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CLASS AAA PLAYOFF PREVIEW

We begin our preview of every first round game in the state with a breakdown of Class AAA's matchups and highlight the

 impressive, undefeated season of cross country standout Emma Grace Hurley. 

 

 

 


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FOOTBALL STATE PLAYOFF BRACKETS

FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

 

 

FIRST ROUND

 (R is for region and T is the seed in that region)

 

Friday, Nov. 14

 

Class AAAAAA

 

R6 T3 South Forsyth at R5 T2 Etowah

R4 T4 North Paulding at R3 T1 Westlake

R2 T3 Newton at R1 T2 Valdosta

R8 T4 Central Gwinnett at R7 T1 North Gwinnett

R5 T3 Roswell at R6 T2 Lambert

R3 T4 Douglas County at R4 T1 Hillgrove

R1 T3 Lee County at R2 T2 Lovejoy

R7 T4 Norcross at R8 T1 Archer

R3 T3 East Coweta at R4 T2 McEachern

R5 T4 Cherokee at R6 T1 Alpharetta

R8 T3 Grayson at R7 T2 Mill Creek

R1 T4 Tift County at R2 T1 Tucker

R4 T3 North Cobb at R3 T2 Hughes

R6 T4 Northview at R5 T1 Milton

R7 T3 Peachtree Ridge at R8 T2 Dacula

R2 T4 Rockdale County at R1 T1 Colquitt County

 

Class AAAAA

 

R6 T3 Mays at R5 T2 South Paulding

R4 T4 Starr's Mill at R3 T1 Ware County

R2 T3 Jones County at R1 T2 Carver-Columbus

R8 T4 Winder-Barrow at R7 T1 Kell

R5 T3 Alexander at R6 T2 Stephenson

R3 T4 Brunswick at R4 T1 Stockbridge

R1 T3 LaGrange at R2 T2 Houston County

R7 T4 Sequoyah at R8 T1 Lanier

R3 T3 Glynn Academy at R4 T2 Drew

R5 T4 New Manchester at R6 T1 Creekside

R8 T3 Salem at R7 T2 Dalton

R1 T4 Northside-Columbus at R2 T1 Northside-Warner Robins

R4 T3 Mundy's Mill at R3 T2 Coffee

R6 T4 Carver-Atlanta at R5 T1 Allatoona

T7 T3 Creekview at R8 T2 Gainesville

R2 T4 Warner Robins at R1 T1 Harris County

 

Class AAAA

 

R6 T3 Columbia at R5 T2 Sandy Creek

R4 T4 Eagle's Landing at R3 T1 Wayne County

R2 T3 Baldwin at R1 T2 Worth County

R8 T4 White County at R7 T1 Cartersville

R5 T3 Whitewater at R6 T2 Marist

R3 T4 Liberty County at R4 T1 Griffin

R1 T3 Westover at R2 T2 Mary Persons

R7 T4 Southeast Whitfield  at R8 T1 Buford

R3 T3 Thomson at R4 T2 Eastside

R5 T4 Fayette County at R6 T1 St. Pius

R8 T3 Stephens County at R7 T2 Pickens

R1 T4 Bainbridge at R2 T1 West Laurens

R4 T3 Locust Grove at R3 T2 Burke County

R6 T4 Arabia Mountain at R5 T1 Woodward Academy

R7 T3 Gilmer at R8 T2 North Oconee

R2 T4 Veterans at R1 T1 Cairo

 

Class AAA

 

