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Today, we continue previewing the 2014 football state playoffs with a breakdown of Class A and AAA's scenarios entering the final week of the regular season. Also, we revisit some of this season's best storylines heading into Week 12 and we announce this week's Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community winner.


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Week 12 Region Championships
Class A, AAA Playoff Breakdown
Rankings Rundown
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What region opponent did Winder-Barrow defeat for the first time in its 66-year history this season?

Today's answer can be found in the newsletter!

Wednesday's Answer:
Cobb County has won six straight volleyball state championships in Georgia's highest classification.





Thursday, Nov. 6


 Hardaway at Carver-    Columbus

Albany at Dougherty

Jackson at Rutland 

Northside, Columbus at  LaGrange

Westside, Macon at  Southwest-Macon 

Windsor Forest at New    Hampstead






Region 4- McEachern at Hillgrove




Region 2- Northside-WR at Houston County


Region 4- Drew at Stockbridge


Region 6- Stephenson at Creekside


Region 7- Dalton at Kell


Class AAAA


Region 1- Cairo at Worth County


Region 2- West Laurens at Mary Persons


Region 4- Griffin at Eastside


Region 7- Pickens at Cartersville


Region 8- Buford at Stephens County


Class AAA


Region 4- Cedar Grove at Blessed Trinity


Region 5- Central-Carroll at Callaway


Region 7- Lumpkin County at West Hall


Region 8- Jefferson at Hart County


Class AA


Region 4- Lamar County at Macon County


Class A


Region 3- ECI at Calvary Day


Region 6- Mount Pisgah at Mount Paran


Region 7- Tattnall Square at Aquinas




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By Ricky Dimon
Sub-region winners clash for region titles

Blessed Trinity is expected to wrap up the No. 1 seed in Region 4-AAA when it faces the other sub-region winner, Cedar Grove, in Friday's championship game. The play-in games in that region are North Clayton at Westminster and Jackson at Washington. The Jackson-Washington clash is a rematch of a regular-season game played on Sept. 12, won by Jackson 28-27.


Elsewhere in Class AAA, Central-Carroll is traveling to Callaway for the Region 5 title game. The undefeated Lions

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had two 100-yard rushers (Jayleen Terry and Byron Brown) in last week's win over Rockmart that clinched their sub-region. Lumpkin County is paying a visit to West Hall for the Region 7 championship game and Hart County is hosting Jefferson with the No. 1 seed in Region 8 at stake. Traditional powerhouses Washington County (Region 3) and Calhoun (Region 6) have already clinched top seeds in the state playoffs. 


Class A will crown region champions this weekend but the playoff seeding will not be determined until the power rankings sort out the Class A-Public and Private brackets. The championships in Class A Regions 3, 6 and 7 will be decided by head-to-head collisions on Friday. Emanuel County Institute is playing at Calvary Day in Region 3, Mount Paran is hosting Mount Pisgah for the Region 6 title and Aquinas will try to take care of business at home against Tattnall Square in Region 7. Region 8 also has to be decided, although the picture is less clear.

Commerce, Prince Avenue Christian and Athens Christian are locked in a three-way tie at 6-1 and they are all 1-1 in the proverbial round-robin meetings between the three teams. All three are playing at home on Friday: Lakeview Academy at Commerce, Providence Christian at Prince Avenue Christian and Hebron Christian at Athens Christian. 






Trense honored for work off the field

The Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community presented by Ford is Charlie Trense, a middle linebacker and offensive tackle at the Westminster School in Atlanta, GA.  Trense has made 

several contributions to his community, including offering free tutoring sessions to elementary students, coaching various youth athletic camps and serving as a service captain for the Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta. 

The Captain in the Community program recognizes outstanding high school football student-athletes around the state of Georgia that demonstrate strong leadership skills both on-and-off the field.  Winners are selected by USA Football, the Official Youth Football Development Partner of the NFL. Additionally, each winner's high school will receive a grant in the amount of $1,000 to support community initiatives courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons and the NFL's Youth Football Fund. To submit a nomination for the Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community Program, please visit



By Craig Sager II
What we've learned entering season's last week

The Maxwell Playoff Projections were released on Wednesday as we gear up for the final weekend of the regular season. Twenty-seven region titles are still up for grabs, but the Maxwell Ratings are able to calculate 1,000,000 simulations for each classification through projected playoff brackets. Each of the simulations go through the first round until it calculates a state champion. 


Colquitt County topped the list of state title favorites and the simulations crowned the top-ranked Packers

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

state champions of Class AAAAAA more than 85 percent of the time. Allatoona was a surprising 55 percent favorite in Class AAAAA, which was due to an easier path to the finals than top-ranked Ware County. Class AAAA Buford 81%, Class AAA Washington County 39%, Class AA Vidalia 30%, Class A Public's Marion County 47%and Class A-Private's Mount Paran 51% make up the rest of projected state champs.


