UGA Recruiting: Dawg Commits and Top Targets Looking Foward to the 2nd Round in AAAAAAA and AAAAAA
*Milton (9-2) at Brookwood (9-2): Milton is in the second round for the first time since its 2014 region-championship team made the quarterfinals. Milton QB Jordan Yates, a junior three-star recruit, rushed for 151 yards and scored on a 64-yard run in a 44-15 first-round victory over Collins Hill. Yates has 803 yards rushing and 1,782 passing on the season. Solomon Vanhorse has rushed for 1,137 yards. Milton DB Joe Charleston is committed to Clemson. Brookwood, ranked No. 7, is trying to break a four-game losing streak in second-round games since 2010, the season of its last state title. Dante Black rushed for 125 yards in a 28-0 victory over South Gwinnett in the first round. Black has more than 1,500 yards rushing. WR/RB Matthew Hill, an AJC Super 11 pick and Auburn commit, has more than 1,000 all-purpose yards.
*Tift County (10-1) at Hillgrove (8-3): Tift County led 35-0 in the first quarter of its 59-13 romp over Newnan. That gave Tift County its first 10-win season since 2006 and first playoff win since 2008. Griffin Collier threw for 214 yards, giving him 2,536 on the season. Rashod Bateman, a Minnesota commit, has 66 receptions for 1,353 yards after his 104-yard effort last week. Hillgrove is in the second round for the first time since 2014 after a 49-7 victory over Roswell. Hunter Arters was 7-of-10 passing for 142 yards and two touchdowns. TE Chigoziem Okonkwo, a preseason all-state pick, is committed to Maryland. DB Jaylen McCollough is a top-50 national recruit among juniors.
*Mill Creek (8-3) at Archer (11-0): Archer head coach Andy Dyer was on Mill Creek coach Shannon Jarvis’s staff when Mill Creek started up in 2004. Archer beat Mill Creek 16-13 on Sept. 8. Keegan Strickland rushed for 131 yards. That ended Mill Creek’s 28-game winning streak in the regular season. Mill Creek, ranked 10th, has made the semifinals each of the past two seasons. In the first round, Mill Creek led 20-0 in the third quarter of its 29-14 victory over West Forsyth last week and was never in danger. Uriah Leverette and C.J. Johnson each rushed for more than 100 yards. Archer has reached 11 wins in four of the past five seasons after an anomalous 4-7 finish last season. Carter Peevy threw three TD passes in a 37-0 victory over Meadowcreek in the first round.
*Colquitt County (8-3) at Walton (11-0): Colquitt County, ranked No. 8, has beaten 11 top-10 teams in the playoffs under coach Rush Propst, five when Colquitt was the lower-ranked team. Propst is 5-0 against Cobb County teams. Walton is ranked No. 3. Walton WR Dominick Blaylock, who is committed to Georgia, had eight catches for 154 yards and a touchdown in the 28-14 win over North Cobb. Austin Kirksey was 11-of-11 passing for 181 yards. Colquitt County QB Steven Krajewski passed for 320 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-0 victory over Pebblebrook last week. Krajewski, a UConn commit, has thrown for 1,877 yards on the season. Ty Leggett is more than 1,000 yards rushing. Colquitt County defensive coordinator Mo Dixon was Walton’s head coach the past two seasons.
*Mountain View (9-2) at Parkview (8-3): Mountain View, opened in 2009, got its first playoff victory in history last week in a 31-13 victory over ninth-ranked South Forsyth 31-13. Mountain View led 17-13 early in the fourth quarter when LB Blake Carroll returned an interception 86 yards for a touchdown. Mountain View WR Malachi Carter has 1,282 yards receiving, second-most in AAAAAAA. Parkview RB Christian Malloy rushed for 179 yards in a 42-35 overtime victory over Newton last week. He has rushed for 1,104 yards despite missing the first four games with an injury. Parkview is trying to make its first quarterfinal since 2012.
*McEachern (8-3) at Lowndes (11-0): Lowndes, ranked No. 1, led 32-0 in the first half of its 60-6 victory over Campbell last week. Tyson Shaw returned an interception for a touchdown, and Tayvonn Kyle returned a punt 66 yards for a score. QB Michael Barrett has 1,468 yards rushing and 1,031 rushing on the season for an offense that averages 8.1 yards per offensive play. McEachern RB Paris Brown rushed for 91 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 39-7 victory over Etowah. Brown has a team-leading 690 rushing yards. McEachern is 3-14 all-time against No. 1 teams. One of those wins came against Lowndes in 2011. McEachern and Lowndes both reached the quarterfinals last season and lost.
*Grayson (10-1) at North Gwinnett (10-1): This is the classification’s first playoff game between top-five teams as Grayson is ranked No. 4 and North Gwinnett is No. 5. Grayson RB Camron Thompson, back after missing eight games with a broken collarbone, rushed for 193 yards in a 31-14 victory over Norcross. QB D.J. Irons passed for 157 yards and rushed for 87. North Gwinnett QB Jimmy Urzua was 10-of-12 passing for a career-high 302 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-7 win over North Forsyth. The teams have met twice in previous seconds rounds with Grayson winning in 2010 and North Gwinnett winning in 2012. Both teams have first-year head coaches. Grayson’s Christian Hunnicutt replaced Jeff Herron, and North Gwinnett’s Bill Stewart replaced Bob Sphire.
