In summary, the Bleckley offense is loaded.
But you can say the same for Brooks County, whose playoff prowess has been consistent with a roster filled with players who have been to the finals -- and won a championship -- in each of the past three seasons.
It’s a tough first-round draw.
Brooks is the defending champion in Class A Public. The Trojans are trying to weather the loss of quarterback Jamal Sanders, who has been replaced by Javen Watts. But experience and depth are ever-present for Brooks.
Maurice Freeman famously coached Brooks to its first-ever title in 1994, his first season as head coach, before leaving in 1997. He returned to Brooks in 2018 and has taken the program to great heights, which culminated in last year’s state title, the second for Brooks County.
In other Class A Division I games: Top-ranked Prince Avenue Christian faces Mount Vernon in the top-right quadrant. Assuming the Wolverines win, it might face No. 7 Elbert County in the second round and possibly No. 9 Metter in the quarters.
In the bottom-left quadrant, No. 2 Swainsboro, No. 3 Rabun County and No. 10 Whitefield Academy will fight for the semifinal spot. Swainsboro opens against Region 1 No. 4 Bacon County, and Whitefield travels to Region 5 No. 2 Social Circle.
In the top-left quadrant, No. 4 Irwin hosts Jefferson County and would face the Heard/Bryan County winner if it advances. Past that, it’s likely Irwin will face No. 6 Darlington in the quarters.
Class A Division II: Top-ranked Bowdon is in the top-left quadrant and plays host to Aquinas in the first round. Also in the quadrant are No. 9 Emanuel County Institute, No. 8 Manchester and No. 4 Early County. If Bowdon wins in the first round, it likely will meet Manchester in the second round.
Clinch County, ranked No. 2, starts the playoffs in the top-right quadrant against Mitchell County. Also grouped with Clinch is No. 7 McIntosh County Academy, a likely second-round opponent, and No. 3 Johnson County.
In the bottom-left quadrant, No. 6 Charlton County will face Seminole County and could advance to play the Jenkins County/Dooly County winner. Also in the quadrant, Lincoln County enjoys a Bye and will face the Wilkinson/Macon County winner in the second round.
In the bottom-right quadrant, No. 5 Schley County is one of the favorites. It will begin its playoffs against Georgia Military and then could face he Washington-Wilkes/Mount Zion-Carroll winner. At the top of that bracket, Wilcox County will face Montgomery County and Lanier County will meet Miller County.
Class A Division I (Friday)
R5 #3 Jasper Co. at R6 #2 Mount Pisgah Christian
R8 #4 Athens Christian at R7 #1 Darlington
R3 #3 Bryan Co. at R4 #2 Heard Co.
R2 #4 Jefferson Co. at R1 #1 Irwin Co.
R6 #3 Whitefield Academy at R5 #2 Social Circle
R7 #4 Dade Co. at R8 #1 Rabun Co.
R4 #3 Crawford Co. at R3 #2 Screven Co.
R1 #4 Bacon Co. at R2 #1 Swainsboro
R1 #3 Pelham at R2 #2 Dublin
R4 #4 Temple at R3 #1 Metter
R7 #3 Pepperell at R8 #2 Elbert Co.
R6 #4 Mount Vernon at R5 #1 Prince Avenue Christian
R2 #3 Bleckley Co. at R1 #2 Brooks Co.
R3 #4 Claxton at R4 #1 Lamar Co.
R8 #3 Commerce at R7 #2 Trion
R5 #4 Oglethorpe Co. at R6 #1 St. Francis
Class A Division II (Friday)
R5 #3 Hancock Central at R6 #2 Manchester
R8 #4 Aquinas at R7 #1 Bowdon
R3 #3 Emanuel Co. Institute at R4 #2 Telfair Co.
R2 #4 Turner Co. at R1 #1 Early Co.
R6 #3 Macon Co. at R5 #2 Wilkinson Co.
R8 #1 Lincoln Co. bye
R4 #3 Dooly Co. at R3 #2 Jenkins Co.
R1 #4 Seminole Co. at R2 #1 Charlton Co.
R1 #3 Mitchell Co. at R2 #2 Clinch Co.
R4 #4 Wheeler Co. at R3 #1 McIntosh Co. Academy
R7 #3 Christian Heritage at R8 #2 Greene Co.
R6 #4 Chattahoochee Co. at R5 #1 Johnson Co.
R2 #3 Lanier Co. at R1 #2 Miller Co.
R3 #4 Montgomery Co. at R4 #1 Wilcox Co.
R8 #3 Washington-Wilkes at R7 #2 Mount Zion-Carroll
R5 #4 Georgia Military at R6 #1 Schley Co.