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This Week: Five local programs still playing in football playoffs

POSTED: November 18, 2012 10:32 p.m.

Some impressive high school football playoff streaks are alive and well for Friday’s contests. Commerce (5-5) is ready to make its 16th consecutive playoff appearance as Class A’s state tournament opens Friday, Buford (8-3) is in the second round of the postseason for the 14th consecutive season, while Gainesville (8-3) is in the Round of 16 for the fifth straight season.

Local programs are still playing in the football playoffs from Class AAAAA down to the Class A Tigers. In Class AAAAA, the Red Elephants are prepping for a trip to Kell (10-1) on Friday in Marietta.

The Longhorns, who won their first-round game in the final seconds against Southwest DeKalb last week, haven’t lost since a 42-13 defeat at the hands of Lassiter in September.

In Class AAA, North Hall (9-2) and Buford (8-3) are still playing after first-round victories. The Trojans, coming off their first playoff victory since 2009, play host to Morgan County (9-2) on Friday at The Brickyard.

The Wolves visit Region 8-AAA champion North Oconee (10-1) on Friday in Bogart.

The Titans put together an impressive regular season, winning four times by more than 40 points and only losing in the season opener against St. Pius X on Sept. 7.

Similar to North Oconee, Region 8-AA champion Jefferson (10-1) has also won 10 straight dating back to an opening-day loss. The Dragons are in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2009, when they carried a 10-1 record into a second-round loss against eventual state champion Buford.

In Class A, Commerce has the longest trip of any local program, traveling 288 miles south to face Seminole County in Donalsonville. The Region 1-A champion Indians went undefeated in region play this season, while the Tigers went just 1-5. This is the first season of a split 16-team playoff bracket for public and private schools in the smallest classification of the Georgia High Schools Association.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Local programs are getting tuned up with games in a number of early-season tournaments. Schools hosting tournaments include White County, Jefferson and Jackson County. The East Hall and Lakeview Academy girls are also playing games at Piedmont College starting today.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The Georgia Bulldogs have put themselves in a desirable position for the rest of the season, but want to take care of an instate rival. On Saturday, Georgia (10-1) plays host to Georgia Tech (6-5) on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon on ESPN.

The Bulldogs have already secured a berth in the Southeastern Conference Championship game, likely against Alabama (10-1). The winner of the SEC Championship game will likely earn a spot in the national championship game, after No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon both lost Saturday.


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