Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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November 21, 2012

Patriots, Bobcats carry area banner into postseason grid playoffs

Vienna/Rochelle — With last weekend’s ouster of Crisp Academy from the GISA Class A state playoff field and the failure of Crisp County and Fullington Academy to qualify for GHSA postseason play at all, just two area teams still harbor championship hopes.

That distinction belongs to Wilcox County High’s Region 2-A champion Patriots and Dooly County High’s Region 4-A runner-up Bobcats who both will be at home Friday for the opening round of Class A’s public school competition.

Wilcox (8-2) will be playing host to Greenville High’s 5-5 Patriots, the No. 4 team from Region 4-A and the No. 15 seed under the power rankings being employed in the GHSA’s new playoff format for the state’s smallest schools.

Dooly (8-2) will be entertaining Turner County’s 6-4 Rebels, the No. 4 team from Region 2-A and the No. 12 seed overall according to the aforementioned power rankings.

Other public school Class A pairings find Hancock Central at Lincoln,

Wilkinson at Miller, Commerce at Seminole, Gordon Lee at Emanuel County Institute, Trion at Irwin and Charlton at Marion.

In Class AAAA where Crisp County High narrowly missed out on a playoff berth, three of its region members have made it to the second round. Champion Cairo hosts Mary Persons, runner-up Westover welcomes South Effingham and third place Monroe vis

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its Burke County. Fourth place Worth was eliminated last Friday by Stockbridge.

Other Class AAAA games send Grady to Monroe Area, Dalton to Sandy Creek, LaGrange to Ridgeland, Wayne County to Stockbridge and Carrollton to Marist.

One of the more interesting Class AAA pairings calls for Peach County to visit Pierce County.  The visiting Trojans are coached by Chad Campbell, brother of Crisp County High’s Lee Campbell. The host Bears are led by former Cougar mentor Sean Pender. Both are 10-1.

Other action at that level find Rockmart at Carver-Columbus, Buford at North Oconee, Johnson-Savannah at Thomson, Blessed Trinity at Cartersville, Morgan County at North Hall, Washington County at Callaway and Hart County at St. Pius.

Elsewhere in the GHSA, this weekend’s pairings include:

AAAAAA—  Marietta at Lovejoy, North Gwinnett at Grayson, North Cobb at Hughes, Brookwood at Mill Creek, East Coweta at Camden County, South Gwinnett at Norcross, Colquitt County at Newnan and Parkview at West Forsyth.

AAAAA — Thomas County Central at Northside-Warner Robins, North Paulding at Tucker, Union Grove at Ware County, Stephenson at East Paulding. Warner Robins at Harris County, Gainesville at Kell, Glynn Academy at Whitewater and Allatoona at M.L. King.

 AA — Fitzgerald at Vidalia, Westminster at Jefferson, Early County at Screven County, Greater Atlanta Christian at Heard County, McIntosh County Academy at Brooks County, Washington-Wilkes at Calhoun. Benedictine at Lamar County and Manchester at Lovett

CLASS A (PRIVATE) — Mount Pisgah Christian at Athens Academy,

Prince Avenue Christian at Darlington, Landmark Christian at Calvary Day, First Presbyterian at Brookstone, Athens Christian at Walker,  George Walton Academy at Aquinas, Holy Innocents' at Savannah Christian and Our Lady of Mercy at Eagles Landing Christian Academy.

In the GISA semifinals, the Class AAA pairings call for Stratford to visit Deerfield-Windsor and Westfield to travel to Heritage School.

In Class AA, Valwood goes to John Milledge and Westwood hosts Brentwood.

In Class A Thomas Jefferson entertains Robert Toombs and Frederica stays at home against Dawson Street Christian.

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