Seven schools in state playoffs for first time

Seven Georgia schools are making their first state-playoff appearances this week in classes AAAAAA to AA. The Class A qualifiers will be announced Wednesday.

The most impressive is McIntosh, which opened in 1982. The Chiefs made region playoffs in 1987, but their first state-playoff appearance in history will be Friday at Northside of Warner Robins. The GHSA expanded the state playoffs to 16 teams in 1990 and 32 teams in 1996.

In its third season under coach Lee Belknap, McIntosh (8-2) has set a school record for victories in a season. The Chiefs had never won more than six games. Their most recent winning season was in 1995.

Other schools making their first state-playoff appearances are South Paulding (opened 2006), Sonoraville (2006), Locust Grove (2009), Lanier (2010), Veterans (2010) and B.E.S.T. Academy (2011).

The team that has gone the most years between state-playoff berths is Alexander. The Cougars are 6-4, their first winning season since 1997 (8-3), also the last time that they made the playoffs.

In the top five classes, 75 percent of 2012 playoff teams (120 of 160) returned to the playoffs in 2013.

Here is a class-by-class look at each playoff team’s state-playoff history.

Class AAAAAA

First-time qualifiers (0): None

Others that missed last year (8): Luella (first since 2008), Westlake (2009), North Forsyth (2010), Archer (2011), Dacula (2011), Etowah (2011), Peachtree Ridge (2011), Lambert (2011)

Back again (24): Camden County (23 consecutive seasons), East Coweta (17), Brookwood (12), Newnan (11), North Gwinnett (10), Lowndes (7), Collins Hill (6), Lassiter (6), Colquitt County (5), McEachern (5), Valdosta (5), Alpharetta (4), Hillgrove (4), Lovejoy (4), Norcross (4), West Forsyth (4), Walton (4), Alcovy (3), Marietta (3), Milton (3), Hughes (2), Newton (2), North Cobb (2), South Gwinnett (2)

Class AAAAA

First-time qualifiers (2): McIntosh, South Paulding

Others that missed last year (5): Riverwood (first since 2001), Houston County (2006), Mundy’s Mill (2007), Mays (2011)

Back again (25): Thomas County Central (22 consecutive seasons), Northside, Warner Robins (18), Gainesville (14), Stephenson (14), Ware County (12), M.L. King (11), Flowery Branch (9), Clarke Central (8), Tucker (7), Glynn Academy (6), Kell (6), Allatoona (4), East Paulding (4), Heritage, Conyers (4), Lakeside, Evans (3), Bainbridge (3), Warner Robins (3), Creekside (2), Creekview (2), Effingham County (2), Harris County (2), Lee County (2), North Paulding (2), Richmond Hill (2), Sequoyah (2), Whitewater (2)

Class AAAA

First-time qualifiers (3): Lanier, Locust Grove, Veterans

Others that missed last year (10): Alexander (first since 1997), Rutland (2007), Eagle’s Landing (2008), Banneker (2009), Northwest Whitfield (2009), Liberty County (2009), Crisp County (2010), Cedartown (2011), Troup (2011)

Back again (19): Carrollton (24 consecutive seasons), Marist (20), Statesboro (15), Griffin (13), Sandy Creek (12), Cairo (11), Burke County (7), Monroe Area (4), Stephens County (4), Stockbridge (4), Dalton (3), Monroe (3), Mary Persons (3), Carver, Atlanta (2), Chestatee (2), Gilmer (2), Grady (2), Wayne County (2), Westover (2), Westside, Macon (2)

Class AAA

First-time qualifiers (2): B.E.S.T. Academy, Sonoraville

Others that missed last year (5): West Hall (first since 2002), Southeast Bulloch (2003), Elbert County (2011), Henry County (2011)

Back again (25): Peach County (23 consecutive seasons), Buford (15), Jefferson County (12), Callaway (8), Carver, Columbus (8), St. Pius (8), Appling County (6), North Oconee (6), Washington County (6), Woodward Academy (6), Cedar Grove (4), Thomson (4), Adairsville (3), Blessed Trinity (3), Pierce County (3), Cartersville (2), Central, Carroll (2), Chapel Hill (2), Dodge County (2), Hart County (2), Jackson County (2), Johnson, Savannah (2), North Hall (2), Pike County (2), Ringgold (2), White County (2)

Class AA

First-time qualifiers (0): None

Others that missed last year (7): Union County (first since 2001), Metter (2003), Taylor County (2006), Bryan County (2007), Dade County (2010), Dublin (2011), Thomasville (2011)

Back again (25): Washington-Wilkes (16 straight), Calhoun (14), Cook (14), Fitzgerald (14), Lovett (12), Heard County (9), Pepperell (9), Westminster (7), Brooks County (6), Lamar County (5), Laney (4), Benedictine (3), Bleckley County (3), Bowdon (3), Jefferson (3), Greater Atlanta Christian (2), Kendrick (2), Macon County (2), Manchester (2), Model (2), Rabun County (2), Screven County (2), Vidalia (2), Wesleyan (2), Westside, Augusta (2)

Note: This includes state playoffs only. Some schools have longer streaks of making the playoffs (region and state playoffs).

