BUFORD — Class 6A has proven to be the most unpredictable classification so far in the Georgia High School Association playoffs.
Only three region champs have managed to navigate their way to Friday's quarterfinals. Three lower-seeded teams won again last week making eight the number of upset wins in the first two rounds. One No. 4 seed -- Johns Creek -- is still alive.
However, two of the three region champs -- No. 1 Buford and No. 2 Lee County -- will meet in Leesburg and one of the top two ranked teams in Class 6A will be gone. It also is a rematch of last year's state championship game.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. and you can hear the action live on WDUN AM 550 beginning with the pregame show at 7 p.m.
Five of the top 10 ranked teams at the end of the regular season are still playing but four are on one side of the bracket and only two will be left standing.
Regions 8 and 1 each have two teams into the Elite 8 while Regions 2, 3, and 6 did not have any teams advance out of the second round. ... Three more lower seeds won, including No. 4 seed Johns Creek, last week. Only three region champs -- Lee County (Region 1), Hughes (Region 4), Buford (region 8) -- advanced to the quarterfinals, the lowest amount of the 8 classifications. ... Look for plenty of offense in this round. The top five and 6 of the top 7 offensive teams advanced. Lee County leads 6A in scoring (519, 43.2 ppg). ... The top 2 defense (Buford and Hughes) and 3 of the top 4 defenses are left but that’s it. The other 5 teams all have given up 218 points or more on the season. Buford leads the classification in defense allowing just 7.0 ppg. ... Hughes is into its 2nd straight quarterfinals but has never advanced to the semifinals. ... Johns Creek is the only No. 4 seed left and just 1 of 2 in the state (Class A Public Manchester). ... Regions 1, 4, and 8 each have two teams left and Regions 5 and 7 have 1 left each. ... Carrollton is making its 6th straight quarterfinal appearance, the Trojans' 2nd-best ever streak surpassed only by a 10-year run to the semfinals or better from 1959 to 1968.
BUFORD at LEE COUNTY
-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Trojan Field, Leesburg
-- RADIO: WDUN AM 550
-- BUFORD (11-1 Region 8, Seed 1): Defeated Lovejoy 44-7 in the second round
-- LEE COUNTY (11-1, Region 1, Seed 1): Defeated Cambridge 42-39 in the second round
-- NOTABLE: Buford leads series 1-0. ... The Wolves won 34-31 in overtime in the 2020 Class 6A state finals. ... This is the matchup everyone in Class 6A has wanted but just not this early. The two teams have been ranked Nos. 1 & 2 all season and seemed destined for a rematch. ... The Trojans have put together one of the best 5-year runs of anyone in the state. They had never gotten past the 2nd round in their history until 2016 but now are into their 5th-straight Elite 8 round and have advanced to three title games with two state championships. ... Also during that run, they are 16-1 at home in the playoffs, but their only loss in that stretch came to another Region 8 team, Dacula in 2019. ... The Wolves are 3-0 in road playoff games under Bryant Appling. ... Buford is into its 22nd straight Elite 8 spanning six classifications and is 18-3 in the quarterfinals over that span. ... The obvious matchup, much like last year’s title game, pits the Trojans No. 1 offense (519, 43.2 ppg) vs. the Wolves No. 1 defense (84, 7.0 ppg). ... Buford is yielding less than 100 yards/game on the ground but will face its biggest challenge of the season. Fr. RB Ousmane Kromah had 259 yards and 2 TDs last week rushing, nearly half of their 543 total yards. Kromah has 1,663 yards and 20 TDs this season.
QUARTERFINAL ROUND PLAYOFFS FOR Nov. 26
(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)
FRIDAY, Nov. 26
Buford (Region 8, Seed 1) at Lee County (Region 1, Seed 1)
Rabun County (R8, S1) at Thomasville (R1, S1)