Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: Class AAAAA Playoff Preview

Each day this week, we’ll look at the playoff draw for one of the five classifications, starting today with Class AAAAA. Here are five interesting facts about each of the 16 games, with an emphasis on playoff history. Which school has won 28 straight first-round postseason games? Find out below.

Favorite: Lowndes
Best draw: Stephenson
Worst draw: Camden County
Sleeper: Colquitt County
Best first-round matchup: Valdosta at Newnan

Newton (6-4) at Camden County (8-2)
- Newton has never won a state playoff game.
- Newton has never played a game south of Macon.
- Camden County has made the state playoffs each season since 1991, the longest streak of its kind in the highest classification.
- Camden County has won 17 of its last 19 playoff games at home.
- Newton and Camden County have never played each other.

East Coweta (7-3) at Lowndes (9-1)
- East Coweta has made the state playoffs each season since 1997, which is the second-longest streak in the highest classification behind Camden County’s streak that started in 1991.
- East Coweta has lost its past six road games in the playoffs, a skid that started with a 22-0 loss at Lowndes in 2003.
- Lowndes has won 14 consecutive playoff games at Martin Stadium, its home field.
- Lowndes has won five consecutive first-round playoff games.
- Lowndes is 19-3 in the playoffs under Randy McPherson, who started in 2002.

Brookwood (5-5) at McEachern (10-0)
- Brookwood and McEachern have played five times. Brookwood is 2-0 vs. McEachern in the state playoffs but 0-3 against McEachern in the Corky Kell Classic, including this year’s game.
- Brookwood is 10-1 in the playoffs against Cobb County teams, including McEachern. The loss came against Harrison in 2003.
- McEachern is 1-5 in the playoffs this decade, its only win against Dacula 14-7 in 2004.
- McEachern’s last home playoff victory came in 1999 against South Gwinnett.
- This is the only first-round matchup between teams with at least 25 playoff victories. Brookwood is 35-19 in the postseason, and McEachern is 26-21.

Kell (6-4) at Peachtree Ridge (8-2)
- Both schools opened in 2003, Kell in Cobb County, Peachtree Ridge in Gwinnett County.
- In 2005, Kell became the youngest Cobb County school to reach the state playoffs and beat South Cobb 7-0 in the first round.
- In 2006, Peachtree Ridge became the youngest school in the state’s highest classification since 2-year-old Brown in 1949 to win a state championship. Peachtree Ridge tied Roswell that year.
- Peachtree Ridge is unbeaten at home (4-0), unbeaten against Cobb County teams (4-0) and unbeaten in the first round (3-0) in the state playoffs.
- Kell has made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons but failed to qualify during the senior season of current Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer.

Valdosta (7-3) at Newnan (10-0)
- Valdosta and Newnan have played each other once – in the 1951 Class AA championship game. Valdosta won 14-9.
- Valdosta has won its opening postseason game 28 straight times. The last loss was to Central of Thomasville in 1976.
- Valdosta is 113-26-2 in the GHSA-run postseason (since 1948) and has captured 23 state titles overall, the last in 1998.
- Newnan is 21-24 all-time in the postseason and has made state finals in 1951 (lost to Valdosta) and 1981 (lost to Warner Robins).
- Newnan is 3-6 in the first round since 1990, when the GHSA expanded the playoffs to 16 teams.

Jenkins (4-6) at M.L. King (9-1)
- M.L. King opened in 2002 and has made the playoffs each season since 2003.
- M.L. King is 9-6 all-time in the state playoffs and reached the Class AAA semifinals in 2004.
- Jenkins’ 1966 playoff game was a semifinal in a season in which there were only six regions, and Jenkins went straight to the final four. Jenkins lost 16-7 to Valdosta.
- Jenkins has lost all four postseason games in its history (1962, 1966, 1984, 2007) and scored a total of seven points in them.
- Region 3-AAAAA teams (including Jenkins) have never won a playoff game on the road. They are 0-18.

Marietta (5-5) at Grayson (10-0)
- Grayson is 10-0 after the regular season for the second straight season.
- The No. 1 team in the highest classification has not lost in the first round since the GHSA expanded the playoffs to 16 teams from eight in 1990.
- Marietta is 0-5 against Gwinnett County schools in the playoffs under Friday Richards, who became head coach in 1995. Four of those were on the road to higher-seeded teams.
- Marietta is the only team from Cobb County that has ever won a state title (1967).
- Grayson and Marietta have never played each other.

