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Monday, November 24, 2014


It's Thanksgiving week, and we at Georgia High School Football Daily will be taking some time off to enjoy the holiday.


We will publish only on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. You'll still get all the news we've been providing each week during the playoffs; you'll just get it in three issues instead of five.


And we'll be back to five days next week.


Enjoy reading.

Playoff Preview: AAAAAA and AAAAA Quarterfinals


Newton at Etowah

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Eagle Stadium, Woodstock

Records, rankings: Newton is 7-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 2-AAAAAA and unranked; Etowah is 10-2, the No. 2 seed from 5-AAAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. It's safe to say that no one predicted this quarterfinal matchup. Etowah was 1-8 all-time in the playoffs before this season. Newton was 2-10, with both wins coming in region playoff games in 1987. Both programs have reached new heights under relatively new coaches, Etowah's Dave Svehla (in his third season) and Newton's Terrance Banks (in his second). 2. Newton QB Romario Johnson has passed for 198 and 220 yards and rushed for 82 and 64 in Newton's playoff victories, and he has 2,587 yards passing in 10 games this season, but Newton's defense is perhaps the main reason the Rams are still alive. They held Valdosta to 112 total yards in the first round and shut out Central Gwinnett over the final three quarters in round two, a 15-14 victory. 3. Sophomore RB Tyray Devezin rushed for 152 yards in a 23-6 victory over Westlake in the second round. He ran for 202 the previous week against South Paulding and has 1,277 yards on the season. Meanwhile, Etowah's defense has shut down feature running backs in both playoff victories as South Forsyth's 1,000-yard rusher Tyler LaFlamme and Westlake's Justin Broughton, who ran for 154 yards in the first round, were held to less than 50 yards.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Etowah by 5

Winner plays: Hillgrove/Archer winner


Hillgrove at Archer

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

Records, rankings: Hillgrove is 9-3, the No. 1 seed from Region 4-AAAAAA and unranked; Archer is 9-3, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. This is Hillgrove's third trip to the quarterfinals in five seasons. The Hawks have never made a semifinal. This is Archer's first quarterfinal. The Tigers lost in the second round last season and finished 11-1. Neither is ranked despite winning region titles. Hillgrove lost 43-42 to mediocre Harrison on Oct. 24 but stunned McEachern 42-37 two weeks later for the title. Archer started 0-3 but has won nine straight and shared the title with Grayson and Dacula, the schools from which Archer drew when it opened in 2009. 2. Gabe Tiller was 18-0f-24 passing for 219 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-13 second-round victory over Lee County. Tiller has thrown for 2,465 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season. Randy Nails has rushed for 949 yards. Kyle Davis (committed to South Carolina) has nearly 1,000 yards receiving. Also highly recruited are senior TE Connor Redmond (committed to South Carolina), junior DB/WR Dylan Singleton and junior DT Kobe Smith. 3. Hillgrove QB Matthew Wilson threw four TD passes in the first round against Douglas County, then passed for 329 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 71 yards in a 38-28 victory over Roswell last week. Roswell led in total yards 524-487. Hillgrove also has a 1,000-yard rusher in Sonny Harris and a Georgia State-bound receiver in Richard Hallman, who had eight catches for 174 yards against Roswell.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Archer by 11

Winner plays: Newton/Etowah winner


McEachern at Tucker

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

Records, rankings: McEachern is 9-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 4-AAAAAA and unranked; Tucker is 10-2, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAAAAA and No. 9.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Tucker is one of only two teams remaining in the field with a state title (2008, 2011), although both came in the second-highest classification. McEachern made the semifinals last season (lost to North Gwinnett 27-21). McEachern has made one state final (1998). 2. Tucker DE Jonathan Ledbetter, who is committed to Georgia, returned a Grayson fumble 45 yards for the winning touchdown in a 26-23 victory last week. Tucker averages 294.6 yards rushing, 86.0 passing. Delvin Weems (Marshall) has 1,144 yards rushing, though he was held to 42 against Grayson. The team's best overall player is probably RB/LB Elijah Sullivan (Auburn), who scored two touchdowns against Grayson. He has seven sacks. LB Maurice Williams is the leading tackler. 3. McEachern QB Bailey Hockman passed for 330 yards and five touchdowns in a 44-14 second-round victory over Alpharetta. Hockman has thrown for 2,833 yards and 36 TDs, 17 to Tyler Smith, 16 to T.J. Rahming. Both wideouts have more than 1,000 receiving yards. McEachern has two major D-I prospects on the lines, OT Chuma Edoga (Southern Cal) and junior Julian Rochester (16 scholarship offers, 11 sacks).

