Semifinal caps: Previews of all 10 games


Colquitt County at Grayson

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

 Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 8-5 and the No. 3 seed from 1-AAAAA; Grayson is 10-3 and the No. 3 seed from 8-AAAAA. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. The winner of this game will be the first No. 3 seed since Lowndes in 1999 to reach a state championship game in the highest classification. Lowndes and 1997 Parkview are the only No. 3 seeds to win state titles in the highest class. 2. Colquitt County QB Tyler Brown (2,762 passing yards), RB Tevin King (1,778 rushing yards) and WR Tommy Hudson (1,086 receiving yards) have set single-season school records this year. 3. Grayson – led by sophomore DL Robert Nkemdiche (15 sacks on the season) – has led 31-0, 23-0 and 20-0 entering the fourth quarters of its three playoff victories, all on the road.

Winner plays: Collins Hill/Brookwood winner


Collins Hill at Brookwood

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

Records, rankings: Collins Hill is 10-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAAA and unranked; Brookwood is 12-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAAAA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: Brookwood won 45-38 in two overtimes on Sept. 3.

Three things to know: 1. In the teams’ first meeting this season, Brookwood’s Nick Tompkins (149 yards) and Jamaal Cole (124) both rushed for more than 100 yards in the Broncos’ double-overtime victory. Collins Hill quarterback Taylor Heinicke passed for 399 yards and five touchdowns. 2. Brookwood quarterback Ben McLane was intercepted four times in the first half in a 45-35 victory against Hillgrove last week, but he responded by throwing the game-tying and game-winning touchdown passes in the final 14 minutes of the game. 3. Heinicke passed for 388 yards and three TDs and caught a touchdown pass against Lowndes last week, but the Eagles didn’t claim the victory until Mitchell Blanchard kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime after Lowndes missed a 30-yarder on its possession.

Winner plays: Colquitt County/Grayson winner


Class AAAA

Chattahoochee at Statesboro

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Womack Field, Statesboro

Records, rankings: Statesboro is 11-2, the No. 1 seed from Region 2-AAAA and unranked; Chattahoochee is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 7-AAAA and ranked No. 5.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know:1. Chattahoochee QB Tim Byerly is a candidate for state player of the year. He has thrown for 2,332 yards and 29 touchdowns (140-of-205 passing, only two interceptions) and has rushed for 1,263 yards and 19 touchdowns. 2. The emergence of sophomore RB DeQuan Daniels has been pivotal for Statesboro. He has 1,539 yards rushing on the season, and he has topped 200 in each of the last two rounds in victories over Griffin and Kell. 3. Chattahoochee’s only close game was a 31-28 victory over Marist, while Statesboro’s results have been erratic, with wins over Griffin and Kell, which were state-ranked, and losses to Liberty County and Evans, which didn’t make the playoffs.

Winner plays: Starr’s Mill/Tucker winner


Starr’s Mill at Tucker

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

Records, rankings: Starr’s Mill is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 3-AAAA and ranked No. 6; Tucker is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 6-AAAA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Tucker has two 1,000-yard rushers in Bashr Coles (1,255 yards, 20 touchdowns) and N’Quan Maggett (1,006 yards, 23 TDs). They combined for 214 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 42-3 victory against Ware County last week. 2. Starr’s Mill’s Zach Laskey rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-0 victory against East Paulding last week and has rushed for a school-record 1,460 yards. Quarterback Adam Holley has passed for 1,481 yards and rushed for 1,056. 3. This is the second 13-0 start in Starr’s Mill history, matching the 2000 team that reached the Class AAAAA semifinals before losing to Harrison. Tucker is 13-0 for the second time in four seasons.

Winner plays: Chattahoochee/Statesboro winner


Class AAA

Peach County at Sandy Creek

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

Records, rankings: Peach County is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 2-AAA and ranked No. 1. Sandy Creek is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. This is the first time that two reigning state champions have played in the playoffs since 2000, when Charlton County beat Cartersvillle in the Class AA second round. Sandy Creek won Class AAAA last season and has won 27 consecutive games. Peach County won AAA last season and has won 28 straight games. 2. Sandy Creek WR Alex Chisum, who has committed to Cincinnati, had eight catches for 197 yards in a 41-0 victory over Monroe Area last week and has 55 catches for 1,049 yards on the season. 3. Peach County RB Travis Richmond, a state finalist in the 100 and 200 meters as a junior, has right at 1,800 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns on the season.

