Allatoona running back Alex Wilson (7) gains yardage during the first half of the Buccaneers’ first-round playoff game against Gainesville at Allatoona. (Daniel Varnado/Special)

Class AAAAAA blog: Quarterfinal previews

Coffee at Allatoona

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Buccaneer Stadium, Acworth 

Records, rankings: Coffee is 9-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AAAAAA and No. 6; Allatoona is 9-2-1, the No. 2 seed from 6-AAAAAA and No. 7. 

Last meeting: Allatoona won 45-14 in the second round of the 2014 Class AAAAA playoffs. 

Things to know: Coffee's Region 1 has all four of its playoff teams in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. The Trojans have made it to the quarters four straight seasons. Allatoona's Region 6 has two teams in the quarters for the third straight year. Allatoona is there for the sixth time in nine years. Both are run-first teams that are also capable in the passing game, each averaging about 185 yards rushing and 145 passing. Coffee is averaging 59.5 points in the playoffs. The Trojans built a 42-7 lead against Mays last week and won 59-36. QB A.J. Wilkerson has passed for 1,214 yards and run for 288 this season. Jamal Paulk ran for 140 yards and three touchdowns against Mays and has 651 yards and 14 TDs for the season. Allatoona put up 23 points in a 10-point victory last week against Stephenson, which was allowing just 8.8 points per game (best in AAAAAA). Alex Wilson ran for 118 yards and has 1,150 for the season. Dante Marshall has passed for 1,629 yards and 20 touchdowns, and Asante Das has 1,001 yards receiving on 33 catches. 

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Coffee by 5 

Winner plays: Valdosta/Richmond Hill winner 

Valdosta at Richmond Hill 

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Wildcat Stadium, Richmond Hill 

Records, rankings: Valdosta is 10-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AAAAAA and No. 4; Richmond Hill is 8-3, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAAAAA and unranked. 

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting. 

Things to know: Richmond Hill is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1996 and seeking its first trip to the semifinals in the program's 34-year history. RB Jalen Rouse has been a breakout star in the playoffs, rushing for 404 yards and eight touchdowns in victories over M.L. King and Lanier. In the 48-34 win over No. 8 Lanier last week, he ran for 210 yards on 23 carries and had touchdown runs of 1, 17, 53, 83 and 7 yards. He has the school record for rushing yards in a season with 1,670 and has 24 TDs and 2,120 all-purpose yards for the year. Valdosta, in the quarterfinals for the third time in four seasons, rallied to beat fifth-ranked Johns Creek 28-24 last week. Johns Creek had taken a 24-21 lead on a field goal with less that two minutes left, but Tate Rodemaker's 46-yard touchdown pass to Javonte Sherman with 43 seconds remaining provided the winning points. Jadarian Rhym intercepted a pass in the end zone on the game's final play to secure the victory. Rodemaker, voted his region's player of the year by coaches, passed for 312 yards, giving him 3,514 for the season. 

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Valdosta by 26 

Winner plays: Coffee/Allatoona winner 

Dacula at Lee County 

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Trojan Field, Leesburg 

Records, rankings: Dacula is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 8-AAAAAA and No. 1; Lee County is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAAAAA and No. 3. 

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting. 

Things to know: This game matches the top-ranked team (Dacula) against the two-time defending AAAAAA champion. Dacula is seeking its second consecutive trip to the semifinals and fifth in school history. Dacula led Glynn Academy 7-6 midway through the second quarter last week but scored 28 unanswered points and won 42-20. Trenton Jones (1,153 yards rushing, 12 TDs), Kaleb Edwards (813-11) and Kyle Efford (632-15) lead a running game that averages 257.2 yards per game. Jarrett Jenkins has passed for 2,124 yards and 18 TDs. Konata Mumpfield (593 receiving yards) scored two touchdowns last week. Lee County has won 12 consecutive playoff games, the past seven of which have been decided by at least 14 points each. Kyle Toole passed for 219 yards and four touchdowns in the Trojans' 49-7 victory over Creekside last week, and six offensive players scored touchdowns. Chauncey Magwood had 64 yards and a touchdown receiving and intercepted a pass on defense. Lee County ranks No. 4 in AAAAAA scoring offense (39.92) and Dacula is No. 5 (39.67). Dacula is No. 4 in scoring defense (13.17) and Lee is No. 5 (13.25). 

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Lee County by 3 

Winner plays: Houston County/Harrison winner 

Houston County at Harrison 

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bruce Cobleigh Stadium, Kennesaw 

Records, rankings: Houston County is 7-5, the No. 4 seed from Region 1-AAAAAA and unranked; Harrison is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from 6-AAAAAA and No. 2. 

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting. 

Things to know: Harrison got 100-yard rushing games from Mason Babay (171), David Roberts (138) and Jay Ziglor (102) in a 51-19 victory over Brunswick in the second round. Babay had another 63 yards receiving. The Hoyas typically are more balanced as Gavin Hall, just 4-for-6 passing last week, has thrown for 1,634 yards and 18 touchdowns. Roberts has rushed for 1,270 yards and 16 touchdowns (six TDs in the playoffs). Houston County QB Max Rigby has thrown three TD passes in each of Houston County's playoff victories over Evans and South Paulding. Corey Chaison, a sophomore, has rushed for 104 and 107 yards in those games. LB Wesley Steiner, an Auburn commit, was named last week the defensive player of the year in Region 1, home to four of the eight quarterfinals. The Bears have lost five times, but four came against top-10 teams that are still in the playoffs. Houston County hasn't made the semifinals since 1993. Harrison last made it in 2000. These are the alma maters of Jake Fromm (Houston County) and Justin Fields (Harrison). 

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Harrison by 14 

Winner plays: Dacula/Lee County winner

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