*Marietta (7-4) at Woodstock (7-4): Marietta got this classification’s at-large playoff bid that goes to the best fifth-place finisher. After a first-round 34-7 win over Region 2 champion Westlake – Marietta’s first playoff victory since 2013 – Marietta is one step from its first quarterfinal since 1993. Woodstock hasn’t been to the quarters since 2008. Neither team has been ranked this season. In the Westlake game, Marietta’s Harrison Bailey, a blue-chip sophomore QB recruit, returned from injury and passed for 171 yards, and Marietta held Westlake to four first downs and less than 100 yards in total offense. Woodstock QB Garrett Bass was 25-of-40 passing for 384 yards in a win over North Paulding win. Bass has 3,162 yards passing on the season. Noah Frith had 159 receiving yards, giving him 1,201 on the year.
*Douglas County (10-1) at Alpharetta (10-1): This is the only AAAAAA second-round game matching 10-win teams. Douglas County’s 13-6 victory over Dalton in the first round was the school’s first playoff win since 2005. The Tigers led 13-0 at halftime and held on. Uriah West rushed for 166 yards on 23 carries, giving him 1,370 yards for the season. No. 9 Alpharetta picked up its third first-round victory in seven tries by beating Gainesville 40-24. Alpharetta led 31-3 in the first half, and Gainesville never got closer than 14 points. Nolan Edmonds ran for 122 yards and scored three touchdowns (39-yard run, 36-yard reception and 98-yard kickoff return).
*Coffee (7-3) at Evans (9-2): Fourth-ranked Coffee, a quarterfinalist last season, is in the second round for the fourth consecutive season after beating Effingham County 52-32. Jameon Gaskin, the leading rusher in Region 1, ran for three touchdowns, Wade Sumner threw two touchdown passes and B.J. Hodge scored on a 33-yard run in the first half as the Trojans built a 42-6 lead. Evans QB Damekus Taylor passed for 155 yards and had 262 of the Knights’ season-best 466 yards rushing in a 69-32 first-round victory over Drew. The win was the first for Evans in the playoffs since 2007 and just the second state-playoff victory in school history.
*Allatoona (8-3) at Dacula (7-4): Allatoona reached the second round for the fourth consecutive season with a 27-7 victory over Hughes. The game was tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter, but Hughes was held to minus-3 yards of total offense the rest of the way. Brandon Nash ran for 61 yards and a touchdown, and Dante Marshall threw two second-half TD passes. Dacula advanced with a 42-14 victory over Pope. Tre McMillan ran for 131 yards and scored on runs of 30 and 53 yards. Dacula had 427 total yards (329 rushing). The Falcons are in the second round for the fifth time in seven seasons.
*Northside, Warner Robins (8-3) at Tucker (10-1): This will be the teams’ fifth matchup in the playoffs, with each team having won twice. Tucker won 22-7 in the semifinals last season. No. 5 Northside advanced with a 24-21 victory over Brunswick on Saturday despite being outgained 442-213. Northside completed only one pass attempt, but it was a 43-yarder from Marcus Jolly to Kobie Phillips with 2:10 remaining that was the game-winner. Top-ranked Tucker reached the second round for the 11th consecutive season with a 55-7 win over Lakeside of Evans. Tyler Hughey rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown, and Taurean Taylor ran for 112 yards and three scores.
*Centennial (8-3) at Mays (10-1): Centennial beat Lanier 48-14 last week for its first playoff victory since 2002. Lanier scored on its first drive, but the Knights led 41-7 at halftime. Max Brosmer passed for 309 yards and has 3,300 for the season. Blane Mason (1,265 receiving yards for the season) had seven catches for 110 yards and a TD and returned an interception 25 yards for a score. Second-ranked Mays was tied with Sequoyah 28-28 in the third quarter but pulled away for a 48-28 victory. It was the Raiders’ 10th consecutive victory and put them in the second round for the fifth straight season.
*Grovetown (7-4) at Lee County (10-1): Grovetown, which opened in 2009, picked up the first playoff victory in school history last week when it beat Lovejoy 35-27. The Warriors stopped Lovejoy’s Zion Custis for no gain at the 3-yard line as time expired to preserve the victory. D’Angelo Durham rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns and has 1,053 yards for the season. Third-ranked Lee County reached the second round with a 29-21 victory over Richmond Hill. Nikko Cruz rushed for 124 yards and a TD, T.J. Harris scored on a 37-yard interception return, and Austin Beaver kicked three field goals. The Trojans are seeking their first quarterfinal appearance.
*Winder-Barrow (9-2) at Harrison (8-3): Winder-Barrow beat Chattahoochee 36-7 last week for its first playoff victory since the 1993 team reached the semifinals. Jamar Mack ran for a season-high 211 yards, and Sterling Sumpter had 82 yards and two TDs. QB Brock Landis has passed for 2,045 yards this season. No. 10 Harrison needed a 44-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Hall to Micah Davis with 44 seconds remaining and then a late defensive stand to preserve a 33-28 victory over Alexander. Hall passed for 215 yards, his best game since taking over as the starter after a season-ending injury to Justin Fields. The Hoyas are seeking their first quarterfinal appearance since 2002.
*Heritage, Conyers (7-4) at Glynn Academy (7-3): Heritage upset Stephenson 20-7 for its first win in the playoffs since 2011 and third overall. Caleb Pruitt, who passed for 3,244 yards in the regular season, threw two touchdown passes, and Chas Koenig kicked two field goals. Heritage and Northside are the only No. 3 seeds remaining in AAAAAA. Seventh-ranked Glynn Academy knocked out defending champion Valdosta 27-3 to reach the second round for the fourth consecutive year. QB Randon Jernigan, a Georgia baseball signee, rushed for 195 yards and scored on runs of 86 and 9 yards. Glynn held Valdosta to 119 total yards (minus-36 rushing), according to the Florida Times-Union.