YOU make the call — Predict the biggest upset in football’s state semifinals

Make your prediction and post it: What will be the biggest upset in high school football’s state semifinals? And why do you say so?

As you know, this year’s state playoffs have been nothing short of remarkable, with traditional powerhouses such as North Gwinnett, Camden County, Lowndes, Northside-Warner Robins, Wilcox County being eliminated in the earlier rounds.

What will be this weekend’s biggest upset? You know at least one will happen, maybe more. Will Sandy Creek be able to hold off Peach County? Do you think Collins Hill has a chance of upsetting Brookwood? Will playing on the road hurt Carver-Columbus? Will Grayson dispose South Georgia’s last hope (Colquitt County) in the Georgia’s largest classification?

Class AAAAA

Colquitt County (8-5) at Grayson (10-3)

Collins Hill (10-3) at Brookwood (12-1)

Class AAAA

Chattahoochee (13-0) at Statesboro (11-2)

Starr’s Mill (13-0) at Tucker (13-0), Hallford Stadium

Class AAA

Peach County (13-0) at Sandy Creek (13-0)

Burke County (11-2) at Carrollton (13-0))

Class AA

Carver, Columbus (13-0) at Calhoun (13-0)

Lovett (10-3) at Buford (12-1)

Class A

Clinch County (13-0) at Wilkinson County (11-2)

Savannah Christian (12-1) at Wesleyan (12-1)

Pick your No. 1 upset prediction and post it below. Note: The AJC’s Michael Carvell is out while recovering from surgery, but you can follow the AJC’s coverage of the high school playoffs by clicking here …. and here.

185 comments Add your comment

r from g

November 29th, 2010
9:22 pm

Bullnuke

November 29th, 2010
9:30 pm

jacket31

November 29th, 2010
9:33 pm

Calhoun upsets Carver Columbus, Carver has not been tested since Buford, Calhoun Home advantage BIG. Oh Yeah—And the Best Team you don’t talk about on AJC Carrollton Go Trojans

THOROUGHBRED

November 29th, 2010
9:39 pm

“Will Sandy Creek be able to hold off Peach County”

Granted Peach County is ranked #1 and defending state champs in AAA but if Sandy Creek beats Peach Co is it really a upset? Sandy Creek did win state in AAAA last year and the the game is at Sandy Creek. Both teams are awesome. Peach County has as 28 game win streak while Sandy Creek is on a 27 game win streak. This is the best game going this coming Friday night.

LETS DO IT PATRIOTS!!!!

James

November 29th, 2010
9:58 pm

Statesboro will upset Chattahoochee, no one has picked Statesboro any through the playoffs, but they always find a way to win! GOOOO BLUE! South Ga Football is king! BLUEEEEEEE DEVILS!

RAP

November 29th, 2010
10:17 pm

Calhoun over Carver. Then a repeat of the last two years champiionsship game.

Matt B

November 29th, 2010
10:24 pm

Hal Lamb leads the Jackets over Carver-Columbus, proving he might just be the best coach in the state

Andy

November 29th, 2010
10:25 pm

Easy Pick Blue Devils over the Hooch in a cake walk and Carver may just be the best team in any classifacation

UGA

November 29th, 2010
10:32 pm

Carrollton destroys burke county. Then plow threw Sandy creek or Peach County. In championship game.

Pedro

November 29th, 2010
10:37 pm

The Peach County, Sandy Creek game is going to be the game of the week in the state for all classifications. This game has been talked about since the pre-season. For those who may not know much about the Trojans, here’s some info: they have made the playoffs and have had a winning season every season since 1990. They have multiple region championships and 3 state championships. They have played in 5 state championship games: ‘92 vs Thomas Co Central, ‘98 vs Dougherty, ‘03 vs LaGrange, ‘05 vs Dougherty, ‘06 vs Shaw, and ‘09 vs Gainesville. They are one of the most successful programs in the state for the past 20 years. Friday’s game will feature two teams riding a 20+ game winning streak. Peach comes in ranked in the top 25 in the nation and #1 in AAA. Sandy Creek is #2 and both are defending champions. It doesn’t get any better than this game. GO TROJANS!!!! BLACK & GOLD will be deep at the “Battlefield” this Friday!!!!

