Top 10 games of Week 11

Blessed Trinity at St. Pius

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, George B. Maloof Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Blessed Trinity is 7-1 overall, 4-0 in Region 6-AAA and No. 7; St. Pius is 6-2, 3-1 and No. 9.

Last meeting: St. Pius won 31-7 in 2005.

Three things to know:1. St. Pius RB Ryan Braswell has rushed for 959 yards on 164 carries and scored 15 touchdowns, at least one in each game. Blessed Trinity’s leading rusher is a freshman, Milton Shelton, who has 603 yards and six touchdowns on 100 carries. 2. The four leaders and likely playoff teams from Region 6 are playing each other this week. The other game is Woodward Academy (7-2, 4-1) at Cedar Grove (5-3, 3-1). Only Blessed Trinity, which plays Cedar Grove next week, controls its destiny. 3. This game matches two players who might be the best in the state at their position. That would be long snapper. Blessed Trinity’s Tucker Etheridge is rated the No. 9 long-snapper prospect in the country among seniors by Rubio Long Snapping. He has committed to Louisiana Tech. Casey Wilson of St. Pius is ranked the No. 2 long snapper nationally among juniors.

Camden County at Lowndes

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Martin Stadium, Valdosta

Records, rankings: Camden County is 8-0 overall, 4-0 in Region 1-AAAAAA and No. 1; Lowndes is 9-0, 5-0 and No. 4.

Last meeting: Camden County won 10-7 in the second round of the 2009 Class AAAAA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. The winner of this game will be the Region 1-AAAAAA champion. Lowndes and Camden have never played in the same region but have met four times in the playoffs over the past 10 seasons, with the winner going on to claim a state championship. Lowndes won semifinal games in 2004 and 2007, and Camden won second-round games in 2003 and 2009. Those games were played at Camden or the Georgia Dome. Camden is visiting Lowndes for the first time since 2002. 2. Camden County has three committed college prospects who are prominent statistically. They are QB Brice Ramsey (Georgia), who is 44-of-81 passing for 950 yards and 16 touchdowns; HB/CB J.J. Green (Georgia), who has 563 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns; and LB Jarrad Davis (Auburn), who has a team-leading 44 solo tackles and three forced fumbles. Ramsey has 43 touchbacks out of 50 kickoffs. 3. Two of Lowndes’ top players are questionable with injuries. Leading rusher Nick Burgman (761 yards) is battling a hamstring injury. Preseason all-state DB Tiquan Lang, who scored three touchdowns two weeks ago against Coffee in a 31-29 victory, did not play against Tift County last week because of a sprained ankle.

Carrollton at Sandy Creek

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

Records, rankings: Carrollton is 6-2 overall, 5-0 in Region 5-AAAA and No. 4; Sandy Creek is 8-0, 5-0 and No. 1.

Last meeting: Sandy Creek won 14-7 in the 2010 Class AAA championship game.

Three things to know: 1. Carrollton’s offense is led by junior RB Trey Chivers, who leads the team in rushing (655 yards and 10 touchdowns on 75 carries) and receiving (11 receptions for 307 yards and three TDs). The Trojans are predominantly a running team that averages 257 yards rushing and 76 passing. In a 48-0 victory against Alexander last week, 12 players had at least one carry (and no one had more than six) in a 195-yard rushing performance. 2. Sandy Creek has one of the state’s most balanced offenses, averaging 211.4 yards passing and 207.9 yards rushing per game. QB Cole Garvin is 88-of-137 passing for 1,586 yards and 14 touchdowns with three interceptions. Demarre Kitt leads in receiving with 37 catches for 592 yards and six TDs. Eric Swinney leads the running game with 801 yards and 12 TDs on 77 carries. 3. Carrollton and Sandy Creek are the remaining unbeaten teams in 5-AAAA play, and the winner of this game will clinch the region championship. Sandy Creek has won four consecutive region titles and Carrollton has won two straight.

Carver (Columbus) at Peach County

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Anderson Stadium, Fort Valley

Records, rankings: Carver is 7-1 overall, 4-0 in Region 2-AAA and No. 4; Peach County is 8-0, 4-0 and No. 1.

Last meeting: Peach County won 14-6 in 1991.

