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November 14, 2011
By Calvin Scandrett of Lamar County Trojans

Class AAAAA Playoff Preview

Marietta at Camden County

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

Records, rankings: Marietta is 6-5, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAAA and unranked; Camden County is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAAAA and ranked No. 1.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Marietta quarterback Anthony Jennings passed for four touchdowns, ran for two scores and had 361 yards of total offense in the Blue Devils' 48-27 first-round victory over Centennial. Two of the TDs came on passes of 62 and 42 yards to Chavez Hemphill in the second quarter to help Marietta get the game under control. 2. Camden County's J.J. Green had a 34-yard touchdown run and 102 yards rushing in the Wildcats' 34-0 victory over North Cobb. Camden had 341 yards rushing and led the Warriors 426-135 in total offense. North Cobb is the only Georgia team this season to hold Camden to fewer than 55 points. 3. Camden County's three-year streak of reaching at least the semifinals ended last season with a 28-26 loss to Hillgrove at home in the second round. Marietta has not advanced past the second round since 1994, when it was eliminated by Colquitt County 34-3 in the quarterfinals in Dexter Wood's final game as the Blue Devils' coach.

Winner plays: Colquitt County/North Gwinnett winner


Colquitt County at North Gwinnett

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium, Suwanee

Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and ranked No. 10; North Gwinnett is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 7-AAAAA and ranked No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Colquitt County's 31-10 victory over East Coweta in the first round was the eighth time this season that the Packers have held an opponent to 14 or fewer points. Last season, Colquitt gave up at least 14 points in all 15 games and an average of 31.5 per game. 2. North Gwinnett quarterback Scott Hosch was 25-for-27 passing for 252 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 49-3 first-round victory over Archer, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. 3. North Gwinnett was the only Region 7-AAAAA team to survive the first round, as Peachtree Ridge, Norcross and Collins Hill were eliminated. Last year, the region went 4-0 in the first round and had two teams reach the quarterfinals.

Winner plays: Marietta/Camden County winner


Lowndes at Grayson

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Grayson Community Stadium, Grayson

Records, rankings: Lowndes is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and unranked; Grayson is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAAAA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: Grayson won 17-7 in the 2008 Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

Three things to know: 1. The last time these teams met, Lowndes was 12-0, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAA and the defending state champion, but Grayson pulled off the upset to advance to the semifinals for the first time in school history. Grayson dominated in yardage and time of possession but didn't put the game away until Ean Pemberton's touchdown run with 1:13 remaining. 2. Grayson won second-round games each of the past four seasons, but this will be the first time it has had to face a team from outside of metro Atlanta this early in the playoffs. Lowndes is 3-1 in second-round games since failing to make the playoffs in 2006. 3. Lowndes' 7-0 victory over Stephenson in the first round marked the first time that Stephenson had been shut out since losing 14-0 in the 2005 semifinals, also against Lowndes.

Winner plays: West Forsyth/Hillgrove winner


West Forsyth at Hillgrove

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cobb Energy Hillgrove Stadium, Powder Springs

Records, rankings: West Forsyth is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AAAAA and unranked; Hillgrove is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAAAA and ranked No. 4.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. West Forsyth and Hillgrove are the two youngest schools remaining in the AAAAA playoffs. West Forsyth is a fifth-year program that is in the playoffs for the second consecutive season and picked up its first postseason victory last week. Six-year-old Hillgrove is in the playoffs for the third time, advancing at least one round each time. 2. West Forsyth preserved its 13-7 victory over Etowah last week by tackling an Etowah receiver at the 7-yard line on the final play of the game. Hillgrove had an easier time in a 49-12 victory over Beach, outgaining the Bulldogs 432-152, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. 3. If Hillgrove wins, Cobb County will have at least three teams in the quarterfinals for the first time in history. Cobb has had two teams in the quarterfinals three times - 1990 with Marietta and Wheeler, 1991 with Marietta and McEachern and 2010 with Hillgrove and Kell.

