Class A Playoffs Finalized

November 15, 2002

Here's a quick look at the final big Class A regular season games.

  • 5-A: Heard County 14, Bowdon 7 in OT
    • In a very long game due to overtime and a weather delay, Heard County's Braves surprised the Bowdon Red Devils 14-7 to take second place in 5-A. Bowdon will now be on the road to Commerce next week.
  • 6-A: Bremen 22, Temple 0
    • Bremen's Blue Devils whipped the Temple Tigers 22-0 in bad weather to earn the right to visit Lincolnton next week in the first round of the Class A playoffs.
    • Bremen lost their leading rusher and passer from 2001, but have improved their record from last year. The Blue Devils are 6-4 like our Red Devils, but all four losses were to playoff teams. Bremen and LCHS have met only once, with the home-standing Red Devils winning 35-7 in the 2nd round of the 2000 playoffs.
  • 6-A: Trion 34, Gordon Lee 0
    • Gordon Lee won 9 straight games, but it failed in the big game, as Quizzy and others predicted, when Trion's Bulldogs chomped on the Trojans from Chickamauga 34-0. Trion as 6-A champ will host GMC, and second-place Gordon Lee will host Johnson County.
  • 8-A: Commerce 37, Social Circle 7
    • Commerce flexed its muscles in "The Graveyard" and rolled over Social Circle to settle 2nd and 3rd place in 8-A. SC scored late against the Tiger subs. Commerce will host 5-A #3 next week.
  • 3-A: Metter 39, Calvary Baptist 20
    • Except for a 7-point stumble against AA Claxton in September, Metter's Tigers (now 9-1) have been flying high all season, and Friday night was no different as Calvary Baptist (7-3) was sent back to Savannah with a loss and 2nd place in 3-A.

The last playoff spots in question are now settled.

In Region 1-A, Pelham edged Atkinson County 28-21 in a close game to wrap up 2nd place behind top-ranked and undefeated Clinch County. Seminole defeated Lanier County to finish third, just ahead of AtCo. Final Region Standings: Clinch Co., Pelham, Seminole Co., Atkinson Co.

In 2-A, Miller County defeated Taylor County 45-29 last week in a scoring fest to decide the top two spots. Final Region Standings: Miller Co., Taylor Co., Calhoun Co., Pacelli.

Metter won Region 3-A with a high-flying 39-20 win over visiting Calvary Baptist to decide the top two spots. McIntosh will finish third. Savannah County Day can clinch fourth with a win over Portal this Friday. Final Region Standings: Metter, Calvary Baptist, McIntosh Co. Academy, SCD. (Thanks to our southeast Georgia correspondent!)

Second-ranked Hawkinsville (9-1) trounced Treutlen 45-0 to win the 4-A title. Dooly County proved a poor host to Wilcox County as the Bobcats beat the Patriots 32-21 to settle second/third. Final Region Standings: Hawkinsville, Dooly (as recommended by our southwest Georgia correspondent), Wilcox County, Montgomery County.

Landmark Christian, featuring sons of some well-known folks, won 5-A with an unblemished 10-0 mark after a 34-0 whipping of Mt. Zion. Heard County, in a mild upset, scored a TD in overtime to take second place. Defending region champ Bowdon must now hit the road to Commerce next week. Final Region Standings: Landmark, Heard Co., Bowdon, Mt. Zion.

In Region 6-A, Trion brought a swift and certain end to Gordon Lee's undefeated status with a 34-0 walloping at Gordon Lee's home in Chickamauga. Bremen outlasted a weather delay and whipped Temple 22-0 to decide third and fourth. Bremen will make its second trip in 3 seasons to Lincolnton November 22 in the first round of playoffs. Final region standings: Trion (our reporter "Q" was right!), Gordon Lee, Bremen, Temple.

Region 7-A: Twiggs is the champion outright, with a 27-6 win over Warren County to finish the regular season in perfect fashion. Based on winning percentage against non-7-A Class A teams, the finishing order should be #2 Lincoln, #3 Johnson Co., and #4 GMC. Final Region Standings: Twiggs Co., Lincoln Co., Johnson Co., GMC.

Athens Academy beat Jefferson 27-10 to nail down the 8-A title. Commerce beat Social Circle 37-7 to decide 2nd and 3rd. Final Region Standings: Athens Academy, Commerce, Social Circle, Jefferson

In another area of interest, Class AAAAA #1 (and nationally #2) Parkview's winning streak now stands at 40 games after a 58-6 whipping of Duluth, and is second longest in Georgia history between Lincoln County's 44- and 38-game streaks. If Parkview stays undefeated and wins the state title this year, it will surpass LCHS's 44-game state record. Lincoln County has owned the state's longest win streak since 1978, nearly a quarter-century.

For other area teams, Thomson finished the regular season undefeated and ranked #1 in AAAA; their 'Dawgs will host a 2-AAAA team next week. Washinton-Wilkes was 7-3 in the regular season and finished 2nd in 7-AA; the Tigers will host a 6-AA team, probably Chattooga, next week.