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It’s the quarterfinals of HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS. AJC high schools beat writer Michael Carvell is off this week but when he returns, he’ll try to blog live and take your questions about high school football and related topics.

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GHSA BRACKETS: AAAAA | AAAA | AAA | AA | A

Here are the quarterfinals playoff games you can find stories and photos from later tonight on ajc.com…

Newnan vs. Grayson
Camden Co. vs. North Gwinnett
Peach Co. vs. St. Pius X
Clinch Co. vs. Holy Innocents’

Don’t forget to check out these quarterfinals gamers…

Colquitt Co. vs. Lassiter
Peachtree Ridge vs. Northside-Warner Robins

Don’t forget to check out our roundups from around the metro area. Here’s what you’ll find…

Rockdale at Westside-Macon
Griffin at Apalachee
North Clayton at Clarke Central
Flowery Branch at Carver-Columbus
Cook at Buford
Wilcox at Wesleyan
Eastside at Jackson
Cairo at Gainesville
Sandy Creek at Thomasville

GHSA BRACKETS: AAAAA | AAAA | AAA | AA | A

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Black is Back

November 25th, 2009
5:18 pm

Go Indians!!!!!

SouthGARules

November 25th, 2009
5:30 pm

Sandy Creek is playing Thomas County Central, not Thomasville.

inthatrenches

November 25th, 2009
5:57 pm

Newnan v Grayson I think will be the game of the week….two very good defenses…..returning round 4 semifinal teams…… #1 vs #3 the two statistical best defensive teams left in the playoffs….. in round three wow!!! Can not wait for Friday..

montanto

November 25th, 2009
6:14 pm

nswr defense is getting stronger they have not given up a touchdown in the playoffs other than kickoff returns and 10 points off of turnovers look for them to reach semis and who knows if they win the coin toss hard for teams to come in to the mac and win

cchswildcat86

November 25th, 2009
7:34 pm

Black is Back good luck ….Go Indians!!!

MikeMike

November 25th, 2009
7:40 pm

GO CAIRO BEAT GAINESVILLE

NTH Trojans

November 25th, 2009
8:01 pm

MikeMike,

I hate to break it to you, but Cairo’s season ends Friday night. The only chance that Cairo has is if Gainesville is looking ahead to CC next week – that’s not gonna happen for 2 reasons. 1) Cairo is the defending state champs and 2) Gainesvilles’ coach has that team to focused to let that happen.
As far as the Flowery Branch/CC game goes, if CC starts looking ahead to Gainesville, FB will beat them. Regardless, that’s a game that will be close throughout in my opinion.
The game of the week in my opinion is a tie between Grayson/Newnan and Lassiter/Colquitt Co. for completely opposite reasons: Grayson/Newnan is a game that could end 3-0 in OT, and Lassiter/Colquitt could (and probably will) wind up being a shootout.

SouthGARules

November 25th, 2009
9:43 pm

AAAAA Quarterfinal Predictions

North Gwinnett over Camden: Long bus ride is tough for Camden to overcome. If game was in Kingsland, I would favor Camden for the same reason.
Lassiter over Colquitt County: I know the Packers have a good defense, but traveling to metro Atlanta for 3rd week in a row wears on you. See Coffee last year.
Grayson over Newnan: Toughest game to pick. Grayson for the home field & the disappointment of losing in OT in semis fuels the Rams.
NSWR over Peachtree Ridge: I have great respect for the Ridge, but, as has been pointed out so many times, NSWR does not lose at the MAC.

Good luck to all teams & Happy Thanksgiving to all.

JD

November 25th, 2009
10:15 pm

Gainesville will win. They have too many weapons.

columbia Blue

November 25th, 2009
10:15 pm

South Georgia Rules

Thr trip will have no affect on Camden. Hell we are in the Southeast corner of Georgia. Everywhere we go is a long trip. Went to Newnan last year won 27-7—Played the Ridge in the dome won 21-14—Only lost one game in The Corky Kell Classic (Seven consective years–dome) We will be ready—Heck you should be pulling for us

yo

November 25th, 2009
10:50 pm

columbia Blue I’m pulling for you but my gut tells me NG is a better team and at home. Hope I’m wrong.

Bubba

November 25th, 2009
10:58 pm

Thomas County Central 20 – Sandy Creek 7

K-MAN

November 25th, 2009
11:04 pm

NORTH GWINNETT and PEACHTREE RIDGE will fall very hard come Friday night! A southside lesson is about to be taught. Pretending time is over!

Pecan

November 25th, 2009
11:33 pm

You South Georgia guys may be right about the outcomes, but let me ask you this: have you even seen Grayson and North Gwinnett play. They may be better than you think. Peachtree Ridge is in for a long night, I think.

