The No. 1 ranked Cedar Grove Saints gets a home date on Friday in the Class 3A Sweet 16 football playoffs while Stephenson (4A) and Chamblee (5A) go on the road for their second-round matchups.
Cedar Grove (8-2) plays host to Region 8 No. 2 seed Hebron Christian (9-2) at Godfrey Stadium with kickoff set for 7:30 pm.
The Saints defense held Bremen under 100 yards of total offense last week led by Chase Kerns second consecutive big game as he picked up 7 tackles, 3 sacks and 4 tackles for a loss in the game that upped his total sacks to 10 and tackles for a loss to 14. Quinterio Lawson had two sacks, caused a fumble and had a scoop and score as well. The Saints playing mostly schools from larger classifications has held opponents to 18.7 points.
Hebron Christian comes in having rushed for over 3,400 yards as a team led by dual threat quarterback Gavin Hall who has rushed for 2,333 yards and 30 touchdowns and thrown for 1,680 yards and 17 more touchdowns. The Lions are averaging 40.5 points per game and almost six touchdowns per game.
Cedar Grove also rushed for 363 yards in the 48-7 win as four players went over 75 yards on the ground. Boden Walker and Demarcus Smith have both rushed for over 400 yards on the season as a tandem. Sophomore quarterback EJ Colson has rushed for 342 yards and 8 touchdowns while passing for 2,104 yards and 23 touchdowns. The offense is averaging 34.9 points per game.
CLASS 4A: Stephenson (7-3) at Cedartown (11-0), 7:30 pm
The Stephenson Jaguars hit the road in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs with a date against the Class 4A No. 1 ranked Cedartown Bulldogs.
Stephenson is playing to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2016 after picking up its first opening round win since 2019 with its 40-38 thriller against Pace Academy last Friday. Junior running back Devin Ingram put the Jaguars on his back scoring four touchdowns, rushing for 203 yards and adding 160 yards in kickoff returns. His second kickoff return for a touchdown came with under six minutes to play with the Jaguars trailing 38-26 and he followed on his next touch going 58 yards for the winning score.
Ingram was named the Georgia High School Football Daily State Player of the Week for his performance. He has rushed for 1,264 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season. Quarterback Marte Barton has pass for 1,081 yards and six touchdowns.
The Jaguar defense is led by junior linebacker Kaleb Bristow with 114 tackles including 3.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks on the season. He is joined by senior linebacker Delali Flowers with 88 tackles on the season.
Cedartown rolled past Cedar Shoals 49-0 in its first-round playoff game. The Bulldogs are led by a running back tandem including Harlem Diamond (851 yards, 14 TDs) and Patrick Gardener (679 yards and 13 TDs). Quarterback Reece Tanner (838 yards passing, 13 TDs; 320 yards rushing, 3 TDs) runs the offense.
CLASS 5A: Chamblee (8-2) at Ware Co. (10-0), 7:30 pm
The No. 1 ranked Ware County Gators stand in the way of a trip to the quarterfinals for the Chamblee Bulldogs who travel to Waycross for their second round Class 5A state playoff game.
Chamblee, whose seniors were 1-8 as freshman, played and won their first home playoff game since 2007 with a 62-13 win over McIntosh last Friday to advance. Senior quarterback Fabian Walker (2,112 yards passing, 24 TDs; 438 yards rushing and 13 TDs) led the Bulldogs attack throwing for 292 yards (2 TDs) and rushing for two more against McIntosh. Tristian Sizemore (6 receptions, 136 yards vs. McIntosh) and Levi Bradham (5 receptions, 75 yards, 1 TD) are two of the key targets for Walker in the passing game.
Junior defensive end Quay Wright is the big play guy on defense for Chamblee with five sacks and 28 tackles for a loss on the season. He had three tackles for a loss and a half sack against McIntosh. Senior linebacker Mason Carrington (97 tackles, 4 sacks, 8 TFL) and senior linebacker Miller Meeks (50 tackles, 8 sacks, 13 TFL) are tough in the front of the Bulldog defense as well.
Ware County is coming off a 55-13 over Jones County last week. The Gators offense is run by quarterback Nikao Smith (1,917 yards passing, 21 TDs). Smith’s big target in the passing game is Jarvis Hayes (773 yards, 12 TDs). The ground game leader is Deajeaun Dennis (922 yards, 12 TDs).
DCSD FOOTBALL – PLAYOFF SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE
Friday, November 18
CLASS 3A STATE PLAYOFFS
Hebron Christian (9-2) vs. Cedar Grove (8-2), 7:30 pm
CLASS 4A STATE PLAYOFFS
Stephenson (7-3) at Cedartown (11-0), 7:30 pm
CLASS 5A STATE PLAYOFFS
Chamblee (8-2) at Ware County (10-0), 7:30 pm