R6#2 Hapeville Charter @ R8#1 Jefferson
Both teams shutout their opponents in the first round, but the games could not have been any more different. Hapeville Charter advanced with a 6-0 victory over Heritage-Catoosa, whereas No. 2 ranked Jefferson cruised to a 65-0 blowout over Mt. Zion. Jefferson has one of the top rushing attacks in the state, however, when the Dragons decide to throw the ball they do so with incredible efficiency. For example, in Jefferson’s last two games of the regular season, all three of their completed passes went for touchdowns. Jefferson won its first-ever state title in 2012 and Hapeville Charter won its first championship in 2017. This will be the first-ever meeting between the programs.
R4#2 Baldwin @ R2#1 Carver-Columbus
Baldwin quarterback Derrick Lewis connected with Kirtavious Hightower for the game-winning score in last week’s 36-30 win over Thomas County Central. No. 3 ranked Carver-Columbus impressed in their 26-3 win over Jenkins and improved their overall record to 9-0. Quarterback DJ Riles and Jaiden Credle accounted for all four Tigers touchdown in the first-round victory. Carver-Columbus has a 3-1 all-time edge in the series and took the last contest 28-19 when the teams met in 2009.
R8#3 North Oconee @ R7#1 Cedartown
North Oconee is coming off its thrilling 41-35 win over Fayette County, while Cedartown is fresh off an unexpected bye in the first round after Arabia Mountain was forced to forfeit. North Oconee’s offense has averaged 32.2 ppg this season and Cedartown has lit up the scoreboard with a 34.4 ppg average. Defensively, Cedartown has the edge with a 12.1 ppg average to the Titans 26.6 ppg. As for the matchup itself, this will be the first-ever meeting between the programs.
R3#2 Islands @ R1#1 Bainbridge
Islands rallied past Hardaway with 22 unanswered points to score its 22-18 first-round victory. Bainbridge was in control throughout its opener and dispatched Westside-Macon 42-0. The No. 6 ranked Bearcats carry a seven-game winning streak into kickoff and have not lost within the classification this season. This will be the first-ever meeting between the programs.
R2#2 LaGrange @ R4#1 Perry
LaGrange pulled out a hard-fought 30-26 win over New Hampstead in the first round and Perry took care of business with a 30-14 win over Westover. These teams have split their previous two meetings 1-1 and this will be their first time playing since 2007. LaGrange will look to advance past the second round for the first time since 2008 under its first-year head coach Matt Napier. As for Perry, the Panthers are looking to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2007.
R8#2 Flowery Branch @ R6#1 Marist
No. 5 Flowery Branch at No. 1 Marist is the lone top 10 matchup on the second-round slate. These two programs occupied the same Region 7 over the past two seasons and Marist took both matchups—defeating the Falcons 27-0 in 2019 and 20-0 in 2018. Marist was a 49-0 winner over Central-Carroll in the first round and Flowery Branch is coming off a strong 40-7 win over Luella. Like their previous two matchups, this will be the third time that both teams were ranked heading into kickoff.