Three things to know: 1. The winner of this game is the Region 2-AAA champion. Carver has won five consecutive region titles. Peach County has won three straight and seven over the past nine seasons. The schools were in the same classification (AAA) as recently as 2010 but not the same region since 1991. 2. QB Greg Williams has been remarkably efficient for Peach County, completing 78 of 109 passes (72 percent) for 1,444 yards and 17 touchdowns. His main target is all-state Demarcus Robinson (29 catches, 562 yards, nine touchdowns). The leading rusher is RB Keyshawn Lowe with 757 yards and eight touchdowns. 3. WR Marqui Hawkins, who has committed to Florida, is Carver’s best-known player, but in a run-based offense he has only 11 catches for 211 yards. The team’s offensive leader is QB Torrance McGee, an efficient passer (50-for-80, 867 yards, 10 touchdowns, no interceptions) who can tuck and run (417 yards, 47 carries, five touchdowns). McGee is not related to Carver head coach Dell McGee.

Grady at Carver (Atlanta)

When, where: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Lakewood Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Grady is 7-1 overall, 4-0 in Region 6-AAAA Div. B and unranked; Carver is 8-0, 4-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: Grady won 28-27 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Grady QB Kivon Taylor threw three touchdown passes, including two during a decisive 24-0 run in the second quarter, to lead the Grey Knights to a 45-19 victory over South Atlanta last week. Grady also returned interceptions 10 and 57 yards for first-half scores and blocked a punt that led to a field goal. Grady leads the series with Carver 20-12 and has won 16 of the past 18 meetings going back to 1990. 2. Carver has a 1,000-yard passer in junior Jordan Holden (62-for-97, 1,096 yards and seven touchdowns), but the Panthers get most of their yardage from a running game that picks up 311 yards per game. Montavious Taylor has rushed for 1,106 yards and 11 touchdowns on 105 carries and had a season-high 301 yards and four TDs in a 65-14 victory over South Atlanta two weeks ago. Derrick Johnson has 689 yards in seven games. 3. The winner of this game will be the Region 6-AAAA Division B champion and clinch a berth in the state playoffs. The loser will finish in second place and face the A subregion’s third-place team (likely Columbia) next week for a spot in the postseason.

M.L. King at Tucker

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

Records, rankings: M.L. King is 8-0 overall, 7-0 in Region 6-AAAAA and No. 2; Tucker is 7-1, 6-1 and No. 5.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. M.L. King QB Monquavious Johnson is the second-leading passer in DeKalb County, trailing only Cedar Grove’s Johnathon McCrary. Johnson is 114-of-175 passing for 1,850 yards and 17 touchdowns. WR Demarquis Polite-Bray is among the county’s receiving leaders with 37 catches for 706 yards and 10 TDs. 2. Tucker is the leading rushing team in DeKalb, averaging more than 300 yards per game, and has four of the county’s top 20 rushers in Dallas Rivers, Dominick Sanders, Joseph Farrar and QB Juwaan Williams, who attempts less than seven passes per game. Rivers leads the team with about 90 yards per game and scored the game-clinching touchdown on a 2-yard run in the Tigers’ 28-13 victory over Miller Grove last week. 3. First-place M.L. King already has clinched a playoff berth and can wrap up its third consecutive region title (and fourth overall) with a victory in this game. Tucker can win its third consecutive region championship (15th overall) by beating M.L. King this week and Mays in the regular-season finale.

Marist at Chamblee

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, North DeKalb Stadium, Chamblee

Records, rankings: Marist is 7-1 overall, 4-0 in Region 6-AAAA Div. A and No. 2; Chamblee is 8-0, 4-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: Marist won 28-3 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. Marist QB Myles Willis is the team’s leading rusher with 657 yards and nine touchdowns on 120 carries. He has passed for 536 yards for a team that throws only seven times per game. Gray King does a little of everything. He is second in rushing (382 yards on 43 carries) and first in receiving (10 catches for 242 yards) and has returned seven punts for an average of 18 yards. 2. Chamblee entered last week’s game as the fourth-leading rushing team in DeKalb, averaging 204.7 yards per game, and Dezmin Reed was the county’s leading rusher with 620 yards and 12 TDs in seven games. But the Bulldogs used the passing attack in a 34-0 victory over Lithonia. QB Jordan Branch threw four touchdown passes (three to Desmond Noird), and Reed had a 10-yard TD run. 3. The winner of this game will be the Region 6-AAAA Division A champion and clinch a berth in the state playoffs. The loser will finish in second place and face the B subregion’s third-place team (Washington or Banneker) next week for a spot in the postseason.

