Everyone expected a close game in Jefferson Friday night, and the big crowd got it.
Jefferson missed an extra point, and Athens Academy's Chip Elder chipped in a 22-yard field goal with 58 seconds left for a 20-19 win over the Dragons. That means Athens Academy will be the Region 8-A champ, IF the Spartans can beat Commerce when the Tigers visit October 29. Jefferson will still make the playoffs, as either the second or third seed depending on their game against Commerce October 22.
Miller County righted its Pirate ship Friday night with a 14-7 Region 1-A win over Pelham. Miller has a good chance at finishing second in that region. Clinch County continues to roll, this week with a 45-point win over Atkinson County. The Panthers have shutout 4 straight teams, while scoring 146 points. Clinch is only team in 1-A with a winning record.
In a sad story (per AJC.com), over half of the Central-Talbotton players quit just before Friday's game with powerhouse Pacelli. It was going to be a blowout anyway. C-T dressed 17 players, and Pacelli won 66-0.
Portal continues to impress and surprise. We thought they would have a close game with ECI, but the Panthers proved us wrong: Portal 22, ECI 0. Portal is 6-0, and will be 8-0 before its next big test at McIntosh County Academy October 22.
Bowdon whipped Trion 38-14 to cut the 6-A race down to two teams of Devils. Region 6-A's first and second place teams will be decided when Bremen visits Bowdon October 22. Bremen rolled over Temple 45-0 to improve its record to 6-0.
In a game featuring Lincoln County's next two opponents, Washington-Wilkes scored often in the second half to whip Hancock Central 38-18 in TigerTown. Hancock visits Lincolnton next Friday, while Washington-Wilkes hosts GMC for the Tigers' Homecoming.