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Game of the Week Nominees: Playoffs Round Two
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DRUID HILLS, GA -- The online voting came down to the wire, but Hiram at Tucker won the right to be 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week, beating out Flowery Branch-Kell by a 1.1 percent margin.

Class 4A was well-represented in this week's voting. Three of the four nominated games were 4A contests. Hiram at Tucker received 50 percent of the vote and 11Alive will broadcast live from Adams Stadium for Friday's 6 p.m. news.

Hiram is coming off of a 35-10 win over Lambert in Round One. The Hornets are 9-2, having lost to 11-0 Kell and 9-2 East Paulding. They play an undefeated Tucker team that has been dominating opponents since their 31-24 double-overtime win over Marist on September 3rd. The Tigers most recently beat Loganville 50-6 in Round One.

Both teams lost in the second round of last year's playoffs.

Flowery Branch at Kell is another blockbuster matchup set for this Friday. Coming off of a loss to undefeated Clarke Central, Flowery Branch beat Southwest DeKalb 28-6 in Round One. The 10-1 Falcons now face another tough test in undefeated Kell, who has a few wins over 5A playoff teams this year.

Both teams are new to Class 4A this season. Flowery Branch is up from 3A and Kell is down from 5A.

Grayson at North Gwinnett was also nominated for Game of the Week. Both teams lost in last year's 5A quarterfinals.

This year, Grayson is 8-3, but the Rams' three losses were to 11-0 Kell, 10-1 Brookwood, and 9-2 South Gwinnett by a combined 15 points. Grayson beat North Forsyth 31-0 in Round One.

North Gwinnett has been dominant all season long. The Bulldogs are 11-0 and featured in several different national rankings. They are coming off of a 56-7 win over Lassiter in their first round matchup.

The final Game of the Week nominee was East Paulding at Clarke Central. Fresh off of a 35-0 win over Rome in Round One, East Paulding will be looking to make it past the second round for the first time since 2007. The Raiders are 9-2 and have won five straight games.

Clarke Central lost to Sandy Creek in last year's 4A state title game and the Gladiators will be looking to advance once again. The Athens team is 11-0 and has won its last two games (Flowery Branch and Mays) by 21 points each.

Tune into MyATL-TV this Friday at 10:30 p.m. to see scores and highlights from games all around the state during 11Alive's HighSchoolSports.net.

 

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