Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: Class AAAAA Playoff Preview

Peachtree Ridge at Northside, W. Robins
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, McConnell-Talbert Stadium, Warner Robins
Records, rankings: Peachtree Ridge is 10-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAAA and unranked; Northside is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and ranked No. 7.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know:
1. Both teams were state champions in 2006, Peachtree Ridge in Class AAAAA, Northside in AAAA. Northside repeated as AAAA champion in 2007.
2. The teams have a common opponent in Lowndes, which defeated Peachtree Ridge 51-17 and lost to Northside 10-7.
3. Northside has won 44 consecutive games at McConnell-Talbert Stadium except when playing Warner Robins, a school with which it shares the stadium.
Winner plays: Newnan-Grayson winner

Newnan at Grayson
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Grayson Community Stadium, Grayson
Records, rankings: Newnan is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 4-AAAAA and ranked No. 3; Grayson is 12-0, 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. These teams ranked 1-2 in scoring defense in Class AAAAA. Newnan allows 6.3 points per game. Grayson allows 8.0.
2. These two teams have the best records in AAAAA over the past two seasons. Newnan is 24-1. Grayson is 25-1.
3. Newnan is led by safety Alec Ogletree, a two-way player best known as a safety. He has committed to Georgia. Grayson’s top defensive player is probably Shawn Green, a defensive tackle who is committed to Georgia Tech.
Winner plays: Peachtree Ridge-Northside winner

Camden County at North Gwinnett
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium, Suwanee
Records, rankings: Camden County is 10-2, the No. 1 seed from Region 3-AAAAA and ranked No. 8; North Gwinnett is 12-0, 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. Camden County has the biggest scoring differential of the eight teams remaining. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents by 31.7 points per game.
2. Camden County’s run-based offense is led by Ean Days, who rushed for 945 yards and 13 touchdowns out of the Wing-T during the regular season.
3. North Gwinnett quarterback C.J. Uzomah has more than 2,000 yards of total offense this season.
Winner plays: Colquitt County-Lassiter winner

Colquitt County at Lassiter
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Frank Fillman Stadium, Marietta
Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 10-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and unranked; Lassiter is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 6-AAAAA and ranked No. 9.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know:
1. In 2007, Lassiter coach Chip Lindsey was the offensive coordinator at Alabama’s Hoover High and was the assistant to head coach Rush Propst, the current Colquitt County coach.
2. In the 70-49 victory against South Gwinnett in the second round, Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason threw for a state-record 552 yards and eight touchdowns and became the first QB in Georgia history to surpass 4,000 yards in a season. He has 4,266 yards and 54 touchdowns, also a state record.
3. Colquitt County and Peachtree Ridge are the only teams remaining in AAAAA that are not No. 1 seeds, and Colquitt is the only No. 3 seed left in the field.
Winner plays: Camden County-North Gwinnett winner

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421 comments Add your comment

White Trash

November 23rd, 2009
10:29 am

SportsFan31313

November 23rd, 2009
10:51 am

My Predicitons In Week Three of the Post Season Playoffs:

Peachtree Ridge at Northside, W. Robins As Much as I Like the Ridge, They are not
strong enough for Northside Warner Robins.
Take Northside Warner Robins.

Newnan at Grayson Two Great Programs but Newnan’s rein will
end here. Take Grayson.

Newnan at Grayson No question No Doubt. Take Camden
County

Colquitt County at Lassiter Take Colquitt County.

Decatur 4 Life

November 23rd, 2009
11:01 am

Not so fast with Colquitt pick. Excellent special team play is the reason they won against Stephenson, won’t be enough to compete in this one. There ability to put some pressure on Mason may keep it in the 40’s but overall they won’t win.

blu eagle

November 23rd, 2009
11:07 am

NSWR will be a tough win over the ridge hopefully they will I would like
to see them play Grayson if it turns out that way, lot of ifs.

sports fan

November 23rd, 2009
11:14 am

why dont the gwinnett teams play any region one or region two teams in the first two rounds every year?

Kane337

November 23rd, 2009
11:18 am

Go Northside!!!

Kane337

November 23rd, 2009
11:20 am

Sports fan, its because the first 2 rounds and separated by North(5-8) and South(1-4) regions. It saves travel time and travel costs. All these schools have budgets you know.

Kane337

November 23rd, 2009
11:22 am

Also, the students will miss some class time making a long bus trip. Not to mention the families and fans would have to take off of work early on a Friday to travel to the game.

GOPACKGO

November 23rd, 2009
11:34 am

Colquitt County 24 Lassiter 13 in preseason scrimmage. Not saying that matters but Lassiters coach is playing his daddy. I take the Packers by 17. Go Pack Go!!