Pedro

November 29th, 2010
10:40 pm

Correction to my earlier comment. The Trojans have played in 6 state championship games.

jacketspeed

November 29th, 2010
10:52 pm

The upset of the week will be Calhoun over Carver. Think about it, all of the scouts there to watch what could be Crowells last highschool game and Dustin shows out….Ouch, then if he is wearing a Ala. lid it won’t hurt so bad.

still a fan

November 29th, 2010
10:58 pm

brookwood to complete on both sides of ball 35 collins hill almost 14 not close as score indicates.
grayson’s D 21 colquitt’O 17 in the final 30seconds of game.

final brookwood 17 grayson 14 a good game.

Camden74

November 29th, 2010
11:13 pm

Colquitt over Grayson!

Jeff in Calhoun

November 29th, 2010
11:25 pm

Calhoun upsets Carver thanks to home field advantage!

Mr_Football

November 29th, 2010
11:26 pm

SANDY CREEK WILL DISPOSE OF PEACH COUNTY….CARROLTON WILL COMPLETELY OBLITERATE BURKE COUNTY IT WONT EVEN BE A MATCH BURKE COUNTY GOT LUCKY WITH THE ONE POINT WINS AGAINST CRISP COUNTY AND BALDWIN AND THEY FACED CEADER GROVE LAST WEEK HOW LUCKY CAN A TEAM GET, BUT THEIR LUCK RUNS OUT AGAINST CARROLTON. CARROLTON VS SANDY CREEK FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP!

billy

November 29th, 2010
11:28 pm

i think after what grayson has been through they deserve to win

BURKE CO. NO.1 FAN

November 29th, 2010
11:33 pm

@ UGA

WE HEARD YALL LOVE RUNNING THE BALL,WE LOVE STOPPING THE RUN, JUST GREAT FOR US, WE PLAY QUALITY TEAMS AND RANK TEAMS YEAR AROUND,DO YALL, I HOPE NO.22 RUNS IT AND WATCH WHAT HAPPENS TO HIM, AND WR/-NO.14 AND 87 , YO THEM BEARS ARE COMING, AND FRESHMAN SENSATION QB/SB/WR/PR/KR/DB/-”GATOR GREEN” WITH WORLD CLASS SPEED 4.3 ALONG WITH 7 OTHER BEARS CLOCKED AT 4.4., ON OFFENSE AND DEFENSE,IS COMING ALSO, WE CAN THROW AND RUN IT,WITH OUR 2-EXCELLENT QB ROTATION- BURKE CO. 31 – CARROLTON 17 , CLICK -CLACK I THINK I HEAR THEM BEARS COMING

BURKE CO. NO.1 FAN

November 29th, 2010
11:37 pm

@ MR_FOOTBALL

WHAT DO U KNOW ABOUT BURKE CO. FOOTBALL,…., WE PLAY TEAMS LIKE STATESBORO, WARE CO.,LOWNDES, BALDWIN AND OTHER TOP SCHOOLS YEAR AROUND, SO PLAYING YALL,WILL BE ELEMENTARY TO THEM BEARS, OH AND BY THE WAY, ALL THESE TEAMS AROUND HEAR RUNS YALL’S OFFENSE, THE WING-T LOOK, WE RUN THE OREGON SPREAD….

