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Hardaway (21-4) vs, Union Grove (14-10), 7 p.m.
What to Know: The Wolverines made it all the way to the finals of the Region 3-AAAA Tournament before losing to Fayette County. That gave them the right to play at home in the first round of the Class AAAA Tournament.
Prediction: Union Grove
Greenbrier (19-10) vs. Jonesboro (24-3), 6 p.m.
What to Know: The No. 6-ranked Jonesboro Cardinals are riding a hot streak right now after winning 13 games in a row and capturing the Region 4-AAAA tournament with a win against Lovejoy.
Brunswick (25-3) vs. Lovejoy (23-4), 6 p.m.
What to Know: The two teams are tied for eighth in Class AAAA coaches poll heading into Saturday's first-round contest.
North Clayton (15-13) vs. Richmond Hill (21-8), 7 p.m.
What to Know: North Clayton hits the road for the first-round game hoping to end a two-game losing streak, and seven of its last eight games.
Prediction: North Clayton
Howard (16-10) vs. Eagle's Landing (23-4), 7 p.m.
What to Know: The No. 5-ranked Eagle's Landing Golden Eagles enter the state tournament fresh off winning the Region 4-AAA Tournament that includes a seven-game winning streak.
Prediction: Eagle's Landing
Stockbridge (15-10) vs. Peach County (8-16)
What to Know: The Stockbridge Tigers lost at the buzzer to eventual Region 4-AAA champion Eagle's Landing in semifinals, but this team is capable of going far at the state tournament.
Henry County (21-6) vs Mary Persons (19-7)
What to Know: Henry County is ranked seventh in the Gasports.com coaches' poll, but has suffered a couple of tough losses its last two outings.
Prediction: Henry County
ELCA (21-7) vs. George Walton (22-4)
What to Know: ELCA hits the road for the first-round game against No. 10-ranked George Walton. The Chargers won a play-in game against Bowdon Tuesday night.