One of the biggest games in Class AAAAA on Friday also turned out to be one of the best.
Thomas County Central’s Gavin Wilson kicked a 34-yard field goal in overtime to give the sixth-ranked Yellow Jackets (5-1, 1-0) a 17-14 victory over Bainbridge in a game that might have decided the Region 1 championship (but don’t tell that to Lee County, which beat Hardaway to improve to 6-0). Bainbridge had fumbled on its overtime possession.
According to the Albany Herald, Bainbridge (3-2, 0-1) had a long punt return for a potential game-winning touchdown during regulation that was called back because of a penalty. “Just daggum too many penalties,” Bainbridge coach Ed Pilcher told the Herald.
Here are some of the things we learned from Week 7 in Class AAAAA:
*Northside, Warner Robins are pulling away: As expected, Northside and Warner Robins have put some space between themselves and the rest of the pack in Region 2 as the only remaining teams in region play. This weekend they won easily against Houston County and Jones County, two of the better teams among the rest of the region. Northside and Warner Robins meet on Nov. 2.
*Creekview is going to the playoffs: OK, it’s not official, but the Grizzlies’ 21-6 victory over Sequoyah virtually assures them of the Division A title in Region 7, which would mean a spot in the region championship game and a state playoff berth. All Creekview has to do to complete the deal is win out against four teams that came into Friday’s games with a combined record of 0-16.
*Clarke Central will be short-handed: Clarke Central will be missing five players next weekend when it faces Heritage in an important Region 8 game. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, five Gladiators were ejected after an altercation during a 37-0 victory over Salem (which had seven players ejected). According to GHSA rules, the ejected players must sit out the next game.
*Riverwood still has a lot to play for: The Raiders’ hopes of an unbeaten season came to an end with a 35-7 loss to Kell in Region 7, but the Raiders are still in position to challenge for their first state playoff berth since 2001. Riverwood needs to finish in the top three in its subregion to get into the region playoffs, and wins over Sprayberry (1-4) and Osborne (1-5) the next two weeks would get them there.