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State playoffs capsules

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Heading into today’s Class AAAA playoff game against Worth County, Stockbridge quarterback Trenton Earl has yet to throw an interception this season.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Heading into today’s Class AAAA playoff game against Worth County, Stockbridge quarterback Trenton Earl has yet to throw an interception this season.

Jonesboro at Westover

When, where: Today, Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records, rankings, seeding: Westover is 7-3 and unranked; the Patriots are the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AAAA. Jonesboro is 9-1 and ranked No. 7; the Cardinals are the No. 3 seed from Region 4-AAAA.

Last meeting: Jonesboro won 34-12

Game notes: The Cardinals have won two playoff games in school history with its latest coming during the 2008 season in a win over Hephzibah. Westover is ranked No. 42 in scoring offense (23.3) and no. 39 in scoring defense (22.8) in Class AAAA. Jonesboro coach Tim Floyd is an Albany native and 1992 graduate of Westover. In its win over Dutchtown last week, senior running back Patrick Petty had 167 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Westover quarterback T.J. Cromer has passed for 1,327 yards and nine touchdowns. Patriots running back Dalviness Greene set a school record with 1,460 yards rushing.

What’s next: Winner plays the Westside-Macon vs. South Effingham winner in the second round.

Riverdale at Cairo

When, where: Today, West Thomas Stadium in Cairo

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records, rankings, seeding: Riverdale is 7-3 and unranked; the Raiders are the No. 4 seed from Region 4-AAAA. Cairo is 8-2 and ranked No. 10; the Syrupmakers are the No. 1 seed from Region 1-AAAA.

Last meeting: First meeting

Game notes: Riverdale is making its first place of since the 2005 season. In contrast, Cairo has been to the playoffs 10 straight seasons. The Syrupmakers are 12-2 in first round playoff games since 1996, and 42-25 overall in the postseason. Cairo, which is the hometown of former baseball icon Jackie Robinson, is 42-25 all-time in the playoffs with state titles coming in 1990 and 2008. When he was the defensive coordinator at Carver High in Columbus, current Riverdale coach Olten Downs faced Cairo twice.

What’s next: Winner plays the Mary Persons-Statesboro winner in the second round.

Tri-Cities at Lovejoy

When, where: Today, Twelve Oaks Stadium in Hampton

Time: 7:30 p.m

Records, rankings, seeding: Tri-Cities is 4-6 and unranked; the Bulldogs are the No. 4 seed from Region 3-AAAAAA. Lovejoy is 9-1 and ranked No. 7; the Wildcats are the No. 1 seed from Region 2-AAAAAA.

Last meeting: Lovejoy won 24-20 last season

Game notes: These two teams are no strangers as they played together for two seasons in Region 4-AAAA from 2010-11. In four previous meetings, Lovejoy has won each. Lovejoy has the top scoring offense and defense in Class AAAAAA while Tri-Cities’ offense ranks 39th in the classification. Up until last season when it advanced to the quarterfinals, Tri-Cities had never advanced past the first round of the playoffs in four previous trips.

What’s next: The winner plays the Lowndes-Marietta winner in the second round.

Worth County at Stockbridge

When, where: Today, Tiger Stadium in Stockbridge

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records, rankings, seeding: Worth County is 4-6 and unranked; the Rams are the No. 4 seed from Region 1-AAAA. Stockbridge is 9-1 and ranked No. 5; the Tigers are the No. 1 seed from Region 4-AAAA.

Last meeting: First meeting

Game notes: After having not made the playoffs 45 years prior to 2010, Stockbridge has made the postseason the last three seasons and has back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time in school history. The Tigers could reach 10 wins for the first time ever. Stockbridge quarterback Trenton Earl has yet to throw an interception this season. In the last four games, running back Malik Bryan has rushed for at least 100 yards. The Tigers defense has scored a touchdown in the last two games.

What’s next: Winner plays the Wayne County-Baldwinwinner in the second round.

Bainbridge at Union Grove

When, where: Today, Wolverine Stadium in McDonough

Time: 7:30 p.m

Records, rankings, seeding: Bainbridge is 7-3 and unranked; the Bearcats are the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AAAAA. Union Grove is 9-1 and unranked; the Wolverines are the No. 2 seed from Region 4-AAAAA.

Last meeting: First meeting

Game notes: In Bainbridge’s 49-42 victory against Lee County last week, the Bearcats rushed for 431 yards, led by Damian Bouie (259 yards, 3 TDs). Bouie was one of three Bearcats to get time at quarterback in the game. Union Grove did just fine during the regular season relying on one quarterback, Jonathan Slade (896 yards, 10 TDs), and one feature running back, Derrick Craine, who has rushed for 1,796 yards and 21 touchdowns on 218 carries. Union Grove could reach 10 wins for the first time since 2002, when the Wolverines reached the Class AA quarterfinals.

What’s next: Winner plays the Ware County-Lakeside-Evans winner in the second round.