Winning: a 50-50 coin flip

It’s a time honored tradition that football coaches meet half way on Saturday morning to exchange game films and flip a coin for home-field advantage for a playoff game, when neither is seeded higher.

In recent years, though, with coaches instead exchanging film on the web, Calhoun coach Hal Lamb considers it somewhat crazy to have met Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman at Burger King in Macon last Saturday just to flip the coin to determine home-field advantage for Friday’s Class AA quarterfinal between the 12-0 teams.

Lamb had a couple coaches with him, Freeman a few family members. They spoke briefly. Lamb flipped. Freeman called heads. It landed tails.

That meant Brooks, the No. 1 seed from Region 1-AA, now drives five hours from Quitman to Calhoun, the No. 1 seed from 7-AA.

Seemed odd to Lamb, who with just a few mouse clicks had exchanged four films with Freeman earlier that morning, before either drove 2 1/2 hours to meet for five minutes.

“With today’s technology, somebody at the GHSA office should be able to flip a coin, while we’re all on the phone together,” Lamb said. “It’s kind of crazy to drive 2 1/2 hours with today’s technology. It made sense to flip a coin while you were (in person) swapping film, but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in today’s technology.”

But the drive proved worthwhile for Lamb, whose defending state champion Yellow Jackets (12-0) now are going for a 40th consecutive home win, having last lost at home to Cartersville in Game 3 of 2008. Lamb likes playing at Calhoun’s Phil Reeve Stadium, a more intimate stadium than most, where absence of a track puts the estimated 3,500 fans on top of the action.

“There’s probably no other atmosphere like ours,” Lamb said. “The stands being right on top of you is great. There are people lining the fence, and it’s a nice high school atmosphere.”

But coin flips haven’t always worked out for Lamb. Last year Calhoun lost a flip and had to drive 200 miles for a quarterfinal in Dublin, though still won.

Brooks is 0-2 against Calhoun, having lost to the Jackets in the 2008 semifinal in Quitman and last season in the second round in Calhoun. This time, the Trojans are scheduled to take busses from Quitman at 8 a.m. and break up the drive with a walk-through practice at Westside-Macon, then dinner just north of Atlanta, before the final hour to the 7:30 p.m. game in Calhoun.

Freeman felt it best that players sleep at home Thursday night, instead of in a hotel.

Once in Calhoun, “nothing will be a surprise to us,” he said. “We’ve had to play in a lot of foreign territory, so this is nothing new.

“Flat out,” he added, “wherever we are, we’ve got to play.”

Ironically, Friday’s winner plays Lamar County or Lovett, No. 1 seeds from Regions 4 and 6, respectively. That means — you guessed it — a coin flip.

Here are this week’s other AA quarterfinals:

– Lamar County (11-0-1) at Lovett (8-4): The teams’ first meeting pits the unbeaten Trojans against the Lions, who’ve won six straight since losing four in a row early this season.

– Fitzgerald (10-2) at Jefferson (11-1): The Purple Hurricanes come in having upset previously unbeaten Vidalia 52-20, and the Dragons take the field for the teams’ first meeting on an 11-game roll.

– Early County (9-3) at Greater Atlanta Christian (9-3): The Bobcats would like revenge from the teams’ only other meeting, in 2002, when the Spartans won 21-19 in the semifinals in the Georgia Dome.

23 comments Add your comment

calhoun

November 29th, 2012
11:37 am

The last time CALHOUN lost a home playoff game was in 2006 to Early County

Trojan4Life

November 29th, 2012
12:18 pm

1AA on both sides in the dome watch what I tell ya…… Early vs Fitzgerald in semifinals don’t matter who we play cause we are gonna destroy you guys………………. Brooks and BTW yall act like ya’ll have played us more than 2 times the way you guys act up there but look stop all the bragging bout how the score gonna be outta wack and how ya’ll gonna beat us them Trojans coming to town friday are on a mission point blank we leave all on the field………………… Guess the Mr.Gatorade POY Taylor Lamb will playing basketball early……………………..

Jefferson

November 29th, 2012
12:50 pm

Lights out on 1aa this week, across the board.

Trojan4Life

November 29th, 2012
3:27 pm

JEFFERSON I WILL BE ON CALHOUN SIDELINES TALKING PLENTY TRASH WHEN YOUR DEFENSE IS STAYING ONE THE FIELD MOST OF THE NIGHT SEE YOU TOMORROW OK……………… WE WILL BE THERE ………………………

Golden Isles Fan

November 29th, 2012
4:23 pm

A.K.A. CANEFAN………

region 1-2A usually does well to this point,BUT……

It would be exciting to see Fitz vs. Brooks in the dome…..it would be a VERY different game….

good luck to all 3 region 1-2A teams this week….

