Which of the elite with survive?

There are no dark horses left in the Class AAA football playoffs. The remaining teams either won their region championship or finished second.

This is an elite field. Six of the eight teams still playing in the quarterfinals were ranked all season. Cartersville joined the rankings on Sept. 10 and North Hall was ranked on two occasions.

Here’s a look at this week’s playoffs:

No. 3 Buford at No. 2 Carver: While both teams have ample offenses, their true strength is on defense. Buford (11-1 on the field, 9-3) has five shutouts, including last week’s 13-0 win over No. 8 North Oconee. In the first round of the playoffs, Cedar Grove became the first team to score more than 20 points on the Wolves this season.

Carver’s defensive numbers aren’t as gaudy; the Tigers have only two shutouts. Carver (11-1) limited No. 5 Peach County to only 17 points in winning that showdown. Carver’s only slipup was a 33-0 loss to Colquitt County, a quarterfinalist in AAAAAA. A key for Carver will be the play of quarterback Torrence McGee, who ran for two touchdowns and threw for two touchdowns last week against Rockmart. McGee has thrown 17 TD passes this year.

These two powerhouses are accustomed to each other. They met during the regular season in 2010 and 2011, with each team winning at home. They had a rematch in the AA semifinals last year, with Buford winning 28-13.

No. 1 Thomson at No. 6 Cartersville: These two undefeated teams feature a contrast in styles. Thomson (12-0) prefers to run the ball behind Chris Jordan (1,970 yards) and Torrie Battle (865 yards, 17 TDs), while Cartersville (12-0) likes to let quarterback Brooks Barden throw it around. Barden has gone all season without throwing an interception. That’s especially impressive considering he’s thrown for 2,552 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Thomson played last week without starting quarterback Chris Tutt, who injured his ankle against Jackson in the first round. His replacement, Quay Cummings, did a good job managing the game.

Thomson has played one of the most difficult schedules in the state and owns victories over four teams that are in the quarterfinals of their respective leagues: Burke County, St. Pius, Greater Atlanta Christian and Washington County.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

No. 4 Washington County at No. 7 St. Pius: St. Pius (10-2) will see if it can shorten the game by using its patented grind-it-out offense. The Golden Lions ground out 370 yards last week against Hart County, with Branden Mitchell (126) picking up the slack for a dinged-up Ryan Braswell. Pius should have Braswell (1,359 yards, 25 TDs) back this week against a Washington County defense that limited second-round opponent Callaway to only 89 yards rushing.

Washington County (11-1) features one the state’s top quarterbacks in William Walker, who is capable of beating teams with his arm and his legs. He ran for a touchdown and threw for a touchdown last week. Juklio Johnson gives the Golden Hawks a solid running threat.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

No. 5 Peach County at North Hall: Peach County (11-1) spent most of the season ranked first in the state until it lost to Carver. The Trojans appear to have recovered, thanks to the passing of Greg Williams (2,012 yards), the running of Keyshawn Lowe (1,081 yards) and the receiving of Demarcus Robinson (41 catches, 12 TDs). The game-breaker is Robinson; he had six catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns last week against Pierce County.

North Hall (10-2) is the only unranked team remaining, but the Trojans have been impressive on offense all season until last week when they struggled to beat Morgan County 13-9. North Hall runs an option offense that’s capable of scoring plenty of points – 38 or more points eight times – behind a deep corp of runners that includes T.J. Tate, Andrew Smith, Brad Brown, Kevin Christmas and Zac Little.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

19 comments Add your comment

Max Sizemore

November 29th, 2012
8:30 am

Nice job, Stan.


November 29th, 2012
9:02 am

Go North Hall


November 29th, 2012
12:15 pm

Looking for a good game between Peach Co and North Hall…Go PCHS!…27-10 Peach Co wins

Son of Waco

November 29th, 2012
12:59 pm

To add to Waco storyline we got 4 good Wr that can beat any weak Cb one on one…One of the wr is a bubble screen specialist…The other 2 are the home run hitters one on the inside and the other on the outside…Last we got the high jumper who we throw it up at its highest point and he go get it..To me that’s the perfect combination in talent at the Wr position to go with a great Qb…At Rb we got a sproles who can shake anyone in space and leave them standing….The other back is a Jacquizz Rodgers type with the same shiftiness but packs a punch that most lb don’t expect….


November 29th, 2012
2:25 pm

Hey SOW, my retort to your continued smoke blowing is below: Region 6 had the highest number of ranked team all season. Actions and recognition speak louder than words. CONGRATS TO THE GOLDEN LIONS ALL REGION PLAYERS

Prep Zone: High School Sports
All-region teams: 6-AAA

11:55 am November 29, 2012, by GHSF Daily

Coach of the year: Paul Standard, St. Pius

Offensive player of the year: QB Johnathon McCrary, Cedar Grove, Sr.

Defensive player of the year: DL Bryson Allen-Williams, Cedar Grove, Sr.


QB – Jack Spear, St. Pius, Sr.

RB – Ryan Braswell, St. Pius, Sr.

RB – Deion Sellers, Cedar Grove, Jr.

RB – Casey Bradley, Blessed Trinity, Sr.

WR – Terryon Robinson, Decatur, Sr.

WR – Jamir Hannah, Cedar Grove, Sr.

WR – Michael Minter, McNair, Sr.

WR – Sam Roberts, Blessed Trinity, Sr.

OL – Ryan Witherspoon, Cedar Grove, Sr.

OL – Zach Mitchler, Blessed Trinity, Jr.

OL – David Marsau, St. Pius, Sr.

