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Playoff journey begins for Cavaliers, Tigers

LAGRANGE – It’s playoff time.

The Callaway Cavaliers and Troup Tigers, who both wrapped up exceptional regular seasons last week, will be at Callaway Stadium this week as the GHSA state playoffs get under way.

Troup finished second in Region 5-AAAA to earn the right to host a playoff game, and it will play West Hall on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

West Hall placed third in Region 7-AAAA.

Callaway won the Region 5-AA championship to secure homefield advantage for the first round, and its opponent on Friday at 7:30 p.m. will be Model, the fourth-place team from Region 5-AA.

Also this week, Lafayette Christian School will continue play in the GICAA eight-man state playoffs when it travels to Holy Ground Baptist Academy on Friday for a semifinal game.

Troup, which completed an 8-2 regular season with last week’s loss to Cartersville, has engineered one of the state’s biggest turnarounds.

The Tigers went 1-9 a year ago, and now they’re one of 16 teams in Class AAAA that’ll be at home for a first-round game.

West Hall has had a solid season of its own.

The Spartans have played a rugged schedule and they made it through with a 6-4 record, and they went 2-2 in the region to finish third.

If Troup beats West Hall, it would play either Americus-Sumter or Thomson in the second round next week.

Callaway is coming off the first unbeaten regular season in school history, and it will begin what it hopes will be an extended playoff stay with a win over Model.

Model came into last week’s game with a chance to finish second in the region, but it lost to Rockmart 39-28.

It was still a terrific regular season for Model, which went 7-3 overall, and 4-3 in the region.

Model has been particularly impressive on the road, posting a 4-1 record away from its home field.

If Callaway gets past Model, it would be back at Callaway Stadium next week for a second-round game against either Southwest Macon or Brooks County.

Lafayette Christian, which beat Harvester Christian in a first-round game last week, is in the state semifinals for the fourth consecutive year.

If Lafayette Christian wins at Holy Ground on Friday, it will get a chance to defend its state championship.

The GICAA championship game will be contested at Lafayette Christian’s new stadium on Nov. 18.

In the other semifinal game, it’ll be Colonial Hills playing Peachtree Academy.

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

West Hall at Troup, 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Model at Callaway, 7:30 p.m.

Lafayette Christian at Holy Ground Baptist Academy, 7:30 p.m.

Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 or on Twitter @lagrangesports

Troup’s fans have filled up the stands at Callaway Stadium this year, and they’ll be out in force once again on Thursday for the first round of the state playoff against West Hall. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/11/web1_troup7.jpgTroup’s fans have filled up the stands at Callaway Stadium this year, and they’ll be out in force once again on Thursday for the first round of the state playoff against West Hall. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

The Callaway Cavaliers will host Model in the first round of the state playoffs on Friday. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/11/web1_CHS1-3.jpgThe Callaway Cavaliers will host Model in the first round of the state playoffs on Friday. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

By Kevin Eckleberry

kevin.eckleberry@lagrangenews.com