Class A: Huge games in Week 11, Region play-in game scenarios, Possible first-round playoff pairings

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Week 11 is the biggest thus far in Class A in terms of the number of key games. We’ll take a look at some of them.

Also, we’ll clarify the region play-in game scenarios for the two sub divided regions in Class A – 3 and 6 – with a quick look at one of the possible champions, Walker in Region 6. And as we’ve done for the past few weeks, we break down how the first-round playoff matchups would look like if the playoffs began today.

But first, a correction. We reported earlier this week that if Our Lady of Mercy advances to the playoffs this season, it will be the Bobcats’ first visit to the post season in the 12-year history of the football program. Not true.

In 2004, Mercy and Mt. Zion-Carroll went into the last game of the year with 0-9 records. But because Region 5 had just five teams in it at the time, the winner would earn the region’s fourth and final playoff spot. Mercy prevailed 13-12, but was thrashed in the first round by Lincoln County (53-0). Ironically, this season both Mercy and Mt. Zion are on the brink of making the playoffs. Mercy (5-4, 2-3 in Region 5) is No. 17 in this week’s private school Power Rankings, while Mt. Zion (5-3, 3-1 in Region 6-Division A) is No. 20 on the public school side. However, the Eagles are not receiving points for two of their wins – North Cobb Christian and AAA Cross Keys – because those teams are playing non-region schedules.

And now for the previews.

Miller County (8-1, 5-0 in Region 1) at Seminole County (6-2, 4-0). This one is for the region title. Seminole is the defending champion while the Pirates are in search of their first region championship since 2008. Seminole needs the win to ensure itself of one of the 16 playoff spots. Currently, Seminole sits at No. 20 in the public school Power Rankings, while Miller is No. 9. This is the season finale for Miller, while Seminole still has a tough game against Mitchell County (5-4, 4-1) next week in Camilla to close out the regular season.

No. 9 Wilkinson County (6-2, 5-0 in Region 7) at No. 5 Lincoln County (7-1, 5-0). Both teams have solid Power Ranking numbers – Lincoln is No. 1, Wilkinson is No. 6 – so this one is for the region championship and bragging rights. Lincoln leads the series 7-1, but the two teams have split the last two meetings. Lincoln won 35-0 last season while Wilkinson won in 2010, 26-14.

Holy Innocents (6-3, 4-1 in Region 5) at Landmark Christian (6-2, 4-0). It’s the regular season finale for Holy Innocents, which has a rock solid private school Power Ranking number (No. 8). The Bears still have hopes of forcing a three-way tie for the region crown. A win by the War Eagles would set up a showdown for the region title with rival No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy next week. Landmark also hopes to provide the spark for what could be a historic weekend for the school as the volleyball team and the boys and girls cross country teams all compete for championships on Saturday.

No. 7 Wilcox County (6-2, 3-1 in Region 2) at No. 8 Irwin County (6-2, 4-0). The winner will be one step closer to the region title but there are still obstacles to overcome in next week’s season finales. Wilcox would still need to defeat a scrappy Telfair County (5-3, 2-2) team at home in Rochelle, while Irwin would still have to beat Charlton County (5-3, 3-1) on the road in Folkston. Both teams have stellar Power Ranking numbers — Wilcox is No. 2, Irwin is No. 4.

Athens Christian (4-4, 3-1 in Region 8  ) at George Walton Academy (5-3, 2-2). Athens Christian still has region championship aspirations and needs a win to keep those hopes alive. George Walton needs the win to improve its precarious No. 14 private school Power Ranking.

Greenville (5-3, 3-2 in Region 4) at Dooly County (6-2, 4-1). The region is already a mess with Brookstone, Dooly and Marion County in a three-way tie at the top. Greenville hopes to make it messier with a win before hosting Brookstone to close out the regular season. The Patriots also need to improve their Power Ranking a bit, which currently stands at No. 12. Dooly stands at No. 7 on the list.

