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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Second-Round Preview: Classes AAA and AA

Class AAA

Callaway at Washington County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, House of Pain, Sandersville

Records, rankings: Callaway is 7-4, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAA and unranked; Washington County is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAA and No. 1.

Last meeting: Washington County won 28-0 in the second round of the 2012 Class AAA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. Callaway won its first-round game without QB Terry Godwin (Georgia commitment), who has an ankle injury. Sophomore Dylan Johnson filled in and threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Sanders in a 35-7 victory against Ringgold. The Cavaliers also got two rushing touchdowns from Eddie Culpepper (32 and 50 yards) and Cedric Maynard (5 and 59). 2. Washington County QB A.J. Gray had another devastating performance in a 73-28 victory against Jackson of Atlanta in the first round. He ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns, passed for 144 yards and two TDs and set up a score with a 61-yard interception return. Gray rushed for 1,161 yards, passed for 1,278 yards and had a hand in 41 touchdowns during the regular season. 3. Callaway's defense ranks 15th among the remaining Class AAA teams, giving up 20.8 points per game. It will be tested by an offense averaging a state-best 54.2 points per game. Washington County has scored at least 50 points in seven consecutive games and can tie a state record by doing it again this week.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Washington County by 34

Winner plays: Oconee County/Pierce County winner


Oconee County at Pierce County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bear Stadium, Blackshear

Records, rankings: Oconee County is 8-3, the No. 4 seed from Region 8-AAA and unranked; Pierce County is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from 1-AAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Zeb Noland threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Roques Dowdy with 59 seconds remaining to give Oconee County a 42-38 victory over West Hall in the first round. Oconee County led 35-14 at halftime but gave up 24 unanswered points before driving 93 yards for the winning score. Noland is 99-for-178 for 1,880 yards and 13 touchdowns for the season. 2. Pierce County

also has a good passer Stetson Bennett, who is 122-of-215 for 1,676 yards and 20 touchdowns. Terell Carter has 63 catches for 966 yards and 13 touchdowns. Joshua Henderson is the leading rusher with 899 yards. The Bears have won 12 consecutive home games since a loss to Peach County in the second round of the 2012 playoffs. 3. Oconee County, in its first season under former Stephens County coach Travis Noland, is in the second round for the first time since 2004, which also was the last time it finished with a non-losing record. Pierce County is in the second round for the third consecutive season but has not reached the quarterfinals since 2002.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Pierce County by 14

Winner plays: Callaway/Washington County winner


Adairsville at Blessed Trinity

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Blessed Trinity Stadium, Roswell

Records, rankings: Adairsville is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AAA and No. 9; Blessed Trinity is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAA and No. 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Adairsville won a playoff game last week for the first time since 2011 and is seeking its first quarterfinal berth since 2001. Blessed Trinity is in the second round for the fourth consecutive season but advanced to the quarterfinals just one in the previous three trips. 2. Adairsville ranks third in scoring offense among the remaining Class AAA teams with 44.6 points per game. The Tigers have averaged 55 points in their last five games, including a 52-14 victory against Cedartown in the first round. Sidnee Johnson rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, and Marcus Childers passed for 161 yards and ran for 67 last week. 3. Blessed Trinity QB Conor Davis has passed for 1,454 yards this season, but the Titans get about 62 percent of their offense from the running game. Joe Anderson rushed for a season-high 148 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries in a 48-13 victory against Hephzibah last week. LB Pat Jasinski (committed to Central Florida) is the team leader in tackles, tackles for losses and interceptions.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Blessed Trinity by 23

Winner plays: Dodge County/Jefferson winner


Dodge County at Jefferson

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

Records, rankings: Dodge County is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AAA and unranked; Jefferson is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAA and No. 5.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Dodge County won a playoff game last week for the first time since 2007 and is trying to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 1999. Jefferson is 8-1 in the playoffs the past three seasons, a stretch that includes the 2012 Class AA championship. 2. Dodge County was held to five first downs in its 14-3 victory against Westside of Macon in the first round, according to the Macon Telegraph. The Indians scored on a 43-yard pass from Landon Martin to Roscoe Wilcox and a 20-yard interception return by Cameron Young. Dodge County is tied for 13th in scoring among the remaining AAA teams, averaging 30 points per game. 3. Jefferson QB Evan Shirreffs had almost 200 yards passing in the first half in a 38-7 victory against Franklin County last week. He is 133-of-183 passing for 2,246 yards and 21 touchdowns. Jefferson also has a 1,000-yard rusher, Sammy Williams (1,168 yards). The Dragons have held seven of 11 opponents to eight points or less and not allowed more than 16 in any game.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Jefferson by 17

