Five championship-worthy matchups in the quarterfinals

Is this for the state championship?

That’s what some fans might be saying about five quarterfinal games this week that match highly ranked opponents in games that would be good enough for a final.

Here is a closer look at each of those blockbusters:

*AAAAAA – Norcross at Camden County: These are two of the three region champions remaining in the draw. Lovejoy is the other. Norcross (12-0) is the only unbeaten team in the highest class and has defeated seven playoff opponents, all by eight points or more. Camden County (11-1) is a three-time former champion that was ranked No. 1 until upset by Colquitt County in the final game of the regular season, after Camden had clinched Region 1.

Is it for the title? No. This class is too talented to make bold predictions like that, but the winner is the team to beat entering the final four – though Norcross has never played in a semifinal, much less a state championship game. The computer Maxwell Ratings say the winner of this game is 59 percent likely to win the title.

*AAAAA – Tucker at Northside-Warner Robins: Northside and Tucker began the season 1-2 in the rankings. Tucker was the 2011 champion and beat Northside 17-16 in the semifinals. Tucker is 10-2 after getting nicked by Stephenson and M.L. King in this classification’s toughest region. Northside (12-0) is the only unbeaten team in AAAAA.

Is it for the title? No. Tucker is dangerous, but only a No. 3 seed. The computer Maxwell Ratings say the winner of this game is 51 percent likely to win the title.

*AAAA – Burke County at Sandy Creek: Sandy Creek (12-0), a state champion in 2009 and 2010, is ranked No. 1 and is the only unbeaten team in this class. Burke (11-1) won Class AAA in 2011 and is ranked No. 3. Its only loss is to Thomson, the No. 1 team in AAA.

Is it for the title? No. Second-ranked Marist can’t be overlooked. The computer Maxwell Ratings say the winner of this game is 67 percent likely to win the title.

*AAA – Buford at Carver-Columbus: Each of these teams has reached the quarterfinals each season since 2006. Buford is averaging 13.3 victories in that time. Carver is averaging 12.1. They were ranked 2-3 in preseason. They are ranked 2-3 now.

Is it for the title? No. The winner would face No. 1 Thomson or Cartersville, both of which are 12-0. The computer Maxwell Ratings say the winner of this game is 22 percent likely to win the title.

*AA – Brooks County at Calhoun: Calhoun is ranked No. 1. Brooks County is ranked No. 2. Both are 12-0. Their quarterbacks – Taylor Lamb of Calhoun and Malcolm Parrish of Brooks County – are probably the leading contenders for player of the year in this classification.

Is it for the title? Yes. Anybody can be beaten, but it would make headlines if Calhoun or Brooks County didn’t win the championship. The computer Maxwell Ratings say the winner of this game is 69 percent likely to win the title.

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21 comments Add your comment

Real Dekalb VET

November 27th, 2012
7:58 am

Well Well Well, it’s getting interesting….. Let’s focus and take care of business Friday Tucker & Stephenson so that there will be a rematch next Friday.

Hubert Green

November 27th, 2012
8:02 am

In games like these where the talent level is so high and so even, home field advantage may be the difference. Most of these teams have long bus trips. I’d be tempted to leave a day early if I were coaching Norcross.

Jacketaxe

November 27th, 2012
8:26 am

Brooks is just a bump in the road, Go Jackets !!!

Metro Fan

November 27th, 2012
10:59 am

No disrespect to Myles Willis and a fine Marist squad, but Sandy Creek and Burke County play for the AAAA championship Friday night. Stockbridge may just spring the upset anyway. I’d really love to see Norcross finally play to its talent level and rock Camden for the exclamation point on Metro ATL’s new found dominance of what has historically been South Georgia’s powerhouse sport.

Jefferson

November 27th, 2012
11:05 am

Metro, you are wrong these are quarterfinals, the dome is weeks away.

WarEagle

November 27th, 2012
11:15 am

@Metro Fan — I expect the winner of the Burke v. SC game to be in the finals, but I am certain the championship trophy will not be given out this Friday. Whoever comes from the other side of the bracket will be a tough out as well, and if the Burke/SC winner starts to celebrate a championship this weekend, they will lose the title — just ask Buford about last year. I am confident the fine coaches of Burke and Sandy Creek will not let that happen.

