It’s hard to believe, but the 2018 Prep Football regular season will end this coming weekend and then the playoffs will get underway on November 9-10. There were some surprises this past weekend, but for the most part, all remaining region playoff positions will be decided this coming weekend or by a few mini-games early next week.

In some of the top games last weekend, top-ranked Colquitt County (9-0), blew past Tift County in Region 1-7A play, 45-7, to set up a showdown with the Lowndes Vikings (9-1) in Moultrie this Friday night. Lowndes slipped by region foe Camden County, 28-27, to keep the region race wide open until the conclusion of the regular season this Friday night.

This week, it’s Tift County (6-3) at Camden County (6-3) in the other region 1-7A key game matchups. The Blue Devils are 1-1, in region play, while Camden County is 0-2. Both games in the South Georgia region this week are huge, since only three teams from the four-team region will make the playoffs. Statewide Power Rankings will decide team number 32 in the Class 7-A playoffs again this year. 

Other games of note this past weekend saw Class 6A Allatoona down Dalton, 27-14. Class 4A Blessed Trinity edged Marist 10-7. Mary Persons rolled past Perry, 40-3, and Pierce County (9-0) edged Appling County 27-26 in overtime.

As the end of regular season approaches, there are top-notch games on the agenda this weekend. Most games played will have playoff implications in all classifications. In Class 5A, Troup (9-0) travels to Cartersville (9-0) for a region title showdown. In Region 1-6A, Lee County travels to Douglas to play Coffee (7-2). Lee County has captured the Region 1-6A title, and Coffee is playing for a playoff position. 

Roswell (8-1) is at Etowah (4-5) in Class 7A, and in Class 6A, Northside-Warner Robins plays at 2-7 Houston County. Class 5A matchups of note this week include Stockbridge (8-1) at Jones County (8-1), Bainbridge (4-5) at Thomas County Central (5-4), Veterans (8-1) and Warner Robins (8-1) meet in the same division for a Region 1-5A title, and Ware County (7-2) plays Wayne County (9-0) for the Region 2-5A title in Jesup.

In Class 4A, Stephens County (5-4) plays St. Pius X (8-1), while in Class 3A, Liberty County (7-2) plays unbeaten Pierce County (9-0) in Blackshear. 

Class 2A’s top matchup finds Dublin (8-1) at Washington County (8-1) in a Region 3 title game. Another key 2A game finds Early County (6-3) at Thomasville (5-4) in a battle for the No. 3 seed in Region 1-2A.

Class A’s top game finds Mitchell County (8-1) at unbeaten Pelham (9-0) in Region 1-Class A. 

The GPB-TV game of the week this week finds 7A powers Lowndes at Colquitt County in Moultrie. The All-Access pass begins at 7 p.m. and the kickoff starts the action at 7:30 p.m.

Join me for “Tommy’s Takes,” this week in the pre-game as I breakdown the top three games in South Georgia.