Charlton County (5-3, 3-1 in Region 2) at Telfair County (5-3, 2-2). Charlton controls its path to the region title while Telfair would need some help. A win by Charlton, plus another win next week at home against Irwin County, would give them the championship. Telfair must beat Charlton and Wilcox County on the road next week, and hope Irwin County loses at least one of its last two games.

Region play-in scenarios

In Region 3, the two sub region winners will face each other next weekend, while the No. 2 seed from one side will face the No. 3 seed from the other, according to Savannah Christian head coach Don Chumley. His Raiders (6-2, 4-0) can lock up the top spot in Division A by beating Savannah Country Day (2-6, 1-3) on Friday. The defending Class A champions will face No. 2 Emanuel County Institute (7-1, 3-0) in the title game next week. Home field will be decided by the Power Ranking, where ECI is No. 3 on the public school side while Savannah Christian is No. 4.

Region 6 is another story. The sub region winners will host the No. 4 seeds from the other side, while the No. 2 seeds will host the No. 3’s from the other side. If both No. 1 seeds win, the region championship will be awarded to the team with the highest Power Ranking.

This set up hurts the current leader in Division A of the region, Mt. Zion. The Eagles have a poor public school Power Ranking, No. 20, because (as was noted above) they do not receive credit for wins over North Cobb Christian and Cross Keys, two teams playing non-region schedules.

As such, in order to make the post season Mt. Zion will most likely have to win the Region 6 crown, which would guarantee it a playoff spot. To do that, the Eagles must win Friday at Gordon Lee (5-3, 2-2), win next week’s region play-in game against Mt. Pisgah Christian (5-3, 2-2), Mt. Paran Christian (2-6, 2-2) or King’s Ridge Christian (4-4, 2-3), and then hope Walker, the No. 1 seed from Division B, loses its play-in game.

But that would be a novelty, as the Wolverines are a perfect 8-0 thus far under first-year head coach John East. It appears the stars are aligning over Marietta as everything has fallen into place for Walker, well, perfectly.

For starters, the Wolverines have 18 seniors, a high number for a team in any classification. That group is led by OL/DL Mike Ramsay (6-2, 270) who has committed to Duke, OL/DL Colin Mitchell (6-2, 255) who is being recruited by Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I) and Football Championship Series (formerly Division I-AA) schools, fullback Patrick McPherson and Class A Player of the Year candidate Evan Kasian (5-11, 180), who has rushed for nearly 2,000 yards this season.

East credits Kasian’s success to his attitude, work ethic and experience as a soccer player.

“As talented as he is, Evan is very unselfish. He’s very much a team-first guy and a true leader,” East said. “Because of his soccer ability, he has tremendous strength and muscular endurance. As a midfielder in soccer, he can run forever. That helps him as a football player because he can combine his [football] instincts with speed, quickness and power.”

Also, the mere fact that East is on the Walker sideline is another sign that this was destined to be a special season for the Wolverines, whose record over the past five seasons was 13-37.

East has been involved in high school football coaching and athletic administration for 38 years. He spent time as an athletic director at Savannah Country Day, Lovett and seven years at Whitefield Academy, which he left at the end of the 2011 school year to take a job in Florida.

But when that job fell through, East began consulting for schools in Georgia. He was contracted by Walker to help the school establish a lacrosse team last school year and began helping out the football team as well. When the head coaching job became available, East, who had never been a head coach at the varsity level, spoke with Walker athletic director Gary Blohm, his good friend, about the position.

“I had always wanted to be a [varsity] head coach, but I took jobs in administration because it was what was best for my family,” East said. “But, finally, this was the perfect opportunity.”

But the rest is not yet history. East, who credits coordinators Pat Hall (defense) and Dan Moorer (offense) for much of the team’s success this season, said the Wolverines will continue their mantra of playing from week to week.

