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Separation Week: When We Know The Sweet 16's...

By Jon NelsonPosted November 25, 2013 12:45pm (EST)
Colquitt's "Road Warriors" took care of business in Round 2

Colquitt's "Road Warriors" took care of business in Round 2


“Separation Week…”

Admittedly, this week past from the GHSA Playoffs doesn’t have a name…

After this week, it’s quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals. But there’s no name for Round 2- until we talked to

Colquitt County Head Coach Rush Propst in this week’s conference calls. And what he said made a lot of sense…
This was the week where people separated themselves from the others… and we saw who really is going to be making a playoff push…

Single-A started up as well on the public and private sides after their week off…

(As an aside, I still think that they ought to play when everyone else does and have their own public and private title games the week before the Dome. And THEN have a title-title game at the Dome with the other state championships… but that’s just me…)

Anyway, I digress for another round of paragraphs…

Talked to Richmond Hill head coach Lyman Guy last week on the “Football Fridays in Georgia” podcast and I love the way that he is turning the program around.

They’re not afraid to play anyone, anytime, anywhere…

After their first-round win over Thomas County Central, they went to Warner Robins and took on the Demons…
Frank and Ben have the highlights- with a lot of background support from Big Marvin…
((HT: 13WMAZ))

Alum of GPB, Frank Sulkowski, had a busy weekend that culminated in his Georgia Southern Eagles taking out the University of Florida in Gainesville.

And everyone laughed along with him…

But, first, it was time for The Frenzy where Calvary Day took on FPD and Appling took on Central Carroll…
((HT: The Coastal Source))

After their first-round scare against BEST Academy, Carver-Columbus took on a defensively talented group in Jefferson County. Elsewhere, Callaway took care of Pierce County, and Harris County took on Creekside as the Seminoles continue their season “Doing it for Deuce.”

Here’s Dave Platta…
((HT: WTVM-TV))

WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather

In the Augusta area, Burke County is hitting full song right now as is WaCo and Laney. Here’s the look at what went down with 17 area teams going at it in Round 2 from our friends at WJBF-TV
((HT: WJBF-TV))

WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken News, Weather, Sports

And that brings us to the quarter-finals and the heavyweight match-ups for Friday…

Single-A: Charlton at Seminole, Johnson at Irwin, and Dooly at Marion
AA: Lamar County hosts Jefferson, Calhoun travels to Benedictine, Bowdon at Brooks and Laney-Lovett

Here’s how Calhoun survived GAC
((HT: WRCB-TV and the Times Free Press))

AAA: Pius at Callaway, WaCo at BT, Ringgold (who will be the focus of the halftime “Backroads and Backfields” story on “Football Fridays”) in a rematch with Central, Carroll, and Buford-Carver

4A: Griffin-Sandy Creek should be unreal, Wayne County hosts Alexander, Burke and Marist in a contrast of styles, and Stockbridge and Carrollton

5A: Creekside and North Paulding, Warner Robins and Kell, Ware County and Tucker, and Mundy’s Mill travels to Gainesville

6A: Colquitt and Dacula, McEachern travels to Collins Hill, Hillgrove hosts North Gwinnett, and the “Football Fridays in Georgia” game of the week is at Norcross where Lowndes travels north once again to take on the defending 6A champs…

The “All-Access Pass” pre-game show starts at 7 with the kickoff after 7:30. Enjoy your turkey sandwiches and watch a great quarterfinals matchup with Mark , Claire, Grace, Trey, Kelin, and moi

Oh… the podcast is taking a week off since I woke up this morning without a voice and coughed most of the evening. I know the exact moment that this thing started, too…

I was watching football on television about 9:30 and that was it…

Gotta save the pipes, but you can listen to all the other insightful segments we’ve had with a lot of great coaches this season on our “Georgia Public Broadcasting” iTunes page, or at the bottom of my other columns…

Don’t forget to watch the games on GPB, catch up on gpb.org, or download our very popular GPB Sports app for those of you with the fancy phones that can do that…

Play it safe, everyone… I’ll see you at the games…

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