AAAAA second-round capsules: Valdosta visits McEachern in game between 10-1 teams

Colquitt County at M.L. King

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hallford Stadium, Clarkston

Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 6-5, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and unranked; M.L. King is 8-3, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAAAA and ranked No. 8.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Colquitt County school records have been set this season by QB Tyler Brown (2,514 yards passing), RB Tevin King (28 touchdowns) and WR Tommy Hudson (71 receptions). 2. DeKalb County records have been set by M.L. King QB Jonquel Dawson (3,085 yards passing, 34 touchdowns) and WR Demarco Robinson (1,409 yards, 21 touchdowns). 3. Colquitt County came to Hallford Stadium as a No. 3 seed in the second round last season and upset a region champion, Stephenson, 22-21 and eventually reached the semifinals.

Winner plays: Mill Creek/South Gwinnett winner


Mill Creek at South Gwinnett

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, South Gwinnett Community Stadium, Snellville

Records, rankings: Mill Creek is 6-5, the No. 4 seed from Region 7-AAAAA and unranked; South Gwinnett is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from 8-AAAAA and ranked No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Mill Creek’s 32-6 victory over Region 5 champion Etowah last week was the Hawks’ first playoff victory and the most surprising score of the first round in Class AAAAA. John Russ threw for 319 yards. 2. Kent Rollins, GHSF Daily’s preseason all-state quarterback in AAAAA, threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-7 first-round victory over West Forsyth. He’s thrown for 2,092 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. 3. Mill Creek coach Shannon Jarvis was an assistant coach at South Gwinnett under John Small when he was hired to start Mill Creek’s program in 2004. Four of Mill Creek’s assistants played at South Gwinnett. The teams played each other in a preseason scrimmage this season.

Winner plays: Colquitt County/M.L. King winner


Valdosta at McEachern

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Walter Cantrell Stadium, Powder Springs

Records, rankings: Valdosta is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and ranked No. 5; McEachern is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAAAA and ranked No. 4.

Last meeting: Valdosta won 21-7 in the 1998 Class AAAA final.

Three things to know: 1. Rance Gilespie, who coached Peach County to state titles in 2005 and 2006, is in his first year at Valdosta and has installed the spread offense. QB Ryan Whilden has thrown a school-record 28 TD passes, and WR Malcolm Mitchell has 69 receptions for 1,291 yards. 2. McEachern uses two quarterbacks, Dondre Purnell and Trent Thompson. Purnell is the better runner, but both have thrown for as many as three touchdowns in a game this season. 3. These schools have played four times, with Valdosta winning each. They first played in 1990. Valdosta was the defending Class AAAA champion, and McEachern was looking to toughen its schedule after a four-year span of going 40-0 in the regular season while winning only one state playoff game.

Winner plays: Grayson/North Gwinnett winner


Grayson at North Gwinnett

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom Robinson Stadium, Suwanee

Records, rankings: Grayson is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; North Gwinnett is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 7-AAAAA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. These have been Gwinnett County’s top Class AAAAA programs the past five years, each with two region titles. Grayson is 49-14 in that span. North Gwinnett is 57-8. 2. These teams rank 1-2 in scoring defense in Class AAAAA. Grayson is allowing 10.3 points and 148 yards per game. North Gwinnett is allowing 9.6 and 174. 3. North Gwinnett QB/WR C.J. Uzomah is a state player of the year candidate. He is 77-of-100 passing for 782 yards and eight touchdowns. He has rushed for a team-leading 535 yards with seven touchdowns. He has 14 receptions for 258 yards and three touchdowns.

Winner plays: Valdosta/McEachern winner


Collins Hill at Roswell

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Ray Manus Stadium, Roswell

Records, rankings: Collins Hill is 8-3 and the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAAA; Roswell is 7-4 and the No. 1 seed from 6-AAAAA. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: Collins Hill won 13-9 on Aug. 27.

Three things to know: 1. Roswell’s Ty Long kicked a 52-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Hornets a 29-27 victory against Parkview in their first-round game last week. 2. Collins Hill was held to its lowest offensive output of the year in its 7-3 victory against Woodstock last week. Quarterback Taylor Heinicke had 128 yards passing to increase his season total to almost 3,200. 3. In the teams’ first meeting this season on Aug. 27, Heinicke passed for 168 yards and a touchdown and scored the winning points on a 1-yard run with 4:44 remaining in the game.

