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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 1:20 am | Updated: 1:24 am, Wed Feb 20, 2013.

As of tonight, the regular-season records will essentially be erased.

Now, it’s just a matter of seeing which team will go 5-0 from here through March 8.

The Coosa Eagles and Model Blue Devils are each hoping to take the first step toward that goal tonight when they get into state tournament action on the first full night of boys’ tourney action.

Here’s a closer look at the two teams who will be carrying the Floyd County banner:

MODEL BOYS: After a close loss to Calhoun in the Region 7-AA finals on Saturday night, the Blue Devils now find themselves at the No. 2 seed going into the state tournament.

They will play Westminster, the No. 3 seed from Region 6-AA.

Model, having nabbed a top-two seed, will have the coveted home-court advantage on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

But other than that, be prepared to see two very equally matched teams in Woodard Gymnasium for this first-round game.

Both teams have fairly balanced overall records. Model enters the game with a 16-11 record and Westminster’s record is 15-12.

Each team fared favorably in their respective region tournaments as well.

Model upset the No. 2 seed going into the tournament Dade County in a semifinals overtime thriller.

Similarly, Westminster had some overtime action of their own, downing Hapeville Charter in the region third-place game, so both teams will be entering the tournament with some left over region-tourney fire.

Fueling that fire for Model are two of the biggest region tournament highlights: a crowd-pleasing dunk at the halftime buzzer from VJ Saxton against crosstown rival Armuchee and a crucial game-tying 3-pointer from Tyler Dean at the fourth-quarter buzzer that sent the Dade County semifinals game into overtime and allowed the Devils to advance.

And although Model is coming off of a close loss to 7-AA champs the Calhoun Yellow Jackets, Blue Devils coach Jacob Travis sees the rest of the postseason as a chance to start fresh.

“It’s been a great week for us,” he said, reflecting on the region tournament, “and I think that’s our message — it’s been a great week. We’ll recover very quickly, because that’s what it’s all about.”

Davy Fisher had a total of 75 points in Model’s three region-tournament games, an average of 25 points per game, and the Blue Devils will be looking to him and main shooter VJ Saxton to improve their chances at advancing to the next round.

COOSA BOYS: The Eagles will face perhaps one of the toughest tasks in the postseason, as they face the No. 1-seeded Greater Atlanta Christian.

Coosa landed at the No. 4 seed in 7-AA after falling to the Dade County Wolverines in the 7-AA third-place game.

GAC carries a flawless Region 6-AA record, a 24-3 overall record and a region title into the state-tourney game against Coosa, so it’s safe to say that the Eagles will have their work cut out for them when they travel to GAC on Wednesday.

During the region tournament Coosa coach John McFather said that consistency is key to his team winning games.

In this case, the Eagles will need every key player on top of their game – and for the whole game.

These players include Isaac Bradley and dangerous outside shooter Christian McFather.

Although these two players have shined throughout the season, two other Eagles stepped up during the tournament as well.

Tavarius Wilson and Korley Grier led Coosa scoring in the third-place game of the tournament with 15 and 14 points respectively.

Billy Bell and D.J. Smith have also been steady contributors for the Eagles.

NOTE: The Armuchee girls will also be in action tonight. The Lady Indians will travel to Wesleyan to face the top-ranked and top-seeded Lady Wolves.

The game was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday in order to accommodate Wesleyan to have a doubleheader that would also include their boys team.

Schedule

Date Time Game Sports
Aug 22 7:30 pm Lumpkin County @Model Men's Football
Aug 29 7:30 pm Model @Sonoraville Men's Football
Sep 5 7:30 pm Christian Heritage @Model Men's Football
Sep 12 7:30 pm Model @Bremen Men's Football
Sep 26 7:30 pm Model @Dade County Men's Football
Oct 3 7:30 pm Darlington @Model Men's Football
Oct 10 7:30 pm Model @Armuchee Men's Football
Oct 17 7:30 pm Coosa @Model Men's Football
Oct 24 7:30 pm Model @Chattooga Men's Football
Oct 31 7:30 pm Gordon Lee @Model Men's Football

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