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Clausen: Big Red is the 4th best team left in AAA
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Three of the 16 remaining teams in the Class AAA state playoffs are the Gainesville Red Elephants, Flowery Branch Falcons and North Hall Trojans. Below is how each team is ranked among the remaining 16 teams left in the playoffs

4. Gainesville (11-0)

Average Points Scored 39.18 : Average Points Allowed 8.36: Power Rating 4.68: The Red Elephants enter the second round of the playoffs with the fourth highest power rating among the 16 remaining AAA football teams. Last Friday Gainesville beat Oconee County 49-21 in the first round. The Gainesville offense had 531 total yards, while averaging 4.16 yard per run and 11.12 yards per pass attempt. Gainesville plays host to Carterville on Friday night a team with an 8-3 record a power rating of 1.08.

8. Flowery Branch (9-2)

Average Points Scored 34.64: Average Points Allowed 13.73 : Power Rating 2.52: When I was coaching at Ohio State with Woody Hayes, Woody use to tell both the players and the coaching staff everyday that we were either getting better or getting worse. This Falcons football team has made immense improvements from the beginning of the football season when they opened up in Toccoa against Stephens County. On Friday the Falcons makes the 130 mile trip to take on No. 1 seed Ridgeland, who is coming off a first round victory over Carver-Atlanta 33-0. Both Ridgeland and Flowery Branch have identical 9-2 records.
Ridgeland is rated 11th in the power rating.

13. North Hall (8-3)

Average Points Scored 27 : Average Points Allowed 18.55: Power Rating 1.46: North Hall is coming off a fine first round victory over Hart County. The Hart County Bulldogs came to the Brickyard with a six game winning streak and a high powered offense. These tough “never say die” Trojans fought them to a 10-9 victory. North Hall visits undefeated Dunwoody in the second round. Last Friday while the Trojans battled down to the last second, the Wildcats had a relatively east win over Central Carol. If North Hall can keep it close, late in the fourth quarter the Wildcats may find they have a tiger by the tail.

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