I’ll be watching the Camden / Norcross game….

GO CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BROOKS COUNTY 2005

November 29th, 2012
8:27 pm

JEFFERSON put ur money up we thru talking around here in quitman

BROOKS COUNTY 2005

November 29th, 2012
8:29 pm

Jefferson DNT BE ON THE OUTSIDE NOW WATCH HOW U EAT THEM WORDS

YELLERJACKETZ1

November 30th, 2012
8:07 am

BROOKS N TROJAN WE GOT A BIG SURPRISE UP HERE WAITING FOR YALL AT THE ARM -N-HAMMER BOWL!!!

YELLERJACKETZ1

November 30th, 2012
8:11 am

I HOPE UR BOYS FROM QUIT-TOWN LIKE GATORADE CAUSE THERE GONNA GET A BIG TASTE OF IT TONIGHT

Titletown USA

November 30th, 2012
9:57 am

I just realized that there are 3 Region1 teams still alive…wow. Good luck to Brooks, Fitz,and Early Co.

Trojan4Life

November 30th, 2012
12:22 pm

YELLERJACKETZ1 HEY YOU SEE ME THERE AND OH YEA LIL BO PEEP I HOPE HE REACHES 3000 YARDS ON THE SEASON BECAUSE ITS GONNA BE VERY HARD YOU NEED TO LOOK AT THE FILM WITH THE REST OF THE TEAM………………..

Jefferson

November 30th, 2012
1:03 pm

Lights out baby !!!

Golden Isles Fan

November 30th, 2012
1:49 pm

I just hope Brooks can handle the 12th man it will be tough….watched Fitz play there a couple of times and it is electric!!!! but Brooks has a talented team and it should be a close game, better than last year and early will be the sleeper as for Fitz they should handle their task at hand…

Jefferson

November 30th, 2012
2:44 pm

Canefan – In 1 AA I always pull for Fitz unless the Jackets play them, good luck tonight I have nothing for Norcross. Calhoun too is better than last year.

YELLERJACKETZ1

November 30th, 2012
4:10 pm

TROJAN I C U AT GAME TONIGHT BRING FOOD!!! LOL

YELLERJACKETZ1

November 30th, 2012
4:46 pm

HEY TROJAN4 N BROOKS005 YALL BRING ANY HEARTBREAK PILLS WITH U UR GONNA NEED SOME AFTER 2NITE IF U DIDNT THATS OK ILL BRING SOME FOR YALL BUT ITS GONNA COST U ILL PROBABLY GET RICH OFF U QUIT-TOWN FOLKS 2NITE !!!!! LOL

Jacketaxe

November 30th, 2012
10:38 pm

Lights out !!!!!!!

Stinger63

November 30th, 2012
11:09 pm

@Jefferson; Bingo! You called it.

Golden Isles Fan

November 30th, 2012
11:48 pm

Congrats Jefferson……on another championship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Calhoun is for real and I have a feeling they are not going anywhere any time soon….

would like them to topple all of Bufords records….

YELLERJACKETZ1

November 30th, 2012
11:57 pm

JEFFERSON U GOT IT RIGHT ALL THREE FELL BUT FITZ DID PUT UP GOOD FIGHT

YELLERJACKETZ1

November 30th, 2012
11:59 pm

CONGRATS TO CARTERSVILLE AND RIDGELAND

James

December 1st, 2012
7:28 am

Looks like the Brooks fans got a lesson about talking too early. That was a good old-fashioned butt-kicking.

Jim

December 1st, 2012
11:43 am

Glad Buford and Carver are gone to AAA . I think Calhoun and maybe Jefferson should be in AAA also. The rest of the AA teams are playing uphill against them. I’m not sure why GAC (Greater Atlanta Christian School) chooses this route since they are a private school and probably should NOT be playing public schools for their own good. Public schools should be playing only public schools. Since private schools are now dominating football in other states like Texas it shows that morale is better in private schools. You have to work in public to know the huge depth of disadvantage and despair in the home life of the many public school students both black and white. Poor choices are rampant and solutions have not been found. There are some great athletes nevertheless, but many with serious learning disabilities and disadvantage choking them everyday in their home environment in particular.