AA blog: What to look for Friday
Here’s what to look for Friday in Class AA:
- A pair of 13-0 teams from the left side of the state playoffs bracket will meet in the semifinals when the No. 1-ranked Lamar County Trojans host the No. 6-ranked Benedictine Cadets. Both the Trojans and Cadets are No. 1 seeds and the Trojans won the coin flip that determined home-field advantage. With the game in Barnesville, the Cadets will make a three-hour, 200-mile commute from Savannah to play the first semifinal game in school history. Last week, the Cadets defeated Calhoun 35-14 in what was actually their closest game of the season. The Trojans are in the state semifinals for the second time in school history – and second year in a row – but have never reached the finals. They defeated defending state-champion Jefferson 35-24 after trailing at halftime for the first time this season. Benedictine and Lamar County have played just once before – last year in the second round of the state playoffs. Lamar County hosted and won 24-21.
- The right side of the bracket also pins two No. 1 seeds against each other, as the No. 2-ranked Lovett Lions host the No. 7-ranked Brooks County Trojans. Both teams are 12-1, but it’s the Trojans that are stuck with a 3-hour, 45-minute bus ride to Atlanta, 200 miles outside their home in Quitman. The Trojans beat Bowdon 42-26 in the quarterfinals. They’re in the semifinals for the fifth time in school history and first time since 2008. The Lions edged Laney 35-33 last week and are in the semifinals for the fifth time since coach Mike Muschamp arrived in 2005 and first time since 2010. The all-time series between the Trojans and Lions is 1-1, with both games coming in the quarterfinals and both being played at Brooks County. The Trojans won in 2008 and Lovett won in 2010.
Before the playoffs started, I posted my predictions. I correctly picked three of the four quarterfinalists, missing only Benedictine. My pick for the state championship matchup – Lamar County vs. Lovett – is still intact as well.
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