Collins Hill (8-2) at Roswell (9-1)
- Roswell has the same record (9-1), the same seed (No. 2 from 6-AAAAA) and the same first-round opponent (Collins Hill) as in 2006, when it shared the Class AAAAA championship with Peachtree Ridge.
- This is one of two first-round games that will match teams that lost their final regular-season games. The other is Colquitt County against Westlake.
- The last team in the highest classification to lose its final regular-season game and win a state title was Marietta in 1967.
- Collins Hill has one playoff victory since 2001, a 70-68 overtime win over South Cobb in the 2004 first round.
- Collins Hill won three straight road games to reach the 2001 semifinals, the school’s best playoff finish.

Centennial (5-5) at North Gwinnett (10-0)
- North Gwinnett is a 49-year-old school that completed its first 10-0 season and won its first region title this year.
- Bob Sphire has won eight playoff games since coming to North Gwinnett in 2006. Only Jeff Herron of Camden County, with nine, has won more playoff games in that time in the highest classification.
- Centennial has made the playoffs twice in its history (2001, 2002). Each time, it lost in the second round.
- Centennial finished in a three-way tie for fourth place in Region 6-AAAAA with Walton and Pope but defeated both in the regular season. Had Milton beaten Kell last week, there would’ve been a five-way tie for third, and Centennial would’ve been left out primarily because of a first-game forfeit to Northview.
- North Gwinnett is 2-0 all-time against Centennial, winning 24-7 in 2005 and 27-3 in 2004.

Dacula (7-3) at Woodstock (9-1)
- Woodstock has never won a playoff game at home. It lost its only home playoff game to Marietta in 2005.
- Woodstock is 9-1 for the first time in its history.
- Woodstock’s Mike O’Brien is one of three coaches in the field who has won a state title in Georgia’s highest classification. He won in 1998 with Valdosta. The others are Jeff Herron of Camden County and Randy McPherson of Lowndes.
- Dacula is 10-4 all-time in the first round of the state playoffs.
- Dacula’s best finishes are the semifinals (1988, 1990, 2005). The first two were in the smallest classification, the latest in the highest.

Chapel Hill (7-3) at Northside, Warner Robins (9-1)
- Northside has advanced to the second round 12 consecutive seasons, the best streak of any Class AAAAA school, although not all of Northside’s first-round wins were in the highest class.
- Northside has won 29 of its past 31 home games in the playoffs. This does not include a loss to Warner Robins, which shares McConnell-Talbert Stadium.
- Northside’s 41 postseason victories (against 26 losses) are the most of any team in the draw besides Valdosta.
- Chapel Hill, which opened in 2000, made the playoffs for the first time in its history last season and won a round after finishing 0-10 in 2007.
- Chapel Hill has never played a road game in the playoffs or traveled south of Coweta County.

Union Grove (8-2) at Windsor Forest (6-4)
- Windsor Forest is 0-5 all-time in postseason games.
- Windsor Forest is 6-0 since Oct. 1.
- Windsor Forest will be playing its second home playoff game. It lost its first to Union Grove 10-0 in 2006.
- Union Grove’s best playoff finish was the 2002 quarterfinals while playing in Class AA. The Henry County school opened in 2000.
- This will be Union Grove’s eighth straight playoff game on the road. Union Grove has won two of them, both against Region 3-AAAAA opponents.

North Forsyth (7-3) at Lassiter (10-0)
- Lassiter, which opened in 1982, is 10-0 and region champion for the first time.
- This will be Lassiter’s second playoff game at home. It lost its first one 45-42 in 1999 to South Gwinnett, whose quarterback was David Greene.
- Lassiter is 1-4 all-time in the state playoffs, its lone win a 23-20 overtime decision against Etowah last season.
- North Forsyth has won playoff games in classes AAAA, AAA and AA since 1999, but has never played a playoff game in AAAAA.
- North Forsyth’s best season in history was its 2001 run to the semifinals in the Georgia Dome in AAA.