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Tucker by 8

Winner plays: Milton/Colquitt County winner


Milton at Colquitt County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mack Tharpe Memorial Stadium, Moultrie

Records, rankings: Milton is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 5-AAAAAA and No. 7; Colquitt County is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAAAAA and No. 1.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. These are the only teams in the AAAAAA draw with fewer than two losses and two of only three ranked teams. No. 9 Tucker is the other. Colquitt County is trying to reach the semifinals for the sixth straight time and win its first state title since 1994. Milton is seeking its first semifinal since 1952, when it was a Class B school and was one of four region champions. 2. Milton is allowing only 75 yards rushing per game and held Hughes to 28 in a 17-14 victory last week. LB Quarte Sapp (committed to Auburn) is a likely all-state pick. RB Micco Brisher has rushed for 1,139 yards on the season and more than 100 yards in each of the first two rounds. Austin McLeod has passed for 148 and 142 yards in the two wins. OL Nick Wilson is committed to Stanford. 3. Colquitt County RB Sihiem King scored six touchdowns in a 51-30 victory over Dacula last week. He scored five the week before against Rockdale. He has rushed for 1,642 yards and scored 32 touchdowns on the season. Chase Parrish has thrown for more than 2,000 yards. LB Bull Barge is averaging 11 tackles per game, and his 72-yard return of a fumble for a touchdown tied the Dacula game 23-23 after Colquitt had trailed 20-0.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Colquitt County by 25

Winner plays: McEachern/Tucker winner



Jones County at Mays

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Lakewood Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Jones County is 10-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 2-AAAAA and unranked; Mays is 10-2, the No. 3 seed from 6-AAAAA and No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Jones County had only one state playoff victory - a first-round win against Hephzibah in 2001 - in its history before winning its first two playoff games this season. This is not, however, the deepest the Greyhounds have been in the postseason. The 1961 team qualified for the Class C semifinals by being one of the four region champions. Mays, the only remaining member of 6-AAAAA, is in the quarterfinals for the first time. There Raiders were 0-4 in their previous second-round games. 2. RB Chandler Ramage rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns in Jones County's 33-31 upset of previously undefeated Kell in the second round. Ramage has 1,083 yards and 16 TDs on the season. QB Bradley Hunnicutt, who passed for 159 yards against Kell, has 2,458 yards and 18 TDs passing this season. Jones County is one of three Region 2 teams remaining. 3. Mays built a 21-3 lead and then held on for a 21-18 victory against top-ranked Ware County in the second round.

Asahnia Aderhold was 11-of-14 passing for 178 yards and touchdown passes to Tyshawn Brown and Randrecous Davis in the third quarter. 


Maxwell Ratings' projection: Mays by 8

Winner plays: Houston County/Stockbridge winner


Houston County at Stockbridge

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

Records, rankings: Houston County is 10-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AAAAA and unranked; Stockbridge is 10-2, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: Houston County won 42-14 in 2003.

Three things to know: 1. Houston County is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006 and fourth time overall. The Bears haven't reached the semifinals since 1993 in Class AA. Stockbridge had never won a state playoff game until 2011, but the Tigers are now in the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year. The previous two appearances came in Class AAAA. 2. Houston County sophomore QB Jake Fromm is the leading passer in Class AAAAA with 3,316 yards and 30 touchdowns. He threw for 406 yards and three TDs in a 43-12 victory against Sequoyah in the second round. Kenny Gant, the Bears' leading rusher with 1,371 yards and 24 touchdowns, has been dismissed from the team, according to the Macon Telegraph. In Gant's absence, Kory Engram rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns against Sequoyah, giving him 712 yards for the season. 3. Two seniors on Stockbridge's defensive line will be playing for Division I schools next season. DE Titus Davis has committed to Central Florida, and DT Tyree Turner is headed to South Alabama. But the Tigers' best-known player likely is junior QB Malachi Brown. He ran for two touchdowns and threw two TD passes in a 27-7 victory over Stephenson last week.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Houston County by 4

Winner plays: Jones County/Mays winner


Glynn Academy at Northside (W. Robins)

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, McConnell-Talbert Stadium, Warner Robins

Records, rankings: Glynn Academy is 9-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 3-AAAAA and unranked; Northside is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAAAA and No. 8.

