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Westwood, SGA begin GISA playoffs Friday

Westwood Wildcats, SGA Warriors are first Southwest Georgia teams to begin playoffs

Ross Worsham

Ross Worsham

While Georgia High School Association schools and some independent schools finalize their regular seasons this weekend, the playoffs begin in the GISA Class AA classification.

Westwood, last season’s Class AA state runner-up, plays host to Dominion Christian Friday night at Centennial Stadium in Camilla, while Southwest Georgia Academy, the fourth seed from Region 3-AA, travels to Woodbury to tackle Flint River Academy.

The GISA playoffs in Classes AAA and A won’t begin until Nov. 15.

“Our kids are excited,” Westwood coach Ross Worsham said. “We’ve had a good week of practice. We’ve battled some sickness probably like everybody else. But it’s a one-game season from here on out. If you win, you go on and if you lose, you go home. We’ve stressed that. We just need to be as prepared as possible.”

The Wildcats (7-2-1) won two straight over Southwest Georgia Academy and Terrell Academy to earn the second seed and a home playoff game. After starting the season 0-1-1, Westwood won seven of eight. The team’s only loss was a 28-7 setback to defending Class AA champion Valwood.

Dominion (7-3) began the season 6-1 before dropping two of its last three to finish as the third seed from Region 4-AA. Worsham said the Knights have his players’ attention.

“Their defense is the first thing that is impressive about them,” he said. “They’re quick. They’ve got some athletes.”

Worsham also praised their offense, which he said has the ability to put up points. Quarterback A.J. Wilson, whom Worsham said has committed to UAB, leads the Knights.

Southwest Georgia Academy (5-5) lost its last two games against Valwood and Westwood but made the playoffs. They’ll travel to meet Flint River Academy, a program trying to take positive steps after making the postseason last year. The Wildcats haven’t had much postseason success since winning the Class A state title in 2007 and finishing as the runner-up in 2008.