Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: Predicting the 2009 Class AAAAA State Playoffs

Below are GHSF Daily’s projections for the 2009 postseason. Team’s ranking is indicated.

Observations:
The bottom quarter of the draw is the weakest. The winner of Region 2-AAAAA or 6-AAAAA or a sleeper team (GHSF Daily likes Creekside in that role) could be in good shape to roll into the semifinals.

If Grayson can win Region 8-AAAAA, that’s a good quarter of the draw to be in.
The winners of Region 1 and Region 7 will meet in the quarterfinals. Will that be Lowndes and Peachtree Ridge? GHSF Daily might cover the tossing of that coin to determine which has home-field advantage. That could be big.

FIRST ROUND
#4 Camden County over Luella
#7 Northside (Warner Robins) over Westlake
#9 Etowah over South Gwinnett
#6 North Gwinnett over Lassiter
#10 Newnan over Tift County
#8 M.L. King over Johnson (Savannah)
#2 Grayson over Woodstock
Norcross over Roswell
#3 Peachtree Ridge over Walton
East Paulding over Parkview
#1 Lowndes over East Coweta
Union Grove over Bradwell Institute
Collins Hill over Kell
McEachern over Brookwood
#5 Stephenson over Windsor Forest
Creekside over Warner Robins

SECOND ROUND
#4 Camden County over #7 Northside (Warner Robins)
#6 North Gwinnett over #9 Etowah
#8 M.L. King over #10 Newnan
#2 Grayson over Norcross
#3 Peachtree Ridge over East Paulding
#4 Lowndes over Union Grove
Collins Hill over McEachern
#5 Stephenson over Creekside

QUARTERFINALS
#4 Camden County over #6 North Gwinnett
#2 Grayson over #8 M.L. King
#1 Lowndes over #3 Peachtree Ridge
#5 Stephenson over Collins Hill

SEMIFINALS
#2 Grayson over #4 Camden County
#1 Lowndes over #5 Stephenson

FINAL
#1 Lowndes over #2 Grayson

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76 comments Add your comment

Etowah Fan

August 21st, 2009
12:06 pm

NO love for the N/NW side of Atlanta… especially Region 6 (shut out entirely in the first round!?) and then Region 5 done after the second round. I am thinking Todd’s love for Gwinnett county teams continues to show in these predictions. Hard to argue with the Final Four based on history and preseason ranking. Aside from letting the seeds fall in place, I am thinking that Region 5/6 will surprise (think Woodstock and Lassiter from last year) and upset a few of the Gwinnett teams in the first two rounds.

Joe

August 21st, 2009
12:19 pm

Grayson will beat Lowndes in the finals.

In The Trenches

August 21st, 2009
2:05 pm

I actually think todd is showing love for region 5, with three teams advancing to the second round. If the seeding happened to fall this way, these would be very tough matchups to advance any further. I would love to see the Etowah vs North Gwinnett battle,(you guessed it), IN THE TRENCHES. Two of the best and biggest O Lines in the state.

LowndesVikings

August 21st, 2009
2:44 pm

Would love to see Lowndes and Grayson play again. REMATCH!!!!!!

carlos

August 21st, 2009
3:19 pm

Wait a minute, Etowah fan- if, as you say, it’s hard to argue the final 4 based on history, why isn’t it also hard to argue Regions 5/6 getting out of the second round? Based on history, teams from 5/6 rarely get out of the 2nd round. Mac and Harrison did at the turn of the century; Walton has a couple of times recently and Woodstock did last season…but only 4 or 5 appearances past the 2nd round in a decade confirms the unlikelihood of anyone doing it this season. The past two region 5 champs have been gone in the FIRST round…including your favorite team just last season. I’m a Region 5 fan, so it’s as disappointing to me as anyone…but the truth hurts.

Tipp Smooth

August 21st, 2009
3:24 pm

Camden will be in there second home this weekend. Grayson we welcome you and your fans to some good ole fashion football.

topper

August 21st, 2009
4:13 pm

Whatever lets just play some ball! Wish I could make it to Atlanta this weekend , I really want to see Camden and Grayson! I hope both teams represent well! Go Camden!

williambrado

August 21st, 2009
5:10 pm

poor little Lowndes is only going to be a mediocre ball club this yEAR. bUT YA’LL DON’T LAUGH BECAUSE WERE GOING TO WIN A GAME OR TWO.Oh me oh my, my vikings are in trouble. But i’m going to support them any way. Will ya’ll wish us luck?

wildcat fan

August 21st, 2009
5:49 pm

GO CATS 28-17 CAMDEN

mrjames

August 21st, 2009
6:13 pm

Pffffffft…….Camden VS Northside in the final….bookmark it.

randy p

August 21st, 2009
8:05 pm

go camden lets see what they all say then 35-21 cats on top

roger

August 21st, 2009
9:50 pm

trust me…grayson is going all the way this year…just watch the rams in the corky kell tomorrow night and you will see whats gonna happen in the state championship game. bookmark that

BJohnDawg

August 21st, 2009
10:45 pm

Grayson plays Camden twice in your senario. Tough road.
Go Wildcats.

