By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here are four huge games on tap in Week 10 Friday, plus a half dozen more worth the price of admission.
No. 6 Marion County (7-0, 4-0) at Brookstone (4-3, 2-2). The Eagles will try to stay unbeaten and all but sew up their third Region 4 title in the last four seasons. Marion County also is No. 1 in the current Georgia High School Association/MaxPreps power rankings for public schools. Brookstone probably does not have a shot at the region championship, but the Cougars can upgrade their power ranking with a win. They currently sit at No. 12 on the private school side.
No. 5 Johnson County (7-0, 2-0) at No. 8 Emanuel County Institute (5-2, 2-0). The Region 3 – Division B title will be on the line in Twin City. ECI, the defending Class A public school champion, has won eight of the last 10 meetings, including 40-0 last season in Wrightsville. A win could vault the Bulldogs, currently at No. 7 in the public school power rankings, into the top three. Johnson County is looking to stay in line for its first region title since 2010. The Trojans finished 7-3 last season but finished at No. 17 in the public school power rankings and missed the playoffs.
Mount Pisgah Christian (7-0, 3-0) at No. 9 Mount Paran Christian (6-1, 3-0). Kennesaw will be lit up Friday for this battle for the Region 6 – Division B championship. The game will feature two of the best junior quarterbacks in the region – Mt. Pisgah’s Aaron Winchester and Mt. Paran’s Jake Allen. Mt. Pisgah won last year’s contest, 42-28, and has won two of the three games the schools have played.
Charlton County (5-2, 3-0) at No. 10 Clinch County (4-3, 3-0). It’s a good chance the entire population of Homerville (2,456) will be crammed into Donald Tison Field, a.k.a. The Boneyard, Friday to watch the Panthers host Charlton County in a game that will go a long way toward deciding the Region 2 champion. Both appear to be locks for the state playoffs after uncharacteristically poor seasons last year. Charlton County finished 5-6 and was blown out in the first round of the state playoffs (31-12) by Marion County. Clinch County finished 4-6, its worst season since 1985. Charlton County leads the overall series 27-23-1, and has won nine of the last 10 meetings, including last year’s game, 21-0.
Region 2: Turner County (4-4, 2-2) at Irwin County (5-1-1, 2-1)
Region 3: Claxton (4-3, 2-1) at Calvary Day (5-2, 3-0)
Region 4: St. Anne-Pacelli (6-1, 3-1) at Dooly County (4-3, 3-1)
Region 5: Holy Innocents (4-4, 2-2) at Pace Academy (4-3, 2-1)
Region 7: First Presbyterian Day (4-3, 3-1) at Wilkinson County (3-4, 2-1)
Region 8: Athens Academy (4-3, 2-2) at George Walton Academy (5-2, 2-1)