GISA teams begin run to Mercer

October 3, 2013 

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Stratford receiver Jonathan Hefner is unable to hual in a pass during first half action against Deerfield Windsor Academy.

EVAN RODENROTH — For The Telegraph

In little more than a month, the football teams for Mount de Sales, Stratford and Tattnall Square will play their final game as members of the GISA as all three schools’ athletics departments prepare to move to the GHSA next year.

There’s a good chance Tattnall and/or Stratford could play their final game in the GISA at Mercer University Stadium in the Class AAA championship game (Mercer is hosting all three title games this season). It would be a long shot for Mount de Sales, which is struggling at 0-5, to get there, but the Eagles and Trojans are positioned well to be playing at Mercer in November.

It’s a long season, and we’re just now getting into the second half of the season and region play for these teams, but Tattnall and Stratford have shown they are among the GISA’s best this season.

The road to proving that begins this week with region play. Tattnall Square (vs. Westminster-Augusta) opens region play Friday, while Stratford has one more non-region game (vs. Edmund Burke) before facing Trinity Christian-Sharpsburg next week in region play.

Clint Morgan took over for at Tattnall after longtime head coach Barney Hester moved to Howard, and there were a lot of doubters about whether Morgan could continue the Trojans’ long run of success. That’s understandable coming after the tremendous program Hester built with the Trojans. Morgan, however, has done a tremendous job early in the season, and the team responded from its lone loss to John Milledge by winning its past two games in impressive fashion.

The Trojans have a difficult test in their Region 2-AAA opener against Westminster, which is 6-0. But if the first half of the season is any indication, the Trojans will be ready.

Stratford also has a first-year head coach in Mark Farriba, who is in his second stint with the program. Farriba’s team opened the season with two impressive wins but has suffered two tough losses to Westfield and Deerfield-Windsor the past two weeks.

That said, those losses should harden the Eagles for a run through the second half of the season and possibly a deep playoff run.

If so, they could face off with Tattnall at Mercer for the championship game. And that would be the perfect way to wrap up the teams’ stint in the GISA.

Contact Daniel Shirley at 744-4227 or dshirley@macon.com

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