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Intriguing Matchups Highlight First Round

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Courtesy of Mary Beth Dever

Courtesy of Mary Beth Dever

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By Stephen Black

Score Atlanta

Carrollton was a power in Class AAA the past few seasons, but now ventures into the mix in the Class AAAA postseason. In its first AAAA playoff game, the Trojans face a familiar team in Stephens County, which Carrollton defeated in the playoffs in 1992, 2006 and 2010. … Also in Class AAAA, Dalton and Carver-Atlanta get together in an interesting game. Dalton, known for its amazing streak of 51 consecutive winning seasons that ended last year, is a known state power. Carver, on the other hand, has had an amazing turnaround season from a 2-8 campaign last year to its current 9-1 record.

In Class AAA, Blessed Trinity faces White County for the second time this season in one of the more even first-round games tonight. The Titans won the first meeting 21-19 after stopping a two-point conversion try by White County in the second half. RB Milton Shelton led BT in the first game with 131 rushing yards while Will Brock threw three touchdown passes for White County, all to WR Andrew Bergin. The winner of this one looks to have a tough road to the semifinals as No. 3 Cartersville would likely be next, followed by No. 1 Thomson potentially in the quarterfinal. … Defending Class AA champion Calhoun begins its journey to defend the state title tonight against former Class A power Wesleyan, which moved up to AA this past offseason. In past seasons, the Wolves may have challenged Calhoun, but tonight’s game should be easy for Hal Lamb’s Yellow Jackets. … Also in the same part of the bracket as Calhoun is No. 2 Brooks County. The Trojans, Region 1-AA champs, should roll tonight over Macon County bringing Brooks County one step closer to what could be a mammoth quarterfinal game against Calhoun in two weeks. … Cook was the hard-luck No. 4 seed out of Region 1-AA, and as a result has to play No. 4 Lamar County, which is coached by former Tucker head man Franklin Stephens. Cook was competitive in all three losses this season (all to Region 1 opponents) and should give Lamar County a competitive game, if not an outright loss.

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