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Local teams begin quest for state football title
by Greg Oshust
November 13, 2012 05:09 PM | 3223 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lovett, Westminster and, possibly, Holy Innocents’ are the local teams left standing as the state football playoffs get under way Friday.

In Class AA, Lovett is the top seed and Westminster the No. 3 team from Region 6AA.

Lovett (6-4) enters the state playoffs with plenty of momentum after clinching the 6AA title with a 31-30 victory over Greater Atlanta Christian.

“We feel very fortunate to be where we are right now,” Lovett coach Mike Muschamp said. “We have worked really hard to earn a chance to win the region title. We talked all week about the chance to be a champion and how rare that was. They have been through so much this year. Friday night was a great way to end the regular season.”

As the top seed from 6AA, Lovett will host Coosa — the fourth seed from 7AA — in a first-round game Friday at Conley-Oakley Field.

While the Lions are nursing a number of injuries, Muschamp is confident about his team going into the postseason.

“We are banged up pretty badly right now,” he said. “We have several kids who have played a lot for us who are injured. That is never good, especially going into the playoffs. However, we have had a bunch of kids step up and play big for us. Hopefully, the non-region schedule that we have been through will have prepared us for what we will face Friday night.”

Westminster (4-6) will have to go on the road for its first-round AA game as it travels to Rome Friday to take on Pepperell, the second seed from 7AA.

The Wildcats clinched the third seed from 6AA with a 36-12 win over Hapeville in their final regular-season contest last Friday.

“For the most part, we’re playing pretty well right now,” Westminster assistant coach Joe Sturniolo said. “We’re peaking at about the right time.”

Holy Innocents’ (6-4) will find out its state playoff fate today, when the final Class A power ranking is released.

With a No. 9 ranking in last week’s poll, the Golden Bears look like a strong bet to earn a spot in the 16-team field for the Class A playoffs, which begin Nov. 23.

Riverwood (6-4) fell just short in its quest for its first state playoff berth since 2001 with a 36-28 loss to Creekview in a 7AAAAA play-in game last Friday.

In Class AAAA, Marist (9-1) enters the state playoffs as the top seed from 6AA after beating Carver of Atlanta 42-14 in a play-in game last Friday that determined the region title.

The War Eagles will stay at home in the first round as they host Gilmer, the fourth seed from 7AAAA, Friday at Hughes-Spalding Stadium.

In Class AAA, St. Pius X (8-2) is the top seed from 6AAA — with Blessed Trinity (8-2) and Woodward (7-3) the second and third seeds from that region.

St. Pius X hosts Dawson County, the fourth seed from 7AAA, while Blessed Trinity plays at home against White County, the No. 3 seed from 7AAA, and Woodward goes on the road to face Buford, the second seed from 7AAA, in first-round action.

Who will win their first-round state playoff game?

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