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March 14, 2006

Valdosta -- They say you can never go home again, but that's exactly what the Georgia High School Association is attempting to do.

Just eight months ago, the GHSA voted to hold football championship games in neutral sites, rather than the previous rotating schedule determining which school was allowed to host.

Now the committee has passed a motion stating the higher seeded teams will play at their home field in the quarterfinal and championship games this fall.

If the two teams in the title game are the same seed, the home team will be decided with a coin flip.

There will be stricter standards to host, such as adequate seating and security.

Lowndes High School has won the last two class AAAAA state championships, hosting the title game last year.

Vikings coach Randy McPherson was a big opponent of the neutral site championships, favoring keeping the title game in the communities.

"It's a very special opportunity. This year was my first year as a head coach playing a title game at home, and that feeling, that atmosphere to be here playing in a game that big was really something special."

The semi-final round will continue to be played in the Georgia Dome.

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