It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s playoff season!
Georgia teams finished up their regular season schedules as teams either packed up their gear or got into position for a state playoff berth.
In one of the most interesting matchups with playoff implications was with Houston County. The previous #1 team and all-world quarterback Jake Fromm needed to beat Valdosta to get into the playoffs. They were unable to hold on to a 24-7 lead in the third quarter as the Wildcats came back for a 28-24 win. Fromm was held to only 174 yards passing in the game.
Dalton finished the season at 10-0 with a thrilling 24-22 win over defending 6A champions Allatoona. Allatoona scored in the final minute but Dalton stopped a two-point conversion to hold on for the win. One of the amazing stats from the game was that Dalton had minus 11 yards rushing in the game.
Crisp County defeated Worth County 28-20 for the Region 4 championship in 3A. Crisp County QB Patrick Felton tossed a 62-yard touchdown pass on the first play. The Cougars never trailed in the game.
This week there were some very high scoring games:
Parkview 67, Central Gwinnett 43
Alexander 49, Douglas County 42
East Hall 71, Fannin County 58
Johnson County 54, Hancock Central 36
Liberty County 56, Pierce County 46
River Ridge 55, South Cobb 30
Trion 57, Mt. Pisgah Christian 39
Islands defeated Groves 51-12 to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in school history. They will travel to Cordele to play Crisp County in the first round.
Lincoln County defeated First Presbyterian 55-27 and may have continued their streak of playoff appearances. They lead the state with 42 consecutive seasons. Class A playoff qualifications and pairings will be determined this week.
In a battle of North vs. South, North Gwinnett will playoff South Gwinnett in the first round. It will be their first meeting since 2005. The all-time series is tied 6-6.
On a personal note, I will have my eyes on the Class 5A first round matchups Warner Robins at Griffin and Villa Rica at Arabia Mountain. I attended Villa Rica High School (1977-1980) and lived in Warner Robins and attended several games (1984-2009). If those teams win, they will meet in the second round. I would love to see it but both have huge tasks ahead of them. Warner Robins is 3-7 and travels to Griffin (9-1). Warner Robins leads the all-time series 3-1 including at 34-0 win in the 1976 state championship game. Villa Rica (5-5) faces Arabia Mountain (8-2) for the first time. This is also the first time Arabia Mountain has been in the playoffs.