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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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By Craig Sager II
Marist set to challenge defending champs 

R5 T2 Sandy Creek at R3 T1 Wayne County

Sandy Creek has advanced to the quarterfinals

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

five straight seasons and used a 23-14 victory over Columbia last week to stamp its seventh consecutive 10-win season. Wayne County will look to stop Ole Miss-commit Eric Swinney, who has led Sandy Creek with 1,587 rushing yards this year. Wayne County's offense is led by Anfernee Jordan, who took 24 carries for 126 yards and two touchdowns a 14-6 victory over Eagle's Landing in the first round.


R2 T3 Baldwin at R7 T1 Cartersville

Former Mays defensive coordinator Lee Hannah led Baldwin to its first playoff victory since 2010 last week as the Braves topped Worth County 17-7.  Baldwin will face Cartersville for the first time in school history and will aim to snap the Purple Hurricanes' 9-game winning streak. Cartersville is also led by a first-year head coach. Joey King was Class AAAA runner-up Carrollton's offensive coordinator last season and he has helped Trevor Lawrence have a breakout season as Cartersville's staring quarterback . Lawrence has completed 136-of-212 passes this season for 2,386 yards and 21 touchdowns.


R6 T2 Marist at R4 T1 Griffin

Marist faces another difficult opponent after stamping a 30-13 win over Whitewater in the first round. The 10-1 War Eagles will visit the defending Class AAAA champs Griffin, which topped Liberty County 46-12 last week. Marist pounded the football for 357 rushing yards against Whitewater and Griffin used its mix of passing and running the football to light up the scoreboard in its first round victory. The Bears' sophomore quarterback Tylan Morton finished with 297 passing yards, while running back Malik Miller took 31 carries for 203 yards and four touchdowns.


R2 T2 Mary Persons at R8 T1 Buford

Buford enters the matchup riding a state-best 36-game win streak and will face a Mary Persons team that sits at 9-2 and could clinch a 10-win season for the third straight year with a victory. Mary Person's shutout Westover 14-0 in the first round and Buford also posted a shutout with its 63-0 drubbing of Southeast Whitfield.


R4 T2 Eastside at R6 T1 St. Pius

St. Pius has won its last nine games and dominated Fayette County 24-0 in the opening round. The Golden Lions only threw the ball twice in their win over Fayette County and rushed for 323 yards. The sophomore duo of quarterback Austin Holloway and receiver Josh Sims lead Eastside, which opened the playoffs with a 35-34 double-overtime victory over Thomson.


R8 T3 Stephens County at R2 T1 West Laurens

West Laurens' win over Mary Persons in the Region 2 championship game showed what type of talent is on this year's team and the Raiders followed it with a 23-17 overtime victory over Bainbridge in the first round. The victory marked West Laurens first playoff win in 20 years. Stephens County lost its last two games of the regular season to North Oconee (21-14) and Buford (56-0) but opened the playoffs with a bang, defeating host Pickens 42-14.


R3 T2 Burke County at R5 T1 Woodward Academy

Burke County has advanced to the quarterfinals the last four seasons and claimed the Class AAA state championship in 2011. Dual-threat quarterback Caleeb Roberson leads the Bears and he rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns while completing 10-of-16 passes for 113 yards in last week's 42-14 win over Locust Grove. Woodward Academy has not made the quarterfinals since 1999 but come in heavily favored thanks to junior running back Elijah Holyfield. The four-star back has rushed for 28 touchdowns and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this season.


R8 T2 North Oconee at R1 T1 Cairo

North Oconee will travel 250 miles south to Cairo for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. Kawon Bryant leads North Oconee and rushed for 360 yards and five touchdowns in the Titans' 49-6 victory over Gilmer in the first round. Cairo topped Veterans 24-7 in the first round and will look to match the running ability of Bryant with its star ball carrier Jeremiah Hill. The running back/linebacker rushed for 198 yards off 22 carries last week and has accounted for 20 rushing touchdowns this season.



By Craig Sager II
Epic first round a sign of things to come

Before the playoffs began, many high school football experts predicted that Georgia's postseason would be the most competitive out of any state in the country. The first round did not disappoint

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and once again we are faced with mammoth matchups with one of the deepest fields of playoff teams the statehas seen. In Class AAAAAA, Colquitt County is the projected favorite to win the state championship and is playing just its fifth home playoff game in its last 23 postseason games. The Packers smashed Rockdale County 62-12 last week but they'll face a Dacula team that is disciplined, well-coached and very opportunistic on the defensive side of the ball. Dacula has over 30 sacks, more than 70 tackles for loss and 17 interceptions this season


Alpharetta has the lowest odds of the remaining 16 teams in Class AAAAAA to win the state title according to the Maxwell Projections,but this is a dangerous Raiders team that is capable of challenging McEachern. Alpharetta's pass rush is led by Tennessee-commit Andrew Butcher and he'll face a McEachern offensive line that features Louisville-commit ChandlerJones and USC-commit Chuma Edoga. The winner of McEachern and Alpharetta will take on the winner of Grayson at Tucker in the quarterfinals. Grayson lost a coin flip after tying for the Region 8 championship and earned the No. 3 seed. Tucker is the top seed out of Region 3 and comes off a 31-29 first round victory over Tift County. Grayson dominated Mill Creek 24-7 in the opening round. 

