Peach County looking to "finish off the year" at state

Peach County hopes to add '17 to this wall after Friday's championship against Calhoun/(Cam Gaskins WGXA)

FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- Years before any current football players for Peach County were born, a tradition started.

In 1991, the Trojans made it to the state playoffs. And they would continue to make the playoffs every following year. This year marks the 27th consecutive season that Peach County football has made the state playoffs.

This sets a high standard of expectation at practice, and head coach Chad Campbell makes sure his team knows before every season what's expected of them.

"The expectation every year is we want to make the state playoffs and win championships," Campbell said. "That's never going to change. We're very fortunate to be where we're at this year, we just want to finish the year off."

To finish off the year, they have to beat a 13-1 Calhoun team that's no stranger to the playoffs either. The Yellowjackets made the 3A quarterfinals in 2016, the semifinals in 2015, and they won a state championship in 2014.

While Mercedes-Benz stadium might be unfamiliar territory for these Trojans, they'll have plenty of support to make it feel like home.

On Sunday, Peach County Schools announced that all schools would be closed on Friday so that Trojan nation could travel up to Atlanta to cheer on their team.

"They've always been very supportive of football around here," Campbell said. "I'm sure there won't be too many people left in town [on Friday]... it'll be real pleasing to look up into the crowd and see all the black and gold."

Peach County kicks off at 1:00 p.m. this Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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