Winner plays: Newnan/Lowndes winner


Newnan at Lowndes

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Martin Stadium, Valdosta

Records, rankings: Newnan is 7-4, the No. 3 seed from Region 2-AAAAA and unranked; Lowndes is 9-2, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAAAA and ranked No. 6.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Lowndes, which held Groves without a first down until the fourth quarter in its 42-6 first-round victory last week, is 16-0 in the playoffs at Martin Stadium under coach Randy McPherson. 2. Newnan trailed South Cobb 7-3 late in the first half last week but scored two touchdowns in the final 3:46 of the second quarter to take control of a game it won 31-7. 3. Newnan, making its eighth consecutive playoff appearance, is 24-24 all-time in the postseason. Lowndes is 21-4 in the playoffs under McPherson, who took over in 2002.

Winner plays: Collins Hill/Roswell winner


Norcross at Brookwood

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Brookwood Community Stadium, Snellville

Records, rankings: Norcross is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 7-AAAAA and unranked; Brookwood is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAAAA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: Brookwood won 28-7 in the first round of the 2005 Class AAAAA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. Brookwood’s Nick Thompkins rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns and Ben McLane passed for 166 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-13 first-round victory against Alpharetta last week. 2. Norcross led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and was content to grind out the clock the rest of the way in its 28-3 victory against Walton in the first round. Kendrix Huitt and Seth Hinsley had short touchdown runs, and Demetrius Alston and Silverberry Mouhon returned interceptions for TDs for the Blue Devils. 3. Brookwood has reached 10 victories for the 12th time in school history and the first time since 2005. A Norcross victory on Friday would give the Blue Devils their fifth 10-win season and first since 2007.

Winner plays: Hillgrove/Camden County winner


Hillgrove at Camden County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Chris Gilman Stadium, Kingsland

Records, rankings: Hillgrove is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 4-AAAAA and unranked; Camden County is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAAAA and ranked No. 1.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Camden County led Coffee 28-0 at halftime last week and held on for a 28-18 victory. Coffee returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown and got another score on a 10-yard pass with 31 seconds remaining. 2. Hillgrove led Stephenson 28-10 at the end of the third quarter last week and held on for a 28-23 victory. Quarterback Gage Henry had 390 yards of total offense, one rushing touchdown and two TD passes. 3. Camden County is trying to become the first team to win three consecutive AAAAA championships since Parkview from 2000 to 2002. The Wildcats haven’t lost a playoff game since Dec. 8, 2007, a 10-0 loss to Lowndes in the semifinals.

Winner plays: Norcross/Brookwood winner


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102 comments Add your comment


November 15th, 2010
9:18 am

I always enjoy filling out the Georgia high school football playoff brackets with my predictions. This year my 4A bracket was blown out of the water after the first round! Had Northside Warner Robins and Lovejoy matching up in the dome for the championship game.

Touchdown T

November 15th, 2010
9:36 am

I’m looking foward to extending that streak against McEachern to 5-0. Go Cats!


November 15th, 2010
12:11 pm

Round Two Predictions In Class AAAAA

Colquitt County at M.L. King Colquitt County Advances

Mill Creek at South Gwinnett South Gwinette Advances

Valdosta at McEachern Valdosta Advances

Hillgrove at Camden County Camden County Advances

Newnan at Lowndes Lowndes Advances

Norcross at Brookwood Brookwood Advances

Grayson at North Gwinnett North Gwinette Advances

Collins Hill at Roswell Roswell Advances


November 15th, 2010
12:16 pm


I said earlier in the season to ENR that Northside Warner Robins was not the same without Conrad Nix. I also said that Lee would have beaten Northside Warner Robins, but i was wrong and he was correct. But it goes to show in the long run that I was right about NSWR. They are one and done this year after being fraud presence in the Polls. They had the majority of the people fooled. I am quite sure that the present Coaches will sit down, and re-evaluate themselves and their program to see where they went wrong and make corrections for next year. This may be Region 8-AAAA Clarke Central year.


November 15th, 2010
12:37 pm

A new and improved Valdosta should beat McEachern this year…….


November 15th, 2010
2:44 pm

Winnersville Classic for the State Championship. An all 1-AAAAA state championship. Anyone agree!!

Etowah Fan

November 15th, 2010
3:04 pm

@ Dion – Nope, no Winnersville Classic repeat for the Title. My Final Four prediction will be: Colquitt County (my darkhorse), North Gwinnett (over Valdosta), Collins Hill (over Lowndes, but likely wrong), and the might Camden County. Final will be North Gwinnett vs. Camden… yeah I know a boring pick for the finals.

Reserving the title pick until later… but leaning toward Camden.

Falcon Jim

November 15th, 2010
3:20 pm

Go East ! ! !


