MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - They've already played each other three times this season.
You can forget the fact Stratford won all three of those games, because those wins don't matter now. All that matters is who wins on Wednesday, because that team moves on to the state championship.
Stratford is led by head coach Jamie Dickey. At 28 years old, he's one of the youngest basketball coaches in Georgia, but he's no rookie.
He took over the Eagles' program four years ago.
"I can remember the first practice I had during the summer," Dickey says. "And these guys were small little freshmen."
Dickey has molded that group of freshman into a team capable of winning a state title, something the boys basketball program hasn't done since 1995.
"We went for football (last year) and we came up short," Douglas Bradley, a senior, says. "I really want a ring this year to top off senior year."
For now, though, the focus is on Tattnall. Edwin Cook is the Trojans' head coach. He just took over this year, and finds himself just two wins away from the program's first state title.
"We've had a good run the last two games," Cook says. "We knocked off a No. 1 seed, and then we knocked off Southland, the No. 2 seed. So, we feel good about where we are, especially with Stratford, the way we've played them as close as the games have been."
Cook and Dickey actually go back further than just their three games this season. Back in the early 2000s, both had ties to Brentwood School in Sandersville.
"I was coaching the girls while he was on the guys team," Cook remembers. "And actually, the boys team won two state state championships with him as a player."
Two familiar schools, and two familiar coaches, meeting for the fourth time this season with a spot in the state championship game on the line.
"Tattnall-Stratford is always a great atmosphere," Will Trevitt, a junior Tattnall player, says. "And playing in that big gym in the Final Four, everybody's going to be there. It should make for a pretty awesome game."
Wednesday's tip is set for 8:30 at Mercer. The game follows the other GISA AAA semifinal match between Augusta Prep and Westminster.