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Top-Seeded Dominance

November 18, 2013 7:34pm (EST)
The Lassiter Trojans fell to the Peachtree Ridge Lions in a rainy first round playoff meeting.
The Lassiter Trojans fell to the Peachtree Ridge Lions in a rainy first round playoff meeting.

It was a week of dominance by the top seeds in the first round of the playoffs…

Short of the Alexander win over Dalton, Cedar Grove’s win over Elbert County, and the Peachtree Ridge win over Lassiter (as seen on GPB), the one-seeds got out of round one in one piece. There were a lot of the 2/3 match-ups that yielded surprises…

Examples:
St Pius winning on the road at Hart County
Statesboro winning at Cairo
Stephenson winning at Flowery Branch (which makes you wonder just how much of the loss at Gainesville took out of them)
East Paulding representing their county with the win over Creekview
Lowndes win at East Coweta
Brookwood’s win at Lambert
McEachern at Newton (with Bailey Hockman at the helm showing tremendous poise for a freshman)
Fitzgerald surviving a mini-game and going to Dublin for the win and,
Kendrick shutting out Dade County…

So, let’s take a tour…

Frank and Stefanie start off the “Frenzy” with the Richmond Hill-Thomas County Central game. You also get looks at Liberty County, Benedictine, Brooks, and Statesboro-Cairo…

((HT: The Coastal Source))

Sometimes, the best thing for a one-seed is to get a first round scare to wake them up and a reminder to focus on the post-season… Carver-Columbus got one of those playing BEST Academy (who was only in their second season overall and their first-ever playoff contest)

Friend of GPB, Dave Platta, has the rundown of that game and the rest of action in west Georgia in “Sports Overtime…”

((HT: WTVM-TV))

WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather

On the east side of the state, Laney had one of those first-round scares as well with a four-seed in Cook (which really isn’t a 1-4 match-up), Westside had to travel to Thomasville, and Washington-Wilkes hosted Wesleyan (for starters)…

Kevin and Andrew have your look… starting at the half-way point of their “OFL Friday” segment…

((HT: WRDW-TV))

In the middle of the state, Warner Robins hosted Whitewater, Veterans had their first-ever home playoff game, and Bleckley County had the first chance to win a playoff game in almost a decade…

Big Marvin has the look from 13WMAZ-TV

And, as we know to this point, Wes was not hurt in the making of the highlights above…

All of this cuts the playoff field in half and sets up some interesting match-ups in the second round…

Like…

Single-A (which starts this week): Lincoln and Dooly, Aquinas and Savannah Christian
AA: Calhoun and GAC, Laney and Vidalia
AAA: Cartersville and Pius
4A: Griffin and Statesboro, Monroe Area and Carrollton, Burke and Mary Persons
5A: Warner Robins and Richmond Hill, Ware and Northside
6A: Lovejoy and Lowndes, Archer and North Gwinnett, and Camden and Hillgrove

On “Football Fridays in Georgia” this week, it’s another 6A match-up with Colquitt visiting North Cobb. We have seen first-hand what kind of atmosphere can be had at “The Reservation” when GPB visited for the McEachern game earlier this year and Colquitt will play anyone, anywhere, anytime…

The “All-Access Pass” pre-game show starts things off at 7 with kick-off around 7:38 or so…

Join Mark, Claire, Trey, Kelin, Grace, and moi for all the festivities…

This week’s playoff version of the “Football Fridays in Georgia” podcast has Ware’s Ed Dudley, Richmond Hill’s Lyman Guy, and Statesboro’s Steve Pennington to talk Round 2…

Dial it up under all these words below, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or through GPB and let me know what your favorite second-round match-up is and why…

The space here is a two-way street and I would love to know what you think…

Can’t wait for Round Two…
How about you…???
Play it safe, everyone… I’ll talk to you soon…

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