Class AAA capsules: Big four of Cairo, Carrollton, Sandy Creek, Peach expected to roll

Thomson at Peach County



When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Anderson Stadium, Fort Valley

Records, rankings: Thomson is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 3-AAA and unranked; Peach County is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAA and ranked No. 1.

Last meeting: Peach County won 21-7 in the first round of the 1997 Class AAA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. Peach County RB Travis Richmond is averaging more than 10 yards per carry (1,421 yards rushing, 122 carries, 21 touchdowns), and QB Brett Montgomery is averaging a touchdown every 6.4 passing attempts (104-for-148, 1,898 yards, 23 TDs). 2. Thomson runs a Wing-T offense, and no player is averaging more than 10 rushing attempts per game. The leading rusher is FB Chris Jordan (577 yards, 87 carries), who scored two touchdowns last week in the victory over Worth County. 3. Thomson head coach Luther Welsh, 78, is retiring after this season. He has led Thomson to state titles in 1984, 1985 and 2002 and has 333 victories.

Winner plays: White County/Grady winner


White County at Grady

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Grady Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: White County is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 8-AAA and unranked; Grady is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 5-AAA and ranked No. 9.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. White County won its first state playoff game in history last week, a 28-20 victory over LaGrange. White did win a region playoff game in 1983. 2. White County RB/DB Ashley Lowery has committed to Kentucky. He rushed for 151 yards and scored three touchdowns against LaGrange. 3. Grady is a team known for two blue-chip prospects – WR/DB Damian Swann and RB Marcus Caffey – but the team’s defense has been the cornerstone of success. Eight opponents have been held to six points or less.

Winner plays: Thomson/Peach County winner


Americus-Sumter at Sandy Creek

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Battlefield, Tyrone

Records, rankings: Americus-Sumter is 7-4, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AAA and unranked; Sandy Creek is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Sandy Creek won the Class AAAA championship last season, and the team’s winning streak stands at 25. 2. Americus-Sumter’s 28-16 victory over Washington County was the school’s first win in the playoffs since the consolidation of Americus and Sumter high schools in 2004. The Panthers won despite six turnovers and got 256 yards passing from QB Malik Thomas. 3. Four players to watch for Sandy Creek are WR Alex Chisum (44 receptions, 919 yards), QB Ronnie Bell (1,641 yards passing), RB Derrick Alexander (865 yards rushing) and especially RB/DB Mike Hilton (668 yards rushing, 51 tackles, five interceptions).

Winner plays: Woodward Academy/Monroe Area winner


Woodward Academy at Monroe Area

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Legion Field, Monroe

Records, rankings: Woodward Academy is 10-1 and the No. 4 seed from Region 5-AAA; Monroe Area is 10-1 and the No. 3 seed from 8-AAA. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Monroe Area QB Demon Smith rushed for 231 yards in the first round of the state playoffs and has 1,505 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns this season. 2. Woodward Academy has held 11 of 12 opponents to 14 points or less. In the 18-10 first-round victory over Ridgeland, DT Jordan Watkins had two sacks and two other tackles for losses, and FS Andrew Adams had 10 tackles and two interceptions and scored two touchdowns. 3. Monroe Area is the first school in GHSA history to follow an 0-10 season with a 10-win season.

Winner plays: Americus-Sumter/Sandy Creek winner


St. Pius at Carrollton

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Grisham Stadium, Carrollton

Records, rankings: St. Pius is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 5-AAA and unranked; Carrollton is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 6-AAA and ranked No. 4.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. St. Pius quarterback Trey White rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and was 1-of-3 passing for 40 yards and another score in a 24-17 victory against Allatoona last week. St. Pius, which led 21-0 in the second quarter, outgained the Buccaneers 369-171. 2. Carrollton’s Broderick Snoddy rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a 63-20 victory against Stephens County in the first round. Carrollton finished with 611 yards of total offense, including 486 rushing. 3. The 63 points were the most ever scored by Carrollton in a GHSA playoff game. Stephens County has given up a total of 163 points in its past three playoff losses.

Winner plays: Eastside/Cairo winner


Eastside at Cairo

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, West Thomas Stadium, Cairo

Records, rankings: Eastside is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 4-AAA and unranked; Cairo is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: Cairo won 23-6 in the 2008 Class AAA quarterfinals.

