Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: Class AAAAA Playoff Preview

Union Grove at Northside, Warner Robins
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, McConnell-Talbert Stadium, Warner Robins
Records, rankings: Union Grove is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 2-AAAAA and unranked; Northside is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and ranked No. 7.
Last meeting: Northside won 24-7 in the 2008 first round.
Three things to know:
1. Northside rushed for 246 yards and held Chapel Hill to minus-14 yards rushing in a 35-14 victory last week, according to the Macon Telegraph.
2. Northside held Chapel Hill to negative yards rushing in a 35-14 victory last week.
3. Union Grove operated primarily from a wildcat formation in its 47-20 victory over Windsor Forest because quarterback Ty Moore was injured last week in practice.
Winner plays: Brookwood-Peachtree Ridge winner

Brookwood at Peachtree Ridge
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Lions Den, Suwanee
Records, rankings: Brookwood is 6-5, the No. 4 seed from Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; Peachtree Ridge is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAAA and unranked.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know:
1. Brookwood, the only No. 4 seed in Class AAAAA to advance in the first round, had to win its regular-season finale against arch-rival Parkview to make the playoffs and avert its first losing season since 1986.
2. Peachtree Ridge quarterback Nick Lombardo has battled injuries for the past month and didn’t start in the 14-7 victory over Kell but entered the game in the second quarter.
3. Peachtree Ridge’s Brad Roby starts at receiver and defensive back and has scored touchdowns rushing (one) and receiving (four) and returning kickoffs (one), punts (two), interceptions (one) and fumbles (one).
Winner plays: Union Grove-Northside winner

M.L. King at Newnan
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Drake Stadium, Newnan
Records, rankings: M.L. King is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AAAAA and unranked; Newnan is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 4-AAAAA and ranked No. 3.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know:
1. M.L. King running back Mack Brown, who has committed to Florida, has been ranked the No. 1 prospect in the state by ESPN.
2. Newnan safety Alec Ogletree, who has committed to Georgia, has been ranked the No. 1 prospect in the state by
3. Newnan’s defense is rated No. 1 in AAAAA in scoring defense (4.5 points per game); M.L. King’s defense is No. 3 (6.4).
Winner plays: Roswell-Grayson winner

Roswell at Grayson
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Grayson Community Stadium, Grayson
Records, rankings: Roswell is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AAAAA and unranked; Grayson is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 8-AAAAA and ranked No. 1.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know:
1. Grayson’s Ean Pemberton, a preseason all-state running back, barely played in the second half in the 21-14 victory over Marietta last week because of a shoulder injury, and defensive end Joe Champaign, who has committed to Navy, played only a few plays returning from an injured knee.
2. Roswell’s starting quarterback quit the team last week, and backup J.P. Douglas completed 12 of 20 attempts for 201 yards and threw the winning touchdown pass in the 30-27 overtime victory over Collins Hill.
3. Grayson has four players on defense who have committed to Division I-A schools.
Winner plays: M.L. King-Newnan winner

Woodstock at North Gwinnett
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium, Suwanee
Records, rankings: Woodstock is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAAA and ranked No. 10; North Gwinnett is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 7-AAAAA and ranked No. 2.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know:
1. Woodstock’s defense allows 9.4 points per game, the sixth-best total in Class AAAAA, and held Dacula to 35 yards rushing last week.
2. North Gwinnett got touchdowns on a kickoff return and a blocked punt in its victory against Centennial in the first round.
3. Woodstock had never won a playoff game before last season, but a victory against North Gwinnett would give the Wolverines back-to-back appearances in the quarterfinals.
Winner plays: Lowndes-Camden County winner

Lowndes at Camden County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Chris Gilman Stadium, Kingsland
Records, rankings: Lowndes is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and ranked No. 4; Camden County is 9-2, the No. 1 seed from Region 3-AAAAA and ranked No. 8.
Last meeting: Lowndes won 10-0 in the 2007 semifinals.
Three things to know:
1. The past two meetings between these teams were in the semifinals at the Georgia Dome, with Lowndes winning by shutout both times, 10-0 in 2007 and 30-0 in 2004.
2. This game features Class AAAAA’s top two offenses. Lowndes is averaging 44.8 points per game, while Camden County is at 43.5.
3. These teams have combined to win five of the past six Class AAAAA championships. Lowndes won titles in 2004, 2005 and 2007; Camden County was champion in 2003 and 2008.
Winner plays: Woodstock-North Gwinnett winner

