The playoff picture is beginning to take shape & there are some key games this Friday night that have major playoff implications. Here are some games to keep your eyes & ears on:
WBGE-FM, Live 101.9 – (5) Bainbridge Bearcats at Dougherty Trojans – Even though these two teams haven’t been in the same region every season, they have played a total of 21 games over the years beginning with their first meeting back in 1970. The last two seasons have been pretty lopsided in favor of the Bearcats but Bainbridge only holds a one game lead in the overall head-to-head matchup. Bainbridge is looking to begin the season 8-0 for the first time since 1960 while the Dougherty Trojans are still seeking their first region win. The Bearcats have beaten all the usual suspects so far this season but there are still some pecky opponents that could toss a wrench in Bearcats Head Coach Jeff Littleton’s plan.
WGMK-FM, Rockin 106.3 – Mitchell County Eagles at Miller County Pirates – Before the season began, when we were all attempting to predict how the season would play out, many of us had the Mitchell County Eagles repeating as the champions of Region 1-A while we also had the Miller County Pirates in rebuilding mode under new coach Brent Miller. My how things change in just two months. The Eagles enter the game this Friday night in Colquitt fresh off of a lopsided win over Baconton Charter that snapped a four game losing streak while Miller County is coming off of a bye week after a three game winning streak. I still feel the winner of this game will go on to win Region 1-A so make sure you’ve got a seat early on this one.
WQLI-FM, Q 92.3 – Pelham Hornets at Early County Bobcats – Only 58 miles separate these two communities but believe it or not they’ve only played one another seven times ever and three of those games have come in the last three seasons where the Hornets have fallen by an average margin of defeat of 22 points. The Hornets are coming off of a big home region win over Thomasville and the Bobcats are fresh off of a shutout victory over region foe Berrien. These two teams are both vying for playoff spots and neither can afford a loss in the uber competitive 1-AA region. Pelham’s passing attack has looked good so far this season and it’s clicking as it should late in the season but Early County has one of the best defenses in southwest Georgia and will be looking to shut it down.
OTHER NOTABLE GAMES
(10) Brooks County Trojans at (2) Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes – The Trojans are 5-2 on the season and have looked very good the last couple weeks but Fitzgerald may be the best AA team in the state behind star junior running back J.D. King. This game will decide the Region 1-AA Champion.
Westover Patriots at Worth County Rams – Second place in Division A of Region 1-AAAA is on the line between these two teams. The Patriots were 0-4 before region play began and now they are playing for second place in the division while Worth County won the division last season and are looking to get their second division win of the season.
Cairo Syrupmakers at Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets – These are not your father’s Syrupmakers & Yellow Jackets. Both programs are in a minor rebuilding mode in 2015 but that won’t deter this rivalry from playing another intense game in Thomasville in their 53rd meeting.
Valdosta Wildcats at (1) Colquitt County Packers – The undefeated Packers have been in the news this week because of what happened on the sidelines last week in Leesburg but will be looking to shift that attention to the scoreboard against their bitter rival who hung on to beat Tift County by three last Friday night. Colquitt County will be looking to win three in a row against Valdosta for only the third time in program history.
Lee County Trojans at Lowndes Vikings – If there is a team in the state who can’t afford another loss, it’s the Lowndes Vikings who are looking to avoid an 0-3 record in region play. The Lee County Trojans offense is looking to get back on track after being held to a season low 17 points.