It's not who's playing well in August or September. The true test is who plays well when the leaves are coming off the trees.
McIntosh County Academy and Portal, ranked in the Top 5 for much of the season, had their seasons ended Friday night by Twiggs County and Hawkinsville, respectively. Twiggs won 32-13, and must now travel south to Homerville to take on Clinch County (28-13 winners over Brookstone). The winner will play the victor of next week's game in Lincolnton between our Devils and Gordon Lee.
After starting 8-0, Portal finished the season with 3 straight losses, including 17-6 in Hawkinsville Friday night. Hawkinsville will now travel to Cuthbert to play that other set of southern Red Devils from Randolph-Clay. R-C whipped Lanier County 42-0 in the first round.
Warren County surprised Commerce 14-0 in the latter's Tiger Stadium. The Screaming Devils will find their next opponent much, much, much tougher as they travel west to Bowdon to take on the top-ranked Red Devils. Bowdon beat Whitefield Academy 45-14.
Washington-Wilkes got a measure of revenge over Athens Academy 7-0. W-W had lost to AA by a questionable TD last year in the playoffs. The Tigers will host Temple next Friday in a cat fight. Temple's Tigers upset 5-A Champ Landmark Christian 14-13.
If W-W wins next week, it will host the winner of Turner County vs Savannah Country Day. Turner defeated Pacelli 12-7 while SCD stomped strong Dooly County 49-24.
Social Circle hosted its first home playoff game and whiped Aquinas 21-0. The Running Redskins next home game will be considerably tougher when Bremen's Blue Devils come visiting on Friday. Bremen blistered Mt. Zion 42-7. Johnson County beat ECI 40-8 and Seminole County defeated Terrell County for the second time this year, 23-13 this time. Seminole will visit Wrightsville on Friday.