On to the semifinals: Pick the winners, and the players of the year

On to the semifinals in the state playoffs …

Two questions per classification today – Who is you pick (team) to win it, and who is your player of the year in each class?

Mine:

AAAAA –

Team: Grayson. Just liking the defense. Grayson has led 31-0, 23-0 and 20-0 entering the fourth quarters of their three playoff victories, and the Nkemdiche brothers are wreaking havoc.  But can they score enough points?

Player: Collins Hill QB Taylor Heinicke is 284-of-431 for 3,906 yards and 43 touchdowns. Hard to beat that.

AAAA –

Team: Tucker. The most talent and a coaching staff that’s won before.

Player: Chattahoochee QB Timmy Byerly has accounted for 3,595 yards and 48 touchdowns rushing and passing. Note that you can pick a player whose team is done, such as Brian Randolph of Kell.

AAA—

Team: Sandy Creek. The Sandy Creek-Peach County game this week is as good a matchup as this season has given us.

Player: Peach County RB Travis Richmond went for over 250 last week vs. Grady and has right at 1,800 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns.

AA—

Team: Carver, although I think Buford is playing pretty dang good right now.

Player: Carver RB Isaiah Crowell has been injured much of the season, but he ran for 300 yards and five TDs last week vs. Thomasville.

A—

Team: Wesleyan. Or Clinch. But I’ll say Wesleyan.

Player: Wilcox County QB Nick Marshall threw for over 2,700 yards and 41 TDs and rushed for right at 650 yards.

192 comments Add your comment

AA Jackets Fan

November 29th, 2010
11:36 am

Calhoun Yellow Jackets….on the way to the DOME baby….
QB Landon Curtis is fantastic…..so is the DEFENSE…
Good Luck Jackets!!!

Jefferson

November 29th, 2010
11:43 am

Calhoun’s Dustin Christian has not been stopped, he is as good as any back in AA.

dirty

November 29th, 2010
11:48 am

@Jefferson no doubt Dustin Christian is a very good rb but make no mistake about it he’s no I.Crowell

Gerry

November 29th, 2010
11:51 am

Calhoun is good but their still not on the level of Buford or Carver congrats on another great season though.

RAIDER FAN

November 29th, 2010
11:51 am

AGAIN NO RESPECT FOR SAVANNAH CHRISTIAN. DO THEY HAVE TO BEAT EVERYONE IN THE STATE (AFTER BEATING CHARLTON AND LINCOLN CO)

Jefferson

November 29th, 2010
11:59 am

Gerry, I though last year’s final was pretty level. If Calhoun had not turned it over 3 TIMES, it might not have been 13-10. Calhoun is at least as good a team if not better than last year’s team. They might not win it all, but they should be in the game and have a chance.

GHS#22

November 29th, 2010
12:19 pm

Grayson is too tough at home. Defense is off the chain with the speed of the DL and flexable LB will make a QB nervous all night. the Grayson secondary is also no joke. I would guess leading in INT and PBU’s.
I counted 4 PBU’s and 3 INT against Valdosta alone.

Grayson has 19 INT’s and 21 PBU’s on the year. and I challenge anyone to prove other wise. GRAYSON is #1 in the state!

Panther Dad

November 29th, 2010
12:23 pm

How can you not pick Clinch? Clinch beat ELCA, ELCA beat Wesleyan. Buy a clue.

Hooch Fan

November 29th, 2010
12:35 pm

Magician

November 29th, 2010
12:37 pm

Daisy-chainin’ ain’t an exact science. For example, Griffin beat Dutchtown, Dutchtown beat Glynn Academy, Glynn Academy beat Liberty County, Liberty County beat Statesboro, and Statesboro beat Griffin.

See what I mean?

If Clinch and Wesleyan play, I think it will be a tough, fun game. But Wilkinson and Savannah Christian may have something to say about that.

BcS2010

November 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

Tucker is the best overall team in GA

Tiger4Life

November 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

@Hooch Fan

I most definitely enjoyed watching that highlight reel.

