Class AAAAA second-round playoff preview

Marietta at Camden County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Chris Gilman Stadium, Kingsland

Records, rankings: Marietta is 6-5, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAAA and unranked; Camden County is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAAAA and ranked No. 1.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Marietta quarterback Anthony Jennings passed for four touchdowns, ran for two scores and had 361 yards of total offense in the Blue Devils’ 48-27 first-round victory over Centennial. Two of the TDs came on passes of 62 and 42 yards to Chavez Hemphill in the second quarter to help Marietta get the game under control. 2. Camden County’s J.J. Green had a 34-yard touchdown run and 102 yards rushing in the Wildcats’ 34-0 victory over North Cobb. Camden had 341 yards rushing and led the Warriors 426-135 in total offense. North Cobb is the only Georgia team this season to hold Camden to fewer than 55 points. 3. Camden County’s three-year streak of reaching at least the semifinals ended last season with a 28-26 loss to Hillgrove at home in the second round. Marietta has not advanced past the second round since 1994, when it was eliminated by Colquitt County 34-3 in the quarterfinals in Dexter Wood’s final game as the Blue Devils’ coach.

Winner plays: Colquitt County/North Gwinnett winner

Colquitt County at North Gwinnett

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium, Suwanee

Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and ranked No. 10; North Gwinnett is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 7-AAAAA and ranked No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Colquitt County’s 31-10 victory over East Coweta in the first round was the eighth time this season that the Packers have held an opponent to 14 or fewer points. Last season, Colquitt gave up at least 14 points in all 15 games and an average of 31.5 per game. 2. North Gwinnett quarterback Scott Hosch was 25-for-27 passing for 252 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 49-3 first-round victory over Archer, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. 3. North Gwinnett was the only Region 7-AAAAA team to survive the first round, as Peachtree Ridge, Norcross and Collins Hill were eliminated. Last year, the region went 4-0 in the first round and had two teams reach the quarterfinals.

Winner plays: Marietta/Camden County winner

Lowndes at Grayson

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

Records, rankings: Lowndes is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and unranked; Grayson is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAAAA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: Grayson won 17-7 in the 2008 Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

Three things to know: 1. The last time these teams met, Lowndes was 12-0, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAA and the defending state champion, but Grayson pulled off the upset to advance to the semifinals for the first time in school history. Grayson dominated in yardage and time of possession but didn’t put the game away until Ean Pemberton’s touchdown run with 1:13 remaining. 2. Grayson won second-round games each of the past four seasons, but this will be the first time it has had to face a team from outside of metro Atlanta this early in the playoffs. Lowndes is 3-1 in second-round games since failing to make the playoffs in 2006. 3. Lowndes’ 7-0 victory over Stephenson in the first round marked the first time that Stephenson had been shut out since losing 14-0 in the 2005 semifinals, also against Lowndes.

Winner plays: West Forsyth/Hillgrove winner

West Forsyth at Hillgrove

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cobb Energy Hillgrove Stadium, Powder Springs

Records, rankings: West Forsyth is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AAAAA and unranked; Hillgrove is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAAAA and ranked No. 4.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. West Forsyth and Hillgrove are the two youngest schools remaining in the AAAAA playoffs. West Forsyth is a fifth-year program that is in the playoffs for the second consecutive season and picked up its first postseason victory last week. Six-year-old Hillgrove is in the playoffs for the third time, advancing at least one round each time. 2. West Forsyth preserved its 13-7 victory over Etowah last week by tackling an Etowah receiver at the 7-yard line on the final play of the game. Hillgrove had an easier time in a 49-12 victory over Beach, outgaining the Bulldogs 432-152, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. 3. If Hillgrove wins, Cobb County will have at least three teams in the quarterfinals for the first time in history. Cobb has had two teams in the quarterfinals three times – 1990 with Marietta and Wheeler, 1991 with Marietta and McEachern and 2010 with Hillgrove and Kell.

