Closing the regular season with five straight wins and the Region 1-2A championship, the fifth-ranked Brooks County Trojans carry momentum into the postseason.
Coach Maurice Freeman goes for his 200th career win as the Trojans host the Screven County Gamecocks in the opening round of the GHSA Class 2A state playoffs at Veterans Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Trojans (8-2), who moved up two spots in this week's Georgia Sports Writers Association high school football poll, completed their regular season with a 49-0 win against Berrien last week. They clinched the region title with their 28-27 victory against Fitzgerald on Oct. 26.
According to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association website, Freeman's coaching record is 199-98-0. A win in Brooks County's playoff opener would launch the longtime Trojans coach into the 200-win club.
The Gamecocks (6-4) lost 35-21 against Jefferson County in their regular-season finale last week. Jefferson County is the only ranked Class 2A team they've played this season.
Last season, Screven County finished 11-1 with a 56-14 loss against Rabun County in the state quarterfinal round. Rabun County advanced and defeated Brooks County in the semifinal round.