Maxwell Shmaxwell

November 27th, 2012
11:24 am

Don’t rely too heavily on Maxwell’s computer-generated guesses. Remember, after round 1, Maxwell said the most likely semifinal matchup in 6A was Grayson v. North Cobb — just before Grayson was eliminated; in 5A was Kell v. MLK — just before both were eliminated; in 4A was Sandy Creek v. Grady — just before Grady was eliminated. Match-ups on the field are what matter.

SMYRNA

November 27th, 2012
11:38 am

@Jacketaxe – How do you do know Brooks is just a bump in the road? Any given Friday Night Any Team can be beaten, unless you know the REFS, LOL! Just kidding with you Jacketaxe, I hope it is a great game and not a blowout like last year!

The Cross

November 27th, 2012
1:22 pm

Hubert-Norcross is leaving at noon on Thursday.

The Cross

Jefferson

November 27th, 2012
1:56 pm

Carrollton and Ridgeland, now those were some tough teams, but only Ridgelands survives. Last years Jefferson’s team was better than last years Brooks and I don’t see any difference this year. Calhoun is playing as well or better than last year. Region 1 does good in early rounds, not so much in late ones.

topper

November 27th, 2012
2:19 pm

The Cross- Leaving the day before is a very smart move, now let’s see if they get blasted on this board like Colquitt did for doing the same thing.

ricohman

November 27th, 2012
3:28 pm

Metrofan- what new found metro ATL dominance are you talking about? Yeah I quess the 3 time State Champion Camden Cats are just destined to be a footnote in the Norcross teams unstoppable march to the title…Yeah right!!! Get on the bus, ride your ass down here to Chris Gilman Stadium and let the kids play the game. If Camden plays like they are capable of playing they will be fine..Not saying it will not be a tough and hard fought contest, but I believe home field advantage and the fact that the Cats are used to the spotlight and big games should see them through…To all the Norcross fans making the trip, drive safely, and enjoy your time here in SE GA. Looking forward to this game. This truly is the best time of the year.

FranchiseMe

November 27th, 2012
4:29 pm

Looking forward to seeing Burke County vs Sandy Creek. Should be a great game. Two great Coaches and good programs. SC has two Championships and Burke has one. SC was AAA champ in 2010, AAAA in 2009, Burke was AAA in 2011. Should be eventfull. Don’t like the trash talking, just good football. Leave the comments at home. Let the kid’s play do the talking. Adults shut up!!

Camden74

November 27th, 2012
9:16 pm

Roll on Camden County Wildcats, Roll on! :-D

superdawg

November 27th, 2012
9:23 pm

BROOKS WILL BE ONLY TEAM TO NOT BE CHALLENGED IN PLAYOFFS. THEY ROLL EVERYBODY

YELLERJACKETZ1

November 27th, 2012
9:36 pm

SUPERDAWG U BEEN ROLLN SUMPTN OR U JUST TINK LAK DAT NORMANALLY??? HAHA LOL

squirrell

November 27th, 2012
10:43 pm

Just a Packer Fan’s Opinion….Believe me, I have nothing against Norcross.

I just watched the Norcross/SG Game. The Blue Devils definitley did not dominate SG. Without SG’s turnovers and dropped passes, SG would have been in the game til the end.

Camden will eat Kamara alive! Overall Norcross is not fast enough or tough enough to play with he Camden. They’re in for a RUDE awakening this Friday.

Norcross looks athletic but they’re to laid-back and not aggressive enough to beat a team like Camden!

Now, I would love to see Norcross rise-up and knock-off the BlueCats!

Pack would much rather face the Blue Devils if we get by Parkview(and we should).

reggaeman

November 28th, 2012
4:33 am

Brooks got too much speed for Calhoun, slow defensr!

reggaeman

November 28th, 2012
4:39 am

Don’t be surprise if Camden don’t run the ball down Norcross throat and play ball control. Good luck to all the South Georgia schools, the hell with the northern schools with them big division 1 size players, that’s the only thing they have over the southern schools, we small but fast down here, but the kids above Macon are huge as hell.

First Down Creek!!!!

November 28th, 2012
7:52 am

The Creek is about to rise!!!

First Down Creek!!!!

November 28th, 2012
7:52 am

The Creek is about to rise!!!