Winner plays: Lowndes/Grayson winner

Lassiter at McEachern

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Walter H. Cantrell Stadium, Powder Springs

Records, rankings: Lassiter is 8-3, the No. 4 seed from Region 5-AAAAA and unranked; McEachern is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from 4-AAAAA and ranked No. 6.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. After trailing 10-0, Lassiter defeated Alpharetta 17-16 in overtime in the first round when Niles Clark, who has committed to N.C. State, blocked an extra point on the final play. Lassiter drove 99 yards for the tying touchdown in regulation. 2. The quarterbacks are two of the best in Class AAAAA. Lassiter’s Eddie Printz is 195-of-294 passing for 2,540 yards and 24 touchdowns. McEachern’s Trent Thompson is 161-of-285 passing for 2,214 yards and 25 touchdowns. 3. Lassiter is trying to reach the quarterfinals for the second time ever, first since 2009. McEachern is trying to reach the quarters for the seventh time, but first since 1999.

Winner plays: Brookwood/M.L. King winner

Brookwood at M.L. King

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

Records, rankings: Brookwood is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; M.L. King is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAAAA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. M.L. King QB Jonquel Dawson is questionable after suffering a leg injury in the 30-22 first-round victory over Coffee. Dawson passed for 2,539 yards and 32 touchdowns in the regular season. 2. This will be Brookwood’s first game against M.L. King, or in DeKalb County since losing to Southwest DeKalb 27-7 in the 1999 second round of the Class AAAA playoffs. Brookwood coach Mark Crews is a DeKalb County native and alumnus of Columbia High in Decatur. 3. Brookwood, the 2010 Class AAAAA champion, won a wild first-round game at Peachtree Ridge. Brookwood led 17-0, trailed 24-17 and won 30-27 in overtime. Peachtree Ridge’s DeAndre Atwater rushed for 301 yards in a loss. Brookwood’s B.J. Sammon scored the winning touchdown on an 8-yard run and also scored on two TD passes.

Winner plays: Lassiter/McEachern winner

Newnan at Dacula

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Barron Field, Dacula

Records, rankings: Newnan is 6-5, the No. 4 seed from Region 2-AAAAA and unranked; Dacula is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from 8-AAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. This is the only AAAAA playoff game matching two unranked teams. 2. Though Dacula was a higher seed and played at home, the 17-10 victory over Norcross in the first round was a surprise because Norcross had beaten the Falcons 31-10 in the regular season. And Dacula hadn’t won a playoff game since 2006. 3. Newnan was one of two fourth-seeded teams to win its first-round game in AAAAA. The other was Lassiter. Newnan beat Valdosta 17-7 as Quinton Dix rushed for 120 yards and Newnan’s defense intercepted four passes and made six sacks.

Winner plays: South Cobb/Walton winner

South Cobb at Walton

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Raider Valley, Marietta

Records, rankings: South Cobb is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 4-AAAAA and unranked; Walton is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 5-AAAAA and ranked No. 5.

Last meeting: Walton won 40-6 in the 2003 regular season.

Three things to know:1. RB Tyren Jones scored five touchdowns in the first half of Walton’s 48-14 victory over Milton. Jones has 1,742 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns on the season. 2. South Cobb won its first postseason game since 1959 last week by beating Windsor Forest 32-28 after trailing 28-13 in the second half. South Cobb RB Chris Beck rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. 3. Walton and South Cobb are Cobb County schools that have met 10 times in football, including 1976, Walton’s first year of existence. Walton has won seven straight games in the series and leads 8-2. South Cobb’s most recent victory came in 1980.

Winner plays: Newnan/Dacula winner

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267 comments Add your comment

DawgMan

November 14th, 2011
3:08 am

mce hillgrove are my favorite

DawgMan

November 14th, 2011
3:12 am

Your see those two in the dome

RamFAN

November 14th, 2011
8:15 am

Hillgrove has the toughest road to the dome. If they win they play winner of Grayson/Lowndes then will have to play either Camden, N. Gwinnett, or Colquitt. This side of the bracket is the toughest side. McEachern will have to get past Walton.

DawgMan

November 14th, 2011
8:40 am

Mce will shut Walton down

Sideline Dude

November 14th, 2011
9:48 am

Stephenson’s done in by a lowly fourth seed from Region 1. All those D1 players & they don’t get out of the first round again. Were they overrated yet again by the Hotlanta media?

Say It Aint So

November 14th, 2011
10:14 am

Stephenson doesn’t have the one thing that is crucial to winning in the playoffs, COACHING. Nice to have all the D-1 kids and get them in school but they will never win with the current staff.

