Second-round playoff preview: Class AAAAA

Thomas County Central at Northside

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

Records, rankings: Thomas County Central is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and unranked; Northside of Warner Robins is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAAAA and ranked No. 1.

Last meeting: Northside won 47-7 in the 2011 regular season.

Three things to know:1. Northside QB Glenn Smith rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown and threw two TD passes in the 41-13 victory over Effingham County last week. The score was 34-0 at halftime. The win improved Northside’s record to 34-2 under third-year coach Kevin Kinsler. 2. Thomas Central has won its first-round games the past two seasons in double overtime. In 2011, Central beat undefeated and third-ranked Statesboro 31-28. Last week, it was a 27-24 victory over Creekside. QB Adam Choice rushed for 168 yards and scored the winning touchdown, and Central survived three lost fumbles, one that Creekview returned 88 yards for a tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. 3. Northside has never lost to Thomas Central. Though they are about 150 miles apart, they were members of Region 1-AAAAA the past two seasons, and Northside won their games 47-7 and 34-14. They met in the 2005 second round, and Northside won 14-7.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Northside by 16

Winner plays: North Paulding/Tucker winner

North Paulding at Tucker

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Adams Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: North Paulding is 8-3, the No. 4 seed from Region 5-AAAAA and unranked; Tucker is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from 6-AAAAA and ranked No. 5.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. North Paulding was one of four No. 4 seeds to win last week. They were 4-36. North Paulding beat Flowery Branch 63-43. QB Chase Noonan was 20-of-27 passing for 293 yards and five TD passes as North took a 42-7 halftime lead and won its first playoff game. The 106 points are tied for ninth-most ever by both teams in a GHSA playoff game. 2. Tucker beat Creekview 42-25 in the first round after taking a 35-3 lead in the third quarter. Tucker is a No. 3 seed but gets an unexpected home game this week because of North Paulding’s upset of No. 1 seed Flowery Branch. The game will be at Adams Stadium, where Tucker has won 10 consecutive playoff games and is 17-2 in the playoffs since 2000. 3. Both teams have first-year coaches. Tucker’s Bryan Lamar took over for Franklin Stephens, who won state titles at Tucker in 2008 and 2011 before moving to Lamar County. North Paulding’s Scott Jones took over for Heath Webb, who started the program in 2008. Jones started Kennesaw Mountain’s program in 2000 and never won a playoff game in his 10 seasons, but he got one in his first shot at North.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Tucker by 6

Winner plays: Thomas County Central/Northside winner

Union Grove at Ware County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Waycross

Records, rankings: Union Grove is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 4-AAAAA and unranked; Ware County is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAAAA and ranked No. 6.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Union Grove RB Derrick Craine rushed for 211 yards and his team’s three touchdowns on 37 carries in a 21-14 victory over Bainbridge last week. Craine unofficially has 2,001 rushing yards on the season. He has gone over 200 yards in four of the past five games. Union Grove, a McDonough school that opened in 2000, is 10-1 for the first time. 2. Ware County’s 27-7 victory over Lakeside of Evans extended some winning steaks. Ware has won 10 consecutive games overall since a 21-14 loss to Coffee and won six straight first-round playoff games. No other AAAAA school has a longer streak of making the sweet 16. 3. Ware County is 11-3 at home in the playoffs over the past 10 seasons. Ware has won four straight in the playoffs at home, the most recent loss to Northside of Warner Robins in the 2007 Class AAAAA championship game.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Ware County by 13

Winner plays: Stephenson/East Paulding winner

Stephenson at East Paulding

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Raider Stadium/The Boneyard, Dallas

Records, rankings: Stephenson is 8-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AAAAA and ranked No. 9; East Paulding is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 5-AAAAA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Stephenson beat Pope 31-11 in the first round in a game that was 17-11 in the fourth quarter before Stephenson cashed a fumbled kickoff and intercepted pass into two quick touchdowns. RB Evan Jones rushed for 114 yards and scored two touchdowns. 2. East Paulding beat Clarke Central 31-23 last week and allowed a touchdown with 48 seconds left to make it close. East has two outstanding running backs. RB Kamani Thomas has rushed for 1,549 yards on the season, but Kyler Neal ran for 156 yards against Clarke, his sixth game over 100. 3. Stephenson has never won a road game in the playoffs. All 14 of Stephenson’s playoff victories have come at DeKalb County’s Hallford Stadium. East Paulding is 6-1 in the playoffs at its home field, the Boneyard. The only loss came last season against Warner Robins in the quarterfinals.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: East Paulding by 17

