Playoff preview: Class AAAAA quarterfinals

Tucker at Northside (Warner Robins)

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

Records, rankings: Tucker is 10-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 6-AAAAA and ranked No. 5; Northside is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAAAA and ranked No. 1.

Last meeting: Tucker won 17-16 in the 2011 Class AAAA semifinals.

Three things to know: 1. Keshun Hill (111) and Glenn Smith (110) each had more than 100 yards rushing in a 45-17 victory over Thomas County Central in the second round. Hill is Northside’s leading rusher. He has 1,132 yards and 17 touchdowns on 91 carries (12.4 ypc) and also has 22 catches for 323 yards and seven touchdowns. 2. Tucker had more than 500 yards rushing in a 40-21 victory over North Paulding in the second round. QB Juwaan Williams scored three touchdowns and rushed for 140 yards. Dallas Rivers scored on a 90-yard run and went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season. 3. In their semifinal game last year, Northside led 16-10 and had the ball on the Tucker 2-yard line with about 5 minutes left. Tucker forced a fumble and returned it from one end zone to the other for a touchdown in the 17-16 win. Tucker and Northside also played in the 2007 semifinals. Northside won 31-28 after Tucker failed to hold a 28-7 halftime lead. The winner of those games went on to win state titles.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Northside by 12

Winner plays: Stephenson/Ware County winner

Stephenson at Ware County

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

Records, rankings: Stephenson is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AAAAA and ranked No. 9; Ware County is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAAAA and ranked No. 6.

Last meeting: Stephenson won 34-13 in the 2009 regular season.

Three things to know: 1. Ware County TB/LB Xavier Tobler is a two-way starter with 1,488 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns on offense and 95 tackles on defense. Ware’s other all-state candidate is also is a two-way starter. DL/TE Jimal McBride has 118 tackles, 22 for losses, and has 108 knockdown blocks on offense. 2. Stephenson DL Khari Waithe Alexander, who is committed to Southern Miss, has 15 tackles for losses and is one of three Stephenson defensive linemen with more than 20 tackles for losses. The others are Ryan George and Jonathan Wynn. In the 35-6 victory over East Paulding in the second round, Stephenson held East to 150 yards in total offense – 244 below East’s average. 3. Stephenson’s victory over East Paulding was the school’s first playoff win on the road. Stephenson now must break a slump in the quarterfinals, where the Jaguars are 1-4 all-time, last winning in 2005. Ware County is 3-3 in the quarters, winning in 1976, 2004 and 2007.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Stephenson by 4

Winner plays: Tucker/Northside winner

Gainesville at Harris County

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

Records, rankings: Gainesville is 9-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; Harris County is 8-4, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Harris County started the season 0-4, then struggled to beat Douglas County (which finished 2-8) in four overtimes to start an eight-game winning streak. In the 31-21 victory over Warner Robins last week, Harris County led 31-7, and Esaias Chapman rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns. He has rushed for 2,033 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. He has never been held to fewer than 97 yards rushing in a game. 2. Gainesville QB Deshaun Watson, a junior who has committed to Clemson, either passed or ran 61 times in Gainesville’s 61-42 victory over Kell in the second round. He finished with 222 yards passing and 159 rushing. For the season, Watson has thrown for 3,035 yards and 40 touchdowns and rushed for 1,102 yards and 19 touchdowns. 3. Neither school has won a state championship in football, but their football histories couldn’t be more different otherwise. Harris County, which opened in 1956, was 0-6 in the postseason until this year. This will be the Tigers’ third home playoff game this year. Those are the only home playoff games in school history. Gainesville has played 107 postseason games since 1948. The Red Elephants are trying to reach the semifinals for the 19th time.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Gainesville by 16