R6 T3 Ringgold at R5 T2 Callaway

R4 T4 Jackson-Atlanta at R3 T1 Washington County

R2 T3 Jackson at R1 T2 Pierce County

R8 T4 Oconee County at R7 T1 West Hall

R5 T3 Cedartown at R6 T2 Adairsville

R3 T4 Hephzibah at R4 T1 Blessed Trinity

R1 T3 Dodge County at R2 T2 Westside-Macon

R7 T4 Franklin County at R8 T1 Jefferson

R3 T3 Westside-Augusta at R4 T2 Cedar Grove

R5 T4 Rockmart at R6 T1 Calhoun

R8 T3 Elbert County at R7 T2 Lumpkin County

R1 T4 Appling County at R2 T1 Peach County

R4 T3 Westminster at R3 T2 Laney

R6 T4 Sonaraville at R5 T1 Central-Carroll

T7 T3 East Hall at R8 T2 Hart County

R2 T4 Central-Macon at R1 T1 Cook

 

Class AA

 

R6 T3 Wesleyan at R5 T2 Heard County

R4 T4 Monticello at R3 T1 Screven County

R2 T3 Bacon County at R1 T2 Brooks County

R8 T4 Washington-Wilkes at R7 T1 Darlington

R5 T3 Bremen at R6 T2 Lovett

R3 T4 Dublin at R4 T1 Macon County

R1 T3 Thomasville at R2 T2 Benedictine

R7 T4 Chatooga at R8 T1 Rabun County

R3 T3 Swainsboro at R4 T2 Lamar County

R5 T4 Chattahoochee County at R6 T1 GAC

R8 T3 Greene County at R7 T2 Coosa

R1 T4 Berrien at R2 T1 Vidalia

R4 T3 Bleckley County at R3 T2 Jefferson County

R6 T4 Pace Academy at R5 T1 Bowdon

T7 T3 Model at R8 T2 Union County

R2 T4 Bryan County at R1 T1 Fitzgerald

 

*Class A Public and Private

Pairings will be decided this week by power rankings and the first round is Nov. 21.

 

 

PRE-PLAYOFF
FOOTBALL POLL

 

 

Class AAAAAA

1. Colquitt County

2. Grayson

3. Valdosta

4. Dacula

5. North Gwinnett

6. Milton

7. Mill Creek

8. Lee County

9. Archer

10. Tucker

 

Class AAAAA

1. Ware County

2. Coffee

3. Allatoona

4. Kell

5. Northside-Warner Robins

6. Lanier

7. Houston County

8. Creekside

9. Harris County

10. Mays

 

Class AAAA

1. Buford

2. Griffin

3. Marist

4. Sandy Creek

5. Woodward Academy

6. St. Pius

7. Cartersville

8. Mary Persons

9. Cairo

10. Whitewater

 

Class AAA

1. Washington County

2. Calhoun

3. Blessed Trinity

4. Peach County

5. Jefferson

6. Central-Carroll

7. Westminster

8. Westside-Macon

9. Hart County

10. Cook

 

Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian

2. Vidalia

3. Lovett

4. Benedictine

5. Fitzgerald

6. Brooks County

7. Macon County

8. Darlington

9. Lamar County

10. Thomasville

 

Class A-Private

1. Mount Paran

2. Aquinas

3. Calvary Day

4. Savannah Christian

5. Mount Pisgah

6. Landmark Christian

7. Prince Avenue Christian

8. Tattnall Square

9. Pacelli

10. ELCA

 

Class A-Public

1. Marion County

2. Irwin County

3. Hawkinsville

4. Charlton County

5. Dooly County

6. Lincoln County

7. Commerce

8. Clinch County

9. Emanuel County Institute

10. Claxton

 

 

 





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Tuesday, November 11, 2014



CLASS AAA PLAYOFF PREVIEW
By Craig Sager II
First-ever matchups fill first round action
 
R6 T3 Ringgold at R5 T2 Callaway

Ringgold came off last year's school-record 11-win season and cruised to an 8-2 record this year. The Tigers suffered region losses to Adairsville and Calhoun but have been building momentum since and sit one win away from matching a school-record six-game winning streak. Callaway played for its first region championship last Friday but saw a potential game-winning kick get blocked by Central-Carroll and returned for a touchdown as time expired. However, the close loss to 9-0 Central-Carroll should give the Cavaliers confidence heading into the postseason.