Three things to know: 1. Eastside quarterback Califf Carnes passed for 216 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-13 victory against Westside of Macon last week. Eastside defensive linemen Sheldon Rankins, Shaquille Huff and Jerrell Crowder combined for six sacks, eight tackles for loss and two quarterback pressures. 2. Cairo’s defense, which allowed just 34 points during the regular season with six shutouts, had six sacks and two interceptions and held Richmond Academy to 194 yards, according to the Thomasville Times-Enterprise, in a 40-17 victory last week. 3. Eastside’s victory made coach Rick Hurst the winningest coach in school history, with a 42-26 record in six seasons. He surpassed Jeff Van Tone, who started the program in 1996 and had a 41-53 record.

Winner plays: St. Pius/Carrollton winner


Cedar Grove at Gainesville

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bobby Gruhn Field, Gainesville

Records, rankings: Cedar Grove is 7-4, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAA and unranked; Gainesville is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAA and ranked No. 5.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Cedar Grove’s Johnathon McCrary passed for 262 yards in a 30-24 victory against Cartersville last week, increasing his season total to 2,866 yards, second-best on the all-time list in DeKalb County. Vincent Dallas caught six passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. 2. Gainesville got touchdown runs by Markece Robertson after Haralson County fumbled on its first two possessions and went on to a 49-20 rout in the first round last week. 3. Cedar Grove won a postseason game for the first time since beating North Clayton 22-14 in a 1994 region playoff and earned its first victory in the state playoffs since its 1991 team advanced to the state championship game.

Winner plays: Baldwin/Burke County winner


Baldwin at Burke County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bear Den, Waynesboro

Records, rankings: Baldwin is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AAA and ranked No. 7; Burke County is 9-2, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAA and ranked No. 8.

Last meeting: Baldwin won 14-8 on Aug. 27.

Three things to know: 1. When the teams met in the first week of the season, Baldwin’s Jose Solomon scored on a 1-yard run with 30 seconds remaining for the game-winning points. Deandre Thomas and Altovise Harris each had more than 100 yards rushing. 2. Burke County’s Corey Mayton ran for 125 yards and a touchdown in a 19-18 victory against Crisp County last week. Crisp County missed a game-tying extra-point attempt with 7:49 to play, and Burke County knocked down a desperation pass on the game’s final play. 3. Baldwin’s Donte Beckham returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown in a 14-7 victory against Henry County last week.

Winner plays: Cedar Grove/Gainesville winner


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45 comments Add your comment

patriot mom

November 17th, 2010
9:48 am

Let’s roll Creek!!!

bad brad

November 17th, 2010
9:48 am

Interested to see how this division (AAA) shakes out. It would be great to have the big 4 meet in a double header at the dome, but alas those days are gone.


November 17th, 2010
9:55 am

The only thing that Cairo is going to roll is them years down they face when Eastside upset them!! Them Eagles got payback on their mind!!


November 17th, 2010
9:56 am

Well, I know we’re rolling into the tough territory of the Red Elephants, but hopefully the Saints will be on our side. We weren’t supposed to beat Woodward who was 8-0 when we met them, we weren’t supposed to beat 9-1 Cartersville… and we’re definitely not supposed to be 10-1 Gainesville… hopefully we will continue to shock the world… Let’s go Cedar Grove Saints…. Good luck boys!


November 17th, 2010
10:10 am

GHS Red Elephants!! Sleeper

hurricane gurl

November 17th, 2010
10:30 am

Go BALDWIN them Burke County Bears have never beat us lets not let em start now!

93 Bear

November 17th, 2010
11:00 am

Baldwin better buckle up their chinstraps and bring their running shoes! Y’all were lucky to escape earlier this year! Not too many come into The Bear Den and live to tell about it. Go Bears!


November 17th, 2010
11:06 am

Round 2 Predictions Of Class AAA Playoffs:

Thomson at Peach County Will be a very tough game between the two (Peach County Advances)

White County at Grady Take Grady at home. (Grady Advances)

Americus-Sumter at Sandy Creek Another tough game between the two (Sandy Creek Advances)

Woodward Academy at Monroe Area (Woodward Academy Advances)

St. Pius at Carrollton (Carrollton Advances)

Eastside at Cairo (Cairo Advances)

Cedar Grove at Gainesville (Gainesville Advances)

Baldwin at Burke County A Brutal Blood Bath Between the two. Pay Back Burke County Advances)


November 17th, 2010
11:41 am

Syrupmakers may start a lil slow if Eastside comes out throwing but if we get pressure, its going to be a long Night!!!! @ILOVEFB..Only payback they will get is when they payback the gas they use to come get “Beat Down”!!!