Being real

November 26th, 2009
12:22 am

If Pridge can keep from putting the ball on the ground they will hang with NSRW. All year–under the radar–no respect yet one of the best defenses in the state. Really though all the pressure is on NSWR–after all Pridge is just a # 2 seed out of region 7. The eagletts should have no worries————–be careful.

Colquitt County Underdog

November 26th, 2009
12:24 am

SouthGA- The CC team will leave for Marietta on Thanksgiving Day and get a good night of rest before the game. Travel fatigue wont be an issue.

Callitlikeitis

November 26th, 2009
12:31 am

SouthGarules, I read that both Colquitt and Camden will leave on Thursday evening to Atlanta which should keep the teams pretty fresh for the games. I thought that you should know this fact. May be this will change your opinion on the outcome of these games.

Being real

November 26th, 2009
12:32 am

Must say–hats off to Camden.Unlike LOwndes Camden seems to play well reguardless of travel. Saw NGwinett against Pridge. Pridge could have won that game if not for coach Ballards Bill Belichick play calling impersonation—great coach–not sure of the mindset that night though.Would hope NG pulls it out but would not surprise if Camden wins either. All 4 of these games may be a lot closer than some think.

GO PACK GO

November 26th, 2009
12:38 am

SouthGARules…the Packers may lose but it won’t be because they are worn out. They are leaving Thanksgiving Day around 3pm to head up just like they did last week. Hopefully we can prove alot of people wrong, kinda like last week. Go Pack Go!!

cane fan

November 26th, 2009
12:42 am

fitzgerald has to many weapons for callaway, fitzgeralds defense is to fast and strong, by the time callaway realizes what , they wiill be down by 3-4 td’s, instead of turkey sandwiches, they will be eating crow.

GO PURPLE CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bodog

November 26th, 2009
1:08 am

mistermak

November 26th, 2009
1:10 am

Camden does travel well. They should have beaten Grayson if Coach Herron doesn’t go for it on 4th and 2 on his own 40 with less than 7 minutes to go and up by 3. If Camden loses on Friday to N. Gwinnett, it will not be due to traveling. It will be because they were not the better team. that is provided the coach doesn’t blow it with another bonehead call.

Bodog

November 26th, 2009
1:17 am

CANE FAN—-I GUESS CALLAWAY MIGHT AS WELL STAY HOME, ANF FORFRIT THE GAME; SINCE U ARE SO ADAMENT ABOUT FRITZ….MAYBE THEY CAN’T BEAT FRITZ, BUT U MIGHT KNOW THIS*******callaway will show up, and proudly / with class and play a good football game. fritz may win 77-0………….i dom’t know, and u don’t either.

BLACKGOLD

November 26th, 2009
1:59 am

(HURRICANE ALERT) FOR ALL RESIDENT PRESIDING FROM CALLAWAY ,BODOG DONT PANIC…………44-13 GO PURPLE HURRICANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BLACKGOLD

November 26th, 2009
2:05 am

EVERYTHING MUST GO THROUGH FITZGERALD, WE CERTIFIED,DONT MANY SURVIVE A HURRICANE,BUT YOU WANTED KNOW IF YOU NEVER BEEN THROUGH US,WE A CATEGORY 5.

BLACKGOLD

November 26th, 2009
2:10 am

CALLAWAY IF YOU FORFEIT NOW ,YALL CAN GET CORNDOGS FOR 1/2 OFF,THATS A LONG DRIVE TO GET YOUR A** HANDED TO YOU

BLACKGOLD

November 26th, 2009
2:21 am

CALLAWAY FANS THAT COME TO THE GAME FRIDAY NIGHT , WHEN YOU HEAR THE UNDERTAKER CHONG , THAT MEANS WE BOUT TO BURY YOU, YOU ALREADY DEAD. WHEN YOU HEAR BOXING BELLS ,ROUND 2 – WE BOUT TO RUN THE SCORE UP ON YOU AND GO HAM ON YOU FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE GAME. GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lowndes County Fans

November 26th, 2009
3:36 am

Go All The Way For South Georgia, Our Brother Neighbor Colquitt County Packers Of Moultrie Georgia!!!!

Big Red Machine

November 26th, 2009
6:06 am

Will Region 8-AAAA go 3-0 or 0-3? All 3 face good teams…..it will be quite interesting.

Wolverine Fan

November 26th, 2009
6:53 am

I wish it was us going to Camden…Sure North Gwinnett beat us, but they are not that good at all. Camden you should have no problem. Beware that the fans are anything but friendly.