SportsFan31313

November 23rd, 2009
11:42 am

Decatur 4 Life,

There you go again. Colquitt County will beat Lassiter. I will guarantee you that that offense that was scoring all of those points will not happen against Colquitt County.

BJohnDawg

November 23rd, 2009
11:59 am

Here we go again. All the talk about Camden County plays a soft schedule. Year after year.

Here they are again. They beat a really good Lowndes team, and are back in the hunt in 09 after winning the whole thing in 2008.

Time to give this school its due. Every year they are there competing for the state championship. Every year winning games they should not win.

Too bad I will be in St. Marys for thanksgiving. I live 3 miles from NG high school. Would have loved if Camden had won the coin flip.Maybe it will be on GPTV.Anyway “Go WILDCATS”.

PROSKILLpat

November 23rd, 2009
12:19 pm

I expect a good game Friday night between Northside and P-ridge. I have not seen p-ridge play. Can anyone one tell me what kind of offense they have? Do they spread it out, wing -T, power I……..whats up?

leslie22h

November 23rd, 2009
12:33 pm

I have never understood why AJC never takes Camden County seriously. There is little to no game coverage all season long. It seems as though the only non-metro Atlanta teams that get pre-playoff coverage by the AJC come from either Lowndes or Houston County. Even in the weeks leading up to Camden’s 2008 State Championship win in Atlanta, CCHS was hardly a blip on AJC’s radar. Yet the Wildcats continued to win and AJC continued to ignore them. Perhaps it’s simply the fact that CCHS is a 6-hour drive from downtown Atlanta and can’t justify sending a reporter there to watch a piddly little South GA team play. Nevermind that even when CCHS plays Hoover, AL, they still go relatively unnoticed by AJC. Is it a conspiracy? Probably not – I just think the AJC sometimes forgets that those of us in this part of the state are Georgians too. Go ‘Cats!

EagleNationRising

November 23rd, 2009
12:52 pm

Leslie: The AJC does not want to see a number of programs from South of the Gnat line succeed. Read the article that the AJC produced making the argument that Camden County would be better suited in Region 1-AAAAA. The AJC proclaims that Camden County plays 7 region road games per season. Of course, common sense tells all of us that Camden County has only played 7 region road games over the past four seasons.

Camden County has the easiest regular season region schedule. However, Camden has had the most challenging road to the quarterfinals having to face two teams that were nationallt ranked during the season in beating Northside in 2008 and Lowndes County on Friday night.

I would love nothing more than to see three programs South of the Gnat line join Newnan in the semifinals. I would absolutely love it! I honestly believe that it is possible. With the exception of Todd Holcomb’s favorite Peachtree Ridge, I believe that all of the metro Atlanta programs can win. The home teams have the advantage.

It will be a fun Friday night. Good luck to the Wildcats of Camden County, Newnan and our Region 1-AAAAA brothers at Colquitt County! The same to all of the metro Atlanta programs

Go Eagles!!!

Just a Thought

November 23rd, 2009
1:20 pm

Perhaps the talk of the soft schedule is not meant to be taken as an insult to the caliber of player at Camden. Instead it might be the fact that by playing smaller less physical teams towards the end of the year Camden is able to have a healthier team compared to other region teams coming into the playoffs. Having fresh players at the end of the season can mean more than talent if alot of the talent for these other teams is banged up from a rougher regular season. Just a thought, curious to here what others think along these lines.

GrayRam

November 23rd, 2009
1:32 pm

I also find it curious that Camden is allowed to write a check and get the majority of their region games played at home. They have played a total of 6 away region games in the last 4 years.

Carlton

November 23rd, 2009
1:38 pm

Go Camden Co!!! As I said last eeek, the family is now united and we want Camden to go all the way! I do not expect Camden to meet any better team, over the next coming weeks, than they faced in Lowndes. If they continue to play as well as they did Friday night they will go all the way! As a Ga HS football fan from Tenn with brothers in St.Marys and Valdosta, I know of what I speak.

Viking Slayer

November 23rd, 2009
1:39 pm

Camden simply has a fine program to develop players, excellent tradition and an excellent coach. Their players are disciplined and execute well and that characteristic goes a long way in high school football (or any football).

I pick Lassiter to beat Colquitt unless the Pack uncorks their offense.

