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PREP NOTEBOOK: Early County aiming for playoff trip

Trey Woolf

Trey Woolf

BLAKELY — Early County High School football coach Trey Woolf admits he hasn’t looked at the Region 1-AA postseason race. He’s much more concerned about his Bobcats maintaining consistency.

“We’re trying to win some back-to-back games,” Woolf said as his Bobcats prepare to meet Pelham on Friday night. “We’ve lost one, then won one, then lost one, then won one. We’re just trying to get better. We feel like we’ve gotten better. Maybe it’s coming around.”

Early County (4-4, 2-2) took a giant step toward the playoffs with an 18-7 victory over Fitzgerald last week, but the Bobcats must beat Pelham and then Cook in their regular-season finale to clinch a postseason berth outright.

Woolf admits his team can’t get caught up in what other Region 1-AA teams are doing.

“We know we’ve got to win to get in,” he said. “Our total focus this week has been on Pelham.”

The Bobcats are in position to make a trip to the postseason because of their strong defense, which has been the backbone of the team. Woolf believes the team’s offense is getting better, too.

“The defense has kept us in every game,” he said. “I’d like for us to be a little more consistent on offense, but it is what it is. They do seem to be getting better.”

MOUNTAIN FOR WORTH: It’s a steep climb to a playoff berth for Worth County, but Rams coach Jason Tone knows strange things can happen when it gets late in the regular-season.

In Tone’s first season in Sylvester, it hasn’t been easy. However, the Rams are not mathematically eliminated from the state playoffs — they need to win their final two games against Herald No. 3 Westover and No. 4 Monroe, then hope for some help.

The scenario doesn’t seem very favorable, but there still is a glimmer of hope for the Rams.

“We’ve dug the hole we’re in,” Tone said. “We have to focus on each game. All we can do is take care of what we can do and let the rest take care of itself.”

The Rams run into a Westover team needing just one win to clinch the school’s first Region 1-AAAA football title, as well as a Monroe team playing perhaps its best football of the season and riding a four-game winning streak.

Cairo and Monroe meet for second place on Friday with the loser likely earning the No. 3 seed. Meanwhile, Americus-Sumter and Crisp County are fighting for the final playoff spot. The two teams meet next week in the regular-season finale.

“Our focus has been on Westover since last Saturday,” Tone said.

The first-year coach praised the efforts of several players, including quarterback Tay Curry, who has rushed for more than 200 yards and thrown for five touchdown passes. He also said fullback Quantavious Sweney has performed well, rushing for more than 400 yards.

Defensively, linebacker Trey Lewis leads the team with more than 90 tackles, while safety Eric Burrows leads the team with four interceptions.

TERRELL 16TH IN POWER RANKINGS: Terrell County is 16th in this week’s Class A public school power rankings. The Eagles (4-4) have road games left against Stewart County and Randolph-Clay. If they win both, they could have a chance to be in the postseason. The top 16 schools make the state playoffs.

Seminole County is still second, while Mitchell County is 12th. The two schools meet on Nov. 8 for the Region 1-A championship.