Top-left quadrant: Top-ranked Sandy Creek is a heavy favorite in the boys bracket and will face Carver-Atlanta, Region 5′s No. 4 seed, in the first round. The other No. 1 seed in the top-left quadrant is No. 4 Johnson-Savannah, a team that could provide a challenge for Sandy Creek in the quarterfinals if both teams continue to advance. White County, ranked 10th, will host Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe in the first round, and a victory would produce a likely matchup against Sandy Creek.
Top-right quadrant: Three ranked programs – No. 7 Salem, No. 9 Dawson County and No. 3 Windsor Forest – will fight for supremacy of the quadrant. If Salem and Dawson County win their first-round games, the two teams will meet in the second round for a chance at a possible quarterfinal matchup with No. 3 Windsor Forest. Windsor would have to beat Upson-Lee and either Harlem or Appling County in the first two rounds to meet the winners of Oconee County/Salem and North Murray/Dawson County.
Bottom-left quadrant: Hart County’s boys will face Franklin County in the first round, and if the second-ranked Bulldogs win out in the first two rounds, the quarterfinal opponent could be No. 8 Peach County, the Region 2 No. 1 seed.
Bottom-right quadrant: No. 5 Cross Creek and No. 6 LaFayette are the two No. 1 seeds. Cross Creek took the Region 4 title, and LaFayette won Region 6. LaFayette will meet North Hall in the first round, and Cross Creek plays Tattnall County.
Boys first-round schedule
R4 #3 Hephzibah at R1 #2 Long County
R2 #4 Crisp County at R3 #1 No. 4 Johnson-Savannah
R6 #3 Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe at R7 #2 No. 10 White County
R8 #4 Franklin County at R5 #1 No. 1 Sandy Creek
R7 #3 Cherokee Bluff at R6 #2 Sonoraville
R5 #4 Carver-Atlanta at R8 #1 No. 2 Hart County
R1 #3 Pierce County at R4 #2 Thomson
R3 #4 Southeast Bulloch at R2 #1 No. 8 Peach County
R8 #3 Oconee County at R5 #2 No. 7 Salem
R6 #4 North Murray at R7 #1 No. 9 Dawson County
R2 #3 Upson-Lee at R3 #2 No. 3 Windsor Forest
R4 #4 Harlem at R1 #1 Appling County
R3 #3 Groves at R2 #2 Americus-Sumter
R1 #4 Tattnall County at R4 #1 No. 5 Cross Creek
R5 #3 GAC at R8 #2 Monroe Area
R7 #4 North Hall at R6 #1 No. 6 LaFayette
Bottom-left quadrant: Upson-Lee enters the tournament after a 20-0 run through the regular season and is in the hunt for the program’s second state championship. It’s safe to say the Knights are the team to beat between now and March 12.
The top-ranked Knights were scheduled to play the No. 4 seed from Region 3, but following the Beach/Savannah fight, Upson will enjoy a bye in the first round. No. 9 Stephens County is also in the bottom-left and will host Redan in the first round. If Stephens beats Redan, it likely will meet No. 8 Coahulla Creek in the second round. The winner of that game likely will face Upson-Lee in the quarterfinals.
Top-left quadrant: No. 6 Johnson-Savannah and No. 10 Greater Atlanta Christian are the No. 1 seeds. Johnson will face Pike County in the first round and then either Burke or Tattnall. GAC will host Oconee County and then face either Ringgold or Gilmer in the second round.
Top-right quadrant: No. 5 Westminster and No. 2 Lumpkin County will need to win one game for a meeting between two top-5 teams. Neither program advanced past the first round last season. Westminster hosts Franklin County and Lumpkin hosts Rockmart in the first round.
Bottom-right quadrant: Three ranked programs lead the pack – No. 7 Americus-Sumter, No. 3 Cross Creek and No. 4 Sonoraville. Americus-Sumter and Cross Creek will meet in the second round, if both programs survive their first-round games, and Sonoraville will have to beat North Hall and then Sandy Creek/East Jackson in the second round for a possible shot at Sonoraville or Cross Creek.
Girls first-round schedule
R4 #3 Burke County at R1 #2 Tattnall County
R2 #4 Pike County at R3 #1 No. 6 Johnson-Savannah
R6 #3 Ringgold at R7 #2 Gilmer County
R8 #4 Oconee County at R5 #1 No. 10 GAC
R7 #3 White County at R6 #2 No. 8 Coahulla Creek
R5 #4 Redan at R8 #1 No. 9 Stephens County
R1 #3 Brantley County at R4 #2 Morgan County
R3 #4 BYE at R2 #1 No. 1 Upson-Lee
R8 #3 Franklin County at R5 #2 No. 5 Westminster
R6 #4 Rockmart at R7 #1 No. 2 Lumpkin County
R2 #3 Jackson at R3 #2 Liberty County
R4 #4 Hephzibah at R1 #1 Pierce County
R3 #3 Southeast Bulloch at R2 #2 No. 7 Americus-Sumter
R1 #4 Appling County at R4 #1 No. 3 Cross Creek
R5 #3 Sandy Creek at R8 #2 East Jackson
R7 #4 North Hall at R6 #1 No. 4 Sonoraville