Wesleyan booted the defending Class A champs from the playoffs, and now must face a stern defensive test. Meanwhile, Clinch County will head north to Irwinton to take on the speedy Wilkinson County Warriors.
After a storm that delayed the opening kickoff, Clinch County overcame a 27-20 fourth quarter deficit to hand Eagles Landing Christian its first loss 34-27. The Panthers scored twice in the final four minutes of the game played on a swampy field in Homerville. [Game story]
Wilkinson County kept alive its hopes of its first state football title with a 20-7 win over ECI. [Game story] ECI was without star running backs Wezley Ealey and Darion Moody due to injuries. Wilkinson County won the coin toss and will host undefeated and top-ranked Clinch County on Friday.
Wilcox County led at halftime but that wasn't enough in Norcross as Wesleyan whipped the Patriots 45-28. Star QB Nick Marshall had 3 TD passes and 2 interceptions in the first half for a 28-17 lead at the break, but the Wolves fought back. Wesleyan's big running back finished with 300 yards. Marshall also accounted for over 300 yards in offense, but fumbled twice and threw an interception. [Game story from Macon.com] -- [Game story from AJC.com]
Here's press coverage of Savannah Christian's win in Lincolnton: Chronicle: [Game story] -- Savannah Morning News:
Considering Lincoln County's three losses this season, two of the opponents are still in the Class A playoffs as noted above. The other, Abbeville, whipped Bamberg-Ehrhardt 42-13 to win South Carolina's Class A Division I football title last Friday in Columbia. This is the Panthers' first state title since 1996 when they won the AA crown. [Game story] Abbeville won 13 straight, starting with its 24-21 squeaker over our Devils when our last second field goal apparently went barely right of the goalposts. That 3-point win was the Panther's closest of the year. [Abbeville schedule]