Mount Pisgah narrowly gains playoff berth

Squares off against No. 1 Athens Academy

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ATHENS, Ga. ā€“ Mount Pisgah barely claimed the final playoff spot among Class A private schools by 3/100ths of a point, but that will get the Patriots a Friday-night date with top-ranked Athens Academy.

This is the first year the stateā€™s public and private schools in the smallest classification are holding separate playoffs, with 16 schools qualifying in each category.

Mt. Pisgah has a 12.53 power rating, just ahead of Whitefield Academy, 17th at 12.50. Whitefield was second in Region 6-A East and Mount Pisgah was third. Whitefield defeated the Patriots 28-6, with both teams losing region crossover games to teams from the West sub-region.

The Patriots got the final spot largely on the strength of their early season victory over Model, which finished with a winning record and qualified for the Class AA playoffs.

It will be the first playoff game in football for Mount Pisgah, while Athens Academy is a perennial playoff participant.

The Athens Spartans are 10-0, but have had several close calls, including a 10-7 victory over Our Lady of Mercy, which narrowly qualified for the playoffs.

The Patriots bring a 6-4 record into the game, losing to No. 3 Walker and No. 7 Darlington in the region crossover game.

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