Pridgeondeck

August 21st, 2009
10:58 pm

P ridge vs grayson would be a good one. The game last year was legit!!!!

topper

August 22nd, 2009
8:26 am

Anyone know where I can catch the Camden- Grayson game tonight?

JDP

August 22nd, 2009
6:11 pm

Man… it gets harder and harder to get scores, rankings, and news about HS football on this site every year. How do I find out what is happening in the Corky Kell Classic now?????

wardawg

August 22nd, 2009
7:51 pm

Anyone info on Grayson-Camden?

Pridge senior

August 22nd, 2009
8:18 pm

congrats to Grayson on beating camden just now 14-10. Wow. Grayson sounds unbeattable this year, especially on defense.

SouthGARules

August 22nd, 2009
9:46 pm

I see where McEachern put the wood to Brookwood (no pun intended). From reading the story of the game, it was evident that McEachern dominated & Brookwood tacked on a couple of touchdowns to make the score seem closer. Looks like they will be 0-2 after North Gwinnett gets thru with them.
Pridge senior: Sounds like you may be right about Grayson, especially in their weak region. They should go undefeated in the regular season.

Pridge senior

August 22nd, 2009
10:17 pm

I didn’t mean that Grayson would go undefeated just in the regular season. I meant the whole thing. Apparently Grayson outplayed Camden 284 yards to 108. Wow.

Robert

August 22nd, 2009
10:27 pm

I’m a Northside grad and a #7 ranking is too nice for us. We will make the playoffs as the number 3 seed in region 1. Its gonna be the first not 10 win season for Northside in over a decade

Doug

August 22nd, 2009
11:29 pm

I saw he Grayson-Camden game. Outside of two mental errors on Grayson’s part (a blocked punt that resuled in a Camden TD and a funble on the next kick-off that resulted in a Camden field goal) it was very apparent that Camdem’s offense could not score. Grayson’s offense, on the other hand, probably could have scored another TD, but the play calling was a bit conservative. They are the real deal.

TJ

August 23rd, 2009
12:07 am

Good observations on Camden vs. Grayson. Grayson special teams need work for sure. Almost gave game away but Grayson could have done more damage. Camden had another QB come in the game in the second half who was clearly the better QB. What is up with that? Could have been a better game with him in there. Got to play the talent Camden!!!

randy p

August 23rd, 2009
9:37 am

got to give it to grayson high, they made my cats look silly. Grayson has an outstanding team. their defense is great at stoping the wing t. they beat camden hands down. I’m not sure what the rest of season has in store for camden, but sometimes you have to adjust. Cats #3 QB should have ran the second half and put the ball in the air. Camden players keep your heads up, its a long season, Dec 12 back at the DOME.

Grayson Student

August 23rd, 2009
9:45 am

Great game, I was even suprised to see just how good our defense was. Good luck to Camden the rest of the way, and I hope coach mcpherson puts the better quarterback in

rwdekalbfan

August 23rd, 2009
10:12 am

Camden County it is time to rebuild. Grayson was clearly the better team. The special team play for Camden was what made the game as close as it was because they forced a couple of turnovers. The offense looked like junior varsity against Grayson defense. That second quarterback that took over for Camden seemed to make them a faster more energized team. Decision time on which quarterback should start.

drock09

August 23rd, 2009
2:25 pm

slalom 1. What’s the 411 on the grangers? I went to the game vs westlake on Thursday but knew they. Had suspended 9 players. Gunsby looked great.

drock09

August 23rd, 2009
2:32 pm

grayson and the ridge are the top dogs this year and should have been ranked 1 and 2. Not saying they are going to win it all but they are both loaded.

columbia Blue

August 23rd, 2009
7:12 pm

Grayson did a great job against our wildcats. No excuses. However, Grayson seemed to think they won the State Championship. I think our wildcats did a great job since we had to replace 8 on offense and 8 on defense. I am certain we will make the needed ajustments to go far in the play-offs. Good luck Grayson

slalom1

August 23rd, 2009
7:23 pm

Drock09, I am not at liberty to say, although it appeared to be a locker room incident. Apparently all will be back for the Newnan game. At least that is what I have heard.

Yo

August 23rd, 2009
7:54 pm

You are right drock09. I can’t see why in the world anyone would think of putting Lowndes at the #1 spot. It will be a Gwinnett year.
1AAAAA and Lowndes doesn’t have a chance against those monsters.

grayson kid

August 23rd, 2009
9:24 pm

columbia blue, it was an exciting game, im sure any team would be pumped after beating the reining state champs.

