December 6, 2021

State Championship Preview: Braves vs. Rockmart

Heard Co. Braves vs. Rockmart Yellow Jackets

WHEN: Wednesday, December 12 @ 1:00 PM

WHERE: Mercedes Benz Stadium

ADDRESS: 1 AMB Drive Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313

TELEVISION: The game will be broadcast live at 1:00 PM on GPBTV (Georgia Public Television)

ON THE WEB: The game will be broadcast live on the NFHS Network (Fees do apply)

RADIO: The game will be broadcast live on Carrollton’s B92.1 Country and Kiss 102.7. Mitch Gray and Verland Best on the call with Clay Harden reporting from the sidelines.

RECORDS: Braves (12-2), Jackets (14-0)

SEEDINGS: Braves (No. 1 in Region 5-AA), Jackets (No. 1 in Region 7-AA)

AT STAKE: The winner will be the 2018 GHSA Class AA State Champions

HEAD COACHES: Braves – Tim Barron (141-59 in his 17th season with the Braves), Jackets — Biff Parson (32-6 in his 3rd season with the Jackets)

RANKINGS: Braves (AJC No. 3 in Class AA), Jackets (AJC No. 2 in Class AA)

SERIES: The Jackets lead the all-time series 2-0

LAST MEETING: The Jackets defeated the Braves 33-0 on Sept. 7

HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Braves defeated Monticello 63-22 in round one, Douglass 27-6 in round two, @Dublin 18-3 in the quarterfinals, and Fitzgerald 38-30 (OT) in the semifinals. The Jackets defeated South Atlanta 55-0 in round one, Bremen 35-23 in round two, @Jefferson County 48-13 in the quarterfinals, and Callaway 28-22 in the semifinals.

COLORS: Braves (Maroon and Gray), Jackets (Black and Gold)

SCHOOL WEBSITES: Rockmart High SchoolHeard County High School

ADMISSION: $29.50 at the gate as mandated by the GHSA. A limited number of $22 presale tickets are available at HCHS until 12:00 PM on Monday, December 10. Tickets also include admission to three other State Championship games at 10:00AM, 4:30PM, and 8:00PM. (Note: Only babies in arms don’t need a ticket/GHSA passes only)

PARKING: You may purchase parking in advance at Home team (Rockmart) parking is in the red and silver lots and fans will enter through Gate 2 next Wednesday. Visiting team (Heard County) spectators park in Gold, Blue and Yellow lots and enter through Gate 1. (Note: $17.95 Parking pass is good for all day)

STADIUM RULES: No outside food or drink permitted, no banners will be allowed to be placed on any inside area of the stadium, no glitter is allowed for signs or banners at all, and spectators have to carry either large clear bags, or a small clutch no larger than 4.5 by 6.5 inches, without a handle or strap. Clear vinyl bags no larger than 6 by 12 by 12 inches, or one gallon clear plastic freezer bags are also permitted. Small noise makers such as COWBELLS, shakers, jugs, etc. are allowed for the GHSA Championships. All tickets have a special, one-time use bar code that allows entry into the game for one spectator. No tobacco use is permitted in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, so anyone who goes outside the stadium to smoke will have to pay full price to re-enter the game.

WEATHER: Partly cloudy skies highs in the low to mid 50’s

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