Many (including yours truly) expected the three remaining Region 3-A teams to quietly exit the playoffs in Friday night's round 2 matchups. MCA, SCD, and Portal didn't follow the script and have severely shaken the Class A playoffs.
Savannah Country Day, the #3 seed from 3-A, upset previously unbeaten 2-A champ Pacelli 27-13. The 3-A champ, McIntosh County Academy, pounded once-beaten and highly-ranked Twiggs County 30-0. And Portal put a bit of a scare in Hawkinsville when the Panthers took a 7-0 lead and kept the game close into the third quarter before losing 35-7.
The big controversy came in the Washington-Wilkes at Athens Academy game. The visiting Tigers took a 13-0 lead before the Spartans, without their star QB, came back to win 14-13. The TV coverage apparently shows that the officials incorrectly awarded the Spartans a touchdown when their rusher had his knee down before he crossed the goal-line. Athens Academy will host Hawkinsville next week in the quarterfinals.
Landmark Christian was certainly much improved since September, as it went back-and-forth with Bremen all night. A second overtime finally decided the game, with Bremen winning 40-39. The Blue Devils now get the unenviable task of visiting Clinch County in the swamp. Clinch shellacked once-beaten Randolph-Clay 35-8 to eliminate the possibility of All Red Devil Dome Semifinals.
Bowdon whipped Hancock Central 41-14 and will host Savannah Country Day in the quarterfinals.