Charlton County at Seminole County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Seminole Stadium, Donalsonville
Records, rankings: Charlton County is 7-4, the No. 9 seed and unranked; Seminole County is 11-0, the No. 1 seed and ranked No. 2.
Last meeting: Charlton County won 23-20 in the first round of the 2001 Class AA playoffs.
Three things to know: 1. Charlton County passes about 37 times per game, but it was the running game that did the damage in a 35-21 victory over Commerce last week. Drew Lee ran 27 times for 332 yards, including 256 in the first half, when Charlton County built a 35-7 lead. Lee scored three touchdowns, including two that covered 67 and 81 yards. 2. Seminole County RB Thomas Aiken, who missed the entire regular season for disciplinary reasons, according to the Albany Herald, ran for 129 yards and a touchdown in a 21-14 victory over Wilkinson County last week. Seminole scored the winning touchdown with seven minutes remaining and stopped a last-minute drive with two sacks after Wilkinson reached the 25-yard line. 3. Charlton County is trying to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2006, when it made it to the Class AA championship game and tied Dublin 13-13. Seminole County is in the quarterfinals for the third consecutive season but has not reached the semifinals since 1974.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Seminole County by 11
Winner plays: Johnson County/Irwin County winner
Johnson County at Irwin County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Indian Field, Ocilla
Records, rankings: Johnson County is 10-1, the No. 5 seed and ranked No. 10; Irwin County is 9-1-1, the No. 4 seed and ranked No. 6.
Last meeting: Johnson County won 40-6 in the 2006 regular season.
Three things to know: 1. Johnson County QB Markel Horne was 8-of-13 passing for 167 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 72 yards and two TDs in a 29-20 first-round victory over Emanuel County Institute, the Trojans’ second win against ECI this season. Ronquez Harden, who led the Trojans in the regular season with 23 catches for 398 yards, also was the top target against ECI with five receptions for 129 yards and a TD. 2. Jakyron Young ran for 165 yards and Antwuana Merritt had 117 as Irwin County rushed for 474 yards in a 49-26 victory over Trion in the first round. Merritt (946 yards, 17 touchdowns) and Young (928, 10) are both closing in on 1,000 yards for the season. Irwin County has run the ball 472 times this season for 3,762 yards and 51 TDs while attempting just 43 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns. 3. Johnson County is making its first quarterfinal appearance since 2006 and trying to reach its first semifinal since 2005. A victory would give Irwin County its first 10-win season since 1999 and put the Indians in the semifinals for the first time since 1997.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Irwin County by 11
Winner plays: Charlton County/Seminole County winner
Hawkinsville at Clinch County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Donald Tison Field at Panther Stadium, Homerville
Records, rankings: Hawkinsville is 8-3, the No. 6 seed and unranked; Clinch County is 8-3, the No. 3 seed and ranked No. 4.
Last meeting: Hawkinsville and Clinch County tied 14-14 in the 2004 Class A championship game.
Three things to know: 1. Hawkinsville and Clinch County are 2-2-1 against each other in a series that began in 1996, but the most memorable game was the 2004 state final that ended in a 14-14 tie. It was the first of three championship-game ties in three seasons and led the GHSA to change the rule that prevented overtime from being used in state finals. Hawkinsville had a 40-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter wiped out by a holding call. 2. Clinch County held Claxton to 52 yards of total offense in a 30-0 first-round game last week that included a fight in the fourth quarter that led to several ejections, according to the Valdosta Daily Times. James Core rushed for 106 yards and two TDs, and QB Octavius Johnson had 62 yards on 19 carries for Clinch, which attempted only one pass, a 3-yard completion. 3. Hawkinsville rushes for 280.6 yards and passes for 30.2 yards per game. Dontavious Grace is the leading rusher (135 carries, 1,066 yards, 12 touchdowns) and receiver (eight catches, 229 yards, one TD). J.D. Burden has 740 yards and seven TDs rushing on 128 carries. QB Dakota Sloan is 19-of-46 passing for 332 yards and has rushed for 433 yards.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Clinch County by 10
Winner plays: Dooly County/Marion County winner
Dooly County at Marion County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Eagle Stadium, Buena Vista
Records, rankings: Dooly County is 8-3, the No. 10 seed and unranked; Marion County is 10-1, the No. 2 seed and unranked.
Last meeting: Marion County won 27-25 in the regular season on Oct. 18.
Three things to know: 1. Marion County stopped Dooly County’s two-point conversion attempt with 1:07 to play to preserve a victory in the regular-season game that essentially decided the Region 4 championship. Marion County scored what turned out to be the winning points after recovering a fumbled punt at the Dooly County 3-yard line with two minutes to play to take a 27-19 lead. 2. Chanin Hamilton rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown and QB Kereon Merrell passed for 147 yards and a TD and ran for a score in a 37-13 victory over Lincoln County last week. It was the second consecutive season in which Dooly County eliminated Lincoln, which had not lost a first-round playoff game since 1996. 3. Marion County is primarily a running team that averages 188.3 yards rushing and five pass completions per game. Johnny Royal is the leading rusher with 1,271 yards and 19 touchdowns on 236 carries. Royal had 118 yards and a TD in a 30-0 first-round victory over Turner County, and he had 91 yards and a TD on 25 carries in the first meeting with Dooly County.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Marion County by 6
Winner plays: Hawkinsville/Clinch County winner
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