By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here are five of the top games in Class A for Week 7 (three of which are Public vs. Private matchups), along with five more worth watching.
No. 2 Aquinas (5-0, 1-0) at No. 9 Lincoln County (3-1, 2-0). In the game of the weekend in Class A, the Irish will put their unblemished record on the line in Lincolnton against the Red Devils, who are starting to get healthy. The winner will most likely claim the Region 7 title and an automatic top eight birth in the state playoffs. Lincoln County won last year’s contest, 20-13.
Clinch County (2-3, 1-0) at No. 5 Irwin County (4-0-1, 1-0). The winner will most likely battle Charlton County for the Region 2 championship. Clinch is much improved after disappointing last season, while Irwin County wants to prove it belongs in the discussion for the Class A public school title. Irwin County won last season’s game 26-15.
No. 7 Prince Avenue Christian (5-1, 2-0) at Commerce (4-2, 2-0). The winner will have a leg up on the Region 8 championship. PAC is looking to get back to the Class A private school title game, while Commerce, one of the most proud programs in Georgia, is looking to get back on track after going just 14-19 over the past three seasons.
St. Anne-Pacelli (5-0, 2-0) at No. 8 Marion County (5-0, 2-0). St. Anne-Pacelli is 5-0 for the first time since 2007 and the Vikings are in search of their first region championship since 2004. Marion County is in search of its third region title in four seasons, as well as recognition as one of the top programs in Class A and a public school title contender.
No. 10 Emanuel County Institute (4-2, 1-0) at Treutlen (3-2, 2-0). After losing its first two games of the season, the demise of defending public school champion ECI was greatly exaggerated. Back on track after four straight wins, the Bulldogs are a serious threat to repeat. The Vikings will look to stay in the hunt for just their second region championship in more than 50 years of football in Soperton. However, they have lost 15 in a row to ECI, including the last two seasons by a combined score of 95-6.
Five more games worth a look:
Region 6: Darlington (4-1, 1-0) at Christian Heritage (5-1, 2-0)
Region 6: Fellowship Christian (4-1, 1-0) at Walker (3-2, 1-1)
Region 5: Holy Innocents (3-3, 1-1) at Our Lady of Mercy (1-4, 1-1)
Region 2: Lanier County (2-4, 1-1) at Charlton County (4-2, 2-0)
Region 1: Terrell County (3-3, 1-1) at Mitchell County (3-3, 2-0)