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QUARTERFINAL GAME DAY

Today, we wrap up our previews of tonight's quarterfinal matchups with a look at Class AAAAA. Check out the left panel for the updated playoff brackets and pairings. 

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Question: 
What quarterfinal matchup in Class 5A features two teams that beat previously undefeated opponents last week?

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Thursday's Answer:
Colquitt County running back Sihiem King has rushed for 11 touchdowns this postseason.
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QUARTERFINAL
PAIRINGS

 

 

Friday, Nov. 28

 

Class AAAAAA

 

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

 

Class AAAAA

 

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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CLASS 5A QUARTERFINAL PREVIEW
By Craig Sager II
Upsets are trending in Class 5A playoffs
 

Only four combined state championships are shared within the remaining field in Class AAAAA and five of the eight teams are in search of first-ever

Photo by Ron Hughes

state titles. Jones County and Mays are among the title hopefuls and each sit a win away from the semifinals after defeated the odds the first two rounds. Mays has never reached the final four and Jones County's last trip came in 1961.

            

Mays and Jones County both beat undefeated and highly-favorited teams on the road last week. Jones County topped Kell 33-31 and Mays stunned Ware County 21-18. Chandler Ramage rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns in Jones County's upset over Kell. Mays built a 21-3 lead before cruising to its second round victory over Ware County. Quarterback Asahnia Aderhold was 11-of-14 passing for 178 yards and threw touchdown passes to Tyshawn Brown and Randrecous Davis in the second half.

 

The winner of Mays and Jones County will meet with Houston County or Stockbridge in the semis. Houston County visits Stockbridge tonight for the first time in 11 years. The Bears beat Stockbridge 42-14 during the 2003 meeting and come into tonight's matchup off a 43-12 victory over Sequoyah. Houston County sophomore Jake Fromm is the leading passer in Class AAAAA with 3,316 yards and 30 touchdowns and he threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns last Friday. Stockbridge is led by junior quarterback Malachi Brown. In Stockbridge's 27-7 victory over Stephenson last week, Brown ran for two touchdowns and threw two scores.

 

Glynn Academy was another Class AAAAA team that pulled off a massive road upset last week as the Red Terrors topped defending champion Creekside one week after a comeback victory over Drew in the first round. Glynn Academy is led by running back Garrison Hurd, who has five touchdowns this postseason. Northside-Warner Robins cruised to a 42-16 victory in its 2011 playoff matchup with Glynn Academy and beat Dalton 31-21 last Friday. Quarterback Tobias Oliver is a dangerous run threat and rushed for three scores in Northside's win over Dalton last week.

            

The winner of Glynn Academy and Northside-WR will face either Gainesville or Allatoona. Gainesville is the most recent state champion remaining Class AAAAA schools, having captured the state title in 2012 with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson under center. The Red Elephants are led by quarterback Mikey Gonzalez this season and saw the dynamic quarterback complete 25-of-32 passes for 356 yards and five touchdowns in their 49-40 victory over Harris County last Friday. Gonzalez and the Gainesville offense will have to keep pace with Allatoona's high scoring rushing attack. The undefeated Buccaneers gashed a stout Coffee defense 45-14 last week and Josh Bettistea and Russell Halimon could be the best backfield duo in the state. 


 

CLICK ON THE LINKS TO CHECK PREVIEWS FROM EACH CLASS


 

CLASS AAAAAA PREVIEWS

CLASS AAAA PREVIEWS

CLASS AAA PREVIEWS
CLASS AA PREVIEWS

CLASS A-PRIVATE PREVIEWS

CLASS A-PUBLIC PREVIEWS
 


QUARTERFINAL TRAVEL REPORT
By Craig Sager II
Class AA preps for more long road trips
 

The quarterfinals saw the first use of coin flips since the tiebreakers before the initial playoff seeding and there were a

Photo by Hart County Bulldogs

total of eight matchups that used coin flips to determine home field. In Class AAAAAA, Colquitt County saved itself a 229 one-way trip to Milton and will now host the top-seeded Eagles after winning the toss.


 

The shortest distance between opponents is in Class AAAA. Metro Atlanta's dominance in last week's games in Class AAAA results in much less travel than last week. The second round saw an average distance of 144.5 miles between opponents but the quarterfinals are a manageable 76.6 miles per game in AAAA.


