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Lassiter, Kell Begin Playoff Quests

The top-ranked Trojans and No. 4 Longhorns both play first round games at home tonight.

Brookwood at Lassiter, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

For the first time in school history, the Trojans are ranked No. 1 in the state, in the Class AAAAAA poll. But like Walton's game against Parkview, another Gwinnett team with a strong playoff track record is coming to Cobb.

Lassiter is 10-0 with its high-powered offense, led by quarterback Eddie Printz and receiver Willie Police, and an opportunistic defense that has come up big when needed (including its regular season win over Walton).

Three years ago, the Trojans were also undefeated, then were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs.

Southwest DeKalb at Kell, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The Longhorns have had another strong season, and enter the Class AAAAA playoffs ranked No. 4. Their only loss has been to Lassiter, and their star players, Khalil Bell and Brendan Langley, are coming off strong games in last week's win over Forsyth Central.

Kell is facing a Southwest DeKalb team that is 7-3 and appears to be peaking, having won its last three games. Coach Derek Cook told the MDJ that his team's prolific offense figures to be facing a stiff defensive challenge tonight.

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