Several playoff teams are hoping to get key plays back from the injured list this week.
North Oconee quarterback Nick Colvin, a preseason all-state pick, and defensive back John Jarrard left with first-half injuries last week and did not return their teams’ 37-14 victory over Ringgold. North Oconee plays at home Friday against Buford, which has played its last two games without injured running back Dontravious Wilson, a Western Kentucky recruit who is Buford’s leading rusher.
Newnan quarterback Bailey Bryant was 9-of-10 passing for 117 yards in the 38-0 victory over Alcovy but did not return after a suffering a shoulder injury in the third quarter.
Chris Tutt, quarterback for No. 1-ranked Thomson of Class AAA, was injured on the first play of last week’s 27-3 victory over Jackson and didn’t return. Malcolm Parrish, quarterback for No. 2-ranked Brooks County of AA, played with an ankle injury in the second half of a victory last week but didn’t seem like himself.
M.L. King quarterback Monquavious Johnson, whose 2,055 yards passing rank second in DeKalb County, didn’t play in the 34-14 victory over Sequoyah. His understudy, Roland Rivers, threw for 338 yards in his place.
Chris Carson of Parkview and Kyle Scales of Greater Atlanta Christian, both 1,000-yard rushers, didn’t play in the first round, but their teams won.
Some were not as fortunate. Walton lost without AJC Super 11 running back Tyren Jones, who finished with 1,682 yards rushing in nine games. Jones County lost without Undre Williams, who finished with 1,863 yards rushing.
In Class A, three of the state’s best running backs all appear healthy at the right time. Keyante Green of Eagle’s Landing Christian, Brendan Douglas of Aquinas and Stanley Williams of George Walton Academy got a needed bye week. Each has rushed for more than 1,000 yards despite missing at least one game to injury this season and playing less than 100 percent in others.