Winner plays: Union Grove/Ware County winner

Warner Robins at Harris County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tiger Stadium, Hamilton

Records, rankings: Warner Robins is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AAAAA and ranked No. 7; Harris County is 7-4, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Harris County won its first playoff game in history last week in the 31-14 victory over Northgate. That came a week after Harris upset Thomas County Central and won its first region title. Esias Chapman rushed for 217 yards and four touchdowns. 2. Warner Robins beat Richmond Hill 17-15 last week on Matt Monday’s 32-yard field goal with 25 seconds left. RB Danny Hite rushed for 165 yards, and the Demons overcame two Richmond Hill backs who went over 100 yards rushing in Dominique Allen (185) and Davis Katzman (111). 3. The playoff histories of these schools couldn’t be more opposite. Harris County is 1-6 in the playoffs and putting on its third home playoff game in history this week. Warner Robins is 53-30 with four state championships, the most recent in 2004.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Warner Robins by 10

Winner plays: Gainesville/Kell winner

Gainesville at Kell

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, C.J. Kell Stadium, Marietta

Records, rankings: Gainesville is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; Kell is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 7-AAAAA and ranked No. 4.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Gainesville broke its first two-game losing streak in five years with a 41-14 victory over Rome last week. QB Deshaun Watson, who is committed to Clemson, was 25-of-30 passing for 225 yards and four touchdowns. Watson has more than 2,600 yards passing on the season. 2. Matthew McGuigan threw a 32-yard TD pass to Julian Burris with 33 seconds left to give Kell a 19-14 victory over Southwest DeKalb in the first round. Burris was playing his first game since knee surgery. Kell trailed 14-12 when it started the winning drive from its 22-yard line with 3:05 left. 3. Gainesville has lost 12 of its last 13 road games in the playoffs dating to 1987. Gainesville is 17-4 at home during that time, all in the past 11 seasons under coach Brent Miller. Gainesville’s last road playoff win came against Cedar Grove in 2004 at Panthersville Stadium, a shared field among DeKalb County schools. Gainesville’s last playoff win on an opponent’s campus stadium came in 1986 against Stephens County.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Kell by 4

Winner plays: Warner Robins/Harris County winner

Glynn Academy at Whitewater

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Wildcat Stadium, Fayetteville

Records, rankings: Glynn Academy is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 3-AAAAA and unranked; Whitewater is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Glynn Academy got its second playoff victory in 25 years last week, beating Jones County 26-14. The other win came in 2010 against Lovejoy. RB Jonathan Alford rushed for 164 yards and scored all three of Glynn’s touchdowns. Jones County RB Undre Williams did not play because of a knee injury and finished the season with 1,863 yards rushing. 2. Whitewater got its first 10-win season in history (opened in 2004) in the 49-7 victory over Lee County. Whitewater scored its seven touchdowns in the first half. RB Kendall Conley had three of them. 3. Glynn Academy is trying to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 1972. Whitewater has never made the quarterfinals, falling a game short in 2007 and 2010.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Whitewater by 7

Winner plays: Allatoona/M.L. King winner

Allatoona at M.L. King

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

Records, rankings: Allatoona is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAAA and ranked No. 10; M.L. King is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 6-AAAAA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. M.L. King QB Roland Rivers, subbing for the injured Monquavious Johnson, passed for 338 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-14 victory over Sequoyah last week. Rivers also scored a touchdown. WR Demarquis Polite-Bray had six catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns. 2. Allatoona won 24-21 in the first round after Heritage of Conyers missed a 42-yard field goal in the final minute. Allatoona trailed 14-0 in the first quarter after giving up an interception-return TD, but QB Jeremy Uzee came back to throw a TD pass and score a touchdown. 3. Allatoona made the quarterfinals in AAA last season. M.L. King made the quarterfinals in AAAAA (the highest classification). Each wound up in what is now the second-highest classification, AAAAA, after reclassification. Allatoona is actually a significantly larger school based on the GHSA’s enrollment numbers in grades 10-12 used to classify the schools. Allatoona’s figure was 1,426, tied with North Paulding for largest in AAAAA. M.L. King ranked 50th with 1,194.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: M.L. King by 8

Winner plays: Glynn Academy/Whitewater winner

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90 comments Add your comment

