Friday marks the quarterfinal round and also for the eight Class AA teams which have managed to make it this far – congratulations. Also, hope you didn’t have vacation plans for Thanksgiving.
Thursday is on a daily basis designated for eating many food, gathering with family and, in a lot of families – specifically of this readership – seeing NFL baseball.
However, those who are part of the eight staying groups can’t indulge a lot of, as the very following day is their biggest online game associated with period.
Let me reveal a glance at the four matchups that occur on Friday:
Fitzgerald (11-1) at Benedictine (12-0): The protecting state champ Benedictine Cadets – a No. 1 seed from Region 2 – are formally on notice. They squeaked away a 41-40 home win from the Lovett Lions of Region 6 in a-game they spent lots of time trailing. Is it the close call the Cadets had a need to regroup and close-out as repeat champs? They’re on a 20-game win streak. However, the Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes – a No. 2 seed from area 1 – coasted to a 24-7 win over Heard County. The Cadets and Purple Hurricanes have only played when prior to, hence was in the next round for the 2013 condition playoffs. Benedictine won that contest 51-7.
Brooks County (10-2) at GAC (11-1): Both the Trojans and Spartans tend to be # 1 seeds, which designed a coin flip to find out residence industry benefit. The Spartans of area 6 won the toss, which means the Trojans of area 1 must make the three-hour, 30-minute commute from Quitman to Norcross. They’ve outscored their Northeast Macon and Manchester a combined 89-26 to reach the quarterfinals. The Trojans have reached the semifinals in all the final two periods but reached this point for the third period in a row. The Spartans are looking for another straight trip to the semifinals – they reached the championship online game last season. Brooks County and GAC haven't played one another on soccer area.
Rabun County (11-1) at Jefferson County (10-2): Rabun County – of Region 8 – lost the money flip and certainly will go to play the Warriors. This will mark 1st matchup involving the two programs. The Wildcats and Warriors had been eradicated when you look at the 2nd round a year ago. Should Rabun County winnings, it's going to be the deepest playoff run for the Wildcats since 1951, when they reached hawaii final. The Warriors haven't been beyond the quarterfinals. This is the very first conference between your Warriors and Wildcats.
Speed Academy (10-2) at Macon County (10-2): The Knights of area 6 are the lone No. 4 seed continuing to be in AA. They’re attempting to win to set up an all-Region 6 semifinal with GAC, should the Spartans defeat Brooks County. The Knights come in the quartefinals for 2nd year consecutively but haven't been any more. They’ve already set a record for many victories in system history – their particular inaugural season was 2008. The Bulldogs are in the quarterfinals the very first time since 2005, and they are shopping for their utmost finish since 1996, when they went 15-0 to claim the Class A title.
We missed defectively regarding Knights, basing a first-round exit from what I deemed was bad play against their Region 6 foes. They destroyed back-to-back games to Wesleyan and GAC and struggled to conquer Hapeville Charter. However, area 6 could be the strongest, deepest area in AA, so I demonstrably underestimated the Knights’ abilities.
On the flip side of Pace’s very first round matchup ended up being Darlington, a team I had operating into the quarterfinals.
I was also incorrect in my assessment that Heard County would make it on the hump and topple its nemesis, Fitzgerald, although the Purple Hurricanes won the last two regular period meetings. Even home field advantage couldn’t assist the Braves now.
So though we missed on lots of programs, my semifinals matchups stay in tact, when I have Benedictine vs. Rabun County and GAC vs. Macon County.
I have GAC beating Benedictine into the final, and after the Cadets nearly destroyed to Spartans region foe Lovett a week ago, that doesn’t appear to be these types of a stretch – despite the Cadets beating GAC in last year’s last and also this year’s season opener.