Last meeting: Northside won 42-16 in the first round of the 2011 Class AAAA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. Glynn Academy is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1972 and trying to reach the semifinals for the first time since 1968. Northside is in the quarterfinals for the fourth time in seven seasons since winning state titles in 2006 and 2007. The Eagles reached the semifinals in 2011 and 2012. 2. Glynn Academy trailed defending champion Creekside 21-7 last week before rallying for a 31-21 victory. The Red Terrors didn't lead until Adrien Cross' 30-yard TD run with 5:56 remaining. Leading rusher Garrison Hurd has run for five TDs in two playoff games. Justin Larson filled in at quarterback for injured starter Zach Lamper, who has passed for 1,387 yards and rushed for 417 this season. 3. Northside also had to rally for its second-round victory, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter to beat Dalton 30-21. Justin Alonso's 21-yard field goal with 7:31 left and QB Tobias Oliver's 1-yard run in the final minute provided the winning points. Oliver ran for 148 yards and three TDs on 18 carries. Willie Jordan rushed for 149 yards on 26 carries, giving him 1,721 yards for the season.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Northside by 13

Winner plays: Gainesville/Allatoona winner


Gainesville at Allatoona

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

Records, rankings: Gainesville is 10-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; Allatoona is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from 5-AAAAA and No. 4.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Gainesville reached at least the semifinals in four of the past five seasons, a stretch that included winning the state championship in 2012. This is Allatoona's third trip to the quarterfinals in five seasons since it began playing a region schedule in 2010. The Buccaneers have never reached the semifinals. 2. Gainesville QB Mikey Gonzalez has passed for 2,940 yards and 36 touchdowns this season. He was 25-for-32 for 356 yards and five TDs in a 49-40 victory against Harris County last week. The Red Elephants average 239.1 yards passing and 102.2 rushing. The leading receivers are Messiah Dorsey (67 catches, 866 yards, 10 touchdowns), Chris Williamson (43-865-12) and Rodney Lackey (56-751-12). 3. Allatoona's Russell Halimon, the leading rusher in Class AAAAA with 2,116 yards, ran for 210 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-14 victory over Coffee in the second round. He has 435 yards and four TDs rushing in two playoff games. Josh Bettistea had the play that was the turning point against Coffee, running 98 yards for a 17-7 lead after the Buccaneers had made a goal-line stand.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Allatoona by 21

Winner plays: Glynn Academy/Northside (Warner Robins) winner


Coming Tuesday: AAAA and AAA

Four Questions Presented By FieldTurf

GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We'll report from a different head coach each day.


J.B. Arnold, Jefferson County

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? "First off, my dad taught me how to work hard in everything I do. As far as coaching is concerned, I have tried to soak up knowledge from every great coach I have either played for or been around. Jimmy Dorsey, Jeff Herron, Bob Sphire, Scott Samsel, Luther Welsh, Larry Campbell, Bruce Miller, and the list goes on."


2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? "I have witnessed a lot of great athletes in my time, but probably the best is Takeo Spikes from Washington County. Just dominating on both sides of the ball. Played with great intensity that he still has today."


3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach? "No doubt here it would be the 2011 Buford team. I have never seen such a collection of great athletes. At any given snap, they had 10 D-I's line up on defense. Unreal."


4. If you were Gary Phillips, the new head of the GHSA, what would be the first rule that you would try to change? "Gary Phillips has got a job that takes a lot of faith because the decisions that have to be made will be tough. As far as what I would change, it would probably be to make sure that everyone has as even a playing field as you can."


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Oglesby Kicking Academy holds competition

The Cedric Oglesby Kicking Academy will hold its fall Georgia Kicking, Punting, and Snapping Competition on Nov. 30 at Grady Stadium in Atlanta. The Oglesby Academy, run by Georgia native and NFL place-kicker Cedric Oglesby, has trained more than 40 specialists who have gone on to play college football. For more information on the competition or to train with the Academy, see its website at or email


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 or e-mail coach Ahmand Tinker


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Pace Academy's 57-50 victory over Jefferson County marked the sixth time in playoff history that a losing team has scored at least 50 points. Here are all playoffs games in which the losing team has scored more than 45. All have occurred since 2004. All were played in the first or second round except the 2013 Jefferson-Fitzgerald game, which was a quarterfinal.


