Class A Blog: What to look for Friday? No. 3 Aquinas, No. 4 Seminole County, No. 7 PAC, No. 8 Irwin County face region road tests

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

As region play begins in earnest across the state, here are six games of note on Friday, along with five more to pay attention to.

Our Lady of Mercy (1-3, 1-0) at No. 2 Landmark Christian (5-0, 1-0). The War Eagles will look to stay unbeaten in their Region 5 home opener, after dismantling Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (56-19) on the road last week. Mercy is coming off of a 22-14 win over resurgent Pace Academy (3-2, 0-1) last week. Landmark won last year’s meeting in overtime, 30-27.

No. 3 Aquinas (4-0, 1-0) at Hancock Central (3-1, 1-0). The Irish will look to stay unbeaten when they visit Sparta for a Region 7 contest. Hancock Central’s lone loss was a 63-0 blowout at AAA No. 1 Buford. The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents in their three wins 130-32.

No. 4 Seminole County (4-0) at Terrell County (3-2, 1-0). Seminole County will begin defense of its Region 1 title with a visit to Dawson to take on the Greenwaves. Terrell is out to prove it belongs in the region championship conversation, though the combined record of the three teams the Greenwaves have beaten is 1-12.

No. 7 Prince Avenue Christian (4-1, 1-0) at Athens Academy (3-1). This one will go a long way toward deciding the Region 8 champion. In their respective region openers last week, PAC trounced Athens Christian (2-3, 0-1) 50-10, while Athens Academy, last year’s region champs, dominated Lakeview Academy 35-7.

No. 8 Irwin County (3-0-1) at Telfair County (3-2, 0-1). Irwin County is going into its Region 2 opener coming off of a 41-14 demolition of traditionally strong Wilkinson County from Region 7. After starting the season 3-0, Telfair County has lost its last two games, including its region opener last week at Clinch County, 27-7.

King’s Ridge Christian (2-2, 1-0) at Mount Paran Christian (3-1). The Eagles’ lone loss was a 14-7 decision at No. 2 Landmark that could have gone either way. They will begin their march to a Region 6 title at home against the Tigers, who are reeling a bit. After starting off 2-0, King’s Ridge has lost to its last two opponents, Pace Academy and Darlington, by a combined score of 70-13.

Other games of note:

Christian Heritage (4-1, 1-0) at Gordon Lee (3-1)

Claxton (2-2) at Savannah Christian (2-1-1)

Commerce (3-2, 1-0) at Athens Christian (2-3, 0-1)

Turner County (3-2, 1-0) at Charlton County (3-2, 1-0)

Walker (3-1, 1-0) at Mount Pisgah Christian (4-0)

16 comments Add your comment

Kevin

October 3rd, 2013
12:31 pm

Last week, Athens Academy played a non region game vs Lakeview Academy……not Pinecrest.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 3rd, 2013
12:53 pm

Kevin:

Thanks for the correction. The blog has been updated.

STC

CheerTigerDad

October 3rd, 2013
1:57 pm

@STC – Thanks for showing the Commerce/Athens Christian game some love! This week will be a test for Commerce to see if they corrected some earlier problems with ball handling and penalties. Last week against George Walton was a shocker to even us Tiger fans, and it was obvious that some work had been done by the team and the coaches to correct their issues. Maybe GWA had an off night last week or just didn’t have the right game plan against Commerce’s style of offense. But the Tigers showed great improvement last week regardless of who they played, and I am hopeful it was no fluke. However, my gut feeling is that it will be a close game with Athens Christian.

BTW, the game is at Athens Christian not Commerce.

I would also like to say that Our Lady of Mercy has got to have the toughest schedule in Class A. They are better than their record indicates. There aren’t many teams that would have any better record than OLM has with a schedule like that!

S. Thomas Coleman

October 3rd, 2013
2:30 pm

CheerTigerDad:

It will be interesting to see the outcome of that game. Commerce is such a proud program that I was pretty sure they would have a better season this year, and it looks like the Tigers are headed in the right direction. And I’ve made the correction in the blog. Thanks for the update.

And yes, Mercy’s schedule is a monster! We’ll see how the rest of the season plays out.