JAB

November 19th, 2012
11:35 pm

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….;)

Double Standard

November 19th, 2012
11:46 pm

The State Championship in 5A is truly up for grabs. I was wondering how Glynn Academy got by Jones County. Still don’t know how Harris County got by TCC for the region championship. WR kicked a field goal in the final 25 seconds to get by a really good Richmond Hill team. Kell scored with 33 seconds left to get by SWD. North Pauling , Toona, and Gainsville don’t like to play defense..Hit East Pauling in the mouth and they will lay down like a puppy in a belly rub.( see East vs WR in last years qtrs) NSWR and Tucker have got to be the favorites to win it all. They know what it takes to be a champion. The rest of the teams are just happy to still be playing.

Rev Al

November 20th, 2012
1:58 am

Ummmm…Double Bubble…you left out MLK with more speed than a meth house…..

RAIDER FAN

November 20th, 2012
6:51 am

@double standard…I see that you aren’t pulling for any particular team here but sure are dumping on all but 2. I guess that means your team is sitting at home watching the teams good enough took make it this far. The Raiders have beaten 4 teams that are or were in the playoffs, two of which are still in the running. Two of those teams were top ten teams(Allatoona and Clarke Central) and now C.C. is also sitting at home watching courtesy of E.P.. East has been as you put it “hit in the mouth” and they are still in it and we will still be in it come sat. morning. GO RAIDERS!!!!

All I have to say is.......

November 20th, 2012
7:17 am

@double standard and everyone else comparing a team from this year to other teams in the past. Yes, there may be some similarities but make no mistake about it East is a DIFFERENT team than in the past. Different coach’s, different year, older players. It would be the same as saying this year’s CC team was the same as the one from 2 years ago and we all know that isn’t true.

Queens' Mommy

November 20th, 2012
7:23 am

@Rev Al, let these folk continue to sleep on MLK, we like to show more than tell. ;-) SMH @ you Double Standard…LOL

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 20th, 2012
7:24 am

@ Double Standard…

Folks like you have NO BUSINESS even posting on a blog like this…

“Hit East Pauling in the mouth and they will lay down like a puppy in a belly rub.( see East vs WR in last years qtrs) “…

Were you AT THIS GAME? 2 Weeks BEFORE the WR game EAST played and BEAT SWD without it’s starting QB…without it’s #2 QB..SWD played a HARD “D” game and the EAST “D” rose to the occasion and EAST won 10 / 6!!

WARNER ROBINS and EAST played a tough game last year and it was a ELITE 8 / FINAL 4 match-up of two VERY GOOD TEAMS!!! Final score was 20 / 10!!

FYI –> it’s EAST PAULDING (not Pauling)!

@ JAB…COUNTDOWN CLOCK HAS STARTED!!! I know you seen this…

—>”Maxwell Ratings’ projection: East Paulding by 17″!!! <—

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!! UNBEATEN!!…UNDEFEATED!!!…11 / 0!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2
STEPHENSON “JAGS” in “THE BONEYARD”!!!
and then THE DOME!!!!

A Little Disturb

November 20th, 2012
7:39 am

CANNON RULES-are you a LITTLE upset with Double Standard? BooohahahaHAHA. Hope ya’ll get past Stephenson, cause their defense is much better than last year’s SWD defense U keep talking about and the offense can score. I wouldn’t totally count on Maxwell Ratings predictions for GA football playoffs as you saw in the first round last week of top two classifications anything can happen.

bucfan

November 20th, 2012
7:40 am

Biggest upset this week will be the Bucs over MLK. We are going to run between the tackles and keep MLK’s offense off the field. It’ll be a close game. Kell is going to beat Gainesville and E Paulding is going to beat Stephenson and that game won’t be close.

A Little Disturb

November 20th, 2012
7:47 am

Then bucfan woke up from a long nights rest to find out that it was only a CRAZY dream that the Bucs beat the MLK……. LIONS by 2 td’s

Go...Dekalb! The Lion King

November 20th, 2012
7:54 am

@bucfan. We shall see this Friday. No “JAB-Berring” from us. See you at Hallford Stadium on the field for a good game. Enjoy all that turkey everyone and a safe holiday. But of course ……”Gooooo Lions”.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 20th, 2012
7:55 am

@ A Little Disturb…

LOL! No, not upset just a bit early and the first cup of coffee to be dealing with a “FORREST GUMP” mentality…you know “STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES”!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!! UNBEATEN!!…UNDEFEATED!!!…11 / 0!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2
STEPHENSON “JAGS” in “THE BONEYARD”!!!
and then THE DOME!!!!

