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November 29, 2012
By Calvin Scandrett of Lamar County Trojans

Playoff Preview: AAA and AA Quarterfinals


Buford at Carver (Columbus)

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Columbus

Records, rankings: Buford is 9-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAA and ranked No. 3; Carver is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: Buford won 28-13 in the 2011 Class AA semifinals.

Three things to know: 1. Carver QB Torrance McGee (not related to head coach Dell McGee) has passed for 17 touchdowns and scored 10 while passing for 1,183 yards (74 of 115, only three interceptions). But Carver is primarily a running team with four backs between 500 and 650 yards rushing, none averaging more than seven attempts per game. They are Danny Ryles (627), Brandon Thomas (607), Mario Moore (588) and McGee (518). 2. Matthew Bonadies made field goals of 47 and 42 yards in Buford's 13-0 victory in the second round against North Oconee. It was Buford's fifth shutout of the season. That is the most among teams in Class AAA. 3. Each of these schools has made the quarterfinals or better each season since 2006. Both are 5-1 in the quarterfinals during that time. Buford's streak of making the quarters goes back to 2000. Buford is 10-2 in those games.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Buford by 1

Winner plays: Thomson/Cartersville winner


Thomson at Cartersville

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Weinman Stadium, Cartersville

Records, rankings: Thomson is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 3-AAA and ranked No 1; Cartersville is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from 5-AAA and ranked No. 6.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Thomson RB Chris Jordan is closing in on 2,000 yards rushing (1,970). He has committed to Georgia Southern, as has RB/DB William Bussey, who has intercepted four passes and forced four fumbles. Thomson's other top offensive threat is ATH Torrie Battle, a two-way starter who has rushed for 865 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. 2. Cartersville QB Brooks Barden has thrown for 36 touchdowns without an interception this season. He is 160-of-280 passing for 2,552 yards. Barden distributes the ball pretty evenly, as Cartersville doesn't have a player with more than 600 yards rushing or receiving. 3. From 1984 to 2002, these schools won five state titles - Thomson in 1984, 1985 and 2002, and Cartersville in 1991 and 1999. But they have never faced each other, mainly because Thomson historically has been a larger school. The winner may call it a return to glory. Cartersville hasn't made the semifinals since 2004, Thomson since 2002.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Thomson by 9

Winner plays: Buford/Carver winner


Peach County at North Hall

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Brickyard, Gainesville

Records, rankings: Peach County is 11-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AAA and ranked No. 5; North Hall is 10-2, the No. 1 seed from 7-AAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Peach County QB Greg Williams is 116-of-182 passing for 2,012 yards and 22 touchdowns with only four interceptions. WR Demarcus Robinson has 41 receptions for 810 yards and 12 touchdowns. Keyshawn Lowe has rushed for 1,081 yards and 11 touchdowns. 2. North Hall averages fewer than five passes per game but has five players with at least 500 yards rushing and six touchdowns. All average 6.8 yards per carry or better. They are RB T.J. Tate (877 yards), RB Kevin Christmas (866), QB Brad Brown (691), QB Andrew Smith (553) and RB Zac Little (524). 3. This is Peach County's eighth quarterfinal in 10 seasons. Peach is 6-1 in those quarterfinal games. North Hall is playing in its third quarterfinal. North Hall won one in 2007. It is highly likely that the Trojans will win this game. That is the nickname of both schools. Other Trojans in the quarterfinals are Brooks County and Lamar County.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Peach County by 3

Winner plays: Washington County/St. Pius winner


Washington County at St. Pius

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, George B. Maloof Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Washington County is 11-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 3-AAA and ranked No. 4; St. Pius is 10-2, the No. 1 seed from 6-AAA and ranked No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Washington County is known for its quarterback, William Walker, who threw six TD passes in the first half alone in the first round, but the Golden Hawks' defense has allowed 95 yards rushing in its two playoff games, 6 against Pike County and 89 against Callaway, and only 219 yards total. Washington County's next opponent averages 326.8 yards rushing per game. 2. St. Pius FB Ryan Braswell has rushed for 1,359 yards and 25 touchdowns and been stopped for losses totaling only 3 yards all season. But the need to contain him benefits other backs. While Braswell averages 6.0 yards per carry, St. Pius goes for 7.8 yards per run when someone else ends up with the ball in the option offense. 3. These teams have some common opponents. St. Pius lost to Thomson 21-14 and beat Lovett 24-0. Washington County lost to Thomson 28-14 and beat Lovett 48-35.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Washington County by 6

