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Today, we continue our previews of this week's 56 playoff games with a look at Class AA's second round action. Playoff brackets and pairings can be found in the left panel.


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How many times has Westlake's football program posted double-digit wins in a season?

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Monday's Answer:
Lincoln County has won 14 football state titles.




Friday, Nov. 21

Second Round Pairings



R5 T2 Etowah at R3 T1 Westlake

R8 T4 Central Gwinnett at R2 T3 Newton

R5 T3 Roswell at R4 T1 Hillgrove

R1 T3 Lee County at R8 T1 Archer

R4 T2 McEachern at R6 T1 Alpharetta

R8 T3 Grayson at R2 T1 Tucker

R3 T2 Hughes at R5 T1 Milton

R8 T2 Dacula at R1 T1 Colquitt County



R6 T3 Mays at R3 T1 Ware County

R2 T3 Jones County at R7 T1 Kell

R6 T2 Stephenson at R4 T1 Stockbridge

R7 T4 Sequoyah at R2 T2 Houston County

R3 T3 Glynn Academy at R6 T1 Creekside

R7 T2 Dalton at R2 T1 Northside-Warner Robins

R3 T2 Coffee at R5 T1 Allatoona

R8 T2 Gainesville at R1 T1 Harris County


Class AAAA

R5 T2 Sandy Creek at R3 T1 Wayne County

R2 T3 Baldwin at R7 T1 Cartersville

R6 T2 Marist at R4 T1 Griffin

R2 T2 Mary Persons at R8 T1 Buford

R4 T2 Eastside at R6 T1 St. Pius

R8 T3 Stephens County at R2 T1 West Laurens

R3 T2 Burke County at R5 T1 Woodward Academy

R8 T2 North Oconee at R1 T1 Cairo


Class AAA

R5 T2 Callaway at R3 T1 Washington County

R8 T4 Oconee County at R1 T2 Pierce County

R6 T2 Adairsville at R4 T1 Blessed Trinity

R1 T3 Dodge County at R8 T1 Jefferson

R3 T3 Westside-Augusta/R4 T2 Cedar Grove at R6 T1 Calhoun

R1 T4 Appling County at R8 T3 Elbert County

R4 T3 Westminster at R5 T1 Central-Carroll

R8 T2 Hart County at R1 T1 Cook


Class AA

R5 T2 Heard County at R3 T1 Screven County

R8 T4 Washington-Wilkes at  R1 T2 Brooks County

R6 T2 Lovett at R4 T1 Macon County

R2 T2 Benedictine at R8 T1 Rabun County

R4 T2 Lamar County at R6 T1 GAC

R7 T2 Coosa at R2 T1 Vidalia

R6 T4 Pace Academy at R3 T2 Jefferson County

T7 T3 Model at R1 T1 Fitzgerald


First Round Pairings


Class A-Private

#16 Christian Heritage at #1 Calvary Day

#9 Mount Pisgah at #8 Landmark Christian

#12 Athens Christian at #5 Eagle's Landing Christian

#13 First Presbyterian Day at #4 Prince Avenue Christian

#14 Stratford Academy at #3 Mount Paran

#11 St. Anne-Pacelli at #6 Savannah Christian

#10 Pinecrest Academy at #7Tattnall Square

#15 St. Francis at #2 Aquinas


Class A-Public

#16 Greenville at #1 Marion County

#9 Emanuel County Institute at #8 Mt. Zion-Carroll

#12 Lincoln County at #5 Charlton County

#13 Jenkins County at #4 Hawkinsville

#14 Calhoun County at #3 Mitchell County

#11 Clinch County at #6 Commerce

#10 Dooly County #7 Claxton

#15 Atkinson County at #2 Irwin County


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

By Matt Cason
Highly-competitive Class AA to determine Elite 8

R5, T2 Heard County at R3, T1 Screven County

Heard County comes in having won five of its last six games, including a 28-21 victory over Wesleyan last week. The Braves offense will go into the contest having averaged 39 points in its last three games. 10-1 Screven County suffered a scare as it rode a 13-point, fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Monticello 20-14.  The Gamecock defense is solid, having allowed just 12.6 points per contest. This will be the first-ever matchup between the squads.

