will open the state AAAAA football playoffs at home next Friday night against , while will host to start the AAAA playoffs.
Both East Cobb teams wrapped up region-championship regular seasons with victories Friday night.
Walton, already assured of the 5-AAAAA title, completed a perfect 10-0 regular season with a 30-0 win at . (Check out from the game, including post-game comments from Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo.)
The Raiders’ first-round opponent in the Georgia High School Association AAAAA playoffs is the fourth-place team from Region 6-AAAAA, Milton, which won three of its final four games to make the playoffs with a 3-3 region record (4-6 overall).
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Unlike Walton, Pope had to win Friday night to clinch the 5-AAAA title, a playoff spot and its first nine-win season. Mission accomplished.
The Greyhounds (9-1, 5-1 in the region) used big nights from quarterback Holland Frost (142 yards running, 103 yards passing, four total touchdowns) and running back Brooks Climmons (121 yards and two touchdowns on the ground) to romp to a 49-28 home win over , the MDJ reported.
Pope’s reward is a home game against Region 6-AAAA’s fourth-seeded team, 8-2 Mays, in the first round of the GHSA AAAA playoffs.
Teams in 6-AAAA don’t play anyone outside the region, so Pope and Mays have not played each other and have no common opponents this season. The Raiders beat Chamblee, 34-14, Thursday night to close their regular season.
Wins for Walton and Pope would keep them home for the second round of the playoffs. Pope would play the winner of Tri-Cities at Alcovy, while Walton would get the winner of Windsor Forest’s home game against the third-seeded team from Region 4-AAAAA. This afternoon’s game between and will determine that team. (Update: South Cobb won, 27-14, to earn the No. 3 seed and the spot against Windsor Forest.)
The Walker School isn't going to the playoffs, but the Wolverines closed out their season on a winning note with a 35-14 victory on Friday at Mt. Zion of Carrollton. Walker finishes with a record of 3-7.
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