Second-round playoff preview: Class AAAA

South Effingham at Westover

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hugh Mills Stadium, Albany

Records, rankings: South Effingham is 7-4, the No. 4 seed from Region 3-AAAA and unranked; Westover is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from 1-AAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. South Effingham won its first playoff game in its 17-season history last week with a 43-33 victory over Westside of Macon. The Mustangs also were one of only four No. 4 seeds to advance to the second round. The other 36 lost. 2. South Effingham’s top player is 1,000-yard rusher Josh Mercer, who is committed to N.C. State. He scored three touchdowns last week, and QB Brandon James threw three TD passes. 3. Westover RB Shannon Saunders rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns in Westover’s 26-21 victory over sixth-ranked Jonesboro in the first round. It was a rematch of a regular-season game. Each time, Westover led 12-8 at halftime. But Jonesboro won the first one 34-12. It was Westover’s first home game in the state playoffs.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Westover by 7

Winner plays: Grady/Monroe Area winner

Grady at Monroe Area

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Legion Field, Monroe

Records, rankings: Grady is 9-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 6-AAAA and unranked; Monroe Area is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. With his team trailing 14-13, Monroe Area QB Stanton Truitt scored on a 33-yard run with 1:47 left in a 21-14 victory over Shaw in the first round. Shaw had failed on a fourth-and-1 at the Monroe Area 41-yard line before the winning drive. 2. Hakeem Todd rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown for Grady in a 27-17 road victory over River Ridge last week. Grady blocked a punt and forced three turnovers in the first half in route to a 21-7 lead. 3. Region 8 champion Monroe Area is the leader of a top quarter of the draw that now includes no ranked teams. One will make the semifinals. Only Grady has been that far before (1953, 2005).

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Grady by 1

Winner plays: South Effingham/Westover winner

Monroe at Burke County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Bear Den, Waynesboro

Records, rankings: Monroe is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AAAA and unranked; Burke County is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAAA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Monroe QB Charles Stafford was 18-of-30 passing for 315 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-17 victory over fifth-ranked Griffin last week. 2. Burke County QB Donquell Green scored four touchdowns, one on a 98-yard kickoff return, threw a TD pass and intercepted a pass in a 35-7 first-round victory over Perry. Green has rushed for 1,600 yards and passed for 1,058. 3. Monroe’s Region 1 was a big winner in the first round. No. 3 seed Westover also beat a ranked team, Jonesboro, 26-21. This is the first time that two of Dougherty County’s four schools have advanced to the round of 16 since 2007, when Westover and Monroe also did it. It has happened only four times since 1990, when the GHSA expanded the playoffs to 16 teams.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Burke County by 14

Winner plays: Dalton/Sandy Creek winner

Dalton at Sandy Creek

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

Records, rankings: Dalton is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 7-AAAA and unranked; Sandy Creek is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 5-AAAA and ranked No. 1.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Dalton won its first playoff game since 2005 last week in the 17-14 victory over Carver of Atlanta. Daniel Palacios made a 30-yard field goal to break a 14-14 tie in the fourth quarter. It also was Dalton’s first road playoff win since 1992. 2. Sandy Creek RB Delvin Weems rushed for 221 yards and RB Eric Swinney ran for 145 in a 55-0 victory over Eastside that ended with a running clock. Sandy Creek had 669 yards in total offense. 3. Sandy Creek’s .955 winning percentage (63-3) over the past five seasons is the best in Georgia. Buford’s two forfeited victories conspired to move Sandy Creek to the top. Sandy Creek also has won 13 of its last 14 playoff games.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Sandy Creek by 30

Winner plays: Monroe/Burke County winner

Mary Persons at Cairo

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, West Thomas Stadium, Cairo

