Semifinals coin-flip results

By Craig Sager II

Score Atlanta

Six out of Georgia’s 14 semifinal games flipped coins for home-field this weekend. In Class AAAAAA, there is an unusual No. 3 vs. No. 3 matchup with North Gwinnett and McEachern that required a flip. Neither team had much of a chance for hosting a playoff game this year as a No. 3 seed. McEachern won the toss is guaranteed a home game for the first time these playoffs.

Class AAAAA houses a semifinals field of four No. 1 seeds and three of the states’ remaining unbeaten teams. Creekside won its flip with Kell while Tucker won its toss with Gainesville. Creekside is the only team that has played a road game this postseason, a 41-14 rout over North Paulding on Friday.

Class AAAA is already set with top seeds Marist and Griffin hosting Carrollton and Wayne County, respectively.

In Class AAA, No. 1 Buford and No. 1 Callaway had a deciding toss on Saturday for the approximately 103 miles that separates these two schools. Top ranked Buford won the toss and the Wolves will host Callaway at Tom Riden Stadium this Friday.

Class AA has a field of four No. 1 seeds and will require a flip between Lamar County and Benedictine and a flip between Lovett and Brooks County. Lamar County won the toss and Benedicitine will take a 207-mile trip on Friday, while Lovett’s successful toss over Brooks County merits almost 250 miles of traveling for their semifinals meeting.

Coin-flips

North Gwinnett at McEachern

Kell at Creekside

Gainesville at Tucker

Callaway at Buford

Benedictine at Lamar County

Brooks County at Lovett

34 comments Add your comment

Realist123

November 30th, 2013
10:33 am

Congratulations Marist!! Good luck from the Tucker Tigers!

UncleIndian

November 30th, 2013
12:05 pm

GOOD LUCK MCEACHERN INDIANS!!! We’d like to play at home, but we’ll continue being “THE ROAD WARRIORS” if we have to!!!

BoboIsNotTheProblem

December 1st, 2013
10:29 am

It’s Sunday morning. Has the Kell-Creekside coin flip not occurred yet?

You’d think we’d have devised a better system than waiting 2 days for a coin flip. Not rocket science to devise a system that would predetermine home field. Here’s one, GHSA: in even years, the higher region hosts, and in odd years, the lower region hosts. Simple.

BoboIsNotTheProblem

December 1st, 2013
10:34 am

The game is at Creekside. Thanks to Twitter, a faster news source than the AJC.

High 5

December 1st, 2013
11:24 am

Tucker won the flip! Welcome to the hood Red Elephants! Hallford awaits you!!!! LOL!

Bignail72

December 1st, 2013
2:52 pm

I don’t see how Lovett was able to host the game. Their stadium doesn’t meet GHSA seating regulations for semifinal games.

Dekalb Co Guy

December 1st, 2013
3:00 pm

@Bignail72

They won the toss, so they are the host, doesnt necessarily mean they will have the game at Lovett. Seems I remember Lovett having that problem before and ended up having their playoff game at Lakewood Stadium though Grady Stadium (parking issues) could be an option too if Lovett isnt allowed to host at their place.

SMYRNA

December 1st, 2013
6:06 pm

@Dekalb Co Guy,
Why have coin toss if Brooks Stadium meets the required seating capacity and Lovett doesn’t?
I read in this same newspaper yesterday that the team which meets the requirements will host the game. Did the rules change for next week?

Mr Clarion

December 1st, 2013
6:59 pm

I heard that same info about a school having insufficient space for a semifinal playoff game too. Regardless, I just want to know where is the game going to be played? The Trojan fans travel well so if Lovett has an alternative stadium with seats on both sides of the field that would be great!

Jefferson

December 2nd, 2013
7:08 am

Lovett traveled to Calhoun a few years back after losing the flip due to seating rules in a semi final game. Have they expanded of did the rule change?

GA Girl

December 2nd, 2013
9:48 am

The rules have not changed and according to several sources, Brooks County should host. However, i am pretty sure “favors” will be called in and the game will be at Lovett.

Ms. KP

December 2nd, 2013
12:00 pm

Congratulations Creekside, I look forward to seeing you play in the Dome.

Decatur 4 Life

December 2nd, 2013
12:23 pm

Why is everyone crying foul play because Lovett won the coin-flip, it shouldn’t matter what the capacity is. If the stadium isn’t big enough then find somewhere that will be adequate. Lovett shouldn’t be penalize for earning a region top seed and not having a big enough stadium, Brooks Cty lost the flip why should they still host? Regardless of what Lovett’s stadium holds

Decatur 4 Life

December 2nd, 2013
12:26 pm

SMYRNA

I think you answered your own question, there would be no reason to flip a coin if it was just about who stadium holds the most. They both have the same seed so they have to flip for it, the flip has nothing to do with anything else other than that

duluthjacket

December 2nd, 2013
12:43 pm

Thanks Realist123, and good luck to the Tigers as well. We miss playing y’all.

All-American

December 2nd, 2013
1:35 pm

Realist 123: Thanks. Good Luck To Tucker. Marist and Tucker great football programs!!!!

Jefferson

December 2nd, 2013
2:30 pm

Lovett needs to follow the rules and I’m sure they will.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

December 2nd, 2013
2:45 pm

@ High 5…

Welcoming the “Red Elephants” to “THE HOOD”…Funny stuff really how ya’ll been playing that up…Hallford while showing it’s age a bit is still a very nice facility with ample lighted parking. It also has easy access and from what I could see ample security…including a FIRST for me for a High School game (with the exception of the Ga Dome) …the Metal Detectors at the gate…LOL!

