Almost Halfway Through 2017 Regular Season
Heading into week six of the 2017 Prep Football Season, several teams have already played five games while others have played only two or three games thus far. The reason of course has been inclement weather. Many games last weekend were postponed or cancelled entirely, and since many of the games were not region encounters or played no part in the power rankings for Class A or Class 7-A, they will not be rescheduled.
Taking a quick look back at week number five, there were very few surprises and most favored teams won their games and kept rolling toward their region schedules, which are just around the corner. One of the biggest surprises in last week’s action saw Brookwood top previously unbeaten Colquitt County, 45-25, the Packers fell behind early and couldn’t catch up to the powerful Broncos ground game.
Tift County, now 5-0 on the season, traveled north and beat Parkview, 50-37. The Blue Devils have now established themselves as one of the teams to beat in tough Region 1-7A.
Lee County, one of Region 1-6A’s top teams, continued to roll along by topping Luella 57-7. The Trojans are the early favorites to capture the title of that tough region along with Coffee High of Douglas, who took last week off after opening the season at 4-0.
In other games around the State, surprising Warner Robins picked up their fourth consecutive win of the young campaign by topping county rival Houston County, 38-21. The Demons eclipsed their last year’s win total with the victory. Other games of interest found Marist topping Woodward Academy, 34-17 as War Eagle coach Alan Chadwick moved into a tie with legendary coach Robert Davis, as the coach with the second most wins in Georgia Prep Football history.
Other games of note saw top-ranked Class 2-A power Benedictine Military slip by Swainsboro in a key Region 2-AA opener, 30-18. The Cadets led 13-12 at the half and got a key interception late in the game to seal the victory. The home standing Tigers, now 3-1, served notice that they are a team to be reckoned with in this year’s Class 2-A title chase.
Irwin County downed Clinch County in a Region 2-A game played in Ocilla on Friday night and on Saturday night, Emanuel County Institute downed Claxton, 31-10 in a Region 3-A encounter at Twin City.
The regular season prep schedule has reached the mid-point for many teams and several important region games are just around the corner. A few teams are taking a well-deserved break this weekend, but for many, there are traditional rivalry games and neighborhood matchups which fill the schedule nicely.
Games of importance this weekend finds Cedartown at Cartersville as the ‘Canes go for their 35th win in a row. Camden County makes the long trek from deep South Georgia to meet McEachern in a 7-A matchup in Cobb County. Rome travels to Paulding County, Archer is at Roswell and Starr’s Mill is at Morrow in Friday games of importance.
6-A power, Coffee travels to Tifton to meet Tift County in a battle of unbeaten teams. Warner Robins puts its unbeaten record on the line when it travels to Dexter to meet always dangerous West Laurens.
Crosstown rivals Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central square off in Athens, Burke County is at Effingham County, Northside Warner Robins plays Ware County at Memorial Field in Waycross and Benedictine Military tries to keep its unbeaten streak alive at region rival Vidalia.