South Gwinnett at Lassiter
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Frank Fillman Stadium, Marietta
Records, rankings: South Gwinnett is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; Lassiter is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 6-AAAAA and ranked No. 9.
Last meeting: South Gwinnett won 27-0 in 2003.
Three things to know:
1. Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason broke the state record for passing yards in a season on Friday when his 445 yards against North Forsyth put him at 3,714 for the year.
2. South Gwinnett led Etowah 31-14 in the second half of their first-round game but had to hold on until the final seconds for a 31-28 victory.
3. Lassiter has never reached the state quarterfinals. South Gwinnett is seeking its fourth trip overall and its first since 2004.
Winner plays: Colquitt County-Stephenson winner

Colquitt County at Stephenson
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hallford Stadium, Clarkston
Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and unranked; Stephenson is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 2-AAAAA and ranked No. 5.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know:
1. Colquitt County had its second-lowest scoring output of the year in its 10-0 victory against Westlake last week. The Packers had 105 yards in penalties, went 0-for-11 on third-down opportunities, and scored their only touchdown after recovering a fumble on the Westlake 15, according to the Moultrie Observer.
2. Stephenson has the second-best defense in Class AAAAA, allowing 5.4 points per game with four shutouts.
3. Stephenson’s Raymond Sanders, one of the top rushers in DeKalb County, had 172 yards in the first half and sat out the final two quarters in the Jaguars’ 44-0 victory against Bradwell Institute last week.
Winner plays: South Gwinnett-Lassiter winner

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Todd Holcomb

November 16th, 2009
10:19 am


We’re fixing the error about Jeffrey Whitaker. Sorry, as that was a complete brain freeze on my part. … Please forgive.


November 16th, 2009
10:51 am

I’m going early this week with my Predictions in Class AAAAA.

Union Grove at Northside, Warner Robins Union Grove won impressively against a weak
Savannah’s Windsor Forest. But Union Grove
will be no match for Northside Warner Robins
defense. Take Northside Warner Robins.

Brookwood at Peachtree Ridge Sorry Brookwood Mom, you wont beat the
“Ridge”! Take Peachtree Ridge.

Lowndes at Camden County A Very tough battle between the two.
Instead of a battle between the players,
It will be the battle between the two Coaches.
I said all along that Camden County is still
very good despite two losses in the regular
season. Take Lowndes on a very close,
overtime victory. The winner out of this
unofficial State Title matchup will win the
Class AAAAA Title.

South Gwinnett at Lassiter Take South Gwinette

M.L. King at Newnan Take Newnan

Roswell at Grayson Roswell playoffs contention ends Friday
Take Grayson

Woodstock at North Gwinette Toss up with this one. I will give Woodstock
the benefit of the doubt. Take Woodstock.

Colquitt County at Stephenson Stephenson has some good Running Backs.
They used Bradwell Institute as a scrimmage
as a scrimmage game hammering them 44-0
Stephenson Running Backs had over 100
rushing yards in the first half. But that will not
happen against a Colquitt County Defense.
Take Colquitt County.


November 16th, 2009
11:38 am

sportfan31313…that’s what they all said …#’s 56,49,45,57,54,34,3,22,1,6,33,44,…are on a mission …you can’t run on them ,you can’t pass on them, DO THE MATH……


November 16th, 2009
11:47 am

sportsfan31313 what planet areyou from …Raymond …Willie …Johnathan and mike will just have to show you … like they’ve shown all year …Stephenson


November 16th, 2009
11:52 am


No need to get all bent out of shape. That is my opinion. You have yours. Stephenson will not beat Colquitt County. Stephenson run ends this Friday. Great Season for Stephenson.


November 16th, 2009
11:54 am

take south gwinnett to beat lassiter. this is a severely under rated team. also NG over woodstock. woodstock has a chance if it is a low scoring game though. P-ridge will struggle but barely beat brookwood. Grayson beats roswell by 2 touchdowns. newnan holds MLK to 10 points or under. stephenson will beat colquitt. Northside beats Union grove. and the lowndes/camden game is a toss up. those are my picks what are yalls?

Mlk fan #1

November 16th, 2009
12:02 pm

Has any one watched Newman play ,what’s so good about them that they are being picked as a sure winner over MLK. Valdosta had them on the ropes until a bad snap gave Newman the ball at the one yard line . They are a good defensive team but I don’t see any thing special . I don’t think they have seen a defense as fast and hard hitting as MLK. It seems like every since mlk lost that one tv game to Stephenson , that King has gotten a bad name and now Stephenson is the best team in the world. That was one game on homecoming and Mlk had just lost their top play makin receiver and kick , punt returner. If Mack brown is healthy king will win this game . By the way every time he makes a big run a flag appears out of no where may be people in Ga. are mad at him because he picked Florida over Georgia.