Warner Robins at Northside (Warner Robins)

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, McConnell-Talbert Stadium, Warner Robins

Records, rankings: Warner Robins is 7-1 overall, 5-0 in Region 2-AAAAA and No. 7; Northside is 8-0, 5-0 and No. 1.

Last meeting: Northside won 32-24 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. The winner is the 2-AAAAA champion. It would be Northside’s fourth consecutive region title and 13th overall. It would be Warner Robins’ first region title since 2004 and 24th overall. Northside has won nine of the last 11 in a series that Warner Robins leads 33-21. 2. Both teams rank in the top five of scoring offense in Class AAAAA, with Northside at 44.9 points per game and Warner Robins at 38.8. But Northside’s defense has been more outstanding. The Eagles are allowing 5.3 points per game, the fewest in AAAAA and second to AAA Buford statewide. Westside of Macon is the only Northside opponent to gain more than 205 yards in a game. 3. Each team’s top yardage producer is a receiver/running back type. Northside’s Keshun Hill has rushed for 710 yards on 51 carries (13.9) and caught 11 passes for 175 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Warner Robins’ DeAnthony Mack has rushed for 520 yards on 49 carries (10.6 ypc) and caught 17 passes for 307 yards and scored six touchdowns. Both are dangerous returning kicks.

Wilcox County at Irwin County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Indian Field, Ocilla

Records, rankings: Wilcox County is 6-2 overall, 3-1 in Region 2-A and No. 7; Irwin County is 6-2, 4-0 and No. 8.

Last meeting: Wilcox County won 41-7 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. Wilcox County WR Johnathan Howard became the first player to surpass 1,000 yards receiving on the season last week with his 10-catch, 193-yard performance in a 40-24 victory over Swainsboro. Howard has 64 receptions for 1,007 yards and 11 touchdowns. QB Makail Grace has thrown for 2,160 yards and 22 touchdowns. 2. Irwin County trailed 14-0 last week before beating Turner County 27-26. Irwin trailed Wilkinson County 28-7 on Sept. 21 before winning 41-34. In both wins, RB/LB Ryan Peterson was a key figure. He rushed for 172 yards against Wilkinson and scored three touchdowns against Turner, including the game-winner on a 28-yard pass with 1:09 left. 3. The Region 2-A race will come down to the final week regardless of the outcome of this game. Irwin County, with a win, clinches no worse than second place but probably would need to beat Charlton County (5-3, 3-1) next week to claim the Indians’ first region title since 1998. Wilcox does not control its destiny. Even with a Wilcox victory Friday, Charlton can win the title by beating Telfair County (5-3, 2-2) this week and Irwin next week.

Wilkinson County at Lincoln County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Buddy Bufford Field, Lincolnton

Records, rankings: Wilkinson County is 6-2 overall, 5-0 in Region 7-A and No. 9; Lincoln County is 7-1, 5-0 and No. 5.

Last meeting: Lincoln County won 35-0 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. Wilkinson County had 562 yards of total offense and rallied from an early 14-0 deficit in a 42-21 victory over First Presbyterian last week. David Whipple passed for 343 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards, a touchdown and two two-point conversions. Antonio Whipple had eight receptions for 155 yards and two TDs. 2. Lincoln County’s Mike McIntire rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries in the Red Devils’ 49-0 victory over Twiggs County last week. McIntire has run for 941 yards on 108 carries (8.7 yards per carry) and scored 15 rushing touchdowns this season. Lincoln County has scored 24 TDs rushing while allowing just five. 3. Wilkinson County and Lincoln County are the only undefeated teams in 7-A play, and the winner of this game will clinch the region title and a spot in the public schools playoffs. Both teams are in good shape for a postseason berth, however, as Lincoln County is No. 1 and Wilkinson is No. 6 in this week’s public school power rankings.

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74 comments Add your comment

sportsnut

November 1st, 2012
7:15 am

Let the seeding begin !

how 'bout

November 1st, 2012
8:14 am

@AJC …said it before, I’ll say it again …with only two weeks to go …how ’bout a little (no a lot more) insight on the playoff possibilities in each region and around the state …who could end up not winning their region …but still end up with a favorable road to the dome…

CoffeeC100

November 1st, 2012
8:35 am

Coffee @ Colquitt should be on this list. Consider these little tidbits of trivia hyping the Coffee/Colquitt game and its’ importance.

