Lassiter (10-3) plays at Walton (13-0) in the “Cobb County Super Bowl” in the Class AAAAA semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The playoff game will be broadcast live on WSB-TV’s digital channel 2.2, several cable systems (Comcast channel 248 and Charter channel 126) and on www.wsbtv.com.
The winner will be Cobb County’s first representative in the state championship game since the 2000 season. No Cobb school has won a state title since 1967.
“I’ve been in Cobb County for 15 years, and every year the football in Cobb has gotten a lot better,” Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo said. “There are good coaches in Cobb County, and people are running programs the right way where they can compete on a state level.
“But I will say this about our program: We’re playing in the state semifinals for the third time since 2003. You’ve got your teams like Camden County, Lowndes, Brookwood and Parkview and a few others, but not too many have done that in Class AAAAA in the last eight years. We’ve been good for the last decade and we’re not going away.”
“We’ve been here before, and we expect to come back. This is how we built our football program. We want to compete at the state level every year, and we felt like we’ve done that over the last 8-9 years.”
The two teams played in the regular season, with Walton posting a convincing 34-10 win over Lassiter.
“Lassiter has a really good team, and we have a really good team,” Hidalgo said. “When we played them the first time, they fought us tooth and nail and then we kind of got downhill on them a little bit. I don’t think this game is going to be like that. I think this game is going to go down to the last minute. I think those kids at Lassiter play really hard, and they have a lot of talented players.”
The two schools are archrivals, and would be pumped up to play each other even if the game didn’t have such high stakes. Lassiter is in the state semifinals for the first time in school history. Until 2008, Lassiter had never won a playoff game.
“If we were playing Walton in tiddlywinks, the kids would be focused,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “We didn’t even need to talk about what’s next. I don’t think we mentioned to the kids that it’s a semifinals game or showed them a bracket. All they know is that it’s Walton. We really don’t have to say anything else, and I’m sure the Walton coaches don’t have to say anything else to their kids either.”
Colquitt* County (11-2) vs. Grayson High School (13-0) Lassiter High School (10-3) vs. Walton High School (13-0) will air on WSB-TV’s Me-TV channel 2.2 and on GHSA.tv
Warner Robbins High School (11-2) vs. Lovejoy High School (13-0)
Tucker* High School (13-0) vs. Northside High School, Warner Robbins (13-0)
Cairo High School (11-2) vs. Peach County High School (12-1)
Appling County High School (12-1) vs. Calhoun* High School (13-0)
Landmark Christian (11-2) vs. Eagles Landing Christian Academy (12-1)