Pace can advance, but 4 players ineligible; Lassiter gets at-large berth
November 4, 2016 – Roswell, Ga: A 50 yard-line marker is shown before the game between Cherokee and No. 1 Roswell at Roswell High School Friday November 4, 2016, in Roswell, Ga. The winner is the Region 4-AAAAAAA champion. PHOTO / JASON GETZ
Pace Academy and Lassiter are in the football state playoffs, the Georgia High School Association made official Monday in separate cases that required extra attention.
Pace is the No. 4 seed from Region 5-AAA while Lassiter is the at-large team in Class AAAAAAA.
Pace’s game Friday against Towers was stopped with Pace leading 27-6 the second quarter after a fight broke out among players from both teams. After reviewing the game report, the GHSA declared Pace as the winner by score of 27-6. Through ejections, Towers did not have enough players to continue.
Pace also suffered ejections, and four players will not be eligible for the first-round playoff game this week against No. 1-ranked Pace Academy. The GHSA applies mandatory sit-out penalties on ejected players.
Lassiter, as expected, was declared the at-large or wildcard team in the highest classification. That was determined by the GHSA points system contested among fifth-place teams from seven regions and the fourth-place team from four-team Region 1. Lassiter’s 6-4 overall record gave the Trojans the inside track.
Lassiter will play at No. 4 McEachern on Friday.