Colquitts three losses:

Lowndes – #3 AAAAAA
N. Gwinnett – #4 AAAAAA
Valdosta – #11 AAAAAA

Colquitt has handed these teams their only loss to date:

Lovejoy – AAAAAA
Thomas County Central – AAAAA
Carver – AAA

Coffees three losses:

Camden – #1 AAAAAA
Lowndes – #3 AAAAAA
Burke County – #2 AAAA

Coffee has handed these teams their only loss to date:

Ware County – AAAAA
Whitewater – AAAAA

If Colquitt loses the game they will have to take down Camden next week to make the playoffs. If Coffee loses they will be in a must win against Valdosta to make the playoffs.

Coffee, Colquitt and Valdosta… If things fall right all three could wind up 3-3 in region 1 behind Camden and Lowndes. Regardless, one of these pretty good 1-AAAAAA teams is not going to make the playoffs. When you compare whichever team gets left out to the #3 and #4 seeds from most of the other regions, (And even the #2 seed from a few regions), it is going to be an injustice of some magnitude.

GO COFFEE!!

Dekalb Fan

November 1st, 2012
8:37 am

Grady or Carver will end up playing that young Stone Mountain team

New Here?

November 1st, 2012
8:59 am

@how ’bout — AJC has been publishing each week playoff projections.

Heisenberg

November 1st, 2012
9:34 am

CoffeeC100, as things look right now the 3 seed out of Coffee, Colquitt and Valdosta will play at Marietta and the 4 seed would travel to McEachern.

Speaking of region 4 in 6A, S Cobb, N Cobb, & Hillgrove are in the same predicament as Coffee, Colquitt and Valdosta. How would a three way tie be broken in to 3rd, 4th, & 5th?

6A-AAAA surprise

November 1st, 2012
9:40 am

Chamblee 28 Marist 7!!!!! This year!!!

Gamer

November 1st, 2012
9:43 am

That Demon “motto” team that calls themselves Christians,—–is going down tonight!. Their spies were standing outside NS’s fence Tue /Wed with cameras. It won’t do any good!.

Heisenberg

November 1st, 2012
9:45 am

My curiosity got the best of me so I had to look it up on the GHSA web site. Tie breaker rules from the GHSA constitution as follows:

Four (4) representatives from each region will enter the post-season playoffs.

Each region will determine the way to designate the four representatives and their placement in the region (i.e., first place, second place, third place and fourth place). Class A teams will qualify for the state playoffs through a power rating system.
In case there is a tie between two teams and the region does not have a different written tie-breaker plan, the following tie-breaking procedures will be used:
If the teams played during the regular season, the winner of the game will have the higher placement.
If the tie remains and both teams have qualified for a playoff spot, the region will determine the placement of the teams that are tied.
If the tie remains and there is a playoff spot for only one team, the two teams that are tied will meet in a GHSA Tie-Breaker Game.
The schools shall meet at a site selected by the GHSA Executive Director for a playoff on the Monday night after the end of the regular season.
The two teams will play a GHSA Tie-breaker Mini-game, and the winning team will have the higher placement.
In case there is a tie between three or more teams and there are spots for all the teams in the playoffs, the region shall decide the seeding of the tied teams.
In case there is a tie between three or more teams and there are not spots in the playoff for all three teams, the following tie-breaking procedures will be used. NOTE: At any point in this process where a tie can be broken so that only two teams remain tied, consideration of head-to-head competition will be invoked. If the tie is completely broken for all teams involved at any step in the process, the tie-breaker process is completed. EXAMPLE: Teams A, B and C are tied for the 3rd and 4th playoff positions. No team has beaten the other two in head-to-head competition. When going to winning percentage against all teams in the classification, Team A is 75 %, Team B is 67% and Team C is 60%. The tie, therefore, has been broken and there is no need to go back to any head-to-head consideration. If Teams B and C had been tied with winning percentages of 67%, then head-to-head consideration would have been used to break that tie..
If the teams that are tied have played during the regular season game and one team has defeated the others, the undefeated team has the highest placement.
If one team has not beaten all other tied teams, the school with the highest percentage of wins against the tied teams will have the highest placement. If the percentages leave two or more teams still tied, then revert to head-to-head records.
If the tie remains, the two teams that are tied will meet in a GHSA Tie-breaker Mini-game.

