The first round of the state football playoffs claimed two undefeated teams as well as seven others ranked in the Top 10 last week, but those casualties were mild compared to what is likely in store for Round Two.
There are 10 games between Top 10 teams on Friday, four involving teams that are No. 1.
Colquitt County, No. 1 in Class AAAAAA, gets a visit from No. 4 Dacula. Other No. 1 teams tested at home will be Ware County in AAAAA vs. No. 7 Mays, Buford in AAAA vs. No. 9 Mary Persons and Greater Atlanta Christian in AA vs. No. 10 Lamar County.
The Colquitt County-Dacula game is one of three between top-five teams. The others are No. 2 Coffee at No. 4 Allatoona in AAAAA and No. 4 Marist at No. 2 Griffin in AAAA.
Four more games pit Top 10 teams. Those include No. 2 Grayson at No. 9 Tucker in AAAAAA, No. 9 Adairsville at No. 3 Blessed Trinity in AAA, No. 6 Westminster at No. 7 Central-Carroll in AAA and No. 3 Lovett at No. 6 Macon County in AA.
The opening round took its toll of nine Top 10 teams, including two that entered the postseason unbeaten. Lanier and Peach County lost in the first round Friday after 10-0 regular seasons.
That is not uncommon. A 10-0 team has lost in the first round 27 times since 1996, when the playoffs were expanded to 32 teams in each class.
Sequoyah, which beat fifth-ranked Lanier in a AAAAA game, had also beaten a 10-0 Tucker team in 2001. In AAA, Appling County ended fourth-ranked Peach County’s season at 10-1.
Other ranked teams that didn’t make it are No. 3 Valdosta, No. 5 North Gwinnett and No. 8 Mill Creek in AAAAAA, No. 10 Whitewater in AAAA, No. 10 Westside-Macon in AAA, No. 7 Darlington and No. 9 Thomasville in AA.
The Class A playoffs, which consist of public and private divisions, begin this week with their 16-team draws. All classes will be in the quarterfinals next week in the march to the state finals Dec 12-13 at the Georgia Dome.
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