Class AA Round 2 preview

Benedictine Military School

R5, T2 Heard County at R3, T1 Screven County

Heard County comes in having won five of its last six games, including a 28-21 victory over Wesleyan last week. The Braves offense will go into the contest having averaged 39 points in its last three games. 10-1 Screven County suffered a scare as it rode a 13-point, fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Monticello 20-14. The Gamecock defense is solid, having allowed just 12.6 points per contest. This will be the first-ever matchup between the squads.

R4 T2 Lamar County at R6 T1 GAC

This is the fourth year in a row in which Lamar County has reached the second round of the playoffs, including an appearance in the state finals last season. The Trojans defeated Swainsboro handily 28-14 and look to knock off No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian. The Spartans dominated an overmatched Chattahoochee County squad 41-13 and the 13 points allowed were the most given up by GAC’s defense since Sept. 26.

R8, T4 Washington-Wilkes at R1,T2 Brooks County

Washington-Wilkes pulled off the shocker in the first round by knocking off No. 8 Darlington 21-6 and is gunning for its first appearance in the quarterfinals since 2005. Yet, it must contend with a Brooks County offense that will go into the matchup having averaged 31 points per game. For Trojan head coach Maurice Freeman, he looks for the squad to make the quarterfinals for the fourth time in the last five years.

R6 T2 Lovett at R4 T1 Macon County

No. 3 Lovett at No. 7 Macon County is undoubtedly the premiere matchup of the week. Willie Candler looks to build from Lovett’s win over Bremen where he went 9-for-9 for 172 yards and four scores. Last week saw Macon County score a season-low 21 points in its victory over Dublin, but its defense still stands strong having allowed an average of seven points over its last four games. Macon County goes in, leading the all-time series 2-0.

R2 T2 Benedictine at R8 T1 Rabun County

No. 4 Benedictine is coming off of a dominant 35-0 win against Thomasville, as the Cadets ran for 248 yards and three touchdowns in the effort. Danny Britt’s team has averaged 57.5 points per game during its four-game winning streak. Rabun County currently rides a winning streak of eight contests after last week’s win over Chattooga 24-20. The Wildcats are aiming to make their first quarterfinal appearance since 1998.

R7 T2 Coosa at R2 T1 Vidalia

Coosa’s 14-7 victory over Greene County last Friday has put the Eagles defense at streak of five games where it has held opponents to seven points or less, including three shutouts. No. 2 Vidalia continues to score at tremendous rate, dropping 56 in the victory over Bremen in the first round. The Indians offense has not had a game this season where it has scored less than 30 points. This marks the first occasion where these teams will face off.

R6 T4 Pace Academy at R3 T2 Jefferson County

Pace Academy earned its first playoff win in program history by destroying No. 1-seeded Bowdon 49-28. The Knights will be looking for its second all-time playoff win in Friday’s matchup at Jefferson County. The Warriors scored 50 or more points for the fourth time this season in their dismantling of Bleckley County 52-37. JB Arnold’s squad looks to keep its six-game winning streak intact along with making it to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009.

T7 T3 Model at R1 T1 Fitzgerald

Model held a powerful Union County offense below its 45-point scoring average as the Blue Devils recorded its first playoff win since 1979. It will be a similar situation as Gordon Powers’ squad faces another high-powered offense in Fitzgerald which has averaged 51 points in its last five games. The No. 5-ranked Purple Hurricanes saw Gerald Morgan and JD King run for 230 and 191 yards respectively in its 53-28 victory over Bryan County.

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