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Class A Public Championship

Who’s playing: No. 7 Irwin County (11-3) vs. No. 2 Brooks County (13-1)

When: Monday, 7 p.m.

How they got there: Irwin County def. Jenkins County 41-7, def. Wilcox County 14-0, def. Commerce 25-21, def. Metter 44-10. Brooks County def. Claxton 36-0, def. Dublin 41-7, def. Washington-Wilkes 47-7, def. Clinch County 42-0.

Previous meeting: Brooks County leads the series 5-4. Brooks County def. Irwin County 21-13 during the regular season.

Top players for Brooks County: RB Omari Arnold, RB Jamal Sanders, QB Ni’Tavion Burrus, WR Willie Brown, DL Camron Priest, DL J’shawn Baker.

Top players for Irwin County: RB Kam Ward, QB Cody Soliday, , WR Gabe Benyard, WR Malachi Hadden, LB Nehemiah McCoy, LB Bryce Clements, DL Garland Benyard.

Game notes:  Irwin County is the defending state champion and is aiming for its third title. The Indians defeated Marion County 56-14 in the final a year ago, the last for ailing coach Buddy Nobles, who soon thereafter lost his battle with stomach cancer. Brooks County is in the final for the second straight year; it lost to Dublin in the 2A championship game in 2019. The Trojans are seeking their first crown since 1994, when they won their only title.