AA blog: What to look for Friday

Here’s what to look for Friday in Class AA:

Who will win the Calhoun-Benedictine game?

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  • Through 12 games, the No. 6-ranked Benedictine Cadets have yet to be challenged. That is sure to change this week when they host the No. 5-ranked Calhoun Yellow Jackets, who have reached the state finals the last five seasons. The Cadets already have luck on their side, having won the coin toss that must be made when two No. 1 seeds meet, so they get to avoid the four-hour, 41-minute and 320-mile bus ride that Calhoun will have to make. The closest game Benedictine has played this season was a 39-6 win over Bryan County. Benedictine has outscored its competition 578-67 and have pitched five shutouts, including three straight to close out the regular season. The Cadets beat their two playoff opponents – Macon County and Fitzgerald – a combined 114-19. Benedictine hasn’t been undefeated this late in the season since 1982.
  • The Yellow Jackets are 40-2 since 2011, including an undefeated state title run in 2011. They lost in the finals last year to Jefferson, 31-14. It was Calhoun’s fourth loss in the state finals in five times getting there. During the run of five consecutive state title appearances, the Yellow Jackets have twice traveled south in the playoffs. In ‘08, they traveled to Quitman to beat Brooks County 38-35. In ‘11, they beat host Dublin, 45-7. Calhoun has never played Benedictine.
  • The defending state champion Jefferson Dragons are still alive, having outscored Heard County 61-57 to advance to the quarterfinals, where they’ll travel to play the state’s No. 1-ranked team, the Lamar County Trojans. The Trojans are coached by Franklin Stephens, in his second year with Lamar County after leaving Tucker, where he brought that school it’s first two state titles. In Stephens’ second year at Tucker, he won the state title. He’s looking to repeat that trend with the Trojans.
  • It would be one thing if the unranked Bowdon Red Devils had simply upset the undefeated, No. 4-ranked Washington-Wilkes Tigers on the road. Instead, they won convincingly, 48-14. The Red Devils lost 66-28 to the Tigers last year. Maybe the Red Devils were seeking revenge and caught the Tigers taking the game for granted. Maybe the Red Devils are vastly improved. Either way, they have the attention of the No. 8-ranked Brooks County Trojans, who host Bowdon. The two teams have never played.

Before the playoffs started, I posted my predictions. For the first round, I correctly picked 13 of 16 games, underestimating winners  Fitzgerald, Bleckley County and Bowdon. For the second round, I underestimated winners Calhoun, Bowdon, Jefferson and Laney. I have three teams whom I have picked to make the semifinals that are still alive – Lamar County, Lovett and Brooks County.

Adam Krohn covers all things Class AA football. Have a question or tip? Want to see more coverage of your team? Want to drop a line to compliment how awesome the Class AA beat coverage is? Send Adam a message on Twitter @AdamKrohnAJC and follow him for the latest in Class AA coverage.

19 comments Add your comment

Bulldawg

November 26th, 2013
2:37 pm

Adam,

Need to check the next to last paragraph. Has some glaring errors. It was the Red Devils who were seeking revenge, not the Cadets. Also, Benedictine is not playing at Brooks County. Benedictine is hosting Calhoun.

Lovett Fan

November 26th, 2013
2:42 pm

Blog deadline smacked you, huh? Still better than I would do.

Adam Krohn

November 26th, 2013
2:47 pm

When it rains, it pours.

Jefferson

November 26th, 2013
3:04 pm

Calhoun in the dome, you were wrong next week – you should learn.

Jefferson

November 26th, 2013
3:04 pm

Last week, instead of next week.

Trojan4life

November 26th, 2013
6:53 pm

Brooks County will see whoever in the dome.

LovettFootball2013

November 26th, 2013
8:33 pm

can’t wait to prove you wrong Trojan4life

Trojan4life

November 26th, 2013
9:11 pm

You call that a football team who can compete with us just watch.

Jefferson

November 27th, 2013
4:27 am

If you make it Trojan you have to play your daddy again, we got all your hammers.

Bowdon

November 27th, 2013
7:24 am

Just keep overlooking Bowdon. We love it!

Laney Grad

November 27th, 2013
10:26 am

And also Laney and Lovett are playing friday night also.. Adam i see u pick and choose which games u want to write about!! But keep sleeping on Laney we don’t need your bias opinion anyways…Roll Damn Pride!!!!!

Stinger63

November 27th, 2013
10:52 am

Ahhhh…so much love here in the AA Blog ;-)

Adam Krohn

November 27th, 2013
1:19 pm

@Laney Grad – since when did making predictions make someone bias? Do you have a subscription to Georgia High School Football Daily? It’s free. Anyway, today’s newsletter has posted a prediction as well.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Lovett by 26

Laney Grad

November 27th, 2013
6:23 pm

Yea that’s funny!! We shall see experts…lol

Laney Alumni

November 27th, 2013
7:08 pm

GO WILDCATS!!!

CoffeeC100

November 28th, 2013
8:24 pm

Hell with ‘em Adam. It’s your blog. You ARE the expert. Write what you want. Don’t let someone who can’t even put a paragraph together rile you. I enjoy your writing and your opinions speak for themselves.

Laney Grad

November 29th, 2013
10:58 am

The hell with u @CoffeeC100. What exactly makes him an expert? U both have your opinion and i have mines. Your little High School insults are pointles. So continue to enjoy his bias blogs.. Roll Damn Pride!!!!

Lovett Fan

November 29th, 2013
1:24 pm

With spirit like Laney Grad, it should be a great game. Haven’t been around Augusta much. Looking forward to forming a positive impression of the fans and environment. Best of luck to very one playing tonight.

Laney Grad

November 29th, 2013
5:01 pm

Same to u Lovett Fan. Should be a great game. Wishing u guys nothing but safe travels as u come to Augusta..