Records, rankings: Mary Persons is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AAAA and unranked; Cairo is 9-2, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAAA and ranked No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Cairo’s Tom Fallaw got his 100th victory as a coach in the 24-13 win over Riverdale in the first round. Cairo struggled on offense against the No. 4 seed and didn’t lead until P.J. Davis’s 45-yard run in the third quarter. 2. Mary Persons RB Nick Davis rushed for 163 yards on 28 carries in a 40-14 victory over Statesboro. It was Mary Persons’ first home playoff game since 2003. 3. Cairo is one of five teams that can make the quarterfinals for the sixth consecutive time this season. The others are Buford, Carver, Grayson and Lincoln County. Mary Persons has made 15 quarterfinals, but none since 1998.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Cairo by 9

Winner plays: LaGrange/Ridgeland winner

LaGrange at Ridgeland

When, where:7:30 p.m. Friday, Bowers and Painter Field, Rossville

Records, rankings: LaGrange is 6-5, the No. 3 seed from Region 5-AAAA and unranked; Ridgeland is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 7-AAAA and ranked No. 9.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Ridgeland’s best player is DB/WR Vonn Bell, one of only five Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 players who survived the first round. But Ridgeland has other good players. RB Darrell Bridges rushed for 202 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries in a 45-21 victory over Washington last week. 2. LaGrange’s defense scored three touchdowns in a 59-46 victory over Chestatee in the first round. Demoton Boyd scored two of them on interceptions returns and also scored on a 62-yard run from scrimmage. DL Joe Sanders, who has committed to Tennessee, returned a fumble for a touchdown. 3. LaGrange broke a school record for points in a playoff game against Chestatee. The win also broke LaGrange’s four-game losing streak in the playoffs, the longest in school history. LaGrange is 55-27-1 all-time in the playoffs. LaGrange also averted a third consecutive losing season, which has not happened since 1965-67.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Ridgeland by 21

Winner plays: Mary Persons/Cairo winner

Wayne County at Stockbridge

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

Records, rankings: Wayne County is 6-4-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 3-AAAA and unranked; Stockbridge is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAAA and ranked No. 4.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Stockbridge, which started football in 1964, achieved a 10-win season for the first time and its second playoff victory in history with the 27-14 victory over Worth County last week. QB Trenton Earl passed for 131 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown. 2. Wayne County got its first playoff victory in 16 years in a 35-14 win over Baldwin. That came in the third season under coach Jody Grooms. His previous coaching job was at Lakeside of Evans, where in 2009 he led that school to its first playoff victory in 17 years. That also came in Grooms’ third season. 3. Stockbridge is trying to make its first quarterfinal in history. Wayne County is trying to make its first since 1993 and fifth overall.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Stockbridge by 11

Winner plays: Carrollton/Marist winner

Carrollton at Marist

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

Records, rankings: Carrollton is 8-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAA and ranked No. 10; Marist is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 6-AAAA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: Carrollton won 43-6 in a 1993 Region 5-AAA playoff game.

Three things to know: 1. Carrollton RB Trey Chivers leads his team in yards rushing (790) and receiving (417) and had 166 total yards and touchdowns rushing and receiving in a 40-7 victory over Stephens County in the first round. 2. Marist QB Myles Willis, who has committed to Boston College, rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown and was 6-of-9 passing for 79 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-0 first-round victory over Gilmer. Steven Morris had three sacks. 3. No other AAAA game matches teams with this much tradition. Carrollton last missed the playoffs in 1987. Marist last missed in 1982. One or the other has made the quarterfinals for 22 of the past 25 years, missing only in 1995, 2001 and 2010. Carrollton has won seven state titles and played in the finals of four others. The two schools have played in 22 state championship games. Carrollton has won seven state titles, Marist two.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Marist by 3

Winner plays: Wayne County/Stockbridge winner

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55 comments Add your comment

Oops

November 20th, 2012
7:07 am

Steven Wallace, not Steven Morris!

