By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here we go. The regular season is by the boards. Now it’s time for the second season … the playoffs.
In today’s blog we have some key results from Friday night, the process by which the power ratings will be finalized from the Georgia High School Association’s Steve Figueroa, and finally, a projected public and private school bracket, based on one that is making the rounds in the blogosphere.
No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 35, No. 8 Landmark Christian 0. The top ranked team in the AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily poll and the defending public school champions dominated the War Eagles to win their fourth consecutive Region 5 title. It was the second loss in a row for Landmark Christian (8-2, 4-2), which began the season 8-0. ELCA (10-0, 6-0) went into the game tied for first in the private school power ratings with Mt. Pisgah (10-0, 6-0), a 41-26 winner over Mt. Zion-Carroll, Friday. Landmark is presently No. 3 in the ratings, which will be finalized on Wednesday after any appeals are considered.
No. 3 Seminole County 18, Mitchell County 12. Seminole County finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in 40 years to win the Region 1 championship for the third straight season. Seminole County (10-0, 6-0) is currently in the No. 1 public school power rating spot, while Mitchell County (6-4, 5-1) sits tied with Trion at No. 12.
No. 10 Calvary Day 41, No. 4 Johnson County 14. The Cavaliers (8-2, 6-0) won the Region 3 title in overwhelming fashion, and have won eight consecutive games since beginning the season 0-2. It is the first outright region championship for Calvary Day since 1996. Calvary Day currently sits at No. 9 in the private school power ratings, while Johnson County (9-1, 5-1) which fell for the first time this season, is at No. 3 in the public power school ratings.
No. 2 Aquinas 33, First Presbyterian Day 32. The Irish (10-0, 7-0) finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in the 50-year history of the program and also won the school’s first region title. The Region 7 champs hold the No. 6 spot in the private school power ratings, while FPD (6-4, 5-2), which had won five in a row after starting the season 1-3, is at No. 15.
No. 5 Clinch County 30, Turner County 28. After failing to advance to the post season last year for the first time since 1994, the Panthers (7-3, 6-0) won their 16th region championship in school history by edging Turner County (4-6, 2-4). Clinch County is currently No. 4 in the public school power ratings while Rebels currently hold the final playoff spot at No. 16.
No. 9 Prince Avenue Christian 53, George Walton Academy 10. The Wolverines won their second Region 8 title in three seasons, as the Jeff Herron era in Bogart has gotten off to a great start. PAC (9-1, 6-0) sits at No. 7 in the private school power rating while George Walton (5-5, 2-4) will hope to hold on to the No. 16 spot.
Here is how the next seeding process will work, according to GHSA Director of Communications Steve Figueroa.
“Here is what will happen and when: The final power ratings will be posted on the GHSA web site sometime on Tuesday morning, Nov. 12. Schools then have until noon on Wednesday, Nov. 13 to appeal their power rating.
“Football coordinator Tommy Whittle and myself will review any such appeals and adjust the power ratings accordingly.
“Then, at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 13, a committee consisting of myself (representing Dr. Swearngin, who has an important meeting elsewhere), football coordinator Tommy Whittle, and two members of the State Executive Committee (Earl Etheridge and Don Corr) will meet here in the GHSA office to verify the results after the appeals and seed the brackets. The brackets will be posted on the GHSA web site before close of business (4 pm) on Wednesday, Nov. 13.”
Are These the Matchups?
Prior to the appeals process here are the playoff match ups. The final list will be posted tomorrow (Wednesday) after 4 p.m.:
Upper Half of Bracket
No. 1 Seminole County (14.34 power rating) vs. No. 16 Wilkinson County (9.18)
No. 8 Commerce (11.95) vs. No. 9 Charlton County (11.78)
No. 5 Johnson County (12.73) vs. No. 12 Emanuel County Institute (11.03)
No. 4 Irwin County (12.96) vs. No. 13 Trion (10.89)
Lower Half of Bracket
No. 3 Clinch County (13.23) vs. No. 14 Claxton (10.53)
No. 6 Hawkinsville (12.32) vs. No. 11 Mitchell County (11.04)
No. 7 Lincoln County (12.29) vs. No. 10 Dooly County (11.77)
No. 2 Marion County (13.67) vs. No. 15 Turner County (9.33)
Just missed: No. 17 Randolph-Clay (9.01); No. 18. Terrell County (8.99); No. 19. Hancock County (8.98); No. 20 Portal (8.95)
Upper Half of Bracket
No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (15.11) vs. No. 16 Athens Christian (10.35)
No. 8 Darlington (13.22) vs. No. 9 Christian Heritage (12.15)
No. 5 Prince Avenue Christian (12.97) vs. No. 12 Brookstone (10.87)
No. 4 Calvary Day (12.98) vs. No. 13 First Presbyterian Day (10.63)
Bottom Half of the Bracket
No. 3 Aquinas (13.43) vs. No. 14 Savannah Christian (10.61)
No. 6 Mt. Paran Christian (13.61) vs. No. 11 Our Lady of Mercy (11.33)
No. 7 Landmark Christian (13.43) vs. No. 10 Holy Innocents’ (11.43)
No. 2 Mt. Pisgah Christian (14.34) vs. No. 15 St. Anne-Pacelli (10.44)
Just Missed: No. 17 Whitefield Academy (10.21); No. 18 George Walton Academy (10.15); No. 19 Pace Academy (10.11); No. 20 Athens Academy (9.94)