Three undefeated teams, including two that seemed headed for region titles, lost last night in key region battles. Bremen and Portal now face tough games in next week's regular season finales to secure second place and first round home field games, while Randolph-Clay has 2-A's second place locked up.
In Region 1, Clinch County will be region champ. Atkinson County surprised Turner County 21-19 to further confuse 1-A. The winner of this Friday's Miller County vs Turner County game will be #2. If Atkinson beats Lanier County and Seminole County defeats Pelham, the Miller/Turner loser will be tied with Atkinson and Seminole; using record vs Class A temas, that loser would finish third with Atkinson fourth. But if Atkinson beats Lanier and Seminole loses to Pelham, the Miller/Turner loser would be tied with Atkinson, and Atkinson would finish third and that loser fourth since Atkinson defeated both Miller and Turner this year. Maybe! Needless to say, there will be a lot of cellphone activity between the 1-A stadiums this Friday as everyone tries to track the games that affect their playoff potentials.
Pacelli outgunned Randolph-Clay 41-19 in the battle of 2-A unbeatens. Pacelli should whip Brookstone this week to enter the playoffs with a spotless record. Randolph-Clay will finish second and will be a team to avoid in the playoffs. Brookstone will probably finish third with Taylor County a likely fourth.
In Region 3, McIntosh County Academy surprisingly shutout previously undefeated Portal 20-0 to all but win 3-A. Portal now needs a win over Savannah Country Day this Friday to take second place. The Portal-SCD loser will be third. In fourth place will be the winner between Calvary Baptist and ECI.
In Region 4, the top 3 spots will finish the way most thought they would: Hawkinsville, Twiggs County, and Johnson County. The Cobras crushed Johnson 34-6 Friday night to take home field in the first round of playoffs, and setup a possible third-round meeting with our Red Devils in Lincolnton. Telfair County whitewashed Wilkinson County 24-0 to take fourth place.
Region 5 sees Landmark Christian defending its region title against Whitefield Academy, with the big game still next week against Eagles Landing Christian Academy. The fourth seed will be determined next week when Mt. Zion battles Our Lady of Mercy, with the winner to play at Lincolnton the following week.
In Region 6, Bowdon reminded the Bremen Blue Devils that, for the 17th straight time, Red Devils are better. Those western Red Devils scored late to overtake the unbeaten Blues 16-13 and clinch the 6-A title. Bremen must quickly regroup as it plays Trion next Friday to decide second and third. Gordon Lee looks to be fourth.
In Region 7, Aquinas' dream of a home playoff game quickly disappeared Friday night as the Washington-Wilkes Tigers jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead enroute to a 35-14 win. W-W will finish second in 7-A. Aquinas and Hancock Central battle this Friday to decide third and fourth. Lincoln County won its 31st region title in the last 56 years with a 31-0 whipping of favorite nemesis Warren County.
In Region 8, Athens Academy escaped the Social Circle Redskins with a 17-7 win to setup next week's showdown with Commerce for the 8-A title. Depending on how the brackets actually work out, the AA-Commerce winner could host Washington-Wilkes in the second round before traveling to Hawkinsville in the third round. The loser would probably travel to Lincolnton for a rematch with our Devils in the second round. Social Circle and Jefferson will play next Friday to decide 3rd and 4th in 8-A.
There you have it. Last Friday decided some playoff positions, but setup even more showdowns of the final week of the regular season!