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)