2014 - Pace Academy 57, Jefferson County 50

2013 - Ringgold 55, North Hall 54

2013 - Jefferson 61, Heard County 57

2012 - LaGrange 59, Chestatee 46

2012 - Jefferson 53, Fitzgerald 51*

2011 - Chattahoochee 65, Habersham Central 48

2010 - Colquitt County 48, M.L. King 47

2009 - Lassiter 70, South Gwinnett 49

2007 - Chamblee 58, Stephens County 57*

2006 - Landmark Christian 56, Social Circle 49

2006 - Heard County 50, Morgan County 48

2004 - Griffin 49, Thomas County Central 48

2004 - Collins Hill 70, South Cobb 68*


*Overtime games


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Among the AJC's Super 11 players, Rashad Roundtree of Lakeside-Evans didn't make the playoffs, and Preston Williams of Lovejoy and Jayson Stanley of Creekside suffered season-ending knee injuries before the playoffs started. Trenton Thompson of Westover, Mitch Hyatt of North Gwinnett and Kaleb Kim of Mill Creek went out in the first round. Chauncey Rivers of Stephenson, Terry Godwin of Callaway and Roquan Smith of Macon County went out in the second round. Only two are still playing. Who are they? (Answer Tuesday)


Answer to Friday's question:Brookwood alumni Tommy Jones of Dacula, Andy Dyer of Archer and John Ford of Roswell are head coaches of Class AAAAAA teams that made the round of 16.

Playoff Scores, Pairings


Second round

Etowah 23, Westlake 6

Newton 15, Central Gwinnett 14

Hillgrove 38, Roswell 28

Archer 56, Lee County 13

McEachern 44, Alpharetta 14

Tucker 26, Grayson 23

Milton 17, Hughes 14

Colquitt County 51, Dacula 30



Newton at Etowah

Hillgrove at Archer

McEachern at Tucker (Hallford)

Milton at Colquitt County



Second round

Mays 21, Ware County 18

Jones County 33, Kell 31

Stockbridge 27, Stephenson 7

Houston County 43, Sequoyah 12

Glynn Academy 31, Creekside 21

Northside, W. Robins 30, Dalton 21

Allatoona 45, Coffee 14

Gainesville 49, Harris County 40



Jones County at Mays (Lakewood)

Houston County at Stockbridge

Glynn Academy at Northside, W.R.

Gainesville at Allatoona


Class AAAA

Second round

Sandy Creek 29, Wayne County 7

Cartersville 41, Baldwin 10

Marist 31, Griffin 21

Buford 35, Mary Persons 14

St. Pius 52, Eastside 20

West Laurens 30, Stephens Co. 14

Woodward Academy 28, Burke Co. 6

North Oconee 14, Cairo 7



Sandy Creek at Cartersville

Marist at Buford

West Laurens at St. Pius

North Oconee at Woodward Acad.


Class AAA

Second round

Washington County 31, Callaway 7

Pierce County 49, Oconee County 6

Blessed Trinity 42, Adairsville 8

Jefferson 27, Dodge County 7

Calhoun 38, Cedar Grove 18

Elbert County 54, Appling County 3

Westminster 27, Central, Carroll 10

Hart County 7, Cook 0



Pierce County at Washington County

Blessed Trinity at Jefferson

Elbert County at Calhoun

Westminster at Hart County


Class AA

Second round

Heard County 28, Screven County 6

Brooks County 21, Wash.-Wilkes 14

Lovett 42, Macon County 8

Benedictine 42, Rabun County 9

GAC 48, Lamar County 20

Vidalia 45, Coosa 14

Pace Academy 57, Jefferson Co. 50

Fitzgerald 48, Model 14



Brooks County at Heard County

Lovett at Benedictine

Vidalia at Greater Atlanta Christian

Pace Academy at Fitzgerald


Class A (public)

First round

Marion County 52, Greenville 6

Mount Zion, Carroll 30, ECI 21

Charlton County 23, Lincoln Co. 22

Hawkinsville 20, Jenkins County 14

Calhoun County 13, Mitchell Co. 12

Commerce 37, Clinch County 7

Dooly County 29, Claxton 18

Irwin County 28, Atkinson County 0



Mount Zion, Carroll at Marion County

Charlton County at Hawkinsville

Calhoun County at Commerce

Dooly County at Irwin County


Class A (private)

First round

Calvary Day 26, Christian Heritage 7

Mt. Pisgah 38, Landmark Christian 14

ELCA 34, Athens Christian 0

Prince Ave. 55, First Presbyterian 30

Mount Paran 45, Stratford Acad. 14

Savannah Christian 49, Pacelli 26

Tattnall Square 23, Pinecrest Acad. 0

Aquinas 42, St. Francis 28



Mount Pisgah Christ. at Calvary Day

ELCA at Prince Avenue Christian

Savannah Christian at Mount Paran

Tattnall Square at Aquinas




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