Winner plays: Allatoona/Whitewater winner

Allatoona at Whitewater

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

Records, rankings: Allatoona is 11-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAAA and ranked No. 10; Whitewater is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Allatoona drove 73 yards in the final four minutes for the winning touchdown in a 20-19 victory over M.L. King in the second round. Allatoona RB T.J. Herron rushed for 116 yards in the win. Allatoona has two running backs with more than 1,000 yards rushing in Herron (1,250) and sophomore Joshua Bettistea. 2. Whitewater RB Kendall Conley rushed for 290 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 34-27 victory over Glynn Academy in the second round. Whitewater trailed by one point until Conley’s 12-yard TD run with 22 seconds left. For the season, Conley has rushed for 1,906 yards on 205 carries and scored 34 touchdowns. 3. Whitewater opened in 2004 and broke through to the quarterfinals this season after second-round losses in 2007 and 2010. The school is 70-26 under coach Amos McCreary, who started the program. Allatoona opened in 2008 and reached the AAA quarterfinals last season, losing to eventual champion Burke County 32-28.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Allatoona by 6

Winner plays: Gainesville/Harris County winner

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132 comments Add your comment

Gator Bait

November 27th, 2012
7:52 am

Ware wins this one easy. I think we have more team speed and a little, better athletes. We are definitely better coached and way more disciplined. Being at home will give us the edge. Also when you won down here a few years ago, remember you were a class up. We gave you all you wanted then, we just couldn`t hang on at the end. I don`t think this one will be close. Our defense is much stronger then any D you have faced period. South Ga football a little different than want you little city folks are use to. In the Swamp we make you Gator Bait. Yall can talk all that smack, (JAB) but your team is not that good. We can also run and pass, which you seem to have problems with. Time for basketball. Are you ready NSWR for the coin flip. I hope you have to come here. I think you get home cooking at your house, anyway the stands will be rocking. Let`s finish off all that talk about how our Region is the best crap they been shooting off their mouth about all year long. Tucker and Stephenson will play each other next week, (in basketball). See ya fri. be careful the troopers down here don`t care for you city slickers to mush, they might take you in the woods and make you squeallllllllll like a pig.

Gator Bait

November 27th, 2012
7:53 am

Ware wins this one easy. I think we have more team speed and a little, better athletes. We are definitely better coached and way more disciplined. Being at home will give us the edge. Also when you won down here a few years ago, remember you were a class up. We gave you all you wanted then, we just couldn`t hang on at the end. I don`t think this one will be close. Our defense is much stronger then any D you have faced period. South Ga football a little different than want you little city folks are use to. In the Swamp we make you Gator Bait. Yall can talk all that smack, (JAB) but your team is not that good. We can also run and pass, which you seem to have problems with. Time for basketball. Are you ready NSWR for the coin flip. I hope you have to come here. I think you get home cooking at your house, anyway the stands will be rocking. Let`s finish off all that talk about how our Region is the best crap they been shooting off their mouth about all year long. Tucker and Stephenson will play each other next week, (in basketball). See ya fri. be careful the troopers down here don`t care for you city slickers to much, they might take you in the woods and make you squeallllllllll like a pig.

Tucker and TFL

November 27th, 2012
7:56 am

First

Here we go again with the Tucker vs Northside battle. The Tucker Tigers have improved immensely from what I saw earlier this season with the penalties and mental mistakes that contributed to the two losses. If we go out there and play like we did last Friday night we will come home with a win. I sat down and watched two of the Northside Warner Robins games and wasn’t that impressed with the overall talent of the team compared to Tucker. However, the offensive line for Northside is big and very talented that will go up against Tuckers big and talented D-Line. The team that controls the ball and has the least amount of turnovers will win this game.

Real Dekalb VET

November 27th, 2012
8:11 am

Gator Bait-talking MAD trash lol, Stephenson has heard it before. I doubt if ya’ll have way more team speed and talent, maybe in your region. Ware Co. has not played a team of Stephenson’s caliber, you are in for rude awakening. Region 6-5A coming at yah………….

JAG4LIFE

November 27th, 2012
8:13 am

Wow Gater Bait! Stephenson is a very humble TEAM. The only people talking is the people on these blogs. The Stephenson Jaguars players don’t do the talking, so be careful what you say. These youngmen play their hearts out just like your players. May the best team win is what it’s all about. This is a blog where people support their favorite team and the Stephenson Jaguars happens to be mine and I want what’s best for them, because they deserve it. Defense is something to be reckoned with so, DON’T sleep on us. US little city folks (as you call us) can handle you swamp people. JAGUARS, JAGUARS, JAGUARS, YOU KNOW!!!!!