Winner plays: Lowndes/Grayson winner


Lassiter at McEachern

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Walter H. Cantrell Stadium, Powder Springs

Records, rankings: Lassiter is 8-3, the No. 4 seed from Region 5-AAAAA and unranked; McEachern is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from 4-AAAAA and ranked No. 6.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. After trailing 10-0, Lassiter defeated Alpharetta 17-16 in overtime in the first round when Niles Clark, who has committed to N.C. State, blocked an extra point on the final play. Lassiter drove 99 yards for the tying touchdown in regulation. 2. The quarterbacks are two of the best in Class AAAAA. Lassiter's Eddie Printz is 195-of-294 passing for 2,540 yards and 24 touchdowns. McEachern's Trent Thompson is 161-of-285 passing for 2,214 yards and 25 touchdowns. 3. Lassiter is trying to reach the quarterfinals for the second time ever, first since 2009. McEachern is trying to reach the quarters for the seventh time, but first since 1999.

Winner plays: Brookwood/M.L. King winner


Brookwood at M.L. King

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hallford Stadium, Clarkston

Records, rankings: Brookwood is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; M.L. King is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAAAA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. M.L. King QB Jonquel Dawson is questionable after suffering a leg injury in the 30-22 first-round victory over Coffee. Dawson passed for 2,539 yards and 32 touchdowns in the regular season. 2. This will be Brookwood's first game against M.L. King, or in DeKalb County since losing to Southwest DeKalb 27-7 in the 1999 second round of the Class AAAA playoffs. Brookwood coach Mark Crews is a DeKalb County native and alumnus of Columbia High in Decatur. 3. Brookwood, the 2010 Class AAAAA champion, won a wild first-round game at Peachtree Ridge. Brookwood led 17-0, trailed 24-17 and won 30-27 in overtime. Peachtree Ridge's DeAndre Atwater rushed for 301 yards in a loss. Brookwood's B.J. Sammon scored the winning touchdown on an 8-yard run and also scored on two TD passes.

Winner plays: Lassiter/McEachern winner


Newnan at Dacula

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Barron Field, Dacula

Records, rankings: Newnan is 6-5, the No. 4 seed from Region 2-AAAAA and unranked; Dacula is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from 8-AAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. This is the only AAAAA playoff game matching two unranked teams. 2. Though Dacula was a higher seed and played at home, the 17-10 victory over Norcross in the first round was a surprise because Norcross had beaten the Falcons 31-10 in the regular season. And Dacula hadn't won a playoff game since 2006. 3. Newnan was one of two fourth-seeded teams to win its first-round game in AAAAA. The other was Lassiter. Newnan beat Valdosta 17-7 as Quinton Dix rushed for 120 yards and Newnan's defense intercepted four passes and made six sacks.

Winner plays: South Cobb/Walton winner


South Cobb at Walton

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Raider Valley, Marietta

Records, rankings: South Cobb is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 4-AAAAA and unranked; Walton is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 5-AAAAA and ranked No. 5.

Last meeting: Walton won 40-6 in the 2003 regular season.

Three things to know:1. RB Tyren Jones scored five touchdowns in the first half of Walton's 48-14 victory over Milton. Jones has 1,742 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns on the season. 2. South Cobb won its first postseason game since 1959 last week by beating Windsor Forest 32-28 after trailing 28-13 in the second half. South Cobb RB Chris Beck rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. 3. Walton and South Cobb are Cobb County schools that have met 10 times in football, including 1976, Walton's first year of existence. Walton has won seven straight games in the series and leads 8-2. South Cobb's most recent victory came in 1980.