Say It Aint So

November 14th, 2011
10:17 am

DawgMan I seriously doubt that any team will shut Walton down. You may slow them down but not shut them down. Mac lost to Hillgrove who has a pretty good running game. The Raiders have an excellent running game, pass the ball well enough to be balanced and play good defense.

battleaxe kid

November 14th, 2011
10:32 am

RamFAN

Wrong……. Ya’ll play AT HOME…………… Don’t believe ya’ll have the toughest road. Again still looks tough, I agree… but not the toughest…………….
Come on maaaaaan………..

battleaxe kid

November 14th, 2011
10:34 am

DawgMan

I do not see Walton getting by ya’ll.

about the Hillgrove, na… Mce.. maybe.

DawgMan

November 14th, 2011
10:41 am

@battleaxe kid I don’t really care about Hillgrove but a revenge match would be nice. I even see NG beating Camden. NG have very good offensive and defensive lines.

Jammerz

November 14th, 2011
10:47 am

@ RamFAN
I agree with you that the Left side of the Bracket is looking to be the tougher side, but the games still have to be played out. It is that time of year when the only thing that matters is how well you prepare for the game this week. Nobody would have given Hillgrove a chance last year against Camden. Camden met a better prepaired team for that night. Who knows, this years story may be about the likes of Marietta, or Newnan. You gotta love this time of year

JunkYardDAWG

November 14th, 2011
10:51 am

Still overlooking NG’s defense HA…Friday will surprise everyone.

West Fan

November 14th, 2011
10:54 am

@RamFAN -don’t you think West Forsyth has the toughest road to the DOME…we have to get past Hillgrove right? and then everyone else….Just Saying.

battleaxe kid

November 14th, 2011
11:06 am

West Fan

ETWOAH……………. come on man…..Just Saying.

Jammerz

November 14th, 2011
11:09 am

@ J Y D
At this point in the year, I doubt anyone is overlooking anyone else, one week at a time.

SHSFan

November 14th, 2011
11:20 am

@SayItAintSo
You’ve said aloud what the Stephenson faithful have been saying for years. Our kids, as talented as they are, only do what they’ve been told/coached to do. Its time for a change!!

battleaxe kid

November 14th, 2011
11:20 am

Jammerz

Got it. Still have to look up the bracket, and begin with the Lowndes/ Grayson game. But again as you wrote, one game at a time.

battleaxe kid

November 14th, 2011
11:31 am

SHSFan

http://ghsfha.org/coaches.php?gName=Gartrell%2C+Ron

Got to disagree, look at his record, and the drawsssssssss……. Again I understand, we played a mirror image, defensive battle, kinda like LSU/Alabama game. I think ya’ll..

MLK Fan

November 14th, 2011
11:31 am

ole richie

November 14th, 2011
11:41 am

NG Colquitt should be a great contest. Haven’t seen any of NG but from what i hear it will be two great defenses. Fighting it out for a shot at Camden the day after Turkey Day.

TIME FOR A CHANGE

November 14th, 2011
12:05 pm

HERE WE GO AGAIN. RON GARTRELL TOOK HIS TEAM TO THE GAME SATURDAY WITH NO ENTHUSIASM OF FIRE TO PLAY. THE RUMOR WAS THE TEAM WAS LOCKED AWAY AT A HOTEL TO HELP THE PLAYERS FOCUS. MY CONTINUOUS COMPLAINT IS, THE PLAYERS ARE FOCUS. UNFORTUNATELY FOR THEM. THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS INFERIOR STAFF WHICH HAS NO IDEA WHAT TO DO. RON, IF YOU HAD ANY DOUBY IN YOUR MIND, THAT YOU ARE A BAD COACH. YOU CONFIRMED WHAT I BEEN SAYING FOR YEARS., YOU ARE BY FAR THE WORST COACH I HAVE EVER WITNESS COACHING. YOUR APPROACH TO FOOTBALL IN HORRRIFFFIC. YOU COACHING ABILITIES SPEAKS FOR THEMSELVES. YOU AND YOUR STAFF NEED NOT ONLY BE FIRED, BUT BARRED FROM COACHING FOREVER..
RON DO US A FAVOR, JUST GO AWAY, AND DON’T COME BACK.

Loving One

November 14th, 2011
12:18 pm

LET’S GO MLK

Easy E

November 14th, 2011
12:19 pm

I’m pretty sure that North Gwinnett lost to Grayson in the first round last year…..

