By DOUG GORMAN
After 10 weeks of regular season action, the playoffs begin Friday night for local football teams.
Newnan, East Coweta, Northgate and Trinity all made the GHSA playoffs, while Heritage will play in the GISA postseason.
After earning the No. 2 seed out of Region 2 7A, Newnan will host McEachern.
Trinity will host Whitefield Academy.
In other GHSA games, East Coweta travels to Marietta and Northgate travels to Dacula.
In the GISA playoffs, Heritage won the Region 1-AAA title and earned a bye into next week’s second round,
The Hawks will play the winner of the Southland-Westfield game.
Here is a break down of this week’s first-round games:
McEachern Indians (7-3) at Newnan Cougars (6-4): Two teams with plenty of tradition will open the first-round of the GHSA Class 7A playoffs.
The Cougars enter the contest winning four of their last five games, including two in a row.
Newnan comes into the first-round playoff fresh off a 28-16 victory over rival East Coweta.
The Cougars finished 4-1 in the region, losing only to top seed Westlake.
Newnan enters the playoffs out scoring its first 10 opponents 288-232.
McEachern finished 3-2 in Region 3 7A and comes to Drake Stadium riding a three-game winning streak.
The Chiefs have outscored their opponents 370-240.
This will be just the second meeting ever between the two teams, but the first since Newnan won 19-17 in 1993.
East Coweta Indians (3-7) at Marietta Blue Devils (5-5): Despite struggling with six losses to start the season, the Indians played well enough at the end of the season to secure the third playoff spot out of Region 2 7A.
Until losing Friday night to rival Newnan, East Coweta had won three games in a row with wins over Wheeler, Pebblebrook and Campbell.
Marietta struggled at times too, finishing with a 5-5 overall record, but it played well enough to earn the No. 2 seed out of Region 3A with a 4-1 league record.
The Blue Devils’ only loss in the region was to top-seed Hillgrove.
Marietta enters the game with the Indians winning three of the last four games.
This will be the first meeting ever between the two teams.
Northgate Vikings (6-4) at Dacula Falcons (8-2): First-year head coach Mike McDonald has led the Vikings to the playoffs in his first season.
Northgate heads into the playoffs as the fourth-seed in Region 5 6A. The Vikings come into the game after a 30-29 loss to Mays in last week’s regular-season finale.
Until dropping Friday’s night’s game, the Vikings had won four games in a row.
Dacula finished 5-0 in in Region 8 6A to earn the No. 1 seed.
The Falcons closed out the regular season with seven wins in a row.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Whitefield Academy Wolfpack (6-4) at Trinity Lions (7-3) : The Trinity Lions first season in the GHSA will go down as success after earning a spot in the Class 1A private school playoffs.
The Lions finished with seven wins, and despite falling to Wesleyan 17-10 in the final game of the regular season, Trinity is headed to the playoffs,
Trinity finished the season winning four of its last five games.
The Lions have outscored their opponents 228-164.
Whitefield Academy has struggled over the last month of the season losing three of the last four games.
However, the Wolfpack finished 4-1 in Region 6 1A.
Even though Whitefield lost three times in the last month of the season, it’s offense has done a good job moving the football, outscoring opponents 236-150.
Heritage earns bye: The Hawks finished the regular season with a 8-2 record thanks to their 51-0 win over Loganville Christian.
Heritage now waits on the winner of the Southland-Westfield game.