 

R4 T4 Jackson-Atlanta at R3 T1 Washington County

Washington County has outscored its opponents by an average of 43 points per game this season. The 10-0 Golden Hawks are led by Player of the Year candidate AJ Gray at quarterback. The team has gone 33-3 with the senior under center the past three seasons. Jackson is led by running back Quintavious Monday and quarterback Keenan Moore.


 

R2 T3 Jackson at R1 T2 Pierce County

Pierce County clinched the No. 2 seed this year and is two wins away from their third straight 10-win season under Sean Pender. Pierce County's two losses came in a one-point loss to Cook and a three-point loss to Appling County. This will be the first time Pierce and Jackson have met on the gridiron. Jackson is a running team that has accounted for 214 rushing yards per game this season. Sophomore Antavius Grier and senior Juan Sims have each paced the backfield with seven touchdowns this season.


 

R8 T4 Oconee County at R7 T1 West Hall

West Hall is the higher seed, but Oconee County carries a 6-0 all-time record against the Spartans. West Hall tied a school-record with nine wins and can post double-digit victories for the first time in school history with a win on Friday. Oconee County made a tremendous turnaround this season under first-year head coach Travis Noland. After winning just five games during the last two seasons, Oconee County sits at 7-3 and is in the playoffs for the first time in six years.


 
R5 T3 Cedartown at R6 T2 Adairsville

Superstar running back Nick Chubb led Cedartown into the playoffs with a 9-1 record last year and the Bulldogs have had to carry on without the current Georgia running back. Cedartown was able to sneak into the postseason with a 2-3 region record and a 3-7 overall mark. Adairsville lone loss came to Calhoun and the 9-1 Tigers are one win away from the school's third double-digit winning season in 58 years. 

 

R3 T4 Hephzibah at R4 T1 Blessed Trinity

Blessed Trinity made it to the quarterfinals last year and rides into the playoffs undefeated for the first time in school history. Junior quarterback Conor Davis has led the Blessed Trinity offense with 15 passing touchdowns and three rushing scores. Hephzibah's last playoff appearance came in 2009 and the team has rebuilt itself after a combined 1-19 record from 2011-12. This is the first time the two teams have ever played.


 
R1 T3 Dodge County at R2 T2 Westside-Macon

Dodge County's 7-0 start was followed with back-to-back losses to Cook and Pierce County but the Indians closed the season on a winning note with a 31-15 victory over Jenkins. This is another first-time matchup between two schools and Westside-Macon is one of the better No. 2 seeds in the postseason. The Seminoles are 9-1 with their lone loss to 10-0 Peach County.


 
R7 T4 Franklin County at R8 T1 Jefferson

After winning the 2012 Class AA state title, Jefferson has not taken a step back with second-year head coach Ben Hall. The Dragons went 10-3 in Hall's first season and have jumped to a 10-0 regular season record this year. Jefferson and Franklin County have met 14 times with the last meeting coming in 1997. Jefferson owns the series with an 8-6 all-time record. After a 1-9 finish last year, Jerry Underwood and Franklin County enter the playoffs with a 4-6 record.


 
R3 T3 Westside-Augusta at R4 T2 Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove sits at 8-2 and one win away from the first 9-win season since 1992. The Saints battled with undefeated Blessed Trinity for the region title last Friday but fell short 28-21. Westside-Augusta hired former Cross Creek head coach Scott Tate this offseason and the Patriots are in the playoffs for just the second time in nine seasons.


 
R5 T4 Rockmart at R6 T1 Calhoun

Rockmart edged Pepperell 6-0 in the mini-playoff on Monday for a spot in the postseason, despite a 3-7 record. The Rockmart Yellow Jackets take on the mighty Calhoun Yellow Jackets. Undefeated Calhoun is looking for its third state title and has posted a 35-point average margin of victory this year. Olicio Dennis, Cole Jackson and Kaelen Riley share the bulk of the carries out of the Calhoun backfield. 


