Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: Class AA Playoff Preview

Swainsboro at Fitzgerald
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jaycee Stadium, Fitzgerald
Records, rankings: Swainsboro is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 3-AA and ranked No. 8; Fitzgerald is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 1-AA and ranked No. 2.
Last meeting: Swainsboro won 6-0 in the 2000 Class AAA championship game.
Three things to know:
1. Fitzgerald’s leading rusher is Nic Williams (904 yards, 109 carries, 17 touchdowns), and the next three in rushing each average more than 10.0 yards per carry. They are Trenton Pruitt (66-727), Latravious Stewart (54-633) and Tevin Stewart-Gaulden (19-261).
2. Swainsboro quarterback Malcolm Eady has rushed for 1,273 yards and 14 touchdowns and passed for 1,228 yards and 13 touchdowns.
3. Swainsboro is allowing 8.1.points per game (second-best in AA) while Fitzgerald is allowing 8.2 (third-best).
Winner plays: Westminster-Callaway winner

Westminster at Callaway
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Callaway Stadium, LaGrange
Records, rankings: Westminster is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 6-AA and ranked No. 9; Callaway is 9-2, the No. 1 seed from Region 5-AA and unranked.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know:
1. The teams have a common opponent in Lovett, which defeated Callaway 56-28 and lost to Westminster 21-6.
2. Callaway junior quarterback Quan Bray had more than 100 yards both rushing and passing in a 47-7 victory over Riverside Military last week.
3. Westminster junior running back Ralph David Abernathy, the grandson of the late civil rights leader, has rushed for 1,215 yards.
Winner plays: Swainsboro-Fitzgerald winner

Cook at Appling County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jimmy Swain Stadium, Baxley
Records, rankings: Cook is 6-5, the No. 4 seed from Region 1-AA and unranked; Appling County is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from 2-AA and unranked.
Last meeting: Cook won 25-10 in the 2008 first round.
Three things to know:
1. Cook has played its last 10 playoff games away from home and won six of them.
2. In a 27-20 victory over Vidalia last week, Appling County scored the winning touchdown in the final two minutes when Arthur Williams caught a tipped pass from Tyler Avera for a 59-yard completion.
3. Appling County is trying to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 1999.
Winner plays: Buford-Jefferson winner

Buford at Jefferson
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Jefferson
Records, rankings: Buford is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AA and ranked No. 3; Jefferson is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 8-AA and ranked No. 7.
Last meeting: Buford won 41-6 in 2001.
Three things to know:
1. Jefferson hopes to have back leading rusher Lucas Redd (647 yards). He missed the first round with an illness.
2. Buford linebacker Jessel Curry has committed to Auburn. He’s a two-way starter who rushed for more than 100 yards last week.
3. Buford is the two-time defending Class AA champion, while Jefferson has not reached the quarterfinals since 1977.
Winner plays: Cook-Appling County winner

North Oconee at Calhoun
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phil Reeve Stadium, Calhoun
Records, rankings: North Oconee is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 8-AA and unranked; Calhoun is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 7-AA and ranked No. 1.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know:
1. North Oconee’s offense depends on the running game, which is led by Brandon Whitlock and his 1,200 yards.
2. Calhoun has the No. 4 offense in Class AA, averaging 40.3 points per game. Quarterback Nance Nash, who threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns despite an illness last week, and receiver Da’Rick Rogers (Georgia commitment) lead the way.
3. North Oconee, which began playing football in 2004, is making its second playoff appearance and seeking its first trip to the quarterfinals.
Winner plays: Thomasville-Jefferson County winner

Thomasville at Jefferson County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Warrior Stadium, Louisville
Records, rankings: Thomasville is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AA and unranked; Jefferson County is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 3-AA and ranked No. 4.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know:
1. Thomasville quarterback Charles Hayes has a high ankle sprain and is questionable for Friday’s game, according to the Thomasville Times-Enterprise.
2. Jefferson County quarterback B.J. Bostic, a Georgia Tech commitment, has more than 2,200 yards of total offense. He is a threat passing, rushing and receiving.
3. Jefferson County has averaged nine victories a season over the past six years but is seeking the first quarterfinal appearance in school history.
Winner plays: North Oconee-Calhoun winner