Footballer

November 26th, 2009
8:03 am

Yeah. If you have A good defense North Gwinnett will crumble. P ridge could have beat them but their coach was making some dumb play calls

Gwinnett Fan

November 26th, 2009
8:22 am

North Gwinnett v Camden

The key to the game is North Gwinnett’s ability to to top the run. A powerful wing T team is a potential problem for North. Their defense is good but this offense has given them trouble due to their size. If North can hold them to 14 point it will be a good night.

Prediction:

North 20 Camden 14

Pops

November 26th, 2009
8:31 am

Hey Wolverine Fan- I was rooting for you guys, but oh well, I know the feeling.
Home field advatage means a lot more than just the wear and tear of travel on the visitor. Familiarity and freindly confines just as important to home team. That being said,
Picks;
Camden over North Gwinnett – Home team eats too much turkey comes out lethargic!
Lassiter over Colquit County – Unstoppable!
Newnan over Grayson – Field goal game. Newnan gets one more defensive stop.
NSWR over “The Ridge” – Have to go with South GA Rules on this one. Too much home cookin’
Happy Thanksgiving all.

eagleforlife

November 26th, 2009
9:10 am

Here we go Northside! Keep provin’ ‘em wrong!! Show the state what you’re made of! Goooo Eagles!!

black and gold baby

November 26th, 2009
9:14 am

the pack will have our hands full friday dut lassiter hasn’t played anyone with any sort of defense because the atl teams don’t play defense the way we do.Remember Lassiter has a offense but defence still wins championships!!!

Peach County

November 26th, 2009
9:33 am

They couldn’t find some scrub to write a column this week? Lets go PC!!!!!

PEACHCOUNTYTROJAN

November 26th, 2009
10:05 am

LET’S GO PEACH COUNTY TROJANS.. SHOW THEM ST PIUS BOYS HOW WE PLAY FOOTBALL IN MIDDLE GEORGIA…

SanityRules

November 26th, 2009
10:20 am

ENR could a write an article . Hey it’s not too late. go for it.

EagleNationRising

November 26th, 2009
11:17 am

Why write an article? In every posters heart, it is known that teams South of the Gnat line are better. Nothing is more exciting than watching metropolitan Atlanta teams simply implode upon themselves. In less than 36 hours, the metro Atlanta excuse threads will be pouring through this site.

Northside 24, Peachtree Ridge 9
Colquitt County 49, Lassiter 24
Camden County 14, North Gwinnett 10
Newnan 28, Grayson 17

BEAR MEAT..

November 26th, 2009
11:30 am

GOOOO GRIFFIN….can anyone tell me if the chee…stadium can hold enough fans for griffin? I heard about 1200..is that right..

Colquitt County Underdog

November 26th, 2009
11:36 am

i dont think CC will score 49 ENR…stop with the south-georgia bias and be realistic…no way Newnan scores 28 either. i think North Gwinnett has too much talent for Camden. i do agree with Northside beating PTR by 2 scores.

bear guy

November 26th, 2009
11:53 am

who will win the griffin apalachee

grayram

November 26th, 2009
12:03 pm

Bart Sibrel:(ENR)

“I believe there was a negative energy around him at Valdosta.”
You forgot to say how Todd Holcomb or the evil metro atlanta conspirators caused this mysterious energy that kept a coach at a holy south georgia school from being average at best and horrible at times.

How many of NSWR big home wins in a row (except of course the games they lost) were to AA or AAA teams or Tift, Cofee, Houston? Here’s a random sample from 2006

v warner robins w 28-7
v duchtown w 54-0
v stockbridge w 43-6
v upson-lee w 41-7
v mt zion w 47-6

Looks like the Eagles were really challenged by some quality South Georgia powerhouses

EagleNationRising

November 26th, 2009
12:03 pm

Big Red Machine: Rockdale County travels to Westside-Macon. Clarke Central hosts a very talented North Clayton. Apalachee hosts Griffin. I love the home teams. I have the Region going 1-2.

Westside 35, Rockdale County 24
Clarke Central 21, North Clayton 20
Griffin 28, Apalachee 14
If Sandy Creek stays in a South Georgia hotel tonight:
Sandy Creek 24, Thomas County Central 21
If Sandy Creek travels to Thomasville, GA tomorrow on gameday:
Thomas County Central 28, Sandy Creek 17

wildcat fan

November 26th, 2009
12:26 pm

Just left the school to cheer the WILDCATS off, the team left Kingsland to the the roar of the WILDCAT crowd at 11. Go WILDCATS come back with the Victory. I’m leaving Friday around 7.

