McDONOUGH - The regular season is over and now teams are getting ready for the biggest day of the postseason.
The first round of state can set the tone for the teams that start the tournament or even provide an upset. Only four local teams enter the state tournament from Henry County. The most, lie in class AAAAA kick off their games beginning Feb. 14 as each team has a dream to hoist the Georgia High School Association State Tournament title.
Henry County is no stranger to having teams make it to the big dance and out of this class, three of them will begin their journey.
Dutchtown hosts Ware County
The Bulldogs enter this week with their first-year head coach Jordan Griffin as the No. 2 seed from Region 4. They'll be tasked with facing Ware County's Gators who finished 7-20, 2-6 this season. The Gators also gave up 1,568 total points this season which equates to an average of 58.1 points per game.
Dutchtown's defense gave up an average of 54.7 points during the regular season but the real staggering number was the Bulldogs' offense. 72.9 points per game this season.
Dutchtown should find success with Kameron Hobbs, Jermaine Mann and Cameron Bryant early and often at home Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
Eagle's Landing plays host to New Hampstead
Eagle's Landing has been banged up this season at critical times but one constant, has been Kirshon Thrash's will. When Eagle's Landing falls behind, Thrash often wills the team back into the game. In state play, that should be their biggest asset if Keith Lamar is still on the bench.
Eagle's Landing should be solid as they've been adapting to the injuries handed to them. The offense should still go well for the Golden Eagle's as they've averaged 69.7 points per game this year.
Woodland hits the road to face Statesboro
Woodland is known for playing spoiler and doing it well. This was a team that started the first half of the year 7-8 and even beat Jones County during that spotty start.
To avoid being the No. 4 seed out of Region 4, the Wolfpack did it again, winning over Jones County in a double-overtime thriller. Woodland's a team that doesn't go away until that final whistle blows. Statesboro could be on the receiving end of a shocking loss.
The Wolfpack will have to stop Zarion Griffin who's averaged 21.1 points per game for the Blue Devils. Diallo Wilburg and Derek Akins for Woodland will be players to watch for Woodland on the road.
McDonough hosts Howard
Class AAAA only features one boys’ basketball team from Henry County but don't let the name fool you. It's Henry County High's new name McDonough making the playoffs once more.
This time, the program faces Howard but before that, the Warhawks were a team that were written off numerous times this season. But they've still reached the postseason after surviving off a good play that saw them get those late points.
The Warhawks will have to take on two seniors from Howard who've averaged over 10 points per game. First, Collin Tarver who's compiled 20.6 points per game while Leon Pitts holds 14.6 ppg.
The Warhawks have been led by Daeyon James' 13 ppg.