Through the first two playoff games, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents by 59 points — the most in of anyone in Class AAAAAA — and 11 more than their next match-up against No. 5 North Gwinnett (11-1).
North Gwinnett is on a roll too, coming off a 28-10 win over nationally ranked and No. 1 state ranked Grayson, which won the Class AAAAA state championship last year.
In Class AAAAA, No. 3 Whitewater (11-1) takes on No. 7 Allatoona (11-1), which is coming off 20-19 last-minute upset of No. 2 MLK Jr.
If Whitewater wins, they’ll play either unranked Gainesville or unranked Harris County in the state semifinal round.
Both potential semifinal candidates have knocked off top-10 teams — Harris County beat No. 8 Warner Robins 31-21 and Gainseville thumped No. 4 Kell 61-42 — so Whitewater’s road to the Georgia Dome will be difficult no matter what happens.
In Class AAAA, top-ranked Sandy Creek (12-0) heads into the AAAA quarterfinals brimming with confidence after a 35-13 win over Dalton.
The Patriots have been dominant on both sides of the ball, totaling a state-leading point differential of 77 points.
Sandy Creek hosts No. 3 Burke County (11-1) in what will prove to be the Class AAAA game of the week.
Elsewhere in the Class AAAA playoffs, No. 4 Stockbridge (11-1) hosts No. 2 Marist (11-1) in yet another powerhouse match-up. Each team has done its fair share of damage so far offensively, making for what could be a must-see shootout.
Also in Class AAAA, unranked Mary Persons (10-2) has battled its way into a quarterfinal-round match up against No. 10 Ridgeland (11-1), pulling ahead of No. 8 ranked Cairo last week by a tournament-wide low score of 3-0.
In Class AA, No. 4-ranked Lamar County (11-0-1) travels to take on No. 9-ranked Lovett (8-4) in quarterfinal-round action.
Lovett hasn’t given up a point yet, giving Lamar’s offense its toughest task of the tournament.