Football: AAAAA 2nd round previews
Here is a look at the matchups in Class AAAAA in the second round of the Georgia state high school football playoffs.
Lowndes (10-1) at Camden County (9-2): The Wildcats are the defending champions and Lowndes won three titles between 2004-07. The series is tied 6-6, but Camden has won the past two. The Wildcats have shut out the Vikings twice in a row, both times in the state semifinals at the Georgia Dome. Of Camden’s six losses since 2006, three have come at home and two have been on neutral sites.
Woodstock (10-1) at North Gwinnett (11-0): The Bulldogs allowed 21 points in a blowout win over Centennial in the first round. In four previous Region 7-AAAAA games, which included wins over playoff teams Peachtree Ridge and North Forsyth, the Bulldogs allowed a total of only 20 points. The Bulldogs are 45-7 in four seasons under coach Bob Sphire. Woodstock set a record for wins this season and is in the playoffs for the third time in seven seasons under Mike O’Brien.
Union Grove (9-2) at Northside Warner Robins (10-1): After cruising through the first six games, the Wolverines went 2-2 to close out the regular season, with the two wins coming by a total of six points. The two teams met in the first round of state last year with Northside winning 24-7. The Eagles are 45-1 this season in games decided by 10 points or less.
Brookwood (6-5) at Peachtree Ridge (9-2): After a blowout loss to Lowndes in the second game of the season, the Lions have held six opponents to seven points or less with three shutouts. The Broncos may have the toughest schedule in AAAAA, now playing its sixth game against a ranked team this season.
South Gwinnett (10-1) at Lassiter (11-0): The Comets have won seven straight since losing to No. 1 Grayson. The Trojans are led by record-setting quarterback Hutson Mason. The senior passed for seven touchdowns last week against North Forsyth and has twice passed for more than 400 yards. The Trojans are averaging 40 points per game and have scored at least 42 points in the past eight games.
ML King (10-1) at Newnan (11-0): Two of the top defensive teams in the state. ML King has not allowed a point in four games since losing to Stephenson. The Lions have seven shutouts and have allowed only 49 points. Alec Ogletree leads a Newnan defense that has tallied five shutouts and has held nine opponents to nine points or less. The two teams have never met.
Colquitt County (9-2) at Stephenson (11-0): the Jaguars are loaded with at least six Football Bowl Subdivision recriots, including 1,000-yard rusher Raymond Sanders, linebacker Tyrone Cornelius and defensive lineman Michael Thornton. The Packers, under second-year coach Rush Propst, have switched to a spread offense but have been held to 17 points or less in three of the last four games. Two of those games, however, were shutout wins.
Roswell (10-1) at Grayson (11-0): The Rams have been tested only once down the stretch – last week in a 21-14 win over Marietta. Meanwhile, the Hornets have had their hands full three weeks straight. The Hornets’ last three games go like this – a seven-point win over Walton; a 17-piont loss to Lassiter and a three-point, double-overtime win against Collins Hill last week.