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
8:37 am

NONE OF THESE GA TEAMS ARE CAPABLE OF CHALLENGING AN AVERAGE FLORIDA JV TEAM….DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT THE VARSITY LEVELS….WE WOULD DRAG ANY TEAM U GA FOLKS BRAG ABOUT….just think about it.

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
8:43 am

THE DEEPER YOU GO SOUTH…THE STRONER, FASTER, QUICKER AND HARDER YOU GET HIT….just think about it.

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
8:44 am

STRONGER^^^typo

Tucker DAD

November 27th, 2012
8:53 am

@FLA#1All Day, if my memory serves me correct didn’t one of your Florida teams play our Grayson team earlier this season and got DRAGGED! And they aren’t in the playoffs anymore.

Just saying…..

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

November 27th, 2012
8:56 am

Right on Tucker dad and the other FLA team didnt show up !

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
8:59 am

I BET IT WAS AN ALL WHITE SCHOOL….NEXT TIME PICK A TEAM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN

jesus

November 27th, 2012
9:13 am

Sorry Buddy it was Miami Central at straight black school from the hood.

Ga High School Fan

November 27th, 2012
9:33 am

@Florida do the research 4 of your team plyed Ga teams and got waxed. Maimi Central never even got off the bus in Gwinnett county. Obviously you woke up with nothing to do so you got on the blog. Now you have been set striaght so back away slowing, don`t touch the key board,and go to school. You are obviously a child playing on the computer. Does your mommy know your home.

Tiger4Life

November 27th, 2012
9:41 am

Gator bait, do you not remember the last time you guys played a Dekalb Co. team? 42-3 Tucker all over Ware Co.

I ran into Stephenson’s team Chaplain last night, I’ve been knowing for about 15 years. He told me he was taking the team to Pappadeaux so the Jags could get the taste for some Gator meat.

jokurone

November 27th, 2012
9:59 am

Gainesville Red Elephants roll all the way to their first State Championship!!

Gator Bait

November 27th, 2012
10:05 am

@Tiger4life, you better be worried about those Eagles and stay out of grown folks business, you will have a lot of time to write next week. I think they have a basketball blog. NSWR is going to crush you. Y’all think your Reg is so tuff. Your Reg champs are home thinking about it too huh. You and the Jags will join them. The AJC hypes you northern teams up. you all are not very good. You will see real football in just a few days. Until then shut your mouth about the mighty Gators. They are going to crush, your cowardly lions (oh I mean Jags, the lions are already home) lol. Be sure both of your teams have a great time on the trip down, because the trip back won`t be so good.

Gator Bait

King Of Diamonds

November 27th, 2012
10:07 am

Honestly florida high school teams hasn’t faired to well in Georgia. I am trying to think I believe florida teams are 1-4 or something like that coming over here playing football? Can someone look that up please.
Also just for the record Stephenson is a TEAM of good football players. Not ONE individual! That’s why you don’t know what player you have to key on. If you want to run, we run. If we have it pass, we pass. If you want to speed up, we speed up. Don’t worry Ware County & Gaitor Bait friday will be here soon enough. Just onto your britches

King Of Diamonds

November 27th, 2012
10:09 am

I guess that’s why Gatotr Bait is borderline between Georgia & Florida.. If one team loses he can always jump across the border and route for a florida team.

BcS2010

November 27th, 2012
10:10 am

Thanks AJC for saying tucker forced the fumble!!lol but I got my tigers winning this game. From what I’ve seen from Nswr there good but not that good. I think the level of competition they have been playing makes them look better. There scores come off the most simplest plays there jus bigger and faster than the teams they have played. TCC played Nswr good in the 1st half and there not as good as the normally are. I’m being honest Tucker’s secondary will have to step up. The best passing teams we have played we didn’t really do that bad( MLK,Miller grove,Mays,north Paulding) Nswr will be shocked to face a rushing team like tucker and will be down early and will have to come together for the 1st this season. Tucker wins by 7 maybe 13.. The 1st blow tucker lands will be too much for Nswr to over come.