November 15th, 2010
3:28 pm

Hillgrove won’t be a push over for Camden. Drake the running back is fast and powerful and the quarterback is a 4.25 student. He doesn’t make many mental errors. The defense is led by Hunt-Days and laid the wood to stephenson friday night. Taking a bus load of hillgrove students to the game friday.

Say It Aint So

November 15th, 2010
3:36 pm

Mark bring plenty of party favors, its a long ride back.


November 15th, 2010
3:37 pm

Does know why they moved the dome game back from the semi finals to the championship? i played for tcchs in 07, we went to the dome in the semi finals. And 08 they started playing on finals. i just wanted to know watsup.


November 15th, 2010
3:56 pm

Wing_T_Fan. Go back to Michael Carvell’s blog on the 22 nd page and read my response to your question about the dome playoffs. Your question was on the 21st page.


November 15th, 2010
4:01 pm

The McEachern team will not be intimidated by Valdosta.In the past you only had to say the name Valdosta and the other team would roll over and lose.If they lose it will be because the Wildcats
outplayed them.We beat the best team in Lowndes County earlier in the year.


November 15th, 2010
4:15 pm

SportsFan31313 NSWR returned something like 20 of the 22 starters who played camden in the dome last year for the AAAAA title. They should have made it further than the 1st round in he AAAA playoffs last week. EagleNationRising talked really bad about Lowndes when we had an off night and lost to Tift in our last regular season game. Man he talked bad about us! But what goes around usually comes around. Northside folks like Reese and a few others a classy people. But the rooster is a one of a kind person. He is soooo condensending.

I like your AAAAA picks, but hope you’re wrong about Roswell and Collins Hill. If we are fortunate enough to get by Newnan, Ch would have to copme to Lowndes. We would flip with Roswell because we’re both number one seeds. Besides, I’d kinda like to see the Ketchup Man. Speaking of Taylor Hienkeke and his passing attach, man have we faced some passers this year. Prior to last week we had been passed on 277 times in 10 games. Opponents completed 120 passes for 8 TD’s. Fortunately we intercepted 14. Last week Groves threw the ball 17 times, completing two, for minus 5 yards.

Hope to see you in Hotlanta for the Title games in December.


November 15th, 2010
4:37 pm

To: say it aint so It’s along ride there and back. Twevle hours round trip plus three hours for the game. I hope they can keep me awake


November 15th, 2010
4:54 pm

Round 2 winners-Colquitt, S. Gwinnett, Valdosta, N Gwinnett, Collins Hill, Lowndes, Brookwood, and Camden.


November 15th, 2010
5:17 pm

Why doesn’t AJC post brackets on here? Thanks for the 2nd round AAAAA capsules- are there going to be capsules in any other classifications?


November 15th, 2010
5:21 pm

How come in Dekalb County you need metal detectors to get into the games. I have lived in Gwinnett and Cobb and never seen anything like it anywhere else. And I went to Avondale in the 80’s. The police said it was because of 9 / 11 but its not happening anywhere else that I’m aware of. Sounds like they just can’t control the thugs in Dekalb.

Tucker D

November 15th, 2010
5:33 pm

@Mark, the way things are everywhere metal detectors are needed in all stadiums. Anything can happen anytime and anywhere.


November 15th, 2010
5:34 pm

VikingDad agree with your picks 100%.
The only 2 I have doubts about are Collins Hill over Roswell and Valdosta over McEachern. I think Valdosta is playing at a higher
level than McEacharn now. Would not have said that earlier in the year though. Definitely hope CHill wins so we can avoid one less coin flip.


November 15th, 2010
5:44 pm

@yo, any word on Coffee firing their coach. All the Trojan FANS want him fired.


November 15th, 2010
6:15 pm

Watch your mouth mark ! MLK will be ready for Colquit.

Indian Chief

November 15th, 2010
6:23 pm

@sportsfan31313…. Didn’t you pick Stephenson over Hillgrove las week?


November 15th, 2010
6:42 pm

#avikingfan, somehow i cant go back to it, but wat was the reason?


November 15th, 2010
7:00 pm

Camden all the way!!!!!3pete


November 15th, 2010
7:32 pm

Nothing here VikingDad


November 15th, 2010
8:22 pm

MLK run ends with Colquitt County this Friday. Watch and see


November 15th, 2010
8:50 pm

WEing_T_Fan There’s argument back and forth about the real reason, but IMO, the metro teams did not like going all the way to South Georgia and getting their butts handed to them in Title games. RE Brookwood and North Gwinnett losing to Lowndes in 2005 and 2007, and other similar situations. Another example of Gwinnett County having their way. Again, that’s my opinion. The choices presented to the voters – representatives of each region, were given a choice to vote on that, or have the Title games moved to other neutral sites. We didn’t want either choice as we felt the individual schools deserved to host a title game every now and then, which is a boom as far as concessions are concerned, area restaurant, and even motels. Lowndes High Principal Wes Taylor, representing region 1AAAAA, voted for the move to the dome because he did not like the other option.

