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Callaway would host state semifinal game

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

As long as the Callaway Cavaliers are alive in the playoffs, they won’t have to leave Callaway Stadium until the state-championship game.

On Wednesday morning, there was a universal coin toss administered by Georgia High School Association executive director Robin Hines, and it was decided that the teams on the upper side of the bracket would host next week’s semifinal games if the teams are the same seed.

That means that Callaway, the number one seed from Region 5-AA, would be at home for the semifinals, as long as it beats Thomasville on Friday in the third round of the state playoffs.

If Callaway gets past Thomasville, it would play Rabun County or Bleckley County at Callaway Stadium with a spot in the state-title game on the line.

Callaway (9-1) didn’t have a first-round game since Banks County forfeited, and it beat Lovett 16-9 last week in the second round.

Thomasville (8-4), the number two seed from Region 1-AA, has beaten Westside-Augusta 42-13 and Dodge County 44-7 to reach the third round.

Callaway has made it at least as far as the third round of the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, and is looking to advance to the semifinals for third straight year.

Callaway is trying to get to the championship game for the first time after losing in the semifinals in 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2019.

On the other side of the bracket, Fannin County will play Fitzgerald, and Bremen will take on Jefferson County.

OF NOTE: For much more on Callaway’s playoff showdown with Thomasville, see Friday’s sports section.