The surprises continue in Class A as we're already in week 6.
Aquinas will be 5-0 Saturday morning after it beats tenacious Glascock County Friday night. So, as we predicted some weeks ago, the Irish will indeed be undefeated when they travel up Geogia 104 to Buddy Bufford Field next week. Thirty-two years ago, Aquinas handed Coach Larry Campbell his worst shutout, 42-0. Now, we have to admit that was Coach's first season as the head man, and Aquinas was loaded with great players. 2004 will not be a repeat of 1972.
Portal, like Aquinas, is 4-0 for the first time in many years. This week will be the Panthers toughest battle so far as they travel to Savannah to play Calvary Baptist.
Second-ranked Clinch County travels west to Colquitt to take on the angry Miller County Pirates. The Colquitt folks were upset by Atkinson County last week; if they needed any more reason to get up for the Clinch game, Atkinson provided it. I understand Quizzy is now on the radio down that way.
Pacelli is 4-0, as expected, but sure got a scare from Taylor County last Friday. Pacelli is taking this week off, and won't have another tough game until October 22 when they host Randolph-Clay in essentially the 2-A title game. R-C's Red Devils travel to Edison to beat up on Calhoun County this week.
Wilkinson County's game against Twiggs County will kickoff this Friday, albeit one week later than originally planned. Thanks, Ivan!
Number One Hawkinsville is now well-rested (as if that matters) and will whip up on Johnson County's Trojans. Sorry, JoCoChief, but this one won't end pretty for the visitors from Wrightsville.
Landmark Christian and Bowdon will return to the winning column this week against Mt. Zion and Our Lady of Mercy, respectively. Bremen, now 5-0, is off this week.
Jefferson is another surprise 5-0 team that is open this week. The Dragons haven't allowed a point since August. Their next game is hosting Athens Academy October 1, with that game going a long way to decide 8-A. Of course, Commerce will have a lot to say about 8-A as well; they have a week off to recover from Lincoln County's visit last week.
Washington-Wilkes gets a much needed week off this Friday before hosting Hancock Central next week. Hancock surprised Warren County 16-7 Saturday night to put themselves in the playoff hunt.