The second round of the state playoffs is hardly foreign territory for Warner Robins. The Demons second-round opponent, however, finds itself in uncharted territory.
While it’s just the fifth state playoff appearance for Eagles Landing, the Demons find themselves in the postseason for the 40th time. The two teams will match up on Friday night in the second round of the GHSA Class 5A state playoffs with a quarterfinal berth at stake.
For a program like Warner Robins (11-0), one with a history of contending for championships having spanned through the decades, being in position to chase a title may as well be second nature for the Warner Robins program.
“If you go to school at Warner Robins and play football at Warner Robins, you have the expectation of region, state and city championships,” Warner Robins head coach Mike Chastain said. “That’s just the expectation. I think they’ve taken that in stride.”
The winner of Friday’s game will play either Arabia Mountain or Carrollton in the quarterfinals. A Warner Robins-Carrollton matchup would be at McConnell-Talbert Stadium with a coin flip deciding home field in the event of an Arabia Mountain win on Friday.
“Any time you’re in the second round of the playoffs, you’ve got to feel good about that. We feel good about the things we’ve done so far this year, but a lot of that doesn’t matter at this point,” Chastain said. “People remember November, we’ve got to make some memories in November. We’re just ready to do that.”
Coming off last week’s 30-17 handling of South Effingham, Warner Robins now braces for an Eagles Landing (7-4) squad that’s hardly short on athleticism. It’s centered around quarterback Cameron Lewis who has thrown for 1,775 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 467 yards and six touchdowns. He has thrown just two interceptions. The Golden Eagles will put that Lewis-led offense up against a Demons defensive unit that has allowed an average of 19 points per game.
“Very athletic,” Chastain said of the Golden Eagles offense. “They have some really good skill guys and a quarterback that moves around really well and makes plays when he is on the move.”