By Craig Sager II
Six out of Georgia’s 14 semifinal games must determine sites and the teams will gather at GHSA headquarters Sunday morning for their high-stakes game of heads-or-tails. If one team does not have a stadium big enough to host a semifinals game, the team with a suitable venue will host. If neither can accommodate, a neutral site is determined.
In Class AAAAAA, there is an unusual No. 3 vs. No. 3 matchup with North Gwinnett and McEachern that will require a flip. Neither team had much of a chance for hosting a playoff game this year as a No. 3 seed, but the Indians or Bulldogs will be guaranteed a home game for the first time these playoffs.
Class AAAAA houses a semifinals field of four No. 1 seeds and three of the states’ remaining unbeaten teams. Kell and Creekside will flip for home field while Gainesville and Tucker flip for their site. Creekside is the only team that has played a road game this postseason, a 41-14 rout over North Paulding on Friday.
Class AAAA is already set with top seeds Marist and Griffin hosting Carrollton and Wayne County, respectively.
In Class AAA, No. 1 Buford and No. 1 Callaway had a deciding toss on Saturday for the approximately 103 miles that separates these two schools. Top ranked Buford won the toss and the Wolves will host Callaway at Tom Riden Stadium this Friday.
Class AA has a field of four No. 1 seeds and will require a flip between Lamar County and Benedictine and a flip between Lovett and Brooks County. Lamar County won the toss an Benedicitine will take a 207-mile trip on Friday, while Lovett and Brooks County’s toss merits almost 250 miles of traveling for their semifinals meeting.
Callaway at Buford
Benedictine at Lamar County