AA blog: Here’s what to look for Friday
Most teams don’t begin their region schedule until next week, and that’s when the season and playoff picture will truly start coming together – pointless season rankings aside. However, that doesn’t mean fun can’t be had with the non-region schedule. There’s plenty to look forward to this week, which represents the final non-region matchup for a lot of teams.
- The Lovett Lions – Class AA’s No. 2-ranked team – hosts the No. 2-ranked team of AAA, the St. Pius X Golden Lions. Both teams are 3-0, with the Lions coming off a dramatic 41-38 double-overtime victory over the Marist Eagles, who at the time were ranked No. 5 in AAAA. The Golden Lions are coming off a 41-14 win over Thomson. This will be the third AAA school in four games for the Lions, who have catapulted to the No. 2-ranking based on their impressive wins and strength of schedule. They began the season ranked No. 8. With a win this week, the Lions may even get some consideration for the No. 1-ranking over Lamar County – especially if the win is convincing. However, a win will be a tall order – the Golden Lions blanked Lovett 24-0 last year in what was the first meeting between the two schools since 1983, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association (www.ghsfha.org).
- Region 2-AA has already been playing its region schedule, and will feature two teams in the top 10 meeting when the No. 7 Vidalia Indians (3-0) travel to the No. 9 Benedictine Cadets (3-0). Vidalia is already 2-0 in 2-AA, having outscored the region 77-14 thus far, including a 42-7 victory over Long County last week. Benedictine defeated Metter – also by a 42-7 score – last week in its region opener. Vidalia beat Benedictine last year at home, 12-7, on its way to a region championship, while Benedictine finished fourth for the region’s final playoff spot. Both teams advanced to the second round. Last year’s matchup was the first ever between the two schools.
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