Class A second-round matchups: Defending champ faces 11-0 JoCo

Miller County at Clinch County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Donald Tison Field, Homerville

Records, rankings: Miller County is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-A and unranked; Clinch County is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 2-A and ranked No. 1.

Last meeting: Clinch County won 25-20 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Clinch County has two 1,000-yard rushers in QB Tray Dorsey (1,136 on 153 carries, 20 touchdowns) and RB Anthony McNeil (1,126 on 141 with 18 TDs). 2. Miller County came from down 21-0 to win 34-21 last week against Calvary Day, whose star RB Stephen Williams was lost to a concussion in the second quarter. Miller’s all-state DE/TE Juwan Jones scored two touchdowns. 3. These South Georgia schools frequently have been in the same region, including in 2009, when Miller beat Clinch 7-0 in the regular season, then lost 25-20 for the region championship in the final game of the regular season. Clinch leads the all-time series 13-8.

Winner plays: George Walton Academy/Eagle’s Landing Christian winner


George Walton Academy at ELCA

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Commitment Field, McDonough

Records, rankings: George Walton is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 8-A and unranked; Eagle’s Landing Christian is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 5-A and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: George Walton won 42-12 in 2003.

Three things to know: 1. George Walton runs the option. Its leading rusher is Justin Brown (954 yards, 13 carries in the regular season). 2. Most of ELCA’s yardage comes from RB Keyante Green (959 yards rushing, 17 TDs, 10.8 yards per carry) and RB John Tatum (827, 19, 7.3). RB/DB Avery Walls also has 415 yards rushing and is a blue-chip recruit in the secondary. 3. Both schools are former members of the Georgia Independent School Association. ELCA joined the GHSA in 2004, George Walton in 2010. George Walton is 13-1-1 in the all-time series. That includes games played when ELCA was known as McDonough Christian and Meadowcreek Academy.

Winner plays: Miller County/Clinch County winner


ECI at Marion County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Eagle Stadium, Buena Vista

Records, rankings: Emanuel County Institute is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 3-A and ranked No. 7. Marion County is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 4-A and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. ECI has completed only 25 passes this season, but Wezley Ealey (1,017 yards rushing on the season) and Darion Moody (899) each rushed for more than 100 yards in a 27-6 victory over Seminole County in the first round. Each has 14 rushing touchdowns. 2. Ykeem Wells rushed for 222 yards and four touchdowns in Marion County’s 64-26 victory over Turner County. Wells (6 feet 1, 220 pounds) and Zamir Shelton (5-10, 190) each have more than 1,000 yards rushing, and QB Fashawn Swanson has more than 600 rushing. 3. Marion County won its first region title and state playoff game in history this week. The football program began in 1976 as Tri-County High. After Schley and Webster counties broke away, the school became Marion County in 2006.

Winner plays: Bremen/Wilkinson County winner


Bremen at Wilkinson County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Death Valley, Irwinton

Records, rankings: Bremen is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-A and unranked; Wilkinson County is 9-2, the No. 1 seed from 7-A and ranked No. 8.

Last meeting: Bremen won 17-14 in the first round of the 2009 Class A playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. Wilkinson County QB David Whipple threw for 430 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-30 victory over Holy Innocents’ in the first round. 2. Players to watch for Bremen are FB Sam Murphy (720 yards, 129 carries) and LB Austin Warren (97 tackles). 3. Bremen is seeking its ninth quarterfinal in history, Wilkinson County its fourth. Both made it in 2008.

Winner plays: ECI/Marion County winner


Lincoln County at Darlington

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Chris Hunter Stadium, Rome

Records, rankings: Lincoln County is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-A and ranked No. 9; Darlington is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 6-A and ranked No. 6.

Last meeting: Darlington won 16-6 in the 1998 Class A championship game.

Three things to know: 1. Darlington’s Issac Nichols rushed for 114 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 49-13 victory against Prince Avenue Christian last week. Quarterback Brad Butler was 5-for-5 passing for 156 yards and a TD, according to the Rome News-Tribune. 2. Lincoln County’s leading rusher, Craig Jones, ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the Red Devils’ 49-6 victory in the first round against Pace Academy. Sherrod Jones rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns. 3. A victory would put Lincoln County in the quarterfinals for the ninth consecutive year. The last time the Red Devils missed the quarterfinals was in 2001, when they lost to Bowdon 14-6 in the second round.

Winner plays: Savannah Christian/Charlton County winner


Savannah Christian at Charlton County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, The Swamp, Folkston

Records, rankings: Savannah Christian is 10-1, the No. 4 seed from Region 3-A and unranked; Charlton County is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from 2-A and ranked No. 10.

Last meeting: Charlton County won 21-19 in 2007.

Three things to know: 1. Savannah Christian recovered two onside kicks in the first quarter of its 17-7 first-round victory against Mitchell County. Andrew Moore carried the ball 42 times for 192 of Savannah Christian’s 335 yards rushing.

2. Charlton County quarterback Chris Milton ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, threw a touchdown pass and had a TD reception in the Indians’ 35-13 victory against Hawkinsville in the first round. 3. Charlton County is 14-1 in first-round games since the state playoffs were expanded to 32 teams in 1996. The Indians played in Class AA the past 10 seasons.

Winner plays: Lincoln County/Darlington winner


Wesleyan at Athens Academy

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Slaughter Field, Athens

Records, rankings: Wesleyan is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-A and ranked No. 3; Athens Academy is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-A and unranked.

Last meeting: Wesleyan won 31-0 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Wesleyan’s Kyle Karempelis rushed for 110 yards in the Wolves’ 48-13 victory against Warren County last week, putting him over the 5,000-yard mark for his career. 2. Athens Academy quarterback Mark Sanders has passed for 1,191 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he rushed for two TDs in the Spartans’ 34-7 victory against Mount Paran in the first round. 3. Tonight’s game will be the third meeting between Wesleyan coach Franklin Pridgen and Athens Academy’s Michael Gunn, for whom Pridgen worked for four seasons from 1992-1995. Wesleyan won the first two, 31-0 last year and 17-7 in 2008.

Winner plays: Wilcox County/Johnson County winner


Wilcox County at Johnson County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Herschel Walker Field, Wrightsville

Records, rankings: Wilcox County is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 2-A and ranked No. 4; Johnson County is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 3-A and ranked No. 5.

Last meeting: Johnson County won 27-7 in 2005.

Three things to know: 1. Johnson County quarterback D.J. Rozier rushed for 226 yards on 14 carries (with touchdown runs of 10, 21 and 69 yards), passed for 59 yards and a touchdown, and returned an interception 50 yards for a score in the Trojans’ 55-14 victory against Terrell County in the first round. Rozier has rushed for 1,157 yards this season. 2. Wilcox County’s 36-15 first-round victory against Dooly County was stopped with 4:25 remaining in the fourth quarter when a fight broke out on the field after a Dooly County punt, according to the Cordele Dispatch. 3. Wilcox County quarterback Nick Marshall broke the state record for career touchdown passes earlier this season and enters tonight’s game with 96. Jeremy Privett (Charlton County, 2000-03) and Cedric Johnson (Americus, 2001-04) held the previous record with 92.

Winner plays: Wesleyan/Athens Academy winner

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November 19th, 2010
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November 19th, 2010
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Alpha Dog

November 19th, 2010
2:46 pm

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