Metro Albany’s last team standing not only will play for a shot at history the night after Thanksgiving, but also end the season with the same team that started it.
Deerfield-Windsor earned the right to play for back-to-back GISA Class AAA state championships with a 39-25 win over Pinecrest in state semifinal action at Webb Stadium last Friday. The Knights extended their winning streak to 11 straight games with the relatively easy win.
Now, D-W (12-2) will face the same team that opened the season back in August in the form of George Walton this Friday.
George Walton (10-3) punched its ticket to the state title game with a close 26-24 win over Tattnall Square in the other semifinal contest. The Bulldogs beat the Knights 16-6 in the season opener for both teams at Webb Stadium on Aug. 22.
Since that August season opener, the Bulldogs’ three losses were to First Presbyterian Day (FPD), Macon, (10-0), Tattnall (24-6), and Pinecrest (17-10). They enter the state championship game with four straight wins.
On the other hand, the Knights’ only other loss was to FPD on the road, as the Vikings won 24-21 on a last second field goal. D-W hasn’t lost since.
D-W defeated Mount Vernon Presbyterian (44-6), FPD (35-21), and Pinecrest to advance to the title game. In contrast, George Walton had an easy first round win over Southland (35-0), before pulling out close wins over another Macon team, Stratford (21-20), and Tattnall, to set up the re-match against the Knights.
If you can’t make it to the game this Friday, or even if you can, tune in to WEGC (107.7 FM). Or listen live online at mix1077albany.com for play-by-play action.
Airtime is at 7:15 p.m.; kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
QUICK HITTERS: The team that beat out Monroe for the No. 3 playoff seed out of GHSA Region 1-AAA fell in the first round of the state playoffs. The Worth County Rams (5-6) ended their season just two weeks ago with a 34-0 loss to Woodward Academy of south metro Atlanta. Worth County has gone a combined 16-17 the last three seasons, including a playoff win in 2007.
As for the Rams’ former head coach — Harris Rainbow — his new Walnut Grove program in east metro Atlanta’s Walton County, finished its inaugural season at 2-3.
Walnut Grove is expected to compete in Class AAA during the next GHSA reclassification cycle that runs from 2010-2014. Perhaps Rainbow might make a few return trips to Worth County in the coming years.
By Walter L. Johnson II