The regular season has been completed, and now the real work begins. Thirty-two teams play next week to continue their dream of the Dome and the Class A finals. Friday night's regular season finales had a few surprises scattered around the Peach State, with several playoff-important games being decided by less than a touchdown.
In Region 1, Turner County slammed Miller County 41-13 to win second place. With other games, that caused a 3-way tie for third and fourth with Miller, Atkinson County, and Seminole County. Miller gets third due to their better Class A record. Seminole then gets fourth since they beat Atkinson County earlier in the year. Clinch County is the 1-A champ, and is a strong favorite for the finals.
Pacelli wins Region 2 with Randolph-Clay second, Brookstone third and Taylor County fourth. Pacelli and Bowdon look to have a quarterfinal fuss at Bowdon.
In Region 3, McIntosh County Academy winss the 3-A title and could potentially host a quarterfinal game against our Red Devils. Portal beat Savannah Country Day 35-28 to take second place. SCD places third. Fourth place goes to ECI due to their 26-17 win Friday night over Calvary Baptist. Portal will host Miller County in the first round, with that winner probably traveling to Hawkinsville in the second.
In Region 4, Twiggs County survived a big scare by Telfair County 28-26 to finish second behind #1 Hawkinsville. Twiggs finishes second with Johnson County third and Telfair fourth.
Region 5 finishes with Landmark Christian defending its region title by beating Eagles Landing Christian Academy 34-21. ELCA is second in their first year playing with the public schools. Whitefield Academy finishes third. Our Lady of Mercy nipped Mt. Zion 13-12 for its first win. Their reward for winning? -- a trip to Lincolnton in the first round next week.
In Region 6, Bowdon returned to its accustomed perch as region champ. Bremen came back in the second half to defeat Trion 14-13 to decide second and third. Gordon Lee finishes fourth.
In Region 7, Aquinas lost 20-18 to Hancock Central. Hancock finishes third and Aquinas fourth. Washington-Wilkes continued its offensive rebirth by whipping Warren County 27-6. The Tigers finish second and will host Whitefield Academy in the first round, with a trip to Athens Academy probable in the second round. found its offense last week and will finish second, hosting Whitefield Academy in the first round. Lincoln County goes into the playoffs with a nine-game win-streak after its 41-0 shellacking of GMC this week. Our Devils have improved with each game, and will host playoff games at least the first two rounds.
In Region 8, it was quite a battle at the private Oconee County school. Athens Academy beat Commerce 22-7 for the 8-A title. The Tigers played without their starting QB for much of the game, and without one of their other key players. Jefferson secured third with a 28-14 win over fourth place Social Circle. Devil fans will see a rematch with either Commerce or Trion in the second round, should Lincoln beat OLOM.
The games only get tougher from here on out. The 2004 Class A bracket holds the possibility of several classic games in the second and third rounds.
For fans of other area teams: Thomson is the top seed from Region 3-AAA, and will host Westover in the first round. Washington County hosts Troup County, and would play at Thomson in the second round, should both win their first round contests. Evans also made the playoffs.