The victory over Coffee was Creekside’s first over a South Georgia team since 2006, ending a six-game losing streak in those games, and put the Seminoles in the second round for the fourth consecutive season. Coffee had won seven consecutive first-round games.
Hapeville Charter, a Class 4A team ranked No. 7 in preseason but discounted after a 1-5 start, beat No. 6 Jefferson 12-10 for the Hornets’ fifth consecutive win. Jefferson, the 2020 state runner-up, was No. 1 from preseason through an 8-0 start but lost two of its final three games. Hapeville was a 28-point underdog, according to the computer Maxwell Ratings.
Dawson County, an unranked Class 3A team, beat No. 7 Sandy Creek 36-27. Sandy Creek was coming off a victory last week against then-No. 1 Cedar Grove and was a 15-point favorite. But Dawson County (7-4) now has won first-round games each of the past seasons, only once while ranked.
Only two other top-10 teams lost.
Stephens County beat No. 9 Rockmart 27-13 in Class 3A. Rockmart (9-2) had just won its fifth consecutive region title, but Stephens County (8-3) came from tough Region 8, which also houses No. 1 Monroe Area and No. 2 Oconee County. Stephens County is in the second round for the first time since 2014.
In Class 2A, No. 4 Fitzgerald beat No. 9 Dodge County 15-6 - the exact score and outcome of a game they played Sept. 10.
The first round continued Saturday with Class 6A and classes A Public and A Private.