Last meeting: Collins Hill won 31-28 in the 2010 Class 5A quarterfinals.
Things to know: Each team possesses a four-star junior quarterback. Collins Hill’s Sam Horn, rated the No. 4 pro-style quarterback nationally in the 2022 class, was 30-of-50 passing for 313 yards and a touchdown in a 21-14 victory over Parkview last week
Lowndes’ Jacurri Brown, the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the class, ran for 118 yards on 23 carries in a 23-13 victory over Milton last week. He has rushed and thrown for more than 3,000 yards in his career. The top prospect on either side is Collins Hill’s Travis Hunter, a Florida State commit and five-star recruit with 115 receptions for 1,456 yards and 20 touchdowns
But these teams have been more impressive on defense in the playoffs, each allowing only about nine points per game. Collins Hill’s James Smith has 14 sacks, and Justin Richardson has blocked four punts and field goals.
Lowndes defensive end Thomas Davis, who is committed to Miami, has 12 tackles for losses. Collins Hill, the only Class 7A semifinalist without a state title, has upset top-10 Lowndes teams in their only meetings in 2001 and 2010 quarterfinals.
While the quarterback matchup is interesting, both defenses are impressive, too. Lowndes has given up only 26 points through three playoff games, which has included back-to-back road wins over two of metro Atlanta’s top teams, North Cobb and Milton, in the last two rounds.