Winner plays: Adairsville/Blessed Trinity winner


Cedar Grove at Calhoun

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

Records, rankings: Cedar Grove is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 4-AAA and unranked; Calhoun is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 6-AAA and No. 2.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Calhoun has won 10 or more games for 11 consecutive seasons and is trying to reach the quarterfinal round for the seventh straight year. Cedar Grove is making its fifth consecutive playoff appearance but hasn't advanced past the season round since 2010. 2. Cedar Grove trailed 7-0 early but stormed back for a 45-7 victory over Westside of Augusta in the first round. Labron Morris had touchdown runs of 10 and 2 yards midway through the first quarter to put the Saints ahead for good. Morris rushed for 1,404 yards and 14 touchdowns on 184 carries in the regular season for a team that averaged 242.8 yards rushing and 131.7 passing. 3. Calhoun has the No. 1 defense (8.0 points per game) and No. 2 offense (46.4) among the remaining Class AAA teams. Junior LB Jireh Wilson and senior LB Austin Bennett are the team's leading tacklers. Wilson had five tackles for losses and Bennett returned a fumble 28 yards for a TD in a 43-14 first-round win against Rockmart, which had just 10 yards in the first half and trailed 43-0 at halftime.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Calhoun by 19

Winner plays: Appling County/Elbert County winner


Appling County at Elbert County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Granite Bowl, Elberton

Records, rankings: Appling County is 8-3, the No. 4 seed from Region 1-AAA and unranked; Elbert County is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from 8-AAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Appling County is in the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season but has advanced past the second round just once during that stretch. Elbert County has reached the quarterfinals just twice since winning the Class AA championship in 1995. 2. Appling County was the No. 4 seed from its subregion heading into the 1-AAA play-in games, but the Pirates knocked off subregion B winner Southeast Bulloch to reach the playoffs before upsetting Region 2 champion Peach County 14-7 last week. Appling County took advantage of seven Peach County turnovers, including a bad snap on a punt that was recovered in the end zone by Devon Moore. 3. Elbert County QB Mecole Hardman rushed for 232 yards on 14 carries in a 28-18 victory over Lumpkin County. He also had an interception and broke up a pass. Hardman missed six games with a meniscus injury, but he has 768 yards and seven touchdowns on 67 carries for the season. The Blue Devils' leading rusher is Rantious "Boochie" Reed, who has 1,248 yards and 19 TDs on 149 carries.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Elbert County by 3

Winner plays: Cedar Grove/Calhoun winner


Westminster at Central (Carrollton)

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Roy Richards Memorial Stadium, Carrollton

Records, rankings: Westminster is 10-1, the No. 3 seed from Region 4-AAA and No. 6; Central is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 5-AAA and No. 7.

Last meeting: Westminster won 33-12 in 1993.

Three things to know: 1. Westminster is trying to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2003. The Wildcats are 0-7 in second-round games since then. Central's program has been revived by second-year coach Rico Zackery. The Lions had just two state playoff victories since winning state titles in 1986 and '87, but they are 21-3 overall and 3-1 in the postseason under Zachery. 2. Playing without starting QB Rankin Woley, who missed the game with an injury, Westminster rushed for 259 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-12 first-round victory against Laney. Zay Malcome ran for 138 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown, and had 99 yards on kickoff returns in three quarters. The Wildcats attempted just five passes, completing one for 6 yards. 3. Central averages 320.8 yards rushing and attempts only about five passes per game. The leaders are Kyle Terrell (84 carries, 1,024 yards, 13 touchdowns), Jayleen Terry (108-965-10) and Damarius Owensby (81-635-9). Terrell rushed for 106 yards and Owensby had 99 as part of a 362-yard night in a 42-14 victory against Sonoraville in the first round.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Westminster by 4