Queens' Mommy

November 20th, 2012
8:00 am

@Bucfan, I told you once before, but since it seems I need to repeat myself, then you woke up from your dream. All of MLK’s starters haven’t played together since Tucker and we are still running through teams. Get ready to rumble in our Mighty Jungle!!!

Theels23

November 20th, 2012
8:22 am

I don’t take any stock in the “Maxwell Ratings”, but I have watched Stephenson and East Paulding play a few times and East should win that game handily. They are loaded and for once may end up with more college players than Stephenson…

EPRaiders

November 20th, 2012
8:47 am

East will end up with more college players than Stephenson, this game will show why. This one will not be close. If the Jags are close by the end of the game, I would stand by the entrance and give every Stephenson fan 10 for gas money home, and apologize for waisting their time. (NOTE), I did`nt say the Jags could or would win, I said just give us a close game, and I will pay out. There is no way possible they can win.

Because ALL WE DO IS WIN, BABY.

All I have to say is.......

November 20th, 2012
9:01 am

WOW!!!! We are all on a roll this morning. One thing I can say with confidence is East does have SEVERAL underestimated and under advertised players. But then again it’s better to fly under the radar. Our O-Line is never talked about but they are beasts!!! One reason they are is because they practice against our D-line.

graphite

November 20th, 2012
9:10 am

I hope the Tucker kitties win this week,then it’s come on down time! N.S. is waiting,just waiting…..

north ga granny

November 20th, 2012
9:44 am

I do not care who beatsNSWR I just hope they get beat because of their obnoxious fans and no I do not have a team that is playing them.

Tiger4Life

November 20th, 2012
9:48 am

@CANNON

You do know that if you guys win Friday you have two more rounds before you get to the DOME, right?

HeadEast

November 20th, 2012
10:16 am

Stephenson can clean out their lockers before they get on the bus for EP. Very solid year but it’s time for the pretenders to fall and the strong to move on. Probably go to NP – Tucker to see a competitive game as it will all be over but the cryin’ by halftime at the Boneyard.
EP 42 – Jags 3
Enjoy your turkey cause it will be a long ride home Friday night.

Tucker DAD

November 20th, 2012
10:31 am

Sorry to repost this but I must have been in the wrong forum. @graphite, we are coming for you. @north ga granny, they say Christmas is around the corner so just wait and Santa will deliver your present before Christmas since you’ve been such a good girl.

Tucker DAD

November 20th, 2012
10:41 am

Repost:

@Blu eagle, I just can’t figure out this facination that you NSWR fans have with TUCKER. It’s like having a death wish. You keep asking for us as if we don’t work hard over here.

You have got to understand that this is not what you want. We get up every morning during the week to lift weights and even sometimes on game day. We have been practicing since the season was over last year. When we lost our coach our fathers took over the team and kept practicing. We have a very unique community over here. We are surrounded by Gyms and speed training facilities so we never stop working. The coach never requires us to work in the off season but our kids want to get better so they weight train with a personal trainer and the skill kids go to the SPEED facility and get faster.

Football in Tucker is not just a sport, it’s a way of life for most, and a business for others. So if you think that Tucker is going to have a down year then you are sadly mistaken.

I have tried to explain to anyone that would listen on this blog that we had a coaching turn over and got off to a slow start (8 -2 is a slow start at Tucker) but we are clicking on all points right now. This team is loaded with talent. Most of these kids have been on the field since they were 9th graders. To make this worst the whole defense is coming back next year and the entire back field as well so we will be even more potent next year!

Keep asking for us and this bulletin board material is going to get our motivation so high that we wont need a bus to get to Warner Robins we will just fly down! It is on now. All I can think about is destroying NSWR and shutting your mouths once and for all. NO EXCUSES!!!!!!! IT”S ON!!!!!!!

RealisticFan

November 20th, 2012
11:09 am

@HeadEast

Guess we are switching up this week. I’m going to the East game. M
Not sure I agree with your assessments but it should be fun.

MLK – 24, Allatoona 14
Tucker 56, North Paulding 28
Stephenson 21, East Paulding 38

The difference this year is East’s line play on both sides of the ball and our QB being the best we’ve ever had. I also think the East offensive coordinator has more freedom with Coach Goddard then he did under Coach Reid.

