Playoff preview: Class AAAA quarterfinals

6:55 am Nov. 25, 2014

Sandy Creek at Cartersville

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Weinman Stadium, Cartersville

Records, rankings: Sandy Creek is 11-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAA and No. 5; Cartersville is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from 7-AAAA and No. 3.

Last meeting: Cartersville won 17-16 in 2007.

Three things to know: 1. Sandy Creek and Cartersville were in the same region (6-AAA) in 2006 and 2007, and Cartersville beat Sandy Creek both years. Those

Buford 35 Mary Persons 14

11:11 pm Nov. 21, 2014

By Robert Haddocks

It wasn’t the complete demolition that Buford fans have grown accustomed to, but it’s another win that puts the Wolves a little closer to familiar territory – a championship berth.

After a lopsided shutout win in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs, Buford was mildly contested, but in the end easily disposed of Mary Persons, 35-14, to advance to the quarterfinals. The Wolves (12-0) will host Marist

Marist 31, Griffin 21

10:48 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Chalk one up for the triple option over the spread. There will be no repeat champion in Class AAAA.

Quarterback Sam Phelts, fullback Griffin King and the Marist offensive line ran their double-wing traditional offense to near perfection, as  the War Eagles jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead and withstood a gutsy comeback by defending-champion Griffin to take a 31-21 win at Memorial Stadium in Griffin.

Marist (11-1), the No. 2

Marist 30, Whitewater 13

1:27 am Nov. 15, 2014

Traditionally, November brings two things with it:  Thanksgiving and Marist in the playoffs. This year is no different.

The War Eagles (10-1), ranked No. 4 in Class AAAAA, have advanced to the state playoffs every year since 1982.  Friday night at Hughes-Spaulding Stadium, Marist, the No. 2 seed in from Region 6, began their yearly playoff march with a 30-13 win over No. 10 Whitewater (7-4), the No. 3 seed from

Woodward Academy 28, Sandy Creek 7

12:17 am Oct. 25, 2014

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

In a game where two of the state’s top running backs were mostly neutralized, other elements came to the forefront in Friday’s battle between No. 5 Woodward Academy and No. 2 Sandy Creek.

Those elements turned out to be stout defenses, a referee’s  call and a coaching decision. Woodward took advantage of all three and the War Eagles (7-1, 3-0 in Region 5-AAAA) went on

St. Pius 10, Marist 9

12:36 am Oct. 11, 2014

With his undefeated and No. 4 ranked team rolling over opponents by an average score of 37-5, Marist head coach Alan Chadwick this week said he was a little worried about how his team would perform in a tight ball game.

Friday night against St. Pius, the War Eagles performed well in the clutch, but were  not quite good enough. Golden Lion senior kicker Michael Matthews made two field goals in

Sandy Creek 30, Whitewater 14

10:40 pm Oct. 10, 2014

Sandy Creek senior running back Eric Swinney ran for 145 yards after halftime and helped the No. 2 Patriots outlast No. 9 Whitewater 30-14 in a Region 5-AAAA matchup Friday night.

Defensive back Josh Greene picked off Whitewater quarterback Jay Ashley with two minutes left to seal the homecoming win for Sandy Creek (6-0, 1-0 in Region 5-AAAA) and extend the school’s region win streak to 43 games. Austin

Maxwell’s Week Seven Playoff Projections

7:11 am Oct. 8, 2014

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 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons and teams with 1,000 or more championship wins in the simulation are shown.

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.