Westminster, Jenkins, Morgan County win region titles
Westminster and Jenkins clinched No. 1 seeds in their respective regions Friday night, and the rest will wait until the final game of the regular season next week to determine who will have the best path through the playoff brackets.
For Westminster, No. 1 seeds are not uncommon, but the same can’t be said for Jenkins from Savannah. The Region 3-AAA program defeated Windsor Forest 55-28 to clinch its first region title since 1966.
Westminster of Region 5, ranked No. 3 in the AJC top-10 poll, defeated Towers 44-14 to move to 7-2, 6-0 and will face the No. 4 team from Region 7.
Some of the other big games Friday set up even bigger games next week:
— No. 2 Peach County (8-1, 5-0) defeated Pike County 45-7 to set up a Region 4 title game against Jackson (7-2, 5-0). Jackson (7-2, 5-0) took care of a winless Kendrick program, 50-14. Peach coach Chad Campbell said during the week that his team was treating every game at the end of the regular season like a playoff game. The Trojans passed the first test against Pike County with ease. “I think everybody’s looking forward to next week, but not us,” Campbell told the Macon Telegraph. “We’ve got to keep taking care of business. We didn’t take care of business last year, and it got us.” Jackson defeated the Trojans 3-0 last season to win the region title and the No. 1 seed.
— In a game that probably determined the No. 3 and 4 seeds from Region 5, No. 8 Lovett ran past No. 9 Pace 35-3, leaving Pace with a probable matchup against No. 1-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian in the first round of the playoffs.
The other top-10 teams also had big nights:
— No. 4 Calhoun (7-2) defeated Bremen 46-21.
— No. 5 Crisp County (9-0) stayed unbeaten with a 42-6 victory against Worth County on Thursday.
— No. 5 Cedar Grove (6-2), the No. 2 seed from Region 5, defeated Johnson-Gainesville 64-0.
— No. 7 Liberty County (8-1) defeated Brantley County 49-14.
— No. 10 Pierce County (7-2) defeated Appling County 38-28.