Just The Facts

November 29th, 2010
1:17 pm

AAAA

Starr’s Mill
RB Zach Laskey

Vegasjs

November 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

Hooch definitely will be in the finals – Hooch should roll Statesboro 41-14. Tucker may have some problem with Starrs Mill. Hooch versus either in the final will yield a shoot out.

chemflu2

November 29th, 2010
1:39 pm

Say it ain’t so…AJC has picked against the Peach County Trojans. Well, I agree the matchup has the potential of being the best game all year. But after coming back down 14 points in the fourth to win by 7 against Grady, I don’t see anyone stopping the Trojans now. And having to win 3 straight games in Metro Atlanta to gain the championship, no excuses will be accepted from the losers. Go Trojans!

WarEagle

November 29th, 2010
1:42 pm

I think you have it right for AAAA — Tucker to win it all and Byerly as player of the year. I have not seen Randolph play live, but hear he had a great year as well — he played at a high level both ways, so hard not to pick him, but Byerly had a monster year and his team would have been lost without him.

ALL TUCKERRED UP

November 29th, 2010
1:59 pm

@ VEGAS
Don’t count your chickens. Tucker has gone down there & lost.You
folks thought you would roll over Marist & it was very close.
Just saying & good luck !!!

Trojan09

November 29th, 2010
2:12 pm

How bout some respect for the Carrollton Trojans. They just shut out Cairo who has allowed only an average of 4 points a game. So lets go TROJANS this Friday in Grisham Stadium against Burke County.

GHSF Daily

November 29th, 2010
2:17 pm

”How can you not pick Clinch? Clinch beat ELCA, ELCA beat Wesleyan. Buy a clue.”

I don’t feel strongly either way w/ Clinch and Wesleyan. Two great Class A teams. But in the ELCA game, Wesleyan’s best defensive player, an all-state LB named Merritt Hall, was knocked out of the game, and that makes a big difference with a Class A team. He’s back now, and I think that could make the difference. Plus, the ELCA-Clinch and the ELCA-Wesleyan games were both tight. I wouldn’t draw many conclusions from that.

“AGAIN NO RESPECT FOR SAVANNAH CHRISTIAN. DO THEY HAVE TO BEAT EVERYONE IN THE STATE (AFTER BEATING CHARLTON AND LINCOLN CO.”

I don’t think not picking Savannah Christian to win state is a lack of respect. I imagine that 90 percent of fans are picking Wesleyan or Clinch while still respecting Savannah Christian. Also, Charlton County and Lincoln County didn’t win their regions. Great programs, but those two were merely good this year, not great.

GHSF Daily

November 29th, 2010
2:20 pm

How bout some respect for the Carrollton Trojans. They just shut out Cairo who has allowed only an average of 4 points a game.

Very good team. I could see Carrollton winning it, but I wouldn’t bet against Sandy Creek or Peach County.

Trojan09

November 29th, 2010
2:33 pm

How is Sandy Creek winning by 41-0 in the 3rd round?

jacketspeed

November 29th, 2010
2:38 pm

At this point, all of the AA teams left with the exception of Lovett has a good chance at going all the way. Carver has the edge on ability vs Calhoun, but I think Calhoun will be better coached and will execute on all phases of the game better than CC. Unless Carver just blows it open early Calhoun should win. If Calhoun gets 3 scores behind, they will probably lose.

Snoopy

November 29th, 2010
2:40 pm

Gwinnett County is the BEST football playing county in the NATION!!

Trojan09

November 29th, 2010
2:44 pm

Carrollton will take the AAA football state title home this is our year. Its been 12 years since we have been this far and we are somthing special.GO TROJANS

shankit

November 29th, 2010
2:50 pm

Have to go with Grayson. They beat
my cats this weekend, and we had a
pretty good ball club.

titletown02

November 29th, 2010
2:54 pm

Lowndes- Tyler Hunter or Troy Braswell

Valdosta- Ryan Whilden or Malcome Mitchell

Snoopy

November 29th, 2010
2:54 pm

Brookwood – Grayson in AAAAA
Broncos taking it all

Buford – Carver-Columbus in AA
Wolves winning the rematch with a healthy team

Wolves of Wesleyan in A

B-TownWolves4Peat

November 29th, 2010
2:56 pm

Boy the Buford Wolves are still peaking at the right time if the season just line they alway do at this time! A lot of people said Cook was going to come in a beat Buford……… I’m still shaking my head on that 1! So come on Lovett….. Y’all can get yall beat down this week and then it’s home Sweet Dome, a place were we have never lost!…… Hummmm then I can change my name To B-townwolves5peat

AA Jackets Fan

November 29th, 2010
2:58 pm

The road to the DOME goes thru Calhoun…..The winner between Calhoun & Carver will win it all………

Snoopy

November 29th, 2010
3:02 pm

FOUR-PEAT….

