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Today, we release the quarterfinals pairings for the football state playoffs. Also, we preview the Elite 8 in Class AAAA as four must-see matchups line the slate and provide Tuesday's basketball scoreboard. 
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Boys Basketball
Adairsville 79, Excel Christian 38
Berrien 55, Atkinson County 48
Cedar Shoals 69, Oconee County 34
Clarke Central 62, North Oconee 56
Coahulla Creek 50, Gordon Lee 47
Columbia 82, Druid Hills 38
Creekview 83, Northview 51
Dacula 70, Brookwood 64
Etowah 65, North Gwinnett 49
Grady 84, Harris County 76
Greater Atlanta Christian 69, Jefferson 37
Greenforest 67, Mountain View 49
Harrison 55, Stone Mountain 53
Henry County 82, Banneker 72
Hillgrove 73, Alexander 58
LaGrange 75, Houston County 44
Langston Hughes 105, Northside-Columbus 65
Lumpkin County 71, Rabun County 69
Madison County 73, Habersham Central 28
McEachern 46, Allatoona 43
Mill Creek 71, Stephenson 62
North Hall 83, Providence Christian 62
Ola 75, Strong Rock Christian 54
Portal 67, Bryan County 38
Riverwood 89, East Jackson 52
Rockdale County 47, Kennesaw Mountain 37
Sonoraville 83, East Paulding 65
South Forsyth 56, Marist 41
South Gwinnett 76, Woodstock 70
South Paulding 87, Paulding County 54
Southwest DeKalb 65, Collins Hill 61
St. Pius X 50, Dawson County 36
Starr's Mill 57, Lanier 55
Union Grove 52, Walnut Grove 37
Washington 59, Jackson County 54
West Hall 51, Social Circle 43
White County 69, Franklin County 49
Winder-Barrow 60, Johnson-Gainesville 48
Windsor Forest 72, South Effingham 50
R3 #2 North Cobb at R4 #1 Roswell
R1 #1 Lowndes at R2 #1 Westlake
R8 #1 Grayson at R1 #1 Colquitt County
R6 #1 Mill Creek at R3 #1 McEachern

Girls Basketball
Alexander 46, Campbell 41
Bremen 55, Mt. Zion, Carroll 29
Calhoun 55, Allatoona 51
Cambridge 31, Peachtree Ridge 24
East Paulding 60, Mt. Pisgah Christian 57
Flowery Branch 61, Jefferson 40
Gilmer 64, Pickens 62
Gordon Lee 41, Coahulla Creek 36
Harrison 60, M. L. King 32
Johns Creek 45, Alpharetta 33
Lakeview Academy 67, Rabun County 60
Loganville 30, Winder-Barrow 29
Marietta 79, Etowah 46
Marist 50, Riverwood 19
Mary Persons 41, Athens Academy 37
Morgan County 60, Miller Grove 45
North Cobb 56, Blessed Trinity 32
North Forsyth 45, Cherokee 39
North Paulding 47, Heard County 27
Northview 40, Creekview 27
Oconee County 39, Cedar Shoals 32
Rome 79, Shiloh 61
Southwest DeKalb 60, Brookwood 44
St. Pius X 58, Dawson County 33
St. Vincents 40, Savannah Country Day 38
Tift County 71, LaBelle 13
Walnut Grove 49, Union Grove 26
Warner Robins 53, Valdosta 50
Washington 45, Commerce 31
Westlake 65, Stephenson 52
Woodville-Tompkins 83, Bradwell Institute 31

Georgia high school football playoffs enter the quarterfinals round this week, starting Friday, Nov. 25.
Championship games will be at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10.

R3 #2 North Cobb at R4 #1 Roswell
R1 #1 Lowndes at R2 #1 Westlake
R8 #1 Grayson at R1 #1 Colquitt County
R6 #1 Mill Creek at R3 #1 McEachern

R4 #1 Tucker at R5 #1 Mays
R1 #2 Northside-Warner Robins at R2 #1 Glynn Academy
R4 #3 Stephenson at R1 #1 Valdosta
R1 #4 Coffee at R6 #1 Dalton

R3 #2 Griffin at R4 #1 Stockbridge
R2 #1 Ware County at R7 #1 Rome
R7 #2 Carrollton at R8 #1 Buford
R7 #3 Kell at R4 #2 Woodland-Stockbridge