WE HEARD YALL LOVE RUNNING THE BALL,WE LOVE STOPPING THE RUN, JUST GREAT FOR US, WE PLAY QUALITY TEAMS AND RANK TEAMS YEAR AROUND,DO YALL, I HOPE NO.22 RUNS IT AND WATCH WHAT HAPPENS TO HIM, AND WR/-NO.14 AND 87 , YO THEM BEARS ARE COMING, AND FRESHMAN SENSATION QB/SB/WR/PR/KR/DB/-”GATOR GREEN” WITH WORLD CLASS SPEED 4.3 ALONG WITH 7 OTHER BEARS CLOCKED AT 4.4., ON OFFENSE AND DEFENSE,IS COMING ALSO, WE CAN THROW AND RUN IT,WITH OUR 2-EXCELLENT QB ROTATION- BURKE CO. 31 – CARROLTON 17 , CLICK -CLACK I THINK I HEAR THEM BEARS COMING

Mr_Football

November 30th, 2010
12:03 am

@ Burke Co. No.1 Fan

LOL U ARE VERY DELUSIONAL TO BELIEVE JUST BECAUSE U PLAYED WASHINGTON COUNTY, THOMSON, AND BALDWIN WHO U ONLY BEAT BY A POINT BECAUSE THEIR RECIEVER DROPPED THE BALL AT YALLS GOAL LINE WHICH ALLOWED YALL TO SCORE WITH SECONDS LEFT IN THE GAME (LUCKY) DONT BELIEVE FOR ONCE U ARE GOING TO BEAT A TEAM LIKE US WE WILL LEAVE A BIG GOOSE EGG ON YOUR SCOREBOARD LIKE WE DID CAIRO AND COUNTLESS OTHERS YOUR LUCK RUNS OUT HERE…SORRY!!! I MEAN HOW DO U WIN BY A POINT AGAINST A TEAM LIKE CRISP COUNTY HAHAHAHA…..LUCKY PLAYOFF RUN THOUGH TO BAD YOUR DREAM SEASON IS OVER :’(

CARROLLTON FAN

November 30th, 2010
12:07 am

@ BURKE CO NO.1

YEEEEES WE LOVE RUNNING THE FOOTBALL AND WE ARE GONNA RUN IT RIGHT DOWN YALLS THROAT WITH YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL DEFENSE. YEA WE SEE YOUR OREGAN SPREAD OFFENSE BUT ITS ELEMENTARY, AND WE WILL SHUT BOTH OF YOUR QUARTERBACKS DOWN, WHEN THE WHITE QUARTERBACK GETS OUT THERE WE WILL HAVE OUR PASS DEFENSE READY, AND WHEN THE BLACK QUARTERBACK GETS OUT THERE WE WILL STOP THE RUN! HMPH IT ENDS HERE BEARS!

Hurricane girl

November 30th, 2010
12:20 am

Carrollton over Burke>>>>Sandy Creek over Peach>>>>>Clinch over Wilco…..and Calhoun over Carver ( i just wanted an upset lol) the only big game i see is Peach and Sandy

BURKE CO. NO.1 FAN

November 30th, 2010
12:27 am

@ CARROLTON FAN & MR_FOOTBALL

4GET ABOUT THE GOOSE EGG I THINK THATS GONNA BE YALL, BELIEVE THAT I PROMISE AINT NO RUNNING THE BALL DOWN OUR THOATS, AND REALLY, WHO DO YALL PLAY, REALLY WHO DO YALL PLAY THATS WHY YALL ONLY BEAT ST.PIUS BY ONE TOUCHDOWN , AND REALLY YALL CANT STOP THE PASS FROM WHAT WE ARE HEARING, AND YOUR QB IS SUSPECT AND SECONDARY AS WELL, BURKE CO. WINS BIG AT CARROLTON FRIDAY NITE 31 CARROLTON 17, WE WILL SEE PEACH CO. AT THE DOME…, GATOR GREEN WILL RUSH FOR OVER 100 , AND THE WHITE QB AS WELL, AND LOCKDOWN CORNER “KITCHENS” WILL HAVE 14 OR 87 ON LOCK, AND YALLS RUNNING BAK IS ONLY LIKE 170 LBS AND ABOUT 5″9, MAN THAT WING-T /OPTION CRAP AIONT NOTHING…,AFTER THE GAME ALL YALL GONNA HEAR IS BURKE COUNTY BEARS…..WE DONT CARE WHERE WE PLAY , WHO WE PLAY ,13-0, AND!!! WE ARE PLAYING TO GO TO THE DOME, AND WE GONNA LEAVE IT ALL OUT ON THE FIELD, ASK THESE OTHER TEAMS HOW ,EXTREMELY WELL COACHED THEM COUNTY BOYZ ARE,…,LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE…..BEARS WIN.., BEARS WIN.., BEARS WINS…,