Most South Georgia fans whole heartedly supported having the semis in the dome.

But it’s moot point now, a dead issue, and I doubt it will ever be reversed. Metro Atlanta makes too much money on it and the Metro teams only have short bus rides to the games. They don’t have to fork out $150 a night for motel rooms and ride 8 hours to and from the games.


November 15th, 2010
8:55 pm

Viking Dad – I really wish the Coffee folks would give him another year. I think he’s a good coach, and will turn things around for them. Same for Tifton. Ask Valdosta. They’ve had 4 coaches in the last 8 or 9 years. The “grass is not always greener across the fence” with a different coach. Continuity often makes for a good program.


November 15th, 2010
9:13 pm

Just say you heard this here 1st OK. McEachern, Hillgrove, MLK, Newnan and Roswell will all advance to the next round.


November 15th, 2010
9:17 pm

I think both Coffee and Tift should keep their coaches, but like Valdosta, the booster clubs usually have the last say. With a little support, I think both Coach Eldridge and Coach Walls can be successful.

Cobb Co. football

November 15th, 2010
9:37 pm

I think that it is CRAZY that not one person besides Mceachern supporters think that Valdosta will lose on Friday!! When you consider these facts:
1. They have to make the long trip, not us.
2. We have home field advantage.
3. Mceachern beat the team that gave Valdosta their only loss, in their house!!!
4. If the game is close in the end, Mceachern’s 2 min. offense and kicker should definitely be favored over Valdosta’s.
5. The fact that these teams are almost identical in every way should make the other factors hold more weight.
I can’t wait for the game and I also believe that it could go either way. I just find it interesting that the opinions are sooooo one sided. I wish both teams good luck and hope all the players stay healthy regardless who wins!!! If Mceachern does win, I can’t wait to hear all the comments about how there is no chance to win against North Gwinnette!! We will soon find out, GO INDIANS!!!!!!!!!


November 15th, 2010
9:39 pm

MLK wins, South Gwinnett, Valdosta, NG, Collins Hill, Lowndes, Brookwood, and Camden.
I wonder if Camden will shut down that Hillgrove offense that most teams havent been able to so far this year. Best chances for upsets are Colquitt and Mill Creek in my opinion.

Lowndes 96

November 15th, 2010
9:41 pm

I believe Coffee will give their coach another year. After all the kids continued to play, he never lost them and they never gave up, but if they lose to any AA schols next year they will probably let him go mid season like Valdosta did Ole’ Ricky Boy. I believe Walls saved his jod at our expence. I saw some game film of Tifts 9th grade playing Valdostas 9th grade, and it didnt appear that Tiftin had much coming up, at least at the 9th grade level. Guess he’ll just have to hope that, that freshmen QB carries him through. Just my 2 cents i could be wrong. Go Vikings!!

Lowndes 96

November 15th, 2010
9:45 pm

No disrespect, but I belive that you are about 80% wrong on your picks. If hills grove beats camden i will be the first one on here to say you called it, good luck


November 15th, 2010
10:12 pm

Brookwood has two running backs that aren’t getting much respect. They just run from touchdowns… They just might end up in the Ship……


November 15th, 2010
10:56 pm

I don’t know why all yall keep talking bout these teams when you know Camden got the best offense in AAAAA you know who the crown going to again. Welcome to the DEN!


November 15th, 2010
11:12 pm

Cobb Co. football

You make good points but McEachern doesn’t have Valdosta’s front 7 on Defense. A pretty tough group.

It will be a very good game. I anticipate Valdosta getting their 30+ and so the question is will McEachern be able to over come Valdosta’s front 7 enough to outscore Valdosta?

As emotional as a playoff game is, McE will not be any higher emotionally than the night the played Lowndes. After all, that was
an over all special night for McE given every thing that was going on

Lowndes was not ready for the trap they walked into that night and that is not taking any thing away from McE as a team. McE is good.


November 15th, 2010
11:17 pm

I generally come in at 50% or better Lowndes 96. I contain myself alot on here because I hate eating crow. All I can say is, Alot of you BLOGGERS are gonna be eating a bunch of CROW come Friday around 10:15 pm.