“I learned a long time ago that your No. 1 goal should be to win the next game,” East said. “Our players are really focused and have bought into that. We don’t worry about what’s down the road.”

Playoff pairings

If the playoffs began this weekend, here are the matchups on the public and private school divisions.

PUBLIC

No. 1 Lincoln County hosts No. 16 Clinch County

No. 2 Wilcox County hosts No. 15 Johnson County

No. 3 Emanuel County Institute hosts No. 14 Trion

No. 4 Irwin County hosts No. 13 Claxton

No. 5 Charlton County hosts No. 12 Greenville

No. 6 Wilkinson County hosts No. 11 Gordon Lee

No. 7 Dooly County hosts No. 10 Commerce

No. 8 Marion County hosts No. 9 Miller County

Observations: Marion’s loss to Brookstone last week dropped the Eagles from the No. 2 slot down to No. 8, where they would host Miller, which defeated Marion in Week 3 (20-7) … Turner County’s third loss in a row last week (27-26 to Irwin) dropped the Rebels down to No. 17, while Trion’s win over Gordon Lee (6-0) vaulted the Bulldogs into the top 16.

PRIVATE

No. 1 Athens Academy hosts No. 16 Christian Heritage

No. 2 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy hosts No. 15 Mt. Pisgah Christian

No. 3 Prince Avenue Christian hosts No. 14 George Walton Academy

No. 4 Savannah Christian hosts No. 13 Landmark Christian

No. 5 Darlington hosts No. 12 First Presbyterian

No. 6 Calvary Day hosts No. 11 Athens Christian

No. 7 Walker hosts No. 10 Brookstone

No. 8 Holy Innocents’ hosts No. 9 Aquinas

Observations: In the crazy world of power rankings, Our Lady of Mercy dropped down to No. 17 after winning last week at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (68-19). The Bobcats were replaced by No. 15 Mt. Pisgah, a team they hammered (42-14) in Week 3 … No. 5 Darlington’s loss to Mt. Zion last week dropped the Tigers three spots … No. 2 ELCA continues to gain ground on No. 1 Athens Academy and may overtake the Spartans for the top seed in the next two weeks … Now at No. 14, George Walton continues to slide. At one point, the Bulldogs were in the top 8 … The 4-13 pairing – Landmark at Savannah Christian – would be a rematch of last year’s state title game.

Lots to discuss here.  What say you, Class A heads?

35 comments Add your comment

Old water boy

November 1st, 2012
1:24 pm

It is interesting that the Region 6 “play -in ” plans are described today as you state. It has been believed until now that the same scenario as described for Region 3 would be used ( 1 v1 ,etc) . Strange that the subregion #1 is now playing the opposite #4, etc….essentially just letting the highest Power Ranked team become the Region champion ( as both subregion #1s should handle the opposite #4.) Seems a bit of a waste if you ask me. Certainly any football loving fan of either subregion winner would want to see 1 v1 . What are they thinking ??? Why not play 1v6 if thats what they are trying to do ! Furthermore , even with my disdain for the GHSA , I can’t really believe that they wouldn’t mandate a similar format for any split region to decide their overall winner . All seems a bit suspect ( pressure by somebody to use the vague Power Rankings ) if you ask me ….as bad as the BCS at the college level !!!!!

Joe R

November 1st, 2012
1:41 pm

Sad that this “Power Ranking” could possibly place a team with a 3 loss record at the top of Class A Region 6, while a team currently unbeaten (Walker) could go 10-0 and NOT be region champs. I say the “powers that be” go back to the board on this and fix the problem, lest it be their sons who next suffer this fate.

S. Thomas Coleman

November 1st, 2012
1:48 pm

@Old: All the head coaches from each region get together in the spring to hammer out how they plan to decide champions and break ties. They vote on everything. So it’s the Region 6 coaches who settled on this format (which has been used in other regions), not something that was mandated by the GHSA. See if you can get in touch with the HC of the school you pull for in Region 6 and ask him how he voted and why.

