Tucker will face a state-finals newcomer in Creekside Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the Georgia Dome for the Class 5A championship.
But, by no means does that mean the Seminoles won’t be ready for playoff veteran Tucker, a two-time state champ.
Creekside is undefeated at 14-0 and coming off an impressive run through its first four Georgia High School Association football games, averaging 46 points and winning by an average margin of 31 points. The Seminoles beat Kell 55-10 in the semifinals.
Tucker (also 14-0), the top-ranked team in the classification, has had to grind out a couple of playoff victories, including last week’s 20-14 win over defending 5A champ Gainesville. Tucker trailed 14-0 before coming back.
Tucker is playing in its third championship game in six years (won titles in 2008, 2011). Creekside is hoping to become the first team from south Fulton County to win a state championship since Palmetto (now defunct) won in 1983, according to Georgia High School Football Daily.