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Peach County students get Friday off for state championship game

Peach County players celebrate while listening to head coach Chad Campbell after their 28-23 semifinal win over Greater Atlanta Christian School on Friday night.
Peach County players celebrate while listening to head coach Chad Campbell after their 28-23 semifinal win over Greater Atlanta Christian School on Friday night. jvorhees@macon.com

Peach County schools will be closed Friday so fans can root for their home team in the 3A state football championship game.

Peach County High School beat Greater Atlanta Christian 28-23 in the semifinals Friday. Now, the Trojans will face Calhoun High School in the finals at 1 p.m. at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

It was a tough decision to call off school, but Peach County Superintendent Darly Fineran felt it was the right thing to do. He wanted to make sure students, staff and fans made it to the game safely.

“We’ve got so many participants and fans and staff who want to attend that game,” Fineran said. “Our fans travel real well, wherever we play, which was evident in Atlanta last week. They’re just very loyal. (The game) is important to the town and the people, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the players.”

Warner Robins High School also will be fighting for a state title Friday. The Demons will go up against Rome High School in the 5A division championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 4:30 p.m. Warner Robins High will close at noon that day to allow for travel time, according to the Houston County district.

The Trojans are trying for their fourth 3A state title, last winning in 2009. The Demons last held the 5A title in 2004 and are pursuing their fifth state championship.

Andrea Honaker: 478-744-4382, @TelegraphAndrea

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