No. 6 Rome and No. 8 Riverwood were two of the three top-10 Class 6A teams to fall. The other was No. 10 Creekview, which lost to No. 7 Carrollton 47-28 in the only matchup of top-10 teams in the 6A first round. No other classification had more than two of its ranked teams knocked out.
Class 6A also had five upsets in the first round, according to the computer Maxwell Ratings. There were 17 upsets overall last weekend, but no other classification had more than two.
Douglas County was a 19-point underdog against Riverwood, and Johns Creek was an eight-point underdog against Rome. It should be noted that neither result was shocking, however, because Douglas County and Johns Creek both spent time in the top 10 during the regular season.
Other Class 6A upsets were Evans over Houston County, Lovejoy over Richmond Hill and Shiloh over Allatoona. Coincidentally, all of them scored 19 points.
Evans was a 15-point underdog and won 19-10. Lovejoy was a two-point underdog and won 19-14. Shiloh was a nine-point underdog and won 19-14, handing Allatoona its first home playoff loss since 2010.
Two other teams made history by advancing to the second round.
Region 6 champion Kennesaw Mountain, which opened in 2000, collected the first playoff victory in school history when it defeated Lanier 49-21.
Region 3 champion Alcovy, opened in 2006, is in the second round for the first time after getting a first-round bye. The Tigers are making their sixth appearance in the playoffs and still seeking their first victory. It won’t be easy, as they host fifth-ranked Westlake this week.
Lovejoy and Shiloh also ended long second-round droughts. Lovejoy advanced past the first round for the first round for the first time since 2016. Shiloh picked up its first playoff victory since David Pollack led the Generals to the quarterfinals in 2000.
Evans 19, Houston County 10
Johns Creek 31, Rome 27
Dacula 36, Pope 12
Brunswick 60, Tucker 26
Northside-Warner Robins 35, Lakeside-Evans 3
Douglas County 24, Riverwood 17
Shiloh 19, Allatoona 14
Hughes 42, Glynn Academy 14
Westlake 45, Effingham County 3
Kennesaw Mountain 49, Lanier 21
Carrollton 47, Creekview 28
Lovejoy 19, Richmond Hill 14
Buford 38, Kell 14
Cambridge 50, South Paulding 29
Lee County 57, Grovetown 12
Second-round games (all games Friday)
(R7 #4) Johns Creek at (R3 #2) Evans
(R8 #2) Dacula at (R2 #1) Brunswick
(R5 #4) Douglas County at (R1 #2) Northside-Warner Robins
(R8 #3) Shiloh at (R4 #1) Hughes
(R4 #2) Westlake at (R6 #1) Kennesaw Mountain
(R5 #2) Carrollton at (R3 #1) Alcovy
(R4 #3) Lovejoy at (R8 #1) Buford
(R7 #2) Cambridge at (R1 #1) Lee County