Heisenberg

November 1st, 2012
9:48 am

GHSA TIE-BREAKER MINI-GAME PROCEDURE (NOTE: The option to play a Mini-Game to break a tie is available only to regions that have adopted the GHSA plan for breaking ties without any modifications)

The schools shall meet at a site selected by the GHSA Executive Director for a playoff on the Monday night after the end of the regular season.
The games will consist of two five-minute halves. The play begins for the first half with a free kick, and standard game rules and scoring are used.
There will be a two-minute intermission between the two halves. Play begins for the second half with a free kick.
Each team will be given two (2) timeouts in the first five (5) minutes and one timeout in the second five (5) mintes. Unused timeouts in the first five minutes may be carried over to the second five minutes.
If the score is tied at the end of two overtime periods, the teams will go to the GHSA 15-yard overtime procedure.
A coin toss will determine the order of play.
When three teams are tied for one open spot, the team winning the toss gets a bye – and then plays the winning team of the first Tie-Breaker game.

Example: Team “C” gets a bye

Team “A” plays Team “B”

Team “C” plays the winner of game 1

Winner of game 2 qualifies for the playoffs
When three teams are tied for two open spots, the following format will be used.

Example: Team “C” get a bye

Team “A” plays Team “B” and the winner qualifies

Team “C” plays the loser of game 1 and the winner qualifies

If Team “C” wins game 2, the regular season winner between Team “C” and

the winner of game 1 will have the higher placement
When four teams are tied for one open spot, the pairings will be determined by draw and the following format will be used.

Example: Team “A” plays Team “B” in game 1

Team “C” plays Team “D” in game 2

Winner of game 1 plays winner of game 2

Winner of game 3 qualifies
When four teams are tied for two open spots, the pairings will be determined by draws and the following format will be used.

Example: Team “A” plays Team “B” in game 1 and the winner qualifies

Team “C” plays Team “D” in game 2 and the winner qualifies

The winner of the regular season game between the two winning teams will

have the higher placement
When teams play a mini-game tiebreaker on a Monday, their first round playoff game will be scheduled for the following Saturday unless both schools agree to play on Friday.

6A-AAAA surprise

November 1st, 2012
9:55 am

@Dekalb Fan – how does Stone Mountain play anybody? Aren’t they 2-6, 1-3 in their region?

rwdekalb

November 1st, 2012
10:15 am

Has Chamblee played any good team yet. I will be surprised if they are within 2 touchdowns of Marist. The quarterback for Marist very difficult to contain for 4 quarters. Chamblee will need to jump out early on Marist and play there best defense of the year to win this one.

how 'bout

November 1st, 2012
10:19 am

@New Here? …I’ve seen them …not the same …those are guesses

…take for example 1-AAAAAA with 3 teams vying for 2 playoffs spots …or that Colquitt despite being 5- 3/2-2 going into this Friday can actually finish 2nd in their region …with a little help from Lowndes and beating Camden in their final game…

…or that in 8-AAAAAA that defending champ Grayson needs to win out while Parkview would have to lose at least once more…

…this is that time of the season where the ifs are still possible (if improbable) for so many teams across the state …after this weekend except for the play in games I’m figuring AJC’s projections will almost mirror the final seating going into a playoffs…

Titletown USA

November 1st, 2012
10:19 am

yeah, what Heisenberg said.

6A-AAAA surprise

November 1st, 2012
10:31 am

@rwdekalb – I agree with you, but who has Marist beat? They played a similar schedule to Chamblee. I can guarantee you, Marist hasn’t played a defense like Chamblee’s all season. Chamblee can and will run the ball on Marist. Chamblee will play their best game of the year and they will win this one. The Marist kids will not know how to act when big 215 hits them straight in the mouth. If Chamblee’s kicker can get healthy – as I think he will – Marist will start each drive after a Chamblee score at the 20 — Not the 40 like they are used to. Should be a great game!!

WarEagle

November 1st, 2012
11:03 am

@6A-AAAA — Who has Marist beat? Clarke Central, a good 5A team, and Lovett, a top-10 2A team — both on the road — plus the folks in our region. Lost by 4 to a top-10 5A team (TCC). Chamblee’s only decent win was an overtime victory over GAC, an good, but unranked, 3A team. That said, Chamblee has had a good year and is much improved over last year. Should be a good game. As for your running back, he is a big, hard runner, but don’t think for a minute that our D-line won’t “know how to act”; we go 6′5″ 250, 6′1″ 290, 6′6″ 285, and 6′2″ 220 across our D-line — 2 seniors with D-1 offers, 1 junior with D-1 offers, and a sophomore — so your O-line is in for the toughest night they have had all season. Should be a fun challenge for both squads.

