Playoff capsule: Cartersville at Baldwin
Georgia High School Association Class AAAA State Quarterfinals game capsule courtesy: Georgia High School Football Daily. Through 12 games, the 2018 Cartersville defense has allowed more than one score in only four games, did not allow a touchdown in five games, and has limited opponents to 6.1 points per game.
Photo: Randy Parker, The Daily Tribune News
Meanwhile, Baldwin -- the Region 3-AAAA champions -- have limited opponents to only 8 points per game during the Braves' current seven game winning streak.
Cartersville at Baldwin
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Braves Stadium, Milledgeville
Records, rankings: Cartersville is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 5-AAAA and No. 2; Baldwin is 7-5, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAAA and unranked.
Last meeting: Cartersville won 41-10 in the second round of the 2014 Class AAAA playoffs.
Cartersville was denied a shot at a third consecutive state title when it was knocked out in the second round last year by eventual champion Blessed Trinity, but the Purple Hurricanes are back in the quarterfinals after coasting to a 41-7 victory over Ridgeland last week. The Canes' two biggest offensive threats - QB Tee Webb (2,466 yards passing) and RB Marcus Gary (1,179 yards rushing) - had another good night. Webb passed for 203 yards and four touchdowns, and Gary ran 156 yards and a score. Baldwin has won seven consecutive games after an 0-5 start. The Braves' 21-0 victory over Columbus put them in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008, during head coach Jesse Hicks' first stint at the school. Baldwin scored all of the game's points in the second quarter, on touchdown runs by Noah Hill and Zaahir Salahuddin and a pass from Derrick Lewis to Jaylin Battle. The Braves are giving up 20.58 points per game this season but just 8.0 during their winning streak.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Cartersville by 22 / CalPreps projection: Cartersville by 25
Winner plays: Marist/Mary Persons winner