Winner plays: Peach County/North Hall winner



Fitzgerald at Jefferson

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Jefferson

Records, rankings: Fitzgerald is 10-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AA and ranked No. 4; Jefferson is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AA and ranked No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Fitzgerald has attempted only 50 passes this season and managed to put up 3,795 yards rushing (316.3 per game) without a 1,000-yard rusher. QB Romarius Gaulden (898) and FB Ron Swain (822) are the main ball-carriers, although Larry Stewart (595) had the hot hand in the second round against Vidalia, rushing for 138 yards. 2. Jefferson QB Bryant Shirreffs rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-7 victory over Westminster in the second round. Shirreffs has passed for 1,828 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,026 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season. He has Ivy League invitations from Dartmouth and Yale. 3. Jefferson is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1977. Jefferson played in state championship games in 1975 and 1977, losing both. Fitzgerald has made the quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive season and last made the semifinals in 2009.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Jefferson by 2

Winner plays: Early County/Greater Atlanta Christian winner


Early County at Greater Atlanta Christian

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Spartan Stadium, Norcross

Records, rankings: Early County is 9-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AA and unranked; Greater Atlanta Christian is 9-3, the No. 2 seed from 6-AA and ranked No 9.

Last meeting: Greater Atlanta Christian won 21-19 in the 2002 Class AA semifinals.

Three things to know: 1. GAC QB Rafe Chapple is 37-of-44 passing for 513 yards in his two playoff games. He has thrown for 2,117 yards on the season. RB Kyle Scales missed the first round with an injury but ran for 130 yards and four touchdowns in a victory over Heard County last week. He has rushed for 1,193 yards and 20 touchdowns. 2. Early County QB Jacori Taylor passed for 147 yards and rushed for 134 in a 28-7 victory over Screven County in the second round. RB Ladonis Bryant rushed for 104 yards and had five catches for 84 yards. That's not unusual production for the pair. Taylor has passed for 1,736 yards and rushed for 822. Bryant has rushed for 964 yards and has 621 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns. 3. GAC is trying to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2002, when it beat Early County for a spot in the Class AA final. Early last made the semifinals in 2006.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Greater Atlanta Christian by 4

Winner plays: Fitzgerald/Jefferson winner


Brooks County at Calhoun

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phil Reeve Stadium, Calhoun

Records, rankings: Brooks County is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 1-AA and ranked No. 2; Calhoun is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from 7-AA and ranked No. 1.

Last meeting: Calhoun won 43-30 in the second round of the 2011 Class AA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. Junior QB Malcolm Parrish is Brooks County's most celebrated player, with 2,856 yards passing and almost 700 rushing, but sidekick WR/RB Deric Herring is another one to watch. He has 49 catches for 988 yards and 15 touchdowns, three in the second-round victory over McIntosh County Academy. Herring also scored a touchdown on defense. 2. Calhoun has a chance to have a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers. QB Hal Lamb has thrown for 2,801 yards. RB Alex Urbano has rushed for 1,002 yards and 20 touchdowns. WR Josh Barnes has 76 catches for 917 yards and five touchdowns. WR Tydus Curtis has 50 catches for 790 yards and nine touchdowns. 3. Calhoun and Brooks County have been ranked 1-2 since Sept. 10, two days after Brooks County's upset victory over Valdosta of Class AAAAAA. Calhoun won a coin toss to play the game at home, per GHSA rules when same-seeded teams meet in the playoffs. Calhoun has won 40 consecutive home games, its most recent loss to Cartersville in 2008. Calhoun has won 16 straight home playoff games dating to 2007.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Calhoun by 7

Winner plays: Lamar County/Lovett winner


Lamar County at Lovett

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

Records, rankings: Lamar County is 11-0-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 4-AA and ranked No. 5; Lovett is 8-4, the No. 1 seed from 6-AA and ranked No. 8.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Lamar County passes only about five times per game but averages 253.1 yards rushing. The leading rusher is RB Lawrence Austin with 1,084 yards. Brother Lance Austin, the quarterback, has 580 yards rushing. The twins also start in the secondary and had nine tackles each in the second-round victory over Benedictine. 2. Lovett QB Willie Candler has passed for 1,621 yards and leads the team in rushing with 556 yards, but this is the most defense-first team left in the AA draw. The Lions were tackled for losses 11 times last week but scored their second consecutive shutout. DB Grant Haley intercepted two passes, increasing his total to seven on the year. LB John Coletti has a team-best nine tackles for losses on the season. 3. Lovett is in the quarterfinals for the sixth time in seven seasons and is 5-1 in the quarters in that time. Lamar County has played in two previous quarterfinals. Lamar lost in heartbreakers each time - 27-26 to Cook in 2000 and 35-33 to Appling County in four overtimes in 2011.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Lovett by 3

Winner plays: Brooks County/Calhoun winner



*Mill Creek at North Cobb, 7:30 p.m., WSB 2.2 (Atlanta)

*Norcross at Camden County, 7:30 p.m., CSS

*North Gwinnett at Lovejoy, 7:30 p.m., GPB

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.

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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On The Web


Live playoff games

PlayOn! Sports and the GHSA Network will provide live Internet coverage of 24 playoff games this weekend. The available games are listed below and can be found by clicking here.



* Allatoona at Whitewater

* Brooks Co. at Calhoun

* Buford at Carver, Col.

