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Georgia HS Semifinals: Previews and Predictions
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SNELLVILLE, GA -- Only 20 teams remain in the Georgia high school football playoffs. After three crazy weeks of playoff action, it is time for the semifinals. Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net takes a look at all 10 of this week's games, and Massey Matchups, the computer predictor tool, projects each game's final score.

Class 5A

Brookwood at Collins Hill: Back in early September, Brookwood beat the Eagles 45-38 in double overtime at Collins Hill. Now, the Broncos are at home and have won 10 of their last 11 games. Their latest win was a 45-35 victory over Hillgrove in which Brookwood out dueled a team that had performed extremely well on the road in the postseason. The Broncos won all three of their playoff games by 10 points or more. Collins Hill has won nine straight games and the Eagles are coming off of a huge win over Lowndes in Valdosta. They edged the Vikings by a field goal in overtime. Massey Prediction: Brookwood wins 28-21

Colquitt County at Grayson: The stingy Grayson defense will try and slow down a Colquitt County offense that has averaged more than 41 points per playoff game. Grayson's defense has given up 19 points this entire postseason and has consistently been one of the state's top defenses. These two teams have never played before. Massey Prediction: Grayson wins 34-20

Class 4A

Chattahoochee at Statesboro: By beating Dutchtown 37-14 last week, undefeated Chattahoochee scored at least 31 points for the 13th time in 13 games. The Cougars' offense also became the first team to score on Dutchtown in the postseason. 11-2 Statesboro has only scored 31 points or more three times this season, but the Blue Devils keep winning. So far this postseason, Statesboro has beaten Tri-Cities, Griffin, and Kell. Their 17-7 win over Kell in the quarterfinals was Statesboro's biggest margin of victory since October. Massey Prediction: Chattahoochee wins 35-21

Starr's Mill at Tucker: Starr's Mill has been one of 4A's biggest surprises this season. The Panthers are 13-0 under first-year head coach Chad Phillips. Their defense has five shutouts this season, including last week's 28-0 win over East Paulding. Their offense has scored 35 points or more in more than half of their games. Tucker, the Region 6-4A champs, have won every game this season by double digits except one (Marist). Led by a strong run game and defense, the Tigers have a knack for jumping out on their opponents early, as evidenced by their 42-3 win over Ware County in the quarterfinals. Massey Prediction: Tucker wins 33-26

Class 3A

Peach County at Sandy Creek: The Peach County Trojans have won 28 straight games and are the defending 3A champs. The Sandy Creek Fighting Patriots have won 27 straight games and are the reigning 4A champs. They dropped down to 3A this past offseason due to reclassification. In the first two rounds of the playoffs, Peach County blew through Stockbridge (49-0) and Thomson (33-0). Then, against Grady in the quarterfinals, the Trojans scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win 42-35. That was the most human Peach County looked all year. Sandy Creek, who has outscored their playoff opponents 133-3 and shut out their Round Two and Three opponents, has won their last 12 games by double-digits. Massey Prediction: Peach County wins 30-28

Burke County at Carrollton: Burke County is the only 3A semifinal team that has lost a game this season; they lost two of their first three to Baldwin and Lowndes. Since that 1-2 start, Burke County has won 10 straight games, including their 25-point win over Cedar Grove in the quarterfinals. Carrollton is 13-0 and is coming off undoubtedly their biggest win of the season over undefeated Cairo. Carrollton beat the Syrupmakers 17-0, notching their sixth shutout of the season. And prior to their second round win over St. Pius, Carrollton had scored 35 points or more in every single game. Massey Prediction: Carrollton wins 42-14

Class 2A

Lovett at Buford: This Region 6-2A game is a rematch of Buford's 37-14 win over Lovett back on September 24th. Most people know about Buford's three consecutive state championships, but Lovett is playing in its fourth semifinal game in five seasons. They have made it to the quarterfinals or further for five straight years. Lovett is the only non-region champion to advance to the 2A semifinals. The Lions were seeded fourth. Massey Prediction: Buford wins 35-14

Carver-Columbus at Calhoun: Ever since their 14-0 win over Buford at the beginning of the season, Carver-Columbus has been considered a favorite to win the 2A championship. The Tiger defense has six shutouts on the season and the offense has its star running back, Isaiah Crowell, the healthiest he has seemed all season. Also undefeated, Calhoun is looking to finally bring home a state championship after losing in the finals for two straight years. The Yellow Jackets have beaten every opponent this season by at least 13 points and are coming off of a 31-13 win over Fitzgerald in the quarterfinals. Massey Prediction: Carver-Columbus wins 21-14

Class Single-A

Clinch County at Wilkinson County: Clinch Academy beat ELCA 34-27 last week, breaking its streak of 12 wins by at least 19 points. Bottom line: the Panthers have dominated this season. Wilkinson County goes into the game as the underdog, but the Warriors have won nine straight games and stand five points away from a perfect record. They had an easier path to the semifinals than most other teams, but the Warriors showed they belonged in the Final Four by beating ECI 20-7 last week. Massey Prediction: Clinch County wins 33-19

Savannah Christian at Wesleyan: Savannah Christian, a four seed, has had a tough path this postseason. The 12-1 Raiders beat Mitchell County (9-2), Charlton County (9-3), and Lincoln County (10-3). Savannah Christian, who lost to Wilcox County in the Single-A finals last year, has only given up about seven points per game this season. Wesleyan beat Wilcox County 45-28 last week. Before that, the Wolves beat Athens Academy 35-14. Before that, Wesleyan beat Warren County 48-13. Wesleyan's head coach Franklin Pridgen said balance will be key in his offense. Massey Prediction: Wesleyan wins 27-14

For even more information, check out our previews for our four Game of the Week nomineees. We take an extended look at both 5A matchups, Peach County-Sandy Creek, and Buford-Lovett.

If you want to know what the odds are of your favorite team winning it all, we have you covered.

We will also be hosting a live online chat on 11Alive.com at 8:45 p.m. Friday. Drop on by for the latest information and scores on all 10 games.

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