UPDATED 11/17 -- Twiggs County, coming off upsets of #2 McIntosh County Academy and Defending Co-Champ Clinch County, comes to Lincolnton Friday night in search of its first invitation to the Class A semifinals at the Georgia Dome next Friday afternoon.
Don't be swayed by the Cobras' #4 seeding. Twiggs lost their first three games when their quarterback and other key players were injured. Region 4-A is large, with teams playing 9 region games. They lost to Hawkinsville 26-13 and to Dooly County 12-7 to go 0-2 in their region before Labor Day. Their only loss in the next 9 games was to 4-A champion Johnson County 16-12 four weeks ago.
The Cobras have won 40 games in the last 4 seasons, against only 9 losses. Their head coach, Dexter Copeland, is in his sixth season at the Jeffersonville school, amassing an impressive 43-16 mark. Twiggs will return to Region 7-A for the 2006 season.
Running back Jo Jo Cox (5-10, 225, 4.4) and QB Jaustin Rios (6-3, 210, 4.7) are the main stingers for the Cobras. Cox is a Division I prospect that was named All-State running back a season ago. The senior has added 1,358 yards this year for a career total over 4,400 and 35 TDs. Rios is also considered a Division I prospect with a great arm that still stay in the pocket under pressure. After missing early games, Rios has completed 72 of 142 pass attempts for 1,139 yards and 9 scores.
Six starters return on offense and nine on defense. Those nine include linebacker Trantez Stephens, linemen J. D. Hogges and Chad Floyd, and defense back Sherman Kind; all are college propects that are playmakers.
The winner of Friday's game will travel to Atlanta on the Friday after Thanksgiving to play the winner of the Bremen vs. Johnson County game. Also Friday night, Washington-Wilkes will host Savannah Country Day to decide one of the teams for Saturday's Class A semifinal. That winner will play the victor of the big Hawkinsville at Bowdon showdown.