Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
112 teams vying for quarterfinals
The Georgia high school football playoffs hit the round of 16 this weekend as 112 teams remain in contention for seven state championships that will be played Dec. 11-12 at the Georgia Dome.
Here are is a look at some of the more intriguing players, teams and matchups as the playoffs move toward the quarterfinals.
*The favorites: Every No. 1-ranked team is in contention. They are Colquitt County (AAAAAA), Stockbridge (AAAAA), Cartersville (AAAA), Calhoun (AAA), Benedictine (AA) and Prince Avenue Christian (A). All are undefeated. Stockbridge and Prince Avenue have never won state titles.
*Top players: Every AJC Super 11 player has a game Friday except Ben Cleveland, whose Stephens County team lost in the first round. Only five from the 2014 group were still playing at this point a year ago. The 2015 class includes Tre Lamar of No. 3 Roswell in AAAAAA, Derrick Brown of No. 3 Lanier in AAAAA, Elijah Holyfield of No. 3 Woodward Academy in AAAA, Antwuan Jackson of No. 3 Cedar Grove in AAA and Charlie Woerner of No. 3 Rabun County in AA.
*Cinderellas: Spencer of Columbus, which finished 1-9 a year ago, won its first state-playoff game in GHSA history last week, a 47-34 victory over Washington County. Spencer won four state titles, most recently in 1967, out of the old Georgia Interscholastic Association, the governing body for black schools during segregation. Today, Spencer travels to Dawson County, which won its first region title this season. The winner will be in the GHSA quarterfinals for the first time.
*Also making history: Drew (opened in 2009) and Sonoraville (2006) won their first playoff games last week. Drew plays South Paulding on Friday, and the winner will be the quarterfinals for the first time. Lanier, despite a 30-4 record over the past three seasons, is still one victory from its first quarterfinal. Lanier is at home against Northgate. Jonesboro can make the quarters for first time since reaching the Class C semifinals in 1949. Jonesboro is at home against Carrollton.
*Gone already: Stephenson, ranked No. 2 in AAAAA, was upended by Rome 7-6 last week. Northside-Warner Robins, the 2014 AAAAA champion, lost to Ware County 16-7 and finished 9-2, ending a state-record streak of 10-win seasons at 17. No. 9 Walton in AAAAAA and No. 4 Darlington in AA also were eliminated by unranked teams last week.
*Best second-round game: Fourth-ranked Archer plays at seventh-ranked McEachern in a AAAAAA game between 10-1 teams that were ranked No. 1 (Archer) and No. 2 (McEachern) in preseason. Both have seven major Division I recruits, among them AJC Super 11 players Dylan Singleton of Archer and Julian Rochester of McEachern.
*Another gem: Fifth-ranked Jefferson travels to second-ranked Blessed Trinity in AAA. Blessed Trinity tied Cedar Grove 13-13 two weeks ago in the Region 4 championship game. Bad weather canceled overtime, and the No. 1 seed was determined by a coin toss. Cedar Grove won the toss and elected to take the No. 2 seed - apparently to avoid Jefferson in the second round. Cedar Grove plays at unranked Region 8 champion Oconee County.
*Other top games: Eight others match Top 10 teams. They are No. 10 Valdosta at No. 2 Grayson (AAAAAA), No. 8 Camden County at No. 2 Roswell (AAAAAA), No. 9 Northgate at No. 3 Lanier (AAAAA), No. 5 Mays at No. 4 Houston County (AAAAA), No. 10 Spalding at No. 3 Woodward Academy (AAAA), No. 9 Marist at No. 4 Mary Persons (AAAA), No. 10 Peach County at No. 1 Calhoun (AAA), and No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 7 Jefferson County (AA).
Second-Round Preview: Class AA
Fitzgerald at Heard County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Staples Stadium, Franklin
Records, rankings: Fitzgerald is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AA and No. 5; Heard County is 8-3, the No. 1 seed from 5-AA and unranked.
Last meeting: Fitzgerald won 29-7 on Aug. 29.
