Class A: Seminole not dead yet, Region 4 still up for grabs, Landmark surging

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.

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Swamp Lizard

November 3rd, 2012
7:22 am

Landmark vs. ELCA …. Congrats to Landmark on the big win ( 36 – 3 over Holy Innocents ). This is how it’s suppose to set up …. two undefeated ( Region teams ) on the final week of the season … “Maybe” even a Top 10 matchup if Landmark cracks the Top 10 this week.

Swamp Lizard

November 3rd, 2012
7:26 am

Region 3 Championship !! ….. STC, I’m sure your going to get to this, but the best Class A game next week might be Sav Christian vs ECI. Should be a great game !!

Swamp Lizard

November 3rd, 2012
7:59 am

MORE ON REGION 2 … all this information is based on this past weeks ( Oct 30th ) GHSA Power Rankings … # 2 Wilcox Co is a lock for the playoffs, #4 Irwin & #5 Charlton lost last night & play against each other next Friday … those two should be locks for the playoffs. #16 Clinch needs a big win over Turner Co ( who was #17 & has lost 3 in a row ) next week to get in. “IF” # 21 Telfair Co could pull off another “upset” ( big win over Charlton Co last night ) and beat Wilcox Co next Friday ….. that could give Region 2 ….. 5 teams in the playoffs !!

Swamp Lizard

November 3rd, 2012
8:06 am

FIREWORKS !! …. It’s going to be very interesting to see those final GHSA Power Rankings next week …. there are a lot of “good” teams on the BUBBLE ….. Our Lady of Mercy, Clinch Co, Johnson Co, Seminole Co, etc ….

jad

November 3rd, 2012
8:51 am

Thomas the Seminole/ Miller game was a game of missed opportunities for Miller. Miller didnn’t score with a 1st and goal, a later touchdown called back and dropped balls by recievers. I was very disappointed in the Pirates poor effort. However, Seminole played hard and made few mistakes It was a suprising and great win for them.

jep

November 3rd, 2012
10:29 am

Anyone know how bad ELCA’s quarterback was hurt last night. Will he be back for Landmark next week?

Swamp Lizard

November 3rd, 2012
1:48 pm

@ jep …. ELCA QB … word is a high ankle sprain, 50/50 that he will play against Landmark right now. Odds are ELCA will rest him against Landmark and give him two weeks off it and have him ready for the playoffs. Young 9th grader ( backup QB ) did a fine job last night …. ELCA ran for almost 500 yards against Pace Academy !!

TCDAWG25

November 3rd, 2012
2:22 pm

@ Swamp Lizard I might just bust a bllod vessel looking forward to next friday night ECI vs SAV Christian. It doesn’t get any better than that for a pre-playoff football game.

CHARGER FAN

November 3rd, 2012
2:34 pm

ELCA QB is fine and will play vs Landmark.

bigchipola

November 3rd, 2012
2:57 pm

Seminole co is not 20th in the rankings we are 18th with this win we should move up

Hooks#1

November 3rd, 2012
4:53 pm

If the power rankings breaks the tie for the Region 4 Championship. I want to be the first to congratulate the Dooly County Bobcats! Go Cats!!

Swamp Lizard

November 3rd, 2012
6:02 pm

@ TCDOG25 …. I hear ya !! …. I’m ready right now for the ELCA / Landmark game. Get online Friday night and let me know how the game went. I’ll do the same. Wish y’all the best …. you’ve got me believing in y’all now !!

TCDAWG25

November 4th, 2012
8:03 am

@ Swamp Lizard I will give you an update online friday.

Class A Wizard

November 4th, 2012
9:33 am

With the win, Lincoln County sets a new state record for region championships at 37. They broke their own record of 36 set last season. However, Wilkinson is a beast of a team and will make it far into the playoffs.

Swamp Lizard

November 4th, 2012
10:45 am

@ Class A Wizard … I’d sure like to see ELCA have a shot a Lincoln Co …. or ECI … or Wilcox Co. Ya see where I’m headed with that? How is it going to feel “IF” Lincoln Co wins the state PUBLIC Championship … then look across the field and wonder IF they could beat ELCA ( or whoever ) wins the state PRIVATE Championship.

