By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here are three games that will decide region champions, and four others worthy of mention:
No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (9-0, 5-0) at No. 8 Landmark Christian (8-1, 4-1). The Chargers are poised to claim their fourth consecutive Region 5 crown as they march toward their second consecutive Class A private school state title. Landmark hopes to reclaim some momentum heading into the playoffs, after falling for the first time this season last week at Holy Innocents’ (6-4, 4-2), 29-28. This is the fourth straight season the Region 5 title has come down to a battle between ELCA and Landmark.
Mitchell County (6-3, 5-0) at No. 3 Seminole County (9-0, 5-0). The Eagles began the season 1-3 but have become one of the hottest teams in Class A, stringing together five straight wins during Region 1 competition. During the run, Mitchell County has outscored its opponents 218-43, including a 80-0 demolition of winless Stewart County. Seminole County could not only win its third consecutive Region 1 championship with a victory, but it can also solidify its hold on the top seed in the Class A public school power ratings.
No. 10 Calvary Day (7-2, 5-0) at No. 4 Johnson County (9-0, 5-0). Calvary Day, the Region 3 – Division A champs, is the hottest team in Class A with seven consecutive wins after starting off 0-2. Like Mitchell County in Region 1, the Cavaliers have scorched their opponents during the run, outscoring them 309-33. Johnson County, the Division B champions, are out to prove that it is a serious contender for the Class A public school state title, which would be its first since Herschel Walker led the Trojans to the 1979 championship.
Four more games to consider:
First Presbyterian Day (6-3, 5-1) at No. 2 Aquinas (9-0, 6-0)
Turner County (4-5, 2-3) at No. 5 Clinch County (6-3, 5-0)
Charlton County (6-3, 4-1) at No. 7 Irwin County (7-1-1, 4-1)
George Walton Academy (5-4, 2-3) at No. 9 Prince Avenue Christian (8-1, 5-0)