Three things to know: 1. These teams have met each of the past two seasons in August games at Mercer, with Fitzgerald winning both. Fitzgerald rushed for 430 yards in the 2015 meeting. In 2014, both went on to reach the quarterfinals, with Fitzgerald advancing to the semifinals. 2. Fitzgerald averages 352.2 yards rushing per game. The offense revolves around FB J.D. King (1,832 yards rushing, 26 touchdowns) and sophomore QB James Graham (1,132 yards rushing, although limited the past four games). Graham threw for a season-high 128 yards in a 51-15 victory over Putnam County in the first round. 3. Austin Barron, son of Heard County head coach Tim Barron, rushed for 235 yards and two touchdowns, one a 60-yarder, in a 51-14 victory over Greene County in the first round. He has rushed for 964 yards despite missing four games. Sophomore QB and two-year starter Emory Jones has thrown for 1,216 yards. Senior defensive ends Austin Dean (107) and Matt Brown (106) lead the team in tackles.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Fitzgerald by 20
Winner plays: Lovett/Benedictine winner
Lovett at Benedictine
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, T.A. Wright Stadium/Savannah State, Savannah
Records, rankings: Lovett is 6-5, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AA and unranked; Benedictine is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 2-AA and No. 1.
Last meeting: Benedictine won 31-10 in the 2014 Class AA quarterfinals.
Three things to know: 1. These are the most recent Class AA champions - Benedictine in 2014, Lovett in 2013. Benedictine has been ranked No. 1 since preseason. Lovett started 0-4 but is 6-1 since, its only recent defeat to No. 2 Greater Atlanta Christian. All five losses are against opponents still in the playoffs. 2. Benedictine passed for 305 yards in the quarterfinal victory over Lovett in 2014, but the 2015 Cadets are more of a running team. Sophomore Tyleek Collins has rushed for 1,109 yards on just 83 carries. John Wesley Kennedy, the Region 2-AA player of the year, has 958 yards rushing and 707 receiving and scored 25 touchdowns. LB Tru'Self Cooper is a returning all-state player and region defensive player of the year. 3. Lovett RB Jay Harris has rushed for 1,224 yards, including a 180-yard effort in a 34-28 victory over Chattooga in the first round. QB Brady Tindall has rushed for 633 yards. Both have 10 touchdowns. Lovett throws almost 20 times per game but is erratic, completing only 44 percent of its throws.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Benedictine by 28
Winner plays: Fitzgerald/Heard County winner
Early County at Rabun County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Frank Snyder Stadium, Tiger
Records, rankings: Early County is 7-3-1, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AA and unranked; Rabun County is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AA and No. 3.
Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. Early County is in the playoffs for the first time since making the 2012 semifinals. Early is 6-5 in road playoff games under coach Trey Woolf. Rabun County won its first playoff game last season since 1998 and now is trying to make its first quarterfinal since the same year. 2. Rabun County sophomore QB Bailey Fisher is 153-of-221 passing (.670) for 2,188 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also leads the team in rushing (559) on a team with two other good backs - Cal Drummond (512) and Eli Gipson (529). AJC Super 11 WR/DB Charlie Woerner had six catches for 93 yards and 17 tackles in a 34-0 victory over Greene County in the first round. 3. Early County held Lamar County to 128 yards in its 28-0 first-round victory. It was Early's fourth shutout. Four defensive players - DE Randy Wade (Georgia Southern), NG Avery Alexander, ILB Chris James and S Durrell Summerset - made first-team all-region. FB/DL Gerald Tolbert (5-9, 220) is a significant two-way player.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Rabun County by 5
Winner plays: Wesleyan/Jefferson County winner
Wesleyan at Jefferson County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Warrior Field, Louisville
Records, rankings: Wesleyan is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 6-AA and No. 8; Jefferson County is 9-2, the No. 1 seed from 3-AA and No. 7.
Last meeting: Jefferson County won 7-0 in 2013.
Three things to know: 1. Jefferson County is a region champion for the first time since 2009 and can match the B.J. Bostic-led '09 team this week by getting a 10th victory and making the quarterfinals. Wesleyan is seeking its first 10-win season and quarterfinal since the Kyle Karempelis-led 12-2 team of 2010. 2. Jefferson County QB T.J. Bell has thrown for 1,603 yards and rushed for 979, accounting for 63 percent of the team's offense and 38 of 54 offensive touchdowns. But sophomore RB Jimmy Thomas was a star in the 50-26 victory over McIntosh County Academy in the first round. He rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries. 3. Wesleyan's 45-27 victory over Model was part of a 4-0 first-round sweep by Region 6-AA. Sophomore QB Banks Ramsey was 18-of-22 for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Ramsey threw for 389 yards against No. 2 Greater Atlanta Christian the week before. Jordan Argilagos rushed for a season-high 220 yards, giving him 1,187 on the season.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Jefferson County by 4
Winner plays: Early County/Rabun County winner
Manchester at Brooks County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Veterans Stadium, Quitman
Records, rankings: Manchester is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AA and unranked; Brooks County is 9-2, the No. 1 seed from 1-AA and No. 6.