R4 T2 Lamar County at R6 T1 GAC

This is the fourth

Photo by Lauren Roberts

year in a row in which Lamar County has reached the second round of the playoffs, including an appearance in the state finals last season. The Trojans defeated Swainsboro handily 28-14 and look to knock off No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian. The Spartans dominated an overmatched Chattahoochee County squad 41-13 and the 13 points allowed were the most given up by GAC's defense since Sept. 26. 


R8, T4 Washington-Wilkes at R1,T2 Brooks County

Washington-Wilkes pulled off the shocker in the first round by knocking off No. 8 Darlington 21-6 and is gunning for its first appearance in the quarterfinals since 2005. Yet, it must contend with a Brooks County offense that will go into the matchup having averaged 31 points per game. For Trojan head coach Maurice Freeman, he looks for the squad to make the quarterfinals for the fourth time in the last five years.

R6 T2 Lovett at R4 T1 Macon County

No. 3 Lovett at No. 7 Macon County is undoubtedly the premiere matchup of the week.  Willie Candler looks to build from Lovett's win over Bremen where he went 9-for-9 for 172 yards and four scores. Last week saw Macon County score a season-low 21 points in its victory over Dublin, but its defense still stands strong having allowed an average of seven points over its last four games. Macon County goes in, leading the all-time series 2-0.

R2 T2 Benedictine at R8 T1 Rabun County

No. 4 Benedictine is coming off of a

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dominant 35-0 win against Thomasville, as the Cadets ran for 248 yards and three touchdowns in the effort. Danny Britt's team has averaged 57.5 points per game during its four-game winning streak. Rabun County currently rides a winning streak of eight contests after last week's win over Chattooga 24-20. The Wildcats are aiming to make their first quarterfinal appearance since 1998.

R7 T2 Coosa at R2 T1 Vidalia

Coosa's 14-7 victory over Greene County last Friday has put the Eagles defense at streak of five games where it has held opponents to seven points or less, including three shutouts. No. 2 Vidalia continues to score at tremendous rate, dropping 56 in the victory over Bremen in the first round. The Indians offense has not had a game this season where it has scored less than 30 points. This marks the first occasion where these teams will face off.

R6 T4 Pace Academy at R3 T2 Jefferson County

Pace Academy earned its first playoff win in program history by destroying No. 1-seeded Bowdon 49-28. The Knights will be looking for its second all-time playoff win in Friday's matchup at Jefferson County. The Warriors scored 50 or more points for the fourth time this season in their dismantling of Bleckley County 52-37. JB Arnold's squad looks to keep its six-game winning streak intact along with making it to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009.

T7 T3 Model at R1 T1 Fitzgerald

Model held a powerful Union County offense below its 45-point scoring average as the Blue Devils recorded its first playoff win since 1979. It will be a similar situation as Gordon Powers' squad faces another high-powered offense in Fitzgerald which has averaged 51 points in its last five games. The No. 5-ranked Purple Hurricanes saw Gerald Morgan and JD King run for 230 and 191 yards respectively in its 53-28 victory over Bryan County. 

By Craig Sager II
Westlake's Love leads Lions on historic season

Westlake head coach Bryan Love is the Atlanta Falcons High School Coach of the Week. Love has made history in just two seasons with the Lions. The program plummeted to an 0-10 season in 2013 and Love was faced with the challenge of getting an entire program to buy into his system as he entered his first season as a head coach. Westlake

went on to reach the playoffs in 2013 and finished 5-6 with plenty of positive momentum heading into this season.


The success last year is nothing compared to the tremendous strides Westlake has made in year two under Love. Westlake is 9-1 and sits one win away from posting the second double-digit wins season in the school's 26-year history. The Lions crushed North Paulding 41-13 in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs last Friday and will host Etowah on Friday.


The win column is just part of the success story and it is the growth within the community and program where Love is making his biggest impact. In order to advance and promote player health and safety at the youth and high school level, Coach Love has worked with feeder programs to get an early start with the young athletes. He visits elementary schools to talk with young students and brought a Strength and Conditioning coach to Westlake to help build the players physically and to make sure they are doing everything in a healthy and safe manner.


The varsity team partnered up with feeder schools in the area to help provide tutoring and reading to elementary age students.

Each week of the season, the winner of this award will receive a personalized certificate from the NFL, a commemorative game ball and a $1,000 grant from the NFL's Youth Football Fund to his school's athletic department.


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
9:30 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 10 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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