White Trash

November 23rd, 2009
1:41 pm

GrayRam – With Camden playing the home games, the away teams in region 3 end up making more money if Camden were to play them at there home. If Camden played at the Away teams home in our region, not to many fans show up due to them knowing it is going to be a blowout. Would you pay $8 to see your team get beat bad, NO. So why not make a road trip and earn the school some money toward there program. Just smart on there end…

Get at NG

November 23rd, 2009
1:54 pm

I hope I don’t feel doubt coming from all these wildcat fans…North Gwinnett is no joke….I have my respect for Camden County, now yall make sure to give us ours!

VoiceOfReason

November 23rd, 2009
2:13 pm

Dang ENR! Man, you really laid it out for us today….I’m laughin’, but i can’t argue with anything that you’ve posted today….however i have always liked Todd for one reason or another. At some point people need to get over the idea that Camden County and its fans are somehow afraid of region 1 and its teams. Camden’s talent should no longer be in question by any region in the state. Hell, they’ve beaten a Great Lowndes program 4 out of the last 6 meetings. They swapped helmet paint with a very talented Northside Eagle squad and survived a hard fought battle. THERE IS MORE TO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES THAN JUST FOOTBALL! Imagine their girls’ basketball team traveling on Tuesday evening.It is a THREE hour bus ride to Colquitt for these kids to play a TWO hour contest, and then THREE hours back Camden High School. THATS 8hrs! I say back to the high school because even then they are still not “HOME”! Even Camden haters have to have a heart for these “CHILDREN” (some just 14 yrs. old!). Now imagine following that up with important region tilt against powerhouse Lowndes two or three days later. Seriously people, Camden isn’t awarded a state title by winning it’s region. Every year they go through the playoffs and potentially play the best that every region has to offer. And apparently playing a region 1 foe (deepest region in state)in the second round is sort of a built in clause. Like the BCS and Nortre Dame i assume. Please people, let it go

VoiceOfReason

November 23rd, 2009
2:14 pm

SWD Panther,and Jarmal………The Savannah programs are not forced to do anything. They see Camden as the flagship for their region and are fine with the revenue it brings. They make more money traveling to Camden than they do for a home game. The economy is tough everywhere and Savannah is no different. These schools are going to play 5A regardless of where Camden is placed. So their chances of winning a title or advancing through the playoffs are not changed by Camden’s presence. If anything it gives them a once a year glimpse at true 5A competition before the playoffs arrive. Which they will every year for the four best teams in that region, regardless of their record or talent.

Jefferson

November 23rd, 2009
2:21 pm

End of the road for Camden this Friday.

Fred

November 23rd, 2009
2:22 pm

To quote Olivia Netwon-John “Its gonna get physical, physic!”

Hard games to pick. PTR and Camdem aren’t the same teams today they were in the begining of the season when they both got beat.

For PTR, irrespective of what ENR will say about the MAC, it is a long ride and that can take the edge off. All teams this weekend have to be sharp and the ride might do it to PTR. Slight edge to NSWR – by 3.

Newnan at Grayson – I’d look pretty silly if I didn’t pick Grayson now wouldn’t I? ;) While the ride to Grayson is not as long, home field is a good thing to have. Grayson defense holds and the offense grinds it out. Very tough game but Grayson finds the way again. Grayson by 7.

Camdem at NG. Everyone talks about Camdem’s “soft” schedule but they have found a way to beat some of the top teams in GA. Another very hard fought game with the slight edge to the home team – NG by 3.

Colquit at Lassiter. I have no personal knowledge of either team. If CC can shut down the pass even some, they win. Home field and the bus ride favor Lassiter. If Mason get free reign, Katy bar the door! The added factor of the teacher and student as coaches ratchets things up a lot. I don’t know enought to predict anything past it will be one heck of a game!

VoiceOfReason

November 23rd, 2009
2:27 pm

Camden fans aren’t doubting their team, they just realize the task at hand because of their experience from last years championship run. They beat the odds on favorite last week (BARELY) and are rewarded with “14 hours” of bus riding wrapped around 4 qrts. of football with an undefeated highly ranked North Gwinnett squad on its home field. Should they survive that ordeal, they can look foward to possible back to back weekends to the dome….easily 12 to 13 hour roundtrips….each week!

Overrated1AAAAA

November 23rd, 2009
2:36 pm

Camden – NG winner takes state. Lassiter lights up plowboys. Grayson – Newnan 0-0 going into triple overtime. PTR-NSWR – Hard to see a team that loses a home game to a non-playoff team making the semis, but who knows? More importantly, who cares?

