Down the stretch for region 3AAA
by Emanuel County Live | October 30, 2012 5:13 pm
by TROUP BRINSON
As the regular season moves closer to a conclusion with two weeks left on the schedule, the top of the region took shape this past week with Thomson’s win over Washington County, but the remaining playoff spots are anything but decided.
Thomson answered all of the naysayers this past week by knocking off previously unbeaten and # 3 ranked Washington County in a battle of titans. Ranked #2 in the state, it wasn’t as if observers were saying that Thomson wasn’t a quality team, just not as stout as Washington County. However, the Bulldogs went on the road and let their on-field performance do their talking for them with a rousing 28-14 victory. Thomson still has Jefferson County remaining on their schedule in two weeks, but they are in great shape to post an undefeated regular season and lead the region into the playoffs.
Washington County is certainly the more explosive team of the two, yet they had problems solving the Bulldog defense. The Golden Hawks lead the region in scoring, averaging 42 points per contest. They will travel to Dodge County for their one remaining game and hope to lockup a #2 seed.
Jefferson County is the only other region team with a region victory. They beat Dodge County earlier by a score of 21-0. The Warriors have two important remaining games against Swainsboro, at home, before traveling to Thomson. Nothing is decided as of yet and they need a victory versus Swainsboro to secure a playoff berth.
Dodge County started the season on fire by winning their first three games by a combined score of 137-13. However, they have only won once since then (against 1 win single A Wheeler County) though they fought valiantly against Thomson and lost only 21-14. The Indians still have two tough region matchups looming against Washington County and Swainsboro.
Swainsboro’s most impressive win to date was against non-region Pierce County, 44-41. It remains Pierce County’s only blemish on the season and showed what this offense is capable of when hitting on all cylinders for 4 quarters. Swainsboro travels to Jefferson County for their rivalry grudge match and just as usual, this game has big postseason implications. If the Tigers win against Jefferson County and Dodge County, they will secure a #3 seed. If they lose to Jefferson County, then a season finale for the final remaining playoff spot will be on the line against Dodge County.