Etowah (8-2) at South Gwinnett (9-1)
- Etowah had never made the state playoffs until Bill Stewart was named head coach in 2006.
- Etowah has made the playoffs in all four seasons under Stewart.
- South Gwinnett has not won a playoff game since 2003, when T. McFerrin was the head coach.
- South Gwinnett has won five more games this season than last. The only other team in the draw to improve that much is McEachern.
- Etowah has not won in Gwinnett County since 1977, when Etowah played another first-year school called Parkview. Etowah has played in Gwinnett four times.

Bradwell Institute (6-4) at Stephenson (10-0)
- Stephenson has won seven region titles but finished 10-0 only twice.
- Stephenson has lost in the first round the past two seasons.
- Bradwell Institute is 12-11 all-time in the postseason but ended an eight-game losing streak in the playoffs with a victory last season over East Coweta.
- Bradwell’s last road win in the playoffs came in 1996 against Warner Robins.
- The schools have never played each other.

Colquitt County (8-2) at Westlake (7-3)
- Colquitt County is 31-20 all-time in the postseason (counting games from Moultrie High).
- Colquitt County is 1-5 in the playoffs since coach Jim Hughes retired after the 1999 season.
- Colquitt County has not scored more than 14 points in a playoff game since 1999.
- Westlake is making its first playoff appearance in Class AAAAA after qualifying 12 times from 1990 to 2006 in AAAA or AAA.
- Westlake has never played a current member of Region 1-AAAAA.

First-Round Playoff Pairings
Class AAAAA

Newton (6-4) at Camden County (8-2)
East Coweta (7-3) at Lowndes (9-1)
Brookwood (5-5) at McEachern (10-0)
Kell (6-4) at Peachtree Ridge (8-2)
Valdosta (7-3) at Newnan (10-0)
Jenkins (4-6) at M.L. King (9-1)
Marietta (5-5) at Grayson (10-0)
Collins Hill (8-2) at Roswell (9-1)
Centennial (5-5) at North Gwinnett (10-0)
Dacula (7-3) at Woodstock (9-1)
Chapel Hill (7-3) at Northside, Warner Robins (9-1)
Union Grove (8-2) at Windsor Forest (6-4)
North Forsyth (7-3) at Lassiter (10-0)
Etowah (8-2) at South Gwinnett (9-1)
Bradwell Institute (6-4) at Stephenson (10-0)
Colquitt County (8-2) at Westlake (7-3)

Class AAAA
Statesboro (6-4) at Lakeside, Evans (9-1)
Mount Zion, Jonesboro (8-2) at Westside, Macon (9-1)
Loganville (6-4) at Sandy Creek (9-1)
Tucker (8-2) at Dalton (7-3)
Harris County (5-5) at Griffin (10-0)
Evans (8-2) at Ware County (5-5)
Starr’s Mill (6-4) at Apalachee (10-0)
Sprayberry (7-3) at Marist (8-2)
Chamblee (7-3) at Hiram (10-0)
Rockdale County (7-3) at Banneker (7-3)
Alcovy (7-3) at Thomas County Central (9-1)
Glynn Academy (5-5) at Richmond Academy (7-3)
Northwest Whitfield (7-3) at Southwest DeKalb (9-1)
Mays (8-2) at Clarke Central (8-2)
Hephzibah (7-3) at Brunswick (7-3)
Bainbridge (6-4) at North Clayton (8-2)

Class AAA
Northside, Columbus (5-5) at Baldwin (8-2)
Woodland, Stockbridge (7-3) at Cairo (7-3)
Franklin County (5-5) at St. Pius (10-0)
Ringgold (8-2) at North Hall (8-2)
Monroe (7-3) at Jackson (10-0)
Liberty County (7-3) at LaGrange (8-2)
Towers (7-3) at Eastside (8-2)
Creekview (9-1) at Carrollton (9-1)
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (7-3) at Gainesville (10-0)
Elbert County (7-3) at Dunwoody (6-4)
Spalding (5-5) at Peach County (10-0)
Troup (6-4) at Washington County (9-1)
Flowery Branch (7-3) at Ridgeland (9-1)
Grady (9-1) at Hart County (8-2)
Burke County (7-3) at Carver, Columbus (9-1)
Worth County (5-5) at Woodward Academy (7-3)

