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Maxwell playoff projections after Round 1

8:10 am Nov. 15, 2017

Below are the current Maxwell Ratings’ playoff projections for each class.

The Maxwell Ratings playoff projections are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2017 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure as defined by the games, region alignments, and playoff brackets.

Playoff Projections by Team

Each team is shown with its region, rating, the number

Maxwell Round One Summary: Favored teams roll

7:50 am Nov. 13, 2017

The Maxwell Ratings will rank the Georgia High School Association’s 418 teams throughout the 2017 season. The ratings are based entirely on historical performance and on field results and do not consider personnel changes on the roster or coaching staffs.

Interesting results:
– The opening round was smooth sailing for the favorites as the computer picked 98 of the 112 first round games correctly (87.5%), including 16-0 in AA and 15-1 in

Grayson 31, Norcross 14

1:39 am Nov. 11, 2017

Grayson did what dominant teams do. It controlled the line of scrimmage on both side of the football en route to a victory in the opening round of the GHSA Class AAAAAAA Playoffs.

The Rams offense line blew the defense backwards to open gaping holes for their backs and the Rams defense line closed off any opening to shut down the opposing offense. When the clock hit zero, Grayson head coach

Mays 48, Sequoyah 28

12:27 am Nov. 11, 2017

Mays is a perennial playoff squad but found itself in unfamiliar territory against the Sequoyah Chiefs and their Wing-T offense.

The Raiders struggled early on adjusting to Sequoyah’s pre-snap motion in the backfield and pulling linemen leading blocks on counter or trap runs. However, as the game progressed, Mays’ defense clamped down, giving the offense a cushion to pull away for a 48-28 win.

With the victory, top-seeded Mays moves to

Parkview 42, Newton 35 OT

11:33 pm Nov. 10, 2017

Parkview’s Tommy Rogers scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, and the Panthers came up with enough plays on defense to hold off Newton 42-35 in the first round of the Class AAAAAAA playoffs at the Big Orange Jungle on Friday.

Parkview (8-3) got the ball to open the first overtime and scored in four plays, with Rogers poking it in from the 2.

Newton (7-4) appeared on the verge of

Jones County 32, Griffin 8

11:27 pm Nov. 10, 2017

Gray – Back in the spring, Jones County and Griffin played, and it wasn’t pretty, the Greyhounds won 35-6.
The meeting in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAAA playoffs wasn’t much different.
Jones County got started slowly, but took control in the second quarter en route to a 32-8 win in the Greyhounds’ first home playoff game since 2001.
“Anytime we can play well in front of them fans is big,

Allatoona 27, Hughes 7

11:22 pm Nov. 10, 2017

Allatoona relied on its tried-and-true formula – run the ball and play good defense – Friday in its Class AAAAAA first-round playoff game against Hughes in Acworth.

Throw in a couple of touchdown passes from Dante Marshall and two field goals by Skyler Davis, and the Buccaneers had little trouble in a 27-7 victory.

Allatoona (8-3), the No. 2 seed from Region 6, will go on the road next week to meet

Lovett 32, Bremen 0

11:20 pm Nov. 10, 2017

On the first play from scrimmage of its first-round playoff matchup against Bremen, Lovett lined up on defense at the Blue Devils 18-yard line. Both teams were looking for a big play to set the tone early, but it was Lions defensive back Peyton Ringer that came out on top.

As Bremen quarterback Wade Cartwright attempted a shot down the field on the opening offensive play, Ringer blanketed his receiver and

Woodward Academy 48, Richmond Academy 35

11:20 pm Nov. 10, 2017

For a half, visiting Richmond Academy gave Woodward Academy all it wanted and then some.

In the end, though, No. 7 Woodward had too much firepower and pulled away for a 48-35 in in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

Five different players scored Woodward (10-1), including two from Jacorrei Turner, who caught a 16-yard touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 70 yards for another score.

Kimani Vidal

St. Pius 44, West Hall 31

11:00 pm Nov. 10, 2017

St. Pius exploded for 24 unanswered points in the second and third quarters, and then held off a game squad from West Hall for a 44-31 win in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

The Golden Lions (6-5) got a bit unfocused late in the fourth quarter, allowing West Hall – which never stopped fighting – to tighten the final score. Still, it was a satisfying win for head