One of the area’s top early season basketball events, the Middle Georgia Shootout, will take place Saturday at Wilkinson County.
The eight-game slate begins at 10 a.n. when the Dawson Christian boys take on First Presbyterian Christian. The Warner Robins girls face Mount de Sales at 11:30 a.m., followed by a girls game at 1 p.m. between Sandy Creek and Greenville, South Carolina.
At 2:30 p.m., the Mount de Sales boys will take on Veterans, followed at 4 p.m. by the Wilkinson County girls going up against Crisp County. At 5:30 p.m., the Veterans girls meet Johnson-Savannah.
The final two games of the day, at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., will be boys games: Tattnall Square vs. Johnson-Savannah and Wilkinson County vs. Crisp County.
The admission price is $5.
The GHSA football semifinals weren’t all necessarily as competitive, at least on the scoreboard, as one might expect.
The largest semifinal margins:
55: Cedar Grove over Crisp County.
39: Benedictine over Callaway.
28: Roswell over Westlake; 22, Macon County over ECI.
21: Valdosta over Dalton, Thomson over Jefferson, Fitzgerald over Hapeville Charter, ELCA over Tattnall Square.
The closest game was Fellowship Christian over Prince Avenue Christian 31-28, but Fellowship was up 31-7.
Five teams in the GHSA football finals are from below Macon, if a line stretched from border to border: Valdosta, Benedictine, Fitzgerald, Macon County and McIntosh County Academy.
McIntosh County, Macon County’s opponent, has the longest drive, coming from Darien, just north of Brunswick. The Buccaneers have a 280-mile ride that will probably take at least 4 1/2 hours straight through.
Valdosta will travel about 230 miles and take nearly 3 1/2 hours, about 45 minutes longer than Fitzgerald’s trip. …
The Maxwell Ratings offers predictions each week, and it was perfect in the five Middle Georgia football games last week, unfortunately for four of the teams.
It was close on Cartersville, by 24 over Mary Persons (won by 21). Eagle’s Landing Christian was picked by 14 over Tattnall Square (won by 21) and Greater Atlanta Christian by three over Peach County (won by six). Tucker was a six-point pick over Northside and won by 15.
Macon County was the lone favorite, by six points, and won by 22.
A pair of Middle Georgia products saw their names in lights Sunday night at Georgia’s annual football gala at the Classic Center.
Defensive lineman David Marshall of Upson-Lee and defensive back Tyrique McGhee of Peach County earned newcomer of the year honors, Marshall for defense and McGhee on special teams.
McGhee also earned a “Dawg Time” award for “constantly playing with relentless effort and competitive toughness.”
Marshall is 13th on the team with 24 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
McGhee played in 12 games and has nine tackles.
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