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Monday's Answer:
The Class A's region championship rematch in the quarterfinals is Tattnall Square at Aquinas.




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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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

By Craig Sager II
Four unbeatens highlight deep 3A field

R1 T2 Pierce County at R3 T1 Washington County

Undefeated Washington County has blown out all 12 opponents by at least 20 points this season. The Golden Hawks are paced by an offense that produces 52.3 points per game and a defense that allows just 10.7 points per game. Player of the Year candidate A.J. Gray

Photo by Perry McIntyre

quarterbacks Washington County and he led the Hawks to a 31-7 victory last Friday, despite his least productive game of the season. Gray was held below 100 yards both rushing and passing for the first time all season and fumbled twice in the red zone. Despite the miscues, Gray still scored on a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second half. Pierce County likes to run the football and the Bears will need to keep the football on the ground to keep the clock moving and limit the possessions the potent Washington County offense will see. Pierce County has allowed 14.3 points per game defensively, while scoring just under 37 points per game. The last time these schools faced was during the first round of the 1994 playoffs. Washington County, led by All-Classification Player of the Year Takeo Spikes, went on to win 28-3 and used the victory to propel a playoff run that took the 15-0 Golden Hawks to their first-ever state title.


R4 T1 Blessed Trinity at R8 T1 Jefferson

Undefeated Blessed Trinity at undefeated Jefferson sets up one of the top matchups in any classification. Jefferson cruised in its first season in Class AAA and opened the playoffs with commanding victories over Franklin County (38-7) and Dodge County (27-7). The Dragons are giving up just 8.75 points per game this season and have won every game by double-digits besides their 21-14 victory over Hart County in the Region 8 championship. Like Jefferson, Blessed Trinity's only victory that was not by double-digit points came in a 28-21 win over Cedar Grove in the Region 4 championship. Conor Davis is a championship-caliber quarterback that leads the Titans but in order for Blessed Trinity to make it all the way to the Dome, the team will have to prove it has the speed to matchup with the elite remaining field in Class AAA. This will be the first time these schools have ever faced.

R8 T3 Elbert County at R6 T1 Calhoun

Calhoun has won its last 54 home games and has not lost a playoff game at home since 2007. The Yellow Jackets faced a big and athletically-gifted Cedar Grove team last round and pulled off a commanding 38-18 victory. Elbert County rides a six-game winning streak into its visit to Phil Reeve Stadium with a red-hot offense that has sparked the recent success. Elbert County topped Appling County 54-3 last Friday and has scored 43.8 points per game over the last six weeks.  Calhoun quarterback Kaelan Riley is a 6-foot-3, dual threat that has poise and athleticism to spark big plays.

R4 T3 Westminster at R8 T2 Hart County


Westminster and Hart County's last meeting was a 6-3 Wildcat victory in the first round of the 1996 playoffs. Eighteen

Hart County Football

seasons later and Gerry Romberg is still at the helm and looks to lead Westminster to its first 12-win season since 1978. Hart County's only loss was its 21-14 defeat to Jefferson in the Region 8 title game and the Bulldogs held off a dangerous Cook team 7-0 last Friday. Hart County made it to the quarterfinals four years in a row from 1998-01 but have only made it back twice since and still searches its first state title. Cameron Fouch quarterbacks a balanced Hart County offense that has seen nine different receivers haul in touchdowns this season. Junior Anthony Turner is a 6-foot-4 wide receiver that leads the way with seven receiving touchdowns. 


By Matt Cason
More North vs. South battles await in Class AA
R1 T2 Brooks County at R5 T2 Heard County

Brooks County makes its third straight

Heard County Football

quarterfinal appearance after a tight 21-14 victory over Washington Wilkes. The Trojans currently ride a four-game winning streak that has seen the defense hold opponents to an average of 14 points per game during that span. For Heard County, it comes off of a huge win last Friday against top-seeded Screven County that saw the Braves hold the holding a strong Gamecocks offense to a season-low six points.


R6 T2 Lovett at R2 T2 Benedictine

Benedictine received a tremendous performance from sophomore John Kennedy as he ran over Rabun County for 234 yards and two touchdowns in its 42-9 victory last Friday. The Cadets have outscored opponents in the playoffs by a margin of 77-9. No. 3 Lovett advanced to the quarterfinals following a convincing 42-7 win over No. 7 Macon County. The Lions have Jay Harris and Lee Candler lead a rushing attack that averages 218 yards per game.


R2 T1 Vidalia at R6 T1 GAC

It is the battle of the unbeatens as No. 2 Vidalia visits No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian in a matchup that sees both offenses average over 44 points per contest through each of its first two playoff games. The Spartans fought back from 20-14 deficit to force four turnovers and score 34 unanswered points to win its school-record 12th game of the season. Nate McBride led the charge in Vidalia's dominant win over Coosa, rushing for 123 yards and two scores.


R6 T4 Pace Academy at R1 T1 Fitzgerald

Pace Academy is looking to be the first No. 4

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seed to make it to the Final Four in the AA state championship since Lovett accomplished the feat in 2010. The Knights are making their first quarterfinal appearance following a thrilling 57-50 victory over Jefferson County during the second round. Gerald Morgan rushed for a game-high 204 yards and a touchdown while J.D. King ran 166 yards and four scores in Fitzgerald's 48-14 win over Model.



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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