And then there was one.
Only one metro Albany team is still playing football going into the third week of November, and that’s the Deerfield-Windsor Knights.
D-W (11-2) won its 10th straight game Friday, defeating First Presbyterian Day (Macon), 35-21, in quarterfinal round GISA Class AAA playoff action at Webb Stadium.
The Knights are back home this week against Pinecrest in state semifinal action, with a chance to return to the state championship game at stake.
The Sherwood Christian Eagles weren’t so fortunate in their quest to move on in postseason play, though, as they fell at home to Edmund Burke, 21-12, in round two of the GISA Class AA playoffs.
With the loss, SCA ended its best season of football with an overall record of 8-3. That’s not to mention the Eagles also won their first-ever region title.
Finally, the Monroe Tornadoes gave one of the state’s best teams — the Jackson Red Devils — all they could handle before losing in overtime, 14-7, on the road in the first round of the GHSA Class AAA playoffs.
Monroe (7-4) has lost back-to-back games to end the 2009 season, counting the Tornadoes 23-14 regular season loss at Worth County just weeks ago.
QUICK HITTERS: If the recently released numbers for reclassification in the Georgia High School Association are any indication, expect a more difficult postseason run for Albany area teams over the next four years.
While Lee County is expected to remain in Class AAAA, the Trojans may have to contend with the likes of Houston County, Northside (Warner Robins), and Warner Robins between the 2010-11 and 2013-14 academic years.
If that wasn’t enough, the Valdosta Wildcats could find way dropping down to AAAA after spending many years in the state’s largest classification: AAAAA. And there’s always Bainbridge and Thomas County Central to deal with, as well.
In Class AAA, it appears that Monroe and Westover will stay right where they are for the foreseeable future. But Americus-Sumter could move down from Class AAAA, joining programs such as Cairo, Crisp County, and Worth County in what will likely be a new look Region 1-AAA.
Dougherty could join Albany High in Class AA. If that happens, both schools will join a Region 1-AA that has perennial powers such as Brooks County, Fitzgerald, and Thomasville.
For more information on reclassification, visit the GHSA website at www.ghsa.net.
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Written by Walter L. Johnson II.