Our first playoff game of the year comes up this week on CSS and if it is anything like our final regular season game we're in for a real treat. I hope you got a chance to see Camden County’s victory over previously No. 1-ranked Colquitt County Friday night. It was one of the best games we have televised all season, and it was the perfect embodiment of what makes Region 1 in Georgia’s 6A classification so special. In addition to the quality of the game, the atmosphere was the finest I believe we have encountered anywhere. There were more than 10,000 people on hand and they really made a lot of noise.
After the Packers’ loss, you now have a debate over who the No. 1 team in Georgia should be. North Gwinnett certainly makes a convincing case; its only loss was in a game that quarterback Hayden Sphire had to leave because of injury. However, my vote would probably go to Camden County for now. I just think their defense is extraordinary. When you have two cornerbacks like Chris Williams and Kalvarez Bessent, both of whom are committed to Nick Saban and Alabama, you’re talking about a unit that is going to dominate. One thing is for sure, though, the highest classification in Georgia is completely up for grabs as the postseason begins this week.
That is not necessarily true for some of the other classifications in the state, though. I was thoroughly impressed once again by Buford’s blowout victory over North Hall this past week. Coming into the game the Trojans had only lost once, but they were no match for Jess Simpson’s team. It would seem likely that the Wolves will claim another 3A championship without a struggle. The same thing may be true for Sandy Creek in 4A. Chip Walker’s squad starts its playoff campaign on Friday against Cedartown, and it would seem that the only thing that stands in the way of the Patriots’ claim to a fourth state championship in the last five years is a possible rematch with region-rival Carrollton.
The only other Georgia classification likely to provide us with intrigue is in 5A where Tucker has featured prominently all year in our Sonic Southeastern Top 25 rankings, but could get a stiff challenge from defending state champion Gainesville and quarterback Deshaun Watson who is committed to Clemson. This time of year, the teams with division one caliber quarterbacks and running backs become very tough to beat.
That will also be true for our televised game this week from Tennessee as Ravenwood takes on Blackman. This is a game that will feature one of the top junior quarterbacks in the southeast in Blackman’s Jauan Jennings. He is a 6-foot-5 dual threat that reminds many people of Cam Newton. Ravenwood will try to match the star power of the Blaze with a big name of their own; of course I’m talking about the wide receiver Van Jefferson, the son of former NFL star Shawn Jefferson.
We are getting to that time of year around the southeast where every team that is still playing has serious credentials. This is especially true for Blackman and Ravenwood. We hope you will join us for the game on CSS and chat with us about it on social media using #HSFBTalk.