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Predictions: Grayson is team to beat

The draw is set, and it’s time for predictions.

The bracket is well-balanced, and there aren't many paths for a lower-seeded team to get to the quarterfinals or further without beating a highly ranked team.

The only thing that stands out is that No. 5 Norcross could play No. 7 Lowndes in the second round.

The weakest portion of the bracket is the one that likely will send North Gwinnett or Westlake to the quarterfinals, although I’m picking Etowah to get through there for sake of a Cinderella. South Gwinnett also is there. Those are four pretty good teams, but none outstanding.

Grayson will be a popular choice to go all the way. No different here.

Just note that the Rams might have to beat No. 6 Colquitt County, No. 3 Mill Creek and No. 2 Roswell to do it. In fact, Grayson’s first-round opponent, Mountain View, is ranked No. 9 by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and is seeded fourth despite finishing in a tie for second place in its region.

Roswell and Mill Creek also have No. 1 rankings in other polls, so those will be popular picks as well.

First round

Peachtree Ridge d. Archer

Roswell d. Pebblebrook

North Cobb d. Tift County

Central Gwinnett d. Lambert

North Gwinnett d. South Gwinnett

Etowah d. Westlake

Lowndes d. Hillgrove

Norcross d. Milton

Woodstock d. East Coweta

Grayson d. Mountain View

Brookwood d. West Forsyth

Colquitt County d. North Paulding

Cherokee d. Wheeler

Mill Creek d. Newton

Parkview d. South Paulding

McEachern d. Lassiter

Second round

Roswell d. Peachtree Ridge

North Cobb d. Central Gwinnett

Etowah d. North Gwinnett

Norcross d. Lowndes

Grayson d. Woodstock

Colquitt County d. Brookwood

Mill Creek d. Cherokee

McEachern d. Parkview

Third round

Roswell d. North Cobb

Norcross d. Etowah

Grayson d. Colquitt County

Mill Creek d. McEachern


Roswell d. Norcross

Grayson d. Mill Creek


Grayson d. Roswell

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