Dig Dug

November 15th, 2010
11:46 pm

Can anyone tell me the favorite in the Whitewater and Ware County game?

dexter williams

November 15th, 2010
11:50 pm

The Cats will be ready!! We know we can’t leave the game in the refs hand…

Play the game I say

November 16th, 2010
5:41 am

I hear all of the talk about this powerful offense that Hillgrove has. Their division is no stronger than region 3. They had 1 playoff appeareance in AAAA. Made it to the 2nd round and Tucker gave it to you. It is not easy to drive 5-6 hours to southeast Ga and come back with a win. The last team to do this was Hoover and they won the Alabama title last year. Very difficult place to play. Lowndes and Colquitt had the best chances of all teams last year to go into there and beat Camden. Yeah they beat Stephenson, I will give them that. But Stephenson is not Camden, Camden is a different animal all together. Hope the Hillgrove or Cobb faithfull are not hanging their hopes on that win over Stephenson. I am sure it will be a good game, but if Hillgrove loses, it will not be a big surprise. If Camden loses, that will be an upset that will be nation wide. That’s the difference in the teams.

Viking Girl

November 16th, 2010
8:34 am

Valdosta will beat McEarchern. That’s if the clock doesn’t stop working. Shady situation in the Lowndes game if you ask me. I feel where you’re coming from dexter williams. Dosta will need to establish themselves early on the score board and put McEaechern away. If it’s close down the stretch Dosta can get ready for basketball.

MHC Tiger

November 16th, 2010
8:42 am

Mark,do you live in a bubble? its called proactive measures. Kids throughout the metro area (read the news dude) are out of control. I prefer my children are safe on a Friday than trying to make some moral statement. If you don’t have metal detectors in Gwinnett you will soon, If you haven’t read lately your gang problem in Gwinnett is going thru the roof!


November 16th, 2010
9:20 am

I am trying to figure this out. Mostly everyone on here says that Hillgrove will beat Camden in Camden. That is easier said than done. 5-6 hours on the road takes a toll on the players no matter how early you leave. Look at the STA-Camden game. The first half, Camden was groggy and slow, not characteristic of Camden, agreed? With that being said Camden has a slight advantage there.
Also to say that Hillgrove will go into Chris Gilman and upset Camden is also easier said than done. Chris Gilman is a tough place to play. Ask Lowndes, ask Hoover, ask Miami Central, ask Coffee, ask anyone who has ever played at Chris Gilman. Hillgrove has a good offense, but Camden isn’t just going to roll over and let them run all over them.
Now I am not saying that Hillgrove doesn’t have a chance of beating Camden. I respect them for making it to the second round as does Camden for being a school that is fairly new and its first year in 5A, but this dynamic offense that everyone keeps boasting about, has to line up and butt heads with the defending state champions. It will be no cakewalk for Camden or Hillgrove, but Hillgrove has a slight and I mean SLIGHT chance of upsetting Camden.
To all these people who say that Camden will lose to Hillgrove, I will be the first one on here to rub it in your face. Mark my words Camden will be humble to the end. Camden will not get on these blogs and boast (the fans might, but if they say anything doesn’t make sense just ignore them). In the end it all comes down to who is going to strap up and who has the will, determination, talent, skill, and good coaching to prevail to the 3rd round.
Good Luck to everyone, Especially South Georgia teams!! Go Cats!


November 16th, 2010
10:17 am

Im really filling Grayson over North!


November 16th, 2010
12:39 pm

Everyone just keep doubting MHS you didn’t give us a chance to beat Lowndes either (you can keep using the whole clock BS all u want) but we did so just keep doubting


November 16th, 2010
12:54 pm

Greetings AVikingFan,

I realized that NSWR returned a lot of players from last year. It was not the players. They were out coached!!!!!


November 16th, 2010
12:57 pm


Hillgrove may not be a push over for Perennial Power Camden County, they will be just pushed!!!!!

Indian Chief

November 16th, 2010
12:57 pm

@Cobb I agree with all your points.

@VikingGirl… Because of comments like you made in your post about the clock issue, thats why I hope both McEachern and Lowndes continue to win. It is the only way that the bitter taste of losing the way Lowndes lost in Powder Springs is ever going to be fixed. I want the game to be replayed on a neutral field where all fans have to travel and there is no problems with clocks, Refs, or injured players. I want no excuses. The kids that work hard don’t deserve to have a victory against a gret team tainted like it was. McEachern will try and do its part to make it to the end, hopefully we will see you (Lowndes) there as well. Good Luck