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Happy Thanksgiving and Quarterfinals Eve. Today, we continue our preview this week's quarterfinal matchups with a look at Class AAAAAA. Check out the left panel for the updated playoff brackets and pairings.


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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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By Craig Sager II
Teams looking for first-ever state titles pack Class AAAAAA quarterfinals


The 2014 state playoffs have been a spectacle across all six classifications, but the Class AAAAAA field has been especially intriguing. Out of the eight remaining teams, only Colquitt County and Tucker have won state titles before. The upsets have led to one of the most

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surprising quarterfinal matchups in any classification between Newton and host Etowah. The winner will advance to the state semifinals for the first time and history has already been made heading into the matchup. Etowah is the first Cherokee County school to ever host a quarterfinal matchup.


Neither team has been ranked once this year but have collectively knocked out Valdosta, Central Gwinnett, South Forsyth and Westlake this postseason. Newton quarterback Romario Johnson has passed for 418 yards while rushing for 146 yards in the Rams' two playoff wins. Etowah is paced by sophomore running back Tyray Devezin, who rushed for 152 yards in a 23-6 victory over Westlake last week.


The winner of Etowah and Newton will face the winner of Hillgrove at Archer. This is an epic battle between two of Class AAAAAA's newest programs and most explosive offenses. Hillgrove played its first full varsity season in 2007 and Archer opened its doors for the first time in 2009. Hillgrove is in the quarterfinals for a third time in five years and looks to advance to the semifinals for the second consecutive season. 


The Hawks topped Douglas County and Roswell in the playoffs and have averaged 50.7 points per game the past six weeks. Archer rides a 9-game winning streak after starting the season 0-3 and have posted 42.3 points per game the last six weeks. Archer eliminated two-time defending champion Norcross 38-22 in the first round and then pounded Lee County 56-13 last week. Archer quarterback Gabe Tiller has tossed nine touchdowns in the Tigers' two playoff victories. Hillgrove quarterback Matthew Wilson has thrown four touchdowns in each of the Hawks' playoff victories.


Tucker hosts McEachern on Friday after pulling off a huge 26-23 victory over Grayson in the second round. Tucker defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter, who is committed to Georgia, returned a Grayson fumble 45 yards for the winning touchdown in. Tucker averages 294.6 yards rushing, 86.0 passing and Delvin Weems paces the backfield. Elijah Sullivan is an Auburn commit that plays both ways and he scored a pair of touchdowns in last week's win over Grayson. 


McEachern has caught fire in the playoffs and the biggest improvement has come on the defensive side of the ball. After falling to Hillgrove 42-37 in the Region 4 championship, the Indians have given up 8.5 points per game in the playoffs. Offensively, Bailey Hockman continues his breakout sophomore season under center. Hockman has thrown 36 touchdowns this season including 17 to fellow sophomore Tyler Smith and 16 to Duke-commit T.J. Rahming.


The winner of McEachern at Tucker will face the winner of Milton at Colquitt County. This is the first time Milton and Colquitt County have ever met on the gridiron and the undefeated and No. 1-ranked Packers are heavy favorites. Colquitt County has scored 113 points in its two playoff victories and will test a Milton defense that has given up just 14 total points in the first two rounds. Milton is allowing just 75 yards rushing per game and held Hughes to 28 last week in a 17-14. Eagles' linebacker Quarte Sapp (committed to Auburn) is one of the best players in the state. The Milton offense is led by Micco Brisher, who has rushed for 1,139 yards on the season. Brisker is the strongest kid in the state and a state champion power lifter that runs right at defenders.


Colquitt County is led by running back Sihiem King. The senior scored six touchdowns in a 51-30 win over Dacula last week and ran in five more scores in the first round. The Packers are the only remaining undefeated team in Class AAAAAA and have topped their opponents by an average 30.6 points per game this season.




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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