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North loses coin toss, faces another road football playoff game

North Gwinnett’s C.J. Leggett (7) runs the ball during the game last week against Archer. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

North Gwinnett’s C.J. Leggett (7) runs the ball during the game last week against Archer. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

For the fourth straight week in this year's Class AAAAAA state football playoffs, North Gwinnett will have to be road warriors.

The No. 4 state-ranked Bulldogs lost a coin flip Sunday to determine the site for Friday night's state semifinal game with McEachern.

That means the Bulldogs (12-1) will travel to Powder Springs for the second straight week to take on the Indians (11-2) at Walter Cantrell Stadium.

"Once again, I'm just happy to still be playing," North coach Bob Sphire said.

And for the third time in four postseason games, the Bulldogs will be playing on artificial turf.

Counting a season-opening win over Camden County in the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome, the Bulldogs are 3-0 on artificial surfaces this season.

"In today's time, with the exception of Gwinnett, it seems if you go everywhere, it's on artificial turf," Sphire said. "That's the modern-day times with a football facility."