Big Red Machine

November 26th, 2009
12:32 pm

Congrats, to #4 seeds Flowery Branch (AAA) and Cook Co. (AA)…..you guys are hanging in there tough!!!

inthatrenches

November 26th, 2009
12:49 pm

ENR you REALLY get under the skin of those you pick against??? tell them Basketball season will start soon…. that really fires them up.. Hey how about the 11-3 Hawks think they will win tonight? they are in Phillips? Oh sorry this is a football blog LOL…. stay tuned ENR will give your high schools basketball projections LOL…

Suwanee 0wnz

November 26th, 2009
1:03 pm

The question is not whether Cairo can win, the question is whether the Syrup Makers can put up any points at all against the thundering herd of Red Elephants. I like FB’s chances in this game also.

ENR, I think you got into the egg nog a little early if you think NSWR can put up 24 points on P Ridge. NSWR has only scored over 21 points in about half of their games, and only against weak opponents. Despite one notable game, P Ridge has a real defense, and the NSWR offense is pretty suspect against strong defenses. NSWR scores at most 17 points, and probably not that much.

If we look only at common opponents, NSWR only put up 10 points, while PTR put up 17. This is despite the fact that PTR was well behind NSWR in time of possession against the “L” team. Looks like the edge goes to PTR on offense. For that matter PTR has a few real offensive weapons that give trouble to any team. The more I think about this game the more likely I think it is that PTR comes in as the better team. I’ll give you the “MAC” factor, but streaks are made to be broken. Oops, maybe that streak only applies to the regular season. Didn’t Newnan come into the MAC and kick your tails last year in the playoffs?

Hopefully, coach Ballard has learned to put up the field goal points if he gets 4th down inside the red zone. There is a good chance a couple field goals could be the difference in this game.

Peachtree Ridge 17
Northside 14

I’m sure I will hear about this prediction from the bouncing banshee. Apparently I don’t know enough already about the “streak” or the vaunted history of the MAC and blah, blah, blah … Unless of course, it is accurate, in which case the silence from ENR next week will be deafening.

EagleNationRising

November 26th, 2009
1:04 pm

GrayRam: We can not help that we were placed in a metropolitan Atlanta region when we moved from AAAAA to AAAA. All I know is when we played in AAAA over four seasons, a team from Warner Robins, GA played in the state championship every season and won the AAAA State Championship in 3 of those 4 seasons.

The truth of the matter is the Grayson Rams have NEVER reached the State Championship. NEVER. You are in the same boat as a program like Dutchtown. Don’t bash them. You are one in the same. Some of you guys, like GrayRam, really do a great deal of chest thumping when you only have one signature win in your program’s history.

OK, you beat a very, very good Lowndes County team last season. Good job. That was last season and you lost the next week. Grayson has beaten Lowndes County once. Programs like Northside regularly kick the little can known as Lowndes County around. Northside has played Lowndes County 8 times and won 6 of those games.

What Grayson should focus upon doing is stringing a group of big wins together. GrayRam, worry less about past teams that the winningest big program in Georgia has run over and focus more on Newnan High School. Trust me. You are not hosting Roswell and their backup quarterback tomorrow night.

Newnan has a real defense. Newnan players are going to hit you. Unlike your game against Lowndes County last season, Newnan is going to respect you and will not bring that thug behavior to your stadium. When you make posts about Northside’s past opponents it assures me that you are not focused upon the GIANT Cougar sitting in the corner.

Northside played a very strong schedule this season. Grayson played a very strong schedule this season. GrayRam, you are not going to make a logical argument that Northside has a cupcake schedule this season. The last time Northside played Dutchtown and Upson-Lee, Northside won the State Championship. The time before that, Northside won the State Championship. The time before that, Northside lost in the State Championship. What is your point GrayRam? Has Grayson ever reached the State Championship? Perhaps, Mickey Conn should schedule Dutchtown.

EagleNationRising

November 26th, 2009
1:11 pm

SuwaneeOwns: You are hilarious! Of course, Peachtree Ridge put up 17 points. In common opponents (Lowndes County), the Viking starters played every minute because Northside NEVER trailed them. Peachtree Ridge had the fine opportunity to see the freshman team of Lowndes County play. :-)

You are not seriously making the argument the Northside is an underdog against Peachtree Ridge because they scored some mercy points against the 9th graders. :-) :-) :-) I am honestly LMAO! :-) How about this common opponent analysis:

Lowndes County 51, Peachtree Ridge 17
Northside 10, Lowndes County 7

Northside has one, only one All-State player on our roster. He was in street clothes against Lowndes County. We still kicked the Vikings around, just as we will kick Peachtree Ridge around.

We will only score 24 if Peachtree Ridge plays hard. If the Lions become kittens and quit, as they have before, it will get far worse for the Kittens with the Silver Spoons in their mouths.

We know…we know. It is a mixed community. Northside will have the easiest game of any home team in AAAAA. It is Thanksgiving. McConnell-Talbert will be an absolute madhouse! The noise will be something that Peachtree Ridge has NEVER experienced.