East Jackson at Lovett
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium/Conley-Oakley Field, Atlanta
Records, rankings: East Jackson is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 8-AA and unranked; Lovett is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 6-AA and ranked No. 6.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know:
1. Third-year program East Jackson is in the playoffs for the first time after going 4-12 in its first two seasons.
2. Lovett essentially clinched the No. 1 seed from its region by beating Buford on Sept. 11. It was Buford’s first regular-season loss since 2004.
3. Lovett averages 36.5 points per game, the sixth-best total among the remaining Class AA teams. East Jackson is ninth with an average of 34.7.
Winner plays: Brooks County-Charlton County winner

Brooks County at Charlton County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Swamp, Folkston
Records, rankings: Brooks County is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AA and unranked; Charlton County is 10-0-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 2-AA and ranked No. 5.
Last meeting: Charlton County won 57-22 in 2003.
Three things to know:
1. Charlton County has won four consecutive games against Brooks County and leads the series 6-3, but the schools haven’t met since 2003.
2. Charlton County is averaging 41.3 points per game, but it also is giving up 19 per game, worst of any of the 16 teams remaining in Class AA.
3. Brooks County quarterback Keojuan Rose and running back Keith Christopher accounted for 323 yards of offense and all five touchdowns in the Trojans’ victory against Putnam County last week.
Winner plays: East Jackson-Lovett winner

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34 comments Add your comment

cane fan

November 19th, 2009
10:45 am

fitzgerald will smoke swainsboro this week and on on on , go purple hurricanes!!!!!


November 19th, 2009
11:16 am

My Prediction Of Round 2 Of The Post Season Playoffs For Class AA

Swainsboro at Fitzgerald Whoa!!! Two Great Football Programs. Both teams
know how to win. Both teams with a winning History.
Take Fitzgerald because of Home field Advantage.

Westminster at Callaway Take Westminister

Cook at Appling County Take Appling County

Buford at Jefferson Take Buford

North Oconee at Calhoun Take Calhoun

Thomasville at Jefferson County Take Thomasville

East Jackson at Lovett Take Lovett

Brooks County at Charlton County Take Charlton County

Rick Harp

November 19th, 2009
12:02 pm

Rick Harp the Grandson of Elder Rollie Riner who now resides in Fitzgerald say go you mighty Tigers. I will be sitting in hostile territory but I will sure be rootin for them Tigers. If you have never wanted another game in your life want this one with all your heart. Anybody who remembers me please look me up go to press box and page me I would love to see somebody from home.


November 19th, 2009
12:08 pm

Rick Harp

I remember those Swainsboro Tigers from the 70’s and they were definitely good.

Black is Back

November 19th, 2009
1:32 pm

Go Indians!!!

Sir Miller #20

November 19th, 2009
3:34 pm

Fitzgerald D. Swainsboro

Callaway D. Westminister

Appling County D. Cook

Buford D. Jefferson

Calhoun D. North Oconee

Thomasville D. Jefferson County

Lovett D. East Jackson

Charlton County D. Brooks Co.


November 19th, 2009
5:51 pm



November 19th, 2009
9:33 pm

Hope Calhoun’s QB is feeling better this week, dude played sick last week. Score early and ofter, put it in the bag in the 3rd. Go Jackets.


November 20th, 2009
9:09 am

HOw bout them warriors them boys off da chain with dat numba 6 & 7 combo how could they lose i mean get for real


November 20th, 2009
9:10 am

Chester Stone is a menace on the field it is impossible to stop him i feel sorry for thomasville tonight

Dee Best

November 20th, 2009
9:11 am

GO WARRIORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dee Best

November 20th, 2009
9:12 am

ROck Solid Warrior D-E-F-E-N-S-E o lets do it

Dee Best

November 20th, 2009
9:14 am

Booooooooooo Sports fan 31313 jc got this u beta believe it

Black is Back

November 20th, 2009
9:38 am

Go Indians !!! Can’t wait for kick off.


