Unranked Westlake joins Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in the semifinals
Roswell at Westlake
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Westlake Stadium, College Park
Records, rankings: Roswell is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 4-AAAAAAA and No. 2; Westlake is 10-3, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAAAAAA and unranked.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Things to know: Roswell QB Malik Willis transferred from Westlake during the 2015-16 academic year and before Kareem Reid was hired to replace Bryan Love as head coach. Willis, who has committed to Virginia Tech, has had a breakout season. He’s 170-of-280 passing for 2,337 yards and has rushed for 980 yards. Roswell’s offensive weapons extend much further, however, as WR Jayden Comma (41-700-9 receiving) and RB Sheldon Evans (231-1,483-14 rushing) are all-state candidates. Roswell has 10 of the top 250 senior prospects in the state, according the 247Sports’ composite rankings. Westlake has four of its own, most notably LB Jaden Hunter (committed to Georgia) and CB A.J. Terrell (Clemson). Westlake shut down the classification’s highest-scoring offense in a 24-21 victory over Lowndes last week. QB Ravaughn Burch was only 6-of-16 passing but rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns. This will be Westlake’s first semifinal. Roswell was the state runner-up to Colquitt County last season.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Roswell by 23
Mill Creek at Grayson
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Grayson Community Stadium, Grayson
Records, rankings: Mill Creek is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 6-AAAAAAA and No. 3; Grayson is 12-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAAAAAA and No. 1.
Last meeting: Grayson won 24-6 in the first round of the 2014 Class AAAAAA playoffs.
Things to know: Mill Creek has allowed 304 yards rushing this season (23.4 per game). Grayson rushed for 373 yards just last week in a 49-21 victory over Colquitt County. Grayson RB Kurt Taylor, who is committed to Michigan, rushed for 204, and Jamyest Williams (South Carolina) ran for 103 on five carries. Grayson passes well when necessary. Chase Brice (Clemson) has thrown for 2,385 yards and 25 touchdowns. Mill Creek QB Cameron Turley, committed to Georgia Tech baseball, has thrown for 2,309 yards and 30 touchdowns. Mill Creek averages 171.2 yards rushing, 178.6 passing. The teams are similar statistically, though Grayson is more star-studded. Grayson has at least seven seniors who will sign with Power Five-conference teams. Mill Creek might have only one, OL Tyler Fannin, who is committed to Virginia.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Grayson by 15