With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the playoffs in Region 6-AAA have essentially turned into a round-robin scenario to determine the four playoff spots. It’s all going to come down to who can beat who and claim the four postseason spots in one of the toughest leagues in the state.
This week the big games are St. Pius at Blessed Trinity and Cedar Grove at Woodward Academy.
Blessed Trinity (5-3, 3-1), led by tailback Chad Manthey, seems to have found its offense. The Titans have scored 150 points in their last five games. St. Pius (6-2, 3-1) had its defense rattled last week for 42 points, a fact that will challenge the unit led by Nick Ruffin and Daniel Crochet. St. Pius has won all five meetings against its fellow Catholic school competitor, including last year’s hard-fought 24-17 decision.
Cedar Grove (6-2, 3-1) had last week off after its loss to St. Pius. The Saints are led by running back Deion Sellers and quarterback James Hartsfield. Woodward (7-2, 4-1) has the skills to match the Saints, particularly with Terry Googer, who ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 165 and one touchdown in last week’s win over St. Pius.
In other important games this week:
White County at West Hall: White County (6-2) will finish no worse than third in Region 7-AAA with a win this week. Should White win out and Buford beats North Hall, the Warriors would finish second and get a first-round home game. But West Hall is a dangerous team that’s in search of its first playoff appearance since 2002. White County leads the series 9-8 and has won the last seven meetings.
Tattnall County at Southeast Bulloch: The winner of this game will likely be No. 3 and the loser will likely be No. 4 in Region 1-AAA. Southeast’s Tyler Epps have four touchdowns last week and now has 20 touchdowns and 1,431 yards rushing. Tattnall leads the series 6-4 and won last year’s game 45-25.
Peach County at Carver: The winner of this game will be the regular-season champion in Region 2-AAA. Carver won last year’s similar showdown 26-17. This is a showcase for two talent quarterbacks: sophomore Jawon Pass of Carver, who was thrown into the role when Torrance McGee transferred to North Cobb, and Greg Williams of Peach County, who has thrown for 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Chapel Hill at Central Carroll: Both teams are already in the playoffs, but the winner will likely finish as the No. 2 team in Region 4. This is only the second meeting between the two schools. Chapel Hill won 41-21 in 2012. Central will need to slow the momentum of Chapel Hill tailback Jamarcus Morrissete, who has rushed for 1,372 yards. Think this game is big? Central has organized a maroon-out for its final home game, which is also Senior Night.