With the first week of the playoffs past us, Cook High head football coach George Dean probably said it best when he stated, "there is no trash left." What Dean meant was that all 16 teams remaining in the hunt for their respective classification state titles are contenders. The same goes for the eight teams remaining in the GISA classifications.

Tonight Tiftarea Academy, Turner, Cook and Fitzgerald will attempt to take another step towards claiming a state crown.

As expected, there weren't many surprises in the first week, although there were a couple of close calls. The Tift County Blue Devils wish they could have had a mulligan or two in their near miss against Stephenson. And the Turner County Rebels were breathing a sigh of relief after the last minute touchdown that delivered them from Pacelli. The Hurricanes, Hornets, and Panthers had an easy time with their respective first round opponents, but those days are over. Lets start with the Hornets.

Dean also said that it looked like the Fighting Irish of Dublin have played perfect all year long. It's tough to argue with that assertion as Dublin has scored almost 600 points this season and has only given up 10. People will say that the Irish don't play in as tough a region as Cook or that the schedule is not as tough. That may be true. But even in that scenario, if Dublin's region competition was a little more stout, I still see the Irish being able to control their opponents. But this has been more than just control. This has been complete and total domination.

The hope amongst the locals is that Dublin is due for a letdown and that the Hornets will contribute. And I hope I win the lottery this week.

Cook will challenge, but it will soon become apparent why the Irish are the class of the state.



Dublin 34, Cook 14



Edmund Burke at Tiftarea

Tiftarea head coach Chuck Moore has said that the Edmund Burke Academy Spartans have him worried. Coach Moore must not read the paper, for if he did he'd realize that he has created a Panther team that could be considered the class of the Georgia Independent School Association. Just kidding, coach. Of course Moore realizes what he has. He's simply offering a modicum of respect for his team's opponent. This is a Panther team that has only lost twice this season, each time to teams with 75 more players on the roster. While it is true that the Panthers have been challenged this season by teams in their own classification, each time they have beaten that challenge down. Burke may be bigger, but I'll take speed and skill over size any day, and the Panthers have enough of both. The Spartans will pack it up while the Panthers head to the semis.



Tiftarea 28, Edmund Burke 10



Savannah Country Day at Turner

Fans in Ashburn will likely see the game of the night as the SCD Hornets come to town. These teams are evenly matched as they both have high powered offenses and decent defenses. It will be a rematch of the last years' first round playoff game. Turner head coach Erik Soliday hopes that tonight's game is more reminiscent of the second half than the first as the Rebels rallied only to fall short 38-36. Expect last year's near miss to factor into the equation as the Rebels will be hungry for some revenge.



Turner 27, SCD 21



Jackson at Fitzgerald

The Hurricanes' hands won't be quite as full as the Cook Hornets. Fitzgerald, however, will have to contend with a load. Jackson features two players who have accounted for more than 3,500 yards in offensive production. The good news is that after that, the talent level drops off sharply. Fitzgerald, on the other hand, is a little more balanced and will give the Red Devils more to worry about. The Canes will also have an advantage in the kicking game. Expect another battle, but Fitzgerald will emerge victorious.



Fitzgerald 19, Jackson 14

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