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Middle Georgia schools have little luck in coin flips

Middle Georgia schools didn't fare so well in coin flips on Saturday.

Jones County, West Laurens and Vidalia all lost coin tosses that determined home-field advantage for the GHSA state quarterfinals. When schools have the same seeding, the GHSA uses coin flips to decide who hosts the game.

Over the past three playoffs, Middle Georgia schools are 1-for-9 in coin flips, with only Lamar County winning a coin flip against Benedictine in 2013.

The GHSA used a coin flip for determining neutral site state championship games for years, but the executive committee changed its by-laws in 2006 to extend to other rounds of the playoffs. Previously, the GHSA pre-determined hosts by placing 'H' on brackets in the case of two schools having the same seeding.

The new rule worked out great for Middle Georgia schools the first year. Northside, Peach County and Washington County all won quarterfinals flips, and then Dublin, Northside and Peach County all won coin flips to host the state championship games.

But since state championship games moved to the Georgia Dome in 2008 -- meaning coin flips only occurred in the quarterfinals and semifinals -- Middle Georgia schools haven't had as much luck with coin flips.

Middle Georgia school have won just seven coin tosses in 27 flips beginning with the 2008 playoffs. The schools have gone 10-for-30 in flips in the quarterfinals and semifinals dating back to the rule change in 2006.

Northside is the only Middle Georgia school to win more coin flips than it has lost since 2007, going 2-1. Peach County has won just 2-of-7 coin flips.

Middle Georgia schools are 14-13 in the games following coin flips since the start of the 2006 state playoffs.

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