BURKE CO. NO.1 FAN

November 30th, 2010
12:30 am

DONT SLEEP ON THE MOST EXCITING PLAYER IN THE C.S.R.A. “DONQUELL GATOR GREEN” 4.3. SPEED BELIEVE THAT… NITEMARES FOR DEFENSES

Mr_football

November 30th, 2010
1:06 am

@Burke co

LOL i guess when u play teams like cross keys, josey, westside augusta, gleen hills, and hephzibah you start thinking you are the best team in the country, you guys had one shut out against a team that only won one game this year, your defense is mediocre, and we will prove that to you friday we have been ranked in the top 5 all year and their is a reason for that yes we beat St. Pius by a touchdown why you might ask because they are very good football team unlike BURKE COUNTY who doesnt belong in the semifinals our bracket was much more difficult than yours and yet u have only had one decisive win against another team that got lucky which was ceader grove, but enough talking actions will be proven just like it was proven to the 12 other teams we beat this year Date Day Time Opponent Location/Score
Aug 27 Fri 8:00 PM Oxford, AL Won 43-21
Sep 03 Fri 7:30 PM Westminster (6B-AA) Won 35-7
Sep 10 Fri 7:30 PM Centennial (6-AAAAA) Won 49-14
Sep 17 Fri 7:30 PM Woodland, Henry (3A-AAAA) Won 49-6
Sep 24 Fri 7:30 PM Haralson County (6-AAA)* Won 46-0
Oct 01 Fri 7:30 PM Troup (6-AAA)* Won 48-7
Oct 08 Fri 7:30 PM LaGrange (6-AAA)* Won 49-0
Oct 15 Fri 7:30 PM Shaw (6-AAA)* Won 42-0
Oct 22 Fri 7:30 PM Columbus (6-AAA)* Won 63-0
Nov 05 Fri 7:30 PM Central, Carroll (6-AAA)* Won 61-0
Nov 12 Fri 7:30 PM Stephens County (8A-AAA) Won 63-20
Nov 19 Fri 7:30 PM St Pius X (5A-AAA) Won 14-7
Nov 26 Fri 7:30 PM Cairo (1-AAA) Won 17-0

PC BLACK&GOLD

November 30th, 2010
1:11 am

LOL no they didnt put the games they won up lol but since everyone is talking about this Burke and Carrolton Game why idk lol but ima say Carrollton by 32

UGA owns you tasty bees..

November 30th, 2010
3:52 am

Trojans destroy Burke Co. Friday Night, it won’t even be close. Not a Carrollton “fan”, but grew up nearby, and you have to respect this team.

Hoochster

November 30th, 2010
7:05 am

No way Statesboro wishbone upsets the Hooch. Hooch has too many athletes on each side of the ball. We score points in bunches so the ‘bone better keep up or Statesboro will be down 21 at the half. Game over…. Looking forward to the trip. HOOCH ROLLS !!!

gridiron

November 30th, 2010
7:20 am

Carver beating Calhoun on their home field. Go mighty Tigers!!

