The Georgia High School Football Daily’s Weekend Predictions: Who’s winning and losing in Playoffs Semifinals

By CHIP SAYE
For the AJC

Football fans of a certain age might remember “Leonard’s Losers.” The long-running syndicated radio show, which featured the late Leonard Postero of Athens predicting which teams would lose college and pro football games, aired on more than 1,400 stations during its heyday. The show was popular because of Postero’s humor and down-home style, but he also was quite accurate with his predictions.

Last week, I was successful in picking the loser in 12 of the 20 quarterfinal games. Unlike what Postero did on his show, however, I was trying to pick the winners. Not good. Considering my inability to spot the winners last week, I figured I’d stick with what worked and pick the losers for the semifinals.

Class AAAAA
I didn’t see Colquitt County being able to stop Lassiter last week. I might be just as wrong this week, but I don’t see the Packers beating Camden County tonight, either. … Northside-Warner Robins avoided a quarterfinal loss to Peachtree Ridge last week by the narrowest of margins, winning 20-17 in three overtimes. The Eagles won’t be so fortunate this week, losing at Newnan. … Speaking of Newnan, Alec Ogletree made perhaps the catch of the year last week when his leaping, one-handed grab for a touchdown provided the winning points against Grayson. … Semifinal losers: Colquitt County, Northside.

Class AAAA
Clarke Central and Griffin used to be the North Georgia powers in the highest classification, two of the few teams that could stand in the way of Valdosta and another state championship. Neither has been as successful since dropping to Class AAAA, although Griffin has had some very good teams, and Clarke Central has almost always been competitive. They haven’t faced each other since 1993, and they haven’t met in the postseason since 1982, so the prospect of them battling for the state championship next weekend is an intriguing one. It will happen after Rockdale County, which beat Clarke Central in the regular season, loses the rematch tonight and Sandy Creek loses to Griffin. … Semifinal losers: Rockdale County, Sandy Creek.

Class AAA
Gainesville is the closest thing to a clear-cut favorite as there is in any classification. The No. 1-ranked Red Elephants already have proved that they can win big against tonight’s opponent, beating Flowery Branch 49-17 in the regular-season finale. And while Flowery Branch was impressive in its come-from-behind victory against No. 2 Carver-Columbus last week, I don’t see the Falcons being able to make up the 32-point gap against Gainesville. … I didn’t pick Eastside to win either of its previous two games, and the Eagles proved me wrong. I’m identifying the losers this week, so I’ll take Eastside to lose again, this time to Peach County. … Semifinal losers: Flowery Branch, Eastside.

Class AA
T his classification has had the fewest surprises of any, as the No. 1 (Calhoun), No. 2 (Fitzgerald), No. 3 (Buford) and No. 6 (Lovett) teams reached the semifinals, and all four have legitimate shots at winning the championship. But I have to pick two of them to lose tonight. I’ll say it’s going to be a disappointing night for Region 6-AA. … Semifinal losers: Lovett, Buford.

Class A
My worst performance last week came in Class A, where I picked Wesleyan, Twiggs County, Holy Innocents’ and Lincoln County, only to see all four eliminated. That means the Wesleyan-Twiggs County matchup I was anticipating in the final is out the window, too. Darlington has more losses than any team remaining in any classification, and I look for it to add one more to that total at the hands of undefeated Savannah Christian. … Can the only No. 2 seed remaining in Class A make it to the final? When Clinch County loses to Wilcox County, the answer will be yes. … Semifinal losers: Darlington, Clinch County.

Playoff predictions
Last week: 8-12 (.400); Overall: 1,603-411 (.796)

Winner—Loser
Class AAAAA

Camden Co.–Colquitt Co.
Newnan–Northside-W.R.

Class AAAA
Clarke Central–Rockdale Co.
Griffin–Sandy Creek

Class AAA
Gainesville–Flowery Branch
Peach Co.—Eastside

Class AA
Fitzgerald–Buford
Calhoun—Lovett

Class A
Wilcox Co.–Clinch Co.
Sav. Christian–Darlington

Georgia High School Football Daily is a free email newsletter. CLICK to join the mailing list

267 comments Add your comment

cchswildcat86

December 3rd, 2009
10:45 am

Dylan

December 3rd, 2009
10:51 am

I think Buford will pull the upset over Fitzgerald. The Hurricanes are an awesome team, but I just have a feeling Buford is waiting on an upset. It’ll be a close game.

