Semifinal previews: Class AAAA

Monroe Area at Sandy Creek

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Battlefield, Tyrone

Records, rankings: Monroe Area is 12-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 8-AAAA and unranked; Sandy Creek is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 5-AAAA and ranked No. 1.

Last meeting: Sandy Creek won 41-0 in the 2010 Class AAA quarterfinals.

Three things to know: 1. Monroe Area RB Kwan Brooks rushed for 135 yards in a 47-8 victory over South Effingham in the quarterfinals to increase his rushing total to 1,894 on the season. QB Stanton Truitt has rushed for 1,388 yards despite missing four games with injuries. 2. Sandy Creek’s three biggest yardage-gainers on offense are underclassmen. Junior QB Cole Garvin has thrown for 2,288 yards. Sophomore RB Eric Swinney has rushed for 1,318 yards. Junior WR Demarre Kitt has 60 receptions for 1,034 yards. 3. Sandy Creek won a coin toss to host this game, as both teams are No. 1 seeds and region champions. Sandy Creek has won 32 consecutive home games, 11 in the playoffs.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Sandy Creek by 28

Marist at Ridgeland

When, where:7:30 p.m. Friday, Bowers and Painter Field, Rossville

Records, rankings: Marist is 12-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 6-AAAA and ranked No. 2; Ridgeland is 12-1, the No. 1 seed from 7-AAAA and ranked No. 9.

Last meeting: Marist won 30-0 in the first round of the 2006 Class AAAA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. Ridgeland has a 2,000-yard rusher in Darrell Bridges (2,127, 37 TDs) and a 1,000-yard rusher in Vonn Bell (1,008, 20 TDs, plus 131 tackles on defense). The best lineman is OL/DL Gannon Hampton. 2. Three players to watch for Marist are QB Myles Willis, DL Greg Taboada and ATH Gray King. Willis has rushed for 1,097 yards. King is more explosive. A two-way starter, he has rushed for only 611 yards but with 11 touchdowns and an 8.7 per-carry average and is dangerous in the return game. Taboada has five sacks in three playoff games and 20 tackles for losses on the season. 3. Ridgeland won a coin toss to host this game, as both teams are No. 1 seeds and region champions. That was good news for Ridgeland, which has never won a playoff game on the road while Marist is 48-3 in home playoff games under coach Alan Chadwick.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Ridgeland by 1

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18 comments Add your comment

patriotpower

December 6th, 2012
7:20 am

Was Un Aware that Cole Segraves played for Sandy Creek!!!!!!!

Patriot Power

December 6th, 2012
8:26 am

A 28-point spread in the semis? Yikes!

Great Reporting

December 6th, 2012
8:32 am

Did you not hear that Marist’s Gray King is out — here is another paper that reported the story Tursday — http://www.thecrier.net/sports/article_37bb6a42-3e25-11e2-8a1d-0019bb2963f4.html

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

December 6th, 2012
10:38 am

The only time I would regularly predict a Marist loss would be on the coin toss for home field thats the only thing they seem to lose every season. Marist will plug in another running back but it may be the other side of the ball is where the loss of experence will be felt more.
Not a fan of Marist but hoping someone from Dekalb makes the finals. Notice I pulling for them to get to the final because I know who will be waiting for them. I know they can slow downd Sandy Creek but not enough to beat them.
Monroe Area this will be a great learning experenice for you. Lots of Luck !

Ridgeland QB

December 6th, 2012
10:46 am

Ridgeland will be scoring TDs all night against Marist: http://instagram.com/p/S3j5UvpsJ0/

WarEagle

December 6th, 2012
10:50 am

Ridgeland is a very tough team. Marist will have its hands full Friday night. Won’t stop the Ridgeland running attack, but need to slow it down; offense needs to play better than past two weeks as well (now without help of one key weapon). Marist can do it, but it will require great focus, effort, and trust in each other. Go War Eagles!

98Cane

December 6th, 2012
10:53 am

@ nodistrictlines…..Monroe Area doesnt need a class on Sandy Creek. Trust me, we are fully aware of the athletes and firepower they possess. Two years ago they beat us 41-0 in the quarters.

GHSA Lapdogs

December 6th, 2012
11:06 am

It is cool to have a Tennessee prep school in our state final four. I mean, I presume that Ridgeland is a TN prep school — many of their best players live in TN (including TN resident Vonn Bell, who gets a pass because his mommy works at the school now) and two of their best linemen transfered to the school this year as seniors. I guess the GHSA’s jurisdiction stops at Milton High School.

First Down Creek!!!!

December 6th, 2012
12:14 pm

The Creek is about to rise!!!!

canes30014

December 6th, 2012
12:45 pm

The Creek is about to rise because a hurricane is coming,a bad one

FranchiseMe

December 6th, 2012
1:57 pm

Don’t sleep on Sandy Creek’s un-noted players. They have two good defensive lineman, two good offensive lineman, two other good receivers, another good DB and safety and two other pretty good running backs, plus two tough fullbacks. Oh, don’t forget about their kicker, hit a 54 yarder this year. Their team is stacked.

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

December 6th, 2012
3:43 pm

@GHSA Lapdogs so are you saying a public school recruits in the state of Ga.? From out of state too ? Haven’t heard the out of state thing before.
Come down to Dekalb I think recruiting is a coaching class they give to the big schools in Dekalb GHSA doesn’t have the time or money to run down every tip they get. Then I think unless it is a slam dunk ( pun intended Milton ) they are afraid of getting sued so they do nothing.
But Ridgeland will need all the help they can get. Should be a very good game.

Patriot Power

December 6th, 2012
3:51 pm

Funny thing about hurricanes, they always lose strength on land.

PatriotGirl

December 6th, 2012
8:16 pm

@ Patriot Power- LOL…love it!!!

I>U

December 7th, 2012
2:11 am

Why dont you 2 Patriots just get a room?

KD

December 7th, 2012
11:00 am

FranchiseMe, STACKED is right, makes you wonder, doesn’t it.

Greg Manuel

December 7th, 2012
11:11 am

Time for the talking to stop We are here now !!! We will see to night who the best Team is!!! GO CANES

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 7th, 2012
12:14 pm

IF MARIST CONTROLS RIDGELANDS RUN GAME IT WILL BE A CLOSE GAME IF NOT LIGHTS OUT! RIDGELAND 35 MARIST14