* Burke Co. at Sandy Creek

* Colquitt Co. at Parkview

* Dooly Co. at Seminole Co.

* Early Co. at GAC

* First Pres. at Landmark

* Fitzgerald at Jefferson

* Gainesville at Ware Co.

* George Walton at Walker

* Lamar Co. at Lovett

* Marist at Stockbridge

* Mary Persons at Ridgeland

* Mill Creek at North Cobb

* North Gwinnett at Lovejoy

* Peach Co. at North Hall

* Prince Ave. at Athens Acad.

* Sav. Christian at ELCA

* S. Effingham at Monroe Area

* Stephenson at Ware Co.

* Thomson at Cartersville

* Tucker at Northside

* Washington Co. at St. Pius 
In This Issue
Playoff Preview: Class AAA and AA Quarterfinals
Postseason Awards
On The Web: Live playoff games
List: Teams with the most shutouts this season
Trivia: In-laws in the quarterfinals
Playoff Scores, Pairings
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Most shutouts

What has been more common this season - a team scoring 50 points or being shut out? Perhaps surprisingly in this age of high point totals, there have been 366 shutouts this season out of 2,185 games played. Teams have scored 50 points or more 283 times. Those events occurred in the same game 65 times. Here are the teams that have posted at least four shutouts this season:





Northside (Warner Robins)





East Paulding

Glynn Academy


Lamar County


M.L. King

Richmond Hill

Ware County



One Georgia head coach in the quarterfinals this week is the father-in-law of another head coach in the quarterfinals. Who is it? (Answer Friday)


Answer to Wednesday's question: Eman Westmoreland of Central Gwinnett this season broke the career passing yards record held by former North Gwinnett quarterback Mike Tamburo.

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 Co. 34, East Coweta 14

Norcross 27, South Gwinnett 7

Colquitt Co. 26, Newnan 23

Parkview 26, West Forsyth 23



North Gwinnett at Lovejoy

Mill Creek at North Cobb

Norcross at Camden Co.

Colquitt Co. at Parkview



Second round

Northside 45, Thomas Co. Central 17

Tucker 40, North Paulding 21

Ware Co. 20, Union Grove 13

Stephenson 35, East Paulding 6

Harris Co. 31, Warner Robins 21

Gainesville 61, Kell 42

Whitewater 34, Glynn Academy 27

Allatoona 20, M.L. King 19



Tucker at Northside, Warner Robins

Stephenson at Ware Co.

Gainesville at Harris Co.

Allatoona at Whitewater


Class AAAA

Second round

South Effingham 41, Westover 28

Monroe Area 21, Grady 20

Burke Co. 28, Monroe 6

Sandy Creek 35, Dalton 13

Mary Persons 3, Cairo 0

Ridgeland 41, LaGrange 34

Stockbridge 42, Wayne Co. 21

Marist 43, Carrollton 37



South Effingham at Monroe Area

Burke Co. at Sandy Creek

Mary Persons at Ridgeland

Marist at Stockbridge


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 Co. 43, Pierce Co. 15

North Hall 13, Morgan Co. 9

Washington Co. 28, Callaway 0

St. Pius 31, Hart Co. 15



Buford at Carver, Columbus

Thomson at Cartersville

Peach Co. at North Hall

Washington Co. at St. Pius


Class AA

Second round

Fitzgerald 52, Vidalia 20

Jefferson 35, Westminster 7

Early Co. 28, Screven Co. 7

GAC 52, Heard Co. 21

Brooks Co. 49, McIntosh Co. Acd. 21

Calhoun 34, Washington-Wilkes 7

Lamar Co. 24, Benedictine 21

Lovett 23, Manchester 0



Fitzgerald at Jefferson

Early Co. at Greater Atlanta Christian

Brooks Co. at Calhoun

Lamar Co. at Lovett


Class A (public)

First round

Lincoln Co. 21, Hancock Central 0

Wilkinson Co. 27, Miller Co. 26

Dooly Co. 19, Turner Co. 8

Seminole Co. 36, Commerce 7

Emanuel Co. Inst. 46, Gordon Lee 12

Trion 31, Irwin Co. 6

Marion Co. 31, Charlton Co. 12

Wilcox Co. 42, Greenville 14



Wilkinson Co. at Lincoln Co.

Dooly Co. at Seminole Co.

Trion at Emanuel Co. Institute

Marion Co. at Wilcox Co.


Class A (private)

First round

Athens Academy 17, Mt. Pisgah 13

Prince Avenue 42, Darlington 21

Landmark Christ. 10, Calvary Day 7

First Presbyterian 49, Brookstone 33

Walker 28, Athens Christian 7

George Walton 38, Aquinas 12

Sav. Christian 35, Holy Innocents' 17

ELCA 42, Our Lady of Mercy 14



Prince Avenue at Athens Academy

First Presbyterian at Landmark

George Walton Academy at Walker

Savannah Christian at ELCA



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, Th. Jefferson 12

Frederica 39, Dawson Street Chr. 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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