Last meeting: Brooks County won 20-0 in the 1994 Class A championship game.
Three things to know: 1. Manchester is coached by Evan Hochstetler, son of former Bowdon coach Dwight Hochstetler, who joined Evan on staff. Manchester is seeking its first quarterfinal since 2001. Brooks County has made the quarters the past three seasons. 2. Brooks County QB Demontay Jones, the Region 2-AA player of the year, is 125-of-198 passing for 1,880 yards and 20 touchdowns. He had five TD passes in a game against Thomasville. He also has rushed for 525 yards. Sophomore RB Jonathan White rushed for a season-high 139 yards in a 48-0 victory over Northeast in the first round. 3. Manchester is a run-based team. Senior RB Anthony Bell is a 1,000-yard rusher who scored three touchdowns in a 41-14 victory over Washington-Wilkes last week. He also returned an interception for a touchdown. Sophomore RB Ashton Bell and freshman Tre Gamble both have more than 650 yards rushing at least two 100-yard rushing games.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Brooks County by 26
Winner plays: Vidalia/Greater Atlanta Christian winner
Vidalia at Greater Atlanta Christian
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Spartan Stadium, Norcross
Records, rankings: Vidalia is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AA and unranked; Greater Atlanta Christian is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 6-AA and No. 2.
Last meeting: Greater Atlanta Christian won 34-22 in the 2014 Class AA quarterfinals.
Three things to know: 1. No. 1-ranked Benedictine is the only Class AA team with a victory over Vidalia or GAC. GAC lost to the Cadets 47-44 in two overtimes in the opener. Benedictine beat Vidalia 27-3 on Oct. 16. Benedictine lost to both in 2014 but won the state title with a 13-2 record. 2. Vidalia averages 284.4 yards rushing per game and is only 26-of-52 passing for the year. RB/DL Jadarius McClendon is more the power runner (784 yards), while first-team all-region RB Shon Jones (722 on just 73 carries) is the big-strike back. PK Hector Lara was the 2-AA special teams player of the year. 3. GAC averages 193.5 yards rushing, 199.1 yards passing. QB Davis Mills, one of the top 12 QB recruits nationally among juniors, is 122-of-202 for 2,112 yards. He threw four TD passes in a 27-8 first-round victory over Dade County, three to Malcolm Cunningham. PK Brooks Buce is 9-of-11 on field goals with a long of 52 yards.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Greater Atlanta Christian by 27
Winner plays: Manchester/Brooks County winner
Bowdon at Macon County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Adams-Maffett Field, Montezuma
Records, rankings: Bowdon is 6-5, the No. 3 seed from Region 5-AA and unranked; Macon County is 9-2, the No. 1 seed from 4-AA and unranked.
Last meeting: Bowdon won 13-6 in the 1992 Class A championship game.
Three things to know: 1. Both teams have first-year coaches. At Macon County, former Twiggs County coach Dexter Copeland replaced Larry Harold, now at Brunswick, who had led the Bulldogs to their first playoff victory in seven years last season. This Macon County team can become the first to make the quarterfinals since 2005. At Bowdon, former North Gwinnett defensive coordinator Robert Andrews replaced 300-game winner Dwight Hochstetler. 2. Macon County QB K'hari Lane is 154-of-290 passing for 2,692 yards and 25 touchdowns, but Macon County also has a 1,000-yard rusher, Jared Daniels, who ran for 145 yards in a 35-12 victory over Pelham in the first round to raise his total to 1,279. Sophomore WR Trey Brown has 42 catches for 875 yards and 10 touchdowns. 3. Bowdon RB Tay Sheppard rushed for a school-record 415 yards in a 56-55 overtime victory over Union County in the first round. Sheppard has 1,167 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns on the season. He also has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. Bowdon QB Cason Parmer has almost as many yards rushing (575) as passing (587).
