South Georgia Playoff Preview, Round 1

South Georgia has had its share of state champions. Afterall, the winningest high school in America resides in South Georgia. The Valdosta WIldcats are in a very familiar spot, the post season. They, along with many of their South Georgia peers, will vie for a spot in the Georgia Dome and beyond. Here is a look at the key games in South Georgia and what to expect in round 1:

CLASS AAAAA

Valdosta (7-2-1) vs Riverdale (7-2)

Valdosta is at home again in the playoffs, doing so by finishing 2nd in the district behind Coffee County. The Wildcats have 803 career victories and look for number 804 against Riverdale. Valdosta has only lost to one Georgia team, their first loss was a 6-0 setback to Madison Co. (FL). Riverdale comes in also losing their last regular season game of the season to Lovejoy. Riverdale is a good team, but Valdosta is tough at home.

Lowndes (8-2) at Lovejoy (8-2)

This is a game that pits two teams with the exact same record. By virtue of a tough region, Lowndes must hit the road in round one of the playoffs. Lowndes and new head coach Randy McPherson have won 2 straight games but they lost to Valdosta in the Winnersville Classic. Lovejoy has come on strong as of late, winning 5 straight games. Their two losses have come by 2 points and 1 point.

CLASS AAAA

Woodward Academy (6-4) at Thomas County Central (10-0)

The improbable season continues in the Rose City as TCCHS finishes a perfect regular season at 10-0. The Jackets have dominated in their 3 shutouts; however, they haven't been that dominating in their last two wins against Cairo and Ware County. Woodward Academy possesses two rivals.com super studs in Chris Smith and Brandon Lewis. They have won 2 straight to close out the season.

Bainbridge (3-7) at Pebblebrook (7-3)

Bainbridge is lucky to still be around. They came on strong in the end winning two straight, after starting with a very un-Bainbridge like record. They are on the road against a Pebblebrook team that has won two straight, including last weeks 60-6 victory against Chapel Hill.

CLASS AAA

North East Macon (8-2) at Thomasville (8-2)

Another game with two teams with matching records. Thomasville is home all the way through after winning their region. The Bulldogs will have to share the Rose City spotlight with Thomas County Central this weekend. After losing two early games, Thomasville has won 5 straight because of special teams and a ferocious defense. North East Macon started the season with 4 straight shutout victories and have 5 total in their ten games. They closed out the season with a 12-6 loss to Peach County

CLASS AA

Cook Co. (6-4) at Vidalia (10-0)

On paper, this is a mismatch. Vidalia scored 60 points in their last game while Cook County needed a win in the last week to even earn a spot in the post season. No matter what happens, Cook will be on the road for the entire playoffs but they do have two Borderwars standouts in Quinten Payne and Cornelius Brown

Mitchell-Baker (7-3) at Jackson (9-1)

Mitchell-Baker is a good road team and come in as the ultimate overachievers. They'll need some luck at Jackson this weekend, although they have won 4 straight. Jackson's only loss was a 10-6 setback to Lamar County. Since then they have won 6 straight.

CLASS A

Wilcox Co. (4-5) at Pelham (7-3) By records alone, one would think that this is a mismatch. But not so fast my friends. Wilcox Co. can go into Pelham and upset the home team if they aren't ready. Pelham has only one loss in Class A; their other two losses came from Cook Co. and Thomasville. Wilcox is a bit undermatched in that all 4 of their wins have come against Class A teams.


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