The GHSA playoff bracket is set


Georgia Miller

Marlon Brown (12), Caleb Floyd (12), Caleb Mcdowell (11), and Demarion Roberts (11) prepare for the trojan walk. The trojan walk has been a tradition by Lee County for many years, which occurred before every game. Brown said, “It’s time to leave our mark.”

The bracket was set. Each year the state playoffs start with 32 teams. Week by week the number of remaining teams divides by two. The playoffs consist of five single elimination rounds. Including the best four teams from all eight regions.

Lee County represents region one, which includes Northside Warner Robins, Houston County, Coffee, and Valdosta.  Lee County finished with the number one seed, while Valdosta was the number two seed and Coffee was the number three seed. Finally, Houston County squeezed in with the last seed. The seeding is based off head to head records. Each team plays one another every year flipping home and away.

The Trojans hosted Northside Warner Robins on October 18 and won 35-0. Then on October 25, they headed to title town to take on the Valdosta Wildcats, winning 53-50 on a game winning kick by Austin Beaver (12). The next week they took on the Bears of Houston County and won 24-20. To conclude the region schedule, they hosted Coffee County on senior night and won 35-17, claiming the region championship title for the third consecutive year.

Beaver said, “I have been kicking a ball whether it was a soccer, kickball or football all my life. Finally it payed off for me.” He nailed a 20 yarder to win the game against Valdosta as time expired. 

The Trojans playoff action was scheduled to start November 15, 2019 against the Greenbrier Wolfpack out of Evans, Georgia. The Wolfpack, 2-8 were coming into the game after just beating their region foe, the Alcovy Tigers, 21-14. The game was a mixture of cold winds and mist, but it did not prevent the Trojans from their goal. The Trojans came out lighting up the scoreboard  going into halftime with a 43-0 lead, which included a running clock to start the second quarter. Of many touchdowns, three were from Marlon Brown (12).

Brown said, I had been waiting all year to touch the ball and I made the most of my opportunities. After beating the Wolfpack of Greenbrier, the Trojans continued their journey of another state championship advancing to the sweet six-teen.

The Trojans next opponent is the Creekside Seminoles from Fairburn, Georgia. The round two playoff action is set for Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The Trojans will have to refocus after a big win last week. Quarterback Kyle Toole (12) is one the leaders of this stout Trojan team.

Toole said, “We have a huge challenge coming up. Creekside is very good on offense and defense.”

The Seminoles come into the contest with a 7-4 record. After defeating Alpharetta 28-0 in the first round of the playoffs. The winner of this game will go on to the elite eight. In which will face off against the winner of the Glynn Academy Terrors (6-4) and Dacula Falcons (11-0).