beast mode

November 20th, 2012
8:11 am

DONQUELL “GATOR” GREEN will run wild on monroe…they want know what hit them…..it wont even be close……..Gobears…

beast mode

November 20th, 2012
8:17 am

This kid GATOR GREEN can’t be stopped……..he’s the best thing i’ve seen since DEION GRANT…..THIS KID is the REAL DEAL……GRAB your popcorn and enjoy the show….

beast mode

November 20th, 2012
8:20 am

BURKE COUNTY WILL WIN BY AT LEAST 30 POINTS……AND THAT’S WITH PLAYING THE 2ND AND 3RD STRING PLAYERS…LOL

GRADY

November 20th, 2012
8:48 am

Gk Gk we all we got we ready we ready what what for yall

Smug

November 20th, 2012
9:10 am

beast mode – Take a hike. It ain’t happening.

NoDistrictLineInDekalb

November 20th, 2012
9:11 am

Wow Marist and the Braves will have the same situation after the season, some money being freed up. Who should they spend the next couple grant in aids for? On a QB or another lineman? Just kidding I know they only go to smatr kids not athletes as a rule.

BURKE CO.1.FAN

November 20th, 2012
9:54 am

GATOR GREEN is tooooooo goooood for HIGHSCHOOL kids…, look for the GATOR’S game to ELEVATE…, BURKE COUNTY BEARS…, BURKE COUNTY BEARS…..

BURKE CO.1.FAN

November 20th, 2012
9:54 am

Enter your comments here

KD

November 20th, 2012
10:36 am

AJC, can you explain as to why you pick a #3 seed over a #1 seed with only 1 lost ? All the other # 1’s you picked with ease to win.

EJ

November 20th, 2012
10:44 am

HOLD YOUR HORSES BEAST MODE & BURKE CO.1.1 FAN MONROE D IS FAST ENOUGH TO SLOW DOWN THAT GATOR GREEN. YOUR D BETTER WATCH OUT FOR ONE OF THE BEST PASSERS IN HIGH SCHOOL MR. STAFFORD

syrupmaker

November 20th, 2012
11:18 am

Monroe (Albany, GA) 33 Griffin (GA) 17 [projection: Griffin (GA) 35-20]
Burke County (Waynesboro, GA) vs. Monroe (Albany, GA) at TBA [projection: Burke County (Waynesboro, GA) 34-22]

See any similarites, this game will go down to the wire and I dont think the “gator” will not be in the driver seat. Griffin suppose to be the Giant in this one. They ended up with 100 yards of total offense and scored on a PICK 6 and a PUNT return, while Monroe scored at will with over 400 yards of offense. This game was not as CLOSE as the SCORE 33 – 17 indicated. Monroe wont let GATOR beat them, but I dont think BURK will have a CHOICE in what Monroes QB will do, he spreads the ball all over the field.

Huh?

November 20th, 2012
12:11 pm

“and I dont think the “gator” will not be in the driver seat”. So he will be in the driver’s seat?

Nuff said

November 20th, 2012
12:25 pm

Enter your comments here It sounds like Burke County’s Gater Green is a one man team and one man teams may make the playoffs but they usually do not win championships.

First Down "Creeeekkk"

November 20th, 2012
12:56 pm

S. Creek is quietly going about their business this week preparing for Dalton. They are looking at another shoutout and probably a 50-spot on the scoreboard. ON A MISSION to win the state championship!!

Trojan94

November 20th, 2012
1:00 pm

This is the same burke co team that lost to thomson and thomson strgguled with lagrange who carrollton blew out 41-13 and they think they can beat sandy creek with basically a one man team give me a break!

Trojan94

November 20th, 2012
1:08 pm

And before you burke fans start talking smack about last year remember carrollton beat that same state championship team the year before 49-15 and would have beaten them last year.

Patriot Power

November 20th, 2012
1:15 pm

Sandy Creek vs. Carrollton II in the Dome.

jemjr1

November 20th, 2012
2:37 pm

Marist……AAAA you could not hang with the big dogs…….TUCKER FAN AAAAA

First Down Creek!!!!