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Macon County by 21
Winner plays: Pace Academy/Screven County winner
Pace Academy at Screven County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Kelly Memorial Stadium, Sylvania
Records, rankings: Pace Academy is 9-2, the No. 4 seed from Region 6-AA and No. 9; Screven County is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from 3-AA and No. 10.
Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. Screven County has advanced to the second round and won 10 games three of the past four seasons but hasn't reached the quarterfinals since 2003. Pace Academy, which hadn't started football when Screven was Class AA champion in 2002, made the quarterfinals last season with a 7-6 record. 2. Screven County averages 310.9 yards rushing per game. RB Malik Prescott has run for 1,109 and 16 touchdowns. Three other backs have more than 500 yards rushing, including sophomore QB Armani Bunbury, who has 746 to go with his 864 passing yards (43-of-80 with 14 touchdowns). Screven's best all-around player is Georgia Southern-committed RB/LB Jeremy Hawkins (803 all-purpose yards, 86 tackles). 3. Pace Academy also has a sophomore quarterback, Gunnor Faulk, who is 90-of-151 passing for 1,078 yards and 10 touchdowns. But Pace gets two-thirds of its yardage rushing. RB Deon Jackson leads with 765 yards rushing. Pace also features all-state DE Anthony Trinh (committed to Princeton) and four-star junior OL Andrew Thomas.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Pace Academy by 2
Winner plays: Bowdon/Macon County winner
First-Round Preview: Class A
GHSF Daily's Best: Commerce at Charlton County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Indian Field, Folkston
Records, rankings: Commerce is 7-3, the No. 9 seed and unranked; Charlton County is 7-2, the No. 8 seed and unranked.
Last meeting: Charlton County won 35-21 in the first round of the 2013 Class A public-school playoffs.
Three things to know: 1. Commerce reached the Class A private semifinals last season and lost to Irwin County. Third-year coach Michael Brown, a Commerce alumnus, is 24-10 in three seasons with a program that was 14-19 the three previous years. Charlton County lost in the quarterfinals last year to eventual champion Hawkinsville 12-6 in overtime. Charlton was the public runner-up in 2013. 2. Commerce averages 311.3 yards rushing per game. Will Thomas (100-882-4) and Cole Chancey (103-827-7) are the leading rushers. Commerce is only 26-of 49 passing, but 10 passes have gone for touchdowns, including nine of QB Caleb Brooks' 38 attempts. J'varius Wood has six of the receiving touchdowns, 15 overall, and 977 all-purpose yards. 3. Charlton gets two-thirds of its offense from rushing. Preseason all-state RB Andrew Lee is over 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season, currently at 1,005 on 129 carries. Eric Daniels has rushed for 619 yards and 11 touchdowns. QB Jimmy Nettles is 49-of-98 passing for 660 yards. Charlton's quarterbacks rarely run the ball. Raykwon Anderson has returned four kicks for touchdowns.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Charlton County by 12
Winner plays: Twiggs County/Marion County winner
#16 Twiggs County at #1 Marion County: Under first-year coach Ashley Harden, Twiggs County (4-6) is in the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Marion County (9-1) is the No. 1 seed in the public division by virtue of leading the GHSA power ratings. The Eagles are 54-9 in six seasons under coach Mike Swaney.
#12 Dooly County at #5 Clinch County: These teams played in the 2002 Class A final, with Clinch County winning. Clinch (9-1) is ranked No. 4 in Class A, although it is the runner-up in Region 2 to No. 6 Irwin County. Dooly County (7-3) was the runner-up in 4-A.
#13 Johnson County at #4 Randolph-Clay: Randolph-Clay (7-3), the Region 1 champion, has won two playoff games in its history and never reached the quarterfinals. One of those playoff wins came against Johnson County in 2004. Johnson County (6-4) is seeking its first quarterfinal since 2013.
#14 Wilkinson County at #3 Irwin County: Wilkinson County's streak of eight seasons in the playoffs ended last year. The Warriors (5-5) are seeking their first quarterfinal since 2010. Irwin County (7-2-1), the Region 2 champion, was the 2014 public-school runner-up to Hawkinsville.
#11 Trion at #6 Turner County: Turner County (8-2) has not won a playoff game since 2008, also the last time the Rebels made a quarterfinal. Trion (7-3) last made the quarters in 2003 and is 1-8 in the playoffs since. Both schools have one state title, each in the mid-1970s.