The matchup we thought we were going to see with Valdosta and North Gwinnett in the second round was spoiled by Newton and Central Gwinnett upsets. Newton dominated Valdosta 27-14 as junior quarterback Romario Johnson increased his season total to 2,358 passing yards, despite two of Newton's games being called off for lightning storms earlier in the year.

Central Gwinnett held North Gwinnett to 160 total yards of offense and won 12-9. Central Gwinnett posted five total sacks and shutdown what many thought was the top passing offense in the state, so Johnson and the Newton offense will have their hands full buying time in the pocket. 

Roswell at Hillgrove sets up a fantastic second round matchup and the winner faces the winner of Lee County at Archer. Roswell  sophomore Sheldon Evans ran in 16 of the Hornets' 22 rushing touchdowns in the regular season and the offense continued rolling in last week's 36-13 win over Lambert. Hillgrove's potent offense features Sonny Harris,who racked up 314 yards on 28 carries and ran in eight touchdowns in the Hawks' 72-46 win over North Paulding this season.



Archer toppled two-time defending champion Norcross 38-22 last Friday and quarterback Gabe Tiller finished 18-of-26 passing for 289 yards and two touchdowns while adding a rushing touchdown. Randy Nails had six receptions for 173 yards and a score to go along with 75 yards rushing and a touchdown while Jamyest Williams added 62 yards receiving and 30 yards rushing for Archer. The Tigers host LeeCounty, which thrashed Lovejoy 44-6 in its Class AAAAAA postseason debut last Friday. 

Etowah at Westlake features a poten tEagles rushing attack that will look for running room against a Westlake defense that has allowed just 8.7 points per game this year. Etowah RB Tyray Devezin rushed for 204 yards on 25 carries in the first round in a 48-22 win against South Forsyth. Devezin has unofficially rushed for 1,126 yards this year after filling in for his older brother Raishod, who rushed for over 1,000 yards through seven games this year but suffered a season-ending injury. 

The most mysterious matchup could be Hughes at Milton. These two teams have the size and strength to play with anybody in the state but they both lack playoff experience. Milton has made the playoffs five of the past six seasons but won its first playoff game since 1953 last week and first region title since 1952 the week before. Hughes opened in 2009. The Panthers have advanced one round each of the past two seasons but never made a quarterfinals. Milton beat Northview 37-0 in the first round and Hughes topped North Cobb 42-28.


By Craig Sager II
Cross-state road trips await visiting teams

There will be a lot of traveling this weekend as the state prepares for 56 playoff games. The road teams will

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travel roughly 8,147.1 combined miles this weekend. The shortest distance between opponents is Grayson and Tucker (20.2 miles) and the longest is Christian Heritage at Calvary day (357 miles). Class AAAAAA will do the least travel with an average 76.1 miles between opponents and Class AA be on the road the longest with an average distance of 202.7 miles between opponents. Statewide, the the average distance between opponents of all 56 games is 145.5 miles. Safe travels Georgia.




CLASS 6A- 76.1 miles per game

CLASS 5A- 176.2 miles per game

CLASS 4A- 144.5 miles per game

CLASS 3A- 144.7 miles per game

CLASS 2A- 202.7 miles per game

CLASS A-Private 139 miles per game

CLASS A-Public 136.2 miles per game





This Week's Games

Central Gwinnett at Newton
Lee County at Archer
Hughes at Milton
Jones County at Kell
Coffee at Allatoona
Marist at Griffin
Heard County at Screven County
Athens Christian at ELCA
Westminster at Central-Carroll
Mount Pisgah at Landmark Christian


Craig Sager II
Last Week: 6-4Central Gwinnett
Heard County
Mount Pisgah
Ricky Dimon
Last Week: 4-6
Central Gwinnett
Heard Co
DJ Galbiati Blalock
Last Week: 5-5
Central Gwinnett 
Jones co
Screven co
Central Carroll 
Brian Jones
Last Week: 6-4
Heard Co
Athens Christian
Lauren Goldstein
Last Week: 6-4
Heard Co



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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