Class A Blog:  Quarterfinal preview

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No. 16 Savannah Christian at No. 9 Wesleyan: Savannah Christian won the only previous meeting between the two schools, 28-13, in the 2010 semifinals. The Raiders (8-3) lost that year’s title game to Clinch County (24-14). Both teams are coming off of decisive wins in Round 2. Wesleyan (10-2) downed No. 8 Christian Heritage, 34-13, as sophomore QB J.C. French accounted for five touchdowns, two rushing and three passing. Savannah Christian upset Savannah Country Day, 35-14, avenging a regular season loss to the Hornets. Senior RB Markell Brown rushed for 120 yards on 20 carries, including touchdown runs of 12 and 61 yards, while junior QB Spencer Robicheaux was 7-of-11 passing for 110 yards and scored on two, 1-yard touchdown runs.

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No. 12 Hebron Christian at No. 4 Fellowship Christian:  This will be the first meeting between the two schools. Hebron (8-4) blew out No. 5 Mount de Sales, 35-6, last week as senior QB Colton Gauthier threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more. Fellowship (11-0) stayed unbeaten with a 14-0 shutout of No. 13 North Cobb Christian (8-4). 

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No. 23 Mount Paran Christian at No. 2 Holy Innocents’: This is the first meeting between the two schools. Mount Paran (7-4) upset No. 7 Darlington, 16-13, in Round 2 as senior QB Niko Vangarelli was 6-of-12 passing for 110 yards, while rushing for 144 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns, including the 4-yard game winner with less than two minutes remaining. Holy Innocents’ (11-0) rolled over No. 18 St. Francis, 42-3, as senior RB/LB Michael Cox scored four touchdowns on runs of 15, 1, 8 and 15 yards.

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No. 6 Eagle’s Landing Christian at No. 3 Athens Academy: This is a rematch of last year’s private school final, which ELCA won, 44-17. The Chargers (10-1) lead the all-time series 3-0. ELCA, the four-time defending state champs, outlasted No. 11 Prince Avenue Christian last week, 62-57, as senior senior QB Gabe Wright scored the game-winning touchdown on an 11-yard run with a little over a minute left in regulation. Athens Academy (11-0) blasted No. 19 Brookstone last week, 52-7, as junior QB Palmer Bush threw four touchdown passes.

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No. 9 Manchester at No. 1 Irwin County: The only meeting between the two schools was the 1997 finals, which Manchester won, 28-7. The Blue Devils (10-2) upset No. 8 Johnson County in Round 2, 36-20. Irwin County (10-0) knocked off No. 17 Chattahoochee County, 47-22.

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No. 21 Warren County at No. 4 Clinch County: The only time the schools have faced each other was the 2006 quarterfinals, won by Clinch County, 42-15. Clinch County (10-1) knocked out No. 20 Emanuel County Institute last week, 44-21, while Warren County upset No. 5 Bowdon (8-3), 34-14.

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No. 7 Lincoln County at No. 2 Marion County: This is the first meeting between the two schools. Lincoln County (9-2) edged No. 10 Commerce (9-3) last week, 21-17, while Marion County (9-2) outlasted No. 18 Schley County (7-5), 35-27.

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No. 6 Pelham at No. 3 Mitchell County: These teams are as familiar with each other as any two teams meeting in the quarterfinals. They have met at least once almost every year since 1923. Mitchell County (10-1) leads the series 74-25-5, and won the regular season matchup for the Region 1 championship, 36-28. Last week, Pelham (10-1), outscored No. 11 Wilcox County, 41-30, while Mitchell County (10-1) blasted No. 14 Turner County, 36-7.

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