Region 1 Battles Highlight ‘The Weekend That Was’
Region 1-AAAAAA play got off to a flying start this weekend as Tift County, Camden County and Colquitt County all picked up huge wins. While Colquitt County’s 37-7 win over Lowndes may have been the most dominant, Camden County’s win over Valdosta cemented the Wildcats’ as one of the top contender’s for the region title. And what can you say about coach John Reid’s Tift County bunch, which improved to 4-1 after a wild 32-29 win over Coffee. After a 2-8 season in 2012, the Blue Devils has already doubled last year’s win total. Tift plays at Colquitt next week for a chance to really make some noise. Meanwhile, Lowndes has a chance to redeem itself after the shellacking by Colquitt with a game at Brunswick. Camden County travels to Coffee for another tough test while Valdosta has the week off prior to the latest edition of the Winnersville Classic.
-South Paulding enjoyed an epic overtime win over Allatoona Friday night in Douglasville. The visiting Bucs took a 28-14 halftime lead behind two touchdowns by Elite Junior Josh Bettistea and seemed on their way to another high-scoring win. But the Spartans rallied furiously in the second half behind QB Chandler Burks, a Kennesaw State commitment who totaled 395 yards passing and six total scores (4 passing, 2 rushing). The Spartans’ female kicker, Brittany Havenner, made six extra points in the game. As we wrote in our Upset Alert column Friday, South Paulding would challenge the Bucs. With the win, South Paulding looks like the favorite going forward in Region 5-AAAAA.
-Don’t count Blessed Trinity out yet. The Titans’ 27-17 win over Woodward Academy got them over .500 for the first time all year and could not have come at a better time. The War Eagles are one of BT’s biggest rivals, and are certainly one of the stronger teams in Region 6-AAA. With improving programs like Towers and Decatur appearing on the schedule later on, not to…