BcS2010

November 27th, 2012
10:16 am

@gator bait….lol we get hyped up? Lol Tucker is defending champs!! The last time Tucker payed Ware the score was Tucker 42 Ware 3..soooo you of all people should understand lol. I haven’t seem y’all play this season but I no Stephenson has to travel to y’all and that will be tough. BUT trust me Stephenson can beat y’all! There speed is amazing and they are coming off there 1st road playoff win.. It will be tough for y’all gators!!

William Campbell

November 27th, 2012
10:18 am

Northside waxed Booker T. Washington out of FLA in 2009.

Real Dekalb VET

November 27th, 2012
10:36 am

jokurone-Gainesville will need more than the quarterback to win the State Championship. You were very fortunate to Kell last week. Region 6-5A

Tiger4Life

November 27th, 2012
11:09 am

Ware Co. two best players are two-way starters 0_0 Stephenson pulls away in the second-half
34-10 Final Score

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
11:28 am

FLORIDA KIDS ARE FLORIDA KIDS…..GA KIDS ARE FROM FLORIDA AND EVERYWHERE ELSE…DONT TAKE CREDIT FOR OUR KIDS…EVEN LOOK AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL THE TOP PLAYERS WERE RECRUITED FROM FLORIDA….just think about it.

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
11:32 am

@Ga High School Fan (I copied and patse) where do ga teams rank????

MAXPREP High School Football Rankings

1 Manatee (Bradenton, FL)
2 Curtis (River Ridge, LA)
3 DeSoto (De Soto, TX)
4 Katy (TX)
5 Bellevue (WA)
6 Whitmer (Toledo, OH)
7 Butler (Matthews, NC)
8 Ensworth (Nashville, TN)
9 University (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
10 Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA)
11 Narbonne (Harbor City, CA)
12 De La Salle (Concord, CA)
13 Goose Creek (SC)
14 Bentonville (AR)
15 Hoover (AL)
16 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)
17 Steele (Cibolo, TX)
18 Trinity (Louisville, KY)
19 Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, MD)
20 Washington (Miami, FL)
21 North Allegheny (Wexford, PA)
22 Jordan (Sandy, UT)
23 Allen (TX)
24 Norcross (GA)
25 Maryville (TN)

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
11:34 am

THERE IS THE PROOF AS UP 11/26/12…….LOOK IT UP….just think about it.

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
11:40 am

@King Of Diamonds and William Campbell

take a good look at the list up there ^^^ and…just think about it.

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
11:56 am

NUMBERS DONT LIE…LOL…just think about it.

montanto

November 27th, 2012
12:01 pm

Northsides defense held Tucker to 140 yards rushing last year and this defense is a better so get your facts straight. Northside starting defense has only given up 52 points in twelve games.

Real Dekalb VET

November 27th, 2012
12:14 pm

FLA #1 ALL DAY-your comments are not relevant to GA High School Football’s current situation at hand. Worry about Manatee or who every is your favorite team in FLA and if the opportunity presents it’s self in the never future for Manatee or one of you top programs to play on of our good Dekalb,Gwinnett or South GA teams then we can talk. Until then my friend hold it down in the BOTTOM!!!

Tiger4Life

November 27th, 2012
12:17 pm

@montanto

This defense is not better than last year. #42 and #97 are the only guys to worry about same as last year.

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
12:25 pm

@Real Dekalb VET

HEY BUDDY THOSE ARE THE STATS…NATIONWIDE STATS NOT COMMENTS…Y U MAD BRUH???LMAO…YOU KNOW MY OLD SAYING “just think about it.”

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
12:28 pm

<————WHATS MY NAME??? :)

Colquitt97

November 27th, 2012
12:47 pm

FYI: 24 Qtr final games streaming this week. Go here..
http://gahighschoolsports.net/viewforum.php?f=46

graphite

November 27th, 2012
1:45 pm

All you DeKalb Co. fans be careful on I-75.Speed traps are in about every county.South Ga. is dirt poor and tickets are a big source of revenue….RollOn….