Class AA
Tattnall County (7-3) at Jefferson County (10-0)
Henry County (7-3) at Thomasville (7-3)
Riverside Military (5-5) at Callaway (8-2)
Westminster (7-3) at Armuchee (7-3)
Cook (5-5) at Northeast (7-3)
Vidalia (7-3) at Appling County (9-1)
Heard County (6-4) at Jefferson (10-0)
Pepperell (9-1) at Buford (9-1)
Avondale (6-4) at Calhoun (10-0)
North Oconee (7-3) at Lamar County (7-3)
Greene County (4-6) at Fitzgerald (10-0)
McIntosh County Academy (7-3) at Swainsboro (9-1)
Chattooga (9-1) at Lovett (9-1)
Manchester (7-3) at East Jackson (9-1)
Dublin (7-3) at Charlton County (9-0-1)
Brooks County (8-2) at Putnam County (8-2)

Class A
Irwin County (5-5) at Savannah Christian (10-0)
Brookstone (8-2) at Miller County (8-2)
Social Circle (4-6) at Holy Innocents’ (9-1)
Bremen (6-4) at Wilkinson County (8-2)
Pelham (5-5) at Greenville (10-0)
Treutlen (8-2) at Wilcox County (8-2)
Whitefield Academy (6-4) at Wesleyan (10-0)
Washington-Wilkes (5-5) at Bowdon (9-1)
Trion (6-4) at Lincoln County (9-1)
Athens Academy (7-3) at Eagle’s Landing Christian (8-2)
Marion County (7-3) at Clinch County (7-3)
Hawkinsville (6-4) at Emanuel County Institute (9-1)
Warren County (4-6) at Darlington (6-4)
Landmark Christian (6-4) at Commerce (6-4)
Savannah Country Day (5-5) at Twiggs County (9-1)
Seminole County (8-2) at Chattahoochee County (8-1)

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181 comments Add your comment

WARDAWG

November 9th, 2009
11:16 am

Camden won both State titles in the dome, also they won in Newnan last year(on the road). Also They won their 2003 title in Valdosta, against Valdosta. So to say 3 AAAAA has nvever won a playoff game on the raod is not true. Tood referring to the last blurb in the Jenkins/M L King game.

SoCal Observer

November 9th, 2009
11:17 am

Just returned to SoCal from Ga for the Friday game at Grayson. Grayson wa sclassy and took a knee at begining of 4th qtr. The score would have been in the 80s easily. Coach Conn showed class and played JVrs. Enjoyable but uncompetitive warm up for the Rams both directions.

SoCal Observer

November 9th, 2009
11:18 am

ALSO– the past is out the window…

Pops

November 9th, 2009
12:00 pm

I just read that North Gwinnet was moved into Lowndes bracket? Breaking news!

Etowah WebMaster

November 9th, 2009
12:01 pm

I am curious if anyone can answer a question for me – how did Marietta get into the playoffs ahead of East Paulding? They had identical records and East Paulding beat Marietta in the regular season 9-0? Does Region 5 have some crazy rules on tie breakers? I know that in the long run neither team has a chance against Grayson, but I was curious….

SportsFan31313

November 9th, 2009
12:15 pm

WARDAWG SAYS:

Camden won both State titles in the dome, also they won in Newnan last year(on the road). Also They won their 2003 title in Valdosta, against Valdosta. So to say 3 AAAAA has nvever won a playoff game on the raod is not true. Tood referring to the last blurb in the Jenkins/M L King game.

WarDawg,

Or Tom could mean since being in Class AAAAA

Pops

November 9th, 2009
12:17 pm

Disregard my revelation above. The guys on the other blog are all over it.

Pops

November 9th, 2009
12:23 pm

Etowah WebMaster – I believe since there were 4 teams tied, it came down to best record against each other amongst those teams. Marietta was 2-1. After that I am not sure?

fred

November 9th, 2009
1:21 pm

Wildcat fans they have the cards stacked against us, but we believe.

Etowah WebMaster

November 9th, 2009
1:29 pm

Pops – thanks. that makes sense now.

showtime

November 9th, 2009
2:20 pm

The jags of stephenson the season starts now.Time to show the world jag pride.