November 20th, 2012
3:07 pm

The Creek will rise again Friday night!!!! Then we will play Monroe :-)

Monroe's First Redcoat

November 20th, 2012
3:11 pm

My Hurricanes have starting QB Truitt back and they are ready and waiting. Welcome to the Pit, Grady…….

Trojan Power

November 20th, 2012
4:05 pm

First of all. The last time Gator Green came to Grisham Stadium located in Carrollton Ga. He got an good ole fashoined wimpin!! Im tired hearing about him. It will be Sandy Creek vs Carrollton in the Dome. Marist hasnt seen nothin like this. SPEED KILLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TROJANS 28 MARIST 14 Blame GHSA. For these Early matchups. How do u have carrollton and marist in the same bracket and sandycreek and burke county in the same bracket. SOUNDS FISHY TO ME!!!!

First Down "Creeeekkk"

November 20th, 2012
5:37 pm

The GHSA is not led my business people with marketing savvy. They are led by educators. Not that it is good or bad, it is what it is! The four top ranked teams should not meet until the state semi’s or at least set the brackets that way. Oh well. I am just a football fan, what do I know.

Burkeboy32

November 20th, 2012
5:51 pm

Ok monroe fans we hear yall talking save it for friday and for trojan94 and trojan power please r we talking bout two years ago really did yall even win the championship then no and what about which knocked u guys out and we demolished them last year no oh ok Nd u say u would have beat our team last year lets get forreal no one in 3AAA last year was ready for burke county ask peach county who neat yall and we demolished them and all of the rest of 3AAA opponents easily u guys wouldnt have stood a chance and for u to think that we were the same teAm we were not and he was a freshman then and still made it therde and he has gotten better what has your team esides win games nothing so until yall win the championship get on his level u r chasing what he has

sandycreekster

November 20th, 2012
7:51 pm

Ok kids, calm down!!!! All yall Burke Co Bears fans, they are right. Yall tripping like Gator Green is a one man team. Monroe fans, don’t be fooled. Just like Burke bragged on Gator Green last year during this time, they came to the dome with a loaded gun. While Monroe is trying to stop Gator Green, the rest of Burke’s team is going to be whipping butt and taking names, even the 9th graders. Whether it is with Gator as QB, or the other young QB they have. I must admit, every position on the team is covered by talent. Oh, and please, let’s not talk about the Defense. That line is no joke. Stafford, you really need to bring your A game to this one. It is what it is. All I got to say is Burke, after Friday night, eat your wheaties, because when yall come to the Creek, it’s on.

sandycreekster

November 20th, 2012
7:58 pm

@Trojan Power, you want to know why they have Burke and Sandy Creek on the same side of the bracket this early in the playoffs, because GHSA wants to keep the AAAA trophy in the ATL, and the Creek is the only team that has a chance of knockin the Bears out. Fo Real Fo Real Potna!!!

Patriot Power

November 20th, 2012
8:44 pm

Conspiracy theories . . . gotta love them. The slots in the bracket are based on regions and seedings before the season. The problem this year is that the two best teams in AAAA are in the same region.

WarEagle

November 20th, 2012
9:57 pm

@jemjr1 — dummy, Marist is already playing up 2 classes. Why doesn’t Tucker choose to play 6A?

Monroe's First Redcoat

November 20th, 2012
11:30 pm

Lovin’ all y’all huffing and puffing and blowing houses down…. in Monroe, my Hurricanes will just quietly win again, baby!!!

Burkeboy32

November 20th, 2012
11:50 pm

Well said sandycreekster and monroe first redcoat if u feel yhat way I love to bet would u b willing to pit a wager on it let me know

Monroe's First Redcoat

November 21st, 2012
12:12 am

@Burkeboy – get a Georgia map out, son. You’re playing a team from Albany (or All-Benny, if you’re from south Georgia). Monroe Area is in Walton County, is playing Grady on Friday and with any luck, we’ll meet a little further down the road. FWIW, I knew Eric Parker when he was an assistant at Social Circle, before he went to the HC job at Laney. I think the world of him and am happy as all get-out that he is having success at Burke. Y’all take care of business Friday night. We’ll be waiting.