Can you say Buford Wolves!!

Going into the Georgia history books as the ONLY team to win 4 N A Row!!!!

Patriot Power

November 29th, 2010
3:05 pm

Trojan09 – Sandy Creek beat Monroe 41-0 in the 3rd round.

AAAAA – Grayson
AAAA – Starrs Mill
AAA – Sandy Creek – no bias there :)
AA – Buford
A – Not familiar enough with those teams to make a prediction

HoochFan

November 29th, 2010
3:11 pm

@Hooch Fan – Always room for more Hooch Fans!!

Byerly highlight reel is fun to watch! Kane Whitehurst youtube highlights is pretty impressive as well!

I’m thinking that Statesboro will be Hooch’s 2nd test of the season!

Statesboro defense must be pretty good to shut down Kell! Byerly/Whitehurst combo will be tough to stop! Can’t key on them though…too many other weapons just waiting!!

I’m ready for Friday already!!! GO HOOCH!!

Scott

November 29th, 2010
3:12 pm

Hey ‘GHSF Daily’ – Just assure me that ALL semifinal games will get adequate coverage in the AJC unlike the coverage of the quarterfinals this past weekend. Absolutely NO AJC coverage of two undeafeated teams going head-to-head in an epic Class A #1 vs. #2 battle. Of course I’m speaking of the ELCA-Clinch County game. I’ll throw my vote in for Clinch County to go all the way in Class A since they are ranked #1 in the state. However, I’ll throw ‘Raider Fan’ a bone and hope for a Clinch County-Savannah Christian championship in the dome. I’m with you on Player of the Year in Class A – has got to go to Nick Marshall hands down.

Demetrio

November 29th, 2010
3:44 pm

I bought a clue and the clue says Clinch is a lucky fluke who will have the weekend off after this weekend. BTW, a fluke is another name for a type of leech, in other words they suck. But enough about that.

It looks also like Calhoun has high hopes but they’ve forgotten, Crowell doesn’t run around the field by himself. The support offered by his offensive line and an experienced qb will send the Calhoun boys off to lick their wounds.

Demetrio

November 29th, 2010
3:46 pm

Buford might as well stay home… they don’t stand a chance in the Dome, or on any other regulation gridiron. Maybe they’ll be lucky and the game in the Dome will be cancelled due to rain :)

Demetrio

November 29th, 2010
3:48 pm

And Peach County will take the beat down to the big city. No question about that.

Demetrio

November 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

AA Jackets Fan, if the Calhoun Yellow Jackets are on the way to the Dome, congratulations. Hopefully they’ll post the ticket price so your boys know how much it will cost to watch Carver v Buford.

gcs

November 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

AAAAA –Brookwood; Jay Rome, Valdosta
AAAA –Tucker; LaMichael Fanning, Harris County
AAA—Peach County; Damian Swann, Grady
AA—Carver; Shannon Brown, Cook
A—Clinch County; Kennard Backman, Whitefield Academy

.

AA Jackets Fan

November 29th, 2010
3:59 pm

Demetrio, Keep talking your lips move but nothing comes out….Calhoun may not win. That’s why they play the game! It will be the hardest hitting game Carver has played…..period!!!

Trojan09

November 29th, 2010
4:01 pm

Sandy Creek hasn’t played anyone!

Blake

November 29th, 2010
4:12 pm

Brookwood In AAAAA! Go Broncos!Tucker In AAAA!

