Football playoff opponents set for local teams

With the conclusion of Week 12’s games, GHSA was quick to fill in the corresponding brackets for each classification. Of our 11 local programs, only 3 were held out of the postseason – Habersham, Lumpkin County, and Towns County.

#1 RABUN COUNTY vs #4 PACE ACADEMY

The Wildcats (9-1) were the region champions for an 8th straight season, and have the rare opportunity to take on one of their opponents for a second time in the same season. Pace Academy (6-4) came to Tiger once for the ESPN televised game for Week 2, and Rabun won 47-14.

#2 JEFFERSON vs #3 HAPEVILLE CHARTER

The Dragons (9-1) were shocked with a loss in Week 11 to North Oconee, handing them the #2 seed. Still, that means at least one week at home against Hapeville Charter (5-5), a rematch from last season’s playoff game in the second round.

#2 DAWSON COUNTY vs #3 SANDY CREEK

The Tigers totally made up for a rough start to the season and won 6 of their last 7 games to go 6-4 overall. They get a home playoff game against Sandy Creek (9-1). Sandy Creek is legit, and only finished 3rd with one loss due to tie-breaker results to determine region standings.

#3 UNION COUNTY @ #2 LOVETT

The Panthers (3-6) head to Lovett to take on a 7-3 juggernaut, which was ranked as high as #5 and ranked weekly until about midway through the season. Union is coming off a gritty 49-48 win in the regular season finale against Gilmer.

#4 STEPHENS COUNTY @ #1 ROCKMART

The Indians (7-3) lost just 3 games all season, all to Top-10 ranked teams within the region. Therefore, Stephens County will be forced on the road, but no doubt will be the best #4-seed in the state in 3A. Rockmart is 9-1 and the region champs, but even ranked at #9, this might be easier than most of Stephens County’s region opponents (speaks highly of the region 8-AAA).

#4 COMMERCE @ #1 BOWDON

The Tigers had a chance at a region title in the regular season finale, but oddly enough, a win meant #1, while a loss dropped them back to #4. Commerce (6-4) travels to #5-ranked Bowdon (9-1), the region champs from their area.

#4 WHITE COUNTY @ #1 CEDAR GROVE

The Warriors (4-6) fall to the #4 seed, and will travel to region champs and Class 4A #1-ranked Cedar Grove (7-3) for a tough ask.

#4 BANKS COUNTY @ #1 SOUTH ATLANTA

The Leopards (2-7) head to region champion South Atlanta (9-1) for a chance to advance to the next round and pull off a huge upset.

THE OTHERS

#1 Buford vs #4 Kell
#1 Cherokee Bluff vs #4 GAC
#1 Denmark vs #4 Mountain View
#3 Flowery Branch @ #2 Mays
#3 North Hall @ #2 Carver, Atlanta
#3 Hart County @ #2 Ringgold

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