First two rounds have been free of big upsets

The first two rounds of the Class AAAAA playoffs have been relatively free of major upsets. The higher-seed (home) teams are 19-5, and Tucker is the only No. 3 or No. 4 seed remaining.

Here’s a look at the five games won by the lower-seeded team and how those games rank in terms of upsets.

Heading into the quarterfinals, is there anything that could happen that would be considered a major upset?

1. North Paulding 63, Flowery Branch 43: North Paulding’s first trip to the playoffs produced the biggest upset of the first two rounds. Flowery Branch was the Region 8-AAAAA champion and had not lost in a first-round game since 2007. It’s worth noting that Flowery Branch allowed just 66 points combined in season-opening losses to region champions Northside and West Forsyth.

2. Allatoona 20, M.L. King 19: Allatoona has a good team and a great coaching staff. But the Buccaneers lost by 18 to East Paulding, which lost by 29 to Stephenson, which lost by 19 to M.L. King. So M.L. King should have been 66 points better, right? We know it doesn’t work that way. Still, this was a surprise, especially in light of Stephenson’s victory over East Paulding.

3. Stephenson 35, East Paulding 6: The fact that Stephenson won the game wasn’t as surprising as how completely the Jaguars dominated it. East Paulding was averaging 41 points per game, but the Jaguars held the Raiders to two field goals by Miles Hemphill – a 47-yarder and a 61-yarder. The computer Maxwell Ratings had pegged East Paulding as a 17-point favorite.

4. Gainesville 61, Kell 42: Gainesville’s second-round victory over Kell was not as big of a surprise as the Red Elephants’ two-game losing streak to end the regular season. But Gainesville obviously has recovered behind red-hot quarterback Deshaun Watson, the leading candidate for player of the year in Class AAAAA, and is capable of beating almost anybody.

5. Tucker 42, Creekview 25: Tucker was a No. 3 seed only because of the strength of Region 6-AAAAA, and it was better than the No. 2 team in every region, with the possible exception of Gainesville. The Tigers won the Class AAAA championship in 2011, and they were a top-five team for most of this season. This game was no upset at all.

14 comments Add your comment

Middle GA Football Fan

November 27th, 2012
3:49 pm

First!
” It’s worth noting that Flowery Branch allowed just 66 points combined in season-opening losses to region champions Northside and West Forsyth.”

45 of those points came against Northside, IJS

itsonlywrite

November 27th, 2012
6:50 pm

@Middle Ga Football Fan… das ist tru!!! Lol

#ElephantNation

kmilton

November 27th, 2012
7:01 pm

some people say it will be an upset if ware county beat stephenson. i believe it will happen. all the way gators

King of Diamonds

November 27th, 2012
7:04 pm

Why is it always an upset when Stephenson lose? Who made that rule up? SO in other words it’s never an upset when Stephenson wins?

JAB

November 27th, 2012
8:16 pm

The clock is ticking and WARE county beWARE of the mighty Jaguars…

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

AAAAA Region

November 27th, 2012
8:31 pm

Stephenson will win, and Tucker will win BIG!!!!!!! That’s right I SAID IT!!!!!!!

JAB

November 27th, 2012
8:32 pm

(WARE CO. IT’S “ON”, FRIDAY NIGHT IN SWAMPVILLE)

Hickory Dickory Doc, the Jags went down to da swamp.
The Jags score big and the Gators renigged
Hickory Dickory Doc….

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

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 28th, 2012
6:59 am

@JAB…

Pack a LUNCH for this road trip…it’s a HAUL to get down there! Be careful with this one, this was a match-up I was VERY concerned about when I thought it would be EAST playing them. The kids have to contend with the LONG road trip and then get ready to play and that sometimes effects things. On top of that it’s a bit “different” south of Macon with the games. Frankly I was hoping for a coin toss that would go EAST way so it would be played up here.

One final congrats for last weeks win in “THE BONEYARD” ya’ll played very hard all night and certainly deserved to win. I am at a loss to explain why EAST played SO flat in the 2nd half, I really thought we were going to have a “dog fight” that came down to the last possession.

I liked your post about your GPS telling you to keep turning and you saying there can’t be a stadium out this far! Funny! Hope you actually had a good time out in the “country”! Be careful in “the swamp”! LOL!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
CONGRATULATIONS RAIDERS…ANOTHER GOOD YEAR!

FridayNightLightsFan

November 28th, 2012
8:40 am

@Cannon – We will never know. But I wonder how much missing Aaron Black hurt both the running game and passing.

Good luck to all in the next round. Go ALLATOONA!!

seabass

November 28th, 2012
11:22 am

Stephenson fans:

You must be smokin crack
Ware will give you a whack
and the Jags will say, ack, ack.

JAB

November 28th, 2012
1:35 pm

@ Thanks THE “CANNON RULES”!! Stephenson players are not over confident about Ware but certainly not scared they made this trip down there 2 years ago and whipped their butt just like we did to you all Lol., @ sebass let’s go fishing man cause that’s the only thing positive for you that will come out of this other than having home field Ad- Oops was going to say advantage but forgot, we own that field Lol.,

(WARE CO. IT’S “ON”, FRIDAY NIGHT IN SWAMPVILLE)

Hickory Dickory Doc, the Jags went down to da swamp.
The Jags score big and the Gators renigged
Hickory Dickory Doc….

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

Gamer

November 28th, 2012
1:44 pm

Tucker has better be careful in the belief that they will win big. Last year is gone—many of their players are new starters. This also goes for NSWR. Tucker’s backfield is mostly the same—–NSWR D-Line is mostly the same—– so it’s a toss-up. Tucker’s problem may be looking forward to playing Stephenson; one of their losses this year. We shall see!

JAB

November 29th, 2012
7:38 am

Come on Tucker & Stephenson, these are must win games for the both of you to assure a region 6AAAAA at the Dome and almost sure State Champion because the other side of the bracket is a joke…;)

(WARE CO. IT’S “ON”, FRIDAY NIGHT IN SWAMPVILLE)

Hickory Dickory Doc, the Jags went down to da swamp.
The Jags score big and the Gators renigged
Hickory Dickory Doc….

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

Ware Counties #1 fan

November 29th, 2012
8:48 am

@ JAB AND ALL STEPHENSON FANS, Hmm….you sound like just a crazy fan………..that has no idea what he’s talking about.

Stephenson will be lucky to score AT ALL……I really see this getting ugly early……like 56-0 at half……….Stephenson stands no chance….I mean………they’re losers……and shouldn’t even have a football team….