Week 7 State Preview: Many Games Too Close To Call

September 27, 2004

This week sees the first of three critical games that will decide the Region 8-A title. Athens Academy must quickly regroup from the loss of their undefeated status as the Spartans visit unbeaten Jefferson. This is the best Dragon team in many years, as Coach Bill Navas has got the team believing. Navas was at Hephzibah High prior to moving to Jefferson.

Miller County is going through a season like our Devils did in 2001. The Pirates, a stalwart in Class A wars for many years, have lost 3 straight games and 2 straight Region 1-A contests. They will have another battle this Friday when Pelham visits Colquitt.

Central-Talbotton upset Schley County last Friday. Will the Hawks make it two in a row this week? Not a chance -- they visit powerhouse Pacelli.

Region 3-A sees a major test for undefeated Portal when hosts ECI. Portal, MCA, and SCD are tied for first in the region that leads the state in TLAs (three-letter-acronyms!).

Trion and Bowdon have struggled in non-region play, but meet this Friday to decide who will battle unblemished Bremen for the top spot in 6-A.

Despite its poor season so far, Landmark Christian can guarantee itself a playoff spot with a win over Whitefield Academy in 5-A. Region 5-A will match up against 7-A in the first round of the 2004 playoffs.

Washington-Wilkes should get back on the winning side of the ledger this Friday when the Tigers host Hancock Central in a battle between two teams from last year's 7-AA.

Last Friday, Aquinas beat Glascock County 42-0, the same score by which the Irish beat Lincoln County some 32 years ago, when Larry Campbell was a rookie head coach. Coach Campbell is now Georgia's all-time winningest, and will be after his 370th this Friday. Aquinas is 5-0 and has surprised many this season. A win over the Red Devils this Friday will probably be the biggest in school history. However, we must take note that the combined record of Aquinas' five victims is 5-24, compared to 15-11 for the Devils. And one more thing: Lincoln County has not lost a Homecoming game in over 30 years.