High school football semifinal capsules

Class AAAAA

Colquitt County at Grayson

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Grayson Community Stadium, Grayson

Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 8-5 and the No. 3 seed from 1-AAAAA; Grayson is 10-3 and the No. 3 seed from 8-AAAAA. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. The winner of this game will be the first No. 3 seed since Lowndes in 1999 to reach a state championship game in the highest classification. Lowndes and 1997 Parkview are the only No. 3 seeds to win state titles in the highest class.

2. Colquitt County QB Tyler Brown (2,762 passing yards), RB Tevin King (1,778 rushing yards) and WR Tommy Hudson (1,086 receiving yards) have set single-season school records this year.

3. Grayson, built around sophomore DL Robert Nkemdiche (21 sacks on the season), has led 31-0, 23-0 and 20-0 entering the fourth quarters of its three playoff victories, all on the road.

Winner plays: Collins Hill/Brookwood winner

Collins Hill at Brookwood

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Brookwood Community Stadium, Snellville

Records, rankings: Collins Hill is 10-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAAA and unranked; Brookwood is 12-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAAAA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: Brookwood won 45-38 in two overtimes on Sept. 3.

Three things to know: 1. In the teams' first meeting this season, Brookwood's Nick Tompkins (149 yards) and Jamaal Cole (124) both rushed for more than 100 yards in the Broncos' double-overtime victory. Collins Hill quarterback Taylor Heinicke passed for 399 yards and five touchdowns.

2. Brookwood quarterback Ben McLane was intercepted four times in the first half in a 45-35 victory against Hillgrove last week, but he responded by throwing the game-tying and game-winning touchdown passes in the final 14 minutes of the game.

3. Heinicke passed for 388 yards and three TDs and caught a touchdown pass against Lowndes last week, but the Eagles didn’t claim the victory until Mitchell Blanchard kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime after Lowndes missed a 30-yarder on its possession.

Winner plays: Colquitt County/Grayson winner

Class AAAA

Chattahoochee at Statesboro

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Womack Field, Statesboro

Records, rankings: Statesboro is 11-2, the No. 1 seed from Region 2-AAAA and unranked; Chattahoochee is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 7-AAAA and ranked No. 5.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Chattahoochee QB Tim Byerly is a candidate for state player of the year. He has thrown for 2,332 yards and 29 touchdowns (140 of 205 passing, only two interceptions) and has rushed for 1,263 yards and 19 touchdowns.

2. The emergence of sophomore RB DeQuan Daniels has been pivotal for Statesboro. He had 1,539 yards rushing on the season, and he has topped 200 in each of the last two rounds in victories against Griffin and Kell.

3. Chattahoochee’s only close game was a 31-28 victory over Marist, while Statesboro’s results have been erratic, with victories against Griffin and Kell, which were ranked, and losses to Liberty County and Evans, which didn’t make the playoffs.

Winner plays: Starr's Mill/Tucker winner

Starr’s Mill at Tucker

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hallford Stadium, Clarkston

Records, rankings: Starr's Mill is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 3-AAAA and ranked No. 6; Tucker is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 6-AAAA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Tucker has 1,000-yard rushers in Bashr Coles (1,255 yards, 20 touchdowns) and N'Quan Maggett (1,006 yards, 23 TDs). They combined for 214 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers' 42-3 victory against Ware County last week.

2. Starr’s Mill’s Zach Laskey rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-0 victory against East Paulding last week and has rushed for a school-record 1,460 yards this season. Quarterback Adam Holley has passed for 1,481 yards and rushed for 1,056.

3. This is the second 13-0 start in Starr’s Mill history, matching the 2000 team that reached the Class AAAAA semifinals before losing to Harrison. Tucker is 13-0 for the second time in four seasons.

Winner plays: Chattahoochee/Statesboro winner

Class AAA

Peach County at Sandy Creek

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, The Battlefield, Tyrone

Records, rankings: Peach County is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 2-AAA and ranked No. 1. Sandy Creek is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. This is the first time that two reigning state champions have played in the playoffs. Sandy Creek won Class AAAA last season and has won 27 consecutive games. Peach County won AAA last season and has won 28 consecutive games.

2. Sandy Creek WR Alex Chisum, who has committed to Cincinnati, had eight catches for 197 yards in a 41-0 victory against Monroe Area last week and has 55 catches for 1,049 yards on the season.

3. Peach County RB Travis Richmond, a state finalist in the 100 and 200 meters as a junior, has 1,800 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns this season.