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20 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

November 12th, 2013
7:41 am

It is the 4th in a row for Lovejoy but their 12th trip to the state playoffs.

Sportsnut

November 12th, 2013
7:47 am

At every turn, huh?

RobFromNorcross

November 12th, 2013
7:50 am

the number in parenthesis is how many consecutive trips, no one is out to slight any one.

Sportsnut

November 12th, 2013
8:01 am

You just are not going to let me have any fun, are you? You might make me give up. I can’t prod the posters. Now you wont let me make Todd come out to play. Dang man.

Todd Holcomb

November 12th, 2013
9:26 am

Rob is serving this week as PrepZone bouncer for the unruly customers. :)

Pelham Hornet 1996

November 12th, 2013
10:08 am

I thought Westover went last year. They were defeated by South Effingham in the second round.

Jefferson

November 12th, 2013
11:48 am

Too bad for Sonoraville they get Buford 1st.

Todd Holcomb

November 12th, 2013
2:52 pm

Pelham – You are correct about Westover. Thanks. Fixed.

Frosty

November 12th, 2013
3:21 pm

THANK YOU, Todd for putting this information out there. Helpful to know when we’re all digesting another rant from bloggers griping about how bad their coach is and wanting to get rid of him.

region4fan

November 12th, 2013
3:22 pm

Unless I misunderstand what the numbers mean, this year is North Cobb’s third consecutive year in the play offs.

Titletown USA

November 12th, 2013
5:29 pm

I think that using consecutive playoff appearances as a method for justifying the success of coaches and/or programs is a bit disingenuous. When considering that 4 teams make it every year. Of course evaluating programs are somewhat subjective anyhow, but I am just not sure that you can say the Valdosta or Lowndes program had “successful” seasons. I am not saying that Gillespie or McPhearson should be fired, but I do think that the heat dial should be turned up a notch or two on their coaching thrones.

Titletown USA

November 12th, 2013
5:32 pm

On another note, I wonder how many people have had to secretly apologize to Coach Welton Coffey for the doomsday predictions after the first game loss for the Camden program. I had to chance to get to know him when he was at Valdosta and he is a stand up guy and I am glad to see him get that program on a roll. I am sure there were many who said he would never fill Herron’s shoes.

Board_Ref

November 12th, 2013
6:39 pm

I have the penalty flag at the ready Todd…just say the word and Ill let it fly.

blu eagle

November 12th, 2013
10:53 pm

Yes Mcintosh welcome to the jungle, what a first round pick.Congrats on making the playoffs and having a good year hopefully you can hang with NSWR we need the competition and if you win you will have earned it.

TUCKFAN2

November 13th, 2013
10:31 am

Sorry JAB, I copied some of your earlier posts before playing Tucker just for this moment. Don’t stop your support for Stephenson and your fellow DeKalb county schools. You make this blog interesting.