Class AAAA
R5 #1 Cartersville at R4 #1 Woodward Academy
R7 #1 Blessed Trinity at R2 #1 Mary Persons
R8 #1 Jefferson at R1 #1 Cairo
R2 #3 Spalding at R3 #1 Thomson

Class AAA
R4 #1 Peach County at R5 #1 Westminster
R2 #1 Liberty County at R7 #1 Greater Atlanta Christian
R2 #2 Pierce County at R1 #1 Crisp County
R5 #2 Cedar Grove at R6 #1 Calhoun

Class AA
R5 #1 Callaway at R4 #1 Screven County
R7 #1 Pepperell at R2 #1 Benedictine
R8 #1 Rabun County at R1 #1 Fitzgerald
R7 #3 Chattooga at R6 #1 Hapeville Charter

Class A Public
#8 Manchester at #1 Macon County
#21 Irwin County at #4 Emanuel County Institute
#7 Commerce at #2 Clinch County
#6 McIntosh County at #3 Pelham

Class A Private
#8 Wesleyan at #1 Eagle's Landing Christian
#5 Tattnall Square at #4 Calvary Day
#7 Landmark Christian at #2 Prince Avenue Christian
#6 Mt. Paran at #3 Fellowship Christian


Quarterfinals quench season-long anticipation
#1 Cartersville at #1 Woodward Academy
Not only is this one of the top high school football games the country will see this season, but Cartersville and Woodward Academy are meeting for the first time in history to add to the intrigue. Woodward Academy's five-star quarterback Ryan Glover and Cartersville's five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence add another dimension to this star-studded matchup. Glover has tossed 35 touchdowns with just three interceptions this season, in addition to 2,804 passing yards. Lawrence has found the endzone 44 times through the air with nine interceptions to go with his 3,253 yards passing. Glover also has five rushing touchdowns, while Lawrence has four touchdowns on the ground. These two teams (Woodward-73, Cartersville-70) have scored a combined 143 touchdowns in 24 games. Defensively, Woodward Academy has held its last 10 opponents to single digits, while Cartersvsille has held 21 opponents to single digits during its current 27-game winning streak.
#1 Jefferson at #1 Cairo
Cairo has quietly dominated the competition this season. The Syrupmakers ride a 10-game winning streak into the quarterfinals and come off a 10-7 victory over Sandy Creek. Jefferson has won its last nine games and shutout West Laurens 21-0 in the second round. Cairo's strength is ample defense with a deep cast of playmakers on on the offensive side of the ball. Twelve different receivers have accounted for Cairo's 23 receiving touchdowns this season and seven different running backs have found the endzone. This is nothing compared to the collective effort seen on the defensive side of the ball for Cairo where eight different players have interceptions and the unit has posted 29 sacks in 12 games. Jefferson relies on the two-headed rushing attack of Colby Wood and Zack Boobas on offense. Wood has accounted for 19 rushing touchdowns this season, while Boobas has scored 14 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Colby Clark has also fueled the ground game with nine rushing touchdowns.
#3 Spalding at #1 Thomson
Spalding followed a 3-4 start to the season with five straight wins and has reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 2003. Thomson has cruised to a 12-0 start and is back in the quarterfinals for the second straight year and third time in six seasons. This will be a battle of two prolific running offenses. Spalding has pounded the ball for 234.3 yards per game, while Thomson has paced the state with 322.3 rushing yards per game. Spalding will have to try and stop Thomson's Michael Thomas. The senior has already accounted for 1,950 rushing yards this season to go with 21 rushing touchdowns. Thomson as a team averages 8.8 yards per carry and has a combined 50 rushing touchdowns this season. In the Bulldogs' 57-23 first-round win over Americus-Sumter, Thomas needed just 10 carries to rack up a career-high 335 rushing yards and five touchdowns. This postseason, Thomas has taken 38 carries for 540 yards (14.2 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns, while also adding his first receiving touchdown of the season.
#1 Blessed Trinity at #1 Mary Persons
Blessed Trinity hasn't lost to an instate opponent this season, while Mary Persons hasn't lost to a Class AAAA school. That will change as the two 10-2 programs face for the first time in history this Friday. Mary Persons is led by senior running back Zach Harvey. The 6-foot-1 playmaker has rushed for 22 touchdowns this season, including 12 touchdowns in his last four games. Blessed Trinity is led by sophomore Steele Chambers. The 6-foot-2 running back has rushed for 21 touchdowns this season with 120.6 yards per game average. 

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