Winner plays: Hart County/Cook winner


Hart County at Cook

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

Records, rankings: Hart County is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 8-AAA and No. 8; Cook is 9-2, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Hart County is trying to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006, which is also the last time the Bulldogs won 10 games in a season. Cook's most recent quarterfinal appearance was a 21-14 loss to Buford in 2010. The Hornets won one playoff game in 2011 and lost in the first round the past two seasons. 2. Hart County QB Cameron Fouch was 17-for-28 passing for 274 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 48 yards in a 42-14 victory against East Hall last week. For the season, Fouch is 146-for-235 passing for 2,422 yards and 21 TDs. His top target is Anthony Turner, who has 40 receptions for 645 yards and seven TDs. 3. Cook rushed for 490 yards and six touchdowns and had three players with 100 or more yards in a 42-14 victory over Central of Macon in the first round. Jay Smith finished with 178 yards and two touchdowns on 17 attempts. Tavian Allen rushed for 149 yards and had touchdown runs of 41 and 3 yards, and Corey McCall ran for 100 yards and two TDs.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Hart County by 3

Winner plays: Westminster-Central (Carrollton) winner


Class AA

Heard County at Screven County

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

Records, rankings: Heard County is 6-5, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AA and unranked; Screven County is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 3-AA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Heard County was ranked No. 5 in preseason but started 1-4 and lost star RB Duranta Dunson - who has 6,550 rushing yards and 89 touchdowns in his career - for four games to injury. Dunson is back, and Heard has made the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season. Screen County has won 10 games in two of coach Rob Duncan's three season and seeks its first quarterfinal showing since the 2002 state-championship season. 2. Dunson rushed for 277 yards in the 28-21 first-round victory over Wesleyan. He has rushed for 1,499 yards in only seven games. Freshman QB Emory Jones has thrown for 832 yards. Levi Brown, a Marshall commit, leads the offensive line. DE Matt Brown (no relation to Levi) leads the team in tackles. 3. Malik Prescott rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in the first-round 21-14 victory over Monticello Prescott has rushed for 810 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season. Tavarius Johnson, who missed four games with a broken collarbone, ran for 81 against Monticello. He has three 100-yard rushing games and 561 yards total for the season. Screven averages fewer than seven passes per game. Donta Wilburn (38-of-72 passing, 566 yards) just began playing quarterback this year.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Screven County by 10

Winner plays: Washington-Wilkes/Brooks County winner


Washington-Wilkes at Brooks County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Veterans Stadium, Quitman

Records, rankings: Washington-Wilkes is 7-4, the No. 4 seed from Region 8-AA and unranked; Brooks County is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from 1-AA and No. 8.

Last meeting: Washington-Wilkes won 45-6 in the 1986 Class AA semifinals.

Three things to know: 1. Washington-Wilkes has been rather unpredictable for two seasons. The Tigers were 11-0 last season when stunned and embarrassed 48-14 in the second round by Bowdon Washington-Wilkes was ranked as high as No. 2 after a 2-0 start this year, but finished 6-4. Then the Tigers were one of only two No. 4 seeds in AA to win in the first round. The other was Pace Academy. 2. Washington-Wilkes held eighth-ranked Darlington to minus-1 yard rushing and 27 total yards in the 21-6 first-round victory. LB Kentonda Starks had six tackles for losses and three sacks. QB Deandre Harris has passed for 1,709 yards (124 of 204) and rushed for 601. JaQuavious Blackburn has rushed for 718 yards. Davarious Smith and Tyrique Pender have 12 TD receptions between them. 3. Brooks County QB Demontay Jones threw a 35-yard TD pass to Terrell Lamons with 1:48 left, breaking a 17-17 tie, in a 24-17 victory over Bacon County last week. Jones is 94-of-162 passing for 1,646 yards on the season. WR Exavius Medlock had eight catches for 177 yards, giving him 42 for 865 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season. Ahmad Brown has rushed for 1,164 yards but was held to a season-low 29 against Bacon. He has returned two kickoffs for TDs.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Brooks County by 27

Winner plays: Heard County/Screven County winner


Lovett at Macon County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Adams-Maffett Field, Montezuma

Records, rankings: Lovett is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AA and No. 3; Macon County is 9-2, the No. 1 seed from 4-AA and No. 6.

