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First round schedule and projections

So let's make some high school football picks. The Class AAA bracket for the first round of the state playoffs is set. And below the first-round schedule that's listed up top? My projections for the matchups in Round 2.

Round 1

Region 4 No. 3-seed Jackson at Region 1 No. 2-seed Monroe, 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

R3 #4 Windsor Forest at R2 #1 Pierce County, 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

R6 #3 Haralson County at R7 #2 Dawson County, 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

R5 #4 Pace Academy at R8 #1 Monroe Area, 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

R1 #3 Cook County at R4 #2 Westside-Macon, 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

R2 #4 Tattnall County at R3 #1 Benedictine, 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

R7 #3 North Hall at R6 #2 Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

R8 #4 Hart County at R5 #1 Cedar Grove, 7:30 p.m. on Friday. 

R2 #3 Liberty County at R3 #2 Southeast Bulloch, 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

At Large Ringgold at R4 #1 Peach County, 8 p.m. on Friday. 

R5 #3 Westminster at R8 #2 Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

R6 #4 North Murray at R7 #1 Greater Atlanta Christian, 7:30 p.m. on Friday. 

R3 #3 Jenkins at R2 #2 Appling County, 7:30 p.m. on Friday. 

R4 #4 Pike County at R1 #1 Crisp County, 7:30 p.m. on Friday. 

R8 #3 Morgan County at R5 #2 Lovett, 7:30 p.m. on Friday. 

R7 #4 Fannin County at R6 #1 Calhoun, 7:30 p.m. on Friday. 

Round 2 (based on my projections):

R1 #2 Monroe at R2 #1 Pierce County

R7 #2 Dawson County at R8 #1 Monroe Area

R4 #2 Westside-Macon at R3 #1 Benedictine

R6 #2 Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe at R5 #1 Cedar Grove 

R3 #2 Southeast Bulloch at R4 #1 Peach County 

R5 #3 Westminster at R7 #1 Greater Atlanta Christian 

R3 #3 Jenkins at R1 #1 Crisp County 

R5 #2 Lovett at R6 #1 Calhoun

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