#10 Mount Zion (Carroll) at #7 Lincoln County: Mount Zion (7-3) has four postseason victories in its history, including one last year that put the Eagles in a quarterfinal for the first time. Lincoln County (9-1) has won 116 postseason games, although none since 2012.
#15 Telfair County at #2 Emanuel County Institute: Telfair County (5-5) is seeking its first playoff victory since 1993, also the last time it made a quarterfinal. ECI (9-1) won state titles in 2007 and 2012 but has lost in the first round each of the past two seasons.
GHSF Daily's Best: Landmark at Sav. Christian
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Pooler Stadium, Pooler
Records, rankings: Landmark Christian is 7-3, the No. 9 seed and unranked; Savannah Christian is 8-2, the No. 8 seed and unranked.
Last meeting: Savannah Christian won 20-3 in the 2011 Class A championship game.
Three things to know: 1. Savannah Christian won its only GHSA state title when the teams met four years ago. The Raiders won seven GISA championships before moving to the GHSA in 1988. Landmark Christian is seeking its first state title. 2. Landmark Christian RB Lofton Tidwell was the player of the year in Region 5-A. The junior has rushed for 1,692 yards and 16 touchdowns, caught 18 passes for 340 yards and three TDs, and returned two kickoffs for scores. QB Stockton McGuire has passed for 1,305 yards, rushed for 564 yards and had a hand in 27 TDs. Drew Anderson and Steven Bedosky are all-region linemen for a team that average more than 450 yards and 41 points per game. 3. Savannah Christian gets almost 85 percent of its offense from a running game that averages 258.9 yards per game. The leading rusher is Demetris Robertson with 748 yards, including 121 in a 40-20 loss to ECI in the 3-A championship game two weeks ago. A.J. Davis has run for 13 touchdowns and more than 600 yards. The Raiders attempt about seven passes per game.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Savannah Christian by 1
Winner plays: First Presbyterian/Prince Avenue Christian winner
#16 First Presbyterian at #1 Prince Avenue Christian: Prince Avenue, which began playing football in 2005, finished the regular season 10-0 for the second time and first since 2011. Jeff Herron is trying to become the first coach to win GHSA titles at three schools. First Presbyterian (6-4) is 1-4 in the playoffs since moving to the GHSA in 2010.
#12 Pacelli at #5 Mount Paran Christian: Defending state champion Mount Paran (9-1) finished No. 1 in the private-school power rankings but slid to the No. 5 seed because region champions are seeded highest. The Eagles lost to Pinecrest Academy in the 6-A region championship game. Pacelli (7-3) is seeking its first playoff victory since 2006.
#13 Mount Pisgah Christian at #4 Eagle's Landing Christian:Mount Pisgah is 6-4 despite a 1-3 start that included a 56-6 loss to Eagle's Landing Christian on Sept. 11. ELCA has lost three games, all against higher-classifications that are ranked in the top three of their classes (AAAAA Stockbridge, AAAA Woodward Academy and AA GAC).
#14 Brookstone at #3 Aquinas: This will be the first meeting between Aquinas (9-1) and Brookstone (6-4). Aquinas won the Region 7-A championship, its third consecutive region title and third in program history. Brookstone finished as the No. 3 team in 4-A but got the lowest seed, based on the power rankings, of the region's four playoff teams.
#11 Christian Heritage at #6 Athens Academy: Region 8-A runner-up Athens Academy (9-1), is back in the postseason after a two-year absence that ended a streak of 16 consecutive appearances. Christian Heritage (5-5) is in the playoffs for the third straight year and looking to advance beyond the first round for the first time in the program's short history.
#10 Stratford Academy at #7 Calvary Day: These schools have met seven times, but not since 1987 when both were members of the GISA. Calvary Day (9-1) had its streak of region championships broken at two this season when it finished in second place in the A subregion of 3-A. Stratford (7-3) lost to Aquinas in the 7-A championship game.
#15 Athens Christian at #2 Pinecrest Academy: Athens Christian started the year 1-4 start but won its last five regular-season games. The Eagles essentially earned their playoff berth by beating Hebron Christian 10-0 on the final weekend. Pinecrest (9-1) lost to Mount Paran in the regular season but won the rematch to claim the 6-A title and the No. 2 seed.