Winner plays: Newnan/Dacula winner

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In This Issue
Class AAAAA Playoff Preview
List: Most consecutive trips to the Sweet 16
Trivia: Cobb's most frequent quarterfinalist
Playoff Scores, Pairings


Sweet 16

Schools that have made the round of 16 the most consecutive seasons, including 2011:


15 - Lincoln County

13 - Buford

12 - Clinch County

11 - Calhoun

10 - Camden County

9 - Bremen

6 - Cairo

6 - Carrollton

6 - Carver-Columbus

6 - Grayson

6 - North Gwinnett

6 - Savannah Christian

6 - Wilcox County


As many as seven Cobb County teams can make the quarterfinals with victories this week. Two are guaranteed spots, as there are all-Cobb games in Class AAAAA involving McEachern and Lassiter, and Walton and South Cobb. Which Cobb school has made the quarterfinals the most times in history? (Answer Tuesday)


Answer to Friday's question: The coaches who have won three consecutive state titles as head coaches are Jess Simpson (Buford 2007-10), Rich McWhorter (Charlton County 2004-06), Dexter Wood (2001-03), Cecil Flowe (2000-02 Parkview), Ed Pilcher (Thomas County Central 1992-94), Larry Campbell (Lincoln County 1985-87) and Wright Bazemore (Valdosta 1951-53, 1960-62).

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Playoff Scores, Pairings

To see complete brackets for each classification, click here. 



First round

Camden County 34, North Cobb 0

Marietta 48, Centennial 27

North Gwinnett 49, Archer 3

Colquitt County 31, East Coweta 10

Grayson 32, Collins Hill 7

Lowndes 7, Stephenson 0

Hillgrove 49, Beach 12

West Forsyth 13, Etowah 7

Lassiter 17, Alpharetta 16

McEachern 56, Benedictine 12

M.L. King 30, Coffee 22

Brookwood 30, Peachtree Ridge 27

Newnan 17, Valdosta 7

Dacula 17, Norcross 10

Walton 48, Milton 14

South Cobb 32, Windsor Forest 28


Second round

Marietta (6-5) at Camden County (11-0)

Colquitt County (9-2) at North Gwinnett (10-1)

Lowndes (8-3) at Grayson (11-0)

West Forsyth (10-1) at Hillgrove (11-0)

Lassiter (8-3) at McEachern (10-1)

Brookwood (8-3) at M.L. King (11-0), Hallford Stadium

Newnan (6-5) at Dacula (8-3)

South Cobb (8-3) at Walton (11-0)


Class AAAA

First round

Northgate 42, North Clayton 7

East Paulding 10, Southwest DeKalb 6

Chattahoochee 65, Habersham Central 48

Warner Robins 42, Lakeside-Evans 31

Heritage-Conyers 13, Rome 10

Ware County 21, Bainbridge 14

Lovejoy 42, Upson-Lee 3

Kell 30, Marist 7

Tucker 44, Sprayberry 14

Griffin 47, Jonesboro 43

Thomas County Central 31, Statesboro 28

Flowery Branch 41, Johns Creek 38

Northside-Warner Robins 42, Glynn Academy 16

Clarke Central 35, Lambert 32

Pope 52, Mays 35

Tri-Cities 51, Alcovy 28


Second round

East Paulding (10-1) at Northgate (11-0)

Warner Robins (9-2) at Chattahoochee (10-1)

Ware County (9-2) at Heritage-Conyers (10-1)

Kell (9-2) at Lovejoy (11-0)

Griffin (9-2) at Tucker (11-0), Adams Stadium

Thomas County Central (7-4) at Flowery Branch (10-1)

Clarke Central (10-1) at Northside-Warner Robins (11-0)

Tri-Cities (9-2) at Pope (10-1)


Class AAA

First round

Burke County 42, Drew 7

Woodward Academy 44, LaGrange 25

Allatoona 47, Franklin County 21

Mary Persons 54, Americus-Sumter 20

Gainesville 48, Dalton 27

Monroe 12, Baldwin 9

Sandy Creek 55, Butler 12

Troup 28, Cedar Grove 20

Carrollton 28, Columbia 0

Stockbridge 26, Washington County 17

Peach County 36, Worth County 7

Ridgeland 35, Monroe Area 21

Cairo 24, Perry 9

Stephens County 21, Cedartown 14

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