Last meeting: Lovett won 45-12 in the first round of the 2008 Class AA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. Macon County coach Larry Harold took over a program that was 1-9 in 2011 and has shown steady improvement. The Bulldogs are having their best season since a 10-3 finish in 2005. Lovett knocked Macon County out of the playoffs in 2007 (second round) and 2008 (first). 2. Lovett led Bremen 42-7 midway in the third quarter of last week's 56-21 victory. QB Willie Candler was 9-of-9 passing for 172 yards and four touchdowns. For the season, Candler is 106-of-170 for 1,433 yards. He also has scored 10 touchdowns. Jay Harris is the leading rusher with 692 yards. The top defenders are Sam Parry (team-leading 41 tackles) and Nathan Offutt (12 tackles for losses). 3. Macon County held Dublin to 114 yards of total offense - only 6 in the second half - in a 21-7 victory last week. Defensive linemen Joseph Journey and Robert Miller combined for seven tackles for losses. RB/WR/LB Roquan Smith, who rushed for 263 yards in the region-championship victory over Lamar County, was held to 16 on 11 carries, but scored all three touchdowns, one on a 55-yard punt return. Sophomore QB K'hari Lane has passed for 1,865 yards.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Lovett by 4

Winner plays: Benedictine/Rabun County winner


Benedictine at Rabun County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Frank Snyder Stadium, Tiger

Records, rankings: Benedictine is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AA and No. 4; Rabun County is 9-2, the No. 1 seed from 8-AA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Rabun County is looking for its first 10-win season and quarterfinal appearance since 1998. Benedictine, a semifinalist last season with a 13-1 record, is seeking its first back-to-back 10-win seasons since 1977-82. 2. Benedictine QB Stevie Powers is 138-of-201 passing for 2,542 yards and 24 touchdowns. WR Brad Stewart has 56 catches for 1,086 yards and 24 touchdowns. The leading rushers are Chance Jackson (669 yards) and sophomore John Kennedy (623). Benedictine averages 231.1 yards passing and 210.2 rushing per game. LB Tru'self Cooper had 13 solo tackles and 10 assists in a 35-0 victory over Thomasville in the first round. 3. Rabun County RB/WR/DB Charlie Woerner leads his team in rushing yards (1,169), receiving yards (566), touchdowns (21) and tackles (106). He was used more as a receiver in a 24-20 victory over Chattooga last week. He had 12 receptions for 81 yards while Eli Gipson was featured in the backfield with 136 yards on 18 carries. Gipson also is a two-way starter. He has 704 yards rushing and 82 tackles, 11.5 for losses totaling 58 yards.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Benedictine by 28

Winner plays: Lovett/Macon County winner


Lamar County at Greater Atlanta Christian

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

Records, rankings: Lamar County is 8-2-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 4-AA and No. 10; Greater Atlanta Christian is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 6-AA and No. 1.

Last meeting: Lamar County won 28-23 in the second round of the 2000 Class AA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. Lamar County was the AA runner-up in 2013 and has remained a contender despite the graduation of three current Georgia Tech freshmen, Lawrence and Lance Austin and Qua Searcy. GAC has been ranked No. 1 since preseason but has never won a state title. 2. Micah Abernathy rushed for 115 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries in a 41-13 victory over Chattahoochee County in the first round. Abernathy, who is committed to Tennessee, has rushed for 749 yards on just 76 carries. QB Davis Mills is 114-of-177 passing for 1,764 yards. His main targets are Darius Slayton (40-638-10) and Justin Phan (39-670-7). LB Paul Crothers leads the team with 62 solo tackles. LB Tyler Cooksey is committed to Georgia Tech. 3. Juan Tucker rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns in Lamar County's 28-14 victory over Swainsboro in the first round. Tucker, who has a team-leading 748 yards rushing on the season, ran for 168 and three touchdowns the week before against Macon County. Lamar County has completed only 16 passes this season, although four have gone for touchdowns. QB L.J. Smith is largely a game manager, although he has scored seven touchdowns and starts on defense, where he has three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Greater Atlanta Christian by 26

