Just one week remains in the GHSA regular season, while both of Albany’s GISA teams enter the playoffs as region champions. Let’s take a quick look at the week that was in local high school football.
1-AAA ROUND-UP: The Monroe Tornadoes (7-2, 4-2 Georgia High School Association Region 1-AAA) rallied from a 14-6 halftime deficit Friday to defeat the Perry Panthers on the road, 20-14.
Meanwhile, just down the road in Cordele, the defending GHSA Class AAA state champion Cairo Syrupmakers clinched second place in the region. But they struggled past the Crisp County Cougars (5-4, 3-3) in a 14-7 win.
With the win, Cairo (6-3, 5-1) has now won six of seven games since starting the season 0-2, with one game to play. The Syrupmakers host the Westover Patriots to close out the regular season Friday.
The Peach County Trojans (9-0, 6-0) clinched the region title with a 41-13 rout of the Dougherty Trojans at home last week. Peach will enter postseason play as the top seed from 1-AAA.
At Hugh Mills Stadium last week, the Worth County Rams (4-5, 3-3) won their third game in four tries after starting 1-4, as they downed Westover, 21-6, to keep themselves in playoff contention.
GHSA PLAYOFF SCENARIOS: With Peach County and Cairo already having clinched the top two seeds for next week’s state playoffs, the respective No. 3 and 4 seeds will be decided Friday.
Monroe travels to Worth County with the No. 3 seed at stake. A win over the Rams would give the Tornadoes third place, while a Crisp loss to Peach will give Worth the No. 4 seed. The Rams shut out the Cougars 22-0 at home last month.
On the other hand, a Monroe loss to Worth, combined with a Crisp upset win over Peach, could force a three-way tie for the final two state playoff berth from 1-AAA at 4-3.
The head-to-head tiebreakers would show Monroe defeating Worth, which shut out Crisp, who lost to the Tornadoes earlier this season. So, Worth would be seeded third, Monroe fourth, and Crisp would be on the outside looking in.
That leaves the third and probably most unlikely scenario. A Worth loss to Monroe, combined with Crisp win over Peach, would give the Tornadoes the third seed at 5-2 in region play, followed by Crisp at 4-3, with Worth’s season coming to an end.
QUICK HITTERS: The Deerfield Windsor Knights (9-2, 3-0 GISA Region 3-AAA) are headed into postseason play on an eight-game winning streak. They crushed Brookwood on the road, 45-0, in their regular season finale last week. D-W enters the playoffs as the No. 1 seed from 3-AAA.
The Sherwood Christian Eagles (7-2, 3-1 GISA Region 3-AA) won their first region crown after winning a 33-26 thriller at Southwest Georgia Academy. The Eagles won a three-way tiebreaker with SGA and Tiftarea for the No. 1 seed out of that region.
The Lee County Trojans (2-8, 2-6 GHSA Region 1-AAAA) saw their season end in heartbreak, as they fell at Jones County, 42-35, while Albany High (0-9, 0-6) remained winless after falling at Fitzgerald, 48-6.
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Written by Walter L. Johnson II.