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Playoff preview: Class AA quarterfinals

Fitzgerald at Jefferson

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Jefferson

Records, rankings: Fitzgerald is 10-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AA and ranked No. 4; Jefferson is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AA and ranked No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Fitzgerald has attempted only 50 passes this season and managed to put up 3,795 yards rushing (316.3 per game) without a 1,000-yard rusher. QB Romarius Gaulden (898) and FB Ron Swain (822) are the main ball-carriers, although Larry Stewart (595) had the hot hand in the second round against Vidalia, rushing for 138 yards. 2. Jefferson QB Bryant Shirreffs rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-7 victory over Westminster in the second round. Shirreffs has passed for 1,828 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,026 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season. He has Ivy League invitations from Dartmouth and Yale. 3. Jefferson is in the quarterfinals for the first time …

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Playoff preview: Class AAA quarterfinals

Buford at Carver (Columbus)

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Columbus

Records, rankings: Buford is 9-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAA and ranked No. 3; Carver is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: Buford won 28-13 in the 2011 Class AA semifinals.

Three things to know: 1. Carver QB Torrance McGee (not related to head coach Dell McGee) has passed for 17 touchdowns and scored 10 while passing for 1,183 yards (74 of 115, only three interceptions). But Carver is primarily a running team with four backs between 500 and 650 yards rushing, none averaging more than seven attempts per game. They are Danny Ryles (627), Brandon Thomas (607), Mario Moore (588) and McGee (518). 2. Matthew Bonadies made field goals of 47 and 42 yards in Buford’s 13-0 victory in the second round against North Oconee. It was Buford’s fifth shutout of the season. That is the most among teams in Class AAA. 3. Each of these schools has made the quarterfinals or …

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