OL – Phineas Andrews, St. Pius, Sr.

OL – Cristian Euten, Cross Keys, Jr.

PK – Thomas O’Leary, St. Pius, Jr.

SN – Tucker Etheridge, Blessed Trinity, Sr.


DT – Quincy Nieporte, St. Pius, Sr.

DT – Antwuan Jackson, Cedar Grove, Fr.

DT – Myles Kinder, Blessed Trinity, Sr.

DE – Kyle Kitchens, Decatur, Jr.

DE – Ozzie Bunbury, Woodward Academy, Sr.

DE – Nathaniel Maggio, Blessed Trinity, Sr.

LB – Daniel Crochet, St. Pius, Jr.

LB – Jameel Spencer, Woodward Academy, Sr.

LB – Austin Roark, Woodward Academy, Sr.

LB – Chandler Ector, Cedar Grove, Jr.

CB – Andrew Brown, Decatur, Sr.

CB – Michael Sikorski, St. Pius, Sr.

CB – Everett Nicholas, Cedar Grove, Sr.

S – Daletaviou McGhee, Cedar Grove, Sr.

S – Patrick Huff, Cross Keys, Jr.

P – Alex Robinson, Woodward Academy, Sr.

ATH – Jollyce Myrick, Woodward Academy, Jr.

Son of Waco

November 29th, 2012
6:10 pm

Region 6 only got 1 team left in the playoffs and Region 3 got 2 ….Both teams out of Region 3 is favored in their games, so being ranked when the playoffs starts don’t mean anything….

SPX stadium got to have the weirdest set up ever because i never seen a stadium with stands on just one side of the field…If that isn’t bad enough they don’t even have enough parking at the school, guess it’s a way to give the home team an advantage….Just Win!!!!!!!!!!!

Region 7-AAA

November 29th, 2012
6:30 pm

I expect a good game up in Gainesville at the Brickyard. North Hall is 10-2 at home in the playoffs since 2003 and hasn’t lost a home playoff game since 2004. Sure it doesn’t mean anything with a team like Peach County coming in but beware. North Hall plays its best at home, and especially in the playoffs with a run this deep. I expect it to come down to the team who has the ball last. The key for both teams is to nab an early lead. My prediction for this game.

The Trojans win it, 24-21. Haha.


November 29th, 2012
10:09 pm

Son of Waco – There are a lot of schools with just one sided stadiums . I guess out there in the sticks you have nothing better to spend your money on… I know our stadium seats more than yours does… RUN BABY RUN…… Go Lions and I hope you enjoy the shuttle


November 29th, 2012
10:39 pm


Big Fan

November 30th, 2012
6:32 am

You are right on “an you know it”. All are welcome at SPX for the game. You have a heck of a program. We are just sorry that SOW is not happy with our accommodations. If there’s anything you need SOW while at he game please let us know. I assume you are coming. You are far superior in everything. We’ll just try to make you comfortable. We welcome you.

Old Gold

November 30th, 2012
9:09 am

Will Tutt be back at QB for Thomson?

Son of Waco

November 30th, 2012
11:28 am

Been going to high school games in Ga since 91′ with my dad and have never been to a stadium with one side stands in my life….Also i have been to high schools where you park in fields but never went to one that you had to take the shuttle bus to the game…..So what’s normal to city folks is different for country folks…. I also call it an advantage because the visiting team is on the side of what could be 5000 fans cheering and the home team on the other side just chilling with the trees…

Trojan Sailor

November 30th, 2012
1:18 pm

SOW: Peach County went to SPX in the 2009 Quarterfinal (Won 21-14 in OT) and it was a great experience. My crew and I arrived about 10 minutes before the game started and parked roughly half a mile from the stadium on the side of the road. Many others did the same. SPX recommends taking a shuttle bus, but you can “make” your own parking. It’ll probably be cold, but that’s nothing new.

I can also tell you that sitting on the same side, intermingled with the SPX fans, is also a great experience. SPX fans aren’t sore losers and many of them are quite chatty and full of wit. Although I didn’t find it terribly funny, one gentleman actually commented that SPX should start recruiting kids out of Peach County into their program!

Either way, go to the game and enjoy it because I’m sure it’ll be a clasic!


November 30th, 2012
1:41 pm

SOW – What Trojan said! I love actually meeting the opposing fans at SPX games – it keeps it all clear that these are just our kids playing a game. The other bonus is that everybody gets to enjoy the bands at half time, not just the home crowd. I find it very disappointing at some away games where there are separate entrances for the visitors and actually locked gates between the home/away sides. Anyway, good luck and good health to both teams and we’ll see you at the concession stand (one of the best in the state, btw)


November 30th, 2012
4:12 pm

I’ve been going to high school games since early 70’s. I grew up in the country and only saw two sided stands. I can tell you that Atlanta has many really older stadiums with one sides. Avondale and Adams Stadium to name just a couple. Many state championships came through Avondale. It is a fact and I’m sure all fans will be accommodated nicely at SPX just like they have for years. Kindness begets kindness. Calm down.


November 30th, 2012
9:05 pm

North Hall is doing a job on Peach Co…

Region 7-AAA

November 30th, 2012
10:49 pm

North Hall FINISHED the job on Peach County. 52-10. GO TROJANS!

Seen a Few

November 30th, 2012
11:45 pm

Congrats North Hall. Great Win

Golden Lion

December 1st, 2012
2:30 pm

SOW hope you enjoyed yourself at our school last night!!!! Who hit the home run last night. ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE A GOLDEN LION AND BE A PART OF THE SPX FAMILY