Three of the most prestigious football programs in Middle Georgia will take the field Friday one win away from earning a spot in state championship games.
Northside, Peach County and Warner Robins -- three team that have combined to win six state championships since 2003 -- would advance to respective title games Dec. 9-10 at the Georgia Dome with wins.
The second-ranked Eagles (13-0) host No. 1 Tucker (13-0) at McConnell-Talbert Stadium in the GHSA Class AAAA semifinals; Peach County (12-1) hosts Cairo (11-2) at Anderson Stadium in the Class AAA semifinals; Warner Robins (11-2) travels to Lovejoy (13-0) in the other Class AAAA semifinal.
Peach County is seeking its fourth state championship appearance since 2005. The Trojans won championships each of the first three times.
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Warner Robins last played at the Georgia Dome in 2006, when it lost in the state semifinals to Peachtree Ridge. The Demons haven’t played for a state championship since a 2004 title game victory over Statesboro.
Northside has played for the state championship four times since 2005.
With two schools playing in the semifinals, Houston County is one of just three counties in the state with more than one school still alive. The other two counties -- Gwinnett has Buford and Grayson left and Cobb has Lassiter and Walton remaining -- are two of the five most populated in the state. When Peach County is mixed in, no other region in the state can boast three semifinalist schools within 20 miles of one another.
With wins Friday, Northside and Warner Robins would play for the Class AAAA championship. It would be the second such instance since 1990 of two schools from the same city playing each other -- Thomasville and Thomas County Central met in the 1993 Class AAA championship game.