(Daniel Varnado/Special to AJC)
*No. 6 Harrison (10-1) at No. 4 Tucker (10-1): Harrison beat Gainesville 45-24 last week for its first playoff victory since 2008, and the Hoyas’ 10 wins are their most since 2002. Harrison trailed 14-10 at halftime but outscored the Red Elephants 21-3 in the third quarter. QB Justin Fields passed for 178 yards (2,164 for the season) and rushed for 101. Tucker is 10-0 in first-round games during its current 10-year playoff streak. The Tigers beat Bradwell Institute 48-15 last week. David Davis, Christ Broadwater and Josh Vann scored two touchdowns each for Tucker, which led 35-0 at halftime.
*No. 8 Lee County (8-2) at No. 3 Mays (10-1): Lee County’s Region 1 and Mays’ Region 5 both went 4-0 in the first round. Lee County held Evans to 95 total yards in a 41-0 victory last week. Mark Robinson, the leading rusher (1,178 yards) in his region during the regular season, had 110 yards on 15 carries. Mays has advanced beyond the second round just once, in 2014 when it lost in the final. The Raiders, who beat Cambridge 42-14 last week, are led by QB B.J. Phillips, who passed for 2,046 yards and rushed for 572 in the regular season.
*Allatoona (6-5) at No. 9 Glynn Academy (10-1): This game will be a rematch of the 2015 Class AAAAA final, won by Allatoona 10-6. Since starting this season 1-4, the Buccaneers have won five of six games, including a 28-6 victory over Lanier last week. RB Charles Anderson rushed for 99 yards against Lanier and has 1,129 for the season. Glynn Academy beat Jonesboro 45-3 last week and is the only Region 2 team remaining. The Red Terrors led 45-0 at halftime and finished with an unofficial advantage of 443-52 in total offense. Allatoona and Glynn have won three consecutive first-round games.
*Hughes (8-3) at No. 5 Northside, Warner Robins (9-2): Hughes is in the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year. The Panthers are 4-1 in first-round games but 0-3 in the second round. Hughes QB Isaiah Green has passed for 2,219 yards, including 231 in a 34-10 victory over Region 7 champion Johns Creek last week. Northside, which since 2000 has reached the quarterfinals nine times and won three state titles, beat Grovetown 52-0 in the first round. QB Tobias Oliver, who has both rushed and passed for more than 1,000 yards this season, threw for 193 yards and ran for 113.
*Stephenson (7-4) at Dacula (7-4): Stephenson is in the playoffs for the 17th consecutive season but advanced past the second round just six times during that stretch. The Jaguars got 159 yards rushing from Jaylin Marson-Knight and recorded two second-half safeties in a 24-7 victory over Effingham County last week. No. 1 seed Dacula, which is in the second round for the fourth time in six seasons, is the only remaining team from 8-AAAAAA. The Falcons, who rushed for about 200 yards per game in the regular season, got 239 yards from Tre McMillan and Ty Harris in a 28-0 victory over Sequoyah last week.
*Northgate (9-2) at No. 1 Valdosta (10-1): Northgate had the most dramatic first-round victory in AAAAAA, scoring on a 7-yard run by Ton Evans with 1:48 remaining to beat Centennial 20-16. It was the Vikings’ seventh all-time playoff victory, three of which came last year. Valdosta set a school record for points in a playoff game when it beat Lakeside of Evans 69-14. Hunter Holt passed for 112 yards in the first half as Valdosta built a 56-7 lead. The Wildcats are seeking their 24th state title but first since 1998, making it the school’s longest title drought since the GHSA began holding championships in 1947.
*Lovejoy (7-4) at No. 2 Dalton (11-0): Lovejoy QB John Seter passed for 148 yards and four touchdowns in the first half as the Wildcats built a 28-7 lead and held on for a 48-28 victory over Richmond Hill in the first round. Lovejoy is trying to advance past the second round for the first time since reaching the state final in 2012. Dalton is the only undefeated team in AAAAAA. QB J.P. Tighe passed for two TDs and ran for another in a 42-7 victory over Winder-Barrow last week. The Catamounts are 0-3 in second-round games since their last trip to the quarterfinals in 2005.
