Here are the quarterfinal match ups for Friday:
No. 9 Charlton County (7-4) at No. 1 Seminole County (11-0). Seminole County sophomore running back Thomas Aiken returned to the team from suspension with his head on straight and his game in top form, as he rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown to lead a ground attack that gained 400 yards and paced Seminole County to a 21-14 win over No. 16 Wilkinson County in the first round. Charlton County downed a solid team from Commerce, 35-21. Charlton won the only previous game between the two, 23-20, in the first round of the 2001 playoffs when the teams competed in Class AA.
No. 5 Johnson County (10-1) at No. 4 Irwin County (9-1-1). Johnson County defeated Region 3 rival and defending public school champion Emanuel County Institute, 29-20, in the first round last week, in a game that was much closer than the 65-29 win the Trojans had over the Bulldogs on Oct. 25. Irwin County rolled over No. 13 Trion, 49-26, in the first round. Johnson County won the only previous meeting with Irwin County, 40-6, in 2006.
No. 6 Hawkinsville at No. 3 Clinch County
No. 10 Dooly County at No. 2 Marion County
No. 8 Darlington (9-2) at No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (10-0). ELCA dispatched No. 16 Athens Christian 41-3 in the first round, but the Chargers lost senior quarterback Dalton Etheridge to an ankle injury. The defending private school champions may have to rely more heavily on the running game, led by senior Lane Timpson, who had three touchdowns last week, and a defense that is allowing less than a touchdown per game. Darlington, located in Rome, easily took care of Region 6 rival Christian Heritage of Dalton, 41-17, a team that hung with the Tigers on Oct. 11, but eventually fell 18-14. ELCA won the only previous meeting with Darlington, 17-6, in the first round of the 2008 playoffs.
No. 5 Prince Avenue (10-1) at No. 4 Calvary Day (9-2). Calvary Day quarterback Michael Peterson hit tight end Milan Richards, a Clemson commit, with just more than two minutes left in regulation to lift the Cavaliers from Savannah over First Presbyterian Day of Macon, 42-35, in the first round. Prince Avenue, located in Bogart, blasted Brookstone of Columbus, 51-0, as Zantravious Shields ran for three of the Wolverines’ seven rushing touchdowns. This is the first meeting between the two schools.
No. 6 Mount Paran (9-2) at No. 3 Aquinas (11-0). Mt. Paran survived a scare from Our Lady of Mercy, 31-24, in the first round as Dorian Walker and Taylor Trammel combined for more than 200 yards rushing for the Eagles. In Augusta, Aquinas pulled away from Savannah Christian, 42-14, as sophomore quarterback Liam Welch threw five touchdown passes. This is the first meeting between the two schools. It is Aquinas’ second trip to the quarterfinals (2011) and the first for Mt. Paran, located in Kennesaw.
No. 10 Holy Innocents’ (7-4) at No. 2 Mount Pisgah (11-0). In John’s Creek, the Patriots dominated St. Anne-Pacelli of Columbus in the first round, 40-7, as quarterback Aaron Winchester and receiver Ben Miller hooked up for four touchdown passes. Holy Innocents’ got 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns from senior Clay Pfohl in a 27-17 first round win over No. 7 Landmark Christian. The Bears defeated Landmark, 29-28, on Nov. 1. Holy Innocents’ has won all four meetings with Mt. Pisgah by a combined score of 179-44, including 48-10 in 2011.