SportsFan31313

November 29th, 2010
4:23 pm

Class AAAAA

Grayson vs Colquitt County Colquitt County Advances
Brookwood vs Collins Hill Collins Hill Advances

Class AAAA

Statesboro vs Chattahoochee Statesboro Advances
Tucker vs Stars Mill Tucker Advances

Class AAA

Peach County vs Sandy Creek Peach County Advances
Carrollton vs Burke County Carrollton Advances

Class AA

Carver of Columbus vs Calhoun Carver of Columbus Advances
Buford vs Lovette Buford Advances

Classs A

Clinch County vs Wilkinson County Clinch County Advances
Savannah Christian vs Wesleyan Wesleyan Advances

Flyer

November 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

@Snoopy–Great accomplishment by Buford and they certainly do have a good chance. One point however, West Rome won 4 in a row in the 80’s.

jacketspeed

November 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

Hey Snoop, wrong. West Rome already has 4 in a row. North Georgia rocked it in the 80’s also.

One other thing, to all of those who doubt, Calhoun has found ways to make to the dome the last 2 years. They are all ways doubted, strenght of schedule, size, atheletes etc… Still they find ways to win. I wouldn’t put money on this next game either way.

Dumbmitrio, looks like maybe you should be writting for AJC instead of working at the car wash. Seems like you know erything.

B-TownWolves4Peat

November 29th, 2010
4:56 pm

Calhoun is not better than they were last year and we spanked the honey out of them thenand were a lot better than were soooooooo what am I even wasteing my time fir talking about y’all for anyway it’s not like y’all are going to win! Lol

WarEagle

November 29th, 2010
4:57 pm

@gcs — how can you pick someone for player of the year in AAAA who decided not to finish the season with his team? Not debating the reasons for his absence, but seems like finishing the season if you are healthy should be a requirement for this distinction.

WarEagle

November 29th, 2010
5:14 pm

@Snoopy — you might want to take a closer look at the history books — check out this site: http://www.ghsfha.org

Vegasjs

November 29th, 2010
5:25 pm

One thing is certain – anyone picking Statesboro hasn’t seen Chattahoochee play.

The Marist game was the test Chattahoochee needed to perservere in a close game. Statesboro will not hold them under 30 points, and on paper they seem to be weaker than the Marist/Dutchtown teams that Hooch defeated in the playoffs.

Granted Statesboro is making a nice run – especially with the win over Kell, but the Hooch has so many offensive weapons and scoring balance that it will take a dominant team to beat them, and based on Statesboro’s average margin of victory, I don’t see them as dominant.

Tortugasteve

November 29th, 2010
5:28 pm

Class AAAAA

Grayson vs Colquitt County – Grayson Advances
Brookwood vs Collins Hill – Collins Hill Advances

Grayson vs Collins Hill……….I want to pick CH, but Grayson is just playing too good right now!

Class AAAA

Statesboro vs Chattahoochee – Statesboro Advances
Tucker vs Stars Mill – Tucker Advances

Statesboro vs Tucker………Tucker takes it all!!!!

Class AAA

Peach County vs Sandy Creek – Peach County Advances
Carrollton vs Burke County – Carrollton Advances

Peach vs Carrollton…..Going on a limb and picking the Trojans!

Class AA

Carver Columbus vs Calhoun – Carver Columbus Advances
Buford vs Lovette – Buford Advances

Carver vs Buford……..4peat!!!!! Buford yet again!!!

Classs A

Clinch County vs Wilkinson County – Clinch County Advances
Savannah Christian vs Wesleyan – Wesleyan Advances

Clinch vs Wesleyan……….Wanna pick Wesleyan, but going with Clinch here!

JJ

November 29th, 2010
5:59 pm

Class A Champs will be the Wesleyan Wolves!!
Let’s Define Player of the Year -
If you want to say the best athlete, one most likely to go pro, one most…. – Hands Down Nick Marshall
If you want to say the one who lead his team to VICTORY – Right Here, Right Now – Hands Down Kyle Karempelis.
Head to Head – Kyle ran roughshod all over Wilcox (~300 yds) before the coach put the leash on him. It would have been interesting (but in very poor taste/sportmanship) to let Kyle loose the entire game (~+400 yds, 6 TDs?). The game was over with about 6 min left in regulation.