It is the PUBLIC schools that feel inferior to the PRIVATE schools …. & it’s a shame.

I wonder fan

November 4th, 2012
12:14 pm

The underdog is always the biggest threat because they are often overlooked and unprepared for. the ELCA vs Landmark Christian game will be the biggest in1A public or private. These two are the teams to beat. These two are fighters with great coaching and great athletes and they are playing for a region championship both undefeated in the region. You may be even viewing the state championship match up. A fierce rivalry and the essence of high school football. Young men playing their hearts out for one another and ther school. It doesnt get any better than this!!!

mt. zion fan

November 4th, 2012
12:17 pm

@Swamp Lizard, No Region should have 5 teams in. Clinch is fixing to finish below .500 in there region. Come on, where on the other hand, we won our sub region (private schools are in our regions) and we were not one of the crying group who had it changed. we are having a turn around year. would be in playoffs any other year until now / Now its set up like College, BCS B(((S**t. Powers that be tell us we prob wont make the playoffs.

Swamp Lizard

November 4th, 2012
1:27 pm

@ I wonder fan … I agree with you 100% …. both schools have a tremendous amount of pride, both are very talented football teams, and both will play hard Friday night …. it will be a smash mouth kind of game.

Swamp Lizard

November 4th, 2012
1:35 pm

@ mt. zion fan …. I didn’t say it was right or that I agree with it, but if Telfair could pull off the upset against Wilcox Co and Clinch gets another win ( Turner Co ), it’s possible Region 2 could have 5 teams in the playoffs. I don’t like Class A spilting ( Public & Private ), and I don’t like the GHSA Power Rankings. I agree with you …. a lot of this, just isn’t right.

BehindEnemyLines

November 4th, 2012
3:02 pm

Seminole may be safely inside the top 16 (and a wildcard berth) even if they don’t win this week. The victory over Miller will push their power rating up more than a full point (from 11.11 to 12.14) when the new ones come out officially on Tuesday. 16th place will be 11.32 on Tuesday.

Even with a to Mitchell this week, Seminole should end up around 11.52 (depending upon the results of their previous opponents of course) and would have to be passed by at least four teams currently below that mark.

It’s possible that Seminole could still miss, but quite a bit would have to fall against them for it to happen now.

BehindEnemyLines

November 4th, 2012
3:13 pm

Going into this week’s games the region breakdown from the expected top 16 is as follows. Keep in mind of course that a lot could (and likely will) change after this Friday, but here’s where things should be going into that final regular season game.

Private + Public = Combined
R1: 0 + 2 = 2 (Miller, Seminole)
R2: 0 + 4 = 4 (Wilcox, Irwin, Charlton, Clinch)
R3: 2 + 2 = 4 (SCPS, CDS, ECI, JoCo)
R4: 1 + 3 = 4 (Brookstone, Dooly, Marion, Greenville)
R5: 3 + 0 = 3 (ELCA, Holy Inn, Landmark)
R6: 4 + 2 = 6 (Walker, Darlington, Mt. Pisgah, Whitefield, Trion, Mt.Zion)
R7: 2 + 2 = 4 (Aquinas, FPD, Lincoln, Wilkinson)
R8: 4 + 1 = 5 (Athens Academy, Prince Ave, George Walton, Athens Chr, Commerce)

BehindEnemyLines

November 4th, 2012
3:18 pm

One of the biggest questions that will arise after this week is how many errors are left in the MaxPreps computer/GHSA adopted power ratings. (Ask softball about those)

There may be a significant lingering error — involving the classification bonus points assigned to Mt. Zion’s out-of-state opponent Ranburne, AL — that would severely cripple their playoff chances. It looks as though Ranburne has been counted as a AAA team, when by their published enrollment they might only be a Class A team under Georgia rules (which is what the power rating is supposed to consider).

