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Eastside’s Dallas Johnson (3) runs for yardage as the Newton defense pursues this season.

The state high school football playoffs get underway for three Newton County teams this week with two earning the right to host first-round games Friday.

In the Class AAAAAA bracket, Alcovy (2-6) plays at home against Brunswick (7-3). The Tigers clinched a playoff berth by winning two of three games in region play, beating Grovetown 44-14 and Lakeside-Evans 35-0.

Eastside (8-2) hosts Southwest DeKalb (4-3) in the AAAAA first round, earning a home game by going 6-1 in Region 8-AAAAA play. The Eagles have won four straight games, allowing only 10 points during that span. Outside of a 35-34 loss at Clarke Central, they have given up just 24 points in their six region victories.

Newton gets a tough test in the AAAAAAA bracket with a road trip to Lowndes (7-1), last year’s state runner-up. The Rams (4-5) clinched their playoff berth with a gutsy, 17-10 win over South Gwinnett in the regular-season finale.

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