Rookie Tattnall Square head coach Chance Jones defeated one of his mentors, Stratford head coach Mark Farriba, for the second time this season on Friday. Jones was on Farriba’s staff at Prince Avenue Christian prior to Farriba’s return to Stratford. He will be facing another veteran head coach with an impressive resume in the quarterfinals, as Rick Tomberlin has Calvary Day at 10-0 in his first season with the Cavaliers. Tomberlin was the head coach at Washington County from 1992-2005, winning three Class 2A titles, and also served three years as Lowndes’ head coach and four years as Valdosta’s head coach. He has a 246-118 career record.
One gone, three left
Region 1-6A looked like it might stay perfect for awhile, with Lee County leading Mays 22-8 at halftime. But the Raiders woke up in time for a 35-22 win to hand the region its first loss. Valdosta, Northside and Coffee won by an average of 23.6 points, Coffee knocking off No. 8 Alexander 42-34.
Macon County’s slumber
Turner County turned some heads with its 24-6 halftime lead over GHSA Class 1A public No. 1 seed Macon County in Montezuma. Bulldogs head coach Dexter Copeland said his team followed a bad week of practice with overconfidence, and came out with “ ‘I got my chest puffed out, can’t nobody beat us,’ ” mentality, which changed after a halftime discussion. The Bulldogs had a big third quarter to take the lead, and now host Manchester in a repeat of the Region 4-1A championship, a 55-13 Macon County win.
Closer than the score
West Laurens and Taylor County lost 21-0 and 35-20 in their respective games, the Raiders to Class 4A No. 4 Jefferson and the Vikings to Class 1A public No. 7 seed Commerce. But both were close games. West Laurens’ defense bowed up and the Raiders trailed 14-0 through three quarters, but couldn’t get the offense going. Taylor County trailed 21-20 midway through the fourth quarter, but gave up a short touchdown run, and watched Commerce get an interception deep in its own territory, and then seal it with a score at the 1:45 mark of the fourth quarter.
Only a few left
There are five teams left from Middle Georgia in four classifications: Northside (Class 6A), Mary Persons (Class 4), Peach County (Class 3A), and Macon County and Tattnall Square (Class 1A).