Swamp Lizard

November 4th, 2012
5:30 pm

@ Behind Enemy Lines …. very impressive !! Thanks for all the information and the “possible” playoff teams from each region. As I’ve stated eariler, there are sure to be fireworks from a few teams when the final GHSA Power Rankings come out .

Swamp Lizard

November 4th, 2012
5:42 pm

@ STC …. Todd just came out with HIS Top 10 … the Class A Top 10 is a total joke. As I stated on the board ( blog ), there is no thought process behind his Class A Top 10 … he just moved #8 & #9 to #9 & # 10 … & moved #10 up two spots.

What is your take on Landmark being a Top 10 team? I personally think they should at least be ranked #10 right now …. and what about Lincoln Co ?? The body of work they’ve done this season is pretty impressive and he has them at #5? I think hands down #2 or #3 !!

It’s just a JOKE to have ONE persons opinion on the Top 10 in the biggest newspaper in the South.

BehindEnemyLines

November 4th, 2012
8:29 pm

@SwampLizard re: top 10s … then again every voting member of the AP poll is just one man’s opinion too. I’m not always particularly crazy about the AJC list myself but that’s the beauty of the internet era, there’s the AJC, the AP, at least 2 computer rankings (Maxwell and CalPreps), we can kinda shop around for a top 10 that we like.

BehindEnemyLines

November 4th, 2012
8:33 pm

@SwampLizard re: projections … I wish I could take all the credit but there’s been a lot of work done all season over at gavsv.com and I’m just one among several who have contributed to getting ahead of the GHSA/MP release on the power ratings. At this point I have more confidence in our projections than I do in the actual releases we’ve seen each week (in fairness, I believe they may finally have ironed out at least 90% of the kinks, which is better than the over 1/3rd that were just flat wrong early in the season)

LanFan

November 5th, 2012
1:14 am

Leave Landmark out of the top 10. Easier to surprise some people that way.

GAHSFBFAN24

November 5th, 2012
8:36 am

Class A Wizard, Nobody, private or public, recruits as good as Liincoln Co, and Larry C. Lincoln Co. always seems to have just the position they need transfer in each year to stay competitive.

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2012
9:00 am

@ LanFan … I think ELCA still remembers that “L” they took in the Semi’s last year …. your not going to sneak up on them. ;) It would be nice to have a Landmark / ELCA battle for the State Championship tough.

Class A Wizard

November 5th, 2012
9:27 am

@Swamp Lizard – ELCA is 0-3 vs. Lincoln County over the years (see where I’m headed with this). They’ll always wonder if they could ever be as good as those Red Devils. However, I’m sure any private school in Class A could beat any Public school in Class A with all the LEGIT RECRUITS THEY HAVE!!! Maybe this is why Lincoln County lost so bad to FPD and Aquinas this year. WAIT A MINUTE!!!

S. Thomas Coleman

November 5th, 2012
9:28 am

@Swamp: Todd’s has his thoughts on the Top 10, I have mine. Sometimes our thoughts are similar, sometimes not. But you’ll have to tune in to the new Class A blog and the updated Divided Top 5s (as you always do!!!) tomorrow to see my take on things!

It’s Judgement Week! Should be fun, albeit dissapointing for a few teams/schools/communities.

Thanks for reading and posting!

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2012
10:14 am

Thanks STC ….. You Da Man !!

bucket

November 5th, 2012
10:14 am

The game this Friday night between Prince and George Walton is going to be huge! Athens Academy has the region wrapped up, but playoff position is on the line.

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2012
10:25 am

@ Class A Wizard … Yea, I know all about those three losses … seen them myself. GAVE you a couple of those wins. I admire Lincoln Co’s history …. all those Region Championships & State Championships …. ELCA has stived to be like them … like Chalton Co, Clinch Co, etc …. But Lincoln losses three years in a row to a Private school and wants to make a new set of rules ( Public / Private Championships ) …. just saying I’d love to see ELCA take them to the “woodshed” this year …. & yes it would be a “woodshed” beating. ;)

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2012
10:30 am

@ bucket …. Prince / GW game will be big for seeding in the playoffs. I think it’s big for GW too, they want / need to assert themselves as a REAL PLAYER in the playoffs and a win over Prince Ave would do that. GW has lost a couple of close games this year to very good teams. I think a win would give them a lot of “MO” going into the playoffs.

