The Darlington Tigers had little trouble dispatching Prince Avenue Christian Friday night, jumping to a 35-0 halftime lead enroute to a 49-13 pounding. Elsewhere in Class A, Wilcox County and Johnson County are headed to a showdown in Wrightsville in week 2.
Issac Nichols scored four touchdowns with 114 yards on 13 carries to lead the Tigers to their tenth win of 2010. Tiger sophomore QB Brad Butler was 5-for-5 for 156 yards with a touchdown. The game was the Athens area team's first playoff game, and PAC is one of the smallest football-playing schools in Class A. [Game story and video from Rome newspaper] --
[Game story (Athens newspaper)]
Meanwhile, down in Rochelle, things apparently got a bit out of control between Wilcox County and Dooly County in the fourth quarter as the officiating crew halted the game with 4:15 left after some major misbehavior. The defending champ Patriots already had the game well-in-hand with a 36-14 lead. [Video highlights]
Wilcox will now travel a little east to Wrightsville to take on the undefeated Johnson County Trojans. Johnson pounded Terrell County 55-14.
The winner of next week's Lincoln County at Darlington game will host the winner of Savannah Christian at Charlton County. The Indians from down in the swamp had little trouble dispatching the middle Georgia Red Devils in Hawkinsville, 35-13. [Video highlights]
Savannah Christan, last year's runner-up and the team that put both Darlington and Lincoln County out of the 2009 playoffs, dispatched Region 1-A champs Mitchell County 17-7. Three times the Raiders tried onsides kicks, including recovering their first one to open the game. [Game story]
Other teams from Region 7-A did not fare as well as our Devils. Wilkinson County barely got by Holy Innocents' 34-30, taking the lead late in the game after HI failed to make a key first down. [Video highlights] The Warriors will now host Bremen, a 34-24 winner over Commerce. The loss was the last game for long-time Commerce coach Steve Savage. [Game story]
Warren County traveled to Norcross to get whipped by Wesleyan 48-13. [Game story] Washington-Wilkes ended its disappointing season 4-7 after a 49-7 loss to loaded Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough.
Athens Academy blasted Mt. Paran 34-7. [Game story]
Miller County upset Calvary Day 34-21 after Calvary's best player and running back went down with an injury in the first half. [Game story]
ECI knocked off Seminole County 27-6, and George Walton Academy continued to impress with a 24-7 win over Trion. Marion County blasted Turner County 64-26, and Clinch County rolled over Greenville 34-6.
Class A Second Round Matchups - all games scheduled for November 19:
Lincoln County at Darlington (in Rome)
Savannah Christian at Charlton County
Miller County at Clinch County
Wesleyan at Athens Academy
George Walton Academy at Eagles Landing Christian Academy
Wilcox County at Johnson County
ECI at Marion County
Bremen at Wilkinson County