Fred

November 23rd, 2009
2:37 pm

HEY NEWNAN FANS – If you are coming to the game on Friday at Grayson, don’t trust your GPS or other mapping solution. Those will take you through the back roads with construction and traffic islands that will make it tougher for your buses. Take US78 east through Snellville. Turn left onto Cooper Rd at Rudy’s Bar. You will pass Hope Hollow on your right after the first light but don’t turn there. Go to the second light (about 3 miles from 78, maybe 4) and turn right onto Hwy 20. About 1 – 1.5 miles at the first traffic light turn right onto Hope Hollow Rd. The entrance to the school is about 200 yards on the left. If you miss it, you probably don’t need to be driving! :)

Your maping software or GPS will probably have you go past Cooper and Rosebud to Langley, then to Hope Hollow Lane and finally onto Hope Hollow. There is road contruction going on there and traffic calming circles to slow down traffic that can be a pain for the buses. The other way is faster anyway.

Have a safe trip up to Grayson and we will see you at the stadium!

Overrated1AAAAA

November 23rd, 2009
2:38 pm

Maybe Camden can get an exemption to play football in Jacksonville?

VoiceOfReason

November 23rd, 2009
2:38 pm

The day after football season ends, Camden’s Mighty Wildcats want nothing to do with region 3-AAAAA. Savannah school have long dominated the other sports with occassional suprises from the proud Wildcat athletes.Basketball, track, baseball(not as much). Those Savannah kids aren’t cryin’ on the sidelines during a 50-6 lashing from Camden in football. They are just playing hard, learning, fighting for improvement,……and just waiting for their turn to be the favored.

VoiceOfReason

November 23rd, 2009
2:42 pm

Jacksonville? Duvall County would start a petition to save their children from Camden’s football team! North Florida football is not quite on par with central and south Florida talent. Camden would turn Jacksonville into region 3-AAAAA.

LHS

November 23rd, 2009
2:44 pm

It is fun to read all the comments from Packer fans regarding a scrimmage in which their coach came to make a statement rather than use it for what it’s intended for…not to mention, their famed coach violated agreed upon rules. Has anyone considered Lassiter’s coach Lindsey may have been the brains behind Hoover’s success? I’m not saying who’s going to win…none of us will know that ’til Friday at around 10:00. See you all Friday night, right? I’m sure you are all making the drive to “Frank”

HornetFan

November 23rd, 2009
2:46 pm

Northside should get by P-ridge with relative ease.

Grayson’s stands were a quarter empty last week…didn’t seem like much of a home-field advantage. All defense, little offense. Take Newnan.

Lassiter will have the best atmosphere… and the student will best the teacher, much as Aristotle bested Plato, and Plato did Socrates (for those hi IQ Lassiterians :) .

The best matchup for pure football should be North Gwinnett vs Camden. Take North Gwinnett if for no other reason than the long bus trip. But they are by far the most balanced team in 5A. Regardless, the winner of this game should win the state title.

LHS

November 23rd, 2009
2:54 pm

For those of you that didn’t know…”The Frank” is Lassiter’s NCAA football stadium. Yeah, that’s right…Lassiter is the higher seed for those of you Pack fans that did not know.

AB

November 23rd, 2009
3:07 pm

I officially think that High School football fans are dumber than College Football fans. And, as someone from Metro Atlanta, I have always respected Valdosta, Lowndes, Camden County and other programs.

CougarDan

November 23rd, 2009
3:19 pm

Thanks for the ‘Grace’ from Grayson, Fred! Always good to know the directions from a map-savvy ‘local’. :-) The game shall be a good one, only wish I could be there, but the wife’s family in Kentucky beckon. Maybe I’ll get back in time to catch it on radio/TV. Good luck to ya, but ya know I’ll hafta back my Cougars! Don’t think you’ll have one of those 9 minutes drives this time, either!

Having seen Camden twice after a long bus trip win over a couple of real good Newnan teams, esp. last year, don’t count the Wildcats out for that reason!

Can anybody stop Lassister’s passing attack?! Even Alec Ogletree will be challenged, but woe to the receiver!

Herschworld

November 23rd, 2009
3:29 pm

LHS Pinkys up pal, talk about Cobb county elitism. I got news for you, them packer boys are going up there with the rotten intention of spoiling your tea party at the frank. Yall know what the deal is, because Lassiter got hit in the mouth by us before the season.

White Trash

November 23rd, 2009
3:30 pm

Overrated1AAAAA – Why would you want a team like Camden to play for Duval County, Fl. You should be proud of a team like Camden they are making the State of Georgia more noticeable nationwide. Teams like Camden help with recruiting and incentives..Think about the whole picture first..

Old Wildcat

November 23rd, 2009
3:36 pm

Good luck to all of the teams this weekend. May the traveling team arrive safely at both destinations. I hope that Camden and Charlton County win…no disrespect to NG or Lovett.