With the thrill of the playoffs a week away, it is understandable why we look ahead during the final week of the regular season, but it would be a disservice not to recognize the historic wins and thrilling action that got us to this point. 

Winder-Barrow's first-year head coach Health Webb led the Bulldogs to a 37-35 victory over Clarke Central on Oct. 24. The win marked the first-time in Winder-Barrow's 66-year history that it defeated the Gladiators. Winder-Barrow only won six total games in the six seasons prior to this year and it can improve to 6-4 with a win over visiting Heritage-Conyers on Friday. 

Archer began the season No. 1 in the Class AAAAAA poll but was sent out of the rankings two weeks later in what eventually turned into a three-game losing streak. However, the Tigers are back and last week's 24-10 win over previously undefeated Dacula proves it. The Tigers didn't let three one-pos-session losses haunt them and they are likely to end Friday night in a three-way tie for the Region 8 title.



Every season has surprise teams and players and the Pickens Dragons match both criteria. Pickens is one win away from a school-record nine-win season and can capture its first-ever region title with a win over Cartersville. Pacing Pickens is Shannon Brooks, a Minnesota-commit that leads the state in rushing. Brooks has taken 181 carries for 2,043 yards (11.3 ypc) and 31 touchdowns. Brooks also has eight receptions for 164 yards and a touchdown, and he's even gone 2-for-2 passing for 108 yards and two scores. 

Colquitt County is on the opposite spectrum from the underdogs and currently cracks the top 3 in many national polls. A seemingly unstoppable cast of playmakers has led the Packers to their 9-0 start on both sides of the football, but even with all that talent and dominating performances, running back Sihiem King has been able to put himself in consideration for Georgia Player of the Year. King has rushed for 1,116 yards and 18 touchdowns on 134 carries (7.3 ypc).



Out of all the storylines heading into Week 12, Region 7-AAAAAA is one we will all have a close eye on. North Gwinnett, Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge, Norcross and Collins Hill are all in the playoff race. North Gwinnett has a very winnable matchup with Mountain View, but Norcross at Collins Hill and Mill Creek at Peachtree Ridge sets up two epic bouts. Norcross has lost consecutive region games to Peachtree Ridge and Mill Creek and sits at 4-2 in region play. Collins Hill is 3-3 and a win over Norcross would put the Eagles in the postseason and eliminate the two-time defending state champs. 


Norcross heads in as a favorite but the Blue Devils have struggled the past two weeks, getting outscored 65-2. North Gwinnett's only loss in region play was to Norcross, so a win over Meadowcreek would crown the Bulldogs region champs once again due to their wins over Mill Creek and Peachtree Ridge this season. The winner of Peachtree Ridge and Mill Creek will take the two seed if North Gwinnett wins. Mill Creek has outscored its last four opponents 199-21 and looks determined for a high seed in the playoffs after failing to punch a ticket last November, despite a potent offense and 6-4 final record. 




Cobb County Friends
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Atlanta Falcons FREE Youth Football Clinic
 Monday, November 10, 2014 * 6:00 - 8:15pm

Kennesaw Mountain High School

1898 Kennesaw Due West RD * Kennesaw, GA 30152


Clinic: 6 - 8:15 p.m.  
This free clinic for children ages 6 - 14 will focus on teaching young athletes proper football tackling, as well as other football fundamentals and life skills. This is a non-contact, no equipment clinic. 

Parent Informational Session: 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. 
Session led by former Atlanta Falcons Linebacker Buddy Curry. Parents will learn about proper equipment fitting, concussion awareness and the heads up tackling technique. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided to parents in attendance.  



TO: All GHSA-affiliated High School Football Head Coaches
You and one guest are cordially invited to attend the
2014 Salute to Georgia High School Football Reception
Presented by Ford


Saturday, December 13, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Georgia Dome-Atlanta Falcons Owners Club
One Georgia Dome Drive
Atlanta, Georgia, 30313
**Lower Level in between section 115-116
R.S.V.P. by Monday, December 1 to (404) 367-2243 or
David Quiroga at

With the start time of 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 13th for the first State Championship game, this reception invite allows you and a guest to enjoy a meal, mingle with fellow coaches as well as the 2014 Classification Coaches of the Year, Warrick Dunn Captain in the Community of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement winner. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to win a number of prizes for your outstanding commitment to the sport of football.

As in previous years, the Atlanta Falcons would like to extend the opportunity to the first 50 coaches that R.S.V.P. for the reception to receive two tickets to the Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers game on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. If interested, please make sure to mention when you R.S.V.P. and David Quiroga will follow-up with a confirmation of attendance and tickets.

Should you decide to stay in Atlanta, we recommend the following hotels within six blocks of the Georgia Dome: Omni at CNN Center (404) 659-0000, Embassy Suites (404) 223-2300, Residence Inn by Marriott (404) 522-0950, and Quality Hotel (404) 524-7991.



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