November 16th, 2009
12:02 pm


I just don’t believe that Stephenson will beat Colquitt County. They have a great defense and their offense has a lot of different looks to throw off a defense. Although North Gwinette is a good team this year, Woodstock has been there before, and know what it is like and what it takes to get there. Take Woodstock.


November 16th, 2009
12:05 pm

Mlk fan #1,

I believe Mack Brown picked Florida over Georgia because of a better opportunity than what Georgia had to offer. Besides as a GA Dawg fan, the Fans are really upset with the way the Dawgs are playing this year and are calling for change in the coaching staff. The Team is unstable and who would want to play for a team like that?


November 16th, 2009
12:37 pm

sportsfan, that colquitt team is certainly good and stephenson has to prove that it can beat a good team. i just think that this is a game that they can win. woodstock has been there before… only last year was the first year they had ever won a playoff game. NG has made at least the quarterfinals the past 3 years so im pretty sure they are even more equipped in a “been there sense”. its at NG and the bulldogs last loss there was the preseason last year against byrnes south carolina a perrineal top 5 team in the nation. i expect it to be a good game but if north can get to 21 points then the woodstock offense just is not explosive enough to score a lot of points.


November 16th, 2009
1:01 pm

BulldawgBite ,

I hear you.


November 16th, 2009
1:09 pm

sportsfan31313 I have debunched … and sure you are entitled to your Opinion however you seem to be a little bias when it comes to two teams MLK and Stephenson … As far as it goes with Stephenson keep on Hatein’ we’re out to win State plain and simple….


November 16th, 2009
1:38 pm


No I’m not being bias at the very least. I am only being realistic. (In my opinion). Stephenson is a good football otherwise they would not be ranked in the top 10 in Class AAAAA. I give Stephenson their respect. I also know that Stephenson has a great deal of speed. However; I know that Colquitt County has a great deal of speed on both sides of the ball to include size. Colquitt County will definitely stop the run on Stephenson. Unless Stephenson have trick plays other than their traditional offensive rush, Colquitt County will beat Stephenson.

big j

November 16th, 2009
2:10 pm

Hey mlk fan #1, the reason why they throw a flag evertime he breaks a good run is because they hold the d-end and outside linebacker every play watch the film no desrespect to #33 or mlk team but if the qb doesn’t get more accurate they have no chance I will give there defence credit they keep them in the game against any team


November 16th, 2009
2:12 pm

SPORTSFAN31313, I see that you don’t know anything about football. FIRST You said WINDSOR FOREST would beat UNION GROVE. Then you said that BRADWELL INSTITUTE plays good against metro atlanta teams. Hell our JV could have beaten BRADWELL. Do you beleive COLQUITT COUNTY will stop STEPHENSON RUNNING GAME FRIDAY NIGHT.The only thing COLQUITT COUNTY will stop is at the STOP SIGNS and RED LIGHTS on the way home FRIDAY NIGHT.

big j

November 16th, 2009
2:14 pm

Hey sportsfan 31313, don’t be surprised if stephenson blows them out second half also take note where game is played at stephenson seems to get majority of calls at home


November 16th, 2009
2:14 pm

Stephenson has a great running game, but guess what it ain’t nothing that Jack Hines and the packer defense hasn’t seen before. On the other hand Stephenson hasn’t seen or played a team as tough as the packers all year. Give the edge to packers!!!

big j

November 16th, 2009
2:18 pm

Someone with some knowledge about nswr please give us union grove folks some hope I haven’t seen no 1 pick the upset


November 16th, 2009
2:19 pm

HerchWorld beleive me when I tell you this you haven’t seen a running game like STEPHENSON all year. I can wait til SATURDAY morning to get your feedback.

big j

November 16th, 2009
2:22 pm

Its also something the packer defence hasn’t stopped before iam not a stephenson backer but iam tellin you they will not lose to packers at home


November 16th, 2009
2:29 pm

BJ What game where you at that STEPHENSON got all the calls. Just because your coach quit coaching and your player started playing dirty football in the second half after STEPHENSON went in and regroup. Now you want to blame the official. It was your coach who didn’t feed TJ the ball. It was your defense that let a back run wild the second half. It was your team that didn’t adjust the second half. I remember the score being 7-7 at half time. So how did we get so home cooking. At home we don’t receive any love from the GHSA OFFICIAL. This past FRIDAY NIGHT we probably had 20 penalties to BRADWELL 4 at the most.

