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Today, we begin our preview of all of this week's quarterfinal matchups with a look at Class A-Private and A-Public. Check out the left panel for the updated playoff brackets and pairings.


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What quarterfinal matchup in Class A features two teams that met in their region championship early this month?

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McEachern quarterback Bailey Hockman has thrown 37 touchdown passes this season.




Friday, Nov. 28




R2 T3 Newton at R5 T2 Etowah

R4 T1 Hillgrove at R8 T1 Archer

R4 T2 McEachern at R2 T1 Tucker

R5 T1 Milton at R1 T1 Colquitt County




R2 T3 Jones County at R6 T3 Mays

R2 T2 Houston County  at R4 T1 Stockbridge

R3 T3 Glynn Academy at R2 T1 Northside-Warner Robins

R8 T2 Gainesville at R5 T1 Allatoona


Class AAAA


R5 T2 Sandy Creek at R7 T1 Cartersville

R6 T2 Marist at R8 T1 Buford

R2 T1 West Laurens at R6 T1 St. Pius

R8 T2 North Oconee at R5 T1 Woodward Academy


Class AAA


R1 T2 Pierce County at R3 T1 Washington County

R4 T1 Blessed Trinity at R8 T1 Jefferson

R8 T3 Elbert County at R6 T1 Calhoun

R4 T3 Westminster at R8 T2 Hart County


Class AA


R1 T2 Brooks County at R5 T2 Heard County

R6 T2 Lovett at R2 T2 Benedictine

R2 T1 Vidalia at R6 T1 GAC

R6 T4 Pace Academy at R1 T1 Fitzgerald


Class A-Private


#9 Mount Pisgah at #1 Calvary Day

#5 Eagle's Landing Christian at #4 Prince Avenue Christian

#6 Savannah Christian at #3 Mount Paran

#7Tattnall Square at #2 Aquinas


Class A-Public


#8 Mt. Zion-Carroll at #1 Marion County

#5 Charlton County at #4 Hawkinsville

#14 Calhoun County at #6 Commerce

#10 Dooly County at #2 Irwin County



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Monday, November 24, 2014

Craig Sager II
Top-seeds clash after dominating in first round

#9 Mount Pisgah at #1 Calvary Day

Calvary Day lost quarterback Sal Calderon with a broken leg during the final week of the season and have been rotating backups to find the new hot hand. Robert Heyward led Calvary's run game with 118 yards, and he scored twice on runs of five and two yards as the Cavs piled up over 300 yards rushing. Calvary Day went on to defeat Christian Heritage 26-7 in its first round tilt and junior Brent Sanders filled in at quarterback. Mount Pisgah finished off Landmark Christian 38-14 in the first round. Quarterback Aaron Winchester threw four touchdown passes and ran in a fifth score from seven yards.

#5 Eagle's Landing Christian at #4 Prince Avenue Christian

ELCA quarterback D.J. Hammond rushed 

Photo by Jon Bazemore

for 144 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Chargers past Athens Christian in a 34-0 blowout. Prince Avenue Christian dominated First Presbyterian Day in all three phases on Friday, en route to a 55-30 victory. The Wolverines returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and recorded a second special teams touchdown off a blocked punt that was scooped and returned for a touchdown by Matthew Hill. Prince Avenue last faced ELCA in the 2012 state championship where it fell 33-0.


#6 Savannah Christian at #3 Mount Paran

Eight-time state champion Savannah Christian cruised to a 49-26 first round victory over St. Anne Pacelli. Joshua Chamblee ran in three of the Raiders' six rushing touchdowns off of just five carries. Mount Paran pound the football also and ran past Stratford Academy 45-14 on Friday. The Eagles were led by Emoni Williams' three first-half touchdowns.

#7 Tattnall Square at #2 Aquinas

Aquinas topped St. Francis 42-28 in the first round but led by as much as 42-13 before entering the fourth quarter. Junior Liam Welch threw three touchdowns and Daniel Lindsey rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns off a team-high nine carries. The Irish are 11-0 and have not lost a game since 2012 after a 14-0 season led them to their first state title last year. Tattnall Square made its GHSA playoff debut on Friday and stamped a 23-0 win over Pinecrest Academy. The Trojans are 10-1 and their only loss was to Aquinas (42-28) in the Region 7 championship on Nov. 7. 


Craig Sager II
Dooly, Calhoun Co. search for more road magic

#8 Mt. Zion-Carroll at #1 Marion County

Defending champion Marion County will

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

face Mt. Zion-Carroll for the first time in school history. The top-seeded Eagles improved to 11-0 with a 52-6 rout over Greenville in the first round. In Marion County's last five games, the defense has allowed just 3.5 points per game. Mt. Zion-Carroll edged Emanuel County Institute 30-21 in the first round. The Eagles are 8-3 and one win away from tying a school-record for nine wins that was set in 1996.

#5 Charlton County at #4 Hawkinsville

Four-time state champion Charlton County improved to 10-1 with a 23-22 overtime victory over Lincoln County. The Indians fell in the state championship a season ago to Marion County and will face a Hawkinsville team that also lost to Marion County, but in the semifinals. Hawkinsville survived Jenkins County 20-14 in the first round and will look for its first victory over Charlton County in school history after losing their previous three tilts.

#14 Calhoun County at  #6 Commerce

Calhoun County was 2-8 last year and 1-9 in 2012, but improved to 8-3 last Friday after edging Mitchell County 13-12. The Cougars are the highest remaining seed in the playoffs and will face Commerce for the first time in school history. Commerce is one win away from its first 10-win season in 9 years and dominated a solid Clinch County team 37-7 in the first round. Commerce has won its last five games after dropping a 48-27 loss to Prince Avenue Christian on Oct. 3.

#10 Dooly County at #2 Irwin County

Dooly County and Irwin County have faced five times in school history with Irwin County owning the series 3-2. Dooly County rides a four-game winning streak and went on the road to defeat Claxton 29-18 in the first round. Irwin County's only loss this year was to Class AA's Fitzgerald and the Indians blanked Atkinson County 28-0 in the first round. Irwin County is looking for its first state title since 1975 and Dooly County is still searching for its first state crown.


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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