BRANTLEY COUNTY (6-4) at JEFFERSON COUNTY (7-3), 7:30 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Brantley County beat Appling County 34-14; Jefferson County beat Westside 27-20
KEY PLAYERS: Brantley County-Senior QB/DB Stephen Prevatt (5-10, 175); Senior FB/MLB Jay Edwards (5-11, 205); Senior WR/DL/DB Brandon Collins (6-1, 205); Junior OL/LB Patrick Stive (6-1, 190); Jefferson County-Senior LB/TE Tim Nelson (6-4, 235); Senior QB Dennis Thomas (6-2, 215); Junior OL/DL A.J. Harmon (6-5, 317); Junior LB/RB Lamar Brown (5-9, 160)
KEY MATCHUP: Brantley County's defense vs. Thomas. Thomas is the Warriors' top passer and rusher, plus their leading scorer. If he's bottled up, the Jefferson County offense will sputter. If Thomas gets rattled into being careless with the ball, he could add to the 13 interceptions he's already thrown this year.
OUTLOOK: One team is going to get its first-ever playoff win. That will be the Warriors. They have too many athletes for Brantley to contain. Jefferson County is a big momentum team and it should capitalize on a couple of early mistakes and have this one in hand by the third quarter. One worry is the Herons' offensive balance. Collins has accounted for 11 total touchdowns and has 68 catches. Look for him to make at least one big play. The Warriors have had trouble stopping teams that run and throw the ball well all season long.
PREDICTION: Jefferson Co. 28, Brantley Co. 14
AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN (9-2) VS. HAMMOND (12-0), 7:30 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Augusta Christian beat Laurence Manning 21-14; Hammond beat Wilson Hall 37-12
KEY PLAYERS: Augusta Christian-Senior QB Tyler Bourdo (5-9, 150), Senior RB Kyle Meeks (6-2, 195), Senior TE/DB Josh Whitaker (6-1, 180), Senior OL/DL Bo Phillips (6-3, 220), Senior S Taylor Hensley (6-1, 170); Hammond-Senior QB Punky DaSilva (5-11, 170), Senior TE/LB Carter Scott (6-1, 210), Senior RB Jarry Kuilan (5-8, 165), Senior WR/DB Rashad Ishmael (5-10, 165)
KEY MATCHUP: Meeks vs. DaSilva. The teams' offenses go through these two players and each star must establish himself early to take control of the game. With a good game, Meeks could break the 1,500-yard rushing mark, while DaSilva could add to his 25 touchdown passes.
OUTLOOK: Augusta Christian is the defending South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA champ, but Hammond has had a better season this year. The Skyhawks knocked off Augusta Christian 21-6 earlier this year and have been ranked No. 1 for most of the season. More than bragging rights and a state title are on the line, Hammond, and the rest of the SCISA schools, don't want to see the SCISA state championship trophy spend another year in Georgia.
PREDICTION: Hammond 21, Augusta Christian 20
JONESVILLE (9-3) AT RIDGE SPRING-MONETTA (10-2), 7:30 P.M.
LAST WEEK: Ridge Spring-Monetta defeated Great Falls 12-6; Jonesville defeated Whitmire 40-16
KEY PLAYERS: Ridge Spring-Monetta-Senior QB/FS Devonne Quattlebaum (6-0, 185); Junior RB Cody Young; Senior CB/TE Quentin Evans (6-0, 180); Senior FB/LB Richard Maddox (5-11, 190); Junior OT/OLB Justin Conaway (6-5, 240); Jonesville: Sophomore DL Billy Gregory; Junior FB Joseph Smith; Junior Marcus Whitener; QB Dwight Brannon; WR Kyle Gory
KEY MATCHUP: Jonesville's offense vs. Ridge Spring-Monetta's defense. The Trojans have been stellar this season, allowing an average of only 4.8 points per game. They've only allowed six points in two playoff games. The Wildcats have averaged 27.8 points per game this season, including 59 in two playoff games.
OUTLOOK: Ridge Spring-Monetta has never played in a state semifinal game, according to coach Mark Rodgers, and Jonesville hasn't played in one since 1990. "They're basically a blueprint of us," Rodgers said. If the Trojans can play another stout game on defense, Quattlebaum and Young will be tough to contain, as long as they hang on to the ball.
PREDICTION: Ridge Spring-Monetta 26, Jonesville 23
- From staff reports