Week 9 State Recap: Overtime Games Excite Playoff Races

October 16, 2004

Commerce and Jefferson took two overtimes to decide their rivalry/8-A fuss, and Seminole County needed overtime to complete their upset of Atkinson County in 1-A.

In Region 1, Miller County edged out Lanier County 25-7 to guarantee itself a playoff slot. Atkinson County was upset by Seminole County in overtime 22-21 to shake-up the 1-A standings behind top-seed Clinch County. Future region champ and #2-ranked Clinch County stomped Turner County 57-7.

Undefeateds Randolph-Clay and Pacelli warmed up for their October 22 Region 2 showdown as the Devils walloped Stewart-Quitman 73-0 and the Vikings slapped Schley County 52-6 this week. Brookstone beat Terrell County to probably decide the third and fourth seeds.

Portal slaughtered Long County 76-0 Friday, but the Panthers season gets much tougher during the next two weeks Region 3. McIntosh County Academy nipped Savannah Country Day 20-13 in a meeting between two playoff-bound teams.

Hawkinsville mauled Dooly County 55-14 Friday night to demonstrate those Devils may be better this year than last in Region 4. Johnson County defeated Wilkinson County 14-6 in a game that may decide the 3rd & 4th spots in 4-A. Twiggs County smashed Wilcox County 59-6.

Eagles Landing Christan and Whitefield Academy had easy games this week in Region 5 while Landmark Christian has the week off.

In Region 6, Bremen coasted over Mill Creek 49-14, with Bowdon and Trion also winning. The easy part of the season is over for the 8-0 Blue Devils, as they travel down to Bowdon next Friday to decide the 6-A title and top 2 seeds. Trion appears headed to third place with Gordon Lee fourth. That sets up a potential LC-Trion rematch in the second round in Lincolnton.

In Region 7, Aquinas whipped GMC 45-0 and now stands at 7-1. The Irish have a real shot at finishing second. Of course, they must defeat Washington-Wilkes next Friday in Augusta. Most years we would expect the Tigers to roll over Aquinas, but this year will probably be different. We think it should be a good game, and Aquinas may actually be favored to win over the 3-4-1 visitors. Lincoln County needs a win over GMC or Warren County to win 7-A.

In Region 8, the Commerce-Jefferson game thrilled over 6,000 at the Dragons' Lair. The Tigers kicked a field goal in the second overtime to win 34-31, and earn the right for their game at Athens Academy to decide the 8-A title and top 2 playoff spots. Jefferson should now finish third, barring an upset scalping by those Redskins from Social Circle.

Yes, the favored teams keep adjusting a bit, as there seems to be some upset each week. But then, that's what keeps Class A interesting -- the games must be played on the field to know the results.