High School Sports

Jones County, Baldwin and Monticello are in, Lamar County has pressure-filled finale

Jones County coach Justin Rogers’ Greyhounds have earned a playoff spot in GHSA Class 5A.
Jones County coach Justin Rogers’ Greyhounds have earned a playoff spot in GHSA Class 5A. bcabell@macon.com

Class 5A

Jones County (5-4, 5-2 Region 4-5A, third)

The Greyhounds are set as the third seed, the two losses coming to the two teams above them, No. 1 Stockbridge and Woodland-Stockbridge. The regular-season finale is against Dutchtown (5-4, 3-4), which is out of the picture and playing for a winning overall record and even mark in region play, plus winning on senior night.

Jones County will visit the second-place team from Region 2-5A, which has a tight race with Ware County (5-3, 3-0), New Hampstead (3-5-1, 2-1) and Wayne County (2-7, 2-1) in region play. Ware County is a huge favorite at New Hampstead, so odds are the Greyhounds will be making the I-16 ride to just this side of Savannah and a new stadium, and as a favorite.

Class 4A

Baldwin (4-5, 2-2 in Region 4-4A)

The Braves are in as either a third or fourth seed in Region 4-4A. And they’ll know immediately after their game at Cross Creek on Friday. The winner gets third.

Baldwin will face either Mary Persons or whoever ends up second in Region 2-4A and will be on the road.

Class 2A

Lamar County (5-4, 2-2 in Region 5-2A)

This could get messy so break a calculator.

Spencer is 3-1, Heard County and Lamar County are 2-2, and Temple is 1-3. And all four play battle Friday, with Heard County at Spencer and Temple (6-3 overall) at Lamar County.

Non-region wins by classification are part of the convoluted tiebreaker system, and that favors Lamar County, which can eliminate those concerns with a win over a team that has only lost region games, and by an average of 36 points. The Trojans have beaten Heard County.

This region is matched up with Region 7-2A, a pretty solid group with three seven-win teams and a six-win team.

Monticello (3-6, 3-2 in Region 8-2A)

The Hurricanes will play an 11th game, thanks to a late-season surge during which all their wins have come in region play, courtesy of a three-game winning streak. They face region champ and undefeated Rabun County, so health and fine-tuning are focal points in the regular-season finale.

Monticello will head to the champion of Region 6, either Hapeville Charter or K.I.P.P, who play on Friday with one loss separating them.

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