*Coffee (6-5) at No. 7 Alexander (10-1): Coffee and Hughes are the only No. 4 seeds remaining in the AAAAAA field. The Trojans advanced with a 56-24 victory over Heritage of Conyers. Demetrius Davis rushed for 220 of the Trojans’ 585 total yards. Coffee led 21-17 at halftime but scored three third-quarter touchdowns to take control. Alexander beat Alpharetta 20-13 in the first round, taking the lead for good at 13-7 in the second quarter and holding on. Mason Wood (1,839 yards passing in the regular season), Daetrich Harrington (1,197 yards rushing) and J.T. Hall (726 yards receiving) lead the Cougars’ balanced offense.
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@JABAJC == All the history you just gave and then at the bottom you say you only smack talk about the current year play. On the subject of character being on display or not on display, I think you have it wrong. Every characteristic I might display through these pages are exactly what I would like for people to know about me. There is no shame in my game. Honesty and integrity are high on my list of characteristic’s by which I make assessment’s. It is said that a wise man walks with wise men. I try to keep that in mind at all times.
The person you met is the same person typing these words and it will never be any different. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations. I will always do that which will allow me to live with myself. Of course we don’t want to call out anyone in a negative fashion but the game calls for it in certain ways. You can’t be two-faced and expect everyone to be on board with it. You should be who you are, no matter where you are or with whom you are attempting to communicate a message or thought.
Be real man.
If you think my team is going to lose, you don’t have to say one thing here and another there. I won’t get mad. None of us will. We are adults watching kids play the game they love and it is most important to know that they too, are worthy of you honesty and leadership as an adult. Suppose one of your former students witness you saying one thing when you are around certain people and then something different when you are not around those people. Would they have the same respect for you?
Into a hornets nest you have reached with me. I wish Stephenson High well. Just as you, I educate. Take a lesson.
Some very interesting facts by Chip Saye on remaining teams in AAAAAA. I’m personally congratulating Coach Gartrell and staff for the extrodinary work that they’ll done at Stephenson, many of the coaches I’ve known personally, a group of good guys who are mentors, strong family men, teachers and community leaders. What many would take and try to make negative remarks without even knowing what really goes on in a big school system such as Dekalb and have no clue really in how coaching high school really works.
The JAB also, would like to congratulate each and every teams who’ve made it thus far to the 2nd round in the AAAAAA state playoff race; wining enough games in your region can be a very tough task, winning a playoff game in the state playoffs is a mile stone for some and advancing even father is a great accomplishment for all teams. Reading Chips commentary about each team really sticks out to me, as a math major, one who’ve taught math & coached I’m a strong advocate for statistical accomplishments. Perhaps the most historical team and all time leader in most state championship is Valdosta, wish that there were more bloggers on here from this school, the JAB can’t help but respect them for their accomplishments in winning 23 state titles. Tucker 10 straight playoffs streak and two state championships are a great accomplishment. Stephenson 17 year playoff streak is nothing less than phenomial, is the longest among any school in Dekalb County. Is nationally known for a school who produces D1 recruits, has lead the state of Georgia for many years in this area, Dekalb County 2nd all time winniest coach and not only a football powerhouse school but has equally became a state girls basket ball powerhouse which have already won 3 state championships, 2 in the state highest classification, several final 4 and sweet sixteen appearances and the JAGS also won a state track championship in it’s first intial year as a school. All this in only 20 years, don’t hate on them but appreciiate, this school is still young and are putting up the numbers.
Just a note to my fellow bloggers; the JAB is one of the current longest running bloggers on AJC and has never or will ever throw darts at any blogger, player or coaches. I’ve only smack talk against schools rivalries, history, statistical analysi and current year state of play; it’s all in the fun of blogging for the “JAB”, but never personally. Our character traits in personal life, shouldn’t be on display here against any fellow blogger. I would like to think that all bloggers are only in character and are not that same person who makes smack talking remarks about teams are not that same person you’d meet in person. Okay, the JAB has said enough, “I’m out”
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