Class 5A Preview: Buford vs. Warner Robins
Buford vs. Warner Robins
Friday, 4:30 p.m. Georgia State Stadium
School location: Buford
Record, ranking: 13-1, No. 4 in GPB rankings
Coach: Bryant Appling (first season, 13-1)
How they got there: def. Decatur 43-6; def. Ware County 34-6; def Carrollton 24-21; def. Jones County 29-0.
Top players: RB Victor Venn, OL Seth McLaughlin, WR Jake Pope, DL Jackson Powell, LB Tommy Beuglas, DB Danny Benitez, P/PK Hayden Olsen.
Playoff history: Buford has won 11 state championships – 1978, 2001-03, 2007-10, 2012-14.
Warner Robins Demons
School location: Warner Robins
Record, ranking: 13-1, No. 2 in GPB rankings
Coach: Marquis Westbrook (first season, 13-1)
How they got there: def. Jonesboro 28-7; def. Rome 25-17; def. Clarke Central 49-14; def. Starr’s Mill 55-3.
Top players: QB Jalen Addie, RB Jahlen Rutherford, RB James Smith, WR Marcayll Jones, WR Armon Porter, LB Ahmad Walker, LB Demarcus Robinson, Jarren McWilliams, DB Jatavious Bryant
Playoff history: Warner Robins has won four state championships – 1976, 1981, 1988 and 2004. The Demons have reached the final the last two years and finished second.
Series, last meeting: First meeting.