Thanks for reading and posting.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

S. Thomas Coleman

November 1st, 2012
1:54 pm

@Joe. I guess that possibility does exist for Walker, only if the No. 1 from the other side is Darlington, which currently sits above Walker in the Power Rankings. If Mt. Zion wins that side of the region, its Power Ranking is too low to take the championship away from Walker.

All in all, the way Region 3 is handling it is best, in my opinion.

Thanks for reading and posting.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

Walker Fan

November 1st, 2012
2:07 pm

I cannot believe this is what was agreed to. So, we have a bunch of coaches sitting around and they say, we do not want to settle it on the field, nor do we want region record to settle it, our first choice is to let a points system decide the region champion…yeah, lets let the points system make the decision…a points system that we have never used before. I smell a Darlington rat. I can assure you that our HC has been pointing to a 1vs1 game, and so have our fans, for quite some time.

LETS JUST SETTLE ON THE FIELD. I would rather lose by 40 in 1vs1 crossover game, than get cheated by some kind of backroom gaming of the system. We have the 10th game crossover. This is madness to not settle it in a game but rather to let a points system settle it.

I am now going to say a prayer for Mt. Zion to beat Gordon Lee tomorrow night to lock out this points system madness providing Darlington an absurd path. Of course Walker needs to win out, but no matter what, settle it on the field!!!

Walker Fan

November 1st, 2012
2:11 pm

For the next 32 hours, I am going to go by the handle “Mt. Zion Fan”!

S. Thomas Coleman

November 1st, 2012
2:45 pm

@Walker Fan: No sure what the prevailing rationale was for the coaches to vote on this system. Coach East told me he would have preferred the 1 v. 1/2s v 3s scenario, had he been at the meeting.

Thanks for reading and posting.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

mt. zion fan

November 1st, 2012
6:44 pm

If Mt. Zion beats Gordon Lee.(already beat Darlington, Trion) if Mt. Zion doesnt make playoffs and Gordon Lee and Trion (and have better records) will make playoffs????? Sounds like to many southern schools are going to make it, just because they dont have to play some of the private schools. Walker is a good team, but we gave them everyting we had, and they were happy for the win. It was the cry baby south schools that wanted this, looks like they are going to get what they want…Shame Shame

mt. zion fan

November 1st, 2012
6:48 pm

And by the Way Darlington biggest farce in A Ball, Ghsa just needs to count the kids. They will be moved up. Cheaters is all they are, trying to get championships, and guess what they havent done it and got whupped by little ole Mt. Zion. lol

mt. zion fan

November 1st, 2012
6:48 pm

And Oh Played em both, Walker better team by long shot, Darlington is pretender.

TCDAWG25

November 1st, 2012
7:16 pm

@ Swamp Lizard do you want me to save you a good spot at the game next week.

sb

November 1st, 2012
7:34 pm

If only the Lincoln and Wilcox coaches had not whined and complained and split the playoffs between private and public schools….we would continue to have a true champion
If Savannah Christian had not beaten Lincoln County three years in a row…none of this would have came up. Had Lincoln beat SCPS all those games…they would have not complained. Wilcox didn’t complain the year they beat SCPS in the finals. It wasn’t until Wilcox got knocked out the very next year by a private school that they started the whining and complaining. It was all fine as long as they were winning..but as soon as those two teams started losing to private schools…the complaining started. That is the bottom line. Had they kept beating the private schools..the split would have never happened. Those are the facts that nobody can argue. The whining started once they started losing to private schools.

tom jones

November 1st, 2012
9:59 pm

lets go greenville. if greenville wins. That helps brookstone alot. Lets go Brookstone!!!! give us some love

S. Thomas Coleman

November 1st, 2012
10:25 pm

@mt. zion fan: Mt. Zion is hurt by the teams they beat that are playing non-region schedules — Cross Keys and North Cobb Christian. My guess is that Coach Holloway made out the schedule before he realized that playing teams like that will not earn you any points. It’s a very unfortunate part of the Power Ranking process.