BullDawg Rick

December 3rd, 2009
11:03 am

The Wolves have been playing lights out defense… The 6 hour commute might wear on them more than the game itself…

And after last week’d predictions: 8 – 12.. Chipper will be incorrect – again…

1bighammer

December 3rd, 2009
11:19 am

Picking against the Patriots…tsk tsk. When will the AJC become a believer?

peacemaker

December 3rd, 2009
11:29 am

Way down in the valley… I heard alot of noise…It was the Griffin Bears…making men outta boys!!!!! GO BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tommydawg22

December 3rd, 2009
11:48 am

I’m glad your not very good with your predictions since you did go 8-12 last week. This means my team still stands a chance…

Jeff Francoeur

December 3rd, 2009
11:52 am

PARKVIEW PATHERS BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE WERE AND STILL ARE THE BEST ATHLETIC SCHOOL IN GEORGIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cane fan

December 3rd, 2009
12:04 pm

the buford wolves will be playing in the eye of the storm this week and home field advantage will make a difference, should be a barn burner

fitzgerald 21
buford 12

GO MIGHTY CANES!!

Kramersorbust

December 3rd, 2009
12:05 pm

I dont know if Lovett can stop the WR/QB combo of Rogers and Nash.. but i do know that this Lobett team is the best coached team in the state.. and full of talented 3 yr starters who have won many of road playoffs games.
Go Lions

Bear Fan

December 3rd, 2009
12:06 pm

I am EXTREMELY shocked that the ajc picked Griffin to win. The Bears never get ANY credit from the ajc! WOW!!! GO BEARS!!!

Grayson Fan

December 3rd, 2009
12:31 pm

Good game last week, stay on focus for one game at a time,see you playing in final.

BlackandGold24

December 3rd, 2009
12:43 pm

Colquitt county picked to lose again? We have come to expect this and each week we have proven everyone wrong, and we will again this week. This game will be won in the fourth quarter by the Packers.

cane fan

December 3rd, 2009
12:45 pm

I would really like to play lovett in the finals for that reason, 3-4 years ago that is how calhoun beat fitz in semi’s qb bombs and the wr scores, but I believe lovett peaked to early and calhoun will dominate lovett

calhoun 35
lovett 21

I believe if fitz can contain the edges and presure the qb fitz will be fine

fitzgerald 21
buford 12

Grayson Fan

December 3rd, 2009
12:46 pm

Good game last week,a little more varity on offense,same good D,focus on team play and see you in the finals.

yessir

December 3rd, 2009
12:46 pm

That Calhoun-Lovett game is gonna be a good one to watch. I think Fitzgerald kills Buford, though.

Jeff Francoeur

December 3rd, 2009
12:48 pm

PARKVIEW PANTHERS ARE THE BEST!!!!! AND I KNOW I HAVE THE STRONGEST ARM IN THE MLB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff Francoeur

December 3rd, 2009
12:49 pm

I AM THE BEST LOOKING MAN IN THE MLB…A VERY FINE PRODUCT OF THE PARKVIEW PANTHERS

cane fan

December 3rd, 2009
12:50 pm

I like colquitt this week, they have proven week to week that they are strong and improve weekly very good “D”

northside will have their hands full, but they are a very well coached team and will pull off the upset, feel sorry for 4a next year

Rotunda Clemente

December 3rd, 2009
1:06 pm

I am excited that Griffin is back again in the semis…looking for them to finally push through again and make it to the finals! And, I love seeing these Bear fans coming out on these blogs and showing support. Very tough game this Friday…should be pretty physical. I’ve seen a few games this year, and da Bears’ defense is scary good. BTW, the ajc has supported Griffin – in fact, a few weeks ago, they were picked in the finals with SW Dekalb (which obviously won’t happen – sorry Region 6). I’m hoping for GHS/CC final – my hometown in Griffin and my college town in Athens.

SportsFan31313

December 3rd, 2009
1:12 pm

Okay this weeks Predictions:

Class A
Wilcox County beats Clinch County
Savannah Christain over Darlington

Class AA
Fitzgerald beats Buford
Calhoun Beats Lovett

Class AAA
Peach County Beats Eastside
Gainesville Over Flowery Branch

Class AAAA
Griffin Beats Sandy Creek
Clarke Central Beats Rockdale County

Class AAAAA
Northside Warner Robins Beats Newnan
Camden County Beats Colquitt County

WHO DARES TO DIFFER? :-) :-) :-) :-) Who will beat my predictions this week?

