SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - The postseason of the GHSA eSports Season Zero began Tuesday, Jan. 9 with the first and second rounds of single elimination taking place at 4 and 6 p.m.
The playoff tournament sees the top 64 teams competing weekly until the State Championship match Jan. 28.
Season Zero consists of 88 public, private, and charter high schools competing in a single division. Mount Vernon's two teams both advanced to postseason play.
Renegade Mustangs, ranked no. 43, entered the first round with high levels of confidence having shown rapid growth since the start of the season. Unfortunately, the teams were defeated in the 25th minute by no. 19 Calhoun High School. Renegade Mustangs ended the season with a 6-6 record. Of note: all players on Renegade Mustangs were new to the game played in Season Zero, having just started playing in Mid October.
No. 9 Mustangs: PTW took a forfeit from Washington County High School to advance to the round of 32 where they faced no. 24 West Forsyth High School. Despite West Forsyth scoring the first elimination and an Infernal Drake, they were unable to maintain or gain any momentum off the key objectives.
With a heavy Split Pushing presence by Mount Vernon's Carter Thompson in Top Lane, there was enough pressure to allow the rest of the team to group in Mid Lane and collapse on the opposing team's Nexus for a victory in the 19th minute.
Rounds 3 and 4 take place Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 4 and 6 p.m. The matches will be best-of-three.
The Mount Vernon Athletic Department strives to build the student-athlete by providing a five-star experience built on community, relentlessness, innovation, hospitality and professionalism. As a school of inquiry, innovation and impact grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college-ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders. For more information on Mount Vernon athletics, visit www.mountvernonathletics.com and follow @MV_Athletics on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on the Mustangs.
Mount Vernon - 30 eliminations
George Whissell (ADC) K/D/A of 8/2/2
Grant Hollisi (Support) K/D/A 1/0/9
Ivan Mo (Jungle) K/D/A 12/2/4
Reed Garzon (Mid) K/D/A 0/3/4
Carter Thompson (Top) K/D/A 9/2/10
West Forsyth - 8 eliminations