Best of luck to the Eagles, and thanks for reading and posting.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

S. Thomas Coleman

November 1st, 2012
10:32 pm

@sb: I think there is some validity to what you’ve stated. The single school counties started to see the tide begin to turn slowly, with some of the private schools stepping their games up. For whatever reason, they didn’t think they would be able to keep pace in the long run, so forcing the split was a preemptive move on their part, I believe.

Like I’ve said before, both sides of the argument — pro and con the split — have valid points. Thanks for reading and posting.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

S. Thomas Coleman

November 1st, 2012
10:34 pm

@Tom: So I guess you’ll root for Greenville this week and then hope the Cougs destroy them next week, huh? Gotta love the Power Ranking system!

Thanks for reading and posting.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

MCMBAA

November 2nd, 2012
1:32 am

Out of all that above, the one good point (and one I’ve made before) is the point made by “sb” that single A ball will no longer have a single and decisive champion. That sound you hear is the laughter of the other classes at us, that tingle you feel is the contempt they will have for the “public champion” and the “private champion”, and that knot in the pit of your stomach is the realization that each team’s championship status will forever be tarnished by the question “who is the REAL champion and best team in “A” ball”. Way to go GHSA in caving in to the mewing troglodytes who can’t win a championship any other way and creating this mockery that is now the single A football playoffs.

Swamp Lizard

November 2nd, 2012
6:52 am

@ TCDOG25 … I’d sure like to be there! It should be a great game. But my “Littleman” has a big game that night and I need to be there with / for him …. Landmark @ ELCA. Maybe we’ll be able to meet up at the DOME !! Take care of business this week and get after those Raiders !!

Swamp Lizard

November 2nd, 2012
7:17 am

@ SB …. I do agree with you on a lot of your takes, but I would like to hear it from the coaches mouth before I would single them out. I agree it was OK for Lincoln Co to win what ??? ….. 36 Region titles ??? How many State titles ??? And Wilcox Co to be a “player” year in year out in the state playoffs …. & win State titles themselves …. along with Clinch Co, Charlton Co, etc …. Then you have Sav Christian come along and become a “player” ….. ELCA, Landmark, Prince Ave, Aquinas, etc … and everyone wants to make a “new” set of rules to play by. That part I agree with you 100% !!
In my opinion, this is what’s wrong with AMERICA today !! …… it’s like a bunch of LIBERALS that don’t get their way and they want to run, hide, and change the “game” around to benefit themselves. What ever happen to “OLD SCHOOL” ??? Where you would stand toe to toe and get after it.

ELCA was knocked out of the playoffs two years in a row by Lincoln Co ( don’t hold me to this but I think it was 2008 & 2009 ) ….. ELCA didn’t run to GHSA and cry for separation …. ELCA wanted to like Lincoln Co !! They wanted to be a “PLAYER” …. so they went to work !! ……… & Don’t be an ass and tell me they went to RECRUITING !!!

Big Dog

November 2nd, 2012
8:16 am

They went to work and also started to recruit!

sb

November 2nd, 2012
8:34 am

Savannah Christian went and got a great coach, started winning more games which did attract more players to come to the school. No doubt..winning helps everything. This year they have a good team but by no means a great team. In fact I would say Lincoln would likely beat them handily this year if they played. I was at the last Lincoln County SCPS playoff game and objectively Lincoln’s team was just as big, and just as good as SCPS. It was a very even game that could have gone either way. As a fan, it was great to see SCPS playing these traditional powerhouse schools….win or lose. In the end I hate to see the split for that reason. There should be one champion and I agree whoever wins the public and private school titles it will be tarnished because it wasn’t one true playoff bracket. You hear no opposition from Lincoln or Wilcox people because they know it’s true. Those two coaches pressured the other coaches and GHSA to do this which in the end hurts even their own team, school, and parents. If this split playoff had happened last year and SCPS won the private school title…everybody would have said well they didn’t play Lincoln or didn’t play whoever the public school champion ended up being and their state title would have been minimized and assumed they couldn’t beat the public school champion. That’s THE problem with this.