PACKER FAN

December 3rd, 2009
1:19 pm

I LIKE MY PACKERS IN THIS GAME 24-17 THE DEFENSE WILL TAKE OVER

BravesBoy94

December 3rd, 2009
1:22 pm

That smell of arse is coming from Chip’s upper lip.

Cane Daddy

December 3rd, 2009
1:52 pm

Bear nation standing tall… Bears #1 in the state.

gaobserver

December 3rd, 2009
2:00 pm

If Camden County plays like they did against North Gwinnett, no one is going to beat them!

Jerry

December 3rd, 2009
2:17 pm

gaobserver….You are right, no one will beat Camden if they play like they did against NG. But having said that, who’s to say they will? Colquitt has defied the odds to this point, so don’t be so positive about this outcome. I think Camden pulls it out in a close one, but it could easily go the other way. Chip, picking Newnan to win makes sense. They are at home, they’ve called for a “Blue Out”, and they beat Grayson. Which will make the Northside win that much sweeter.

SportsFan31313

December 3rd, 2009
2:23 pm

Jerry,

I called Colquitt County all the this season on perfect point. They wont beat Camden County. Count on it.

N.GA.DAWG

December 3rd, 2009
2:35 pm

5A-NEWNAN & CAMDEN
4A-GRIFFEN & CC
3A-GAINSVILL & PC
2A-CALHOUN & BUFORD (IT COULD VERY WELL GO ANY WAY HERE, ALL ARE GOOD)
1A-UPSET ALERT DARLINGTON & WILCOX

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
2:40 pm

hey hey look how is back

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
2:44 pm

camden all the way baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jefferson

December 3rd, 2009
2:47 pm

The “Freak” is scary good, anytime he has the ball he could go house.

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
2:49 pm

C-High what?

N.GA.DAWG

December 3rd, 2009
2:50 pm

Good luck to all the underdawgs! Darlington & Flowery branch are the biggest in my opinion.

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
2:50 pm

Who thinks that camden can win state again this year?

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
2:51 pm

N.GA.DAWG-What football team you like?

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
2:53 pm

damn im the youngest on here

N.GA.DAWG

December 3rd, 2009
2:55 pm

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
2:55 pm

damn the rasin illed my yard

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
2:56 pm

ahhh i like the gergia powerhouse camden county

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
2:57 pm

haha i wonder how your team would fare against camden county

wilcoxfan4life

December 3rd, 2009
3:01 pm

GO WILCOX!!!!!!!!!!

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
3:03 pm

GO PACK GO

December 3rd, 2009
3:05 pm

The winner of the Camden County/Colquitt County game will be the State Champion. I truly believe the State Championship game is being played in Kingsland tomorrow night. GO PACK GO!!

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
3:06 pm

haha i love the florida state lineman that didnt move

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
3:09 pm

GO PACK GO the State Championship game was allready played camden vs lowndes

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
3:10 pm

hahahahaaahahahahahaaahahahahahahahaha

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
3:14 pm

CAMDEN HIGH WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
3:16 pm

NSWR will be an unda dog

#1 fer now

December 3rd, 2009
3:16 pm

I’m a fan of the Griffin Bears and while I don’t think this is the best collecction of talent the Bears have bpasted in the Steve Devoursney era, they are indeed the best team. It really is a complete package.

With that stated as my opinion, it is also my opinion that Sandy Creek will give us all we want tomorrow night. The strengths of the Patriot defense match up very well with what we like to do offensively.

I think the difference, in the end, will be that the Bears have always done a good job in limiting the best player on the opposing team. That would be RB Rajion Neal in this case. I think the speed of the Griffin defense will hold him down somewhat and that will lead the team on to the finals.

Even if I’m wrong, expect a really competitive game.

dakotah

December 3rd, 2009
3:16 pm

Cougarrooter

December 3rd, 2009
3:20 pm

Newnan Cougars:good running game,good Qb,Great defense,they wear you down,plus THE OGLETREE TWINS.Newnan will be hard to beat.13-0 Looking for 14-0. GO COUGARS!!!!