One of them has been here before - on more than one occasion - and the other hasn't delved this deep into the playoffs in just over 25 years.
Friday at noon Emanuel County Institute and Clinch County square off in semifinals action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.BR>
Losers of their first two games to start the season, the Panthers (11-2 overall, 8-0 region) bounced back in a big way this regular season. After falling to Charlton County and Coffee in weeks one and two, respectively, Clinch County rattled off 11-straight victories to find themselves on the verge of yet another championship game.
The Panthers' impressive run puts them right back in a place that they are comfortable in: the Georgia Dome.
Clinch County has made it this far in the playoffs in five of the last six years. The Panthers find themselves in this year's semifinals game thanks to an offense that has averaged 29.3 points per game this year and a defense that has allowed just over 13.
That defense, however, must find a way to stop super junior Washaun Ealey, who has almost single-handedly driven Emanuel County Institute (13-0, 6-0) into this playoff matchup.
The speedy tailback has already achieved a state-record 50 touchdowns this season and will be looking to add to that total. His unbelievable year has helped the Bulldogs field one of the most potent offenses in the entire state.
Entering the showdown with Clinch County, ECI is averaging a staggering 41.5 points per game.
The Bulldogs have not made it to the semifinals since 1981.
The Bulldogs defeated Dooly County and Ware County to open the playoffs while the Panthers toppled Schley County and Fellowship Christian.
Emanuel County Institute vs. Clinch County
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