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Central, Rutland Boys Ready for Round 2 of GHSA Playoffs

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Ron Christian, the head coach of Rutland's boys basketball team, is trying to lead his team to the school's first ever team state championship.

"We've had individuals win it in certain sports, but we haven't had a team to win it yet," Christian says. 

Is this team capable of being the first?

"This team is capable of being the first."

Most of these guys have been playing together on the same team together since middle school. That's just one of the reasons Coach Christian thinks this year's Rutland group has a big chance to bring home the state title."

""I think they're ready to show that this is the team that's ready to do it this year."

Tuesday night in round 2, the Canes will host Crisp County, who in the first round hit a shot to win it as time expired.  Rutland put up more than 100 points in its first round win, by the way.

Up I-75 at Central High School, Andre Taylor's Chargers hit the road to Sandersville Tuesday to play the Washington County Golden Hawks.

"They haven't lost but one game this year, and they've been beating people pretty good," Taylor says. "It's one of those things though. They put us out last year, so it's one of those things where the guys are ready for it. They're not going to back down. They're going to fight."

Turner says his young talent has been the difference this year.  Whether it's upperclassmen at Rutland or Underclassmen at Central, every player knows a loss here ends their season.

"We're going to fight here to keep playing. We fight each game as its our last--which, it could be if we lose--so we've just got to come in and fight each game and give our best."

Tuesday, the Hurricanes host Crisp County and the Chargers visit Washington County.  Both tips are set for 6 p.m.

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