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It's too early to be in playoff mode

The high school football playoffs get started tomorrow night with Thomson High playing host to Westover High School from Albany. Region 3-AAA's top seed was officially secured during a Monday night mini-playoff when Burke County was eliminated by Jefferson County. Other Region 3 vs. Region 1 contests will see South Effingham host Dougherty, Glenn Hills at Crisp County and Jefferson County at Cairo.

Should Thomson defeat Westover they would then play host to the winner of the Washington County vs. Troup game on November 12. Being the top seed from the region also would give Thomson the home field for a possible quarterfinal game on November 19. The Dogs semi-final Georgia Dome playing date would be Friday, November 26. They would have to hit the road for a state championship game should they manage four more wins.

But first is Westover. Their overall record is 4-6, including a five game losing streak in the middle of the season. Former Thomson High assistant coach Alton Bentley is a member of the Westover coaching staff. Bentley served under Coach Welsh during his first tenure and followed Coach Welsh to Camden County in 1991 and also worked with him at Greene County.

Region 1-AAA has only six schools. I personally have an issue with the way the GHSA aligns regions where you end up with six schools in a region and thirteen in another. I realize that geography and travel concerns are priorities in the realignment process, but teams with losing records automatically making the state playoffs by default should not happen.

A prime example of this is Lincoln County's first round matchup. The Red Devils will host Our Lady of Mercy who sport a 1-9 record. Their only victory came against a winless team. OLOM, as they are referenced in the print media, is a Catholic school from Fairburn, Ga., near Atlanta. Mercy on them against Lincoln County

I spent the weekend vacationing in Kingsland, Ga., to attend the Georgia-Florida game. I'm not using the word vacationing as loosely as you might think. I seldom spring for two nights in a hotel for the whole family, and the hotel had a heated pool that we took advantage of both nights. To me, that's a vacation.

I picked up two high school games on the radio Friday night while in Kingsland. The Class AAAAA top ranked Camden County Wildcats defeated another unbeaten squad Bradwell Institute by a score of 14-12. I flipped stations between that game and Glynn Academy's victory over crosstown rival Brunswick.

Glynn Academy is coached by former Thomson assistant Rob Ridings. I heard Coach Ridings' post game interview on the radio. This was Glynn's first win over Brunswick in four years. Glynn Academy finished the season with six wins and four losses but did not qualify for the playoffs. Ridings' Red Terrors ended the season tied for fifth place in the 10-school Region 3-AAAAA.

Unbelievably, the temperature is still reaching into the eighties each day, but the football season is officially in the home stretch. It's hard to believe that if a high school did not make the playoffs, their season is already over. The regular season ended before the calendar turned to November and I don't like it.

The Georgia Bulldogs, 7-1, still play at Kentucky, at Auburn and host Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech, 4-3, travels this weekend to NC State before hosting Connecticut and Virginia and closing out against Georgia. Georgia Southern, 8-1, has two road games remaining against Furman and Florida International in Miami before the 1-AA playoffs begin.

The Atlanta Falcons are 6-2 and take this week off before playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Georgia Dome on November 14.

Web posted on Thursday, November 4, 2004

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Updated: 04-Nov-2010 10:01


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