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Game of the Week Nominees: Playoffs Rd. Three
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ALPHARETTA, GA -- Round Three of the Georgia high school football playoffs kick off this Friday and there are some great matchups, including 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week between Dutchtown and Chattahoochee.

The 11-1 Bulldogs travel to play undefeated Chattahoochee. On paper, this matchup will be a battle of top-notch offense and top-notch defense.

Dutchtown's defense has not allowed a point this postseason and has notched five shutouts throughout the year. They have yet to give up more than 14 points per game. Comparatively, Chattahoochee has not scored less than 31 points in a game this season.

On offense, Dutchtown has yet to score a touchdown in either of their first two playoff games; all 18 of their points have come off of the foot of kicker Ryan Kay. Last week, Dutchtown beat Glynn Academy 3-0.

In their second round game, Chattahoochee had some first-half trouble with Marist, but the Cougars dominated the second half and eked out a 31-28 win. Chattahoochee won their first round game over Pope 42-14.

The winning team will play either Statesboro or Kell.

The second-place vote getter this week was Wilcox County at Wesleyan.

Wilcox County beat the Wolves 20-15 in last year's quarterfinals and went on to win the Single-A championship.

This year, both teams still remain viable contenders. With Nick Marshall at quarterback again this season, 11-1 Wilcox County has been impressive in this year's playoffs, beating Dooly County 36-14 in Round One and Johnson County 60-39 in Round Two.

One-loss Wesleyan has looked good, too. The Wolves took care of Warren County 48-13 and beat Athens Academy 35-14 last week.

The winning team will play the winner of Lincoln County-Savannah Christian.

The third nominee for Game of the Week features two 3A teams that played in 4A last season.

Last year's 4A champs, Sandy Creek, host 11-1 Monroe Area, a team that had lost twenty straight games going into this season.

Sandy Creek is undefeated and won their first two playoff games by the combined score of 92-3. Monroe Area, whose only loss was to Gainesville, has allowed more than seven points in a game only twice this season.

The winner of this matchup will play either Peach County or Grady next week.

The final nominee for Game of the Week was Cook at Buford, which is a rematch of last year's quarterfinals, which Buford won 26-0.

The circumstances of this game are much different than last year's, at least for Cook. Last season, the Hornets were 7-5 and somewhat of a surprising quarterfinalist, entering last year's playoffs with a 5-5 record. This season, the Hornets are 12-0 and considered strong contenders to win it all.

Buford's current position is a lot like last season's when the Wolves were 11-1 and a favorite to win their third straight state title. Now, Buford is 11-1 and looking to win their fourth consecutive championship.

Both teams play in extremely tough 2A regions. Region 6 (Buford) saw all four playoff teams advance to the second round. Lovett, the region's fourth seed, is still playing. All four playoff teams from Cook's Region 1 are still playing.

The winner will play either Lovett or Brooks County in the semifinals.

Tune into MyATL-TV this Friday at 10:30 p.m. to see scores and highlights from games all around the state during 11Alive's HighSchoolSports.net.

 

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