The wait was long in football Region 6-AA, a microcosm whose region games were the classification’s last to begin.
Consequently, the undersized, five-team region has had to pack the same excitement into fewer games, like Friday, when No. 10 Lovett slipped Westminster 10-7 and No. 5 Greater Atlanta Christian turned back Wesleyan 42-20.
Quickly, that’s brought a fever pitch to next week’s region championship showdown between the Lions and Spartans, both 3-0 in games that count most.
Some observations from Friday:
– Lovett’s struggles seem long gone: Ranked all season despite four consecutive losses midway through the season, the Lions have ripped off three straight wins. Willie Chandler powered Friday’s, passing for 177 yards, including the 30-yard game winner to Andrew Siegel in the fourth quarter.
– The Eagles have heart: For the 7-AA Eagles’ 25-3 victory over Armuchee on Senior Night, Coosa’s Barkley Wimpee wore Ben Masters’ No. 58 jersey to honor his friend, the Rome News-Tribune reported. Masters was seriously hurt in a car accident in August, and hasn’t been able to walk or play football since, the News-Tribune said.
– Screven County’s timing couldn’t be better: On a night the Savannah Morning News reported the Gamecocks were honoring their Class AAA championship team of 2002, Screven clinched its first 3-AA title since that year by beating Josey 40-12. The Morning News reported Jeremy Johnson keyed the victory by running for four touchdowns and 162 yards, as well as catching a TD pass.
– Rafe Chapple continues to get ‘er done: GAC’s quarterback ran for a pair of TDs Friday, as well as passed for two to Chris Williams and Peter Whiteneck.
– Five are on the verge: Brooks County, Vidalia, Calhoun, Lamar County and Heard County all remained undefeated and within one win of running the regular-season table.
– Juan Foster continues to spark Vidalia: His 14- and 4-yard TD runs, together with 202 of the No. 3 Indians’ 322 ground yards, helped turn back Toombs County 41-7 in a 2-AA matchup, the Morning News reported.