JAB
October 6th, 2013
12:06 pm
Let me kick off the big CATS game in Dekalb county, this week TUCKER vs STEPHENSON. The most talked about, trash talking, heated game against cross town rivals in the state. I’m grilling Tiger meat today on the grill, all this week it’s tiger tiger tiger on the menu; I peeped Stephenson menu for this coming week.
Monday it’s grill (TIGERS) on bun…
Tuesday it’s (TIGER PIZZA)
Wednesday it’s (TIGER’S SOUP)
Thursday it’s (FILET A TIGER)
Friday at Hallford stadium it’s going to be (A TIGERS BEAT DOWN SMOTHERED WITH SEASONED JAAAAAGUARS SAVORY SAUCE)
GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…
Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker & Stephenson do rock
The tigers did knock on the door
but still could not score
Hickory Dickory Doc
Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker is #1 “NOT”
they thought they will win
but Stephenson beat them again
Hickory Dickory Doc
JAB
October 7th, 2013
2:47 pm
@ Chase you tell em! Ahhh! I don’t know what Stephenson has to do this year to humble Tucker. (beat you worse than last years beating). @ Reeze & 5AReg6Fan, didn’t we beat you (TUCKER) last year, while you were ranked ahead of us. It going to be deja vu; I should have ask Todd how far will Tucker fall from the rankings after Stephenson put the beat down on you guys, Lol., Let me remind you guys that the JAGS has already made a statement in region 6AAAAA and dethrone you last year.
AJC have much love for you Tucker because you have won 2 state championships (YEAH!!!!!!) but what they don’t realize is that since MLK went down the most talked about, most talented, best all around team in region 6AAAAA is Stephenson Jaguars, the love will come this year after the Jaguars win the region and win the state championship this year. The hex was broken last year when the JAGS won 2 games in the state and probably was headed to the dome if their QB hadn’t got injured in the 2nd qtr.
Stephenson will win a tight slug fist 17 to 7 over Tucker and will take over sole possession of 1st place in region 6AAAAA and 1st place in the state. After the games guys, no hard feelings and I wont get on these blogs and say “I told you so”, it’s just business, oh yeah! the JAGS have some unfinished business to take care of. “DOME CITY” AND THE AAAAA 2013 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…
Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker & Stephenson do rock
The tigers did knock on the door
but still could not score
Hickory Dickory Doc
Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker is #1 “NOT”
they thought they will win
but Stephenson beat them again
Hickory Dickory Doc
JAB
October 7th, 2013
3:19 pm
@ Todd, YES! My thinking was, if a miracle so happens & Tucker should win shouldn’t they stay 1 & 2 since they are ranked that way now? My thoughts was as you’ve said, “It depends on the points spread!”
JAB
October 7th, 2013
3:46 pm
@ 5AReg5Fan, I said “in order for Stephenson to get some respect from you guys do they have to beat you worse than last year!” I know the score was 13 to 6, but since you said it, it probably was a beat down since you were highly ranked & favored against the JAGS, don’t why you you are ranked ahead of us this year, but we was in this same situation last year. You talking about MATURITY, so were the JAGS, they were young too but still manage to beat you guys and a 2nd place finish.
What you guys fail to realize is that, Stephenson is a better team than they were last year as well, and the two additional player acquired from you (TUCKER) didn’t hurt. This years JAGS in my opinion is the best that I’ve ever seen and I’ve been there since the school opened up! The defense is tough and the offense is more balance, not taking anything away from Tucker, but “anywho”, Lol., the winner will definitely be in the driver seat. Now let me get back to eating my fried tiger meat before it gets cold Lol.,

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…
Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker & Stephenson do rock
The tigers did knock on the door
but still could not score
Hickory Dickory Doc
Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker is #1 “NOT”
they thought they will win
but Stephenson beat them again
Hickory Dickory Doc
JAB
October 7th, 2013
7:20 pm
@ MIGHTY LION KING, sounds like you sucking up to Tucker, your payback whooping will be coming in three weeks Lol. But for now let me get back to the regular scheduled program in progress! Tucker vs Stephenson. @ kobe 23, I hope to win the lottery this week,”It aint gonna happen dude!” After Friday Stephenson will have a 2 – series lead over Tucker…:)
GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…
Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker & Stephenson do rock
The tigers did knock on the door
but still could not score
Hickory Dickory Doc
Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker is #1 “NOT”
they thought they will win
but Stephenson beat them again
Hickory Dickory Doc
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JAB
October 7th, 2013
7:23 pm
Correction: after Friday Stephenson will have a 2 – 0 series lead over Tucker
GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…
Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker & Stephenson do rock
The tigers did knock on the door
but still could not score
Hickory Dickory Doc
Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker is #1 “NOT”
they thought they will win
but Stephenson beat them again
Hickory Dickory Doc
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• October 8th, 2013
5:32 am
• @ TruthSayer I agree with you! I’m one of the #1 smack talkers on these blogs but will never call out students; we should never be so serious on these blogs to cause real tension or using specific names. Okay! enough said on that, when you think of Georgia High Schools? You think of the school that is located in the highest point in Georgia, 1683 feet above sea-level “Stone Mountain Granite.” STEPHENSON HIGH JAAAAAGGGGGGUAARS, a 17 year old school which open playing 2 years of non region Football schedule and after that have made a name for itself and have won their region or 2nd place and have made the playoff every year!
• This week the mighty Jaguars will enter this week as underdogs again to the TUCKER TIGERS, both teams are 5 – 0 and ranked 1 & 2 in AAAAA. The game will be played with high expectations and held to all the GHSA rule & regulations; the two teams will meet at center field this Friday, at Hallford stadium at 7:30. Yours truly “JAB” will be there routing & cheering Dekalbs finest (STEPHENSON) along with thousands of other Jaguars fans. There will be a band show too, but not to sure if Tucker can handle the sonic sounds of Stephenson monster band Lol., @ if you never been to Hallford, the concessions is off the chain, stop by the concession and pick up a FISH BASKET OR TURKEY WING, one of the best concession that high school has to offer.
• Lastly, after the final ticks on the clock, TUCKER fans there will be no need to hold your heads down by loosing to the Jaguars 2 years in a row, after all we are the SEC of Hs Football and the best in the state, just go home shake it off and get ready for next week! Alright, okay you heard it 1st from your friend JAB and on Monday the standings will look like this:
• Class AAAAA
• 1. (1) Stephenson (6-0)
• 2. (2) Tucker (5-1)
• 3. (3) Northside-Warner Robins (5-0)
• 4. (4) Kell (6-0)
• 5. (5) Gainesville (5-1)
• 6. (6) Thomas County Central (5-1)
• 7. (8) Warner Robins (5-0)
• 8. (10) Creekside (6-0)
• 9. (9) Ware County (5-1)
• 10. (NR) Lee County (6-0)
• GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…