Buford Dad

November 30th, 2010
7:35 am

Calhoun beats Carver. The refs are Carvers biggest advantage in Columbus

BURKE CO. NO.1 FAN

November 30th, 2010
7:41 am

DAVID VS . GOLIATH OR AUBURN VS .ALABAMA,- WE AINT SCARRED – NEVER THAT, YALL WILL GO DOWN… FRIDAY NITE, TO MUCH SPEED TO HANDLE…

BUKE COUNTY BEARS – BURKE COUNTY BEARS – BURKE COIUNTY BEARS… DID YALL SEE WHAT AUBURN DID TO ALABAMA ,YEA THATS WHAT I SEE COMING FOR YALL, ALABAMA HAD ALL THEM SUPERSTAR PLAYERS… ALL AUBURN HAD WAS NEWTON.., AND YE PREVAILED…, OH” BUT BUT WE ARE HEARING THAT YALL CANT STOP THE PAST..,AND YALL RUN THE BALL, THATS TO OUR STRONG POINT..,WE CAN STOP THE RUN EXPECIALLY WITH ABOUT 7 PALYERS CLOCKED AT 4.4. SPEED…, BURKE CO. 31 CARROLTON 17

BURKE CO. NO.1 FAN

November 30th, 2010
7:51 am

YALL CANT STOP THE PASSS , AND WITH OUR OREGON SPREAD, I THINK KITCHENS /OSBORNE /MR. GREEN /BOSTIC IS GONNA HAVE A FIELD DAY..,(QOUTE”WE CAN STOP THE RUN”, WE ARE EXCITED AND WE KNOW BOTH OUR QB’S IS A 100 TIMES BETTER THAN CARROLTON- READ WHAT YALL’S NEWSPAPER IS SAYING AT THE CARROLTON TIMES.COM…,YALL’S PLAYERS ARE SCARRED THEY WERE SAYING THAT OUR QB PLAY IS REALLY GOOD…,HAHAHAHAHA !!! WE HAVE OUTSATANDING COACHING…………..A MAJOR PLUS, THIS IS THE PLAYOFFS – WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE, HEY” NOBODY KNEW ABOUT US BUT CAIRO /AND CARVER WHO BEAT THE SAME TEAM U ALL IS PLAYING FRIDAY BY ONLY 7 POINTS, MAY I REMIND U, WE HAVE EVERYBODY COMING BACK NEXT YEAR AND *FRESHMAN SENSATION MR. WORLD CLASS SPEEDSTER *DONQUELL GATOR GREEN* 4.3SPEED IS ONLY A FRESHMAN, PLAYING LIKE A 5TH YEAR SENIOR…, WE WILL ROLL QB PLAY TO GREAT AND A FAST TEAM DEFENSE…

Fred

November 30th, 2010
8:05 am

Guys (and gals), please stop yelling at each other! (all caps) My head is hurting! :)

It is fun to read all the “guarantees” and “facts” about the coming games. Truth is these statements are being made by people unable to affect the outcomes of the games. All of the teams are 3-0 where it counts – in the playoffs. No team got to this point without being able to “whup up on the other guy”, “bring it home”, “trash the other guys’ O/D” or what ever your favorite phrase has been. This year more than others shows that the past is what got you to the playoffs but all bets are off once you get in. Look at the number of #1 seeded teams that are gone. In 5A as an example, you have a #1, and #2 and two #3 seeds competing in the semi finals. I bet no one would have called that back in August!

I hope and pray for good, safe and hard hitting football games this weekend. Safe travels to all!

wolfbait 67

November 30th, 2010
8:13 am

Bufor Dad:Evidently you and I saw the same game, but that loss is what is propelling to another Dome game like the Lovett loss last season…BTW our three toughest games last year were 1) Fitzgerald, 2) Calhoun, and 3)Jefferson….what they had in common other than all were undefeated at the time we played them, is all three could stay with anybody in the state…..see y’all in the Dome for the last man standing weekend…GA hi school football is good in any part of the state.woof woof

Fair Play Fan

November 30th, 2010
8:21 am

I agree Fred: Burke Fans, we see you! Please stop writing in caps

Fair Play Fan

November 30th, 2010
8:22 am

Enter your comments here

Lincoln Co

November 30th, 2010
8:23 am

Savannah Christian

Gridiron

November 30th, 2010
8:55 am

@Buford Dad,
For past ten years Buford has CHEATED, STOLEN, AND RECRUITED. If not for the recruiting Buford would be just like Parkview H.S. now 5-5 mediocre.