 

Class AA once again will log an incredible amount of miles this round. The shortest distance between opponents is a 186-mile drive between Vidalia and GAC and the average distance that the four visiting teams must travel is 214 miles per game.


 

(All distances are one-way estimates based off Google Maps)

*Home field was determined by coin flip


 

Friday, Nov. 28


 

Class AAAAAA

R2 T3 Newton at R5 T2 Etowah (65.7 miles)

*R4 T1 Hillgrove at R8 T1 Archer (52.9 miles)

R4 T2 McEachern at R2 T1 Tucker (32.6 miles)

*R5 T1 Milton at R1 T1 Colquitt County (229 miles)

Total: 380.2 miles (95.09 miles per game)


 

Class AAAAA

*R2 T3 Jones County at R6 T3 Mays (95.3 miles)

R2 T2 Houston County  at R4 T1 Stockbridge (88 miles)

R3 T3 Glynn Academy at R2 T1 Northside-Warner Robins (179 miles)

R8 T2 Gainesville at R5 T1 Allatoona (74.7 miles)

Total: 437 miles (109.3 miles per game)


 

Class AAAA

R5 T2 Sandy Creek at R7 T1 Cartersville (62.6 miles)

R6 T2 Marist at R8 T1 Buford (28.6 miles)

*R2 T1 West Laurens at R6 T1 St. Pius (147 miles)

R8 T2 North Oconee at R5 T1 Woodward Academy (68.3 miles)

Total: 306.5 miles (76.6 miles per game)


 

Class AAA

R1 T2 Pierce County at R3 T1 Washington County (129 miles)

*R4 T1 Blessed Trinity at R8 T1 Jefferson (55 miles)

R8 T3 Elbert County at R6 T1 Calhoun (168 miles)

R4 T3 Westminster at R8 T2 Hart County (124 miles)

Total: 476 miles (119 miles per game)


 

Class AA

*R1 T2 Brooks County at R5 T2 Heard County (216 miles)

*R6 T2 Lovett at R2 T2 Benedictine (262 miles)

*R2 T1 Vidalia at R6 T1 GAC (186 miles)

R6 T4 Pace Academy at R1 T1 Fitzgerald (192 miles)

Total: 856 miles (214 miles per game)


 

Class A-Private

#9 Mount Pisgah at #1 Calvary Day (271 miles)

#5 Eagle's Landing Christian at #4 Prince Avenue Christian (51 miles)

#6 Savannah Christian at #3 Mount Paran (270 miles)

#7Tattnall Square at #2 Aquinas (124 miles)

 Total: 716 miles (179 miles per game)


 

Class A-Public

#8 Mt. Zion-Carroll at #1 Marion County (124 miles)

#5 Charlton County at #4 Hawkinsville (146 miles)

#14 Calhoun County at #6 Commerce (246 miles)

#10 Dooly County at #2 Irwin County (60 miles)

Total: 576 miles (144 miles per game)

 

 



FROM THE ATLANTA FALCONS



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 dquiroga@falcons.nfl.com

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.

SCORE PICK'EM


THIS WEEK'S GAMES:
McEachern at Tucker
Newton at Etowah
Hillgrove at Archer
Jones County at Mays
Sandy Creek at Cartersville
West Laurens at St. Pius
Blessed Trinity at Jefferson
Vidalia at GAC
Brooks County at Heard County
Mount Pisgah at Calvary Day


Craig Sager
(90-50)
Last Week: 8-2Tucker
Etowah
Archer
Mays
Sandy Creek
St. Pius
Blessed Trinity
GAC
Heard County
Mount Pisgah
Ricky Dimon
(83-57)
Last Week: 7-3Tucker
Etowah
Hillgrove
Mays
Sandy Creek
St. Pius
Blessed Trinity
GAC
Brooks County
Calvary Day
DJ Galbiati-Blalock
(80-60)
Last Week: 5-5Tucker
Etowah
Archer
Mays
Cartersville
St. Pius X
Blesssed Trinity
Vidalia
Brooks County
Mount Pisgah
Brian Jones
(77-63)
Last Week: 5-5McEachern
Etowah
Archer
Jones County
Cartersville
St. Pius
Blessed Trinity
GAC
Brooks County
Calvary Day
Lauren Goldstein
(76-64)
Last Week: 6-4McEachern
Newton
Archer
Mays
Sandy Creek
West Laurens
Jefferson
Vidalia
Heard County
Mount Pisgah


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