BD

August 23rd, 2009
10:38 pm

Highschool football season is here!!!! I enjoyed the great games this weekend at the ga dome.Man did grayson defense looked good, obviously Camden is not the same team from last yr replacing alot of seniors. Camden really needs to change the QB and go with the younger kid. In my opinion grayson and preachtree are the teams to beat this yr since they have more talent back this year.Grayson really needs to work on there special teams that could hurt them in the playoffs. I will be at the Lowndes vs peachtree game this yr. So we will see how good Lowndes will be without Greg Reid. Camden little young cats should primed and ready to go by playoffs time that if they change QB’s.

Sports Fan 31313

August 24th, 2009
12:31 pm

Okay I’m back everybody. Welcome back football fans from you prospective schools. I’m from Region 3-AAAAA, and I am a Bradwell Institute Tiger Fan. As I predicted last year and was right, Camden County Wildcats became the Region 3-AAAAA Region Champions and the Undisputed Class AAAAA State Champions. They were under-rated and they proved everyone wrong.

This year, Everyone has Grayson to be the State Champions. Well As it may be true that they are a good team, my prediction that this year, the Class AAAAA State Championship will go to Region 1- AAAAA Lowndes County High School. Last year, they’re was a little swollen, and they became a little too over confident. As a result, they were upset by Grayson. Grayson came down there quiet and played a very good game against Lowndes County thereby beating them and knocking them out of the playoffs.

This year will be different.I am quite sure that they haven’t forgotten that, and had to carry that loss on their shoulders for an entire year. That was pretty tough pill to swallow. I will guarantee you that they will carry a big stick this year, and will be playing with a chip on their shoulders.

I am not in by any means taking anything away from those North Georgia Schools. They are good, and have proven themselves to be great. I’m talking about Class AAAAA Schools like Grayson, Peachtree Ridge, East Paulding, Newnan etc. Those teams are very good.

But I am here to tell you that if you think for one minute that those South Georgia Teams in Class AAAAA will be a pushover, you better think again. While a lot of you had underated Region 3-AAAAA, Bradwell Institute lost in the 2nd Round round beating East Coweta whom a lot of you thought would just run all over Bradwell Institute. Then of course you had Region 3-AAAAA Camden County who won the Class AAAAA Title.

This is a rebuilding year for Region 3-AAAAA Bradwell Institute and Camden County, but count them out. I expect it to be a very exciting year in Georgia High School Football. Let buckle up and hold on tight.

Sports Fan 31313

August 24th, 2009
12:42 pm

Okay I’m back everybody. Welcome back football fans from you prospective schools. I’m from Region 3-AAAAA, and I am a Bradwell Institute Tiger Fan. As I predicted last year and was right, Camden County Wildcats became the Region 3-AAAAA Region Champions and the Undisputed Class AAAAA State Champions. They were under-rated and they proved everyone wrong.

This year, Everyone has Grayson to be the State Champions. Well As it may be true that they are a good team, my prediction that this year, the Class AAAAA State Championship will go to Region 1- AAAAA Lowndes County High School. Last year, they’re head was a little swollen, and they became a little too over confident. As a result, they were upset by Grayson. Grayson came down there quiet and played a very good game against Lowndes County thereby beating them and knocking them out of the playoffs.

This year will be different.I am quite sure that they haven’t forgotten that, and had to carry that loss on their shoulders for an entire year. That was a pretty tough pill to swallow. However; I will guarantee you that they will carry a big stick this year, and will be playing with a chip on their shoulders.

I am not in by any means taking anything away from those North Georgia Schools. They are good, and have proven themselves to be great. I’m talking about Class AAAAA Schools like Grayson, Peachtree Ridge, East Paulding, Newnan etc. Those teams are very good.

But I am here to tell you that if you think for one minute that those South Georgia Teams in Class AAAAA will be a pushover this year, you had better think again. While a lot of you had under-rated Region 3-AAAAA, Bradwell Institute who lost in the 2nd Round last year against Region 1-AAAAA Perinnial Power Lowndes County, they did in the first round beat a North Georgia East Coweta Football Team whom a lot of you thought would just run all over Bradwell Institute. Then of course you had Region 3-AAAAA Camden County who won the Class AAAAA Title.

This is a rebuilding year for Region 3-AAAAA Bradwell Institute and Camden County, but don’t count them out. I expect it to be a very exciting year in Georgia High School Football. Let buckle up and hold on tight.

h s sports fan

August 24th, 2009
5:01 pm

Watched Lowndes scrimmage Friday night and watched Grayson vs. Camden on Saturday. If Lowndes plays like they played Friday, Grayson and Camden play like they played Saturday, Lowndes will beat them both. Grayson barely built a very “down” Camden team (as compared to prior years). Not good news for either team.

