It’s quarterfinals in the Georgia High School Association playoffs.
The second round of the postseason went pretty much as expected for the top seeds. Except for three-time defending champion Buford, who is competing in his first-ever 7A tournament. The Wolves, who entered the game No. 1 in the state and No. 2 nationally in the High School Football America 300, were driven by play NFL footballlost to Walton 42-35.
Corresponding Georgia High School Football DailyThe Walton win snapped many Buford stripes.
At the start of the competition, Wolves had accumulated a total of 22 consecutive wins in the second round of the playoffs, including 22 straight. Buford’s entire playoff winning streak was broken at 16 and her home winning streak ended at 28.
In the national ranking, Walton climbs from 71st to 49th. Buford falls 26 places to 28th in the current ranking.
All eight 7A quarterfinalists are in the top 300.
Next up for Walton is a road date with undefeated Carrollton on Friday. The Trojans are 87th in our national ranking. It is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Colquitt County is now the highest-ranked team in Georgia. In the Quarterfinals, our 2015 National Champions will host North Gwinnett. CC is currently #17 in America. The Bulldogs are currently ranked 212 in the nation.
This is a replay of the 2017 7A championship game that North Gwinnett won 19-17 with a last-second field goal.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 22 Mill Creek No. 113 Westlake house. The winner of this duel meets the winner of the other quarter-final match between No. 81 Milton and No. 142 Grayson. In both games there are teams that have never played against each other.
All eight teams in the 6A Quarterfinals are also ranked nationally by High School Football America.
Roswell is the highest-ranked 6A team at No. 108. The Hornets will travel against No. 126 Thomas County Central. Both teams go into the game undefeated.
Gainesville, No. 238 in America, will host No. 185 Houston County. It is Gainesville’s first quarterfinal appearance since 2014. Houston County, a No. 4, makes their first quarterfinal appearance since 2019.
2021 6A runner-up Langston Hughes is currently ranked No. 20 in America. The Panthers are home to No. 140 Woodward Academy. With 659 points so far this season, LH are a hundred points away from breaking the state record set by Roma in 2017, they say GHSF Daily Newspaper.
Speaking of Rome, Wolves are currently ranked 111th in the country. Friday night Rome hosts No. 178 Marist at historic Barron Stadium.
There is an interesting matchup in 5A between two-time reigning State Champion Warner Robins and No. 68 Creekside. This is a replay of the 2021 semi-final game won by WR 40-15. After a 1-4 start, Warner Robins has won seven straight games. The Demons started the year ranked 22nd in the HSFA preseason national rankings.
Below are all quarterfinal matches:
North Gwinnett in Colquitt County
Walton in Carrollton
West Lake at Mill Creek
Grayson at Milton
Roswell in Thomas County Central
Houston County near Gainesville
Woodward Academy at Langston Hughes
Marists in Rome
Calhoun in Ware County
May at Dutchtown
Warner Robins on Creekside
Coffee in Cartersville
Cedartown near Bainbridge
Wayne County in North Oconee
Benedictines at Stockbridge
Troupe at Holy Innocents’
Schnitzer, Atlanta near Thomasville
Sandy Creek at Savannah Christian
Calvary Day at Cedar Grove
Oconee County near Carver, Columbus
Rockmart in Fitzgerald
Pierce County at Fellowship Christian
Appling County at Callaway
Thomson in South Atlanta
1A Division I
Mount Pisgah Christian in Irwin County
Rabun County near Swainsboro
Metter on Prince Avenue Christian
Bleckley County near St Francis
1A Division II
Bowdon in Early County
Dooly County in Lincoln County
Clinch County in Johnson County
Wilcox County in Schley County