Top Header

SEMIFINAL PREVIEW

Today, we wrap up our preview of the state semifinals with a look at Class AAAAAA. Check out the left panel for the updated playoff brackets and the pairings for tonight's semifinals. 

 


Join Our Mailing List
In This Issue
Trivia
Football Playoff Brackets
Semifinal Pairings
Class AAAAAA Preview
Top Stories

Trivia
Question: 
How many receiving yards does McEachern's TJ Rahming need in order to break the state record for yards in a season?

Today's answer can be found in the newsletter!

Thursday's Answer:
Allatoona running backs Josh Bettistea and Richard Halimon have combined for 37 touchdowns this season.
FOOTBALL STATE PLAYOFF BRACKETS

SEMIFINAL
PAIRINGS

 

 

Friday, Dec. 5

 

Class AAAAAA

 

R5 T2 Etowah at R8 T1 Archer

R4 T2 McEachern at R1 T1 Colquitt County

 

Class AAAAA

 

R6 T3 Mays at R4 T1 Stockbridge

R5 T1 Allatoona at R2 T1 Northside-Warner Robins

 

Class AAAA

 

R8 T1 Buford at R7 T1 Cartersville

R5 T1 Woodward Academy at R6 T1 St. Pius

 

Class AAA

 

R4 T1 Blessed Trinity at R3 T1 Washington County

R4 T3 Westminster at R6 T1 Calhoun

 

Class AA

 

R2 T2 Benedictine at R1 T2 Brooks County

R6 T1 GAC at R1 T1 Fitzgerald

 

Class A-Private

 

#5 Eagle's Landing Christian at #1 Calvary Day

#3 Mount Paran at #2 Aquinas

 

Class A-Public

 

#4 Hawkinsville at #1 Marion County

#6 Commerce at #2 Irwin County

 




Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter 

 

 

Score is looking for writing interns!  

Call 404-256-1572
or click here  

for more information.

 

 
Join Our Mailing List

Friday, December 5, 2014


SCORE ATLANTA PUBLICATION

Check out this week's publication!


Click here to view

SEMIFINAL: CLASS AAAAAA
By Craig Sager II
McEachern, Etowah look for road magic

 

McEachern vs. Colquitt County


Colquitt County won its only state championship in 1994 and has set a state record with six consecutive semifinals appearances under its seven-year head coach and former Hoover head man, Rush Propst. The Packers' state crown in '94 is the only championship won among  Class AAAAAA's semifinalists. Colquitt County is the lone unbeaten team in the state's top classification and captured its first region

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

championship since 1999 with its perfect record in Region 1. Sihiem King leads Colquitt's backfield and has 13 rushing touchdowns this postseason. Quarterback Chase Parrish keeps the Packers balanced and averages just under 200 passing yards per game with his 73.5 completion percentage and 25 passing touchdowns this year. Defensively, DeThemeyus "Bull" Barge leads Colquitt County with 160 total tackles and linebacker Quintin Hampton has 131 total takedowns. The aggressive Packers defense has produced 107.5 tackles for loss this year. Colquitt County will have to get to the backfield fast against a McEachern team that is the hottest aerial attack in the state. Lefty sophomore Bailey Hockman, who has thrown for 3,272 yards and 40 touchdowns this season, quarterbacks the Indians. Duke-commit T.J. Rahming leads the receiving corps with Tyler Smith. Rahming has 1,431 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns this season and is 214 yards away from tying former MLK receiver, Demarco Robinson, for the state record for most receiving yards in a season. The sophomore Smith, is not far behind Rahming with 1,100 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. Right tackle Chuma Edoga is one of the best linemen in the nation and will look to buy Hockman and his dynamic receiving duo time with Louisville-commit and standout guard Chandler Jones. Colquitt County owns a 2-1 all-time record over McEachern, including a thrilling 30-28 road victory over the Indians in the opening round of the 2012 playoffs.


 

Etowah vs. Archer


 

Archer was a preseason No. 1 in various polls but dropped its first three games and flew under the radar during its run to a share of the Region 7 title. The Tigers, which opened as a school in 2009, are making their first-ever semifinals appearance and enter their final four matchup as arguably the hottest team in the state. Archer eliminated two-time defending champion Norcross with a 38-22 first round victory and has sent Lee County and Hillgrove home with consecutive 56-13 wins.

Etowah Eagles Football

The triumph over Hillgrove in the quarterfinals saw Archer explode to a 56-0 lead in the second quarter. Junior Dylan Singleton led Archer with a punt return touchdown, a receiving score and a rushing touchdown before the first half ended. Archer quarterback Gabe Tiller emerged as one of the state's top passers last season and continues to spread the ball around to Singleton and South Carolina commits Connor Redmond and Kyle Davis. Etowah became the first Cherokee County school to advance to the semifinals after stamping a school-record 11th win in the quarterfinals. The Eagles have doubled their three playoff opponents in scoring (114-57) with wins over South Forsyth, Westlake and Newton. Etowah is the only remaining playoff team that never made it into the state rankings this season but has plenty of talent that has been recognized. Tyray Devezin leads the backfield after his older brother Raishod suffered a season-ending injury the seventh game of the season. Devezin rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns in Etowah's 43-29 win over Newton and has more than 1,500 rushing yards this season. Brad Morgan and Scott Morgan are Etowah linemen committed to Georgia Tech and junior Alex Smith is a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive tackle that has started to gain momentum in recruiting circles.