VD

November 30th, 2010
8:55 am

Calhoun will take Carver in a close, high scoring game. Go Jackets-

shankit

November 30th, 2010
9:18 am

MY cats have played both Colquitt (which we won)
and Grayson (which we lost). My pick is for Colquitt
to upset Grayson. Colquitt plays tuff.

Jefferson

November 30th, 2010
9:25 am

I’ll take Lovett as an upset, that back they have is good. Calhoun at home.

Disgusted with Buford

November 30th, 2010
9:25 am

Gridiron
I agree with your comment! I’ve always heard that Buford did whatever was necessary to win, and I saw it first hand this past Friday night. Buford is not that powerful of a team this year. In fact the only way they beat Cook was due to cheating from the players and especially from the officials. During the coin toss, Buford players already started bad-mouthing Cook, when Cook tried to point it out to the officials standing next to them, they did or said nothing! They was the first sign of how dirty the game was going to get. Cook scored its firtst touchdown in the first half. It was called back due to holding. Look at the play on Fox 5 website. The play only lasted 3 seconds. What you didn’t see was that the official already had his hands on that yellow flag before the play even started, and “1″ second later threw the flag. How can you have a holding penalty 1 second after the snap? When Cook’s coaches approched the officials about the constant cheating from the Offensive Line (yes we saw you Center continuously moving the ball during the shift before the snap), the officials spoke “very” ugly with our coaches. Yes Buford you won thanks to the officials, but you didn’t deserve it!

BURKE CO. NO.1 FAN

November 30th, 2010
9:26 am

@ fair play fan

who is u, do u own this site, if not ,then u can take a back seat as well, because them BURKE COUNTY BEARS ARE 4-REAL….

Brian

November 30th, 2010
9:33 am

When has any one scored “high” on Carver?

seabass

November 30th, 2010
9:36 am

This is easy, Colquitt over Grayson. Better coach!

RAIDER FAN

November 30th, 2010
9:40 am

Upset special. Savannah Christian over Wesleyan by more than a touchdown!

Bill Stanfill

November 30th, 2010
9:52 am

I’d have to say that Sandy Creek should be a slight favorite over Peach County, perhaps 6 points. One, Sandy Creek is playing at home (P. County needs a new coin toss caller). Two, Grady scored 35 points on P. County’s vaunted defense last weekend. Was than an exception or is the P. County defense not as good as advertised? Three, S. Creek has been flawless in the play-offs.

I’m a P. County fan, pulling for them all the way–but you have to give S. Creek a slight edge in your predictions here.

VD

November 30th, 2010
10:00 am

No one has scored “high” on Calhoun either, but these two teams won’t be able to stop each other, too much talent on offense. Calhoun in a close one.

MLK Fan

November 30th, 2010
10:10 am

My picks are Collins Hill , Grayson ,Tucker ,Statesboro,Carrollton,Peach,Buford,and Carver Columbus. I think home field will play a big role in Grayson and Colquit . Grayson is a big strong sneaky atheletic team with a good fundamental coaching staff.

rammer

November 30th, 2010
10:19 am

colquitt has bit off more than they can chew-grayson is all about turn over margin.Poeple say oh valdosta n n.gwinnett beat themselves….losers exscuse! grayson presssures you from all points on defense and creates the turnovers -they don’t just happen.This will be tough for both opponents and should be great game. Colquitt plays in weak region -then factor in the kids for grayson walking off the field last year when alec olgeltree freaked out on that catch…they see what was lost and i would say they are going into the game wanting to control the clock and take care of business 21-13 grayson wins