Round 2 of the 2004 Class A Bracket Wars features rematches of two games from the hurricane week of the regular season: Lincoln-Commerce and Bremen-Landmark.
All four Class A Red Devil squads made it to the round-of-16. At least two of the four have tough opponents to overcome to keep alive the possibility of an all-Red Devil Dome.
Randolph-Clay, the new Red Devils on the block, may be putting their tails on the block when they travel into the swamp to play at super-power Clinch County. R-C's only loss was to undefeated Pacelli, and Clinch has only lost to AA power Charlton County. The Panthers' new head coach has his eye on his first quarterfinal visit, and the Devils will be hard-pressed to prevent that from happening.
Landmark Christian started the year 1-4, but has won sixth straight games since that 4th loss. Unfortunately for the War Eagles, their game this week is against the same team that handed them that 4th loss, Bremen. The Blue Devils plucked the Eagles 35-0 September 18, and we don't think Landmark has improved, or Bremen worsened, by 36 points since then.
Washington-Wilkes heads west on US 78, takes a left at Athens, and finds itself on the college-like campus of Athens Academy for its second round game with the Spartans. Athens Academy has lost only once this year (by 5 to our Devils in September). The Tigers have a new-found offense, but they will definitely have their work cut out for them against the private school boys.
Twiggs County must leave the comfy confines of their Pit to visit Darien and McIntosh County Academy. Which Cobras will show up? The ones that gave Hawkinsville all they could handle in August, or the ones that struggled to defeat Telfair County two weeks ago? The winner of this game will meet the Lincoln/Commerce winner in the third round. If Lincoln wins: a game with McIntosh would be in Darien, while a game with Twiggs would be in Lincolnton. And no, we're not looking past Commerce. We know it will be a war this Friday at The Bud.
Portal lost only one game during the regular season, but that single loss now puts the Panthers on the road to the last place they wanted to play: Hawkinsville. The Devils from da'ville will be in the Dome. We know W-W and Athens Academy will be some of the biggest Portal fans this Friday night.
Hancock Central will visit Bowdon in the other second round game. The Bulldogs have speed, but the western Red Devils are too well-coached for the Bulldogs to survive this one.