The opening round of the statewide Prep Football playoffs is history, and those winners from round one are now the Sweet Sixteen; not exactly a term that would be considered proper terminology for the remaining High School Football teams that continue to challenge for a Prep Title here in 2017. I’m sure all of the teams are happy to be a part of this the second round of play and are preparing now to move into next week’s third round, or the Elite Eight group of teams.
There were few surprises in the opening round of play as most favored teams were able to win and move forward. There were some outstanding games played and a wild card (or team 32 in the 7A bracket) the Marietta Blue Devils, topped Westlake, the top seed from Region 2-7A, 34-7. In Class 6A, Northside-Warner Robins and Brunswick played a classic playoff game on Saturday night and the mid-state Eagles topped the Pirates, 24-21, on the coast with a late score.
Other games of note saw, top-ranked Lowndes, Tucker, Rome, Cartersville, Cedar Grove, and Benedictine Military, all advance to the round of sixteen in their respective classifications, 7A through 2-A, with big wins in round one. Class A’s top team, Eagles Landing Christian Academy, drew a first round bye, and will meet Savannah Christian Prep in their first playoff action this week.
In the second round of play this weekend, there are some dandy matchups in all classifications. In Class 7A, it’s Mill Creek at Archer in a rematch of the Tigers 16-13 win earlier in the year, and Grayson meets North Gwinnett. The GPB-TV game of the week features Colquitt County at undefeated Walton, and the winner of that offensive-minded showdown meets the winner of Mill Creek and Archer in the next round of play.
Class 6A has a few classic showdowns as well. Northside-Warner Robins travels to play Tucker, Mays hosts Centennial, and Coffee, who beat Effingham County 52-32 last week, plays at Evans, who downed Drew, 69-32. Offense is the key word in this game in Metro Augusta this week.
In Class 5A, it’s upstart Eagles Landing at Warner Robins, Jones County at Wayne County, SW DeKalb at top-ranked Rome and Bainbridge on the road at Starr’s Mill