Sports Fan 31313

August 24th, 2009
6:36 pm

Greetings H S Sports Fan,

I didn’t get the opportunity to see either one play this past weekend. But I will assure you that when the season opener concerning Region 1-AAAAA Perrinial Power Lowndes County, you will surely be able to tell. I predict this year the Team to beat is Lowndes County. Nothing compares to the tradition that South Georgia Football has.

slalom1

August 24th, 2009
7:01 pm

Excuse me but, where is Grayson? What is Grayson? Sorry to be such a dummy, but just have no clue as to the heritage. Maybe a descendent of Gen. Robert E. Lee?
Do not know. Help me out on this. It is driving me nuts.Here is what I have so far: “gray”-the color of Robert E. Lee’s famous horse “Traveler” as well as the color of the great General’s uniform during the confederacy.This gets even better. Gen Lee wore a size 4 shoe.(Ean Pemberton?)”son from a previous life?” The dots seem to connect. This may very well be the year of destiny for Grayson.(Gray-son)

Grayson Student

August 24th, 2009
7:06 pm

Once again h s sports fan they gained only 3 first downs the entire game… special teams mistakes from our side is what gave them a chance. And when is this south ga football tradition gonna go away. is it when the ridge embarasses lowndes at home. its time to give metro teams credit to… region 7 and 8 are insane compared to region 1. ya there 2 differernt regions but the only reason is because of population. lets put it this way in GWINNETT COUNTY, THEY HAVE 2 TEAMS IN THE TOP 10 IN THE NATION ON RIVALS… aka THE ONLY POLL THAT COUNTS IN HS FOOTBALL… IT DETERMINES NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Grayson Student

August 24th, 2009
7:08 pm

when i say when will it go away i mean as an arguing tool, obviously its there because they have a rich tradition but the past is the past

williambrado

August 24th, 2009
8:21 pm

Gray=son it is going to be embarra-son if Lil ole Lowndes gets lucky in the concrete shanty. Can ya just taste it fellow plowboys? No sense dreaming that’ll only happen in fairy tales.Was there really a big bad Wolf?

PRidge Lions

August 24th, 2009
8:35 pm

why is lowndes such an overrated team? I’m not trashing lowndes Or anything but it seems yall can’t get over the fact that south Georgia football is not the only football that is good. north ga iis pretty good too. it’s not by chance that we have 2 teams that are nationally ranked in the top ten. you guys need to start showing respect. and stop trashing us.

Sports Fan 31313

August 24th, 2009
8:50 pm

Okay, Okay, Grayson Student and PRidge Lions,

I am giving you all credit. I have said already in my previous comment that Grayson is a good team, in fact I named Peachtree Ridge, Grayson, Newnan, and East Paulding. I saw how they all played last year during the playoffs. I even commented on the lost handed to Lowndes County by Grayson. But as I predicted last year, I said that Camden County was the team to beat, and that they will win the Class AAAAA State Title.

Now this year, I predict that Lowndes County will win it this year for several reasons. I mentioned that in my previous comments. The fact that I said nothing compares South Georgia Football was the tradition of wins. To prove a point, Region 3-AAAAA Camden County won the State title last year. That is a South Georgia Team.

A Lot of the North Georgia Football Teams are good, no doubt about it. But I still believe that the State Championship Title will go to Region 1-AAAAA Lowndes County this year.

Grayson Student

August 24th, 2009
9:40 pm

guess we’ll just wait and see. sure hope we can see a rematch with lowndes and grayson

TJ

August 24th, 2009
10:59 pm

Long season ahead. Never know what could happen to any team. Key injuries, coaching gaffs, freak storm, swine flu, alien invasion, so my answer is this will be a good year of football. Final four will be Grayson, R. Ridge, Lowndes, and Camden if all goes well. After that it will be anyones game any given Friday.

PRidge Lions

August 25th, 2009
6:46 am

Yeah thats right. ANYThINg can happen.

h s sports fan

August 25th, 2009
7:34 am

WOOOOE!! I’m not a South Georgia fan, I’m a North Georgia fan. Had a business trip in Valdosta, so stayed over to watch the Lowndes scrimmage. I was simply stating facts. So what — Camden didn’t have as many yards or as many first downs – then why was the final score ONLY 14 – 10? I was just stating that neither Grayson nor Camden played stellar ball on Saturday and Lowndes DID on Friday night.

D.K

August 25th, 2009
9:43 am

marietta gonna shock the world

SportsFan31313

August 25th, 2009
11:11 am

LOL If Marietta makes it to the playoffs this year, it will probably shock the world.

SportsFan31313

August 25th, 2009
11:45 am

I agree with you TJ,

This is Georgia Football everybody… On any given Friday or Saturday Night under the lights, any team can be beaten. Lets buckle up, and hold on tight. This is going to be a very exciting Football Season.