By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here are the top five games on the Class A slate this weekend, along with two more worth the price of admission.
Pace Academy (4-4, 1-3) at No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (7-0, 4-0). A win by ELCA will set up the biggest game in Class A this season next week, when the Chargers, the defending private school champs, travel to No. 6 Landmark Christian (8-0, 4-0) with the Region 5 title on the line. Pace needs an upset to increase its power rating and bolster its chances of making the playoff field of 16. Currently, the Knights are on the outside looking in.
No. 6 Landmark Christian (8-0, 4-0) at Holy Innocents (5-4, 3-2). If both Landmark and ELCA stave off upsets, next week will be the biggest game to date for both, as ELCA will come to downtown Fairburn for the Region 5 title game. Holy Innocents, like Pace, needs a win to fortify its standing in the top 16.
Fellowship Christian (5-3, 2-2) at No. 8 Mount Pisgah Christian (8-0, 4-0). The Patriots can take a huge step toward winning their first region title in the program’s history with a win over rival Fellowship Christian. Mount Pisgah is currently in the No. 1 spot in the Class A private school power ratings.
Pinecrest Academy (5-3, 3-2) at No. 9 Prince Avenue Christian (7-1, 4-0). Prince Avenue can win its second Region 8 title in the past three seasons with a victory over Pinecrest, which needs an upset to claw its way into the top 16 of the power ratings.
No. 10 Darlington (7-1, 4-0) at Our Lady of Mercy (3-5, 3-2). In a scheduling quirk brought about by the late cancellation of its season by Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Darlington will travel south to Fayetteville for a key non-region contest. A win by the Tigers could lift them over Mt. Pisgah in the Class A power ratings, and give them the edge in the race for the Region 6 championship, which will go to the team with the highest power rating. Currently, Mt. Pisgah is No. 1 while Darlington is tied with Landmark Christian at No. 2.
Here are two more to check out as well:
No. 3 Seminole County (8-0, 4-0) at Miller County (4-5, 3-2)
No. 5 Marion County (8-0, 5-0) at Hawkinsville (5-3, 3-2)