Greater Atlanta Christian at Jefferson
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Jefferson
Records, rankings: Greater Atlanta Christian is 10-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AA and ranked No. 9; Jefferson is 12-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AA and ranked No. 7.
Last meeting: Greater Atlanta Christian won 34-19 in the 1999 regular season.
Three things to know: 1. The three headline-makers on GAC’s offense are RB Kyle Scales (1,311 yards rushing, 21 touchdowns), WR Peter Whiteneck (53 catches, 906 yards, 12 TD) and QB Rafe Chapple (144-236 passing, 2,279 yards, 25 TD). GAC is outstanding in the kicking game with punter Ross Wood (42.0 average) and place-kicker Brandon Holzgrefe (10-for-10 on field goals, including the game-winner in the quarterfinals against Early County). 2. Jefferson QB Bryant Shirreffs went over 2,000 yards passing on the season in a 53-51 victory over Fitzgerald in the quarterfinals. There were many stars in that game. FB Tristen Jackson caught the winning TD pass and the two-point conversion in the third overtime. Wesley Simonton blocked a field with 19 seconds left in regulation and helped make the tackle to stop Fitzgerald’s two-point attempt in the last overtime. CB Hanon Price had 16 solo tackles. 3. Jefferson is trying to reach the state finals for the third time. The Dragons lost Class A finals in 1975 and 1977. GAC has made one final and lost to Buford in 2002.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Jefferson by 12
Lamar County at Calhoun
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phil Reeve Stadium, Calhoun
Records, rankings: Lamar County is 12-0-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 4-AA and ranked No. 5; Calhoun is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 7-AA and ranked No. 1.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. Calhoun QB Taylor Lamb (3,166 yards passing) is the Gatorade state player of the year, but he’s got plenty of weapons at his disposal. WR Josh Barnes has 81 catches for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns. WR Tydus Curtis has 54 catches for 875 yards and 11 touchdowns. RB Alex Urbano has rushed for 1,119 yards and scored 21 touchdowns and also has 31 catches for 313 yards. 2. Lamar County QB Lance Austin’s best skill typicallyis disturbing the ball in the Wing-T, but he had the best game of his season in a 34-28 victory over Lovett in the quarterfinals, rushing for 96 yards and completing all six passes for 141 yards. He has 676 rushing yards and 629 passing yards on the season. RB Lawrence Austin has rushed for 1,135 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. RB Jeremy Fletcher has 598 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. 3. Both are regions champions that have flipped coins in the quarterfinals and semifinals to determine which No. 1 seed would be the home team. Calhoun is 2-0 in coin flips. Lamar is 0-2. Calhoun has won 41 consecutive home games, its most recent loss to Cartersville in 2008. Calhoun has won 17 straight home playoff games dating to 2007.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Calhoun by 24
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