Semifinal previews: Class AAA

Article and photos courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution –> Original Article Here

(Daniel Varnado/Special to AJC)

(Daniel Varnado/Special to AJC)

Greater Atlanta Christian at Peach County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Trojan Field at Anderson Stadium, Fort Valley

Records, rankings: Greater Atlanta Christian is 12-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 7-AAA and No. 1; Peach County is 12-1, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAA and No. 2.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Things to know: Greater Atlanta Christian QB Davis Mills, injured the first two games, is now playing like the consensus No. 1 senior recruit in Georgia that he is. The Stanford commit has thrown for 2,507 yards on the season but is averaging 298.0 per game with 20 touchdowns over the last five games. Peach County QB Antonio Gilbert is on a roll, too. He’s 43-of-55 passing for 689 yards in three playoff wins. WR Devonte Howard and Kearis Jackson have 20 touchdowns receiving between them, and Jackson has run two punts back for touchdowns. Both teams have great kickers. GAC PK/P Brooks Buce has made nine field goals, one a 54-yarder, and put 67 kickoffs in the end zone. Peach County KO/P Omar Cervantes also has 67 touchbacks, and PK Mitchell Fineran has made a 52-yard field goal.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Greater Atlanta Christian by 3

Cedar Grove at Crisp County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cougar Den, Cordele

Records, rankings: Cedar Grove is 11-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAA and No. 6; Crisp County is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAA and No. 5.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Things to know: Crisp County is one victory from its first state final. Super sophomores Patrick Felton (1,374 yards passing, 589 rushing) and Jammie Robinson (1,320 yards rushing) are the players to watch on offense. LB Ahdarrious Gee, another sophomore, is the leading tackler. Gee, LB/DE Markaviest Bryant and LB Quay Walker have been credited with 76.5 tackles for losses among them. Bryant and Walker are major college prospects, as are Cedar Grove OL Netori Johnson and OL Justin Shaffer, both committed to Georgia. So are QB Jelani Woods (Oklahoma State), DB Korey Hernandez (Arkansas) and DB Tre Shaw (North Carolina). Woods threw for 267 yards in a 47-21 win over Calhoun last week, but Cedar Grove looks to establish the run with Grant Walker, who has 1,634 rushing yards. Cedar Grove has beaten region champions Jenkins and Calhoun on the road, the latter ending Calhoun’s 29-game home playoff winning streak.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Cedar Grove by 2

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