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The Elite 8 of Regional High School Football Review/Preview

Today is Thanksgiving, a day where we pause to give thanks for the many blessings we receive each year, a day to enjoy family and friends. For some, it's a day to set back and watch a multitude of college and professional football games from across the nation on one of the final weekends of the season. For the lucky, for those teams who have survived to week 13, this is a week to prepare for Friday night and the quarterfinal round of the State Football Playoffs. In our area, there are five teams; Hart County and Jefferson in Class AAA, Madison County and Oconee County in Class AAAA, along with Rabun County from Class AA, that will spend a part of their Thanksgiving Day preparing for their next opponents, the next step in the journey to Atlanta and the State Championships, which are now  only 2 weeks away. In Class AAAA,…

Regional Football Playoff Wrap up Round 1/Preview Round 2

The days of fall might be getting shorter, but the action in high school football is getting hotter as we get into playoff season, and the race to Atlanta. With one week in the books for post season action, it's time to look toward week #2, and teams that will be traveling or hosting 2nd round games this year. Before we get to the week 2 action, let's look back at the results from week one. In Class AA, region 8-AA powers Union County and Rabun County opened play with wins at home on Friday. Union County defeated South Atlanta 19-15, in a game played at Blairsville, while Region Champion Rabun County defeated B.E.S.T Academy from Atlanta by the score of 38-0. Putman County and Elbert County both opened state play on the road this past weekend. Putman County fell to Hapeville Charter of Atlanta by the score of 56 -…

Regional Football Wrap-up/Preview of Post Season

As we close one chapter of the 2019 season, 32 teams in all eight classifications across the state will start the five week journey to Atlanta and to Georgia State University and the opportunity to play for a State Championship in football on the weekend of December 13-14. Before we look at the opening round of the playoffs and the area participants, lets first look at the teams who finished their year this past weekend, and have moved on into other sports. The Indians of Stephens County and the Lions of Franklin County saw the end of a frustrating season with losses to St. Pius for the Indians and the Monroe Area Purple Hurricanes for Franklin. Stephens finishes with a record of 1-9, while Franklin County closes up the year with a record of 2-8. Elsewhere, Habersham - Central saw a celebration of fifty years of football end with a loss to…

Regional Football’s Week 11 Review/Final Week Preview

While it may be hard for football fans to admit, this is the final weekend for high school football in Georgia. For some teams, this is the final weekend before the third season, post season, starts with the goal of reaching Turner Field and the Championship Weekend for the GHSA. Some teams are clear in their standings, but for others, a brand new computer might be needed to figure out where they are playing on November 11th. With so much let to be decided, let’s look first at what is known going into the final weekend. In Region 8-AAA, the Jefferson Dragons defeated the Jackson County Panthers 55-0 to finish with a perfect 6-0 record in the region and the Region 8-AAA Championship for 2019. The Dragon defense held Jackson County to less than 50 total yards for the contest.Jefferson will enjoy the week off this week, before starting post season play…

Regional Football Review Week 10/Preview Week 11

With only two weeks of the regular season left for high school football in our area, the playoff picture is coming into clearer focus, as teams  make their final push to the finish line for the regular season. In Region 8-AAA, the Jefferson Dragons captured the region championship with a 26 -7 win over Monroe Area in a game played at Monroe. Colby Clark, Jefferson’s quarterback, ran the ball 37 times for 232 yards, and scored 3 touchdowns on the ground. He added a fourth score on a touchdown pass to Dawson Crowley. “This has been a really fun team to coach and be around. We’ve played extremely well all year”, said Jefferson’s Gene Cathcart.”This team has worked hard in practice and been really unselfish with its play. They are a very close group of young men with strong leaders in all of the grades.” Cathcart said about Clark,”he has played really…

Regional High School Football Week 9 review/ Week 10 Preview

We’ve hit the final turn and started for home in the race to the playoffs for all of the teams in our area, and there are many big games left to decide which teams advance to participate in post season play and which ones  start the long off season. With just three weeks left in the regular season, every region is full of games that will have major playoff and post season implications for many of our high school teams. It’s not to late to get out and enjoy a high school game while the season draws to a conclusion. Before we look at playoff scenarios in our area, let’s look back at a couple of big games that took place last weekend. The first stop is the Granite Bowl in Elberton, where the Blue Devils entertained Rabun County, in a game that featured Gunner Stockman. Stockman, the Rabun quarterback, is…

Regional Football Preview Week 8 Review/Week 9 Preview

The temperatures and the heat of September have finally started to relax their grip on our area, but high school football in northeast Georgia continues to be a hot commodity as the calendar approaches November. It was a quiet weekend for games in the area, as many teams enjoyed an open date before the race to post season begins.  But even with a limited schedule, there was one location in our area where the action was hot and heavy as Hart County played host to perennial region power Jefferson. To the victor would go the early lead in region 8-AAA’s championship race. Someone once said that there are games that neither team looses, a team simply runs out of time. This was the case in Hartwell. The Dragons and Bulldogs staged a battle in front of a near capacity crowd at Herndon Stadium that was the epitome of what high…

Regional Football Review Week 7/Preview Week 8

The summer temperatures finally began to release their grip across the area this past weekend, but the explosion of high scoring offense did not, as high school football turned to the coroner and high school football is rapidly moving toward time to crown Region Champions and to start the match to Atlanta. This is a great time to go out and enjoy a high school football game. Around our area last weekend, the top game was Elbert County traveling to Blairsville to face high scoring Union County in a matchup of 2-0 teams in Region 8-AA. Elbert County, who had won its last three games, was looking for revenge against Union. Union Co. upset Elbert 29-28 in Elberton to deny the Blue Devils an opportunity to host a play off game. Union County broke open a 14 - 14 tie early in the fourth quarter against Elbert to defeat the…

Regional Football Week 6 Review/Week 7 Preview

While it may be hard to realize, the 2019 high school football season has turned the corner on the midpoint, and the race to the finish and post season is in full swing around our area.  This week, Region 8-AAAAAA  and the Raiders of Habersham Central, join the other regions in our area and begin region play. Region 8-AAAA, the smallest region in our area with the Stephens County Indians will begin play in two weeks for region and post season play. What do we know to date? We know that in Region 8-AA, the first two weeks of region play have separated the region into two groups. Elbert County, Banks County, Rabun County, along with Union County have held serve for the first two weeks and have pulled away to form a lead peloton from the other teams in the region. Now, this week, the lead group begins to…

Regional High School Football Review Week 5/Preview Week 6

As the seasons move from late summer and approach the first days of fall, football schedules move from the first part of a season where teams play teams in their area in order to get ready for the second part of the schedule, the region schedule. Games in this part of the schedule are where teams start to move their focus  to playing the games that will decide who can move on the third season, the state playoffs and the opportunity to compete for a possible state championship. It’s now that the games take on a different focus and a different level of importance. Speaking with Elbert’s Brad Waggoner, the change in importance can be measured in the following, “ our goal each week, is to be 1-0 for that Friday.” This second season began for teams in Region 8-AA this past weekend. The winners from week #1 in 8-AA, Elbert Co.,…