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


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How many consecutive home games has Calhoun won?

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Tuesday's Answer:
Westlake's football team has posted  double-digit wins in a season one time in school history. 




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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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

By Craig Sager II
Five undefeated teams lead crowded 3A field

R5 T2 Callaway at R3 T1 Washington County

Washington County has not played against a team that survived the first round of the playoffs since its clash with Class AAAA's Burke County on Sept. 19, but the Golden Hawks dominated

Photo by Perry McIntyre

Burke County 47-27 just like its other 10 opponents this year. AJ Gray quarterbacks an offense that averages over 50 points a game and helped lead the Golden Hawks to a 73-28 opening round victory over Jackson-Atlanta last Friday. The 73-point scoring outburst was the third time this year that Washington County has surpassed 70 points in a game. Callaway doesn't ride an 11-game win streak into Friday night but the Cavaliers have grown accustomed to playoff success in recent seasons. Under head coach Michael Wiggins, Callaway finished 12-2 last year after suffering a 24-14 loss to Buford in the state semifinals. Washington County ended last season 13-1 after falling to Buford in the state championship. 


R8 T4 Oconee County at R1 T2 Pierce County

Travis Noland led an Oconee County team that finished 2-8 last year into the playoffs in his first season at the helm, but the Warriors didn't stop there. Oconee opened the playoffs last week with a 42-38 victory over top-seeded West Hall. Pierce County sent Jackson home with a 49-21 win last Friday and enter this week's matchup with a 9-2 record that is tattooed with close losses to Cook (17-16) and Appling County (17-14). Oconee County had lost its last three games of the regular season and Pierce County will have to keep the Warriors from riding the momentum of last week's victory.


R6 T2 Adairsville at R4 T1 Blessed Trinity

Adairsville has scored at least 35 points in a game nine times this season and opened the postseason with a 52-14 blowout over Cedartown. Defensively, Adairsville boasts a unit that allows just 12.7 points per game. This is the first time in school history that the Tigers will face Blessed Trinity. Blessed Trinity is one of five remaining undefeated teams in Class AAA. Conor Davis quarterbacks an offense that has scored 39 points per game while the defense has held opponents to a 9.6 points per game average.


R1 T3 Dodge County at R8 T1 Jefferson

Dodge County opened the season 7-0 but dropped back to back games to Cook and Pierce County and entered the first round as a No. 3 seed. The Indians had to visit a 9-1 Westside-Macon team in the opening round but walked away with a commanding 14-3 victory. Jefferson is among the favorites to win this year's Class AAA title and the Dragons sit at 11-0 with an offense that averages 42 points per game and a defense that surrenders just 8.9 points per game.  


R4 T2 Cedar Grove at R6 T1 Calhoun

Undefeated Calhoun hosts a talented Cedar Grove team that has enough talent to challenge the red hot Yellow Jackets.  Calhoun has outscored its opponents by 35 points per game this year and comes off a 43-14 opening round rout over Rockmart. Calhoun has not lost a home game since a 17-7 loss to Cartersville in 2008, which takes the Yellow Jackets current home winning streak to an incredible 53 games. Cedar Grove is one win away from the school's first double-digit wins season since 1991.


R1 T4 Appling County at R8 T3 Elbert County

Appling County was one of No. 4 seeds in the state to survive the opening round after the Pirates stamped a huge 14-7 upset over previously undefeated Peach County. Elbert County is a rare No. 3 seeded home team this week and comes off a 28-18 road victory over Lumpkin County. Elbert County's most impressive performance came in its season finale when the Blue Devils cruised to a 42-13 victory over Oconee County. This is the first time these two schools have faced.


R4 T3 Westminster at R5 T1 Central-Carroll

Central-Carroll completed its first undefeated regular season since 1987 this year and cruised to a 42-14 victory over Sonoraville in the first round. The Lions held off Callaway 42-35 in the final game of the regular season and still have a defense that has allowed just 8.2 points per game this season. Westminster has not posted 11 wins since 2004, but the Wildcats are one win away from that mark at 10-1. Westminster is led by quarterback Keller Harper and a defense that held Laney to 12 points in their first round victory. 


R8 T2 Hart County at R1 T1 Cook

Hart County and Cook will square off for the first time on Friday. Hart County's lone loss came to Jefferson (21-14) in the Region 8 championship game and Cook enters the second round on a 9-game winning streak after opening the season 0-2. Cook is led by former Irwin County head coach Jon Lindsey. Hart County quarterback Cameron Fouch paces an offense that averages north of 40 points per game and the senior has thrown for 21 touchdowns this season with a 62.1 completion percentage.


Cabrera earns Captain in the Community award

The Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community presented by Ford is Clay Cabrera, kicker/punter at the H.V. Jenkins High School in Atlanta, GA.  Cabrera has made several contributions to his community, including leading Recreation and Bible study summer mission teams, volunteering with Samaritan's Purse-Operation Christmas child and feeding the homeless through the Hispanic ministry.    


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  


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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