GwinnettDad

November 14th, 2011
12:28 pm

Here’s hoping that QB Dawson for MLK can play against Brookwood. I remember David Pittman, QB for Brookwood in 2005, who was injured in the semis, and patched up to play Lowndes at their concrete jungle in 2005 for the State crown. David played, but threw 3 or 4 interceptions in the wipeout 49-7 loss. After working so hard to get this far, I would hope anybody’s QB that got them this far can play, and play well without injury. Hope QB Dawson heals and plays.

ole ram

November 14th, 2011
12:30 pm

time for a change—- agree with but unfortunately the ole good ole buddy politco high school principals and athletic directors are part of the good ole system, fans are stuck until retirement age.

GwinnettDad

November 14th, 2011
12:31 pm

@Easy E – Grayson 23 North Gwinnett 19 last year was a second round game.

dirtybluegoldenram

November 14th, 2011
12:39 pm

Hillgrove is overrated……..Camden will get em this year

GwinnettDad

November 14th, 2011
12:41 pm

Should Camden win vs. Marietta, then they’ll be playing the winner of Colquitt vs. North Gwinnett. For sure, folks criticizing Camden for not playing anybody will no longer have that to complain about.

And quite frankly, with me being a Brookwood fan, seeing Camden, North Gwinnett, Colquitt, Grayson, Lowndes and Hillgrove on the OTHER side, the left side, of the bracket makes me grateful. And anybody with their team on the right side of the bracket that’s still playing should agree. I’d say the favorite for the AAAAA State Champion has to be from the left side, regardless if Camden, rated as the favorite by Todd, gets upset.

battleaxe kid

November 14th, 2011
12:52 pm

GwinnettDad

I would agree, but a lot of ftball left. was at that game…
To come this far, and NOT play, wow..
I hope they can get him back, just see, Mce., Brookwood being on the right side at the end. CANNOT countout the 2peat…… more experience. I’ll take experience over talent….. this year.

Spectator

November 14th, 2011
12:53 pm

dirtybluegoldenram – I think Hillgrove would be quite happy and accomplished to play Camden in round 4…..

battleaxe kid

November 14th, 2011
12:56 pm

Spectator

accomplished to play Camden in round 4….. Agree.
Won’t happen.

Spectator

November 14th, 2011
1:02 pm

It won’t be easy for Hillgrove by any stretch. They’ve done the unlikley before–out of nowhere. If they fall in round 3, they’ll send big brother Mac up the other side of the bracket.

battleaxe kid

November 14th, 2011
1:06 pm

North/South….. Lokk at the bottom of Ga. map…
Seminole Co. W
Bainbridge, Decat. Co. L
Cairo, Grady Co. W.
Thomas Co. TCC W.
Brooks Co. W.
Lowndes Co. W.
Ware. Co. W.
Camden Co. W.

Wow.. I know it’s just the first round, but here we go….

ole richie

November 14th, 2011
1:06 pm

With regards to Colquitt County, they have shown in the past three years that they are more than capable of beating a team better than them on the road (stephenson 09,10/ MLK and Grayson last year, and the Hutson Mason led Lassiter back in 09. But even with that said, i still think the road to the dome will be an insurmountable hill for the packers to climb. NG then Camden just the next two rounds. Thats really tough.

Former MLK Band Mom

November 14th, 2011
1:15 pm

@GwinnettDad …. thanks for the encouraging words regarding QB Dawson; we too are hoping the he is well enough to play as it would be ashame for him to miss out during this round.

battleaxe kid

November 14th, 2011
1:17 pm

North/South

Forgot about Clinch, sorry, Homerville..
Color them in, as well as the rest of the south.
Smells like Dominance…..

I can tell you this about the 4AAAA bracket, not many of our 5AAAAA could repersent…….deep.

Spectator

November 14th, 2011
1:25 pm

West Fan – Yes, West Forsyth will have to get pass Hillgrove. Both teams have identical average point spreads, but that says nothing comparably about the opponents played between the regions. Hillgrove has had some brittle moments and some close calls with teams that should have had a bigger spread. They can also be a blind-side boomerang.

grayram

November 14th, 2011
1:33 pm

What type injury does the MLK QB have? I hope he’s able to play also. It would stink to work all year to get to this point undefeated then have to miss it.

Grayson/North Gwinnett last year was a 2nd round game North Gwinnett scored with no time left on the clock to get that final score. For whatever reason North just couldn’t do anything the first 3 quarters.

