The Monroe Tornadoes found themselves in a logjam for playoff positioning in Georgia High School Association Region 1-AAA, without even playing last week.
Although they had a bye last after their 16-12 win over Dougherty on Oct. 10, the Tornadoes fell into a four-way tie for the last two state playoff spots from 1-AAA, thanks to the results from other games.
Cairo (4-3, 3-1 Region 1-AAA) handed Dougherty (3-4, 2-2) its second straight loss, as the defending state champion Syrupmakers pitched a 20-0 shutout at home over the reeling Trojans.
Crisp County (4-3, 2-2) — idle after being shut out at Worth County 22-0 almost two weeks ago — got caught in the middle of the pack, as well, as the Rams (3-4, 2-2) won their second straight game with a 32-13 romp over Perry.
That left Monroe (5-2, 2-2) as the fourth team from Region 1-AAA in a four-way tie for the final two state playoff spots. The Tornadoes face the slumping Westover Patriots at Hugh Mills Stadium this Saturday in a game that will decide the city championship.
Westover (3-4, 1-3) lost its third straight game at home last week, as Peach County (7-0, 4-0) remained unbeaten with a 42-6 rout last Friday. That puts the Patriots in a position where they must win out to make the playoffs. Should Westover knock off Monroe, the Patriots could still reach the postseason with wins over Worth County and Cairo. But they also would need a lot of help.
QUICK HITTERS: The Deerfield-Windsor Knights (7-2, 1-0 GISA Region 3-AAA) extended their winning streak to six last week, as they crushed archrival Southland, 40-7, in the region opener for both teams.
D-W faces perhaps its biggest test of the season this week, as the Knights travel to Perry to face undefeated Westfield. The Hornets ran their record to 8-0 after rolling past Brookwood School 35-7.
Albany’s other GISA team — the Sherwood Christian Eagles — saw their four-game winning streak end in heartbreaking fashion, as Tiftarea pulled off the 32-30 upset in Region 3-AA action. SCA fell to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in region play.
The Lee County Trojans won their second game of the season, as they held off Upson-Lee in a thriller, 38-31, in Leesburg. The now 2-6 Trojans actually have a chance to finish GHSA Region 1-AAAA action at .500 with wins in their final two games. But they’ll have to accomplish that feat on the road, with season-ending visits to Harris County and Jones County on the horizon.
Albany High remained winless after losing 23-12 to Mitchell County in a rare Saturday-night road game. The Indians fell to 0-7 overall, and 0-4 in GHSA Region 1-AA.
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Written by Walter L. Johnson II.