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Camden County's coin toss decided more than which team would get the ball first.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a coin flip during the Georgia state football playoffs could be worth at least $20,000.

Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) won the flip over Norcross (Ga.) at a remote country store in Soperton (Ga.), enabling it to play host to Norcross in Friday's Class AAAAAA state quarterfinals. Had Norcross won the flip, it would have been the host.

Both are region champions with No. 1 seeds, and the Georgia High School Association has been using the coin flip when two teams have had the same seeding for more than a decade.

The money factor comes from travel costs for the five-hour trip.

Camden coach Jeff Herron explained to the Journal-Constitution that a 300-mile, overnight trip "is an extremely expensive thing, when you have to travel five or six hours like we do, or like Norcross will have to this time. It's a heavy financial burden on a school. When we travel to Atlanta, we stay at a very cheap place and eat probably four meals total. But we're still probably going to spend $20-to-$25,000 just on buses, food and lodging."

Camden County athletic director Gary Blount estimated even higher, with a ceiling of $28,000.