It wasn’t a classic. It wasn’t even the typical Washington County-Thomson matchup. But it did determine the Region 3-AAA championship.
No. 3 Washington County beat Thomson 55-12 on Friday to secure first place. The win, which was broke a two-game losing streak to Thomson, means the Golden Hawks (8-0) will be the top seed from Region 3 when the state playoffs begin.
Washington County was led by Melvin Hill, who ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and Danyale Wicker, who rushed for 112 yards. The Hawks gained 451 total yards and secured their first region championship since 2006.
Thomson (3-5) finishes the season against Jefferson County, a game that will determine the region’s second-place team.
Elbert virtually sews up Region 8
After three weeks the Elbert County Blue Devils were 1-2 and didn’t look like much of a playoff contender. Funny what five straight victories will do for you.
The No. 9 Blue Devils went on the road Friday and stunned No. 5 Hart County 28-23 and controls their own destiny in Region 8-AAA. If Elbert can beat Jackson County and Franklin County over the final two weeks, coach Sid Fritts team will nail down the regular-season title and top seed.
Region 6-AAA picture gets murkier
You won’t be able to determine the playoff participants – let alone the order of finish – in Region 6-AAA until the season is over in two weeks. Woodward Academy’s 42-28 win over No. 6 St. Pius saw to that.
There are five teams in the hunt for the four playoff spots. Each one has a legitimate chance to make it to the postseason. Each one can just as easily fall out. One of them will have their hearts broken. The others all will have a chance to move on and do well in the playoffs.
Woodward’s win improved the War Eagles to 4-1 with only this week’s home game against Cedar Grove left.
Tied at 3-1 in the league are St. Pius, Cedar Grove and Blessed Trinity. Decatur is 2-2, but only has last-place McNair, and holds a win over Blessed Trinity.
Woodward did its damage behind South Carolina commitment Terry Googer, who threw for 165 yards and ran for 18- yards and two touchdowns. Woodward had 470 yards against the tough St. Pius defense.
In other games of note from Friday:
Kawon Bryant rushed for 255 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 10 North Oconee to a 45-7 win over East Jackson. The Titans play rival Oconee County this week before closing with a trip to Hart County that will determine the second-place team from Region 8.
Buford raced out to a 42-0 lead and beat Fannin County 45-8. Montgomery VanGorder threw for two first-half touchdowns, including a 40-yarder to Isaac Nauta.
Brooks Barden threw six touchdown passes as No. 2 Cartersville beat Adairsville 47-7.
No. 4 Carver got two touchdown passes from Jawon Pass and two touchdown runs from Dequindre Coleman in a 48-13 win over Central Macon.
North Hall, which fell out of the rankings after last week’s loss to White County, ran for 366 yards in a 35-21 win over West Hall. Andrew Smith ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns for the Trojans, who could still win Region 7 by beating Buford in the season finale.