All 2003 Class A regular season games have been completed.
In a game closer than expected, Temple High (5-5) lost to Bremen 28-21 to finish fourth in Region 6-A, and will bring its Tigers to Lincolnton's Buddy Bufford Field this Friday to kickoff the 2003 playoffs. Temple won its first five games, but lost its last five as it ran into tougher competition. Two of those losses were by 7 points to good teams, and the Tigers scored 20 on powerhouse Trion. They averaged scoring around 28 points per game.
Temple High is one of six high schools in Carroll County, where the Devils traveled in 2001 to play Bowdon. The Tigers were 6-5 in 2002 before getting booted from the playoffs by Twiggs County. GAVSV reports the Tiger kicker Brent Dycus as the top Temple prospect.
For other 7-A schools, Twiggs County whipped Warren County 35-0 and will host Gordon Lee in the first round. Warren (4-5-1) finished third and will travel to Bremen (7-3). Johnson County (2-8) will go to powerful Trion (9-1), a 48-14 winner over Gordon Lee (5-5).
Around Class A, Region 3-A was decided Friday night in Savannah as Metter came from behind to hand Calvary Baptist its first loss, 29-28. Metter (9-1) will next host Brookstone, while Calvary Baptist (9-1) hosts Taylor County. Savannah Country Day (7-3) will travel to Colquitt to face 7-3 Miller County.
Jefferson beat Athens Academy 13-9 on a late score to decide the second and third spots in 8-A. Athens Academy (6-4) will travel to Bowdon (7-3) November 21 to play for the right to go against the winner of the LC-Temple game in round 2. Jefferson (6-4) will host Heard County, a 34-0 loser to Bowdon.
For other Class A powers, Clinch County (8-1-1) will probably host Montgomery County (5-5), Hawkinsville (10-0) will welcome Lanier County, and Pacelli (10-0) will be at home to ECI (8-2). Social Circle (5-5) will visit Landmark Christian (9-1) and their star QB Alex Mortenson. This season was Hawkinsville's first perfect regular season since 1954.
For other local teams, Washington-Wilkes (6-4) finished third in 7-AA and will travel to Adairsville (8-2). Morgan County won 7-AA with a 38-10 win over second place Putnam County. Thomson (9-1) edged Baldwin County 10-7 to win 3-AAAA and will host Griffin next Friday in the Brickyard.