By Craig Sager
There were 11 coin-flips needed on Saturday to decide home field for this Friday’s state quarterfinals. In Class AAAAAA, No. 2 Dacula’s dream season could not be going much better. With a 6-4 record heading into the playoffs, the Falcons will host for the third time this postseason after winning its toss with No. 2 Colquitt County. The Packers will travel 240 miles for the Elite 8 matchup and head coach Rush Propst is now 0-3 on coin tosses since coming to Georgia.
Class AAAAA had the most No. 1 vs. No. 1 matches slated for the quarterfinals with three and needed as many coin-flips to decide its home sites. Northbound Creekside will have a 50 mile trip to North Paulding and Warner Robins will take a 128 mile trip up I-75 to visit undefeated Kell. The most significant outcome in Class AAAAA was Tucker earning hosting rights to Ware County. The Gators will have to travel 255 miles (four hours) to take on the Tigers at Hallford Stadium.
In Class AAAA, No. 1 Sandy Creek earned home field over No. 1 Griffin. Sandy Creek has not lost a home game since 2008, a 19-13 to loss Rome in the second round of the state playoffs. The Bears are 13-0 this season and demolished Statesboro in its 42-7 second-round rout. No. 1 Burke County will host No. 1 Marist and avoid the 181 mile trip that awaits the War Eagles. This will be the sixth time in Burke County’s last seven games that the Bears are playing at home in the Bear Den. No. 2 Carrollton lost the toss and will visit No. 2 Stockbridge. The Trojans and Stockbridge are each 11-1 this season with losses to Sandy Creek and Griffin, respectively.
Class AAA needed three coin-flips to set the quarterfinals stage and No. 1 Buford won its toss with No. 1 Carver-Columbus. No. 1 Washington County lost its toss with No. 1 Blessed Trinity and will travel nearly three hours (150 miles) to visit the Titans. No. 2 Central-Carrollton will travel 114 miles north to take on No. 2 Ringgold.
The coin-flip between No. 1 Calhoun and No. 1 Benedictine in Class AA was the most costly in the state. After losing the toss, Calhoun will travel 320 miles to Savannah State’s T.A. Wright Stadium to take on the Cadets. No. 1 Laney won the flip with No. 1 Lovett and will host the battle-tested Lions who are 5-0 on the road this season.