The GHSA and GISA playoff brackets are complete after an incredibly successful season for football programs across the area.
Warner Robins, Northside and Houston County finished first, second and third, respectively, in GHSA Region 2-AAAAA. All three teams will square off with Region 4-AAAAA competitors in the opening round.
On Friday night, the Demons play host to Whitewater, which finished its season at 7-3 and advanced all the way to the fourth round of playoffs in 2012. Whitewaters playoff pedigree is a tough draw for a Warner Robins team that has lost just once this season and held its opponents to under 20 points in all but two games.
Northside will play Saturday at McConnell-Talbert Stadium against a McIntosh Chiefs team that last posted a winning season in 1995. Its total of eight wins already this season is a school record, but the potential of a rematch with Ware County in the next round could have some Eagles fans looking ahead.
Houston County will make the drive to Jonesboro on Friday as it squares off with the Mundys Mill Tigers. Both teams are back in the state playoffs for the first time since 2006 for the Bears and 2007 for the Tigers. Houston County finished the regular season on a four game winning streak.
The Veterans Warhawks are soaring into their first playoff appearance after winning seven straight games and clinching the GHSA Region 2-AAAA championship with a week to spare in the regular season.
They will host a Locust Grove team who won three overtime games this season, including a 20-19 victory over Jonesboro on Friday to clinch a playoff spot.
Peach County is also headed back to the state playoffs after finishing as the runner-up in Region 2-AAA.
Chapel Hill will travel to Fort Valley on Friday in its first trip to the area since it lost to Northside in the 2009 playoffs when it was a class-AAAAA school.
This years Trojans are a much younger team than Peach County is used to fielding, but the program still has plenty of postseason moxie under head coach Chad Campbell.
The Westfield Hornets will begin their quest toward a state championship when Trinity Christian-Sharpsburg returns to Perry Friday for the first time since last seasons 10-7 Westfield victory in the GISA AAA quarterfinals.
Head coach Ronnie Jones team has won nine straight games since falling to Tattnall on the opening weekend of the season. The Hornets finished just a game shy of the championship round in 2012.
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