14 victory over Carver of Atlanta that decided a region championship.

 

*McEachern QB Ty Griffin rushed for 222 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-30 victory over Hillgrove. Griffin has scored 17 touchdowns and rushed for nearly 1,000 yards in only seven games.

 

*Milton RB Peyton Barber rushed for 218 yards and three touchdowns and RB Treyvon Paulk ran for 142 and two touchdowns in a 42-14 victory over Woodstock.

 

*North Murray QB Brady Swilling passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 187 yards and a touchdown in a 50-26 loss to Gordon Central. Swilling finished the season with 1,510 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns and 1,519 yards passing and 16 touchdowns. He is believed to be the only quarterback in the state with more than 1,500 yards both rushing and passing.

 

*Northside (Warner Robins) RB/WR Keshun Hill rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in a 45-0 victory over Evans.

 

*Prince Avenue RB Carl Mattox rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-14 loss to George Walton Academy.

 

*Roswell WR Bennett Barton had five receptions for 225 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-24 victory over Walton.

 

*Screven County RB Jeremy Johnson scored three touchdowns, giving him 30 on the season, and rushed for 113 yards on 16 carries in a 39-20 victory over Dublin. It was Screven's first victory over Dublin since the 2002 state championship game.

 

*South Effingham RB Josh Mercer rushed for 192 yards and Corderro Leverett had 122 in a 26-10 victory over Richmond Academy.

 

*South Forsyth RB Jae Bowen rushed for 144 yards and averaged 49 yards per punt in a 35-14 victory over North Forsyth.

 

*Temple RB Mules Simmons rushed for 132 yards and had 73 yards receiving and scored two touchdowns in a 23-16 victory over Chattahoochee County.

 

*Upson-Lee QB Corey Moss rushed for 202 yards on 22 carries in a 23-11 victory over Woodland of Stockbridge.

 

*Ware County DT/TE Jimal McBride had eight solo tackles and three QB hurries on defense and graded 98 percent with 19 knockdown blocks on offense in a 49-0 victory over Effingham County in a region championship game.

 

*Whitewater RB Kendall Conley rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries in a 42-14 victory over Ola. Conley has rushed for 1,475 yards and 26 touchdowns.

 

*Wilcox County WR Johnathan Howard caught 10 passes for 151 yards in a 21-0 victory over Telfair County.

Corrections

Here are corrected items from Monday's Class AAAAAA preview capsules:

 

- Colquitt County's last trip to Cobb County for the playoffs came in 2009, when Colquitt defeated Hutson Mason-led Lassiter 46-17 in the AAAAA quarterfinals.

- North Cobb has lost 12 consecutive postseason games, last winning in 1979 against Wheeler in the region playoffs. The last victory in the state playoffs was in 1959 against Dade.

- Hughes, a 4-year-old school that won its first region title this season after three losing seasons, has beaten more state playoff teams than any other AAAAAA team. The 6-1 record includes victories over one AAAAA team, Creekside. Hughes, Lovejoy and Norcross have the most victories (five) over AAAAAA playoff teams.

- Norcross is the only team with as many as five wins and no losses against AAAAAA playoff teams. Norcross has beaten North Gwinnett, Mill Creek and Collins Hill in Region 7 and South Gwinnett and Parkview in non-region play. All were by margins of 10 points or more. 

 
Final Regular-Season Region Standings: Class AAAAA

Region 1-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week*

Harris County

5-0

6-4

d. Thomas Central 18-12

vs. Northgate

Thomas Co. Central

4-1

8-2

l. to Harris Co. 18-12

vs. Creekside

Bainbridge

3-2

7-3

d. Lee Co. 49-42

at Union Grove

Lee County

2-3

7-3

l. to Bainbridge 49-42

at Whitewater

Hardaway

1-4

3-7

d. Northside, Col. 33-20

Season complete

Northside (Col.)

0-5

2-7-1

l. to Hardaway 33-20

Season complete

 

Region 2-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Northside (W.R.)

7-0

10-0

d. Evans 45-0

vs. Effingham Co.

Warner Robins

6-1

8-2

d. Lakeside, Evans 40-19

vs. Richmond Hill (Sat.)

Jones County

5-2

7-3

d. Grovetown 48-37

at Glynn Academy

Lakeside (Evans)

4-3

5-5

l. to Warner Robins 40-19

at Ware Co.

Grovetown

3-4

3-7

l. to Jones Co. 48-37

Season complete

Evans

1-6

3-7

l. to Northside, W.R. 45-0

Season complete

Houston County

1-6

3-7

l. to Greenbrier 33-14

Season complete

Greenbrier

1-6

2-8

d. Houston Co. 33-14

Season complete

 

Region 3-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Ware County

7-0

9-1

d. Effingham Co. 49-0

vs. Lakeside, Evans

Glynn Academy

5-2

7-3

d. Jenkins 70-26

vs. Jones Co.

Richmond Hill

5-2

8-2

d. Windsor Forest 50-3

at Warner Robins (Sat.)

Effingham County

5-2

6-4

l. to Ware Co. 49-0

at Northside, W.R.

