The light at the end of the tunnel is now visible. Let’s re-group on our local programs and provide a realistic update on playoff chances for each.
#1 JEFFERSON DRAGONS
RECORD: 10-2 (6-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #1
The Dragons are ranked #9 in Class 3A, and are playing very well with a region title clinched. The boys have reeled off 4 straight wins with a loss prior to that. The streak before the loss was 6 in a row. The total aggregate: 38-9 in favor of Jefferson.
PLAYOFFS: The region title and #1 seed is clinched with 4 non-region games left on the slate. It’s not a question of playoffs, it’s “how far?”
#2 HABERSHAM CENTRAL RAIDERS
RECORD: 9-3-2 (7-2)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #2
Habersham is just about unstoppable right now, pulling out 6 straight wins going back to March 15. This team doesn’t score a ton of goals (only one game with 4-plus), but the defense is stingy.
PLAYOFFS: A lock for Habersham at 7-2 and just one region contest left against a decent Dacula (6-7). The Raiders are in the runner-up spot, so they’ll host a playoff match.
T3 UNION CO PANTHERS
RECORD: 6-4 (4-2)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #3
The Panthers are riding a 3-game win streak, and like Habersham (above), they don’t score a ton (23 goals total), but allow very few (3 shutouts). These last 3 region wins have been pivotal.
PLAYOFFS: It’s guaranteed now. One last region game against winless Monticello shouldn’t be hard at all. With a tie right now with Rabun in the standings (Rabun owns the head-to-head), Union could still take the 3- or 4-seed.
T3 RABUN CO WILDCATS
RECORD: 5-2 (4-2)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #5
The Cats have won 3 of the last 4, and get goals in bunches (23 goals in total). The recent 5-0 outburst against Oglethorpe showcased the team’s offense and defense can click at the same time.
PLAYOFFS: Pretty sure it’s a done deal. Still could end up as the 3- or 4-seed in the region.
#5 WHITE CO WARRIORS
RECORD: 4-8-1 (0-4)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #4
The Warriors had a 3-game win streak snapped mid-March, and haven’t gotten back in the win column since. There have been some heartbreakers, including a 2-2 non-region draw, a 3-2 region loss to Flowery Branch and 1-0 region loss to Blessed Trinity.
PLAYOFFS: The heartbreakers to FB & BT pretty much did it in for White County, who has 2 region games left against Chestatee and West Hall. Those 2 are among the best in the region. IF the Warriors can upset both, they have an outside shot of sneaking in, but would also need Flowery Branch to lose out.
#6: TOWNS CO INDIANS
RECORD: 5-3 (5-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #11
Towns County needed to improve after an 0-2 start, and boy did they ever. The Indians have gone 5-1 since then, outscoring opponents 16-5 in the 5 wins.
PLAYOFFS: Playoffs on LOCK!
#7 DAWSON CO TIGERS
RECORD: 3-8 (3-1)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #7
The Tigers don’t have the sparkling record, but going 3-1 in the tough 7-AAA is worth a second glance. Fannin is sole region contest left.
PLAYOFFS: At 3-1 in region, Dawson sits in the 3rd spot right now. They can’t do any worse than that to finish, and could even pull into the #2-spot. State is now a lock!
#8 COMMERCE TIGERS
RECORD: 4-6 (3-2)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #10
The Tigers had a 3-game win streak midway through March, but that has since been duplicated in the opposite direction. 3-2 in region/area play is nice.
PLAYOFFS: Not really sure how the Power Ratings will like Commerce as a first-year program. We shall see…
#9 LUMPKIN CO INDIANS
RECORD: 3-10 (1-5)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #6
The Indians have had a tough road as of late, dropping 5 straight.
PLAYOFFS: Lumpkin is out of contention at this point.
#10 BANKS CO LEOPARDS
RECORD: 3-10 (2-5)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #9
The Leopards won a couple recently (both region wins), but then dropped the next two. The offense has just 12 goals all year, and have allowed 46 overall.
PLAYOFFS: Banks is out of the running with no region games left and sitting in the 6-spot right now.
#11 STEPHENS CO INDIANS
RECORD: 1-13 (0-4)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #8
Stephens is looking for its first win since February 22 (and only win this season) which came against Banks County (below). The boys have scored 17 goals all season and just 3 in the last 5 games.
PLAYOFFS: The Indians are out of the hunt in a five-team region with all region games played already.