Cedar Grove vs Greater Atlanta Christian:
A fun matchup to watch for Georgia fans. The 12-2 Cedar Grove Saints are coming off a dominating 55-0 win over Crisp County, and looking to do the same against 13-1 GAC. The Saints are led on offense by two Georgia commits on the offensive line, Netori Johnson and Justin Shaffer. Those two will try to open up run lanes and protect senior quarterback Jelani Woods. Sophomore receiver Jadon Haselwood is an electric playmaker who needs to have the ball as often as possible for the Saints to get a victory.
GAC is home to the nation’s top quarterback prospect Davis Mills. The Stanford commit missed most of the year with an injury, but had been almost perfect since his return. One of his favorite weapons, junior Kyler McMichael, can make plays at running back as well as receiver. He is ranked as one of the top defensive back prospects in the state, but does a little bit of everything for the Spartans. Myles and Christopher Hinton will be relied on heavily for the Spartans in the trenches.
Rome vs. Buford:
A battle of Wolves going at it for the 5A state title. Buford has won 13 in a row after losing the season opener to Roswell. They have a solid rushing attack led by juniors Anthony Grant and Christian Turner. The Buford defense has had a great season, but Rome’s offense will be one of the best they have seen all season.
Rome is 12-2 on the season with early losses to Harrison and Kell. Since then they have been unstoppable. Their defense, led by Georgia commit Adam Anderson and senior linebacker Jaylen Griffin, have recorded four shutouts on the season, and have held six other opponents to 13 points or less. Like Buford, Rome also has a terrific rushing attack led by Jalynn Skyes and Jamious Griffin. Sophomore quarterback Knox Kadum is one of the top quarterbacks in Georgia for his class.
Tucker vs. Valdosta:
A great battle between two historic programs. The 13-1 Tucker Tigers lost their season opener against Kell, but have rallied to win their last 13 games. They are another team who had a dominating defense this season led by defensive lineman Aaron Sterling and Derrick McClendon. Linebacker Brian Strozier is also a player to watch on the Tigers defense. Running back Taurean Taylor and Chris Broadwater have a combined 2,403 yards rushing and 37 touchdowns on the season.
The Valdosta Wildcats are 13-1 on the season with their only loss coming against rival Colquitt County. The Wildcats might not have the talent and college prospects like others playing for state championships, but they are a team that flat out knows how to win. They are balanced on offense and play tough on defense. This program used to play for state championships almost every year, and are looking to make it happen again tonight in the Georgia Dome.