Wednesday, April 14

Regional Football Review Week 4/Preview for Week 5

Mother Nature once again paid a visit to high school stadiums in our area this past weekend, as for the second weekend this season, storms played havoc across our area. Many of the scheduled games for Friday in our area, were rescheduled or postponed.

The most unusual of the schedule changes took place down at the Granite Bowl in Elberton, where Elbert was playing host to North Oconee. North Oconee stopped two Elbert County possessions in the fourth quarter, to defeat the Blue Devils 28-24, in a game that concluded after midnight.

When asked about the evening and early morning, Brad Waggoner said “We decided that if we did not play the game on Friday night, we were not going to play the game”. He added that the coaches at North Oconee, “wanted to play the game on Friday”, and were willing to wait patiently to see what the weather would do that night.

Waggoner especially thanked the Elberton fans and the Elbert County Student Section for their support. “It was along night and our students and fans were great supporting our team against North Oconee.”

About the game itself, Elberts coach was really pleased with the progress that his team has made from week1.”We still have a lot of work to do to get ready for Region play, but we’re a lot better than we were for week one.” He said,” we played well against a good team, we battled the whole night and had some chances, we’re not satisfied with just playing well.”

Region 8-AA and the Elbert County Blue Devils, open Region play this weekend, as the Blue Devils pay a visit to the Patriots of Oglethorpe County, down at Lexington Georgia. “Our players are excited about the start of Region play. We are one of seven teams with the goal of being Region Champion this year.” He added that “our goal is to be 1-0 after the game on Friday.”

At the Reservation in Toccoa, Stephens County fell to Rabun County by the score of 44-7. Stephens, trailing the Wildcats 17-7, held Rabun on downs with less than 20 seconds remaining before intermission, but a fumbled snap from center and a recovery by Rabun allowed Rabun to go into the half leading by 17 points and 24-7. 

Down in Madison, the Oconee County Warriors used a strong ground game to defeat Morgan County by the score of 34-6. This is the sixth win in a row for Oconee County against Morgan County. 

The matchup between Franklin County and Habersham Central was postponed from Friday night in Carnesville, and will be replayed on September 27 at Franklin County.

In Saturday makeup games:

Sixth ranked Hart County ran its record to 4-0 for the 2019 season with a 32-9 win over Madison County in a game at Danielsville. Moved from Friday to Saturday due to Fridays line of storms, the game featured an 1 hour plus weather delay in the first quarter.

The Bulldog ground game produced over 300 yards, with Malecki Thomas and J Len Lackey combining for over 100 yards each for the second time this season. Defense held Madison to less than 230 yards of offense for the game.

The Eagles of East Jackson moved their record to 3-0 thanks to a 38-0 win over Banks County in another rescheduled game.This is the first time that East Jackson has been 3-0 to start the year in over 10 years.

The Wildcats of Apalachee got their first win of the year, defeating Jackson County 21-14 on Saturday. Shaan Cook scored twice for Apalachee, scoring on runs of 66 and 17 yards. 

Monroe Area returned to the winners circle, defeating  Walnut Grove by the score of 42-2. The matchup between Jefferson and Southside of Greenville SC was cancelled due to the weekends weather.

In games involving teams from South Carolina,Palmetto defeated Crescent by the score of 49-14, West-Oak defeated Dixie 35-6, Woodruff outscored Seneca 42-25, and Pendleton fell to Berea by the score of 26-17.

Next week is another full set of action, highlighted by the first week of region play for teams in 8-AA, with Elbert County facing Oglethorpe County down in Lexington. In other games involving teams in 8-AA, Union County host Monticello, Rabun County takes on Putnam County, and Banks County takes on Social Circle  on the first day of region play.

Other games of area interest include; Stephens County and Habersham – Central in Toccoa, Franklin County looking for a win against AAAA North Oconee, Madison County hosting East Jackson, and Jefferson facing Gainesville at Gainesville. 

Hart County, Jackson County, Monroe Area, and Morgan County have the week off prior to beginning region play next Friday. Hart County will play host to Jackson while Monroe Area and  Morgan County face off in a matchup of 8-AAA favorites in Madison on Friday.

In games involving South Carolina teams, Crescent travels to North Augusta SC to face Fox Creek High School, Westside of Anderson is at Easley, West Oak takes on St. Joseph’s Catholic from Greenville, Pendleton travels to Belton-Honea Path, Seneca looks for win #1 when they face Palmetto, T.L. Hanna tangles with Mann, and Daniel host Ridge View from Columbia.

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