Winner plays: Burke County/Carrollton winner


Burke County at Carrollton

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

Records, rankings: Burke County is 11-2, the No. 1 seed from Region 3-AAA and ranked No. 8; Carrollton is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 6-AAA and ranked No. 4.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Carrollton has run for 3,659 yards this season, an average of 273.1 per game, and passed for 1,300. Broderick Snoddy (1,232) and Telvin Brown (706) are the leading rushers and have combined for 26 rushing touchdowns. 2. Burke County quarterbacks Corey Mayton and Donquell Green combined for 245 yards rushing and six touchdowns against Cedar Grove last week in a 45-20 game that the Bears broke open late by scoring 23 unanswered points. 3. Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague won a state championship with Swainsboro in 2000. Burke County coach Eric Parker is making his third trip to the semifinals (2002 and 2004 with Laney) but has yet to reach the championship game.

Winner plays: Peach County/Sandy Creek winner


Class AA

Carver (Columbus) at Calhoun

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phil Reeve Stadium, Calhoun

Records, rankings: Carver is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 5-AA and ranked No. 1. Calhoun is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 7-AA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: Calhoun won 48-20 in the 2005 quarterfinals.

Three things to know: 1. Carver RB Isaiah Crowell, the most highly recruited running back if not player in Georgia, rushed for 305 yards and five touchdowns last week in a 40-14 victory over Thomasville. 2. Calhoun RB Dustin Christian has rushed for 1,436 yards and 22 touchdowns, and he has gone over 100 in each of three playoff games, plus the Region 7-AA championship game victory over Rockmart, against which he had 277. 3. Carver is in the semifinals for the fourth time in five seasons (the previous three in Class AAA), while Calhoun is the semis for the third consecutive time.

Winner plays: Lovett/Buford winner


Lovett at Buford

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom Riden Stadium, Buford

Records, rankings: Lovett is 10-3, the No. 4 seed from Region 6-AA and unranked; Buford is 12-1, the No. 1 seed from 6-AA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: Buford won 37-14 on Sept. 24.

Three things to know: 1. Lovett’s Jack Geraghty, filling in at quarterback for the injured Hunter Budd, rushed for 112 yards and four touchdowns, completed 4-of-6 passes for 42 yards, kicked three extra points and punted three times for a 42-yard average in the Lions’ 35-28 victory against Brooks County last week. 2. Buford’s Eric Barr scored on a 6-yard run late in the third quarter and Dominique Swope had an 8-yard TD run early in the fourth last week in the Wolves’ 21-14 victory against Cook in a game that was tied 7-7 at halftime. 3. In the teams’ first meeting this season, Seon Jones ran for 313 of Buford’s 488 yards rushing in the Wolves’ 37-14 victory. Buford had more than 200 yards rushing in the first quarter, but the Wolves didn’t pull away until the second half.

Winner plays: Carver/Calhoun winner


Class A

Clinch County at Wilkinson County

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

Records, rankings: Wilkinson County is 11-2, the No. 1 seed from 7-A and ranked No. 8. Clinch County is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 2-A and ranked No. 1.

Last meeting: Clinch County won 22-0 in the 1991 quarterfinals.

Three things to know: 1. Wilkinson County’s fortunes have turned on the development of sophomore QB David Whipple, who was 7-of-30 passing with three interceptions in the opener, a 28-27 loss to Johnson County. He has more than 2,000 yards passing and 30 touchdowns and threw for 332 yards in a Region 7-A title game victory over Lincoln County. 2. Clinch County QB Tray Dorsey has rushed for 1,356 yards and 23 touchdowns and passed for 1,140 yards and 14 TDs. 3. Clinch County, the only unbeaten team in Class A, has been 13-0 three other times, each one ending in state titles (1988, 1991, 2002).

