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Playoff preview: Class AAAAAA quarterfinals

Colquitt County at Dacula

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Barron Field, Dacula

Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 10-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 1 and No. 3; Dacula is 8-4, the No. 2 seed from Region 8 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. A victory would put Colquitt County in the semifinals for the fifth consecutive season. That would set a record in the highest classification. Colquitt jointly holds the record with Decatur (1950-53), Richmond Academy (1959-62), Northside of Atlanta (1954-57) and Valdosta (1968-71). Dacula has been in 11 quarterfinals and won in 1988, 1990 and 2005. 2. Colquitt County RB Sihiem King rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-6 victory over North Cobb in the second round. He didn’t play in the second half. That gives the junior 1,362 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. Colquitt County has won 12 road playoff games since 1999. Only a handful of schools have won that many road playoff games in the past 25 years. 3. Dacula and Peachtree Ridge each had more than 400 yards in total offense in their second-round game, but Dacula didn’t allow a point in the second half and intercepted two fourth-down passes in its territory in the fourth quarter to preserve a 28-21 victory. Dacula rushed for 291 yards. Kelan Fraise has 116 of those.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Colquitt County by 12

Winner plays: Lowndes/Norcross winner

Lowndes at Norcross

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

Records, rankings: Lowndes is 9-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 1 and unranked; Norcross is 10-2, the No. 1 seed from Region 7 and No. 5.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Norcross and Lowndes were preseason Top 10 teams that overcame embarrassing early season home losses to make the quarterfinals. Norcross lost 55-0 to B.T. Washington of Miami, now the No. 1 team nationally in most polls, on Aug. 24. Lowndes lost 15-14 at home to Newton, a team that finished 5-6. 2. Lowndes rushed for 303 yards and held Lovejoy to 15 rushing yards in a 23-18 victory in the second round. Lovejoy got 155 of its 215 total yards on passes to Preston Williams, including an 80-yard touchdown. LB Tre Jackson, a preseason all-state player who has committed to Georgia Tech, leads a Lowndes defense that allows only 84.5 yards rushing per game. 3. Norcross also is known for its defense. DE Lorenzo Carter (top-rated prospect in Georgia) and LB Kevin Mouhon (committed to Tennessee) have more than 50 tackles for losses between them. Norcross held Brookwood’s Jesse Brown to 83 yards rushing last week after he had more than 200 in the first round. Norcross RB Josh Boyd rushed for 173, giving him 1,325 on the season.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Norcross by 15

Winner plays: Colquitt County/Dacula winner

McEachern at Collins Hill

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Fahring Field, Suwanee

Records, rankings: McEachern is 10-2, the No. 3 seed from Region 4 and unranked; Collins Hill is 11-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 7 and No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Collins Hill, a co-champion in Region 7 but seeded No. 2, beat Alpharetta 48-0 in the second round. That is the largest margin of victory against a region champion in the first two rounds of the playoffs since the field went to 32 teams in 1996. Colquitt County’s 52-6 victory over North Cobb on Friday ranks second. The blowout boosted Collins Hill to the No. 1 ranking in the computer Maxwell Ratings. 2. Collins Hill has the leading passer and rusher among players left in the AAAAAA playoffs. QB Tyler Herman unofficially is 193-of-301 passing for 2,765 yards and 32 touchdowns. RB Tyler Henderson has rushed for 1,554 yards and 25 touchdowns. Henderson scored five touchdowns against Alpharetta, two on pass plays. 3. McEachern was ranked as high as No. 2 after a 7-0 start but is considered a Cinderella in the quarterfinals as a No. 3 seed that has played without its starting quarterback, Ty Griffin, in the playoffs. McEachern trailed 21-9 in the fourth quarter against Region 3 champion Hughes before winning 22-21 and advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1999. The biggest play was freshman Bailey Hockman’s 22-yard TD pass to Malik Williams on fourth-and-10 to make it 21-16. Taj Griffin scored the winning touchdown on an 18-yard run with 2:20 to play.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Collins Hill by 16

Winner plays: North Gwinnett/Hillgrove winner

North Gwinnett at Hillgrove

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cobb Energy Hillgrove Stadium, Powder Springs

Records, rankings: North Gwinnett is 11-1, the No. 3 seed from Region 7 and No. 1; Hillgrove is 11-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 4 and No. 8.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Hillgrove stunned second-ranked Camden County in the second round for the second time in four seasons, winning 34-21. Hillgrove beat Camden 28-26 in the 2010 second round when Camden was ranked No. 1. Hillgrove is the only school that has won two road games at Camden since 2000. Hillgrove trailed 21-7 in the first quarter but didn’t allow another point. RB Richardre Bagley rushed for 141 yards on 27 carries. He has 1,514 yards rushing on the season. 2. North Gwinnett ended the season of the classification’s only unbeaten team, Archer, 34-32 on a 27-yard field by Michael D’Angola with seven seconds left in their second-round game. D’Angola’s 29-yarder was partially blocked on North Gwinnett’s previous drive, but North forced a three-and-out for another chance. C.J. Leggett rushed for 181 yards, giving him 1,208 in the season. QB Hayden Sphire was 17-of-29 passing for 219 yards, giving him 2,205 on the season. 3. North Gwinnett has reached its sixth quarterfinal since 2006, when Bob Sphire arrived as head coach. That is the most among AAAAAA schools in that time. Camden County, Colquitt County and Grayson have gone five times each. But the quarterfinals also have been a frequent stopping point for the Bulldogs, who are 1-4 in those games.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: North Gwinnett by 9

Winner plays: McEachern/Collins Hill winner

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