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Georgia High School Football Daily-11/26/12

November 27, 2012
By Calvin Scandrett of Lamar County Trojans

Playoff Preview: Class AAAAAA Quarterfinals

North Gwinnett at Lovejoy

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Twelve Oaks Stadium, Hampton

Records, rankings: North Gwinnett is 11-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAAAA and ranked No. 4; Lovejoy is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAAAAA and ranked No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Lovejoy QB Alejandro Bennefield threw three TD passes and Georgia Tech-committed RB Travis Custis rushed for 93 yards in a 36-15 victory over Marietta in the second round. But Lovejoy's defense was the story. LSU-bound QB Anthony Jennings was intercepted twice, and Lovejoy had 14 tackles in Marietta's backfield, most of them on Jennings. 2. North Gwinnett QB Michael Haynes has thrown for 2,112 yards and rarely makes a mistake (26 touchdowns, five interceptions), but a key to the 28-10 victory over Grayson last week was RB Cam Lewis' 120 yards rushing. Grayson was allowing fewer than 35 yards rushing per game. North Gwinnett also forced four fumbles and got a safety on a bad snap. 3. North Gwinnett is 14-6 in the playoffs under Bob Sphire, who arrived in 2006, but reached the semifinals only once, in 2007. Lovejoy is the first Clayton County school since Mount Zion in 2000 to reach the quarterfinals in the highest class after reaching the Class AAAA final in 2011.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: North Gwinnett by 10

Winner plays: Mill Creek/North Cobb winner


Mill Creek at North Cobb

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Emory Sewell Stadium, Acworth

Records, rankings: Mill Creek is 9-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 7-AAAAAA and unranked; North Cobb is 10-2, the No. 2 seed from 4-AAAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Mill Creek RB Jacorey Lewis has rushed for 595 yards and eight touchdowns in his two playoff games to emerge as a late-rising player-of-the-year candidate. For the season, he has rushed for 2,040 yards and scored 30 touchdowns, with at least one in each game and as many as six against Duluth on Oct. 19. 2. RB J'Vonte Herrod scored five touchdowns in North Cobb's 42-14 victory over Hughes in the second round. It helped North Cobb surpass 40 points in a game for the ninth time. North Cobb has scored no fewer than 26 points in a game this season. 3. The winner will be making the semifinals for the first time in the highest classification. Mill Creek, which opened in 2004, has never made the semis. North Cobb most recently made the semifinals in 1959, when playing in Class C. 

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Mill Creek by 1

Winner plays: North Gwinnett/Lovejoy winner


Norcross at Camden County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Chris Gilman Stadium, Kingsland

Records, rankings: Norcross is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 7-AAAAAA and ranked No. 2; Camden County is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAAAAA and ranked No. 5.

Last meeting: Camden County won 21-6 in the 2008 regular season.

Three things to know: 1. Norcross RB Alvin Kamara, the most highly recruited running back remaining in the state playoffs, rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-7 victory over South Gwinnett last week. Kamara has rushed for 1,784 yards and scored 26 touchdowns on the season. DE Lorenzo Carter and LB Lyle Mouton each had two sacks in the South Gwinnett game. Carter has 18 sacks on the season. 2. While some rate Kamara as the top running back prospect, Camden County's Brice Ramsey is rated by some as the state's top quarterback prospect. Ramsey is 70-of-128 passing for 1,358 yards and 19 touchdowns with only one interception. He has committed to Georgia, as has RB/CB J.J. Green, who rushed for a season-high 117 yards in a 34-14 victory over East Coweta in the second round. 3. Camden County won a coin toss to be the home team, per GHSA rules when two teams with the same seeding meet in the playoffs. Norcross, which opened in the 1950s, has never traveled south of metro Atlanta for a football game and is 2-6 on the road in the playoffs. Camden is 23-4 in home playoff games since 2002, but Camden has been eliminated the past two seasons at home - by Hillgrove in 2010 and Colquitt County in 2011.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Norcross by 12

Winner plays: Colquitt County/Parkview winner


Colquitt County at Parkview

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Big Orange Jungle, Lilburn

Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 9-3, the No. 4 seed from Region 1-AAAAAA and ranked No. 9; Parkview is 9-3, the No. 3 seed from 8-AAAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: Parkview won 35-14 in the 2005 regular season.

