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Thursday January 20th, 2022 2:19AM

Football: GHSA playoffs set to begin; three big matchups headline radio lineup

By Bo Wilson Sports Editor

The road to Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta officially begins on Friday, and Saturday for some teams, as the Georgia High School Association's state playoffs begin around the state.

More than a dozen area teams enter the playoffs with high hopes of advancing in the quest for the state championship. 

Three games highlight the Jacobs Media airways, and all three should provide fans with plenty of excitement. 


Flowery Branch at Mays... Flowery Branch has shown improvement over the last four weeks of the season and has been under the radar in the trek toward the playoffs. The Falcons are now 11th in scoring in Class 4A, averaging 31.5 points per game, but have averaged almost 40 ppg over the last four games. They'll travel to Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta to take on Mays, the No. 2 seed out of Region 6-4A. Mays has struggled offensively, averaging just 14.2 points per game, and the defense is ranked near the bottom of Class 4A. If the offense, led by quarterback David Renard continues the upward trend, the Falcons could be dancing into the second round. You can hear that game on WDUN AM 550. (Click to listen live)

GAC at Cherokee Bluff...  Greater Atlanta Christian has owned Northeast Georgia teams over the last 39 meetings. The Spartans are 38-1 against currently Region 7-3A programs. GAC dominated the Bears in the first two meetings by a combined score of 80-7. However, the Bears are firmly off the ground since then. Cherokee Bluff is the top-scoring team in Class 3A and is ranked fourth in defense, giving up just 8.9 ppg. GAC has struggled this season in a tough Region 5-3A, allowing 30.8 ppg, while only scoring 19.8 ppg. Will the strength of schedule favor GAC? Will the mystic of GAC mess with Bluff? Those questions will be answered on Friday.  You can listen to the game on WDUN FM 102.9. (Click to listen live)

And North Hall at Carver-Atlanta...  North Hall has the toughest game of the three games on the radio when they take on No. 7 Carver-Atlanta at Henderson Stadium on Friday. The Trojans struggled last week in a 26-8 loss to Dawson County in Dawsonville. But the Trojans still lead Class 3A in rushing, averaging just over 320 yards per game, and have Class 3A's third-best rusher Kevin Rochester leading the bruising rushing attack. The Trojans know how to win in the first round of the playoffs, having won three straight. Carver is just 2-9 in the 11 first-round appearances. The Trojans will need the wing-T clicking on all cylinders in this one. The game can be heard live on FM 94.5 The Lake. (Click to listen live)

Friday Game Night will keep you in tune with all of these contests and more. Be sure to check in with us throughout the night and keep up with live scoring on Twitter: @FridayGameNight.

FIRST-ROUND FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
(Games listed by date and classification, highest to smallest)
(Games listed by visiting team in alphabetical order)
(All kickoffs at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

(Area teams highlighted in bold)

FRIDAY, Nov. 12
CLASS 5A
Jackson County (R8, S4) at Villa Rica (R6, S1)

CLASS 4A
Hapeville (R6, S3) at Jefferson (R8, S2)
Flowery Branch (R8, S3) at Mays (R6, S2), 8 p.m. at Lakewood Stadium, Atlanta

CLASS 3A
GAC (R5, S4) at Cherokee Bluff (R7, S1)
Sandy Creek (R5, S3) at Dawson County (R7, S2)
North Hall (R7, S3) at Carver-Atlanta (R5, S2) at Henderson Stadium, Atlanta
White County (R7, S4) at Cedar Grove (R5, S1)

CLASS 2A
Pace Academy (R6, S4) at Rabun County (R8, S1)
Union County (R8, S3) at Lovett (R6, S2)
Banks County (R8, S4) at South Atlanta (R6, S1), 5:30 p.m. at Lakewood Stadium, Atlanta

GAPPS 8-man
Sherwood Christian (3) at Lanier Christian (2)


SATURDAY, Nov. 13
CLASS 6A
Kell (R6, S4) at Buford (R8, S1), 5:30 p.m.

CLASS A PUBLIC
Commerce (R8, S4) at Bowdon (R6, S1), 7 p.m.
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