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High school football: Area teams bound for the playoffs
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Eight area high school football teams have earned the right to suit up at least one more Friday night, earning a berth in the GHSA state playoffs, which begin Friday night at sites throughout the state.

Three local teams nabbed playoff spots in Region 7-AAA, including Gainesville, which won the region championship with a victory over Flowery Branch. The Falcons will take the No. 3 seed.

As winners of the 7A-AAA subregion, North Hall gets the No. 2 seed and will play at The Brickyard on Friday night.

Other matchups are listed below. The higher seeded teams will play at home.

Check The Times and throughout next week for previews and feature stories on all of the area playoff teams.

GHSA state playoffs

Region 8-A vs. 7-A

No. 1 Wesleyan vs. No. 4 Warren County

No. 2 Athens Academy vs. No. 3 Wash.-Wilkes

No. 3 Commerce vs. No. 2 Wilkinson County

No. 4 Social Circle vs. No. 1 Lincoln County

Region 6-AA vs. 5-AA

No. 1 Buford vs. No. 4 Heard County

No. 2 Lovett vs. No. 3 Macon County

No. 3 Westminster vs. No. 2 Pike County

No. 4 Greater Atl. Christian vs. No. 1 Callaway

Region 8-AA vs. 7-AA

No. 1 Jefferson vs. No. 4 Chattooga

No. 2 North Oconee vs. No. 3 Rockmart

No. 3 Riverside vs. No. 2 Pepperell

No. 4 Banks County vs. No. 1 Calhoun

Region 7-AAA vs. 8-AAA

No. 1 Gainesville vs. No. 4 Oconee County

No. 2 North Hall vs. No. 3 Hart County

No. 3 Flowery Branch vs. No. 2 Stephens Co.

No. 4 Creekview vs. No. 1 Eastside

Region 8-AAAA vs. 7-AAAA

No. 1 Loganville vs. No. 4 Hiram

No. 2 Clarke Central vs. No. 3 Sequoyah

No. 3. Cedar Shoals vs. No. 2 Rome

No. 4 Apalachee vs. No. 1 Sprayberry

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