Winner plays: Coosa/Vidalia winner


Coosa at Vidalia

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Reservation, Vidalia

Records, rankings: Coosa is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AA and unranked; Vidalia is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 2-AA and No. 2.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. In its second season under coach Todd Wheeler, Coosa is having its best season since a 10-3 finish in 2014. Vidalia has reached 10 wins for the third consecutive season but is trying to break a three-game losing streak in the second round. 2. Coosa RB Justin Ware rushed for 169 yards in a 14-7 victory over Greene County last week, but he was injured in the fourth quarter and replaced by Tristen Bryant, who scored the winning TD in overtime. Ware's status this week is uncertain. He has rushed for 1,499 yards this season. Coosa quickly stopped Greene in overtime, getting a 5-yard loss, then an interception. 3. Jordan Black scored five touchdowns and was one of three Vidalia backs with more than 100 yards rushing in a 56-35 first-round win over Berrien. Black ran for 200 yards on 16 carries. The others were Nathan McBride (9-112-1) and Dedrick Johnson (9-128-1). Black has 1,057 yards rushing and 613 passing on the season.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Vidalia by 38

Winner plays: Lamar County/Greater Atlanta Christian winner


Pace Academy at Jefferson County

When, where: 7:30 p.m., Warrior Field, Louisville

Records, rankings: Pace Academy is 6-5, the No. 4 seed from Region 6-AA and unranked; Jefferson County is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from 3-AA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Pace Academy, which started varsity football in 2008, got its first playoff victory last week with a 49-28 win over Bowdon. The previous week, Pace had trailed 16-3 in the fourth quarter of a do-or-die game against B.E.S.T. Academy and survived 20-16. Jefferson County has made the playoffs 13 consecutive seasons but is seeking its first quarterfinal since 2009. 2. Jefferson County has scored 49 points or more in each of the past four games. QB Will Jordan has passed for 1,305 yards and 17 touchdowns. Kobe Jackson, Juwan McCall, Marquis Carter and D.J. Mills each have 20 or more receptions. Five backs have at least 200 yards rushing and five touchdowns. The defense is led by linebackers Daylan Williams and Jerry Lattimore, each with more than 100 tackles. 3. Pace Academy QB Kevin Johnson, who is committed to James Madison, threw four TD passes against Bowdon. Pace is a remarkably young team. Among 15 players with at least 10 tackles in the regular season, none were seniors. Leading rusher Realus George (477 yards regular season) is a freshman. Leading receiver Deon Jackson (411 yards, five TDs) is a sophomore. Backup QB Gunnor Faulk (460 yards passing) is a freshman.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Jefferson County by 5

Winner plays: Model/Fitzgerald winner


Model at Fitzgerald

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jaycee Stadium, Fitzgerald

Records, rankings: Model is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 7-AA and unranked; Fitzgerald is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 1-AA and No. 5.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Model won its first playoff game last week since its 1979 state-championship season. The team has had a winning season in each of coach Gordon Powers' three seasons. It had not had a winning season since 1999. Fitzgerald is trying to make the quarterfinals for the 10th time since 2000. 2. Model RB Nakyle Watkins rushed for 360 yards and five touchdowns on 36 carries in a 50-36 victory over Union County in the first round. This gives him 1,862 yards on the season, the most in Class AA. All-state MLB Dax Bishop has 71 solo tackles, almost twice that of his closest teammate. 3. Fitzgerald will present a very different challenge than Union County, which put up 365 yards passing on Model. Gerald Morgan has scored 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1,749 yards, the most of any quarterback in the state. He has thrown for 1,035 yards, passing about 10 times per game. RB J.D. King has rushed for 1,140 yards and 11 touchdowns. Also watch for WR Trey Graham, who has 16 TDs - seven rushing, nine receiving.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Fitzgerald by 29

Winner plays: Pace Academy/Jefferson County winner


Coming Friday: Class A



Fall Recruiting Fair in Atlanta 

The 2014 Fall Metro Atlanta College Football Recruiting Fair will be held in Atlanta at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Airport on Dec. 2 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Dec. 3 (8 a.m.-noon). Colleges from across the country will be in attendance, looking for football prospects from the classes of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Bring copies of your prospect sheets, player highlights, transcripts and official test scores, if applicable, to help promote your college prospects. Wi-Fi is provided, but you are encouraged to have a hard copy of highlights. For more information, please visit www.fresports.comor e-mail coach Ahmand Tinker at

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*Lee County at Archer, 7:30 p.m., GPB


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*Central Gwinnett at Newton, 7:30 p.m.

