Class A Blog: What to look for Friday? Three big Public vs. Private matchups

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)

13 comments Add your comment

Swamp Lizard

October 10th, 2013
5:54 am

@ STC …… sorry for getting ahead of you on the last blog ( my preview ) and thanks for taking up for me. ;) Those are three big Public vs Private games …… earlier this year ( coming up with a Top 10 ) I felt that the Private schools where a lot better than the Public schools as a whole, but here recently with the emergence of Charlton, Irwin Co, ECI, etc … the gap has seem to close. Can you give us the overall record of Public vs Private this year?

Swamp Lizard

October 10th, 2013
6:11 am

@ Sam Roney ….. after doing a little homework & “history lesson” ….. I didn’t realise that Aqinas has lost 32 games in a row to Lincoln Co ( 34-2-1 overall against Aquinas ) !!! That’s worse than the Florida / Kentucky series ….. not that I know anything about college football either. I do wish Aquinas well tomorrow night and if it makes you feel any better …. I do think they will come away with a win over Lincoln Co Friday night and end that streak. GOOD LUCK!

bucket

October 10th, 2013
8:06 am

Prince vs. Commerce will be a huge game this week in Region 8. It is still very difficult for me to get a read on just how good both of these teams are. Both have had what I thought were good wins, but they have also had what looks like bad losses. This will be very difficult road test for Prince for sure.

LanFan

October 10th, 2013
9:24 am

STC. Is there a gambling world of High school football and I just don’t know about it. Why do they post projected point difference. My main problem with it is I don’t like getting 30 or 40 points on high school kids. Call me soft but at this level I am good with projecting winner but to project someone is going to get killed just doesn’t feel right.

Augusta68

October 10th, 2013
9:33 am

Side bar to the Aquinas- Lincoln County game. Aquinas’s Coach Leonard may be the youngest coach in the state and has the highest winning % at 100 going against Lincoln County’s Coach Campbell who may be the oldest coach in the state and has the most wins…told my son that if the Red Sox could eventually win the world series then Aquinas can beat Lincoln County after 40 years.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 10th, 2013
11:04 am

Swamp:

No problem at all man! It will take a little digging but I’ll try to get that public vs. private number for you.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

October 10th, 2013
11:07 am

LanFan:

I wouldn’t call you soft. I think the GHSFD publishes those numbers because it makes for good fodder when a school pulls an upset. However, I’ve never been a fan of the Maxwell Ratings anyway. To me, they are pretty much worthless. They don’t take into account a talented class of seniors that may have graduated and the Maxwell “computers” don’t actually see any teams play. Take my advice and ignore the Maxwell “point spreads.”

STC

LanFan

October 10th, 2013
2:34 pm

JonsThreeCents

October 11th, 2013
7:54 am

I guess my detailed breakdown of public v private for every region in the state didn’t pass muster with tptb.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 11th, 2013
9:04 am

JonsThreeCents:

I don’t remember seeing your breakdown. Maybe you have the Class A Blog confused with another. Feel free to post it here when you get a chance.

STC

Augusta68

October 11th, 2013
9:40 am

Too bad Aquinas’s Ahmed Hill wasn’t taking an official visit to Marquette this weekend otherwise the Aquinas faithful would try to convince him to suit up for tonites game. Not only would he be the best athlete on the field but that 6′5″ frame would make for an unstoppable fade route. We can only dream of what could have been.

Tiger Patpaw

October 11th, 2013
11:16 pm

Just got home from one of the best football games I’ve ever witnessed in person. The Lion’s Den in Dalton was ablaze with excitement. Got to admire the play of Christian Heritage. A character win for Darlington.

At Last

October 11th, 2013
11:22 pm

OLM! Congrats on a Job Well Done. You are what I thought you were. Keep fighting. ELCA next week. Have a great week of practice and believe!!!