STC

JonsThreeCents

October 3rd, 2013
4:22 pm

fwiw, Athens Academy still 0-0 in region play. Last week’s game against Lakeview (playing non-region schedule) doesn’t count in the region standings at all.

nourstuff

October 3rd, 2013
4:58 pm

@STC, I understand that you are still waiting on an explanation Re the power ranking formula for tie results. Who at GHSA (name?) is responsible for providing this type of information? I understand that MaxPreps is responsible for calculating/distributing the #s, but this is a question for GHSA concerning the make-up of the formula itself. Why can’t they answer your inquiries as to how the points will be calculated for the teams that tie and the teams that have played those teams?

S. Thomas Coleman

October 3rd, 2013
10:12 pm

JonsThreeCents:

Thanks for the update. I’ve made the correction.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

October 3rd, 2013
10:38 pm

Nourstuff:

I have an email message in to Steve Figueroa of the GHSA. He’s usually pretty good about responding. I’ll follow up with him on Friday.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

October 4th, 2013
8:26 am

Nourstuff:

Here it the explanation on how ties will be handled in the GHSA/MaxPreps Power Rating, directly from Steve Figueroa, head of communications from the GHSA.

“It’s very simple — and we think completely logical. We are taking the points the school would have gotten for a win, and the points a school would have gotten for losing that same game, adding them together and dividing them in half. So, literally, a tie is counting as half a win and half a loss, just as ties have always been counted in standings.”

I follow the logic. It makes sense. Hope this helps.

STC

CheerTigerDad

October 4th, 2013
9:28 am

@stc I think nourstuff is asking about the specific statement in GHSA’s Power Rating criteria on their website, which is “Add 1/2 point if opponent has a tie”. Does this statement refer to any Class A team that plays against Savannah Christian, Portal, or Irwin (all 3 have tied with a higher classification team this year) will get an extra .50 point added to their “bonus points” for that game? As written, it is unclear and could be read different ways.

Also, GHSA/Maxpreps is currently adding bonus points for the higher classification teams that SCPS, Portal, and Irwin have played against; however, this is not specified on GHSA’s criteria. Nowhere on their document (that I can find) does it say that Class A teams that tie with a higher classification team is awarded bonus points similar to those awarded to a Win or a Loss.

GHSA should provide an example of a team that tied with a higher classification opponent and what the Power Rating would be, then also show an example of a Class A team playing against a Class A team that tied with another opponent. This would go a long way in clearing up confusion.

Otherwise, we will end up with a lot of confusion at the end of the season when GHSA finally steps in and releases the Final power ratings. I remember last year the Final ratings were different than what Maxpreps was releasing all along due to GHSA counting higher classification teams playing non-region opponents (typically WINS), but Maxpreps numbers did NOT count those games. Maxpreps is again NOT counting those non-region games for higher classification teams this year.

Swamp Lizard

October 4th, 2013
10:17 am

@ STC ….. Looking forward to the Our Lady of Mercy / Landmark game toight. Things are starting to get iteresting now with region games in play ….. we’ll start to see the cream rise to the top and teams starting to separate themselves from one another. Hope to say hey tonight.

@ Sam Roney ….. just seen the power rankings for this week. Lincoln Co is #13 on the Public side and #23 overall in Class A …… that was the only point I was trying to make. Right now, I just don’t think they are a Top 10 team. Now we can argue about power rankings ( a lot to argue this early ), where Lincoln Co will be when playoffs start, and me not knowing football …. but I hope my point is understood a little better.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 4th, 2013
10:40 am

CheerTigerDad:

I’ll pass your concerns on to Steve Figueroa at the GHSA, and get his response.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

October 4th, 2013
10:55 am

Swamp:

Looking forward to it too. Region play, combined with the point system, makes things really interesting in Class A, that’s for sure.

STC

nourstuff

October 4th, 2013
12:44 pm

@STC-thanks for getting some partial info from Mr. Figueroa, you are making some progress! @CTD-what you said :) As I have been trying to ask (not very effectively evidently), how does the completely logical GHSA formula work in practice for all the A teams that play a team having a tie in their record? How do these other teams calculate the W/L points for those “tied” opponents? Currently, the completely logical way of interpreting the published formula is to count the tie as a loss (e.g. a record of 1-1-1 looks like a 1/3 * 10 =3.33 pts calculation) because its wins/games played * 10. I look forward to seeing you dig out a completely logical explanation of this from Mr. Figueroa. Thanks!

LanFan

October 4th, 2013
1:10 pm

Good luck to most everyone tonight and everyone stay safe. It is Friday so it is a Great Night for Football in Georgia.

bucket

October 4th, 2013
3:56 pm

Getting ready to head over to Slaughter Field for some Prince vs Athens Academy football action! Go Wolverines!!!