WR Demons

November 20th, 2012
11:18 am

@Double Standard Too bad you were not at the game because you would not have made that comment if you were. The game between WR and EP was a hard hitting game from start to finish; in fact WR left that game somewhat beat up (2 running backs) and had to limp into the game against Lovejoy. Harris county is not going to lay down for WR, they beat TCC and they have a heck of a football team.

RealisticFan

November 20th, 2012
11:46 am

@TuckerDad

Good post, really like that. The uniqueness may or my not actually be that unique but you own it, live it and feel that way so I understand. The need and desire to be unique and special runs deep in many communities.For me, growing up in Nebraska and playing football year round in the hopes of playing for that college team is a unique and special environment. So a tip if the cap to you and all those who’s hearts, minds and souls epitomize what us special and unique in so many places all over the country.

JAB

November 20th, 2012
11:48 am

@ RealisticFan, Correction Stephenson 38 East Paulding 21

JAB

November 20th, 2012
11:55 am

@ THE “CANNON RULES”!! and the rest of you guys AJC prediction is just a prediction, they were wrong at least 3 games last week! Stephenson will win on Friday and region 6AAAAA will once agin dominate…

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….;)

Double Standard

November 20th, 2012
11:56 am

I did not mean to insult any bloggers. I am not trying to stir the pot either. It is hard for any school to win one State Championship much less more than one. NSWR ,WR , Tucker , and TCC have all won more than one . The game will be played and won on the field and not on the blog. Injuries, bad calls, missed calls, good calls , personnel match ups, schemes, bad plays, good plays, program traditions, motivation and coaching all factor in the outcome. The State Championship in 5A is truly up for grabs because not a whole lot separates the teams. The GHSA got the reclassification right this year and we are enjoying watching good competition in all classes.

wizard

November 20th, 2012
11:59 am

Tucker dad; Northside has everybody back just as you will next year. This is a determined bunch as you were last year. The loss of Franklin Stephens cannot be downplayed, arguably one of the top ten coaches in Georgia. MLK took care of you late and you stubbled with Mays your last 2games. 1st round opponent was just not used to your speed and talent. Playoff time now, can’t mask shortfalls.

JAB

November 20th, 2012
12:00 pm

Okay! I guess I’m going to save my turkey and eat some ground hounds with the Stephenson Jaguars on Friday at EP., We don’t care about no points spread as long as we get our win on Friday; my prediction is Stephenson 24 EP 24, Stephenson has an excellent field goal kicker… ;)

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….;)

JAB

November 20th, 2012
12:01 pm

Oops!! Stephenson 24 EP 21

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….;)

dekalbcounty football

November 20th, 2012
12:39 pm

MLK is looking good this year. The seniors has playoff experience, and the underclassmen has played major minutes this season. Looking forward to a great game on Friday. Don’t want a blow out sometimes they gives a false sense of the playoffs! Just give us a solid WIN!

ALL TUCKERRED UP

November 20th, 2012
12:54 pm

@JAB i WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZED AT THE POINT SPREAD THAT MAXWELL HAD, BUT YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR POINTS TOOOOO MANY TIMES!!!!! I JUST HOPE YOU GET A WIN &
ONE OTHER THING.
GOOOOOOOOOOO TUCKER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 20th, 2012
12:59 pm

@ Tiger4Life…

Of course I do..its one step at a time but it’s still ON TO THE DOME!!!
But just for you I adjusted it a tad!

The Final Four bracket is where it could be interesting…at least for us…

If the STARS line up as they could we could be seeing TUCKER in “THE BONEYARD”

Now that’s one I don’t know if the blogs could hold!!! LOL!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!! UNBEATEN!!…UNDEFEATED!!!…11 / 0!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2
STEPHENSON “JAGS” in “THE BONEYARD”!!!
and the 2012 DOME tour continues!!!!