*Camden County at Roswell, 7:30 p.m., GPB
On the Web
The NFHS Network will present live streaming of the following games this week. To view the games, click here. Note that the times listed are the start of the broadcast and not necessarily the kickoff time, and that more games might be added to the schedule.
*Tucker at South Forsyth, 7:30 p.m.
*West Laurens at St. Pius, 6:45 p.m.
*Marist at Mary Persons, 7 and 7:30 p.m.
*Spalding at Woodward Academy, 7:15 p.m.
*Sandy Creek at Bainbridge, 7:30 p.m.
*Peach County at Calhoun, 7 p.m.
*Westminster at Callaway, 7:05 p.m.
*Adairsville at Jackson, 7:30 p.m.
*Jefferson at Blessed Trinity, 7:30 p.m.
*Manchester at Brooks County, 7 p.m.
*Lovett at Benedictine, 7:15 p.m.
*Vidalia at Greater Atlanta Christian, 7:20 p.m.
*Wesleyan at Jefferson County, 7:30 p.m.
*Commerce at Charlton County, 7 p.m.
*Christian Heritage at Athens Academy, 7:15 p.m.
*Stratford Academy at Calvary Day, 7:25 p.m.
*First Presbyterian at Prince Avenue Christian, 7:30 p.m.
*Mount Pisgah Christian at Eagle's Landing Christian, 7:30 p.m.
*Landmark Christian at Savannah Christian, 7:30 p.m.
*Valdosta at Grayson, 7:30 p.m.
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Ja’Tavien Weems, Dutchtown LB/RB 5’10” 214 lbs. Weems lived up to his nickname the “Beast” in an important 36-26 victory over region foe Ola High School. The workhorse Weems had 8 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 QB sack - and forced and recovered a fumble for a Touchdown. On offense he had 4 carries for 42 yards and two TDs and one reception for 15 yards. On special teams he recovered an onside kick and returned it for 29 yards. Weems’ monster performance has earned him honors as our Back of the Week.
Lineman of the Week
Charles Wiley, Stockbridge DE 6’3” 235 lbs. Wiley is the leader on defense for the 3rd ranked and undefeated 5A Stockbridge Tigers. The AJC Super 11 selection and Rising Senior All-Star has recorded 14 sacks on the year, which leads the state of Georgia and he is ranked as the 31st best DE in the nation according to ESPN. The Ole Miss commit was part of a dominating effort 62-0 over Union Grove. For his dominance and leadership, Charles Wiley is our Lineman of the Week.
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Shannon Jarvis, Mill Creek. Coach Jarvis has been at the helm of the Mill Creek Hawks since the school's inception in 2004. The Elbert County native has been building the foundation leading up to this year’s 5th ranked perfect 9-0 6A squad. Mill Creek shut out a talented Norcross team 24-0 and the Hawks now own a two game winning streak over the stubborn region rival. For Mill Creek’s dominating performance over Norcross, we honor coach Shannon Jarvis as our Coach of the Week.
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|Here is today's schedule with projected margins of victory, courtesy of the Maxwell Ratings. The projected winner is on the left. The projected margin of victory is on the right. The Maxwell computer ratings take into account historical scores, weighing the more recent seasons the most heavily.
