Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and State Senator Ross Tolleson, R-Perry, placed a friendly wager Thursday that their hometown high school football team will win the Class AAA state playoffs on Friday night.
Cagle is rooting for North Hall High School in Hall County while Tolleson is cheering on Perry High School in Houston County. Cagle was a football standout at Johnson High School and played one season at Georgia Southern University.
North Hall and Perry High School are scheduled to meet in the quarterfinals Friday evening at The Brickyard at North Hall High School. The winner will advance to the semifinals, which will be played Dec. 8 in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
“While I applaud the hard work both the North Hall and Perry football teams have put forth this season, I am confident our team has what it takes to win. There is no doubt that my good friend Senator Tolleson has become accustomed to Perry High School’s winning streak, but that is about to end tomorrow night. I look forward to seeing Sen. Tolleson wearing a North Hall jersey. The Trojan green will look great on him,” Cagle said.
“The Perry Panthers have had a great season and I certainly expect them to keep that momentum up on Friday night. I’m sure it will be an exciting game and the lieutenant governor will be calling me (Friday) night to congratulate us on yet another victory,” Tolleson said. The elected official representing the losing team will don the winning team’s jersey.
The winning team’s principal, coach, key players and mascot will be invited to the state capitol to meet Cagle and Tolleson.