Last week, both clubs cruised against their respective opponents but the Tigers shut out of Westover on the road was a little more surprising, considering the Patriots were winners of eight straight and yet to be held scoreless this season.
But Stockbridge’s defense was clicking on all cylinders in a 35-0 win, forcing six turnovers and holding Westover to just two first downs. Javon Brandon rushed for two touchdowns and Maetron Thomas, Malik Bryan and Cam Maddox each ran for a score.
Back in the Class AAAA quarterfinals for the second straight year, the Tigers (11-1) will host Carrollton (11-1) this Friday due to a coin toss and will be seeking some revenge from a couple of seasons ago.
In the second round of the 2011 playoffs, the Trojans knocked out Stockbridge 35-10.
As far as last week, Carrollton defeated Monroe Area 44-27 on the road. Jarvis Taylor rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Wil Garrett had two TD passes for the Trojans, who finished with 360 rushing yards.
In Class A (Private), ELCA continues its march for a second consecutive state title with a home contest against Darlington (9-2) this Friday. But the Chargers (10-0) may have to go to battle without quarterback Dalton Etheridge, who injured his ankle in the 41-3 rout over Athens Christian last week.
If Etheridge is unable to go, Jordan Long will more than likely get the start since he played most of the second half against Athens Christian, which saw Lane Timpson rush for 128 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries.
Meanwhile, Darlington, the eighth-ranked team in the power rankings, is coming off a 41-17 victory over Christian Heritage last week. Logan Rice had four rushing touchdowns, and Trey Edge and Chas Williams both ran for a score.
The Tigers also rushed for 357 yards and forced four turnovers.
This will be ELCA’s second meeting with Darlington and the first since 2008.