White Trash

November 23rd, 2009
3:46 pm

VoiceOfReason – “The day after football season ends, Camden’s Mighty Wildcats want nothing to do with region 3-AAAAA” NOT TRUE….

Baseball, Softball teams do very well statewide.
Swimming- number 1 in the region.

When it comes to Sports, Basketball is the only sport that Savannah can beat us regularly. So I will say again, Not True….

Fred

November 23rd, 2009
3:51 pm

HornetFan, yea I was a little miffed about the empty seats. :( I guess it is the metro curse of too much to do or maybe people thinking they would wait for the next game, I don’t know. I was somewhat surprised at teh small number of Roswell fans in the visitor stands. It only looked like maybe 200-300 tops. I know we all joke about Atlanta being so big but I know it is not that far from Roswell to Grayson! ;)

CougarDan, please pass teh driving directions on to those that don’t read these blogs. Speaking of drives, we have had at least one 6-8 minute drive every game. Hopefully that will continue! :) Have a safe trip.

#88 RAM pops

November 23rd, 2009
3:51 pm

Fred: My TOM-TOM has got me lost all over N. America, but it got me to the stadium fine and way early from the Marraiot in Norcross this past weekend! I might try your directions and get a little warm-up at Rudy’s next time LOL! Hornet Fan: Your exagerating just a little lol. Many of thre Ram’s fans walk around,socialize and buy stuff all game long!!! I don’t really understand it, but it does serve a monetary purpose for “The Team” if you know what I mean. Heck, I was even on the visitor side talking to their fan’s this past game at the begining of the 2nd half….till we recovered the fumble on the kick-off….then our conversations came to an abrupt end! It’s funny how people think the stands are 1/4 quarter empty…yet the multitude of burger and BBQ and RAM Shirts and X-mas goodies and on and on are FULL!!!!!!!

Footballer

November 23rd, 2009
3:52 pm

There is no school for the rest of the week so I don’t really think traveling will be a factor for PRHS. its only 2 hours away..

Fred

November 23rd, 2009
4:06 pm

You might like like their rankings but Rivals.com is talking GA football!

http://highschool.rivals.com/viewrankhs.asp?ra_key=646

Fred

November 23rd, 2009
4:08 pm

Oops that was supposed ot be “not like”. Sorry.

Overrated1AAAAA

November 23rd, 2009
4:14 pm

White Trash – I have nothing against Camden, just felt sorry for all the whining about all the traveling. I went through St Marys on my way to Cumberland last fall and it seems like a great community. I expect them to repeat if they get by NG.

HornetFan

November 23rd, 2009
4:18 pm

Fred–I left my office near Fulton Industrial and Camp Creek Pkwy at 4:30 and got to the game at 7:15. It’s a shorter drive to Tift!

#88 RAM pops–It could be that Grayson has a larger capacity than what we’re used to in 6AAAAA, but the number of fans walking about would not have filled the empty seats. But you all were very gracious, the BBQ sandwiches were great and we Roswell fans were proud of our team. Myself and other parents there don’t even have kids on this years’ squad, but had kids on the 2006 championship team and were there to support the boys this year. Even the old coaching staff was there. Good luck this weekend, however I do think Grayson is not the best team I’ve watched this year tho.

LHS

November 23rd, 2009
4:29 pm

“Hershworld”, sorry you were offended by the reference to college…Just kidding. Both teams will be ready. If your low scorinf offense can produce 40 plus points, you might stand a chance. There isn’t a high school defense that can stop our college level offense. Your team may win, but they’ll have to score like never before.

Suwanee 0wnz

November 23rd, 2009
4:56 pm

Wow! Nice job of getting them lost in Conyers, Fred. I like it! “Nevermind your GPS, follow my directions”.

That’s one way to win a football game.

Let me see if I can rustle up some directions to Cleveland for the Camden folks.

BulldawgBite

November 23rd, 2009
5:03 pm

Fred, i dont get those rankings. north gwinnett beat a good woodstock team 24-0. northside beat a lesser team in union grove 21-10. plus lowndes which was northsides biggest win lost again. i can understand grayson being #1 until they lose but i dont see how NG gets jumped after a 24-0 victory? whatever. IF we beat camden then that should help a bit

Grayson Student

November 23rd, 2009
5:09 pm

well in hornet fan, in all honesty they didnt have to be, some of the players on your defense looked as if they belonged in the rec leagues of gwinnett county, that being said u did a pretty good job against us but hey survive and advance. as far as the attendance goes, it was the same way last year but once lowndes came to town people took notice so i expet the same thing this friday. defensive slugfest i take grayson with those 3 yards and a cloud of dust drives… 13-10. looks like the field will be sloppy once again sadly