Now that there are only eight teams left in the playoffs, it’s a good chance too take a glance back and rank the regions. After a season full of bragging and boasting, which league really is the best?
Here’s how the quarterfinals stack up:
Thomson (Region 3) at Cartersville (Region 5); Buford (Region 7) at Carver (Region 2); Washington County (Region 3) at St. Pius (Region 6); Peach County Region 2) at North Hall (Region 7).
Three of the four games feature a team from middle Georgia against a team from Atlanta. Since there are no real south Georgia teams in Class AAA, this is as close as you’ll get to a North vs. South brawl.
Here’s how each region stacks up, from the best to the bottom:
Region 3: This little five-team region had two teams (Thomson and Washington County) reach the quarterfinals. Jefferson County and Dodge County went down fighting, too, in the first round. There’s a lot of firepower concentrated in this league.
Region 2: Carver Columbus and Peach County are still playing. Either one could win the whole thing. The rest of the league was poor, but the lack of competition didn’t bother either of the region’s two elite teams.
Region 7: North Hall won the region and Buford entered the playoffs as the No. 2 team because of two forfeits. White County showed it is making progress under new coach Bill Ballard and could be a team to watch.
Region 6: St. Pius is the only team left from the region, but Blessed Trinity put a scare into unbeaten Cartersville last week and Cedar Grove proved to be a handful for Buford in the first week.
Region 5: Cartersville is last man standing in this league after surviving a threat from Blessed Trinity. The other state contestants were all better than average.
Region 8: North Oconee might still be playing if not for two reasons: an injury to their best player and the misfortune of meeting Buford in the second round. Otherwise this was an average region this year.
Region 4: Callaway was a quality team that played hard, but the rest of the region was not very good. Rockmart’s win was the post-season surprise.
Region 1: Pierce County barely survived the first round. The biggest shocker here was Johnson Savannah winning the first state playoff game in school history. This region was definitely down this year.
What would you change about the way these regions are ranked?
McCrary sets DeKalb career mark
Congratulations to Cedar Grove’s Jonathan McCrary. He has officially become the all-time leading passer in DeKalb County history. McCrary threw for 267 yards against Buford in the playoffs, giving him 2,927 yards for the season and 9,025 yards for his career. McCrary, who has commited to Vanderbilt and will graduate from high school in December, wound up 38 yards shy of the state record for career yards held by Metter’s Zach Stanford.