 
R8 T3 Elbert County at R7 T2 Lumpkin County

Elbert County has never posted a losing season under 5-year head coach Sid Fritts and is in the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. The 7-3 Blue Devils lost to a trio of difficult opponents with Westminster, Hart County and Jefferson. First-year head coach Ty Maxwell led Lumpkin County into the playoffs after the Indians posted consecutive 2-8 seasons the previous two years. The Indians must slow down an Elbert County offense that has averaged 32 points per game this season. This is the first meeting between the schools.


 
R1 T4 Appling County at R2 T1 Peach County

Peach County is looking to repeat its 15-0 state champion season in 2009 and enters the playoffs unscathed after dominating this year's competition. The Trojans have won 70 games the last six seasons and they very well could make that 75 with another run to the Georgia Dome. Appling County has lost its last five games to Peach County and last topped the Trojans 17-6 in 1994.


 
R4 T3 Westminster at R3 T2 Laney

Gerry Romberg is in his 23rd season as the Westminster head coach and has led the Wildcats to a 9-1 record in the school's first year in Class AAA. The Wildcats' 13-10 win over Lovett to open the season set the tone and still stands as one of their biggest wins of the year. Westminster beat Laney 14-6 on Sept 5 at Laney and will try to repeat the results against a Laney team that made a run to the state quarterfinals a season ago.


 
R6 T4 Sonoraville at R5 T1 Central-Carroll

Central-Carroll followed up a 10-3 season a year ago with a perfect 10-0 record and Region 5 title. The Lions won 40-34 over Callaway on Saturday and only allowed 43 total points in the nine games prior. Sonoraville posted a school-record 6-win season this year and is looking for the first playoff win in school history.


 
T7 T3 East Hall at R8 T2 Hart County

Hart County saw its hopes for a region title fall 21-14 last Friday to Jefferson, but being competitive in the loss and having a chance to win should serve as a boost entering the postseason. Hart County is 7-1 all-time against East Hall and has not lost to the Vikings since its 7-6 defeat in 1971. Bryan Gray is in his eighth season as East Hall's head coach and has the Vikings in the playoffs for the first time since 2005.


 
R2 T4 Central-Macon at R1 T1 Cook

Jon Lindsey left Irwin County and took the Cook job this year and immediately made his impact. Cook lost to Tift County and Berrien to open the season but followed the two losses with eight straight wins. Central-Macon sits at 5-5 and has only posted one six-win season since 1999. 


 

*Stats and team history found at GHSFHA.org


By Lauren Goldstein
Hurley paces competition for undefeated season
 

Fellowship Christian junior, Emma Grace Hurley finished a remarkable undefeated season with a victory in the Girls GHSA Cross Country Class A-Private Championships last Saturday at Carrollton High School. Hurley finished first out of 118 runners from 34 schools across Georgia with a time of 19:06.78 and defeated the runner-up by over 23 seconds.

 

Leading up to the state championship, the Lady Paladins' cross country team placed fourth overall at the Area Meet on October 30th, which qualified them for state in Carrollton. Hurley won the state qualifying meet and set a new course record. 

 

As a team, the Paladin girls ranked 17th out of 34 teams heading into the Class A-Private state championships. Hurley was the top-ranked individual runner in her classification and second among all female runners in the state.

 

Also competing for FCS in the state championship meet was senior Hayden Harvard, sophomores Julia Claeys, Ansley Harmon, Emmie Harvard and Jaqueline Lewis along with freshman Caroline Keim. Keim finished 28th in the race, which ranked fifth overall in region 6B and 27th overall in Class A-Private.

 

Hurley had quite the junior season, winning all nine varsity races she competed in, culminating her first-ever state title. With hard work and dedication to improve this season, she became the first athlete in Fellowship Christian history to boast a state championship in any individual or team sport.

 

The Paladins are lucky Hurley is only a junior as they will have her for one more year where she is expected to dominate and shine on the course once again.




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FROM THE ATLANTA FALCONS



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 dquiroga@falcons.nfl.com

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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