List: Teams making first second-round appearance in at least 5 years

Pebblebrook wide receiver Christian Vega (14) celebrates with teammate Craig Adams, Jr. (3) after Adams scores a touchdown in the first half of Friday's Pebblebrook-North Atlanta game at Pebblebrook.
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Pebblebrook wide receiver Christian Vega (14) celebrates with teammate Craig Adams, Jr. (3) after Adams scores a touchdown in the first half of Friday's Pebblebrook-North Atlanta game at Pebblebrook.

Credit: Daniel Varnado/Special to the AJC

Haralson County, Kennesaw Mountain and Luella won their first playoff games in history last week, and four others won first-round games for the first time since the GHSA went to 32-team playoff brackets in 1996. The “four others” require some explanation. Alcovy got a bye in the first round and can win its first playoff game ever this week against Carrollton. Athens Christian won playoff games in a previous century in another association, but the Eagles’ 42-39 victory over St. Francis was their first since joining the GHSA in 2000. Lithia Springs won a region playoff game in 1981, but Friday’s 30-27 victory over Apalachee was the school’s first in the state playoffs. Southeast Bulloch, with a 42-16 victory over Long County, won a playoff game for the first time since its 1973 Class C championship from a six-team bracket. Below are the schools in the modern second round for the first time in at least five seasons.

First - Alcovy

First - Athens Christian

First - Haralson County

First - Kennesaw Mountain

First - Lithia Springs

First - Luella

First - Southeast Bulloch

1997 - Columbia

1998 - Villa Rica

2000 - Shiloh

2002 - Westside (Augusta)

2005 - Dougherty

2006 - Pebblebrook

2010 - Putnam County

2012 - Whitewater

2013 - Ringgold

2014 - Harris County

2014 - Stephens County

2016 - Lovejoy

2016 - McIntosh County Academy

2016 - Spalding

2016 - Tattnall Square

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