Great Battles Expected in Round 2 of the 2002 Class A War

November 27, 2002

For the first time that many can remember, Class A's second round features only region champions and region runners-up. No third or fourth place teams made Round 2.

Calvary Baptist travels from Savannah to Homerville to take on the powerful Clinch County Panthers. Clinch is #1 in Class A, and will most likely prove why again Friday night.

Taylor County is making its second trip this year to Hawkinsville, and must be remembering its stinging 42-0 drubbing at the hands of the Red Devils in early October. It won't be any better for visiting teams in H'ville in late November. OT and AHill will have a great time again.

Gordon Lee travels to Commerce to play Athens Academy. Huh? Yeah, that's right -- AA is hosting the game at Commerce, since the Spartans' one-sided stadium doesn't meet GHSA Round 2 seating requirements. This game should decide whether Athens Academy was a one-game wonder (against Commerce) or Gordon Lee was a bit overrated for most of the season.

Commerce's stadium is available because their Tigers will be heading way way northwest to play the Trion Bulldogs. Ironically, if Commerce had not lost to Athens Academy in the regular season, it would be AA making the long trip and Commerce playing Gordon Lee in Tiger Stadium. This is another game between two strong teams that will be decided in the fourth quarter. Commerce has the better offense and more experience, but Trion is at home.

Twiggs County will have its hands full when Heard County goes snake hunting in The Pit in Jeffersonville. Their combined records are 21-1, with the lone loss being HC's loss to Landmark Christian. The Cobras have more quality athletes, but Heard's Braves are more experienced.

Pelham's Hornets buzz across southern Georgia into Metter's Tiger Den. This one may come down to whomever has the ball last.

Miller County has overcome their early-season injury woes and will be waiting on Dooly County in Colquitt. We think the Pirates will be playing in December, as they often do.