DeAngelo Gibbs (Photo by Chad Simmons)

Dawg Post Friday Update:

Dawg Post takes a look at some of the top semi-final high school football games

Grayson vs. Mill Creek:

A giant matchup featuring two of the best defenses in the state. Undefeated Mill Creek made it this far last season, and needs to play lights out if they are going to beat the talented Grayson Rams whose only loss came against powerhouse IMG Academy at the beginning of the season. The Rams are a mini college team with all the talent they have, including major target Deangelo Gibbs at safety. The Rams are too talented on both sides of the ball, and should be able to pull out a victory.

Roswell vs. Westlake:

Another game featuring so much talent on both teams. The Roswell Hornets have had one goal all season, and that's winning a state championship. They made it to the dome last season but lost, so they will do whatever it takes to get there again. Quarterback Malik Willis, a Virginia Tech commit, had an outstanding game last week against North Cobb both passing and with his feet. He's a dual threat playmaker, but the Westlake defense will be ready. The Lions are loaded on that side of the ball, featuring A.J Terrell (Clemson commit) at safety, Georgia commit Jaden Hunter at linebacker, and 2018 defensive back Myles Sims back there as well. I'm expecting a low scoring game, but the Hornets are too balanced on both sides. 

Cartersville vs. Mary Persons:

Cartersville came up big last week with a win over Woodward Academy, and now take on a Mary Persons team that has made it farther than anyone would have expected. The 11-2 Bulldogs lost early to Houston County, and lost by one point later in the year to Peach County. Defensive End Malik Herring, who recently committed to Georgia, will do his best to disrupt five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, but in the end, the Hurricanes are just too good. Athletes Avery Showell and Trey Creamer are dynamic weapons on offense, that the Hurricane defense has been terrific all season. I'm expecting another Cartersville win, and another trip to the state championship.

Rome vs. Stockbridge

Another big matchup featuring some of the best running backs in the state. The 11-2 Rome Wolves led by Georgia linebacker commit Adam Anderson, take on the undefeated Stockbridge Tigers. The Tigers are led on offense by running back Jalen Holston, one of the top backs in Georgia for 2016. He's rushed for just under 1,400 yards this season with 14 touchdowns. Junior receiver Marquez Ezzard is another playmaker on the Tigers offense who will certainly get touches in the game as well. As for Rome, they have two very talented backs worth watching. Sophomore Jamious Griffin made a name for himself this year rushing for 1264 yards and 22 touchdowns. Running back Jaylnn Sykes also rushed for over 1,00 yards and 16 touchdowns. 

Cedar Grove vs. Clinch County:

This is a fun matchup to watch for Georgia fans. Cedar Grove lineman Netori Johnson and Justin Shafer are both headed to Georgia next year, and they need to play their best game to protect quarterback Jelani Woods, an Oklahoma State commit. Wide receiver Jadon Haselwood is as explosive as any receiver in the state, and is already a nationally recognized prospect. Cris County is undefeated at 13-0, and led by two elite defenders in Georgia targets Markaviest Bryant and Quay Walker. 

Greater Atlanta Christian vs. Peach County:

The nation's top ranked quarterback Davis Mills has been playing the best football of his life so far, and lead the Spartans against the 12-1 Trojans. Peach County has had succes through the air this season with quarterback Antonio Gilbert, and his two reliable receivers Kearis Jackson and Devonte Howard. The Spartans have a weapon themselves in receiver Kyler McMichael, one of the top athletes in Georgia for the 2018 class. GAC also has a young and talented offensive line worth watching. 

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