Heisenberg

November 1st, 2012
11:30 am

Marist will start each drive after a Chamblee score at the 20 — Not the 40 like they are used to

I kinda understand this rule about the automatic touchback and player safety. But the kickers are getting so good I wonder if it is time to maybe move the kickoff back 5 yards. So few kickoffs are returned. If they are that concerned about guys not getting hurt just scrap the kickoff altogether and spot the ball the the 25 for the offense after a score.

Similar Schedules?

November 1st, 2012
11:31 am

@6A-AAAA: Marist played one of the toughest non-region schedules in the state. Chamblee played GAC, and two very sorry teams — Dunwoody and Druid Hills. I understand why Chamblee chose that non-region schedule, coming off of a poor season and wanting to gain some confidence. But those are very different schedules, and the result is that Chamblee may not be ready for a really hard game. We’ll see, but this won’t be like playing Redan.

GwinnettDad

November 1st, 2012
11:35 am

Thought South Gwinnett at Brookwood might make the list. I was mistaken.

Just to let you folks know, a Wounded Warrior, Justin Lansford, Brookwood Class of 2007, is attending the Homecoming game at Brookwood. Justin lost a leg in Afghanistan as much as a year ago, and has been in hospitals in Germany and around Washington, D.C. since. He is being picked up when he lands at the Dekalb Peachtree Airport and being escorted and honored by the Gwinnett County Police that will have a seven car procession for him. Between 5 and 6 pm, that procession will be entering Dogwood from GA 124 headed towards Brookwood High School. The heads up is to give anybody in the vicinity a chance to wave a flag, and welcome him home.

There are, after all, more important things than winning a high school football game. I’d like both sides to root for a REAL winner, Justin Lansford, who will be presented the Key to the City by the major of Snellville at halftime. Justin wishes to raise funds for The Wounded Warriors. The Freedom Riders will be helping in the welcome as well.

Heisenberg

November 1st, 2012
11:42 am

…or that in 8-AAAAAA that defending champ Grayson needs to win out while Parkview would have to lose at least once more…

Lassiter will get the #4 seed from region 8 at home in round 1. No matter who it is from South Gwinnett, Brookwood, Parkview, or Grayson, it will probably be the toughest game they would encounter on the way to the Georgia Dome. The only one of those that has common opponents with Lassiter is Brookwood. Walton beat Brookwood and Lassiter beat Walton. The loser of this weeks game between South Gwinnett & Brookwood is the most likely to be that #4 seed.

WarEagle

November 1st, 2012
11:42 am

@GwinnettDad: We’ll be sure to salute the flag in Justin Lansford’s honor on Friday night in DeKalb County as we sing our national anthem –he and his fellow members of the armed forces are the real warriors and the real heros.

57Cat

November 1st, 2012
11:45 am

Classy, GwinnettDad; real class! Thanks for the post.

6A-AAAA surprise

November 1st, 2012
11:45 am

@WarEagle – you think your big D-line is a secret? Wally Wallace – 6′1″? not even 6′. You calling UK a D1 football school? :) that’s kinda stretching it. Wallace isn’t in the same paragraph as David Johnson (S. Carolina commit) from Lithonia, and Chamblee’s O-line frustrated the heck out of him last week. Chamblee will run the ball. Chamblee will pass the ball. Davin Bellamy will play – big help for CCHS.

Chamblee O-line is solid. D1 offers and a sophomore here too…. All finally healthy for this game!

Lovett’s a .500 team – got shut out by a good Pius team. , barely beat Wesleyan, ranked 10th in 2A. Clarke Central a 3-5 team – good 5A?, GAC (2A not 3A)- ranked 5th by AJC,FIVE SPOTS ahead of Lovett….. http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-high-school-sports/2012/10/31/composite-state-rankings-through-week-10/?cxntfid=blogs_georgia_high_school_sports

I know Marist will play with class and pride as they always do. This will be one for these kids to remember for a long time! Good Luck to all of you War Eagles! Ain’t this fun!?!?!!!

6A-AAAA surprise

November 1st, 2012
12:02 pm

@Similar Schedules? Marist played and lost to the only great school in this “toughest” non-region schedule. Lovett? tough? 2A and .500 Lovett? Come on man! Clarke Central 3-5 in 5A? CC hasn’t won a game in a month. GAC is much better than Lovett.

Sure, Marist has played a lot tougher schedule than Chamblee – but nothing that has “prepared” them for this really hard game. We’ll see, but this won’t be like playing Lovett or Clarke Central.

Can’t wait!!