November 17th, 2010
11:46 am

We are proud of our boys those “Cedar Grove Saints” ….yes Sportsmommy74 those Saint’s will carry us through We making changes and doing the do on River Rd…..GO BIG BLUE! Gainesville here we come.


November 17th, 2010
12:00 pm

Let’s go Peach County! Keep the winning streak going!

Region 5-AAA

November 17th, 2010
12:06 pm

A hearty congratulations to the only AAA region with all four of its playoff teams remaining: 5-AAA has Grady, Cedar Grove, St. Pius, and Woodward in the hunt. 7-AAA has none left: Ridgeland and Allatoona were both ranked; now they can sit at home and watch the region that beat them. It may well be Sandy Creek, Carrollton, Peach, and Cairo in the final four, but our strength from top to bottom will lead to some more upsets: I predict Grady, C. Grove, and Woodward will reach the field of 8.

Region 5-AAA

November 17th, 2010
12:10 pm

Sorry, meant Baldwin in final four: have no idea who wins Carrollton-Cairo. That should be the best of the next round……

MHC Tiger

November 17th, 2010
12:47 pm

man if grady can pull it out, Peach and grady should be a good one. The grady RB is all that. peach’s D is all that. Might have to come down and see that one. I’ll sit with the home folk this time! LOL

carrollton fan

November 17th, 2010
1:46 pm

expect to see carrollton vs cairo in week3.Peach will roll over Grady in week3.Looks like Cedar Grove has great chance to upset Gainesville in week2.Still not enough interplay between strongest teams to venture a guess on final 4 except for Peach&Sandy Creek.


November 17th, 2010
3:19 pm

Grady will be playing in the dome in few weeks


November 17th, 2010
4:24 pm

St. Pius’ best player, Geno Smith, went down with an injury midway through the 2nd quarter last week and never returned – even when the game got close in the 4th quarter. If he is still out, Pius has very little chance against Carrollton. If he’s back and at full strength, this could be a very good game.


November 17th, 2010
4:47 pm

Glad When Sandy Creek
Gets Knocked out of the Playoffs
Sooner The Better !!!!


November 17th, 2010
4:55 pm

For all of the people that is picking Woodward to win, just has not seen Monroe’s defense and the overall team speed, except for Gainesville they have only been giving up a TD a game, including 4 shutouts, only 3 times this year has the no.1 defense given up any points.


November 17th, 2010
5:57 pm

Baldwin goes home after this week……


November 17th, 2010
6:23 pm



November 17th, 2010
6:59 pm

St. Pius has had a good year. when u venture to another level it’s gets harder. the Trojans defense is to strong. i hope St. Pius throws the ball. if not, the game will be over in the first half. Cairo of Eastside should send scouts to the game. Carrollton will win state.

BHS Braves Dad

November 17th, 2010
7:12 pm

A little Bias here but here is what I believe will be the games next week…..
Grady @ Peach County
Monroe Area @ Sandy Creek
Eastside @ Carrollton
Cedar Grove @ Baldwin

I have seen Peach, Baldwin, Monroe Area and Eastside play this year….All have family ties so that is why I picked them……Carrollton is where my daughter went to school and Sandy Creek and Cedar Grove because I think they have what it takes to win and advance….We will see after Friday and then we can talk about who was wrong and right…..Until then just make your picks and see who is closest to being correct…..Again I did say I was biased!!!!!LOL….Good Day and good luck to all the teams still playing.

chili cheese

November 17th, 2010
7:52 pm

You are correct SportsFan31313 it will be A Brutal Blood Bath Between the only two ranked teams playing in this round of the AAA playoffs and yes “Baldwin goes home after this week” and gets ready for either Cedar Grove or Gainsville. Watch out Bears the Braves are on the hunt!


