By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here’s snapshot of some of the key developments Friday night.
Seminole County not dead yet. Seminole County (7-2, 5-0 in Region 1) helped its post season chances immensely on Friday by blanking rival Miller County (8-2, 5-1) 20-0 in front of the hometown crowd in Donaldsonville. Seminole’s defense was the difference, holding the Pirates’ offense to just 173 total yards and minus 3 in the fourth quarter, according to the Albany Herald. Seminole, the defending region champs, most likely needs to win the region in order to make the public school playoffs due to its low Power Ranking, No. 20, this week. Seminole can clinch a playoff birth and the region crown with a win next week at Mitchell County (5-4, 4-1) in Camilla.
Another region title for Lincoln County. Lincoln County (8-1, 6-0), ranked No. 5, rallied from a 13-0 deficit to take down No. 9 Wilkinson County (6-3, 5-1) 21-19, Friday in Lincolnton. Quarterback Ben Turner threw a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Mike McIntire ran for 122 yards on 17 carries, according to the Macon Telegraph. The win gives the Red Devils the 37th region title in the school’s history and most likely clinches the top spot in the public school Power Rankings, barring a let down next week in the season finale against Hancock Central (5-4, 3-3).
Region 4 is still a mess. All three of the teams tied for the top spot in the region (7-2, 5-1) – Brookstone, Dooly County and Marion County – won handily Friday. Marion bounced Hawkinsville 31-14, while Brookstone walloped Central-Talbotton 52-12, as quarterback Duncan Fletcher threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, all in the first quarter for the Cougars, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Dooly shutout Greenville 35-0 behind 231 yards rushing on just 16 carries by Chanin Hamilton, who had touchdown runs of 82 and 42 yards, according to the Macon Telegraph. The Bobcat defense held the Patriots to just 3 first downs and 11 yards of total offense. Brookstone likely has the toughest season finale next week, as the Cougars travel to Greenville (5-4, 3-3). Dooly will finish at home against Schley County (2-7, 2-4) while Marion will visit winless Central-Talbotton (0-9, 0-6). A three-way tie will likely be decided by the Power Rankings.
Wilcox County in control of Region 2. Wilcox County (7-2, 4-1), ranked No. 7, topped No. 8 Irwin County (6-3, 4-1) 28-21 in Ocilla on Friday. The win puts the Patriots in the driver’s seat in the race for the region title. They were aided by Telfair County’s (6-3, 3-2) 29-21 upset of Charlton County (5-4, 3-2). Next week will be interesting as Wilcox welcomes Telfair to Rochelle while Irwin travels to Folkston to face Charlton. A win by the Patriots would give them the Region 2 title outright.
Here comes Landmark. The War Eagles (7-2, 5-0 in Region 5) won their sixth straight on Friday in dominating fashion, 36-3 over Holy Innocents (6-4, 4-2). Sophomore running back Jeremiah Kirkland led the way with 274 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Landmark, which will travel to McDonough next week to take on No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (8-1, 5-0) for the region title.