Region 1-6A is what we thought it was
And what everybody thought, or knew, was that it was rugged. A region is burly when the teams are happy to get to the playoffs for a break. First-round scores: Valdosta over Lakeside-Evans 69-14, Northside over Grovetown 52-0, Lee County over Evans 41-0 and Coffee over Heritage 56-24. All games had at least fourth-quarter running clocks.
Surprise years continue at Taylor and Twiggs counties
Nobody would have predicted the two teams to be a combined 18-4 and into the second round of the playoffs. But head coaches Mark Wilson and Ashley Harden have turned in almost miracle jobs in their second seasons, getting plenty out of hungry players.
Milestone now awaits in Sandersville
Dublin’s upset put it back a week, so Chattooga comes to town with Washington County head coach Joel Ingram sitting on 99 career wins, against 33 losses for a .758 winning percentage. It’s a nice bounce-back season for the Golden Hawks.
It was a good night for regions 1-6A (4-0), 4-5A (3-1) and 2-4A (3-1). And the area’s Class 1A teams went 4-1.
No surprises here
There was some concern heading into Stratford’s playoff opener against Holy Innocents that the visiting Golden Bears’ record might have been deceptive. Holy Innocents was 5-5, but three of those losses came in-region against teams that had first-round byes in the GHSA Class 1A private playoffs. Stratford, however, was ready: A 401-yard rushing performance led to a 35-7 victory and a second-round rematch with Tattnall Square.
Kicking things up a notch
FPD trailed 10-7 heading into the fourth quarter of its first-round game at Aquinas. But four touchdowns in the final quarter swung things the Vikings’ way, giving them their first victory over Aquinas in three tries. No. 1 seed Eagle’s Landing Christian is next.
Taking positives from a loss
While Southwest was unable to complete a second-half comeback against Brooks County, the 20-16 loss was the closest margin of defeat for the Patriots in program history. Southwest, which fell to 0-9 all-time in the playoffs, was facing a Brooks County team that is looking for its fifth straight season with 10 or more victories.
Skipstone beat Life Christian 30-0 on Friday to claim the GICAA Division I-A championship, while Community Christian topped Creekside Christian 38-10 for the Division I-AA title. King’s Academy beat Dawson Christian 38-14 for the Division II crown. Praise Academy will host Crosspointe Christian this Friday for the Division I eight-man title, while Holy Ground Baptist will host Colonial Hills Christian in Division II eight-man.