DAWG

November 27th, 2012
1:58 pm

Tiger4Life. You are so sadly mistaken. We’ve still got #42 and #97 and they’ve only gotten bigger and stronger but we’ve also got #55, #22, #24, #27 and about 10 more numbers that can come up, fill the hole and clean ya clock, so make sure your equipment guy brings extra chin straps and mouth peices cause the NORTHSIDE EAGLES will be delivering rib rockers all night.

Gamer

November 27th, 2012
2:13 pm

FLA #1 All Day; I hate the kind of low level insensitive wording you allured to concerning the race of a person. As a reminder, Your elite school, Booker T. Washington of Miami rated # 1 came to Warner Robins in 2008/9. They were crushed!!!!! These are kids—–if you are good; it has nothing to do with color. Take your racist comments elsewhere.

BullEagle15

November 27th, 2012
2:39 pm

#24 our corner has really been the difference maker on defense this year. He makes play after play. and #5 our safety is one hell of a hard hitter!

G-dub

November 27th, 2012
2:50 pm

@Gator Bait…Ware WHO??? You have great school spirit but Ware does not have the talent that Stephenson has. Speed is no comparison. you are in for a rude awakening if you think Ware has more speed.
@FLA#1 ALL DAY…If Florida is so much better why are you blogging in GA?

Reeze

November 27th, 2012
2:54 pm

Tiger, Idon’t know where you are coming from , the entire defense is solid……You gettin the jidders

Reeze

November 27th, 2012
3:02 pm

Tiger4Life

November 27th, 2012
3:05 pm

@DAWG

correction #42 has gotten bigger, stonger and SLOWER. He need to drop a few pounds. When our RB’s get to the outside we will see how well #5 deliver the rib rockers. #1 you guys should remember very well, He wore #13 last year and you guys couldn’t tackle him out of the shotgun. He’s a year older and a step faster.

#17 & #55 @ DE and our NG #70 are going to MAN handle your OL all night long.

KING IS HERE

November 27th, 2012
3:09 pm

Let’s go Tucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

arabia rams

November 27th, 2012
3:26 pm

Went to the Tucker vs NSWR game last year. Tucker had two big plays erased. One touchdown pass that was called back for a holding penalty nobody saw. Also, a touchdown pass was dropped by a wide open receiver running down the middle of the field.

@graphite – Best advice on the blog. Police will be looking for Dekalb tags so please travel safely. Last year NSWR sent officers with police dogs into the Tucker locker room! Guess that didn’t work too well for them. LOL!!!

Tucker by at least a touchdown!!

Region 6 best in the state!!!!

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
3:51 pm

@ G-dub

WE BLOG ACROSS THE GLOBE, WHAT WOULD FOOTBALL BE WITHOUT FLORIDA

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
3:57 pm

FLA #1 ALL DAY

November 27th, 2012
4:02 pm

@Gamer

Manatee (Bradenton, FL) IS RANKED # 1 IN THE NATION AND THEIR TEAM IS 50/50 WHITE AND BLACK YOUNG MEN…IM NOT RACIST

Tiger4Life

November 27th, 2012
4:09 pm

Reeze

What was that crap you just had me watch?

Tiger4Life

November 27th, 2012
4:12 pm

Here is a much better video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBenWWhJAAE

We Got This Here
Our Work Is Not Done
WE ARE TUCKER
Run With Us or Run From Us

Gator Bait

November 27th, 2012
6:45 pm

Here kitty, kitty. Where the hell are you Jags, all that talking and no bite. I guess a gators got your tongue. Don`t worry we are about to have that A@@ too. Just a few more days, in the swamp will comsume you. Tucker you won`t leave the MAC with a W. I had a chance to catch 3 NHS games and they are the 2nd best team (besides the Gators) I’ve seen this year. however everyone will see next week when we wax that A@@, in the swamp. but until then, let’s whooop some Reg. 6, soft schedule A@@. As they say, we played this and we played that, yeah yeah. I pulled up that Reg, it`s a bunch of pancies beating up on other pancies. That`s why their 1 seed is gone so quick, the other two had easier routes until now. You have to pay to play my boyz. You city slickers are going to get hammered.

Gator Bait, I can`t wait, so don`t be late, we have sealed your fate.

Damn I should be a rapper, nah you guys got that covered. lol