*Dacula at Colquitt County, 7:30 p.m.

*Roswell at Hillgrove, 7:30 p.m.


*Coffee at Allatoona, 7:30 p.m.

*Glynn Academy at Creekside, 7:30 p.m.

*Jones County at Kell, 7:30 p.m.

Class AAAA

*Eastside at St. Pius, 7 p.m.

*Burke County at Woodward Academy, 7:30 p.m.

*Marist at Griffin, 7:30 p.m.

*North Oconee at Cairo, 7:30 p.m.

Class AAA

*Cedar Grove at Calhoun, 7 p.m.

*Westminster at Central (Carrollton), 7 p.m.

*Adairsville at Blessed Trinity, 7:20 p.m.

*Appling County at Elbert County, 7:30 p.m.

Class AA

*Benedictine at Rabun County, 7:30 p.m.

Class A

*Lincoln County at Charlton County, 7:15 p.m.

*Christian Heritage at Calvary Day, 7:25 p.m.

*Athens Christian at Eagle's Landing Christian, 7:30 p.m.

*First Presbyterian at Prince Avenue Christian, 7:30 p.m.

*Mount Pisgah Christian at Landmark Christian, 7:30 p.m.

*McEachern at Alpharetta, 7:30 p.m. Friday



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What are my chances?

With the release of "Dumb and Dumber To" this week, we were inspired to ask Loren Maxwell, the computer-rankings guru, to calculate the chances of each state-playoff team winning the state title out of 1 million. Or as Lloyd Christmas said, "I came a long way just to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?" All 112 teams have a chance, Maxwell is saying.



Colquitt County - 704,620

Lee County - 64,770

Grayson - 63,436

Archer - 38,776

Tucker - 28,406

Westlake - 26,934

Dacula - 20,294

McEachern - 13,853

Milton - 12,819

Hillgrove - 9,441

Central Gwinnett - 4,934

Etowah - 4,415

Hughes - 4,112

Newton - 1,455

Roswell - 1,049

Alpharetta - 685



Allatoona - 345,283

Ware County - 277,365

Creekside - 78,671

Northside (W. Robins) - 65,004

Mays - 49,574

Coffee - 43,699

Houston County - 38,185

Kell - 28,573

Stephenson - 24,641

Dalton - 15,911

Stockbridge - 11,563

Jones County - 8,420

Harris County - 6,121

Gainesville - 3,233

Glynn Academy - 2,391

Sequoyah - 1,366


Class AAAA

Buford - 722,570

Woodward Academy - 63,930

Cartersville - 52,015

St. Pius - 48,738

Sandy Creek - 41,425

Marist - 24,493

Cairo - 11,179

North Oconee - 10,947

Griffin - 10,593

West Laurens - 7,667

Mary Persons - 3,361

Stephens County - 1,802

Burke County - 418

Baldwin - 418

Wayne County - 412

Eastside - 31


Class AAA

Washington County - 383,809

Calhoun - 267,360

Blessed Trinity - 197,636

Jefferson - 79,621

Westminster - 27,001

Hart County - 16,645

Central (Carrollton) - 9,461

Cook - 7,444

Pierce County - 2,946

Elbert County - 2,938

Cedar Grove - 2,636

Appling County - 1,354

Dodge County - 704

Adairsville - 379

Callaway - 40

Oconee County - 25


Class AA

Vidalia - 327,714

Benedictine - 221,888

Greater Atl. Christian - 209,270

Fitzgerald - 144,143

Brooks County - 67,287

Lovett - 21,807

Macon County - 6,654

Screven County - 537

Jefferson County - 349

Lamar County - 138

Rabun County - 76

Pace Academy - 72

Model - 27

Washington-Wilkes - 22

Heard County - 15

Coosa - 2


Class A - Public

Marion County - 373,591

Irwin County - 312,633

Hawkinsville - 180,181

Charlton County - 58,118

Clinch County - 39,853

Dooly County - 25,017

Emanuel Co. Institute - 4,268

Claxton - 2,039

Atkinson County - 1,661

Mount Zion (Carroll) - 832

Greenville - 501

Calhoun County - 468

Commerce - 438

Mitchell County - 209

Lincoln County - 183

Jenkins County - 10


Class A - Private

Mount Paran Christ. - 421,355

Calvary Day - 298,273

Aquinas - 101,734

ELCA - 65,142

Savannah Christian - 39,866

Landmark Christian - 30,403

Pacelli - 17,326

Tattnall Square - 11,350

Mount Pisgah Christian - 9,365

First Presbyterian - 2,373

Pinecrest Academy - 901

Prince Avenue Christian - 666

Stratford Academy - 608

Athens Christian - 266

St. Francis - 257

Christian Heritage - 114



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There are only four coaches of teams still in the playoffs who have won 200 games as a Georgia head coach. Who are they? (Answer Friday)


