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December 14, 2012

State finals breakdown

Class A - Private (Friday at 2:30 p.m.)

Prince Avenue (11-2) vs. Eagles Landing (12-1)

Prince Avenue comes into this game without the marquee names of Eagles Landing, but they have been excellent in the playoffs with nothing but double digit wins. ECLA, however, has allowed 20 points in a game only once this season and it was exactly that amount against Clinch County back in September.

Players to watch:

ECLA

2013 DL Isaac Rochell (78) - Committed to Notre Dame

2013 RB Keyante Green (1) - Committed to Purdue

2014 DL Andrew Williams (79) - 20 BCS offers

2014 DB Bryson Durden (4) - FBS and FCS Interest

Prince Avenue

2013 DL Tyler Parish - Ivy league interest

Class AAA (Friday at 5:30p.m.)

Buford (11-3) vs St. Pius X (12-2)

Last year was an anomaly for Buford as it didn't make it to this game. The Wolves have a ton of experience on this stage, and St. Pius is the newcomer. St. Pius doesn't make many mistakes and both teams rely on a run-first ball control offense. The clock should stay moving in this one.

Players to watch:

Buford

2013 OL Josh Cardiello (56) - Committed to UGA

2013 RB Dontravius Wilson (1) - Committed to Western Kentucky

2013 DL Mikey Bart - Committed to South Florida

2014 LB Korie Rogers (43) - Offers from UGA, Clemson, UF, and others.

2014 ATH Thomas Wilson - Offer from East Carolina

St. Pius X

2014 DB Nicholas Ruffin (20) - Offers from seven FBS schools

Class AAAAA (Friday at 8:30p.m.)

Ware County (13-1) vs. Gainesville (11-3)

Gainesville can put up points with anyone, and Ware County has one of the most physical defenses in the state. This game will likely come down to who can punch best with their left hand. This is a food old fashion South Georgia vs. North Georgia matchup.

Players to watch:

Ware County

2013 WR Isa Lowe (89) - Offer from Savannah State

2013 DL Jimal McBride (98) - Ten total offers

2014 RB Montre Merritt (22) - Interest from Georgia Tech

Gainesville

2013 DB Fred Payne (20) - Committed to Western Carolina

2013 WR Caleb Hayman (81) - Committed to South Alabama

2014 QB DeShaun Watson (4) - Committed to Clemson

Class A - Public (Saturday 11:30a.m.)

Dooly County (11-2) vs. Emanuel County Institute (12-1)

ECI scores a lot of points and they don't give up many. Last week, the Bulldogs held the vaunted Wilcox County offense to under 28 points for only the second time this season. Dooly County, however, comes into this game after a tight 10-7 win over Lincoln County last week, and having won seven straight games.

Players to watch:

Dooly County

2013 DT Montravius Adams (32/52) - Offers from AU, Clemson, UGA, Alabama, UF

2013 DT Jasean Wiley (64) - FBS and FCS interest

2014 WR Cortney Clark (4) - FBS and FCS Interest

ECI

2013 RB Tiwain Daughtry (7) - FBS and FCS interest

Class AA (Saturday at 2:30p.m.)

Jefferson (13-1) vs. Calhoun (14-0)

Calhoun will be the first of the undefeated teams to play in the Georgia Dome, and Hal Lamb's crew is red hot right now. The Yellow Jackets had breezed through the playoffs until beating Lamar County by a touchdown last week, and they will face a Jefferson team that is that has the ability to put up big points as well. Jefferson has averaged 43 points per game in the playoffs. This game will feature a matchup of two quarterbacks that will play at the next level.

Players to watch:

Jefferson

2013 QB Bryant Shirreffs (15) - Offers from Dartmouth and Yale

Calhoun

2013 QB Taylor Lamb (11) - Committed to South Alabama Class AAAA (Saturday at 5:30p.m.)

Sandy Creek (14-0) vs. Ridgeland (13-1)

This game will feature some of the best talent in the state and all sorts of SEC talent. Sandy Creek has ran through their schedule, and the only game that Ridgeland has lost is to AA finalist Calhoun. Of all the games that will be played in the Georgia Dome, this one could feature the most speed.

Players to watch

Sandy Creek

2013 OL Alan Knott (70) - Committed to South Carolina

2013 DB Corey Griffin (7) - Offers from Ball State and Indiana

2013 DB Shaquille Wiggins (1) - Committed to Georgia

2013 DB Jaylon Harvey (25) - FBS and FCS interest

2013 WR Kyle Wilson (16) - FBS and FCS interest

2014 WR Demarre Kitt (8) - Offers from Clemson, UGA, USC, Ohio State and others

2014 DL Chris Williams (55) - Offers from Ole Miss and Texas A&M

2014 OL Ryan Warrior (52) - FBS and FCS interest

2014 OL Jeremy Penn (54) - FBS and FCS interest

2014 QB Cole Garvin (13) - FBS interest

Ridgeland

2013 DB Vonn Bell (7) - Will choose between Alabama and Ohio State soon

2013 ATH Uras Agee - FCS Interest

2013 RB Shaqualm McCoy - Offer from Northern Iowa and FBS interest

Class AAAAAA (8:30p.m.)

Lovejoy (13-1) vs. Norcross (14-0)

This game is the main event and rightfully so. Both teams have stars on both sides of the ball and have proven that they can both put up big points and hold teams to very few. Norcross has been on fire all season and the Blue Devils can score on any play. Lovejoy, however, has a very strong defense and a running came that can grind out tough yardage and control the clock.

Players to watch:

Lovejoy

2013 RB Travis Custis (22) - Committed to Georgia Tech

2013 WR Jumichael Ramos (6) - Committed to Georgia Tech

2013 TE Arshad Jackson (8) - Committed to Auburn

2013 LB Veion Robinson (32) - Committed to Middle Tennessee State

2013 QB Alejandro Benefield (15) - FBS and FCS interest

2013 LB Zane Fields (7) - Offers from Indiana and Mississippi State

2013 RB Johnathan Griffin (27) - FBS and FCS interest

2013 DL Johnathan Gore (53) ( - FBS and FCS interest

2014 LB Demarquis Gates (38) - FBS and FCS Interest

Norcross

2013 DB Shon Akins (3) - Committed to Cal

2013 RB Alvin Kamara (6) - Considering Alabama, Georgia, and Oregon

2013 LB Jahmal Jones (9) - Offers from four FBS and two FCS schools

2014 DL Lorenzo Carter (25) - Offers from 16 BCS schools

2014 ATH Myles Autry (5) - Offers from 13 BCS schools

2014 LB Kevin Mouhon (48) - Offer from Tennessee

2014 OL Trenton Jenkins (68) - FBS Interest

2014 OL Horatio Walker (65) - FBS Interest

2014 DB JaQuan Simpkins (4) - FBS Interest

2014 TE Darian Dennis (81) - FBS and FCS interest

2014 ATH Christopher Herndon (23) - FBS and FCS Interest.



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