Washington County took a 20-6 lead, but the homestanding Hawkinsville Red Devils tied the game in the third at 20-all and won the game in the fourth with a 27-20 final. [game story] H'ville will certainly keep and their deserved #1 ranking in Class A, while WaCo should remain rated high in AAA.
Trion once again took the lead against a higher-ranked opponent, but again came out on the short end when the final whistle tweeted. The Bulldogs led in the second half before losing 36-27 in an offensive shootout with Commerce Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
Dooly County and Clinch County didn't get halfway through the first quarter Friday night before the officials stopped the game due to lightning. It would have been better for Dooly if the game had officially ended then, rather than being finished Saturday night. Clinch rolled over the Bobcats 42-6.
Twiggs County blasted Landmark Christian 34-6 to justify and increase their expectations in 2004. The talent-laden Cobras must quickly come back to earth as they host powerhouse Hawkinsville this Friday on their new custom turf in The Pit. This early-season showdown will most likely decide the Region 4-A title.
Washington-Wilkes tied Class AAAA Lakeside 7-7, and Thomson defeated Elbert County 16-9 in games of local interest. Class AAA Burke County, Lincoln's next opponent, blew away Class A Jenkins County 48-0; a Bear victory was expected, but not by that large a margin.