Three things to know: 1. Colquitt County scored the winning touchdown in its 26-23 victory over Newnan on a 19-yard run by John Boatwright with 1:38 left. But more clutch perhaps was a fourth-and-10 conversion on the drive as QB Cole Segraves threw a 34-yard pass to Todd Boyd. Segraves is 80-of-115 passing for 999 yards and three touchdowns in the four games since Colquitt lost to Valdosta. 2. Parkview became the first team ever to win its first two playoff games in overtime in the 26-23 victory over West Forsyth. In last week's game, RB/LB Justis Rosser helped Sam Willis get a sack on West Forsyth QB A.J. Erdely in overtime to limit West Forsyth to a field goal. Rosser then scored on a 15-yard run on Parkview's possession for the victory. 3. Only 12 teams that were seeded third or fourth have reached the semifinals in the highest classification, and the winner of this game will add to that list. But it won't be the first time for either school. Colquitt County has made the semis as a No. 3 seed three times (1998, 2009, 2010), and Parkview was the first team ever to win a state title as a No. 3 seed (1997). Parkview and Colquitt account for five of the 12 times that a No. 3 or No. 4 seeds have made the semis.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Parkview by 3

Winner plays: Norcross/Camden County winner

Postseason Awards

All-state nominations wanted

GHSF Daily coordinates the selection of the annual all-state football teams for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They will be published after the state championship games.


Coaches are encouraged to begin nominating players this week. Nominations should include:




Year in school




Statistics and other supporting information


E-mail nominations to GHSFdaily@bellsouth.net


Seeking all-region teams

GHSF Daily will publish any all-region team that it receives. GHSF Daily encourages those selecting and providing all-region teams to include each player's year in school (i.e., Sr., Jr., So., Fr.). All-region players who are recognized as underclassmen have a better chance of being recruited and getting recognition on preseason all-area or all-state teams in 2013.

In The News

Hemphill FG ranks third in state history 

Miles Hemphill's 61-yard field goal for East Paulding in the second round is the longest kick by a Georgia high school player in 13 years, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.


Hemphill, a soccer player who began playing football last season as a junior, made the kick on the final play of the first half in East Paulding's 35-6 loss to Stephenson.


The longest kicks in state history are a 67-yarder by Rusty Curry of Duluth in 1999 and a 63-yarder by Dax Langley of Heritage-Conyers in 1993. Curry's field goal came on a free kick.


Hemphill's kick capped perhaps the best season of any kicker in Georgia this season. He made 11 of 14 field-goal attempts and was 57-of-58 on extra points. He kicked off 79 times, with 66 going for touchbacks, one between the uprights.


Hemphill was recruited to play football in 2011 when former East Paulding coach John Reid saw him on a soccer field. He told him he could be the starter if he simply could kick seven of 10 kickoffs inside the 20-yard line on the fly during a tryout. Hemphill kicked nine of 10 into the end zone.


Hemphill has no scholarship offers. Minnesota and Wisconsin and several smaller schools have shown interest. Hemphill has visited Auburn, Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee.


Here are the longest field goals recorded by GHSFHA.com. If you know of others, let us know.