Winner plays: Savannah Christian/Wesleyan winner


Savannah Christian at Wesleyan

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Henderson Stadium, Norcross

Records, rankings: Savannah Christian is 12-1, the No. 4 seed from Region 3-A and unranked; Wesleyan is 12-1, the No. 2 seed from 5-A and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Wesleyan’s Kyle Karempelis, fifth in state history with 92 career touchdowns, ran for 298 yards and scored three times in the Wolves’ 45-28 victory against defending Class A champion Wilcox County last week. 2. Andrew Moore rushed for 71 yards, Will Austin ran for 70 and Nardo Govan had 64 in Savannah Christian’s 17-14 victory against Lincoln County last week. The Raiders have eliminated Lincoln County for two consecutive seasons. 3. Wesleyan has averaged 40.5 points per game this season and 42.6 in the playoffs, but the Wolves will be facing a Savannah Christian team that allows 7.1 points per game and has given up more than seven points in a game just twice this season.

Winner plays: Wilkinson County/Clinch County winner

28 comments Add your comment

ELCA fan

December 2nd, 2010
10:54 am

ga football rules

December 2nd, 2010
11:59 am

in AAAAA grayson defense will prevail them over colquitt and collins hill or brookwood
AAAA- tucker will prevail with a stacked defense and an offense that scores at will but keep a eye out if statesboro beats the HOOCH,because tucker cant beat statesboro for some reason (look in past games tucker has lost although they were the better team)
AAA-im picking burke to win it all cause their quarterback duo is epic. I think peach will beat sandy creek and then go i the dome overconfident resulting in an epic fail
AA-I have buford beating carver due to buford havig superior coaching over carver’s elite recruits. Also i think carver’s d is a little soft in the middle and look for buford to attack that
A-Wesleyan will win behind that kyle kid because he is a prolific player and should be going to bama,uga or florida.


December 2nd, 2010
1:05 pm

Tucker is the best team i have seen play in the state of georgia


December 2nd, 2010
1:44 pm

Whoa mama, grab the shotgun its going to be a good one !!!! Let go Jackets, sting em’.

1999 Packer

December 2nd, 2010
2:03 pm

Should be a good one…if it doesn’t rain the pack should win

Matt B

December 2nd, 2010
3:23 pm

Sting em Jackets


December 2nd, 2010
3:42 pm

Colquitt County at Grayson Colquitt County Advances

Collins Hill at Brookwood Collins Hill Advances

Chattahoochee at Statesboro Statesboro Advances

Starr’s Mill at Tucker Tucker Advances

Peach County at Sandy Creek Peach County Advances

Burke County at Carrollton Carrollton Advances

Carver (Columbus) at Calhoun Carver Of Columbus Advances

Lovett at Buford Buford Advances

Clinch County at Wilkinson County Clinch County Advances

Savannah Christian at Wesleyan Wesleyan Advances


December 2nd, 2010
3:53 pm

Can someone post the physical address to calhoun’s stadium so i can plug it into the GPS? thanks in advance!!


December 2nd, 2010
4:11 pm

hahaha Carvers Defense “Soft in the Middle” thats a GOOOD one!!! Ask Buford, no better yet ask Sean Jones if Carver is soft in the middle!! i think jones had like 80 yds rushing in that game if that..if anything, youd better have some speed to get to the outside on Carver if you think youre going to run on them.


December 2nd, 2010
5:38 pm


December 2nd, 2010
8:34 pm

Keep selling Coach Mcgee at Carver short. Everyone saying Buford has better coaching. Mcgee played and learned under Howard “Buzz” Busby who won 4 state titles in 2 different states at 4 differnt schools. Not many can say that. Coach Mcgee has put together one heck of a staff behind him. Great job! Go Tigers!


December 3rd, 2010
12:27 am

It’s funny that people always refer to Carver’s success as the result of only having superior athletes and little, if anything, to do with coaching. The inference has always seemed to be that since Carver has a black coach coaching a team of mostly black players, that they are all talent–no strategy, no tactics, no discipline.

Carver has only become relevant since Dell McGhee’s arrival 5 years ago. During their state title run,’s coverage of Chamblee vs. Carver and Cairo vs. Carver described the games as well-coached, disciplined teams vs. a team of superior athletes (code word for black kids). No one noted Carver’s superior athletes for the first 30 years of their football history, but as soon as they begin to win: “Oh, it must be the ‘athletes”.