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down south fan

November 9th, 2009
3:02 pm

go lowndes vikings and go valdosta wildcats

AVikingFan

November 9th, 2009
4:04 pm

Etowah webmaster – according to Todd Holcomb, Region 5-AAAAA uses the same system for breaking ties as is used in a lot of regions. They count non region AAAAA games, wins and losses, to determine who wins when there is a 3 way tie.

AVikingFan

November 9th, 2009
4:10 pm

or a 4 way tie Non region AAAAA wins and losses to break the logjam.

BLACKGOLD

November 9th, 2009
4:44 pm

STATE CHAMPS 2009 (A) WESLAN (AA FITZGERALD (AAA) PEACH CO. (AAAA) WESTSIDE-MACON OR TUCKER (AAAAA) LOWNDES

BLACKGOLD

November 9th, 2009
4:45 pm

GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ImaTitleTownBaby

November 9th, 2009
5:45 pm

Wish Valdosta and Lowndes could meet up in the dome…Northside WR has two easy games and a tough 3rd round…then a game on Dec. 4-5 that will mean everything to their season…I think Grayson/Northside WR will be a good game to watch. Hope to see yall in the dome Northside.

Falconsfan84

November 9th, 2009
5:54 pm

IDK why but every1 seems to want to underestimate the Falcons…….like we dont exist but they have some news for all the underestimaters….They are well prepared,well coached,and ready to fight every snap of the game. All the games they lost was because of injured players and under-prepared backups. So watch out Woodstock….Then North Gwinnett…Yall are Next!!!!!GO FALCONS!!!

B4WOODSTOCK

November 9th, 2009
6:15 pm

Falconsfan84. Woodstock welcomes you this Friday night to the ROCK. Should be good !

BROOKWOOD MOM

November 9th, 2009
6:18 pm

BROOKWOOD MOM LOVES HER BRONCOS!!!!!

Tony

November 9th, 2009
7:38 pm

The players at McEachern is big, fast and aggressive. I have seen most of the top teams in AAAAA and they are top-to-bottom the best. Brookwood had better bring their ‘A’ game if they hope to have a prayer. Go Indians!!!!

BROOKWOOD MOM

November 9th, 2009
8:08 pm

Tony: We are going to scalp your INDIANS!! GO BRONCOS!!!

Falconsfan84

November 9th, 2009
8:11 pm

well good luck woodstock yall had a great season but its about to end
GO FALCONS!!!!!!

B4WOODSTOCK

November 9th, 2009
8:22 pm

We shall see. We have some unfinished business with Camden who just got moved over to our side of the bracket. We lost by 1 last year when we outplayed them the entire game except for a few mental lapses. Dacula is good but we have win 17 of 19 since midway last year.

Bulldog20

November 9th, 2009
8:41 pm

I agree with TitleTownBaby. Those of us in 1-AAAAA have already seen the two top teams in the state square off when a very talented Lowndes team lost a close one to the Northside Eagles. I believe that was a preview of the state championship in AAAAA. Two extremely well coached teams with lots of speed, strength and talent. High school football at its best.

Todd Holcomb

November 9th, 2009
9:11 pm

Sorry for the 3-AAAAA error. I meant to say ”in the first round.” …

Hopefully y’all will trust that I knew Camden County had won a road game in the playoffs. I’ve witnessed a few of them, including both state titles. : )

Also, North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire emailed to say that North Gwinnett is 52-years-old. The 49 years refers to the time North Gwinnett has played at least one varsity game.