Burkeboy32

November 21st, 2012
12:19 am

Ok yall do thd same good luck

Go Trojans!

November 21st, 2012
7:25 am

Good luck to all the teams on Friday. Obviously plenty of good ones left in the playoffs.

Good luck to my Carrollton Trojans! Beat Marist!

Shun

November 21st, 2012
8:17 am

LETS GO GRADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GK GK WE ALL WE GOT ..

Nuff said

November 21st, 2012
1:33 pm

I would not give Marist any home field advantages. Carrollton will bring more players , more band members , more parents and fans to support the team than Marist. In short, there will be more people on the Carrollton side than Marist and the drive time will not make a difference. Home field advantage = zero

WarEagle

November 21st, 2012
2:26 pm

@Nuff said — ok, we’ll see.

big bull

November 21st, 2012
4:47 pm

Grady by 14 points tonight

Uh

November 21st, 2012
4:55 pm

@big bull — it is only Wednesday!

Monroe's First Redcoat

November 22nd, 2012
2:31 am

@ big bull, the only way Grady wins by 14 is if you’re playing somebody else in basketball. Monroe Area’s QB has been nursing a gimpy ankle for nearly a month and was testing it out against Shaw last week, but still got the job done. Y’all haven’t seen speed like you’re going to see Friday. Get a good look at Stanton Truitt and Kwan Brooks in the program. That’s the only time you’ll be seeing their faces. The rest of the night, Grady will just be seeing the numbers on their backs get smaller and smaller as they run…..

HaHa

November 22nd, 2012
8:18 am

Enjoy it while you can, Monroe Area. When Truitt graduates, ya’ll will go back to being at best a mediocre program.

Monroe's First Redcoat

November 22nd, 2012
10:43 am

@ HaHa. Bring it any time, pal.

HaHa

November 22nd, 2012
1:04 pm

Didn’t Monroe Area go 0-10 in both 2008 and 2009?

Monroe's First Redcoat

November 22nd, 2012
9:02 pm

That the Hurricanes did, The `11-1, 10-2 and 10-1 this year. The hiring of Chad Estes as Defensive Coordinator was, in my opinion, the best move made there in years. He’s made a world of difference, and the kids at MA have learned how to compete, how to win, and how to play from buzzer-to-buzzer. What’s your point?

Monroe's First Redcoat

November 22nd, 2012
9:04 pm

THEN 11-2, 10-2, 10-1……

Christion Bell Burke County

November 22nd, 2012
9:07 pm

Just for all yall talking trash about burke county, keep thinking we a one man team and we going keep getting these rings. Green is the truth but we winners cuz we play together. when its all said and done we gone reserve some seats for yall haters at the dome to watch bc play for another championship. And to sandy creek yall the one man team the only thing yall got is a qb and some week defense. we gone run all over yall.

NWW Bruin supporter

November 22nd, 2012
11:35 pm

Dalton will shock the world (especially Sandy Creek) tomorrow night!

big bull

November 23rd, 2012
8:33 am

@Monroe First Redcoat ..OK then well Grady by 14 tonight…and for all those that know Mr. Todd will be at the game…

HaHa

November 23rd, 2012
10:21 am

Yup, three good years. When this group of juniors graduates, ya’ll go back to losing. So enjoy it while you can, but try to be just a bit humble, like you’ve done it before (’cause we all know you haven’t).

bigdawg

November 23rd, 2012
10:44 pm

Good game burke co.

bigdawg

November 23rd, 2012
10:53 pm

Its on now.All the talk will be over next week. BC for life.