Grady High faces White County tonight in state football playoffs

UPDATE: Grady High wins 39-20! Check out AJC round-up here.

After two easy wins for the Grady High Grey Knights, Coach Ronnie Millen and his Region 5A-AAA champions next face White County Warriors in this week’s state playoff game tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Grady Stadium.This week will be the hardest test for the Knights, as their opponents, the Warriors, are the Region 8A-AAA champions, with an undefeated region record of 6-0. In the past two weeks, the Knights have handed out brutal defeats to Gilmer County and Cedar Grove – outscoring the teams 65-6 combined.

Last week against Gilmer County, the Knights put on an impressive offensive and defensive clinic in a 48-0 rout. The Knights demolished the Bobcats on defense, intercepting the quarterback and never allowing the Bobcat’s offense to settle in. With the help from the running game led primarily by senior running back Hoderick Lowe, the Knights were able to move to the second round of the state playoffs.

The White County Warriors have posted a 9-2 record in an effort that put them at the top of their region. The Warriors are averaging 26 points per game while only allowing 16 points. They have outscored their opponents 288-185.

While these posted numbers are impressive, the Knights numbers’ tell a more dominant story. Up to this point, the Knights have outscored their opponents 444-89. The offense is averaging 40 points per game, while the defense is only allowing 8 points per game. The Knights have been able to perfectly execute plays on both sides of the ball, and are being led on offense by senior quarterback Treveon Albert, senior running backs Marcus Caffey and Hoderick Lowe, and All-American wide receiver/safety Damian Swann. The defense has been able to put pressure on the opposing quarterback, which has resulted in numerous interceptions – led primarily by junior Quintavius Knight.

In such a high-caliber matchup, expect both teams to rely on their top players. The Knights will be facing an offense that will be comparable to that of St. Pius X – Grady’s rival every year late in the regular season. Come tonight, the Warriors will be looking for an upset on the road, while Coach Millen and his Grady Knights will be looking to defend their home stadium for the third consecutive week.

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