Southside High School Observer

November 9th, 2009
9:18 pm

Rick Tomberlin has been around the state and has been fairly successful in his many stops (Appling County, Jonesboro, Lowndes County, Washington County, and now Valdosta). He brings his Wildcats to Newnan to face a more highly ranked Cougar team. But, an upset could be in the making. Newnan is undefeated, but had a real fight on its hands this past Friday night against county rival East Coweta. East Coweta actually looked bigger per man than Newnan and was leading the Cougars until the end of the third quarter when 5′8″ and 190 pound Christopher Robinson broke away for another touchdown for the Cougars, and the Cougars pulled away in the fourth quarter. Tay Willis, a 5′6″ speedster for the E. C. Indians, excited the capacity crowd with two eighty yards touchdowns. His blazing speed must be 4.35 or better. Talking about speedsters: Henry Dixon, a highly recruited 220 pound runnig back and linebacker with East Coweta last year, is rehabilitating his knee that was injured last season. The recruiters backed off of him with the ACL injury, and he ended up attended Troy, but he will probably be put on scholarship in January, according to a reliable source. Alec Ogletree, the highly heralded strong safety for Newnan, unusually dropped a couple of passes as a wide receiver for Newnan. He also dropped a sure interception, but he is a true specimen on the field. UGA will not be disappointed in their prize catch. Alec’s twin brother, Zander Ogletree, had a good performance on both sides of the line of scrimmage at running back and linebacker. Will Newnan improve on its mediocre playoff record of the past or will the ‘Dosta Wildcats pull an upset? Back in the mid ’90s, Nick Hyder’s Cats traveled to Tara Stadium in Jonesboro and put a whuppin’ on Hines Ward’s Forest Park Panthers in another battle of the cats. My guess is that an upset is not far-fetched but the loyal fans of The City of Homes will pull the hometown Cougars to victory.

Sandy Creek will host 6 and 4 Loganville. Sandy Creek’s only loss came in the first game of the season to AAAAA East Coweta by one point. Sandy Creek has been the beneficiary of both good coaching and good athletes for years. The program has four players currently in the NFL (Calvin Johnson, Cedric Gholston, J. R. Lemon, and Jabari Hollowell.) Sandy Creek ought to take care of business. Poor Harris County, in the State Playoffs for perhaps the first time ever with a 5-5 record, has to travel to Griffin to play the mighty Bears in AAAA. Griffin, the alma mater of UGA’s Freddy Gilbert and Jonathon Sullivan and UT’s Willie Gault, is loaded with talent, although the new Spalding High has drained some of the talent in recent years. Creekside, home to Heisman candidate Eric Berry of Vols, will travel to Carrolton High, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles’ and UGA’s Reggie Brown. Both teams are 9 and 1, and this game ought to be a barn-burner.

Landmark Christian travels to take on the Commerce Tigers in Commerce. Through the years, Commerce has been a dominant team in Single A, along with the perennial powerhouse, the Lincoln County Red Devils where Garrison Hearst attended. Bowden, Macon County, and Buford (which is now AA) have been powerhouses also. Both Landmark and Commerce are a disappointed 6 and 4 this season. Landmark won their region for six straight years up until last year, and they had the talent to win it last year but the under utilization of personnel was a factor. Andrew Glaize, Landmark’s strong running back who was scoring three touchdowns in nearly every game until mid-season, was mysteriously moved to tight end where he hardly touched the ball. He signed with the Naval Academy. Josh Gebhardt is dominating at defensive end and has already had a couple of offers from two of the service academies. Last year, Gebhardt ran for about 750 yards, but has hardly seen any action in the backfield this year. The same thing goes for Austin Broussard who is a stalwart at lineback and will almost have his pick in the Ivy League. (He’s captain of the team and also President of the National Honor Society.) In his sophomore year, he too had over 700 yards rushing, but only saw action last year (and this year too) when very tough yardage is needed. Broussard’s deflection of a Mt. Pisgah pass when Mt. Pisgah was First and Ten on Landmark’s 25 yard line in the last minute of the game sealed Landmark’s victory and put them in the playoffs. Robert Trotter, Landmark’s leading receiver who played cornerback during the second half and shut down Mt. Pisgah’s leading receiver, dove to catch Broussard’s deflection before it hit the ground. Carson Barnett ran out the clock, after having connected with Trotter on some huge passes in the game as he also did with Landmark’s other speedster, Cantrell Frazier. Frazier is just a sophomore and is coming off a knee injury which he hurt as a defensive backfield starter in his freshman year. Landmark has talent, but you do indeed wonder about the usage of personnel, especially among the skilled athletes. Blake Autsin, an Auburn pledge in baseball, has been carrying most of the load in the backfield. He’s an athlete with lots of heart. He needs help carrying the load, despite his many touchdowns. He plays both ways and does so splendidly. The biggest difference between the Single A schools and the AAAAA schools like Newnan is the number of strong athletes on the field. The larger schools have a much larger student body to draw upon. Georgia’s Washaun Ealey of ECI (Single A) obviously would have been a star at Newnan, LaGrange, North Gwinnett, Westlake, Stephenson, or Griffin. As I mentioned, I watched Newnan and East Coweta play this past week, and I could see that several of the players on Landmark’s team (whether skilled players or big lineman and hitters like Phillip Garza, Nate Terry, Sheldon Peters, Cassius Price, Zach Barnett, or John Gables and others) or Eagles Landing’s team (especially the tall, gifted quarterback and the two D-1 running backs) would start and/or play a lot for teams like Newnan. The problem is numbers and depth. Herschel Walker, Champ Bailey, Garrison Hearst, and others came from the Single A ranks. I think that the big kid at QB at Florida was a product of a small division high school in Jacksonville. I am quite certain that Tim Tebow would have been a star had he played for AAAAA schools like Grayson, North Gwinnett, or Newnan. His predecessor at Florida, Eric Leak, played for Charlotte’s powerhouse team, Independence High where Joe Cox and Mohammed Masaquai played. But, Tebow’s playing at a small Christian high school in Jacksonville did not seem to diminish his abilities one bit.