November 20th, 2009
10:11 am

SportsFan31313: Agree with you on all except the Thomasville-Jefferson County game. I hate to say it, being my dad was a THS grad, but the intangibles favor Jefferson Co. (injury to Thomasville QB, home field advantage for Jefferson Co.)


November 20th, 2009
10:33 am

Greetings Dee Best,

Wishful Thinking.


November 20th, 2009
10:34 am


Jefferson County is fairly new to this. Not taking anything away from them, But I believe that Region 1 Thomasville will skate by this one.


November 20th, 2009
1:24 pm

suck my balls fitz


November 20th, 2009
1:44 pm

I’m out of here… Good Luck to everyone…… Go Liberty County……

jefferson dragon fan

November 20th, 2009
1:57 pm

agree with all picks but sorry buford will lose tonight


November 20th, 2009
1:59 pm

Let’s go ‘Dawgs!!!!


November 20th, 2009
2:04 pm

Hate to say I told you so….I will tonight after Callaway whip up on Westminster… “You don’t want to Red and Black”…. If so. COME AND GET SOME!!!!!!!!Go Cavs!!!!!


November 20th, 2009
2:06 pm


jefferson dragon fan

November 20th, 2009
2:08 pm

fitz D swainsboro westminister D callaway appling D cook jefferson D buford calhoun D noconee tville D jeffco lovett D east jackson cc D brooks co

Boro Boi, Born and raised

November 20th, 2009
2:17 pm

Swainsboro will DEFEAT Fitzgerald just how we did back in 2000. As someone who was born and raised in Swainsboro and played for the Tigers in the 90’s I promise you this. You have no idea how BIG football is in Emanuel County. Just look at what Ealey is doing for the Dawgs! We breed football players! It’s in our blood… grow up, play under the Friday Night lights, cheer for the Bulldogs on Saturday at 12, and go for the Falcons on Sunday at 1. That’s what we’re about down there. TIGER PRIDE!!!! Hurricane season is over….Meet me in the Dome, we’ll be there!!!!

Coach Keith

November 20th, 2009
6:16 pm

I’ve played a lot of football and have watched even more. The QB from Swainsboro is one of the best pure athletes I’ve ever seen……period. He reminds me of Terrance Edwards from Washington County and UGA but bigger. I know Fitzgerald has not played against a better player but Swainsboro has. Swainsboro was able to slow down the QB from Jefferson County until the 4th quarter and I think their defense is good enough to shut Fitzgerald down. Look for Swainsboro to knock off Fitzgerald at home for the second time this decade. As a Swainsboro native and Georgia Tech grad, I would love to see the Swainsboro QB run the spread offense on North Avenue. Go Tigers and as always TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!!!!

Black is Back

November 20th, 2009
11:13 pm

Great Game in the Swamp Tonight!! 46-36 Charlton Gets it done again in the Swamp!!! Way to go Indians!!!


November 21st, 2009
12:00 am

3 coin flips and an cinderella against Buford.


November 21st, 2009
11:38 am

Who’s ridin’ Friday? Calhoun hosts, who else got the luck of the toss?

Black is Back

November 21st, 2009
12:39 pm

Gonna be a heck of a game in the Swamp!!! Go Indians!!


November 22nd, 2009
12:07 am

This hurricane is with-out ? the best i’ve ever seen in Fitgerald history.Fitzgerald is the breading place for football.Yea swainsboro won past years ago that was then but tha canes prove friday night that they r the team to beat by winning 64-36 in fitzgerald

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November 23rd, 2009
11:34 am

I told you so….I told you so….Callaway is on the roll!!!!! Look out, not up. We are ready for Fitzgerald….Go Cavs. Sorry Jefferson dragon fan…westminister will have to watch from HOME. NEXT!!!!!


December 2nd, 2009
1:12 pm

is it that bad for calhoun that they got cheat jefferson county by use a coach to ref and the head ref had a son playing so it was a no win for jefferson county berfore they started the game. Keep cheating calhoun