Westside at Vidalia
The 5-5 Patriots are definitely in a slump, considering they’ve lost four games in a row. But Westside still made the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Unfortunately for the Patriots, it will be a short experience.
Bacon County at Screven County
Region champion Screven County is 9-1 thanks to bruising back Jeremy Johnson. Now the Gamecocks have to play fourth-seeded Bacon County. The two have met twice before, but that was back in 1996 and 1997. Expect this to be a close one.
Screven County, 21-14
Benedictine at Laney
The Wildcats have a home playoff game for the second year in a row. They’ll also try to win a playoff game in back-to-back years, something that hasn’t happened since 2005-2006. Laney’s explosiveness is the difference.
Bowdon at Washington-Wilkes
The Tigers, ranked No. 8 in the Class AA poll, have nine wins this season, a total that matches their win total from the previous two seasons combined. But the challenge is to end a five-game losing streak in state playoff games.
Jackson at Thomson
Thomson, No. 1 in Class AAA, met Jackson in the first round of the playoffs just four years ago. The Bulldogs won 28-14 in that one and should get another victory here. Thomson will get a home playoff win after losing at home in the first round in 2011.
Pike County at Washington County
The Golden Hawks’ only loss this season was to Thomson, so Washington County is a very strong No. 2 seed. These two teams have never played each other before, but Washington County is home and has an explosive offense.
Washington County, 28-14
Jefferson County at Peach County
This is a tough matchup for the Warriors. Jefferson County plays a second seed, but Peach County is one of the best teams in Class AAA. The Trojans are 9-1, with the only loss coming to Carver (Columbus). Peach County reached the state final in 2011.
Peach County, 31-7
Perry at Burke County
The 9-1 Bears are on a roll behind quarterback Donquell Green and an improving supporting cast. The Panthers have three close losses, so while they may be a sneaky No. 4 seed, Burke County won’t lose.
Burke County, 42-21
Lakeside at Ware County
The Panthers are in the state playoffs for the third time in four seasons, so Lakeside is becoming a consistent playoff team. But knocking off the Gators would be an upset, as Ware County has won nine in a row and is sixth in the state.
Ware County, 34-10