Let's update our region standings review after good action Friday night and now with only 3 full weeks left in the regular season:
Clinch County will win Region 1, and the Panthers showed why in their 35-7 whipping of Lanier County Friday night. Pelham's 13-7 loss to Turner County probably knocks the Hornets from playoff contention. Miller County, Turner, Atkinson County, Lanier County, and Seminole County remain in the playoff hunt. Miller stayed in the race with a 28-14 win over Seminole County.
Region 2 will be decided in Columbus October 22 when that newly-arrived set of Red Devils, Randolph-Clay, travel from Cuthbert to play Pacelli. Both teams should go into that battle undefeated as they are romping over opponents; Friday night R-C whipped Taylor County 28-0 and Pacelli blasted Terrell County 48-8. We always have a hard time picking against Red Devils, so we think R-C may upset the private school boys. Brookstone, Terrell, and Taylor will fight over the other 2 seeds. Brookstone blasted hapless Central-Talbotton 48-8.
It took two overtime periods for Calvary Baptist to nip McIntosh County Academy 55-54. Yes, 109 total points in that barn-burner using the "college" overtime system! That win should lock CB into the playoffs, but the final pecking order in Region 3 is far from being decided. Portal may go undefeated, but the Panthers have to get by MCA and Savannah Country Day the last 2 weeks of October. Portal and SCD destroyed their opponents Friday night.
Surprise!!! Hawkinsville will win Region 4. OK, so that's not a surprise. But Johnson County IS surprising some folks in middle Georgia. The Trojans' Oct. 22 game at Twiggs County may decide the #2/#3 teams, with Wilkinson County ready to pounce on Johnson County Oct. 15. Telfair County beat Dooly County by a touchdown, 21-14, to probably eliminate the Bobcats from the 2004 playoffs. The top 4 in 4-A all won by strong margins.
Eagles Landing Christan bested Whitefield Academy 14-7 to become the favorite in 5-A. While Region 4 may be one of the strongest regions in Class A, Region 5 may be one of the weakest. Landmark Christian outscored Our Lady of Mercy 55-21 to guarantee themselves a playoff spot, with a game with ELCA October 29 deciding the champion.. The winner of Oct. 29's Mt. Zion - Our Lady of Mercy game will finish fourth in the region, and will face the 7-A winner in the first round.
Region 6 is another tough region. Bremen is undefeated after 6 games, but must finish on the road against Bowdon and Trion. The Bremen-Bowdon victor will win the region, and the loser will probably be second. Trion is the favorite for third, with Gordon Lee fourth. Bremen whipped Gordon Lee 33-0 Friday night.
In Region 7, Aquinas overcame a 12-point deficit with less than 6 minutes left to overcome Warren County 33-32. The Irish, who didn't score at all last week in Lincolnton, scored two touchdowns in the final 3:32 and knocked a final Devil pass away in the endzone. That win should put the Irish and Hancock Central into the playoffs, since both own wins over Warren County. Washington-Wilkes whipped GMC 35-7 for a big Tiger Homecoming win as the Tigers prepare for their visit to Lincolnton next Friday to decide the 7-A title. Lincoln County dominated Hancock 42-2.
Region 8 is another of those regions with 3 good teams fighting for the best playoff seed. Athens Academy nipped Jefferson last week to make themselves a prohibitive favorite, but the Spartans must host those always tough Commerce Tigers October 29. An improved Social Circle team gave Commerce a tussle Friday night, losing 27-13. AA and Jefferson had best be careful they don't get scalped. Jefferson walloped Towns County 42-0, and AA plays Saturday night.
Keep in mind that the above are just our current thoughts. As our poor record in Shadow's Class A contest shows, our prognosticator brain cells haven't been functioning too well at times this season.