BREAKING: Banks County Forfeits First Round Playoff Game

The Banks County Leopards (1-9) were set to travel and face off against Callaway in the first round of the 2A playoffs, but head coach Jay Reid and his team made the call Tuesday night to pull the plug.

Reid told AJC contributor Adam Krohn on Tuesday evening that he has COVID-19 symptoms and is awaiting test results and that nine of his players are in quarantine.

Callaway, ranked No. 8, will advance to play the winner of the Lovett-Pepperell game. The Banks/Callaway game was slated for Saturday after the GHSA moved all 2A and 4A games from original Friday night starts.

This marks the second forfeiture that has affected Banks County in the playoffs. In 2016, the Leopards advanced to the second round via a forfeit by KIPP. That Banks team was 6-4 and stood a great chance of getting a legitimate playoff win at home, which would have been a first for the program.

That forfeit win is their only playoff win in school history. GHSA determined that any COVID cancellations in the playoffs did count as a loss, so Banks County ends the season at 1-10.

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