These are just some of my observations from the Southside. Oh yeah, I hear from the rumor mill that this could be Buck Godfrey’s last year as head coach of the Southwest DeKalb Panters. SWD certainly has had a storied tradtion. Under Dewey Alverson, SWD was considered a “country school” who loved to whip up on those Lakeside boys in the 1960s and 1970s. He was, like Buck, enormously successful. Dewey left SWD 1979 adn headed up to Johnson of Gainesville, and Buck took over the SWD program shortly thereafter, producing a State Championship in the 1995 Season with the on-field leadership of Quincy Carter. I don’t know of any coach in Georgia who works as hard at getting his players scholarships at the next level. My hats off to Buck Godfrey who also happens to be a heck of an English teacher. SWD ought to take care of business as the 7-3 Northwest Whitfield Bruins visit the Panters in DeKalb. Coach Hackney has settled back into Clayton after stints at Lithonia High and Mays High. He started his head coaching career at Riverdale High where UGA’s Cordy Glenn played. Now he is carrying on the tradition at North Clayton started under Don Shockley. His Eagles host Bainbridge of South Georgia in Clayton County this weekend. I am sure that D. J. Shockley will be in the stands pulling for his alma mater, the former Flat Rock High School (which now lies under the ATL runway). Soon the present location of North Clayton (formerly Flat Rock) might be gobbled up by the ever encroaching airport.

Thanks for letting this old Southsider ramble. It’s just cyberspace after all. It doesn’t cost anything, and some Southsiders might actually be interested.

Southside High School Observer

November 9th, 2009
9:26 pm

Typo: That should have been Chris Leak, not Eric Leak.

blu eagle

November 9th, 2009
9:26 pm

Gees southside this ain’t a newspaper! Nswr will have a tough time getting by Mceachern an excellent offensive team, then if they do that , they get to play Grayson, what a consolation prize!Lowndes then gets to play Camden if they get past that, then it is N.Gwinnett, whoever gets to the dome is gonna earn it, big time!

SouthGARules

November 9th, 2009
9:49 pm

According to the capsules above the following teams should win:

Camden
Lowndes
Brookwood
P”tree Ridge
Valdosta
ML King
Grayson
Roswell
North Gwinnett
Dacula
NSWR
Union Grove
Lassiter
South Gwinnett
Bradwell Institute
Colquitt

68 viking

November 9th, 2009
10:13 pm

I think all of 1AAAAAwill win in the first round. going out on a limb, at least a 14 pt mgn

CommmonSense

November 9th, 2009
10:48 pm

Of course Bradwell will not beat stephenson thats absolutley insane

PackerBeliever

November 9th, 2009
11:31 pm

I believe that Colquitt is going to be very dangerous in the playoffs. We are well coached and have great talents nobody seems to take notice of all overall season. We would be No. 2 in the region if it wasn’t for a blown call by the refs vs. Northside Eagle. We have great fans that aren’t afraid to travel so come Friday I hope Westlake say their prayers because we are about to go “HAWG WILD”

CamdenCountyFearThe Paw

November 9th, 2009
11:46 pm

I want to thank Todd for showing is ability to over look Camden County! There is no pressure on us at all! We lost to 2 incredible teams by a total of 7 points! One of the best teams in Alabama and the #1 team in 5AAAAA. Camden was Grayson’s toughest game all year and Camden have over 14 new starters from last years State Championship Team! Thanks Todd for letting us be the Underdogs! We will enjoy our roll very well!

blu eagle

November 10th, 2009
8:58 am

Packer beleiver as I said before you had your chance in that game with 4 minutes to go to win the game, however you had 2 qb sacks and an int.,
everybody has bad calls, quit whining, already! NSWR has easier draw in first 2 rounds but gets tough quick after that.