WarEagle

November 1st, 2012
12:26 pm

Lithonia! LITHONIA!! LOL. We don’t have just 1 player to frustrate! It will be fun. Glad Bellamy is playing — we want your best, even though he is playing with an injured wing. I just hope we can give Chamblee a bigger challenge than Lithonia.

rwdekalb

November 1st, 2012
12:28 pm

If Chamblee beats Marist we will all know they are truly for real but they must contain the Marist quarterback and I dont think they can for 4 quarters. Hopefully it will be a close game.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 1st, 2012
1:07 pm

ALLATOONA ( 8 / 0 ) at NORTH PAULDING ( 6 / 2 ) is going to determine a lot as far as seeding for 5 AAAAA…with a win NORTH PAULDING would go to 7 / 2 then win their final game against VILLA RICA 4 / 4 and suddenly NORTH is sitting at 8 / 2…If (and it’s a big if) ROME was to lose one of it’s final 2 games NORTH cold move to the # 3 spot in the Region. Not to mention the fact that they would have the bragging right’s of saying they beat UNDEFEATED ALLATOONA!!!, instead of leaving that for EAST to do next week!!!

It’s going to be a good game to see…I don’t see NORTH stopping ALLATOONA much so it should come down to can ALLATOONA stop NORTH!! It could be another one of those 57 / 56 games like they had a few weeks ago with ROME!!!

EAST has LITHIA SPRINGS this week to tune up for the BIG Nov 9th game with ALLATOONA in “THE BONEYARD”!!! The Battle for the Region 5 AAAAA Title will be on the line Nov.9th!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

6A-AAAA surprise

November 1st, 2012
2:39 pm

Hey WarEagle – All I can promise you is Chamblee will give you a better game than Lithonia!! Really, best of luck to all you War Eagles. For our kids, this is a great opportunity to play against the best. The Marist School has proven time and time again they are the team to beat. It’s gonna be fun, no matter who comes out on top!! See y’all at North Dekalb! In case you don’t know – parking sucks due to the school construction. Better get there early or you may be parking near Marist!!

GwinnettDad

November 1st, 2012
3:41 pm

@Heisenberg – I hadn’t seen the playoff brackets. Since I’m believing SG will defeat Brookwood tomorrow, it will be the Broncos that most likely travel to Lassiter. And while Lassiter would be a heavy favorite, one never knows. McEachern, with an undefeated team and a #1 seed, learned that in 2009 when a 5-5 Brookwood team beat them in the first round. That’s why they have to play the games, one never knows.

Heisenberg

November 1st, 2012
3:54 pm

GwinnittDad, there are links to the brackets and standings on this page…

http://www.ghsa.net/football

And Lassiter very well knows what a #4 seed can do. They advanced to the final 4 last year as a #4 seed.

The AJC prognosticator has Brookwood over SG. Other than Walton beat Brookwood and Lassiter beat Walton, I know very little about these teams and would not venture a guess.

GwinnettDad

November 1st, 2012
5:49 pm

@Heisenberg – I’m basing my prediction on the fact that the Broncos have the weakest defense I’ve seen since I started watching them. I’m obviously a Broncos fan, but I’m also a realist. I’m wishing them luck. SG can score too, though Grayson brought them down to earth with a big thud.

Broncos lost to Lassiter 14-6 in the dome last year first game of the season. I think both starting QB’s had the jitters that day.

GwinnettDad

November 1st, 2012
6:28 pm

McEachern vs #4 seed from Region 1-AAAAAA Coffee, Colquitt, Valdosta? Might that be the best game of the first round? #3 seed from 1-AAAAAA in my opinion has the easier draw, probably Marietta, then Langston-Hughes(?). The #1 1-AAAAAA seed will play a North or South Cobb team, it appears, and of course, the North Cobb team was rated as high as #5 until they lost.

GoBulldogs

November 1st, 2012
7:04 pm

Chamblee – Marist, who’s had the tougher schedule? Hard to say: TCC is a tough road trip no question, GAC has been ranked all year. But bottom line is both CCHS & Marist have 4 common opponents: Redan, Lithonia, Columbia, & Stn Mtn. Marist beat StnMtn & Redan worse; while Chamblee beat Columbia & Lithonia worse. Looks pretty close to me. Marist is obviously the favorite, and by all rights should be – they have a TON more resources and are always in the hunt. But it will be a tough game for both. Here’s to a clean, hard-nosed game, and hopefully my Bulldogs can come out on top for a change! Go Bulldogs!!

