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Breaking down the stats for Peach, Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove and Peach County, the final two football teams left standing, represent the finest the classification has to offer, and behind every successful program are statistics that paint a successful picture of why the teams have advanced.

They will play Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the Class AAA state championship.

Here are statistical views of these two programs from the statisticians – Cedar Grove’s Michael Martin and Peach County’s Ron Kicklighter – who provide crucial information each week during the season on their respective teams:

Peach County (12-2, 6-0/Region 4 No. 1 seed)

-- Passing: Jaydon Gibson -- 167 of 232, 19 touchdowns, six interceptions. (Notable: Gibson, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior quarterback is a dual threat. He can pass and run and pass on the run to extend plays after the pocket collapses. He leads the Peach County offense, which is averaging 155 passing yards and 163 rushing yards.)

-- Receivers: Noah Whittington – 23 receptions for 225 yards and four touchdowns; Alex Henton – 20 catches for 306 yards and three touchdowns; Terkel Jefferson – 38 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns; Justin Harris – 15 catches for 213 and two touchdowns; Millard Thomas – 32 catches for 409 yards and one touchdown.

-- Rushing: Gibson -- 111 carries, 371 yards, nine touchdowns; Kapien Everett -- 98 carries, 577 yards, 12 touchdowns; Whittington -- 68 carries, 459 yards, 10 touchdowns; Tijah Woolfolk -- 106 carries, 728 yards, seven touchdowns; Nigel Manns -- 11 carries, 105 yards, two touchdowns.

-- Tackles: Serio Allen -- 82 solos, 40 assisted, six sacks (Notable: Allen, a 6-2, 225-pound linebacker is the anchor of the Peach County defense. He is a Clemson commitment and is rated a 4-star recruit by Rivals.) Cedric Hillsman – 70 solos, 34 assisted; Kobe Towns -- 47 solos, 28 assisted; Zaviann Bonner -- 40 solos, 19 assisted; Jaqualin McGhee -- 36 solos, 19 assisted; Daelan Smith -- 29 solos, 13 assisted; Donavon Mabry -- 39 solos 15 assisted.

Cedar Grove (13-1, 6-0, Region 5 No. 1 seed)

-- Passing: Austin Smith – 89 of 134 for 1,452 yards and 18 touchdowns; Kendall Boney – 57 of 91 passing for 911 yards and 15 touchdowns; Eric Harper – 1 of 2 for 25 yards and one touchdown. (Notable: Cedar Grove has utilized Smith and Boney in each of the 14 games this season. Boney is a 5-11, 180-pound senior. Smith is a 6-2, 180-pound sophomore.)

-- Receivers: Jadon Haselwood – 51 catches for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns (Notable: Listed as the nation’s top receiver, Haselwood is a 6-3, 195-pound senior who will wear No. 11 instead of No. 2 in the state final game in honor of the passing of a teammate.) Rashad Jordan – 41 catches for 621 yards and 11 touchdowns; Montre Monfort – 13 catches for 210 yards and five touchdowns; Janiran Bonner – 16 catches for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Coreyon Cone – four catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns; Robert Jones III – Seven catches for 95 yards and one touchdown; Tynontae Stokes – two catches for 42 yards and one touchdown. Demetri Cooper – three catches for 24 yards and one touchdown.

-- Rushing: Jones III – 103 carries for 1,162 yards and 12 touchdowns; Chavon Wright – 48 carries for 422 yards and nine touchdowns; Kendall Boney – 69 carries for 330 yards and eight touchdowns; Mehki Gilstrap – 36 carries for 406 yards and seven touchdowns; Rashad Dubinion – 58 carries for 496 yards and five touchdowns; Smith – 39 carries for 162 yards and five touchdowns.

-- Tackles: Isaiah Ratcliff – 49 solos, 51 assisted, six tackles for loss (TFL) and two sacks; William Jenkins – 38 solos, 46 assisted tackles, 10 TFL; Dante Walker – 36 solos, 34 assisted, 18 TFL, 10 sacks; Alvin Williams – 24 solos, assisted tackles, 10.5 TFL, five sacks. Montre Monfort – 36 solos, 17 assisted, 5.5 TFL, one sack; Rashad Cheney -- 23 solos, 24 assisted, 13.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks; Chris Sanford – 15 solos, 29 assisted; Tee Denson – 26 solos, 15 assisted.

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