Class A Wizard

November 5th, 2012
10:46 am

@Swamp Lizard – So your coach GAVE Lincoln County the game? I would fire that guy. And for what’s it’s worth, the coach in Lincoln did not advocate for a split system. That honor goes to Coach Ledford and company at Wilcox. Your speculation about beating a team is just that, speculation. There were numerous ELCA supporters who were hoping and praying that Wilkinson would beat Lincoln (see Class A vent on GAVSV), but that didn’t happen.

Class A Wizard

November 5th, 2012
10:51 am

@ GAHSFBFAN24 – I believe they had 96 transfers last year alone. In fact, I know the guy that drives the bus down to Augusta each morning and picks up 40 students. I hear they give those transfers FREE TUITION! Heck, I’m gonna drive my kids five hours each way five days a week when their time comes. And don’t forget, tuition is $15,000 a year at that PUBLIC SCHOOL! Get real dude.

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2012
12:25 pm

@ Class A Wizard …. again, I admire Lincoln Co’s tradition. It’s a great program. Wish y’all the best on the Public side …. think it will come down to y’all, Wilcox Co & ECI.

tom jones

November 5th, 2012
1:36 pm

brookstone wins region with a win next week

Savannah FB Fan

November 6th, 2012
8:37 am

All these ATL area teams have never given the Savannah teams any repect. Calvary Day and SCPS are easily in the top 5 teams in the state both public or private. I hate they split up the playoffs!

Class A Wizard

November 6th, 2012
9:39 am

@Swamp Lizard – I’m not from Lincoln County, nor do I cheer them on. I just face the reality of how it is team-to-team within Class A (the best Class of all in Georgia High School Football). LC has been dominating the small classification since 1960 to present (other than the five or six years they were in AA). ELCA is no doubt a great team, and COULD win their first state crown this year. However, don’t sleep on those Spartans from Athens, they are dog-gone good.

Class A Wizard

November 6th, 2012
9:42 am

@Savannah FB Fan – Calvary nor SCPS are a top five team in a combined poll. ECI is gonna light ‘em up Friday night. Then, ECI is gonna get taken to the woodshed in the playoffs.

Swamp Lizard

November 6th, 2012
11:50 am

Class A Wizard … I’ve seen a little football in my time … I’ve played some football in my time …. & know a little about some football. Have you seen ELCA play this year? I’m not going to tell you how good I think they are right now, but I will tell you they are LOADED !!

Athens Academy …. I hear they have a pretty good “D” …. I heard they beat Our Lady of Mercy 10-7 …. the same Our Lady of Mercy that got “thumped” by ELCA 49-0.

Swamp Lizard

November 6th, 2012
11:55 am

Class A Wizard …. & you might be right about ECI beating Sav Christian, but to say Sav Christian & Calvary Day are not any good? …. & to say ECI will get taken to the “woodshed” in the playoffs? What ?? …. I thought you were a Class A Wizard !! ;)

TCDAWG ….. get on this man !!

Class A Wizard

November 6th, 2012
12:52 pm

Swamp Lizard I didn’t say they “weren’t any good.” I said they are not a top five team in a combined Public-Private poll. ECI is playing well, but there is another team on the Public side that is going to take everyone by storm when the playoffs start. That’s right, call in some help because you’re no match for the Wizard.

moto

November 6th, 2012
3:29 pm

@SwampLizard — I’ve seen both ELCA and Landmark play. Landmark is a good team with great individual talent and speed, but I think ELCA beats them by at least 3 touchdowns. I don’t think Landmark can stop their running attack. Aside from ELCA, the Atlanta area private schools haven’t impressed me this year (haven’t seen Walker). The teams from west of Atlanta and Regions 3 and 8 seem to be the best this year.