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This week: 4 area HS football teams still standing in playoffs
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Four area teams are headed into the third round of the Georgia High School Association state football playoffs after wins Friday.

North Hall and Jefferson host for the third straight week, while Gainesville and Buford will once again be away after road wins last week.

The No. 2 seed Red Elephants (9-3), now in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals a year after reaching the Class AAA semifinals, play top seed Harris County (8-4) on Friday in Hamilton. Gainesville rallied for a 61-42 win over Kell to advance, while Harris County held off Warner Robins 31-21.

In Class AAA, No. 1 seed North Hall (10-2) is back in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 after a 13-9 win over Morgan County. The Trojans host No. 2 seed Peach County (11-1) on Friday at The Brickyard. Peach County lost in the state championship game to Burke County last season, two years after defeating Gainesville 13-12 in the 2009 title game.

Also in Class AAA, No. 2 seed Buford (9-3) shut down North Oconee 13-0 to set up a rematch of last season’s Class AA semifinal game against No. 1-seed Carver-Columbus (11-1) in Columbus. The Wolves won 28-13 last season and advanced to the state title game before falling to Calhoun.

In Class AA, top-seeded Jefferson (11-1) returned to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1977 with a 35-7 win over Westminster last Friday and hosts No. 1 seed Fitzgerald (10-2) at Memorial Stadium.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: The week gets going Tuesday with an intriguing matchup between two Hall County teams.

Class A Lakeview Academy plays at 6 p.m. against Class AAAA Johnson in Oakwood.

In the girls game it’s a matchup of two of the biggest surprises last season, while the boys game (following the girls) features two of the better teams in the county and one of the more interesting individual matchups.

Senior Montrell McKenzie, Johnson’s 6-foot-6 center who led the area in blocked shots and rebounds per game last season, goes up against 6-8 senior center Austin Montgomery, who led the Lions with 17 points and eight rebounds per game last season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Georgia may own bragging rights in the state after its 42-10 victory against Georgia Tech on Saturday in Athens, but both teams are still headed to conference championship games.

The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) play No. 2 Alabama (11-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the SEC Championship game, which can be seen on CBS.

The Yellow Jackets (6-6) play No. 10 Florida State (10-2) at 8 p.m. Saturday in Charlotte for the ACC Championship game, which will air on ESPN.

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