Glynn Academy's unusual schedule allowed its coaches to scout the game between Evans and Richmond Academy last week.
Glynn Academy finished its season with a 5-5 record on Oct. 30, then awaited its playoff fate. Based on its final record, its coaches knew their team would play at the winner of last week's game, which turned out to be Richmond Academy.
"I saw them taking more notes on Evans than us," Richmond Academy coach Chris Hughes said. "I think they were surprised. ... (The two-week layoff) could be helpful or hurtful."
The schedule did have one obvious benefit for Richmond Academy: its coaches didn't have to spend half of Saturday driving to exchange film with Glynn Academy. The coaches met Saturday morning at the Cracker Barrel on Belair Road, after the Glynn Academy coaches stayed the night in a hotel.
REBELS FALL FAST: Hephzibah lost an incredible amount of ground in the region standings with only one loss.
The Rebels were tied for first place with Evans and Lakeside two weeks ago, but tumbled all the way down to the fourth seed with a loss to Richmond Academy. A win over the Musketeers, as it turned out, would have given Hephzibah the region's top playoff seed.
It would have finished at 8-1, tied with Lakeside but with a head-to-head tiebreaker in hand.
The Rebels, making consecutive playoff appearances for the first time, travel to Region 2-AAAA champion Brunswick in the first round.
PANTHERS CONSISTENT: Lakeside's defense started and finished the season with three consecutive shutouts, setting a school record with six total blankings.
In between, the Panthers allowed 39 points to four teams. They have given up only four touchdowns in regulation this season.
THIS AND THAT: First- and second-round playoff tickets are $8 per game, according to Georgia High School Association policy. Most area schools charge $6 for tickets during the regular season. ... Region 3-AAAA first-round winners are almost assured of meeting Region 1-AAAA (Macon-to-Thomas County area) teams in the second round. ... Harlem, for the all the chatter about its low participation numbers, finished with the same record as last season: 4-6.
Reach Matt Middleton at (706) 823-3425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.