Jenkins

3-4

5-5

l. to Glynn Academy 70-26

Season complete

Bradwell Institute

2-5

2-8

d. Groves 42-0

Season complete

Windsor Forest

1-6

1-9

l. to Richmond Hill 50-3

Season complete

Groves

0-7

0-10

l. to Bradwell Institute 42-0

Season complete

 

Region 4-AAAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Union Grove

5-0

9-1

d. McIntosh 35-14

vs. Bainbridge

Mundy's Mill

4-1

4-6

l. to Northgate 15-3

Season complete

Drew

3-2

6-4

l. to Creekside 42-0

Season complete

Ola

2-3

3-7

l. to Whitewater 42-14

Season complete

Mt. Zion (Jonesboro)

1-4

1-9

l. to Starr's Mill 34-7

Season complete

Forest Park

0-5

0-10

l. to Spalding 42-22

Season complete

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Whitewater

4-0

9-1

d. Ola 42-14

vs. Lee Co.

Creekside

3-1

7-3

d. Drew 42-0

at Thomas Co. Central

Northgate

2-2

5-5

d. Mundy's Mill 15-3

at Harris Co.

McIntosh

1-3

5-5

l. to Union Grove 35-14

Season complete

Starr's Mill

0-4

3-7

d. Mt. Zion, Jones. 34-7

Season complete

 

Region 5-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

East Paulding

10-0

10-0

d. Allatoona 25-7

vs. Clarke Central

Allatoona

9-1

9-1

l. to East Paulding 25-7

vs. Heritage, Conyers

Rome

8-2

8-2

d. Woodland, Cart. 44-34

at Gainesville

North Paulding

7-3

7-3

d. Villa Rica 37-7

at Flowery Branch

South Paulding

6-4

6-4

d. Lithia Springs 48-14

Season complete

Hiram

5-5

5-5

d. New Manchester 42-6

Season complete

Villa Rica

4-6

4-6

l. to North Paulding 37-7

Season complete

New Manchester

2-8

2-8

l. to Hiram 42-6

Season complete

Woodland (Carters.)

2-8

2-8

l. to Rome 44-34

Season complete

Lithia Springs

1-9

1-9

l. to South Paulding 48-14

Season complete

Paulding County

1-9

1-9

Did not play

Season complete

 

Region 6-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

M.L. King

9-0

10-0

d. Miller Grove 21-14

vs. Sequoyah (HS)

Stephenson

7-2

7-2

d. North Atlanta 38-17

vs. Pope (Sat., HS)

Tucker

7-2

8-2

d. Mays 14-7

at Creekview

Southwest DeKalb

6-3

7-3

d. Dunwoody 33-12

at Kell

Miller Grove

5-4

6-4

l. to M.L. King 21-14

Season complete

Mays

5-4

5-5

l. to Tucker 14-7

Season complete

Arabia Mountain

3-6

4-6

d. Lakeside, Atl. 39-14

Season complete

Dunwoody

1-8

1-9

l. to SW DeKalb 33-12

Season complete

Lakeside (Atlanta)

1-8

1-9

l. to Arabia Mtn. 19-14

Season complete

North Atlanta

1-8

1-9

l. to Stephenson 38-17

Season complete

Clarkston

 

5-5

d. N. Cobb Christ. 54-14

Season complete

 

Region 7-AAAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Creekview

5-0

9-1

d. Riverwood 36-28

vs. Tucker

Sequoyah

4-1

7-3

d. Sprayberry 42-14

at M.L. King (HS)

Northview

3-2

3-7

l. to Pope 31-28

Season complete

Forsyth Central

2-3

2-8

l. to Kell 53-21

Season complete

Cambridge

1-4

1-9

l. to Osborne 20-7

Season complete

North Springs

0-5

0-10

l. to Kennesaw Mtn. 45-0

Season complete

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Kell

4-0

9-1

d. Forsyth Central 53-21

vs. Southwest DeKalb

Pope

3-1

7-3

d. Northview 31-28

at Stephenson (Sat., HS)

Sprayberry

2-2

3-7

l. to Sequoyah 42-14

Season complete

Riverwood

1-3

6-4

l. to Creekview 36-28

Season complete

Osborne

0-4

2-8

d. Cambridge 20-7

Season complete

 

Region 8-AAAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Flowery Branch

8-0

8-2

d. Gainesville 35-34

vs. North Paulding

Gainesville

6-2

7-3

l. to Flowery Branch 35-34

vs. Rome

Heritage (Conyers)

6-2

8-2

Did not play

at Allatoona

Clarke Central

5-3

5-5

d. Cedar Shoals 28-20

at East Paulding

Apalachee

4-4

5-5

d. Winder-Barrow 42-20

Season complete

Loganville

3-5

4-6

d. Salem 56-34

Season complete

Cedar Shoals

2-6

4-6

l. to Clarke Central 28-20

Season complete

Salem

1-7

2-8

l. to Loganville 56-34

Season complete

Winder-Barrow

1-7

1-9

l. to Apalachee 42-20

Season complete

 

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.

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