Semifinal previews: Class AA

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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18 comments Add your comment

james mann

December 6th, 2012
10:10 am

I believe lamar county has a chance. Defense is good, offence has more speed than any team I have seen. Go Trojans

Jefferson

December 6th, 2012
10:27 am

At this point any team can move on, Jackets should/better be ready. 2 to go.

Bulldawg

December 6th, 2012
10:44 am

I watched the video of the Benedictine/Lamar County game. Benedictine moved the ball at will against the Lamar County defense in the first half, gashing them with runs up the middle and short passes on third down. I just don’t see the Lamar County defense being able to stop the firepower of Calhoun. Also, Calhoun will present more speed on offense than Lamar County has seen this season.

It will come down to turnovers. Lamar County has tremendous speed, but if Calhoun holds onto the ball, the Jackets will win. If not, it could get interesting. Calhoun has not had a bad game turnover-wise in the playoffs yet.

TrojanFan

December 6th, 2012
6:50 pm

Let Calhoun come out and play Trojan ball and its over

TrojanFan

December 6th, 2012
6:54 pm

Go back and watch the Lamar vs appling game and everyone can see Lamar has what it takes to handle a larger size team these boys come to play football no matter where it is take them lightly and it will be a Trojan ball game all night

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 6th, 2012
6:56 pm

TROJANFAN WEVE DONE WHUPPED UP ON 2 SETS OF TROJANS ALREADY IDONT THINK THERE IS GOING 2 B A PROB WITH 3RD

TrojanFan

December 6th, 2012
7:01 pm

I am glad u feel that way yellerjacket1. Make no mistake we just don’t lay down we bring it in every aspect of the game

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 6th, 2012
7:08 pm

WELL I HOPE SO TROJANFAN I WOULD LIKE 2 C A WELL CONTESTED BALL GAME OUR YELLERJACKETZ R GETTING AWAY FROM EVERYBODY EARLY GOOD LUCK! HOW FAR AWAY IS LAMAR CO.?

Alexander

December 6th, 2012
7:10 pm

Go Trojans Lamar County is going all the way bring the A game all the way.

TrojanFan

December 6th, 2012
7:22 pm

Yellowjacketz1 we are 2hrs from y’all this will be the best played game in AA yet

TrojanFan

December 6th, 2012
7:28 pm

WE ARE LAMAR !!!!!!!!!!!! Lets go all the way Dome bound

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 6th, 2012
7:28 pm

TROJAN THANKS FOR THE INFO. LETS GET IT ON WINNER GOES 2 THE ‘DOME !!!

the champ is here

December 7th, 2012
2:08 pm

Trojan fan lovett could have beaten ya’ll if not for mistakes.make no doubt we are the best team in 2a.so don’t think ya’ll just gonna come to calhoun and run the ball on us.that’s what another bunch of trojans thought.they were carrollton and they were bigger and alot faster than ya’ll…better check yourself before you wreck yourself.

GTVET

December 7th, 2012
2:18 pm

Speed is what Calhoun is.They aren’t really Huge on the lines, but are big ,fast and play smart,not to mention VERY good football players.I do wish Lamar Co. Players and fans good luck but I just don’t see Lamar Co. being any closer than 21 points unless as someone mentioned alot of Calhoun turnovers which hasn’t happened this year yet.But having said all that ,a football is a funny shaped ball and can take some funny bounces.The game is played on the field and as they say you Never know.On any given night,etc…Good Luck to both teams….my prediction…Calhoun 42……..Lamar Co. 17………………”……..GO NAVY BEAT ARMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….Navy 28…………Army 17

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 7th, 2012
6:02 pm

CALHOUN 49 LAMAR CO.14

AndyAlbea

December 7th, 2012
11:34 pm

No love for Jefferson on here. Bring on Calhoun in the Georgia Dome. The Jefferson Dragons are taking the title on Saturday!!!

Curls

December 8th, 2012
9:14 am

GO DRAGONS !

GTVET

December 12th, 2012
3:33 pm

Ain’t gonna happen Andy…Calhoun ROLLS to another State title…….Calhoun 38 ……..Jefferson 14