RamFAN

November 14th, 2011
1:55 pm

@ West Fan — No disrespect but don’t see you getting past Hillgrove. If you did get past Hillgrove and Grayson can get by Lowndes then you are right.

@ battleaxekid — if both Grayson and Hillgrove win on Friday there will be a coinflip for home. Since both are #1 seeds from respective regions. I have heard a rumor that if we did both win the game would be at Grayson because Hillgrove stadium not big enough. I don’t know if that’s true or not. I just hope we get past a Lowndes then we will see what happens from there

bksmith14

November 14th, 2011
2:05 pm

RamFAN………………..from what i have seen………………lowndes wd have to play mistake free and a perfect game to beat grayson…………….Lowndes is capable but i just dont see it happening. I will be there cheering them on,,,,but i just dont see it happening…………going to be very tough…………..lowndes will have some better teams coming in years to come for sure…………….as i have said all along…………we are solid this year……….but we dont have the talent we had in 08 ………..yet this team is more physical and not as soft as that team was and coming into that game we had lost several o lineman and had backups in and it showed…………17-7 was score but game was really 10-7 …………..that last score didnt matter………..we knew it………….yall had already won……….heck there was only 1:13 to go when yall scored and we had 0 timeouts

ole ram

November 14th, 2011
2:05 pm

Grayson will need to bring the Aplus game from first to last whistle—-Lowndes is not the average low seed team like on paper—-maybe a 17 to14 game either way. Hope we have better assigned refs—some of last weeks game refs were very questionable on ability.

SHSFan

November 14th, 2011
2:07 pm

@ BattleaxeKid
I can see the record…but have you seen the play calling. I’m at EVERY GAME and talent has taken these boys were coaching dropped them off. Ask some of his current and former students about play calling. His coaching is like a student that freezes up when taking the CRCT. And he has never passed his Coaching AYP!!

bksmith14

November 14th, 2011
2:09 pm

From people that have seen grayson this year………………what has to be done to beat them? share opinions……………….

SHSFan

November 14th, 2011
2:11 pm

@TimeForAChange
I don’t think anyone is listening. We should shout this from the rooftops!!

bksmith14

November 14th, 2011
2:11 pm

ole ram ………………..as a lowndes fan………………..i just hope we dont have that bunch that was their in 2008………………..they made terrible calls against us all night and gave yall great spots each time…………….not making excuses…………..yall played a great game and shut us down……………but the refs were horrible……………they also let things get out of control

bksmith14

November 14th, 2011
2:13 pm

lowndes kicking game being shakey as it is may kill us in this game………..we can punt great and kickoff god but fgs ……………shakey to say the least

ole richie

November 14th, 2011
2:16 pm

@BK traveled to Grayson last year to watch the packers. They have a great stadium, fans, and atmosphere. Truly a great place to watch football

bksmith14

November 14th, 2011
2:29 pm

i went to grayson in 2008…………..it is a great place to watch game

GwinnettDad

November 14th, 2011
2:34 pm

Grayson likes to run the ball and eat clock. I wrote before that Brookwood only had the ball twice in the first half, and one was a three and out. (Grayson lost one of their most talented RBs to a knee injury before the Brookwood game, so they might be slightly easier to stop than they would have been.) Look for the big 6′5″ 270 lb. Nkemdiche on short yardage runs, which is why they DO keep the ball (gotta stand him up on those plays, if he falls forward, it’s 3 yards). After that, cover the corners. The QB loves to throw out to the flat and have their “better” player go 1-1 with the corner. Thus, make the QB beat you, and make him throw down field. After that, prepare for the quickest, most talented defensive line you’ve seen all year, so keep good blockers in the backfield and double Nkemdiche whenever possible when passing. Last, if you’re not going to throw some, you’re not going to win. If Lowndes runs one fellow most of the time as they did against Stephenson, Lowndes will look like Stephenson did last Saturday.

sideline observer

November 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

As a Brookwood fan and parent of one of the players, i hope the MLK QB can play this week. I am hoping for a victory but an earned victory. After all, it is still a game, and i would want to see both teams at full strength and healthy!
Also, i watched Lowndes earlier in the season and am intrigued by the matchup with Grayson. I think Grayson has the better Defense but Lowndes has a better Offense. Let’s see what happens!