67 - Rusty Curry (Duluth) vs. Norcross 1999

63 - Dax Langley (Heritage) vs. Cedar Shoals 1993

61 - Miles Hemphill (East Paulding) vs. Stephenson 2012

59 - Chris Gardocki (Redan) vs. Stone Mountain 1987

59 - Austin Hardin (Marist) vs. Southwest DeKalb 2010

59 - Joseph Mansour (LaGrange) vs. Columbus 2009

58 - Adam Shreiner (Walton) vs. Roswell 2007

58 - Phillip Newman (Walton) vs. Roswell 1998

58 - Eric Smith (Clarke Central) vs. Newton County 1989

57 - Phillip Newman (Walton) vs. Roswell 1998

57 - Jesus Noriega (Johnson-Gainesville) vs. Chestatee 2003

57 - Eric Osteen (Richmond Academy) vs. Glynn Academy 2007

Source: GHSFHA.com


The only No. 4 seed to win a state championship was Peachtree Ridge in 2006. Only two No. 3 seeds have won titles, both in the highest classification. Who were they? (Answer Tuesday)


Answer to Wednesday's question: Booker T. Washington, which opened in 1924, is the oldest high school in Atlanta. The school has won four state championships (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958), all in the Georgia Interscholastic Association. Note: GHSF Daily incorrectly reported last week that Grady was the oldest public high school in Atlanta. Grady is the oldest Atlanta member of the GHSA and the only surviving school among the seven that opened in Atlanta in 1948 upon the closing of Boys', Girls', Tech and Commercial high schools.

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Playoff Preview: Class AAAAAA Quarterfinals
Postseason Awards
In The News: Hemphill FG ranks third in state history
Trivia: No. 3 seeds to win state titles
List: Yearly scoring per team in the playoffs
Playoff Scores, Pairings
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A brand new game

Teams are averaging 25.9 points per game in the playoffs this year - nearly twice as much as the 13.7 point per game 30 years ago. Below are the average points per team for the first two rounds since 1978, when the postseason first became five rounds for most teams winning state titles. Note that this is the average points for each team, so double those numbers to see the total points scored in each game. Compared to 25 years ago, we're seeing almost 23 more points per game.


1978 - 15.6

1979 - 14.9

1980 - 14.8

1981 - 16.3

1982 - 13.7

1983 - 16.3

1984 - 15.8

1985 - 17.0

1986 - 14.0

1987 - 14.5

1988 - 16.3

1989 - 16.3

1990 - 17.5

1991 - 19.7

1992 - 17.1

1993 - 18.3

1994 - 18.8

1995 - 18.6

1996 - 19.9

1997 - 18.4

1998 - 21.2

1999 - 21.3

2000 - 19.4

2001 - 19.6

2002 - 22.3

2003 - 20.7

2004 - 21.4

2005 - 20.7

2006 - 21.5

2007 - 21.9

2008 - 20.5

2009 - 22.6

2010 - 24.0

2011 - 24.6

2012 - 25.9

Invitation To Coaches

Salute to 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.

Playoff Scores, Pairings



Second round

Lovejoy 36, Marietta 15

North Gwinnett 28, Grayson 10

North Cobb 42, Hughes 14

Mill Creek 56, Brookwood 21

Camden County 34, East Coweta 14

Norcross 27, South Gwinnett 7

Colquitt County 26, Newnan 23

Parkview 26, West Forsyth 23



North Gwinnett (11-1) at Lovejoy (11-1)

Mill Creek (9-3) at North Cobb (10-2)

Norcross (12-0) at Camden County (11-1)

Colquitt County (9-3) at Parkview (9-3)



Second round

Northside-Warner Robins 45, Thomas County Central 17

Tucker 40, North Paulding 21

Ware County 20, Union Grove 13

Stephenson 35, East Paulding 6

Harris County 31, Warner Robins 21

Gainesville 61, Kell 42

Whitewater 34, Glynn Academy 27

Allatoona 20, M.L. King 19



Tucker (10-2) at Northside-Warner Robins (12-0)

Stephenson (9-2) at Ware County (11-1)

Gainesville (9-3) at Harris County (8-4)

Allatoona (11-1) at Whitewater (11-1)


Class AAAA

Second round

South Effingham 41, Westover 28

Monroe Area 21, Grady 20

Burke County 28, Monroe 6

Sandy Creek 35, Dalton 13

Mary Persons 3, Cairo 0

Ridgeland 41, LaGrange 34

Stockbridge 42, Wayne County 21

Marist 43, Carrollton 37



South Effingham (8-4) at Monroe Area (11-1)

