There are some undefeated boys teams in the Class AAAA, but the most interesting battles might be those shaping up in Region 6-AAAA, where Columbia is 12-1 and South Atlanta is 11-1 heading into the meat of their region schedules.
OK, so there’s a month left in the regular season, and in Class AAAA boys, it’s hard not to ask: Can anyone take down Columbia? (Yeah, it’d be fair to question why I’m bringing this up now. I got nothing on that).
Anyway, The Eagles are 12-1, their only loss by two points to North Gwinnett, and tonight they get an interesting measuring stick against Lithonia. The Bulldogs are 7-4, but they handed South Atlanta its only loss.
So after Columbia plays Lithonia, half-legitimate comparisons can be made.
Any thoughts this was a year of transition for Columbia – with key players having graduated and a new coach in Kerry Sandifer – can be wiped away. The Eagles, having won five state championships in the past seven years, would have to be considered the favorite to claim another.
Watch out for Rutland: Few teams are putting up more impressive scoring numbers than Rutland of Macon. The Hurricanes are 11-1 and averaging 85 points per game. Jr. Jaylon Tyson (18 points per game) leads a group of four players averaging in double figures, and two others are scoring at least 8 ppg.
On a somber note: Wayne County suffered a severe blow with the death of senior Shaquille Morgan, who according to published reports was struck by a train and killed at the scene. Multiple media outlets reported that Morgan was walking on the tracks wearing headphones, and efforts by the train crew to alert him were initially unsuccessful. When Morgan did realize the train was coming he tripped on the tracks and fell in front of it.
Morgan, the son of a Jesup police detective, had scored more than 1,000 points in his career for the Yellow Jackets, who postponed their scheduled game against Coffee County later on Saturday.