This Friday night the playoff picture will become a little more complete as teams are jockeying for position late in the regular season. Here are some of the games happening around southwest Georgia this weekend:
Live 101.9 FM, Westover Patriots at Bainbridge Bearcats – The B Division of Region 1-AAAA is all wrapped up as the top three teams’ positions are set. Even if the Patriots upset the 5th ranked Bearcats, they will still not have won enough division games to overtake the Bearcats in the pole position or the Rams of Worth County in 2nd. Bainbridge is fresh off of a bye week and just as any bye week, it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Bearcats as they had some time to heal up and recharge their batteries for a Region Championship game next week and a potential deep playoff run.
Rockin 106.3 FM, Pelham Hornets at Seminole County Indians – The battle for the 4th spot in Region 1-AA is always a tight race but as of last Friday night there is a four-way tie for 4th place where three of those teams have yet to play one another. Leg number one of the round robin for the 4th spot begins this Friday night when the Hornets, who played as well as could be expected in a 35-15 loss to Fitzgerald, travel to Donalsonville to take on the Seminole County Indians who got a big win over Berrien last week. It will also be a contrast of styles as the Indians pack it in and run the ball while the Hornets like to control the skies with a potent passing attack. The winner gets closer to the playoffs and the loser will get pushed further down the leaderboard so expect it to all hand out in Donalsonville on Friday night.
Q 92.3 FM, Westwood Wildcats at Brookwood Warriors – In Region 3-AAA of the GISA there are two top dawgs (Valwood & Deerfield-Windsor) and then there’s everybody else. The two leading teams in the everybody else category are the Warriors and the Wildcats who both have athletes all over the field. The GISA playoffs begin next week and both teams will be vying for positioning in the region for the 3rd place spot. Westwood will also be looking to get back to .500 on the season with a win while the Warriors will be trying to earn 9 wins for the 9th time in school history.
OTHER GAMES AROUND SOUTHWEST GEORGIA
Randolph-Clay at Terrell County – In a classification where wins come at a premium with the power rating every week, both the Red Devils and the Greenwaves will be playing for potentially the region championship on Friday night in downtown Dawson, Georgia.
Calhoun County at Mitchell County – The Eagles are looking to stay in the race for a spot in the A classification playoffs and as of right now there is only one way in, a close second in the region. They need to win out and get some help but should take care of business against the winless Cougars.
Thomasville at Brooks County – The Trojans are looking to lock up their 3rd region 1-AA title in four years with a win at Thomasville. The Bulldogs have struggled this season and only have one win against Seminole County which has kept them from being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
Crisp County at Monroe (Thurs) – Leg number one of the three-way tie in Division A of Region 1-AAAA is tonight in Hugh Mills Stadium where a the Monroe Tornadoes who have come on strong as of late will play the feisty Crisp County Cougars.
Worth County at Thomas County Central – This is not a division game but will be a good one nonetheless. Both teams have 5-3 records and have played well in the last couple of weeks. The Yellow Jackets are hoping for a Monroe win & a Cairo loss but with only a Monroe win there will be a three way tie in the Division.
Tift County at Colquitt County – The Packers continue to roll while the Blue Devils have hit rough waters in region play. Tift County has lost two of the three games by double digits which doesn’t bode well for them heading into Mack Tharpe Stadium.
Valdosta at Lowndes – The Vikings started region play 0-2 but got a big win over Lee County while the Wildcats have looked massively overmatched against the powers of the region. All of that can be tossed out this Friday night when these two meet at Martin Stadium where the Wildcats have won four of the last five.