And GwinnettDad – thanks for sharing about Justin. Prayers to him and his family. Men like him make this country great!

AVikingFan

November 1st, 2012
7:33 pm

Gwinnett Dad I think region 1-AAAAAA’s 2nd place team will face either North or South Cobb in ther 1st playoff game.

@how’bout I don’t know how other regions settle three way ties, but region 1-AAAAAA settles three way ties for region seedings as follows.

The three tied teams will add all the points each surrendered to ALL region playoff teams. The team having given up the most points will be eliminated, leaving a two way tie that would be settled by head to head competition. Example, if Colquitt,Coffee, and Valdosta ended up tied for 3rd, the points each surrendered to each other and to Lowndes AND Camden would be added. The team giving up the most would be eliminated. The resulting two way tie would be settled by head to head to determine who would be 3rd and who would be 4th.

The worst Lowndes can finish is 2nd.

how 'bout

November 1st, 2012
8:41 pm

@AVikingFan
…thanks for the info, but 1-AAAAAA is the one I know …been following Camden since I was stationed their in the 90’s

…contenders Lowndes, Camden, Coffee, Colquitt & Valdosta

…Lowndes …57pts 1 left (Camden)
…Camden …18pts 2 left (Camden, Colquitt)
…Colquitt …55pts 2 left (Coffee, Camden)
…Coffee …70pts 2 left (Colquitt, Valdosta)
…Valdosta …96pts 1 left (Brunswick, Camden)

AVikingFan

November 1st, 2012
8:53 pm

10/4 how’bout — You coming over to Lowndes tomorrow?

AVikingFan

November 1st, 2012
8:54 pm

Anybody know the Grayson score?

Honesty

November 1st, 2012
9:11 pm

@GoBulldogs — it’s not hard to tell. Marist beat Clarke Central and Lovett; Chamblee beat Dunwoody and Druid Hills. No comparison. For common opponents, hard to compare scores and draw real conclusions; I know Marist’s starters sat much of the second half of those games and that might also be true for Chamblee. But none of this matters really.

whocares

November 1st, 2012
9:11 pm

@ how ’bout.
Just a small typo when it comes to Region 16A.

Camden has Lowndes, Colquitt
Valdosta has Brunswick, Coffee

I see Coffee and Valdosta going on to the playoffs

GoBulldogs

November 1st, 2012
10:22 pm

@Honesty – Clarke Central & Lovett? You are joking, right?
Please. It’s MUCH more relevant to compare all of the region opponents that both teams played. Like I said, Marist is rightly favored. Provided both teams show up ready, it should be a good one.

how 'bout

November 1st, 2012
10:24 pm

@AVikingFan …won’t be able to make it, I’ll be watching …but if they meet back at the dome I’ll be there…

how 'bout

November 1st, 2012
10:26 pm

…Grayson 48 Archer 0 Final

Honesty

November 1st, 2012
11:13 pm

The jokes were Dunwoody and Druid Hills — please, those teams couldn’t beat a good pee wee team this year! Oh, but nice wins over them.

Grady Knights #1 Fan

November 2nd, 2012
1:03 am

Let’s Go Grady!!

WarEagle

November 2nd, 2012
6:57 am

GHSF Daily reporting that Minor will play for Tucker tonight vs MLK.

GoBulldogs

November 2nd, 2012
12:22 pm

Why do all of you Marist folks think Clarke Central and Lovett is such a gauntlet? Nice wins. I’m very proud of you. But you take ALL FOUR: Clarke Cent, Lovett, Dunwoody and DHHS, and there’s not a powerhouse in the bunch (this year). VERY comparable schedule. See y’all tonight.

Coffee Trojan#44

November 2nd, 2012
1:29 pm

Does anyone know if the Lowndes Camden game is sold out yet, I need 5 tickets for that game.

bksmith14

November 2nd, 2012
1:36 pm

The ajc…valdosta daily times is reporting that lang and burgman for lowndes are day to day and gametime decisoions. I am reporting that neither will play. take your pick. THEY will not play

Heisenberg

November 2nd, 2012
1:45 pm

So what if Lang and Burgman do not play in a regular season game. Worse case is Lowndes loses and settles for a #2 seed. Let those guys get healthy and tell Camden see you in the dome when it really matters. Jeesh get over it already.

topper

November 2nd, 2012
1:53 pm

Heisenberg – Camden and Lowndes in the dome would be awesome!