November 17th, 2010
8:01 pm

watch out on punts and kickoffs. we head hunt AAA

Woodward War Eagle

November 17th, 2010
8:10 pm

KD, the Monroe defense has been impressive…..against a bunch of cupcakes: Monroe won 9 times in the regular season. Here’s the overall record of those 9 opponents: 22-58. Wow, you beat up on powerhouses like Monticello (2-8), Riverwood (2-8), Walnut Grove (1-9), and Johnson-Gainesville (2-8). The only winning team you beat was Lumpkin Co., and it squeaked above .500 at 6-4. Woodward will be a little more challenging than your usual fodder…..

SC Girlfriend

November 17th, 2010
9:05 pm

Sandy Creek will win it all and all other teams can …(edited for content).


November 18th, 2010
8:34 am



November 18th, 2010
10:08 am

Big Blue we believe in you, even if no body else does! When the SAINTS shock the Red Elephants, we’ll be here… Where my Saints at? :)


November 18th, 2010
10:39 am


November 18th, 2010
10:44 am

Woodward, I can’t help that the other teams didn’t win that many games, but looking at the teams that you guys played you are 1-1 against teams with winning records. Last week Monroe defeated a team with a LOT of speed, and controlled them very well. Our last game against Lumpkin, Monroe scored on the first play of the game and never looked back, Lumpkin probably did not have a total of 50 yards of offense all night.Good Luck Friday !

Gonna Blow Thru Woodward Look'n for Sandy Creek!

November 18th, 2010
3:53 pm

Let’em keep talk’n KD, the ‘canes are some sleepers. zzzzzzzzzzz! Shhhhhhh! Don’t tell anybody. Let them think the ‘canes are some push overs, let them think they already won!

When #10 or Mike Mike bust up the right side for about 80 yards, and Wilkerson or Tuitt comes at um, they gonna be like, DANG! nobody said anything about this!


November 18th, 2010
4:52 pm

chili cheese

Not so fast my friend. :-) I believe that it will be payback when Baldwin County enters the Bears Den this time. Burke County Advances after a Brutal Hard Hitting Blood Bath between the two teams. Baldwin County goes home, and prepares for next year. :-)

BHS Braves Dad

November 18th, 2010
5:37 pm

@ SportsFan31313

You may be right but then again……If Burke can stop No#4 and keep that passing attack down then maybe they have a chance….But scoring on Baldwin may be the problem they only managed 8 pts the first time at home and this time Baldwin is ready and Coach is ready to throw a wrinkle or two at the Bears…..Lets play the games and see who has what for who?????

trojan 64

November 19th, 2010
10:57 am

Sad to see La Grange resign.

Golden Lion

November 19th, 2010
1:57 pm

St. Pius has done well this season in what was basically a rebuilding year. Last year’s senior class was one of the best in school history, and they no longer have the “team” that took Peach County to the wall in overtime last season – a game that could have easily gone either way. This year’s squad is young, and will have to play their best, mistake free “team” game of the season to beat Carrollton at their house.

That’s a tall order. Go Golden Lions!

matthew filla

November 19th, 2010
3:08 pm

yeah carrolton looks like they could beat anyone in the country

matthew filla

November 19th, 2010
3:08 pm

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November 19th, 2010
7:06 pm


BHS Braves Dad

November 20th, 2010
11:33 am

Well Baldwin is Out and my picks were 6 of 8 and I was 5 pts shy…..Eastside was on a mission and just didnt finish the drill but this was a blowout in the making but the Eastside team didnt let that happen……Baldwin made a key mistake with about 2 mins left and it cost them the game but they also missed a FG late to seal thier fate…..Good season and Monroe Area and Peach County still on the prowl….Good luck to all the teams left.


November 20th, 2010
12:32 pm

Cedar Grove Saints is ga high school best kept secret. We are the gaints slayers. Beware Burke Co you’re next. Go Saints!!!


November 20th, 2010
4:03 pm

BHS Braves Dad,

I told you!!!!!!!! :-)

I went 8-0 in Class AAA Predictions :-)


November 21st, 2010
1:25 pm

truthteller……………cedar grove you are truly welcome in the BEAR DEN . but, i must WARN you these BEARS don’t hybernate and stays hungry. and please after the game Tell the Truth……………..

unbiased opinion

November 21st, 2010
9:21 pm


You guessed wrong on two of them.
Woodward and Gainesville got beat.


November 22nd, 2010
2:14 pm

@truBear… Ya’ll might be hungry but I can guarantee you, we’re hungrier and faster…. See you on Friday…