By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor
November 15, 2018 (Atlanta, GA):
SportalTV was live for 12 exciting football games of the week throughout this fall season. We covered 21 teams and saw great action from across the state of Georgia. 15 of those teams made the GHSA playoffs, and 8 advanced to the second round. As these teams kick off their quest for the Sweet 16 tomorrow night, here is a preview of each game and links to watch their action from earlier this season.
No. 3 Grayson hosts Norcross: The Rams played at Westlake on September 14th, winning by a score of 21-16. The two could meet again if both win on Friday night. The Rams were led that night by senior WR Kenyon Jackson who had over 100 yards receiving and 2 TDs. The Grayson D swarmed all over the field, with Kevin Harris II leading the charge. Grayson takes on a tough Norcross team in the second round after easily beating South Forsyth by a score of 38-6 in the first round.
No. 10 Westlake hosts Lowndes: The Lions gave a scare to Grayson in the game back on September 14th. QB Jalyn Williams was sensational that night and will need to be sharp when they take on a battle tested Lowndes team this Friday. Lowndes put the hurt on Cherokee in round one with a 54-14 victory. Westlake edged North Paulding 28-24 in the first round.
No. 3 Harrison visits Lanier: The Hoyas took on Allatoona on SportalTV on October 5th. The Buccaneers came into Harrison and left with a 23-7 win in a game that was closer than the final score indicated. The Hoyas bring a tough defense and a passing game led by Gavin Hall and Micah Davis into their second round match-up with Lanier. The Hoyas edged John’s Creek by a score of 23-20 in the first round, while Lanier beat another SportalTV team Mays 20-12.
No. 7 Allatoona visits Dacula: Allatoona won the game against Harrison behind great running by Daniel Parsons. Parsons had 140 yards and a TD in a hard fought game for the Bucs. Allatoona drew another SportalTV team Centennial in the first round. The Knights were missing their star QB Max Brosmer, and they fell hard to Allatoona 38-7 in the first round. Dacula had an easy 28-0 first round win over Northgate.
No. 6 Sequoyah visits Creekside: The Chiefs were live on SportalTV on October 19th on the road at Sprayberry. Sequoyah brought its patented Wing T offense led by Collier Pecht and Cole Jacobs. The Chiefs came away with a big road win 35-28 that night. Their first round playoff game against Alpharetta (also a SportalTV team) came down to the last minute, with the Chiefs pulling out the 34-30 victory. They take on Creekside Friday night, who easily bested Gainesville 47-12.
Kell visits No. 2 Buford: The Longhorns were live on SportalTV on August 31st against their Cobb County rival Lassiter. The two schools are only separated by a few miles and know each other well. Kell blasted the Trojans by a score of 29-3 that night, with QB Evan Conley throwing dimes and a big pick six by Nick Ross. Kell easily beat Carver Atlanta 48-8 in the first round, but they have a huge battle ahead of them Friday. The travel to face a Buford team that has been a favorite all season to take on Rome High for the 5A championship.
No. 1 Cedar Grove hosts North Hall: The Saints were live on SportalTV on September 21st vs Lovett, and they easily won that contest 45-0. RB Chavon Wright had 3 TDs that night, and 5 Star WR Jadon Haselwood was spectacular in limited action. The defense led by Rashad Cheney Jr was stifling. Cedar Grove had an easy first round win 49-0 over Hart County. They take on North Hall, who won their game over Lakeview 41-6.
Lovett visits No. 2 Calhoun: The Lions had a tough time with Cedar Grove on SportalTV, and it won’t get any easier in the second round of the playoffs. They visit defending state champ Calhoun, who won their first round game against Fannin County 55-17. The Lions come in with momentum, having beaten their rival Westminster two weeks ago before getting a huge 40-7 win in the first round vs Morgan County. They will need big performances by KJ Wallace and Nick Johnson if they are to upset Calhoun Friday.