 


SEMIFINALS OVERVIEW
By Craig Sager II
Storylines meet in semis for more playoff drama
  
With two weekends left in the 2014 football season, Georgia is set to wrap up one of the most competitive seasons in state history. Just looking back two years, we have seen 12 different schools win state titles, including seven first-ever state champs. Four of last year's defending champs have already fallen out of the playoffs and there are 10 semifinalist currently sitting two wins away from capturing first-ever state titles.


 
CHANGE IN THE AIR...

 

This past offseason, we saw more than 70 head coaching changes across the state and also witnessed the first reclassification since the GHSA expanded to a sixth classification in 2012. This recipe for change was mixed with Georgia's well-established reputation for upredictable storylines and must-see matchups. There were 192 teams that battled for a spot i this year's playoffs and only seven will be able

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

to end the 2014 season with victories. By the time the semifinals are set, all of the remaining teams are riding hot-streaks. There are the unbeatens like Colquitt County, Allatoona and Buford that have been on a roll the whole season, but there are also teams that have had to find their stride in order to peak at the right time. In Class AAAAAA, McEachern opened the season with back-to-back losses and Archer dropped its first three games before sparking its current 10-game winning streak. Now, the Indians and Tigers stand as two of the most dangerous remaining teams in the postseason. McEachern has outscored its three playoff opponents by 25.3 points per game and Archer has topped its trio of adversaries by 34 points per game, including back-to-back 43-point blowouts. Also in Class AAAAAA, Etowah has rebounded to stamp school-record 11 wins this season and rides a seven-game win streak into its trip to Archer, after suffering back-to-back region defeats in the heart of the regular season.


BRACKET BUSTERS...


Class AAAAA's last two state champs (Gainesville, Creekside) were first-time champs and judging by all the upsets in this year's Class AAAAA bracket, this classification is once again up for grabs. Mays has the talent to matchup with anyone, but it was the Raiders' lack of playoff experience they have overcome this post-season that has been the most impressive. The Raiders' playoff run puts them two wins away from becoming the first city of Atlanta school to win a state title since 1973. In Class AAA and Class AAAA, we have seen schools handle the reclassification extremely well. All four of Class AAAA's semifinalists (Buford, Woodward Academy, Cartersville and St. Pius) were classed up from AAA last year, which means a first-time AAAA champion will be crowned. Despite Class AAA losing some of it's top teams to higher classifications, the new teams that entered it this year have made it one of the most competitive classes this season. Westminster and Calhoun both made the jump from Class AA and have made their way to the semis.


NORTH VS. SOUTH...


In Class AA, the playoffs have been a weekly showcase of North vs. South and only GAC is left from the northern half of the state. The average distance between opponents in Class AA the past two rounds was more than 200 miles and after hosting Lamar County and Vidalia, GAC must make the 200 mile trip south to Jaycee Stadium to take on Fitzgerald. In Class A, no school has repeated as state champs since Lincoln County in 2005-06, but both of last year's champs (Marion County and Aquinas) are undefeated with home field advantage entering the semifinals. Mount Paran and Calvary Day join Aquinas as undefeated teams left in Class A, and ELCA is back in the semis for the first time since its 2012 state championship season, despite starting the season 0-6. Class A-Public (Marion County, Hawkinsville, Commerce, Irwin County) and Class AAAA (Buford, Cartersville, Woodward Academy, St. Pius) are the only classifications, in which all four semifinalists have won state titles before. Every classification has its own storylines and every team has its own history to make. It does not get better than this.



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
Etowah at Archer
McEachern at Colquitt County
Mays at Stockbridge
Allatoona at Northside-WR
Buford at Cartersville
Woodward Academy at St. Pius
Blessed Trinity at Washington County
Westminster at Calhoun
Benedictine at Brooks County
GAC at Fitzgerald
ELCA at Calvary Day
Mt. Paran at Aquinas
Hawkinsville at Marion County
Commerce at Irwin County

Craig Sager II
(96-54)
Last Week: 6-4Archer
Colquitt County
Mays
Allatoona
Buford
Woodward Academy
Washington County
Calhoun
Benedictine
GAC
ELCA
Mount Paran
Hawkinsville
Irwin County
Ricky Dimon 
(91-59)
Last Week: 8-2Archer
Colquitt
Mays
Allatoona
Buford
Woodward 
Washington County
Westminster
Benedictine
GAC
Calvary Day
Mount Paran
Marion County
Irwin County
DJ Galbiati-Blalock
(87-63)
Last Week: 7-3Archer
Colquitt County
Stockbridge
Northside-WR
Buford
St. Pius
Washington County
Calhoun
Brooks County
GAC
ELCA
Aquinas
Hawkinsville
Irwin County
Brian Jones
(86-64)
Last Week: 9-1Archer
Colquitt County
Stockbridge
Allatoona
Buford
St. Pius
Washington County
Calhoun
Brooks County
GAC
Calvary Day
Aquinas
Marion County
Irwin County
Lauren Goldstein
(81-69)
Last Week: 5-5Archer
McEachern
Mays
Northside-WR
Buford
St. Pius
Washington County
Calhoun
Brooks County
Fitzgerald
ELCA
Mount Paran
Hawkinsville
Commerce


SCORE POLL

TOP STORIES AROUND THE STATE
recycooler

gaoa
Score Logo
 To advertise in the newsletter, please contact Lauren Goldstein
at 404-256-1572 or email her at lgoldstein@scoreatl.com .



Score Publishing, LLC 2011