Winner plays: Burke County/Carrollton winner

Burke County at Carrollton

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Grisham Stadium, Carrollton

Records, rankings: Burke County is 11-2, the No. 1 seed from Region 3-AAA and ranked No. 8; Carrollton is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 6-AAA and ranked No. 4.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Carrollton has run for 3,659 yards this season, an average of 273.1 per game, and passed for 1,300. Broderick Snoddy (1,232) and Telvin Brown (706) are the leading rushers and have combined for 26 rushing touchdowns.

2. Burke County quarterbacks Corey Mayton and Donquell Green combined for 245 yards rushing and six touchdowns against Cedar Grove last week in a 45-20 game that the Bears broke open late by scoring 23 unanswered points.

3. Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague won a state championship with Swainsboro in 2000. Burke County coach Eric Parker is making his third trip to the semifinals (2002 and 2004 with Laney) but has yet to reach the championship game.

Winner plays: Peach County/Sandy Creek winner

Class AA

Carver (Columbus) at Calhoun

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phil Reeve Stadium, Calhoun

Records, rankings: Carver is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 5-AA and ranked No. 1. Calhoun is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 7-AA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: Calhoun won 48-20 in the 2005 quarterfinals.

Three things to know: 1. Carver RB Isaiah Crowell, the most highly recruited running back in Georgia, rushed for 305 yards and five touchdowns last week in a 40-14 victory against Thomasville.

2. Calhoun RB Dustin Christian has rushed for 1,436 yards and 22 touchdowns, and he has surpassed 100 in each of three playoff games.

3. Carver is in the semifinals for the fourth time in five seasons (the previous three in Class AAA), while Calhoun is the semis for the third consecutive time.

Winner plays: Lovett/Buford winner

Lovett at Buford

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom Riden Stadium, Buford

Records, rankings: Lovett is 10-3, the No. 4 seed from Region 6-AA and unranked; Buford is 12-1, the No. 1 seed from 6-AA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: Buford won 37-14 on Sept. 24.

Three things to know: 1. Lovett's Jack Geraghty, filling in at quarterback for the injured Hunter Budd, rushed for 112 yards and four touchdowns, completed 4 of 6 passes for 42 yards, kicked three extra points and punted three times for a 42-yard average in the Lions' 35-28 victory against Brooks County last week.

2. Buford’s Eric Barr scored on a 6-yard run late in the third quarter and Dominique Swope had an 8-yard TD run early in the fourth last week in the Wolves’ 21-14 victory against Cook in a game that was tied 7-7 at halftime.

3. In the teams’ first meeting this season, Seon Jones ran for 313 of Buford’s 488 yards rushing in the Wolves’ 37-14 victory. Buford had more than 200 yards rushing in the first quarter, but the Wolves didn’t pull away until the second half.

Winner plays: Carver/Calhoun winner

Class A

Clinch County at Wilkinson

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Death Valley, Irwinton

Records, rankings: Wilkinson County is 11-2, the No. 1 seed from 7-A and ranked No. 8. Clinch County is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 2-A and ranked No. 1.

Last meeting: Clinch County won 22-0 in the 1991 quarterfinals.

Three things to know: 1. Wilkinson County's fortunes have turned on the development of sophomore QB David Whipple, who was 7 of 30 passing with three interceptions in the opener, a 28-27 loss to Johnson County. He has more than 2,000 yards passing and 30 touchdowns and threw for 332 yards in a Region 7-A title game victory against Lincoln County.

2. Clinch County QB Tray Dorsey has rushed for 1,356 yards and 23 touchdowns and passed for 1,140 yards and 14 TDs.

3. Clinch County, the only unbeaten team in Class A, has been 13-0 three other times, each one ending in state titles (1988, 1991, 2002).

Winner plays: Savannah Christian/Wesleyan winner

Savannah Christian at Wesleyan

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Henderson Stadium, Norcross

Records, rankings: Savannah Christian is 12-1, the No. 4 seed from Region 3-A and unranked; Wesleyan is 12-1, the No. 2 seed from 5-A and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Wesleyan's Kyle Karempelis, fifth in state history with 92 career touchdowns, ran for 298 yards and scored three times in the Wolves' 45-28 victory against defending Class A champion Wilcox County last week.

2. Andrew Moore rushed for 71 yards, Will Austin ran for 70 and Nardo Govan had 64 in Savannah Christian’s 17-14 victory against Lincoln County last week. The Raiders have eliminated Lincoln County for two consecutive seasons.

3. Wesleyan has averaged 40.5 points per game this season and 42.6 in the playoffs, but the Wolves will be facing a Savannah Christian team that allows 7.1 points per game and has given up more than seven points in a game just twice this season.

Winner plays: Wilkinson County/Clinch County winner

Compiled by Chip Saye of Georgia High School Football Daily.