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GHSA football playoff brackets almost set

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The GHSA is about to start its playoff fun in football.

Except for Class A, which will use power ratings to fill out its brackets, all the classifications had their tournaments nearly set on the GHSA Web site Saturday morning. Classes A-AAAAAA begin the playoffs Friday. Class A will start Nov. 23.

The local playoff teams are:

Class AA: Laney, Screven County, Washington-Wilkes, Westside.

Class AAA: Jefferson County, Thomson, Washington County.

Class AAAA: Burke County.

Class AAAAA: Lakeside.

On its Web site, the GHSA said the Class A brackets will be released Wednesday.

FAMILIAR FOE: When North Augusta plays at undefeated Greenwood in the second round of the Class AAAA Division II playoffs Friday night, the Yellow Jackets will know what to expect.

North Augusta coach Dan Pippin said his team has held scrimmages with the Eagles for the past five years.

“It’s a real physical scrimmage. That’s why we do it,” Pippin said. “They have a great coaching staff. There’s a lot of mutual respect between the programs.”

North Augusta will have to play more flawless than it did in its win over Nation Ford. The Yellow Jackets had two turnovers, committed eight penalties for 100 yards and also gave up a handful of big plays, including touchdown passes of 36 and 60 yards.

“Offensively, we’ve got to move the ball when we have a chance,” Pippin said. “Defensively, we’ve just got to cut down on those mental mistakes and those stupid penalties we made.”

MOVING ON: Al Lown didn’t know who Silver Bluff’s next playoff opponent would be immediately following a 17-0 win over Barnwell.

He figured either Bamberg-Ehrhardt or Woodland would be a tough matchup.

“Bamberg, we beat them 31-29 with six seconds to go. And Woodland barely lost to Bamberg,” he said. “So either one of those will be a tough game for us.”

Bamberg-Ehrhardt defeated Woodland 21-18 on Friday night and will travel to play the Bulldogs in the third round of the Class AA Division II playoffs.

Silver Bluff was dominant in the win over region rival Barnwell, but might have lost a valuable lineman in the process.

Left tackle Gyasi Yeldell suffered a torn MCL in the game, Lown said.

“That’s a big thing because we’re so thin up front,” he said.

Staff writers John Boyette and Chris Gay contributed to this story.

WEEKLY LEADERS

RUSHING: Brendan Douglas, Aquinas, 300 yards in 42-14 win over First Presbyterian.

PASSING: Hunter Banks, Lakeside, 209 yards in 40-19 loss to Warner Robins.

RECEIVING: Michael Almond, Westminster, 106 yards in 45-7 loss to Stratford


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