big j

November 16th, 2009
2:36 pm

True blue no doubt we got out coached that game hell it wouldn’t matter if we played yall 10 times outcome prob wouldn’t change hey man I have been sigin yalls praises ever since then but you can’t change the fact that a home team gets majority of calls

Decatur 4 Life

November 16th, 2009
3:14 pm


How’s it going? Colquitt won’t beat Stephenson bottom line, I would probably give the Packers a lil more credit since they play in the “baby SEC” but 10-0 against Westlake isn’t that impressive. Even with this “unstoppable” spread they run. I’ve been saying it all day, all of 1AAAAA will be done this friday. The only one I think won’t lose is Northside and theirs will come soon.


November 16th, 2009
3:48 pm

“HerchWorld beleive me when I tell you this you haven’t seen a running game like STEPHENSON all year.” True Blue you might want to check the truthfulness of that statement out before posting it.


November 16th, 2009
4:25 pm

Yo, until you beat a contender on the road it best you be quiet. LOWNDES COUNTY will have to go thru hell before they make it to the dome. So you better be focusing on CAMDEN COUNTY. Do you remember GRAYSON and NSWR all road lose in a big game. NO GREG REID

Regular Joe

November 16th, 2009
4:35 pm

Stephenson has a good chance to BEAT any team in 5A Period. I give them the edge because their home. Lowndes or Northside doesn’t have the speed Stephenson has on defense. If all Colquitt could do against Westlakes decent defense they will not score unless its some big play.


November 16th, 2009
4:38 pm

Are you going to do a Class A preview this week. Because you never got around to it last week.

Colquitt County Fans

November 16th, 2009
4:50 pm

I tell all You Packer hater out there; dammit we will see on the G.D.field!!!!!!!

Packer Fan Of Albany Georgia

November 16th, 2009
4:53 pm

Colquitt County Fans do get mad at this B.S. let the Pack show and tell it all come friday against the Stephenson football team, remain calm and let that old time 90’s power come out to show the world because people going to have doubts as long as a absent the Pack have been; Good Luck Packers and Stephenson let the best team WIN!!!


November 16th, 2009
5:22 pm

COLQUITT COUNTY FAN, Please don’t take this personal because you are about to see THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH come FRIDAY NIGHT at HALFORD STADIUM in CLARKSTON GEORGIA.


November 16th, 2009
5:51 pm

Stephensen please handle your business Friday night. Keep your focus, cut down on the penalties and represent dekalb football like I know you can.

Quinn of the Ridge

November 16th, 2009
5:53 pm

decatur 4 life, who do you have beating Northside?


November 16th, 2009
8:20 pm

The Jags 2009 football season starts this Friday ………Rather win or lose I think you Stephenson folks are in for a rude awakening this friday when the Pack come to town……I wouldn’t take the Pack lightly ,their no huddle offense will have any defense back on their hills all night ,if the homework isn;t done, Roberson may be the best offensive Back ive seen all year. The Pack defense isn’t shabby at all either…….Can’t call a winner , but other than SWD in week 1 ,this is really the Jags first real test of the season , I saw the MLK/Stephenson replay don’t even come back with that one…It’s gonna be a good ,close exciting contest…


November 16th, 2009
8:30 pm

way to go grady make the city proud.stephensen will win this game friday i do think it now or never for them need to work on the passing game to win it all


November 16th, 2009
8:33 pm

I’m sitting here reading all this crap about Brookwood from people that haven’t seen a Bronco game this year. This team is made up of 6 to 9 of the best players to not even get D-1 recognition from any school this year. It’s sad when these scouts are looking but not understanding that when you recruit a Brookwood player, you are recruiting someone that will not only go to school but will attend classes, stay eligible and play 4 yrs, then graduate from that institution. These guy get educated before coming out of that school.. trust this statement…. Also Brookwood with this chip on their shoulders will beat Peachtree Ridge down and the only way they lose the game is by stupid coaching decisions or a mistake prone quarterback…


November 16th, 2009
9:00 pm

Woodstock has a really good team but not enough to beat North Gwinnett. The difference is going to be in the Red Zone. I don’t think the Woodstock defense can stop combination of a 6-4 210lb QB, 230lb running back and the 2 D1 lineman on offense. All the team is healthy now with as many as 6 starters out in mid season.Both teams have outstanding coaching and about even there. Both have great special teams. NG had a blocked punt and a kickoff return for 14 pts of the 52 last Friday. Woodstock needs to get at least 21
early points to win and they just don’t have that kind of firepower. If they had scored 35-40 on Dacula I would be more concerned. I look for the very good back-up QB Scottie Hooch to see playing time on Friday in the 4th quarter.

inthatrenches (from the sunbelt conference)

November 16th, 2009
9:29 pm

NG has a better Defense this year and the offense is as good as ever they should beat Woodstock I predict by 10….Stephenson by a bunch I am predicting 14 but it could get ugly…..


