Roswell vs. Grayson
When, where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Roswell is 14-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 4-AAAAAAA and No. 2; Grayson is 13-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAAAAAA and No. 1.
Last meeting: Roswell won 30-26 in the 2015 Class AAAAAA semifinals.
Things to know: There probably has never been another game between Georgia teams with so many major college recruits. Roswell has six of the top 75 senior prospects in the state, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. They are headed by No. 10 Xavier McKinney and No. 21 LeAnthony Williams (committed to Clemson), both in the secondary. Grayson has seven of the top 100 seniors, plus LB Owen Pappoe, the No. 1 sophomore. Each team has another five or six seniors who are mid-level Division I prospects. Both teams are ranked top 10 nationally. Roswell QB Malik Willis (Virginia Tech commit) has thrown for 2,562 yards and rushed for 1,033. His receivers include Jayden Comma (Maryland) and Corey Reed (Louisville). Sheldon Evans has rushed for 1,554 yards on the season and more than 5,000 for his career. Grayson QB Chase Brice (Clemson) has thrown for 2,590 yards. Kurt Taylor (Michigan) has rushed for 922, including 201 in the quarterfinals. DB/WR DeAngelo Gibbs (No. 2 prospect in Georgia) and RB/DB Jamyest Williams (South Carolina) are two-way stars. Roswell won last year’s semifinal between the two on a 35-yard pass with 10 seconds left.
Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Grayson by 15
|35.2||Points per game||42.2|
|217.6||Avg. yards rushing||159.6|
|190.2||Avg. yards passing||190.2|
|407.8||Avg. total yards||349.8|
|Sam Diroberto||56 solo tackles, 66 assists, 16 tackles for loss|
|Xavier McKinney||76 total tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions|
|Turner Barckhoff||60-for-65 extra points, 13-for-25 FGs (long of 43)|
|Will VanPamelen||44-for-47 PATs, 12-for-14 FGs|