Answer to Wednesday's question: The head coaches who have won state titles for Gwinnett County-based teams are Mark Crews and Dave Hunter of Brookwood, Ed Cochran, Dexter Wood and Jess Simpson of Buford, Cecil Flowe of Parkview, Keith Maloof of Norcross, Mickey Conn of Grayson, Blair Armstrong of Peachtree Ridge and Franklin Pridgen of Wesleyan.



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1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? "My first two years of coaching were under a man named Tom Pierson, in Tucson, Ariz. He would remind me of two things every day. First, attitude is everything and everything is attitude. Second, to be a good coach, you have to be a mentor first, then a good teacher. People don't care what you know until they know you care."


2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? "2010, Chris Conley at North Paulding was probably the most dominant player I have faced. The most difficult high school player I ever had to gameplan for was in 2011. Holland Frost was the QB for Pope. The kid was probably the slimiest high school football player. He just made play after play. He reminded me of Doug Flutie."


3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach? "2012 Sandy Creek. That team was loaded with skill at every position. Their defense probably would have ranked fourth in the SEC that year."


4. If you were Gary Phillips, the new head of the GHSA, what would be the first rule that you would try to change? "I would change the playoff system. The top two teams from each region would get an automatic bid (that would make up the first 16 teams). The next 16 teams would be decided on power points, no matter which region they are from. Then you seed all 32 teams. This way, you don't have two top-five teams playing each other in the second or third round. This would fix the problem of region inequality and the disparity of the number of teams in each region. It would make all teams play a tough non-region schedule. Teams should have to win more than two or three region games to get into the playoffs. Also, there are some of the bigger regions with 12-16 teams, that their No. 5 or No. 6 team is better than the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in other regions."


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Playoff Pairings


Second round

Etowah at Westlake

Central Gwinnett at Newton

Roswell at Hillgrove

Lee County at Archer

McEachern at Alpharetta

Grayson at Tucker

Hughes at Milton

Dacula at Colquitt County



Second round

Mays at Ware County

Jones County at Kell

Stephenson at Stockbridge

Sequoyah at Houston County

Glynn Academy at Creekside

Dalton at Northside, Warner Robins

Coffee at Allatoona

Gainesville at Harris County


Class AAAA

Second round

Sandy Creek at Wayne County

Baldwin at Cartersville

Marist at Griffin

Mary Persons at Buford

Eastside at St. Pius

Stephens County at West Laurens

Burke Co. at Woodward Academy

North Oconee at Cairo


Class AAA

Second round

Callaway at Washington County

Oconee County at Pierce County

Adairsville at Blessed Trinity

Dodge County at Jefferson

Cedar Grove at Calhoun

Appling County at Elbert County

Westminster at Central, Carrollton

Hart County at Cook


Class AA

Second round

Heard County at Screven County

Washington-Wilkes at Brooks County

Lovett at Macon County

Benedictine at Rabun County

Lamar County at GAC

Coosa at Vidalia

Pace Academy at Jefferson County

Model at Fitzgerald


Class A (public)

First round

Greenville at Marion County

ECI at Mount Zion, Carroll

Lincoln County at Charlton County

Jenkins County at Hawkinsville

Calhoun County at Mitchell County

Clinch County at Commerce

Dooly County at Claxton

Atkinson County at Irwin County


Class A (private)

First round

Christian Heritage at Calvary Day

Mount Pisgah at Landmark Christian

Athens Christian at ELCA

First Presbyterian at Prince Avenue

Stratford Academy at Mount Paran

Pacelli at Savannah Christian

Pinecrest Acad. at Tattnall Square

St. Francis at Aquinas