The problem with this column sometimes is that our deadline is Thursday and many things happen after we’ve gone to press.
Let’s take this past weekend for example, and as always I hope I haven’t jinxed anyone.
Starting Friday, the public schools’ regular football season came down to its final weekend with the playoff picture up in the air in both Region 2-AAAAA and Region 3-AA.
Despite losing a last-second thriller to Evans, I’d be surprised if Lakeside wasn’t preparing to play a Class AAAAA playoff game – either home or away – this coming weekend. In third place entering Friday’s contest, a win against Warner Robins or an Evans loss at Northside, Warner Robins would put the Panthers in the postseason.
Before his game against Lakeside, Evans head coach Marty Jackson said his team was playing for the Columbia County championship and then the state championship (against Northside) the following week. Lakeside coach Jarrett Troxler acknowledged as well that Northside could be the best team in the state.
Evans could make the playoffs, but that would require a road win against Northside, which is coming off a loss to Warner Robins, and a Lakeside loss.
In Region 3-AA, Harlem (7-2, 3-2) was gifted a forfeit win when it was discovered that Westside played their game against the Bulldogs with an ineligble player on Oct. 4.
Despite the boost into fourth place, the Bulldogs appeared to be behind the eight ball heading into Friday. The Bulldogs had to beat No. 1 Laney (7-2, 5-0) or absent that, they needed a Westside loss against winless Josey to make the playoffs.
Hopefully, one or the other played out.
I would have liked to have been in Carrollton, Ga., this past weekend for the Class AAAAA state cross country meet, especially after the great Region 2-AAAAA meet the week before. The Greenbrier and Lakeside boys, ranked Nos. 4-5 in AAAAA heading into the state meet, each finished with 35 points and Greenbrier took the region title as its sixth runner finished 16th and Lakeside’s 17th.
The Lakeside girls were No. 6 in the state after crushing the competition at the region, with their five runners finishing in the top 10 led by freshman Alyssa Hooker.
There is a lot of talent in the county and it will be interesting to see how all the teams fared.
At Augusta Prep, coach Harry Bacheller’s football team headed to St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta to face Crown in the semifinals of the Glory for Christ league playoffs. I think they pulled out the win (fingers crossed) and with that would face the winner of the North Georgia Falcons-Johnson Ferry Saints semifinal contest this Saturday once again at the same venue.
In the event the football team made it to the championship round, all of Prep’s fall teams would have finished at least second in the state, which is remarkable.