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High school football notebook: Buford wins coin toss
Wolves to host Cook in AA quarterfinals
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To win a state championship, it always takes a little luck. This week for the No. 2 ranked Buford Wolves — who are going for their fourth straight Class AA title — luck was on their side.

The Region 6-AA champion Wolves advanced to their 11th consecutive quarterfinals Friday by thumping Callaway 52-14 at Tom Riden Stadium in Buford. But to keep home field advantage for next week, they had to win a coinflip over their quarterfinals opponent, Region 1-AA champion Cook.

Buford athletic director Dexter Wood confirmed the Wolves (11-1) won the coin toss. By winning the toss, the Wolves avoided a 237-mile bus ride.

That burden is now on the fourth-ranked Hornets (12-0), who must travel to face Buford for the second consecutive season at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Though the Wolves have been on a roll for more than three years now, they’re taking some serious momentum into the Cook game. They’ve scored a season-high 52 points the last two weeks — they beat Hart County 52-22 in the first round — and had a 38-0 halftime lead in both games.

Sophomore kicker David Petroni, the team’s leading scorer nearly all season, added 16 more points Friday with a touchdown (he recovered a fumble on a kickoff and returned it 16 yards), a field goal and seven PATs, bringing his total to 84. He is 56-for-59 in PATs and 7-for-9 on field goals for the year.

For the first time since 2003, Hall County will not have a representative in the quarterfinals. It also saw its streak of three straight semifinals, and back-to-back finals appearances end.

The only two county schools in the playoffs — Flowery Branch and Gainesville — were eliminated in the second round Friday.

White County fell short of setting the school record for wins in a season by one. The Warriors’ nine wins match their total from 1972, 1975 and 1985. They were also eliminated Friday with a loss to Grady.

The two biggest classes in the state are upside down. Only seven of the 20 AAAAA and AAAA teams that ended the season ranked are still playing. AAAAA’s top three — Camden County, North Gwinnett and McEachern — have been eliminated. AAAA’s No. 1-ranked Northside-Warner Robins and No. 2 Clarke Central are also out. ... Locally, Monroe Area is the only Region 8-AAA team still playing. The Purple Hurricanes (11-1), a No. 3 seed, defeated Woodward Academy 51-20 on Friday. Before this season, they had never won a playoff game (they lost the 1985 region final to Gainesville 9-7). The other Region 8 playoff teams — Class AAAA’s Flowery Branch and Clarke Central, Class AAA’s Gainesville and Class A’s Athens Academy — were eliminated Friday, and Class AA was eliminated in the first round. ... Camden County (Class AAAAA) is the only defending state champion already eliminated. The others — Sandy Creek (won AAAA, now in AAA), Peach County (AAA), Buford (AA) and Wilkinson County (A) still have a chance to repeat, and, as mentioned earlier, Buford has a chance to four-peat.

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