S. Thomas Coleman

November 2nd, 2012
8:57 am

As I believe I’ve stated on may occasions, I am not a fan of the split. But it doesn’t make sense to compare Class A with the other five classifiations. Simply put, those other classes don’t have the high number of private schools competing against public schools as there are in Class A, where more than 40 percent of the football-playing schools are private schools.

In the other classifications, that percentage isn’t anywhere near as high. If it were, you would have a number of public schools doing the same sort of complaining about private schools and their ability to “recruit” as we’ve had in Class A. Also, plenty of public schools in the higher classes have it out for their own public school brothers in the “city school systems,” like Buford and Calhoun. Jump over to the AA and AAA blogs sometimes and read the venom that is spewed against those schools and their supposed “recruiting” tactics.

We can debate the pros and cons of the split, but let’s not bring the other classifications into the mix, touting how they are somehow “looking down their noses” at the championships being contested for by the kids in Class A.

Thanks for reading and posting!

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

Single A

November 2nd, 2012
9:02 am

@sb and Swamp Lizard……. You are stupid if you think for one minute that the playing field is level in single A . In single A two above average athletes can make a huge differance in any sport boys or girls sports. If its about whinning why don’t everyone get a chance to go out and select or recruit who ever they think can help there program. Because that is what the private schools do. I wonder how many state championships Ole Larry would have if he could recruit.If you want it to be truly fair, let all the private schools go back to GISA and compete against each other and let the Inferior Public schools continue to compete against each other. The real deal is MONEY. Private schools could not generate the money at their gates that the public schools do. If you got such a problem with it the GISA is waiting for you. Sounds like you are the whinners.

ELCATRAZ

November 2nd, 2012
9:40 am

@ Single A – Just 2 huh, go ahead and do the old line up your best on best, just like in Pee Wee ball and see what you get..Put ELCA’s starting 11 on Offence up against say..Lincoln Cty’s 11 “O”.
They are pretty much about the same, if you do it that way! Those 2 teams have 4/5 playmakers on the Offence!! Coaching kid’s up and getting them to play together, is a couple of key’s to a sucessfull Football Team. Yes, Single A teams have number issues, getting young men to come out and play. ELCA has about 240-250 in High School, this is half of most of the other Single A’s. Get them out of the halls and on the field. BTW you can believe what you want about ole Larry, he didn’t get to where he is today, without keeping and eye and ear out for players. When some Public Schools DO NOT make the top 16, that’s when you will hear the most “Crying”.

VOTE for Playoff Game 5 – Public vs Private – Is this on the ballot Tuesday?

Swamp Lizard

November 2nd, 2012
11:06 am

@ Single A …. No, I’m not stupid. My question to you is …. was the playing field level 5 years ago, 10 years ago? …. NO !! …. it was ok for YOUR team to beat these ( ELCA, Landmark, Prince Ave, Sav Christian, etc .. ) private schools in the ground. Now that they have put together solid programs … YOU want to play the LIBERAL card and turn and run? I told you, ELCA didn’t turn and run, they wanted to be like Lincoln Co , Clinch Co , Charlton Co, etc …. a state power!

Swamp Lizard

November 2nd, 2012
11:16 am

@ Big Dog …. read that last line. ;)

Single A

November 2nd, 2012
3:27 pm

Building a program through recruiting is the same as buliding a program throught the public school? To address the the 5-10 year ago question. Lincoln was playing the hand they were dealt. Anyone can win at cards when you turn the deck over and select your cards. ELCA is recruiting in the Atlanta metro area. They should be ranked nationally.Even with your recruiting you will never get 19 state championships. That’s right 19 !

