As the playoffs continue and the number of teams dwindle, several metro teams have positioned themselves for a run to the Georgia Dome. Grayson, behind Robert Nkemdiche, is in a prime spot as West Forsyth pays a visit. Mickey Conn will no doubt rely once again on his defense and power running game. If the Rams do need to go to the air, however, Nick Schuessler can air it out as well as any Gwinnett County quarterback. The Wolverines have things clicking in their running game and could pose a threat if they can contain Nkemdiche.
Lassiter has pulled off a pair of upsets thus far in the playoffs and Jep Irwin's Trojans hit the road once again to square off with the Lions of ML King. The secondary of Lassiter is sure to be tested by Jonquel Dawson and the talented trio of Lions receivers. Keep an eye on the Niles Clark/Blake Tibbs matchup. Last week, Clark blanketed McEachern's Amba Etta-Tawo and picked off a late pass intended for the Maryland-committed receiver. Meanwhile, Kenderius Whitehead will be a handful for a Lassiter offensive line that struggled to keep McEachern defenders away from Eddie Printz last Friday.
Folks may look at Dacula and wonder how the Falcons advanced to the third round, but Jared Zito's bunch has earned its way through tough work and the selflessness of Rocky Capobianco. The senior has played both running back and quarterback this season.
Flowery Branch faces Tucker in a game that features a power Tigers defense against a strong Falcons offense. Flowery Branch was ranked No. 2 heading into the final game of the regular season before falling to Clarke Central. Following a tiebreaker, Flowery Branch fell to the No. 3 seed and now meets Tucker in the third round.