Trojan56

November 13th, 2013
3:04 pm

@Todd Holcombe: One correction. You have listed that Carrollton has made 24 consecutive playoff appearances. It’s actually 26. 1988-present. This year is the 26th consecutive

Trojan56

November 13th, 2013
3:07 pm

And yes, it is 26 consecutive “state” playoff appearances

"THE CANNON RULES"

November 13th, 2013
3:50 pm

Friday should be interesting…PAULDING COUNTY enters the playoff’’s well represented with NORTH, SOUTH & EAST all playing…also ALLATOONA is in from Region 5 AAAAA.

If everybody plays as they should (and can) this week I could see:

NORTH as REGION Champions host RIVERWOOD and WINS as the most RIVERWOOD scored on anybody this year was 42 against Sequoyah, but they averaged in the mid to low 30 pts with everyone else. NORTH on the other hand scored 27 against a strong EAST defense and averaged 46+ in the other 9 games! They put mid 50’s against two teams and scored 62 points against playoff contender ALLATOONA!!!

SOUTH will host a home game against SEQUOYAH in a more evenly matched game, both teams averaged close to 40 pts per game in offense but allowed mid to high teens. I give the edge to SOUTH here…watch for the SOUTH “D” to really stuff SEQUOYAH and while maybe not scoring high as they are used, the HOME field advantage helps also. SOUTH in a tight one!

ALLATOONA travels to KELL in what everyone seems to be already giving to KELL from many of the post ALREADY talking about a KELL / MAYS match-up. This one is in my opinion the “Wild card” game as BOTH of these teams can LIGHT UP the scoreboard…take away the EAST game last week and ALLATOONA averaged over 44 pts per game! KELL on the other side did almost the same. SO this one has the making of one of those games that comes down to the 4th qtr and who controls the clock at the end. I may be crazy but I’m gonna call this one a TOSS-UP!!!

NOW we come to the game I am of course heading to see…EAST vs. CREEKVIEW!

CREEKVIEW is a team I don’t know a lot about but they finished at 8 / 2…HOWEVER they lost to KELL a 10 / 0 team and lost to CHEROKEE a 5 / 5 team. They went on to beat SEQUOYAH who finished at 8 / 2 and in the playoffs but then the other 7 WINS were against NORTHVIEW who finished at 5 / 5, OSBORNE at 2 / 8, CAMBRIDGE at 3 / 7, FORSYTH CENTRAL at 2 / 8, NORTH SPRINGS at 1 / 9, SPRAYBERRY at 2 / 8 & RIVER RIDGE at 2 / 8…So have they been tested? It’s hard to tell BUT…

the fly in the ointment is EAST PAULDING who has been a Jekyll & Hyde team, EAST has again played strong “D” in most games and in the last few games saw the kind of offense EAST normally plays. EAST lost it’s starting QB in the first game of the year against NORTH (a loss) and struggled until 5th game of the year when he returned against VILLA RICA. After shutting out VILLA RICA and then beating HIRAM at home the next week things seemed to have turned around…Then came ROME and EAST lost 35 / 27 in a game they absolutely GAVE AWAY!! Turnovers, sloppy play, you name it! That one hurt and then they came home to face SOUTH PAULDING and played strong…game was tied 17 all with 2 minutes to play but EAST lost another close one 24 / 17 in another game they SHOULD HAVE WON! They rebounded against LITHIA SPRINGS and played what was with out a doubt their most complete game of the year last week in the WIN against ALLATOONA.

SO looking forward to this Friday and the game with CREEKVIEW, on paper a team / game EAST should handle and move on to ROUND 2.

So to Recap…

NORTH over RIVERWOOD
SOUTH over SEQUOYAH
EAST over CREEKVIEW
and
ALLATOONA vs. KELL —> TOSS – UP!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!! BEAT CREEKVIEW!!!

TuckerD

November 14th, 2013
6:31 am

TUCKFAN2 hahahahahahaha you reposted JAB’s statements during the week they played us. He has been humbled but after Stephenson beat FB Friday he will be strong again so get ready. LOL

Suwanee 0wns

November 14th, 2013
11:01 am

You have to admit the run by Camden is pretty impressive. Especially given that it spans multiple coaches AND goes back to the period when there were only half as many teams in the playoffs.

Way to go Camden!