AA blog: Pace Academy building on belief

1:01 pm Nov. 18, 2014

It was fourth-and-five in the fourth quarter of the last game of the regular season and his team was trailing 16-3. What hope Pace Academy had of reaching the playoffs was dwindling. The Knights needed a win over B.E.S.T. Academy to take the No. 4 seed from Region 6-AA, and they hadn’t moved the ball all night. But second-year coach Chris Slade was far from desperate.

When it would have been

AA blog: No. 4 seeds Pace Academy, Washington-Wilkes stun region champs

8:42 am Nov. 15, 2014

This is why we play the games, right?

Overall, there weren’t a ton of unexpected outcomes Friday night in AA. The higher-seeded teams went 13-3, but there were a pair of 4 over 1 upsets. Before we get to those, you can get the updated bracket here, or scroll down to see all of Friday’s results and next week’s matchups.

Washington-Wilkes, a preseason favorite in Region 8-AA, finally played like

AA blog: Top-10 tussle is the highlight of the first round

8:29 am Nov. 13, 2014

All the games are big now, so narrowing it down to three to write about isn’t easy. Well, the first one was pretty obvious. We’ve talked about the looming top-10 matchup between Region 1′s No. 2 seed and Region 2′s No. 3 seed long before we knew who those teams would be. Tough draw for both.

The other two games we’ll look at (Wesleyan at Heard County, Model at Union County) present

AA blog: Filling out our bracket

10:55 am Nov. 11, 2014

There’s something about a bracket that just begs to be filled out. All those possibilities, combinations, potential matchups. I’ve never been able to resist.

So what you see above is my best shot at predicting the Class

AA blog: Friday night recap, bracket breakdown, final standings

2:29 am Nov. 8, 2014

After all the what-ifs and whatnots, it all broke clean for Class AA Friday night. Other than the three-way tie atop Region 1, which was pretty well determined before the week began, there was no need for any coin flips or complicated formulas. Good, old-fashioned region records and head-to-head results did the trick.

We’ve got quite a bit to cover here, so let’s get to it. If you want to go

AA blog: Lamar County-Macon County tops among this week’s best games

8:00 am Nov. 6, 2014

It’s the final week of the regular season and there’s still much to be decided before we head into the playoffs. Let’s take a look at this week’s top games. For playoff scenarios in all eight regions, click here.

No. 6 Lamar County (7-1-1, 4-0) at No. 8 Macon County (7-2, 4-0)

A week before we dig into the playoffs proper, Lamar County and Macon County are serving up a tasty

AA blog: Breaking down the final-week playoff scenarios

8:15 am Nov. 4, 2014

Half the region championships in Class AA were decided last week, which obviously still leaves a lot left to be determined on the final Friday of the regular season.

We’ll go region by region looking at where the playoff hopefuls stand as of now.

Region 1

Brooks County                                               5-1             7-3

Thomasville                                              

AA blog: GAC, Vidalia, Bowdon and Darlington claim titles

9:18 am Nov. 1, 2014

Four teams in AA clinched region crowns Friday night, highlighted by No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian’s 14-7 win over No. 3 Lovett, the defending state and 6-AA region champions. Second-ranked Vidalia stayed unbeaten and clinched the 23rd region title in program history with a 38-0 win over Jeff Davis in 2-AA play. It was the fifth shutout of the season for the Indians. In 5-AA, Bowdon defeated Bremen 41-23 to