Colquitt County at South Forsyth
When, where: Tonight, 7:30, at War Eagle Stadium in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 12-0, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA and a No. 1 seed from Region 1-AAAAAA; South is 11-1, unranked and a No. 1 seed from Region 6.
Series history: First meeting.
Last meeting: N/A
What to know: South is in the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2001 after disposing of perennial powerhouses Norcross (20-14) and Tucker (42-35). Now the War Eagles face off against a third powerhouse in Colquitt County, the defending Class AAAAAA state champion. The Packers are the No. 1-ranked team in AAAAAA, No. 2-ranked in the country according to USA Today, winner of 27 straight games, led by notable head coach Rush Propst and in the state quarterfinals for the seventh straight season.
Colquitt offers an interesting challenge for South. Packers quarterback Chase Parrish leads an efficient passing attack; Parrish has thrown 32 touchdown passes and just three interceptions this season. Parrish’s top target is Arkansas commit Kiel Pollard. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior has caught 57 passes for 890 yards and 15 touchdowns. Colquitt’s leading tackler is Akivie Bailey (121 tackles).
So it will be interesting to see how the War Eagles’ secondary, led by safety Curtis Roach and cornerback Elijah Smith, holds up against Colquitt’s passing game. Roach, Smith and company have been making big plays throughout these playoffs, and their job has been easier with South’s front seven, led by Cameron Kline, Ryan LaFlamme, Julian Mingo and others, putting plenty of pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
What’s next: Winner will play the Archer-Mill Creek winner.