Darlington at Eagle’s Landing Christian
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Commitment Field, McDonough
Records, rankings: Darlington is 9-2, the No. 8 seed and unranked; Eagle’s Landing Christian is 10-0, the No. 1 seed and ranked No. 1.
Last meeting: Eagle’s Landing Christian won 17-6 in the first round of the 2008 Class A playoffs.
Three things to know: 1. ELCA QB Dalton Etheridge suffered a broken leg in last week’s 41-3 victory over Athens Christian and is lost for the season. Etheridge, who has committed to Jacksonville State, had passed for more than 1,050 yards and rushed for more than 850. Etheridge was 23-0 as the starting quarterback. He willl be replaced by sophomore Jordan Long. ELCA rushed for more than 400 yards last week, with Lane Timpson getting 150 and three touchdowns. 2. Darlington rushed for 357 yards in its 41-17 victory over Christian Heritage. Trey Edge scored on a 55-yard run on Darlington’s first play from scrimmage, and Logan Rice scored his fourth touchdown with 9:17 left in the third quarter, giving Darlington a 34-10 lead. 3. Darlington has made the playoffs the past seven seasons, but this is its first playoff road game since a 2008 loss to ELCA. ELCA has won 12 of its past 13 home playoff games.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Eagle’s Landing Christian by 24
Winner plays: Prince Avenue Christian/Calvary Day winner
Prince Avenue Christian at Calvary Day
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, M.C. Anderson Field, Savannah
Records, rankings: Prince Avenue Christian is 10-1, the No. 5 seed and ranked No. 9; Calvary Day is 9-2, the No. 4 seed and ranked No. 8.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. Michael Peterson threw for 302 yards and five touchdowns – including the game-winner with 2:15 left to TE Milan Richard – in Calvary Day’s 42-35 victory over First Presbyterian in the first round. Peterson is 147-of-209 passing for 2,453 yards and 33 touchdowns on the season. Calvary Day gets most of its yards passing, but junior RB Robert Heyward has run for more than 100 yards in four of his past five games and has 987 on the season. 2. Prince Avenue Christian led its first-round game 40-0 five minutes into the second half. Zantravious Shields scored on runs of 16, 56 and 37 yards and has 781 yards rushing on the season. Prince Avenue rushes for 315.5 yards per game. 3. Calvary Day won its first home playoff game in history last week and now is seeking its first semifinal appearance. Prince Avenue has made the semis the past two seasons and was the Class A private-school runner-up in 2012. These teams have one common opponent. Calvary beat Savannah Christian 37-0. Savannah Christian beat Prince Avenue 17-9.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Prince Avenue Christian by 3
Winner plays: Darlington/Eagle’s Landing Christian winner
Mount Paran Christian at Aquinas
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aquinas Stadium, Augusta
Records, rankings: Mount Paran Christian is 9-2, the No. 6 seed and unranked; Aquinas is 11-0, the No. 3 seed and ranked No. 3.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. Taylor Trammell rushed for 122 yards and made a fourth-quarter interception in Mount Paran’s 31-24 victory over Our Lady of Mercy in the first round. Our Lady lost a fumble inside Mount Paran’s 20-yard line in the final two minutes. Mount Paran QB Jake Allen has thrown for 1,459 yards, and Emoni Williams has 1,008 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. 2. Aquinas is better known for star RB Ruben Garnett, who has rushed for 1,751 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season, but sophomore quarterback Liam Welch threw five TD passes – three to Chris Lambert – in a 42-14 victory over Savannah Christian in the first round. Welch was 10-of-11 for 192 yards. 3. Mount Paran earned its first playoff victory in history last week while Aquinas got its second. Neither team has played in a semifinal. Aquinas is much older, opening in 1957 as the merger of two Catholic schools. Mount Paran became a high school in 1986 but didn’t start varsity football until 2008.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Mount Paran Christian by 1
Winner plays: Holy Innocents’/Mount Pisgah Christian winner
Holy Innocents’ at Mount Pisgah Christian
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Savior Field, Johns Creek
Records, rankings: Holy Innocents’ is 7-4, the No. 10 seed and unranked; Mount Pisgah Christian is 11-0, the No. 2 seed and ranked No. 5.
Last meeting: Holy Innocents’ won 48-10 in the 2011 regular season.
Three things to know: 1. Aaron Winchester threw for five touchdowns – four to Ben Miller – in Mount Pisgah Christian’s 40-7 victory over Pacelli in the first round in a game that was 40-0 at halftime. Winchester has 1,982 yards passing and 29 touchdowns with only four interceptions on the season. 2. Holy Innocents’ RB Clay Pfohl rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-17 victory over Landmark Christian in the first round. RB Tre Wright’s 66-yard TD run on a pitchout in the fourth quarter gave Holy Innocents’ the final margin after Landmark had cut the lead to 20-17. H.I. had 301 yards rushing. 3. Mount Pisgah, which began varsity football in 2003, won its first playoff game in history last week. Holy Innocents’, which started varsity football in 2006, made the Class A quarterfinals in 2009. This is the second season the Golden Bears have advanced in the playoffs. Neither school has made the semifinals.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Mount Pisgah Christian by 13
Winner plays: Mount Paran Christian/Aquinas winner
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