My only issue with Hallford was the concession pricing…$ 3.00 for a Powerade was out of line…these are anywhere from $ 1.00 to $ 2.00 at ANY of the other stadiums! I have NEVER seen them priced that high.

For the GAINESVILLE folks coming down come a bit early and look up a place called Matthews Cafeteria, 2299 Main St, Tucker, GA 30084…this place has been around since 1955 and is GREAT!

I would LOVE to see this match up BUT as of now several of us are heading to the KELL / CREEKSIDE game..Oh and I see ole’ GAINESVILLE – Steve has returned in his usual medicated state…what an embarrassment to that program!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!!

GHSA

December 2nd, 2013
4:37 pm

Regarding Lovett game from the GHSA:

For Semifinal games, the host school may use portable seating to bring the stadium seating capacity up to the GHSA minimum as long as (NOTE: Any portable seating brought in for games in earlier rounds must meet these specifications): 1. The seating meets the standards of the industry and is installed by professional installers.
2. All seats provide clear sight lines to the field of play.
3. No costs for the temporary seating are taken out of game receipts.

Lovett has installed temporary seating to get to the required 2500 minimum

SMYRNA

December 2nd, 2013
10:41 pm

@Decatur 4 Life,
If you had read or knew the rules you would have understood why I questioned the coin flip!
Therefore, you would know seating capacity does come into play when you have two 1 seeds playing each other in the semi-finals.
I don’t have any interest in either team, just like to see people following the rules and not make them up as they go to be benefit themselves!

Question – Why didn’t Lovett install temporary seating when this problem happened previously?

afosthe24

December 2nd, 2013
11:34 pm

Kell Longhorns all the way. We’re winning State this year. Doesn’t matter where the game is at.

Decatur 4 Life

December 3rd, 2013
9:30 am

SMYRNA

I understand the rules quite fine its obvious it comes into play when you have two region champs facing off, I just don’t agree with punishing a team that earns the right to host a home playoff game for not being able to accomodate a certain number of fans. The loser of the toss shouldn’t be granted home field just because they have a bigger stadium the coin-flip winner should have an option to play the game at a another site if their stadium isn’t big enough after all the did earn their top spot and win the coin toss. That’s what I’m saying I feel that if you’re going to decide home field with a coin toss it shouldn’t matter how big your stadium is.

GA Girl

December 3rd, 2013
9:49 am

@Decatur4Life….don’t get made at SMYRNA, he/she is simply quoting GHSA regulations…according to several sources, GHSA has moved Lovett games before, THEREFORE, why is it NOW that the game isn’t moved???

GA Girl

December 3rd, 2013
9:50 am

**mad…my apologies

GA Girl

December 3rd, 2013
9:54 am

Can someone take a picture of the temporary seating installed at Lovett??

Jefferson

December 3rd, 2013
11:11 am

Brooks don’t have the pull Calhoun did.

GA Girl

December 3rd, 2013
11:30 am

@Jefferson…i totally agree…

Doesn't Matter

December 3rd, 2013
12:07 pm

It doesn’t matter Lovett is going to win either way. They have the 2nd most road playoff wins since Muschamp took over. Only Colquitt Co has more wins during that time. Brooks Co doesn’t want to play them period…

Decatur 4 Life

December 3rd, 2013
12:51 pm

GA Girl

No reason for me to be mad at anyone, I’m just stating my opinion about the rule. Regardless it doesn’t matter to me whether they play in Timbuktu or at Lovett, if Brooks lost the flip tell them to get ready to travel no matter where they’re playing. That was my point I would have the same opinion if Brooks won the toss and didn’t have a stadium that was big enough. Just sayin

GA Girl

December 3rd, 2013
1:14 pm

@Doesn’t Matter…thanks for the heads up!! It’s all about showing up and playing…I betcha Alabama thought they were going to win as well with Saban, huh??
@Decature 4 Life…lets speak hypothetically, let’s say Brooks had won and their stadium wasn’t big enough and Lovett’s was, how do you think the GHSA would respond??

ron

December 3rd, 2013
2:59 pm

I’m sure this has been brought up, there should be no coin flip, the team with the best record gets to play home. Why should Waco have had to travel to Blessed Trinity with a 12-0 record while Blessed Trinity had a 10-2 record. You punish the team with the best record,GHSA needs to revamp there rules. Wouldn’t an undefeated Waco team would have preferred to play home rather than hit the road with their fan base,costing them unnecessary expenses.

GHSA

December 3rd, 2013
3:17 pm

@SMYRNA – the GHSA changed the requirement a couple/few years ago. Before, permanent seating needed to be 2500 for AA. Now, the schools are allowed to use temporary seating to get to the required amount. Nothing nefarious to see here…we can move along

BTHomerDad

December 3rd, 2013
7:55 pm

Ron – the reason why there is a coin flip is because of strength of schedule. Cartersville was undefeated but the Region 6 3rd Seed St. Pius beat them handily – heck, the week before a #4 seed almost beat them. It is what it is. Some years you get the flip others you don’t. Just focus on beating Ringgold this Friday and get to the Dome ready to beat the recruiting machine of the University of Buford.

BTHomerDad

December 3rd, 2013
8:04 pm

Isn’t it odd that a school that charges $25,000 for tuition can’t provide 2,500 in seating permanently? I know Lovett’s Home Side is nice but the issue is the space between the field and the river for the visitors. But regardless, Lovett could afford to rent out the Georgia Dome for their game if needed so not sure why anyone should be worrying about Lovett seating. Besides, Lovett is coached by Muschamp and this is probably his last year at Lovett as rumor has it he is going South to take over the Offense for his brother at U of F. He certainly could do a better job than Pease!