Coach McGhee is building a program at Carver–same as Coach Walker at Sandy Creek and same as Coaches Wood and Simpson at Buford. They all have kids with athletic skill that they develop and they are all successful in their own way. Please recognize.


December 3rd, 2010
1:20 am

I don’t know why Burke Co is wasting their time going to Carrollton Friday night. We have no business being in the semifinals.We’ve already lost 2 games this year. Wait a minute, we lost to a good Baldwin team in the first game of the year, a loss we later avenged, and Lowndes beat us in the Concrete Palace. As long as our coaches, fans, and most importantly our players believe that’s all that matters. We pray for traveling grace to and from Carrollton, a cleanly officiated injury free game and we’ll let the chips fall where theymay. GO BEARS!!!!


December 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

Sailor–Your post was on the money. But me being the realist that I am, I have to add this: Had Charles Flowers not left Shaw High school, who is to say that Crowell, and even Fortson, and the majority of those guys off that title team, wouldnt have been suiting up for Shaw. Not taking anything away from Dell McGee, but its kinda ironic that Shaw started to slide after Flowers left, and then Carver became the big kid on the block in muscogee county. Im just saying the irony is there!!!


December 3rd, 2010
10:11 am

Gridiron–Thanks for the address!!!!

Jacket Speed

December 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Sailor, I also have used this analogy recently. But I can assure you I would not ever assume that Carver doesn’t scheme well or have a great program. My point was, Carver has more individual talent than Calhoun, but the coaching edge in my opinion has to go Lamb. One would be a fool if they thought good atheletes alone make a team as good as Carver is. You do have to admit though, Crowell and a several others on that team are some of the best atheletes that have came through there in the last 30 years and the fact that they are there at the same time is very much a factor in the sucess of Carver. Don’t try and make this a racial comment, it’s not. When Machester came up and played Calhoun, I noticed mostly black kids on that team and they were very good atheletes, but had no discipline and not very good fundamentally. I hope you get my point.


December 3rd, 2010
11:26 am

Let’s go Carrollton!


December 3rd, 2010
11:40 am



December 3rd, 2010
12:48 pm

one addition to the stupidity that gave Lowndes the home field advantage for the 1999 state championship. Brunswick was 14 and 0 going into the game Lowndes had lost at least three games. Brunswick was rated number 1 in the state and had been all year and was the 1 seed. Lowndes was a three seed and either not rated or rated in the bottom ten. Somehow Lowndes became the home team. The Brunswick team was wined and dined by the locals the night before the game and only showed up as a shell of their team. Shame on the GHSA. At least that can’t happen now in the finals or semis. Can’t say they didn’t learn.


December 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm

Sandy Creek will win by 17!!!! GO CREEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


December 3rd, 2010
2:26 pm

Since may Catamounts stunk this year I am pulling for Calhoun!! Let’s go Jackets!
BTW – Richt and Saban will be at Calhoun tonight.


December 3rd, 2010
3:42 pm

Could someone tell me whatever happened to that Tucker linebacker, kinda short, from several years ago that had his scholarship offer from South Carolina pulled. Can’t remember his name but am curious as to what happened.

tucker fan

December 3rd, 2010
4:40 pm

@ Shug:

His name is Jonathan Davis and he received a scholarship to play at UCF. He is playing the position of running back there.


December 3rd, 2010
4:57 pm

Tucker Fan, many thanks. I’ll keep tabs on the guy.


December 3rd, 2010
5:43 pm

Hey,Peach County!How about removing that row of cotton from the entrance to the high school!

ZMan's Aunt

December 3rd, 2010
6:30 pm

Can anyone tell me where I can get Wesleyan updates? Pretty hard to follow from 500 miles away, unfortunately, and I love following my nephew and his team. Any advice is much appreciated!

C-Hill Fan

December 3rd, 2010
10:32 pm

They lost to Savannah Christian.


December 3rd, 2010
11:00 pm

I love all the Tucker bandwagon fans who ran their mouths earlier this week about how “Tucker would win by 4 TD’s…EASY!” Well, who’s talking big now? Starr’s Mill vs. Chattahoochee to the finals! Panthers take it all next week! Go Starr’s Mill!