Burke County (11-1) at Sandy Creek (12-0)

Mary Persons (10-2) at Ridgeland (11-1)

Marist (11-1) at Stockbridge (11-1)


Class AAA

Second round

Carver-Columbus 45, Rockmart 16

Buford 13, North Oconee 0

Thomson 35, Johnson-Savannah 19

Cartersville 24, Blessed Trinity 23

Peach County 43, Pierce County 15

North Hall 13, Morgan County 9

Washington County 28, Callaway 0

St. Pius 31, Hart County 15



Buford (9-3) at Carver-Columbus (11-1)

Thomson (12-0) at Cartersville (12-0)

Peach County (11-1) at North Hall (10-2)

Washington County (11-1) at St. Pius (10-2)


Class AA

Second round

Fitzgerald 52, Vidalia 20

Jefferson 35, Westminster 7

Early County 28, Screven County 7

Greater Atlanta Christian 52, Heard County 21

Brooks County 49, McIntosh County Academy 21

Calhoun 34, Washington-Wilkes 7

Lamar County 24, Benedictine 21

Lovett 23, Manchester 0



Fitzgerald (10-2) at Jefferson (11-1)

Early County (9-3) at Greater Atlanta Christian (9-3)

Brooks County (12-0) at Calhoun (12-0)

Lamar County (11-0-1) at Lovett (8-4)


Class A (public)

First round

Lincoln County 21, Hancock Central 0

Wilkinson County 27, Miller County 26

Dooly County 19, Turner County 8

Seminole County 36, Commerce 7

Emanuel County Institute 46, Gordon Lee 12

Trion 31, Irwin County 6

Marion County 31, Charlton County 12

Wilcox County 42, Greenville 14



Wilkinson County (8-3) at Lincoln County (10-1)

Dooly County (9-2) at Seminole County (9-2)

Trion (9-2) at Emanuel County Institute (10-1)

Marion County (9-2) at Wilcox County (9-2)


Class A (private)

First round

Athens Academy 17, Mount Pisgah Christian 13

Prince Avenue Christian 42, Darlington 21

Landmark Christian 10, Calvary Day 7

First Presbyterian 49, Brookstone 33

Walker 28, Athens Christian 7

George Walton Academy 38, Aquinas 12

Savannah Christian 35, Holy Innocents' 17

Eagle's Landing Christian 42, Our Lady of Mercy 14



Prince Avenue Christian (9-2) at Athens Academy (11-0)

First Presbyterian (7-4) at Landmark Christian (8-3)

George Walton Academy (8-3) at Walker (11-0)

Savannah Christian (8-3) at Eagle's Landing Christian (10-1)



Class AAA


Deerfield-Windsor 24, Stratford 17

Heritage School 42, Westfield 10



Heritage School at Deerfield-Windsor


Class AA


Valwood 27, John Milledge 24

Westwood 40, Brentwood 28



Westwood at Valwood


Class A


Robert Toombs 14, Thomas Jefferson 12

Frederica 39, Dawson Street Christian 15



Robert Toombs at Frederica


Football recruiting fair to be held at Atlanta Technical College

The 2012 Fall Metro Atlanta College Football Recruiting Fair will be held at Atlanta Technical College on Dec. 4 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Dec. 5 (8 a.m.-noon). Colleges from across the country will be in attendance, looking for football players from the class of 2012 and 2013. Bring copies of your prospect sheet, player highlights, transcripts, and official test scores if applicable. NCAA and NAIA schools, junior colleges and prep schools will be in attendance. There are only 80 slots available for high schools. For more information, go to www.fresports.com or contact coach Ahmand Tinker (atinker@footballrecruitingexpos.com or 706-412-3556) or coach Tim Glanton (timglanton@footballrecruitingexpos.com or 404-429-6220).

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