Augustafballer

November 2nd, 2012
4:14 pm

Very good public schools have been doing what private schools are doing now. Programs like Lincoln County dont just pull from their own county, but they get good players from surrounding counties also. Columbia County produces some great athletes, but all 5 high schools have lousy football programs. If you are a good football player with potential, why not go to a great program where there will be better coaches and more exposure. Last year, Mike McIntire (Lincoln County’s RB) played on a poor Harlem team that got destroyed in a scrimmage against Aquinas. A few weeks later he was playing against Aquinas in a Lincoln County uniform….Brandon Barton, now on the Tennessee Titans practice squad, was a Columbia County kid who also moved up the road a few miles and led LC to two state championships. Good athletes want to play at good programs with good coaches. More just happen to be going to private schools that have been showing some success now, instead of moving a county over to play. I don’t think most private schools go actively recruiting.

sb

November 2nd, 2012
4:15 pm

….but he lost to Savannah Christian 3 years in a row ( 2 years straight on their own home field), then whined and cried to everybody that would listen, and ultimately got his way. He was outcoached in those games. The talent was very, very even on both teams. Nobody can say SCPS had better talent than those Lincoln teams. Bottom line he couldn’t get it done and So instead of improving his team AND his coaching…he had the whole system overturned. He created his own system. So they might as well just give him the title right now. Just give it to him. That’s what he wants. He doesn’t want to earn it. And they can give the runner up trophy right now to Wilcox. They don’t want to earn it on the field either.

sb

November 2nd, 2012
4:17 pm

Great points Augustafballer…and nice you have specific examples to back it up

Trion Fan

November 2nd, 2012
11:14 pm

First off let me state we are a public school and only have 300 in high school with a county school getting everywhere but Trion city limits (pop. 5k). We have played in the 6a region long before many of the others except Gordon Lee. Darlington has been very active in recruiting for many year. As shown by the fact 9 of the some odd 40 players are from out of state. I am quite happy about the public private split. Last year only one sport was won by a public system, all others were won by private schools. Yes they do have an unfair advantage. Plus the travel would be horrific for public schools if not for the split. Look at it this way…its about money…Trion has at least 2000 fans at any given home game and we travel well bringing a couple hundred at least to every away game. Last year we had 2 teams who brought less that 15 fans with them. Both were private. There is no money in it for public schools unless they play the same. Private schools don’t travel and never will. For public schools like Trion football pays for every other sport. Without the football gates we would not have any other sports. Its like this at most public schools. As for Walker I hope they do make it in and I would love to see Trion play them in the cross over game. It would be a great game. I wish all private schools luck (except Darlington) good luck in the playoffs, but I am oh so glad you are out of the public schools way. As for the public schools we will see you in the playoffs and we will see you in the dome. Good luck to all.

LanFan

November 3rd, 2012
12:14 am

Guys, this is all old news. Got to get over it and let it go. I am just glad that the Privates are seen as the big bad guys who scared off the poor little public schools. So Who ever wins Private side will be seen as the top of the mountain. I wounder what we could do if we had 300 high schooler’s. I am just hoping that who ever said ELCA was Good but not Great knows what they are talking about. We will see next week.

LoveFridayFootball

November 3rd, 2012
2:35 am

Do people actually think public schools don’t recruit??? Really?!
NEWSFLASH…. Publics recruit! Have for years! Will continue to recruit! And as far as privates go, every student at a private school has been recruited in some form shape or fashion! Want a true A ball champion? Play one more game the following week on a neutral field..but something tells me the public champ would never risk that… Whatcha think STC

Walker Fan

November 3rd, 2012
7:48 am

Phew…ELCA had a close call last night…55 to 0 over PACE

Trion fan

November 3rd, 2012
3:11 pm

I have no problem with a plus one. We should have one.