The coin toss for the state semifinal game between the No. 1 state ranked Calhoun Yellow Jackets and the No. 5 ranked Lovett Lions was delayed for nearly two hours before the GHSA came to their decision.
The toss was scheduled for 11 a.m. but prior to the event Calhoun asked the Georgia High School Association officials about Lovett’s eligibility to host the AA state semifinal game based on their seating capacity.
"We [were] kind of in limbo," said CHS Head Coach Hal Lamb. "Based on the rules we [were] suppose to play at home because Lovett does not have enough seating, but they [thought] that they [could] play at Lakewood Stadium down in Atlanta."
Lakewood stadium seats 10,000 and is located in the Lakewood Heights neighborhood of Southeast Atlanta. It is one of two stadiums owned and managed by the Atlanta Public School Systems. It, like Calhoun, is also fitted with an artificial turf. Lakewood is the home stadium of Douglas County High School.
However, the GCSHA denied the request, preventing the two coaches from having to meet a second time to do a coin flip.
Lovett is the No. 1 seed from 6-AA. They are 12-1 on the season with their lone loss coming against Westminster. They beat Charlton County 35-32 in the quarterfinals this past Friday.
Calhoun held on to beat visiting Jefferson County 49-35 in their quarterfinal game as Da’Rick Rogers tallied over 200 receiving yards and four touchdowns. The Warriors were ranked fourth in the state.
Darlington will host
The Darlington Tigers’ Cinderella run will continue for at least one more week, and they'll be at home for the game once again.
Tigers coach Tommy Atha reported this morning that Darlington won the coin toss and will be playing at home for their game against Savannah Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The home-standing Tigers shut out No. 6 Twiggs County 17-0 on Friday night at Chris Hunter Stadium in the Class A state football playoffs.
The win was spearheaded by a strong defensive effort that included four fourth-down stops and four turnovers forced against a Twiggs County offense that was averaging 39 points per game and had scored 40 or more in its last five contests.
Cherokee County advances
Also, the Cherokee County (Ala.) Warriors improved to 14-0 on the season with a 37-20 win against Deshler on Friday night. The win sends the Warriors to the Class 4A state title game, to be played next Friday at 11 a.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.