Queston

November 10th, 2009
9:23 am

North Cobb lost in the first round of the playoffs and was ranked number 1 in the highest classification a couple of years ago. I point that out to refute the statement in the article that says the #1 ranked team hasn’t lost in the first round. I also bring it up to point out the incredible WEAKNESS of Cobb County teams when it comes to state playoffs. Can we stop pretending that anyone from Cobb County has a chance, please?

Wolverine Fan

November 10th, 2009
10:03 am

Don’t forget Woodstock beat #1 seed Walton last year.

GO UG!

November 10th, 2009
10:18 am

SouthGARules, I am putting us on upset alert if our guys don’t get their act together. I almost wished that College recruiters were not allowed to contact kids until high school playoffs were through; that seems to be a small part of our problem. I would love to see the Union Grove that played that first half against Stephenson. I would love to see #5 forget about his possible professional baseball scholarship, his full ride to UGA and just play football. I would love to see our special teams play up to their capabilities, I would love to see our O-line play like there is no tomorrow, I would love to see better play calling…oh well maybe I will get to see all that if we get by Windsor Forest and play NSWR.

THE CANNON RULES!!!

November 10th, 2009
11:21 am

East Paulding sealed it’s playoff fate with the loss to Harrison…then losing to Cherokee 2 weeks later made the game at Woodstock it’s only chance to make the #4 Seed. EAST DID NOT deserve to advance to the playoffs this year…it would have been a disaster playing Grayson. Our Raiders just had too many holes this year…the wait for 2010 begins now at EAST!!!

Good luck to Marietta against Grayson but it WILL BE One & Done for the Blue Devils.

Woodstock is big, fast and well coached…they should go far this year in the playoffs.

NHS Eagles Man

November 10th, 2009
12:44 pm

PackerBeliever…I agree with you that the Packers will be a force in the playoffs, but to say you WOULD BE number 2, except for a blown call by the ref is highly speculative. Who’s to say what would have happened on a fourth down play. You had four more downs two plays later, with less distance to go for a TD, and still had to settle for a field goal. I think it’s time we put that game to bed and concentrate on what awaits us. Good luck to your team in the playoffs…you have a good group of kids.

NG18

November 10th, 2009
1:05 pm

Region 5 teams are out after the second round with Woodstock
losing to North Gwinnett and McEachern losing to Peachtree Ridge.
Region 5 needs to play and outside team that is good before playoff time.Good luck scoring more than 10 points on either region 7 top
teams.A Lowndes/Grayson final is more likely now with the new brackets.

Pops

November 10th, 2009
1:12 pm

No one is holding McCeachern to 10 points.
However, Woodstock and North Gwinnett could possibly play to a scoreless tie in regulation. May the best field goal kicker win!
I do believe there are first round games that still need to be played!

Wolverine Fan

November 10th, 2009
1:17 pm

NG18..Boy I guess you told us region 5 teams.

SportsFan31313

November 10th, 2009
1:25 pm

CommmonSense says:

Of course Bradwell will not beat stephenson thats absolutley insane

Since you have all the common sense, how do you know that it’s insane that Bradwell Institute could not beat Stephenson? What do you know about Bradwell Institute for you to come to that conclusion? Are you a Stephenson Fan?

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Wolverine2Blazer

November 10th, 2009
1:37 pm

Aww, man. Idk if i can show my face after that tounge whoopin NG18 just put on us. How about you Wolverine Fan?

Decatur 4 Life

November 10th, 2009
1:43 pm

SouthGARules

I could agree with your picks until I got to Bradwell. They won’t win

SGT CHRIS

November 10th, 2009
1:45 pm

Valdosta 31 Newnan 28—Game saves Tomberlin’s job!!

Wolverine Fan

November 10th, 2009
1:47 pm

I think I will start following another sport 2Blazer, heck I might even start getting envolved with the marching band.