George Walton Academy Bulldogs travel to Marietta Friday to take on the Walker Wolverines for the quaterfinal playoff matchup between the two teams. The winner of this game moves onto the semifinals and will face the winner of the Savannah Christian/Eagle's Landing Christian.
Georgia High School Football Daily, a free email newsletter produced and owned by Todd Holcomb and Chip Saye, veteran sports writers, have put together the following preview of this matchup.
George Walton Academy at Walker
When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, Robertson Field, Marietta
Records, rankings: George Walton Academy is 8-3, the No. 11 seed and unranked; Walker is 11-0, the No. 3 seed and ranked No. 10.
Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.
Three things to know about the matchup, according to GHSF Daily:
1. Walker RB Evan Kasian leads Class A with 1,982 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns. He rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-7 victory over Athens Christian in the first round.
2. George Walton Academy RB Stanley Williams has rushed for 1,574 yards and scored 22 touchdowns. His best game came last week, when he rushed for 226 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 38-12 victory over Aquinas.
3. Both schools are in the GHSA quarterfinals for the first time. Walker had never won a playoff games until this season. George Walton made the playoffs in 2010 and 2011, its first seasons in the GHSA. George Walton won four state titles in the Georgia Independent School Association, including one in 2009.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Walker by 3