Another high school football season has ended in metro Albany. But it was a season that closed in heartbreaking fashion for one local team.
Last week, the Deerfield-Windsor Knights tried to become the first local squad to win back-to-back state championships. But the George Walton Bulldogs of Monroe brought a potential celebration to a halt, as they ended the 2009 season the same way they started it: with a win over the Knights.
This time, the Bulldogs downed the Knights 42-24 to win the GISA Class AAA state title. The loss ended D-W’s season at 12-3. The setback also snapped the Knights 11-game winning streak. In the first game of the season in late August, George Walton defeated Deerfield 16-6.
While the Knights will lose only eight seniors from the 2009 squad, the loss of one player in particular — Tony Zenon — will especially be felt, as he played his final game in a Deerfield uniform last Friday. Don’t be surprised to see Zenon play college football somewhere — likely no lower than the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level — next season.
In the last two seasons, Deerfield has compiled a combined record of 24-5, including a state championship in 2008.
Quick Hitters: Our final “Quick Hitters” section of the season has some ideas from the Georgia High School Football Daily e-mail newsletter on how the reclassifications of the local regions in the Georgia High School Association might turn out between 2010 and 2014.
Without further ado, here’s how those regions might turn out, with schools in the Albany Journal coverage area marked in bold type. Keep in mind that these are not projections, says the GHSF Daily.
REGION 1-AAAA: Bainbridge, Hardaway, Harris County, Lee County, Northside (Columbus) and Thomas County Central.
REGION 1-AAA: Americus-Sumter, Cairo, Crisp County, Dougherty, Monroe, Westover and Worth County.
REGION 1-AA: Albany, Berrien, Brooks County, Early County, Fitzgerald and Thomasville.
According to the GHSA web site, the reclassification committee met today to place schools in each region statewide. The overall reclassification process will be finalized on Jan. 12, 2010.
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Sources: Georgia High School Association — www.ghsa.net
Georgia High School Football Historians Association — www.ghsfha.org
On the Web: High School Football Recap Online —southwestgafootball.wordpress.com