Bo

November 20th, 2012
2:01 pm

what is the status on the mlk starters,QB,33 58,20 AND 2.
MLK28 Alotona 10. Gooooo LIONS

BullEagle15

November 20th, 2012
3:10 pm

@TuckerDad you must not think every other team lifts weights too? What a idoit! This year Northside wins with out any question. A fumble will not happen this time around! and thats IF you make it to round 3

Queens of Halftime Mom

November 20th, 2012
3:20 pm

@Bo, everyone will play this game is what we hear. They took full advantage of the rest and healing they received from our second string stepping up and holding it down for them in their absence. :)

5AReg6Fan

November 20th, 2012
3:24 pm

A few thoughts around the famous Maxwell computer predications … and when did a computer have a jersey # and what position does it play?
1) Don’t agree with the NSWR/TCC matchup. This will be a closer game than a 16 pts spread. But the Eagles pull it out, for a inspirational rematch between the TWO 5A GRAINTS (Tucker & NSWR).
2) Tucker beats the brakes off North Paulding. Only time it will be within 6 pts, is after Tucker scores their first TD and before the extra point kick.
3) East Paulding beating Stephenson by 17 pts? Unless the Jaguars don’t make the bus ride to the Westside of the metro ATL area, ain’t happening. Close game and Stephenson, completes the sweep of region 5.
4) MLK by 8? LOL LOL LOL. The Lions welcome the Bucs to BIG BOY football and sends Allatoona on a LOOOONG bus ride up I285 then I75. MLK beats the spread, in the middle of the second quarter and don’t look back.
5) The other teams will be happy to have the experience of matching up with region 6 and region 2 POWERS.

Projected Elite 8:
Tucker at NSWR
Stephenson at Ware
Gainesville at WR
Whitewater at MLK

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER SWEET SIXTEEN PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

5AReg6Fan

November 20th, 2012
3:29 pm

Should have read “TWO 5A GAINTS (Tucker & NSWR)”

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER SWEET SIXTEEN PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

Queen's of Halftime Mom

November 20th, 2012
3:39 pm

@5AReg6Fan, LOVE IT!!!!!

5AReg6Fan

November 20th, 2012
3:41 pm

@graphite – Well, you just going to have to wait for kitties of Tucker … Remember this, can you grab a Tiger by its tail … because that’s what you will need to do against this FAST and FEARD CAT of the jungle.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER SWEET SIXTEEN PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

HeadEast

November 20th, 2012
3:44 pm

After EP runs through them a couple of times and the cannon gets warmed up the jags will be heading for the bus! This one’s over at halftime.
Looks like a coin toss with Ware county for home field next week.

Bigdawg1989

November 20th, 2012
5:43 pm

@JAB – Unlike the rest of my EAST PAULDING brothers, I have a ton of respect for your team and Region 6 in general.

While I agree that the 17 point spread is a little steep, two things I can guarantee…there is no way Stephenson will score 38 points and if the game is close, I’ll take our kicker all day long.

There is a ton of pressure on your team…apparently, you guys don’t play well on the road in the playoffs.

Here is the equation of the week:

Hostile environment of the “BONEYARD”
+ our “grind you into submission” offense
+ our stingy defense
+ our stellar special teams
= Jags going home with their “claws” clipped

Looking forward to a great game….Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Go RAIDERS!!!!!!!

East fan

November 20th, 2012
5:45 pm

I’m really not looking forward to the 5 hour drive next week! Maybe a quick stop by savannah (:

uncleJunior

November 20th, 2012
6:12 pm

After Thanksgiving there will be a lot of left over Turkey . . . . .and an abundance of CROW!!!!!!!

King Of Diamonds

November 20th, 2012
7:32 pm

I find it funny how the Maxwell Rating has EP winning big (17). Its the most points out of all the teams. LOL.

Titletown USA

November 20th, 2012
7:48 pm

5A is exciting this year, and you guys are funny. I really wish that they would allow Valdosta to play at this level.

Longhorn nation

November 20th, 2012
8:06 pm

BLA BLA BLA you guys are so much fun I love this all we do all the trash talk and high school kids play the game. Just bring the RED ELEPHANTS to the house of pain HOOK”EM HORNS

Gamer

November 20th, 2012
8:28 pm

Tucker Dad: Why did you say Tucker entire back field will be back next year? I know for sure Juaan Williams, QB, Yusuf Minor, RB and Cory Hunter, WR,Tucker are seniors. Is there a 13th year of football only for your backfield? Tell others how you do it!

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November 20th, 2012
8:29 pm

The only way EP blows out the Jags is if they have a potent passing game. The last I checked they do not. You are not going to pound the Jags D into submission. If they try then the game will be closer then you think. The only way to blow out the Jags is with a passing game! Watch out EP! Tucker tried to pound the Jags and lost. I don’t think EP running attack is stronger then Tucker’s. The game will be closer then expected!