Tucker at South Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at War Eagle Stadium in Cumming.
Records, rankings, seedings: Tucker is 8-3, unranked in Class AAAAAA and the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AAAAAA; South is 10-1, unranked the No. 1 seed from Region 6.
Series history: Tucker leads 2-0.
Last meeting: Tucker won 20-17 (OT) in 2003.
What to know: Again, the War Eagles encounter an opponent with far superior pedigree. Tucker has won two state championships (2008, 2011) and with two more wins can have its sixth straight season of at least 10 wins. South has reached 10 wins for just the second time in school history.
But of course the War Eagles eschewed pedigree last week when it defeated two-time state champ Norcross in the first round of their first playoff victory in 12 seasons. South got enough from its offense in that 20-14 win, particularly from running back Sam Outlaw who rushed for 120 yards on 24 carries. But the War Eagles’ defense really impressed in holding Norcross to 224 yards of offense. Cameron Kline and Curtis Roach each had a sack, while Roach added an interception. Norcross didn’t complete a pass in the second half.
South won’t have to worry about Tucker’s passing game too much. The Tigers average 304 yards rushing per game led by Chris Broadwater and Myles Donaldson, who each eclipsed 100 yards in Tucker’s 38-28 victory against Langston Hughes in the first round. There’s also some fun history between the two teams, who were once members of Region 6-AAAA for two seasons in 2002-03 when Tucker featured star running back Thomas Brown, who now coaches running backs at the University of Georgia.