Archer at McEachern -10
Collins Hill at Newton 0
Colquitt Co. vs. Central Gwinnett -27
Grayson vs. Valdosta -30
Mill Creek vs. Newnan -35
Peachtree Ridge at Westlake -25
Roswell vs. Camden Co. -11
South Forsyth vs. Tucker -11
Coffee vs. Kell -17
Drew at South Paulding -3
Glynn Academy at Dalton -6
Houston Co. vs. Mays -3
Northgate at Lanier -7
Starr's Mill at Allatoona -1
Stockbridge vs. Gainesville -24
Ware Co. vs. Rome -12
Bainbridge vs. Sandy Creek -6
Buford vs. Worth Co. -9
Cartersville vs. Liberty Co. -15
Jonesboro vs. Carrollton -10
Mary Persons vs. Marist -11
St. Pius vs. West Laurens -4
Thomson vs. Grady -25
Woodward Academy vs. Spalding -18
Blessed Trinity vs. Jefferson -10
Calhoun vs. Peach Co. -20
Callaway vs. Westminster -9
Cedar Grove at Oconee Co. -11
Dodge Co. vs. Elbert Co. -3
Jackson vs. Adairsville -11
Spencer at Dawson Co. -22
Westside, Macon at Sonoraville -15
Benedictine vs. Lovett -28
Brooks Co. vs. Manchester -26
Fitzgerald at Heard Co. -20
GAC vs. Vidalia -27
Jefferson Co. vs. Wesleyan -4
Macon Co. vs. Bowdon -21
Pace Academy at Screven Co. -2
Rabun Co. vs. Early Co. -5
Class A (Public)
Charlton Co. vs. Commerce -12
Clinch Co. vs. Dooly Co. -30
ECI vs. Telfair Co. -19
Irwin Co. vs. Wilkinson Co. -28
Johnson Co. at Randolph-Clay -2
Lincoln Co. vs. Mount Zion, Carroll -11
Marion Co. vs. Twiggs Co. -25
Turner Co. vs. Trion -16
Class A (Private)
Aquinas vs. Brookstone -28
Athens Acd. vs. Christ. Heritage -13
ELCA vs. Mount Pisgah Christian -31
Mount Paran Christian vs. Pacelli -22
Pinecrest Acd. vs. Athens Christ. -17
Prince Ave. vs. First Presbyterian -38
Sav. Christian vs. Landmark Christ. -1
Stratford Academy at Calvary Day -1
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GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We'll report from a different head coach each day.
1. What is the most memorable game you've been a part of as a player or coach? "At Locust Grove, we had a 31-point second-half comeback versus Dutchtown in 2012." [Locust Grove won 40-37. It was a pivotal game on the way to the school's first winning season, 6-4.]
2. Which high school coach would you want your son to play for, and why? "Timothy Floyd of Jonesboro. He loves his players and teaches them life lessons." [Satterfield gave this answer on Aug. 31. On Nov. 6, his Locust Grove team played Floyd's Jonesboro team for the Region 4-AAAA title. Jonesboro won 19-14.]
3. What is your pet peeve as a coach or favorite saying/motto? "Be on time and make no excuses."
4. Which GHSA policy or high school football rule would you most like to see changed? "The new practice plans. I feel like there are too many stipulations."
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*An all-region team from 6-AAAAAA published Wednesday was compiled by a media outlet. The coaches' all-region team for 6-AAAAAA has not been selected.
*The 8-AAAAA all-region team published Wednesday contained errors in the original list that was submitted to GHSF Daily. This is the corrected version.
Player of the year: DE Derrick Brown, Lanier, Sr.
Offensive player of the year: RB CeCe Green, Winder Barrow, Sr.
Defensive player of the year: DL Robert Chambers, Salem, Sr.
Co-coaches of the year: Mike Humphreys, Loganville, and Korey Mobbs, Lanier
QB - Messiah Dorsey, Gainesville, Sr.
RB - Darryl Giles, Loganville, Jr.
RB - Marcko Baity, Lanier, Jr.
WR - Anthony Stanley, Heritage, Sr.
WR - Cortez Davis, Flowery Branch, Sr.
WR - Andre Jackson, Winder-Barrow, Sr.
WR - Richard Fraser, Loganville, Sr.
OL - Jesus Alvarado, Flowery Branch, Sr.
OL - Juan Marin, Lanier, Sr.
OL - Tristen Swords, Winder-Barrow, Sr.
OL - Ahikam Griffin, Winder-Barrow, Sr.
OL - Auwan Fleming, Cedar Shoals, Sr.
DL - Michael Allen, Lanier, Jr.
DL - Jason Martinez, Loganville, Jr.
DL - Cole Handte, Gainesville, Sr.
DL - Bher Cooper, Salem, Sr.
LB - Devin Miller, Lanier, Sr.
LB - Cameron Taube, Loganville, Sr.
LB - Chris Byrd, Gainesville, Sr.
DB - C.J. Burress, Lanier, Jr.
DB - Rayshawn McCall, Clarke Central, Sr.
DB - Chris Lyles, Gainesville, Sr.
DB - Cristophe Page, Heritage, Sr.
RET - Jaqua Daniels, Clarke Central, Sr.
PK - Chandler Staton, Gainesville, Sr.
P - Austin McMillan, Heritage, Sr.
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