Region 3 title goes to Washington County

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.

18 comments Add your comment

ron

October 26th, 2013
5:15 am

WACO’s 1st region title since 2006? You’ve got to be kidding or is this a miss-print. You tell me the “House of Pain” the “Golden Hawks” have not won a regional championship in over six years. Unbelievable!!!
So WACO has been carrying the Thompson Bulldogs jockey straps all these years.
Let’s see what offering the “Son of WACO” has to say in an explanation.

Son Of Waco

October 26th, 2013
7:17 am

@ron so does a 4-3 record with Thomson = their WACO being dominated???? Oh yeah you one of those weirdos who reads one article and assumes he knows what happen those years… They created ga.prepcountry.com for people like you… Go do your research then get back to me with some real questions…

GreenNGold

October 26th, 2013
8:30 am

I guess that explains all the whining about outher teams! Looks like they need all the quality AAA teams to move up or down, so WACO can win a State Title.

bucket

October 26th, 2013
8:44 am

@ GreenNGold – what you call whining is just plain common sense. Schools from counties with a population of 20,000 shouldn’t have to compete in the playoffs with schools from counties that have almost 900,000 people!!!!!!!!!!!! I know you love the current set-up because it’s like shooting fish in a barrel and your team is virtually guaranteed a state championship every year.

ron

October 26th, 2013
9:07 am

“Son of Waco” you appear to be upset that you’ve been exposed, it appears you have a mythical champion that you’ve perpetuated as having a championship pedigree. You’ve been down on Buford and a couple other programs when they have truly to honest won championships in recent years. I believe WACO have championships during the Takeo Spikes & Robert Edwards years. I believe they were playing AA in those long ago years.
Don’t let being exposed spoil your victory over Thompson last night. Thompson is in a re-building mode.

ron

October 26th, 2013
10:36 am

Fellow Bloggers, “Son of Waco” has offered critique of various programs,including Buford what they need to do to be a viable and be competitive program, Yet Waco won it’s first region championship last night for the first time since 2006. I offer him my congratulations, but yet he’s still without a AAA state championship. I believe the two others were in AA Division.
How many times have the “Son of Waco” been on here Saturday mornings sprewing about the “Golden Hawks” and telling every other program what they need to do. One would think after winning a region championship he would be on here consistently this morning,however the writer of AJC has exposed him by informing everyone that this is Waco’s first region championship since 2006.

WACO2000

October 26th, 2013
10:58 am

@Ron…..WACO has been in AAA since 2000 and has won 5 region championships…..how many schools north of I-20 have been in AAA since 2000 and have 5 or more region championships?

Son Of Waco

October 26th, 2013
11:03 am

Why would I be upset with someone with no real facts??? You said we were Thomson wiping stick, but we are 4-4 since we started back up the rivalry and in that span I think they have only won 2 region titles with us in them and now we got 2… You said we had Championships during the Spike and Robert era yeah we got one but we won 2 in the Terrence Edwards era but how I would I expect a dude who don’t know our history to know that… Also, we lost our best QB since Terrence, we lost our whole O line, top 2 WR, a Rb and other solid players but we one of the top programs in GA.. I think you don’t think that, but if you check with smarter folks who write about Georgia high school football they will agree that if you was a power program in the 90’s and is still one now is a power program.. I like how you undervalue our AA championships but put a lot of value in Buford’s…

ron

October 26th, 2013
11:09 am

“Son of Waco” glad you’re back, I was beginning to think you were at the chalk plant or chalk mine working this morning.

Korefa

October 26th, 2013
9:35 pm

I saw that Waco State Championship team with Takeo. They were absolutely one of the best high school teams that I have ever seen, regardless of classification.

dnt

October 27th, 2013
11:58 am

I have been reading the “Sunday Morning Quarterbacking” sessions for several months. I find the conversations quite interesting, especially the fact that several fans seem to live vicariously through the accomplishments of their favored teams! There are many programs throughout the state that have fine football traditions. To remain at the top takes a combination of quality coaching, support from administration, support from the community, and talented athletes. For the past 20 years, Washington County has been one of the best programs in the state regardless of classification. No brag, just fact! What irritates me is this attitude that if you are not #1, you are nothing. It seems that some people are implying that if Waco does not “win” the region title, they are “losers.” That Valdosta/Lowdnes philosophy is detrimental to the development of young athletes everywhere! You cannot teach kids they are trash if they are not #1. Many kids are “late-bloomers.” Do not scare kids away from sports if they lose a couple of games! Attitude develops early in life! People who go through life thinking they are nothing if they are not #1 will live with a lot of disappointments. Show loyalty and support for your teams regardless of championships! Enjoy the victories, but do not condemn kids for the defeats! Show good sportsmanship! We want our kids to grow up happy and healthy, with high school sports experiences being an important part of, but not being the highlight of their lives.

WACO2000

October 27th, 2013
12:54 pm

@dnt…..THANK YOU…..very well said

WOW

October 27th, 2013
6:23 pm

Son of Waco, get a life and stop trying to justify your logic with High School Football. You seem to be all over everyone’s else’s business about their school. Must not have a great home life I guess. Too bad Washington County has to deal with you, I’m sure their proud.

DG21

October 27th, 2013
6:45 pm

Does anyone here realize that when Washington County won those Championships in the 90s, there were only 4 classifications in GA? So would they be equivalent to Class AAAA Championships today? I can’t make that call but what I do know is that I played at Washington-Wilkes during those times and our Region was something to be reckoned with. Washington County won 3 State Titles, Green County won 1, and Elbert County beat Washington Wilkes for another. 93-97 (http://ghsfha.org/statechamps.php?aOrgNum=1). Washington-Wilkes and Green County are still in AA and WW is 8-0 this year. They lost last year only to the State Champion (Jefferson, From our Region) and the State Runner Up (Calhoun). My point is, there is good Football in small town GA also…

Did Ya Know...

October 28th, 2013
12:39 am

^And that 93 Greene Co. (or Greene-Taliaferro as they were then) thanked their lucky stars that WACO lost a 1993 semifinal game against Mary Persons on quite the controversial penetration call, as they had already lost to the Hawks earlier that season. And what’s funnier? They also beat Mary Persons earlier in the season, too, making them one of the rare teams to beat BOTH teams playing for the state title in the same season!

Think WACO took it personally? Since 1993, Mary Persons has played WACO seven times. The Bulldogs’ record? 0-7.

Did Ya Know...

October 28th, 2013
12:41 am

…and I think if anyone here was at the 1994 Class AA quarterfinals matchup of WACO-MP in Forsyth, they can tell you it was a madhouse. Entire stadium was at capacity, fans sitting in the trees, and the winner goes to the first ever semifinals matchup in the Georgia Dome.

RexDogma

October 28th, 2013
8:02 am

Congrats to the Son of Waco and the whole team. Good luck in the playoffs. Maybe we will see ya there.

RexDogma

October 28th, 2013
8:04 am

One more thing to the ajc. Decatur also has a game at St. Pius X. You left that one out. That is a big game to leave out.