WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WJBF) — The two highest ranked teams remaining in class 4A will square off in the state quarterfinals Friday night as No. 3 Burke County hosts No. 2 Marist.
The only time these schools met was the last time Burke County reached the quarterfinals, in 2013. Marist won 42-20 at the Bear Den.
The Bears expect to have a better handle on the War Eagles triple option attack this season as they try to punch their ticket to the state semifinals.
“This is why you play,” Burke County head coach, Eric Parker, said. “You play for the big ball games. The region championships, playoff games and quarterfinals. Those are the type of things you always set as goals, so yeah, it’s a big deal. As far as I’m concerned the eight teams that are left are the top eight teams in the state, and we happen to face one of them on Friday night.”
“First of all, It would take us further than [we] have been in years,” senior offensive lineman, Austin Milner, said. “Then, it would be cool to actually get to go that far and one day tell the story about it.”
The Bears are looking to reach the semifinals for the first time since they won a state championship in 2011.