November 16th, 2009
9:41 pm

My picks:
Lowndes over Camden-Lowndes on a mission
Stephenson over Colquitt-2nd week in a row Colquitt travels to Metro Atlanta.
NSWR over Union Grove-(sorry Go UG!) Unless you are brain dead or never been on these blogs, NSWR does not lose at the MAC.
North Gwinnett over Woodstock (sorry Wolverine2Blazer)
Lassiter over South Gwinnett-Lassiter offense just a bit better.
Newnan over MLK-Newnan D too strong
Grayson over Roswell-Ball control the key for Grayson.
Brookwood over P’Tree Ridge-BROOKWOOD MOM to speak at pep rally to inspire BRONCOS to win.

inthatrenches (from the sunbelt conference)

November 16th, 2009
9:49 pm

Reeze who are u predicting with the Lowndes/Camden game?


November 16th, 2009
9:50 pm

Hey SouthGARules, I know we are the underdogs and no one outside of the Grove gives us a chance. I just hope we can give them a good game and play way over our heads.

inthatrenches (from the sunbelt conference)

November 16th, 2009
10:03 pm

SouthGA I like your picks and your logic except for Lowndes-Camden they are both excellent programs but the Home team gets the edge for me……same explosive offenses but Lowndes may struggle away from home….Brookwood falls to the Ridge Fri. by a TD…..Defense by Pridge something McEachern did not have…

coffee fan

November 16th, 2009
10:33 pm

Go Lowndes and Colquitt make us proud.

Hornet Dave

November 16th, 2009
11:11 pm

When predicting games, do not forget this mathematical fact:

Fulton > Gwinnett

I think Isaac Newton came up with that one.

mark newnan 1

November 16th, 2009
11:47 pm

Newnan on a mission! We take no team lightly. but Tree 39 and Zander will punish that running back for not choosing GA.


November 17th, 2009
1:50 am

Gooooooo Mighty Lions!!!! GO!! FIGHT!! WIN!!


November 17th, 2009
6:23 am

SportsFan 31313, it’s a nice safe pick to go with conventional wisdom and take grayson over roswell this friday. This game will likely be decided on game time adjustments by both coaching staffs; will roswell be able to establish any run at all against the grayson line? when grayson crowds the line, can roswell make them pay by getting the ball to thier outstanding receiving corps? If roswell can establish to any extent it’s running game which is strong, then grayson will be in trouble; or if grayson defensive players are not discilined in thier run-defense, roswell has 2 very good backs that can excel in this type of game. I believe that roswell’s run defense will hold its own agaist grayson. Roswell special teams will likely be the difference as I believe this game will come down to smart disciplined football in the 4th quarter. Roswell’s qb is athletic enough to avoid the grayson pass rush if need be and I believe that Roswell will have the advantage with it’s wr’s over the grayson db’s. I think that a Roswell special teams play may decide the game. I still say Roswell by 3 in a mild upset friday night. It’s going to be very nasty in the trenches as both teams lines appear to be very good.


November 17th, 2009
8:05 am



November 17th, 2009
8:19 am

inthatrenches……….I am going with Lowndes over Camden , and I “m taking Woodstock over NG


November 17th, 2009
9:09 am

Reality-Great call on Brookwod as I know some of the kids on the team and they are better than people think.
Sportsfan-Mack Brown isn’t all that as when they played the GA. recruit from SW Dekalb-Ken Malcome. He showed who the better back was in the state, but I wish good luck to each recruit wherever they go to school. The University of GA will be fine as they need some admitted tweaks with the Offensive and Defensive coordinators, but the program and recruits are solid.


November 17th, 2009
9:17 am

Todd, I think your comments are right on about the Lowndes-Camden game but there’s one thing extra to note. Camden has been stacking up that kind of yardage against Region 3 opponents while Lowndes has made those gains against Region 1 teams, for the most part, including outgaining Northside on the ground. I only wish Warner Robins had gotten into the mix. That would really make things interesting. I’d love to see a Warner Robins-Camden matchup.