Class A Blog:  Region title games headline regular season’s final weekend

Region 6: No. 4 (Private) Darlington (9-0, 5-0 in Division A) at No. 5 (Private) Fellowship Christian (9-0, 5-0 in Division B) (Preview courtesy of Georgia High School Football Daily.) This is the first ever meeting between the two teams. Darlington is the No. 1 team in the GHSA's Class A private-school power ratings, so a victory would ensure the Tigers the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. But a loss would keep them out of the top four because region champions take seeding precedence. Fellowship is seventh in the power ratings and would be assured of a top-five seed with the Region 6-A championship, which will be claimed by the winner of this game. Darlington last won a region title in 2015. Fellowship last won in 2016. Darlington's players to watch are Colorado State-committed QB Griffin Brewster (115-of-156 passing, 1,467 yards, 13 touchdowns), RB Kolin Rogers (1,101 yards rushing) and OL/DL Tate Ratledge (committed to Georgia). They are seniors. Fellowship is a younger team as its leading passer, three leading rushers, leading receiver and five leading tacklers are underclassmen. Fellowship averages 354.9 yards rushing per game and only 80.4 passing. Murphy Reeves has rushed for 1,190 yards and 14 touchdowns while sharing carries with Jayven Hall (69-571-10) and Josh Cole (51-502-10).

Region 3: No. 10 (Public) Johnson County (8-1, 5-0 in Division B) at No. 9 (Private) Savannah Country Day (9-0, 5-0 in Division A) (Preview courtesy of Georgia High School Football Daily.) This is the 3-A championship game, the only one of five official Class A region-title games this week that matches a public school against a private school. Savannah Country Day hasn't won a region title since 1980, while Johnson County is seeking its first since 2010. The game is also a rematch of their September contest, which Savannah Country Day won on a 25-yard field goal by Logan Ziegler as time expired. QB Barry Kleinpeter passed for 115 yards and ran for a season-high 91 yards in that victory. The sophomore two-year starter has 1,676 yards passing and 408 rushing to lead a balanced offense that averages 186.2 yards passing and 170.1 rushing. Davion Smith leads the Hornets with 829 yards rushing, and Erik Brown is the leading receiver with 571 yards on 28 catches. Johnson County is a running team that rarely passes more than five times in a game. The offensive leader is freshman RB Germivy Tucker, who has rushed for 1,114 yards, including 147 and a touchdown in the first matchup with the Hornets. The Trojans rank No. 6 in scoring offense (35.78 points per game) and defense (13.89) among Class A public schools. Savannah Country Day won 25-22, when the teams met back on September 20.

Region 1: No. 3 (Public) Pelham (9-0, 8-0) at No. 5 (Public) Mitchell County (8-1, 8-0) (Preview courtesy of Georgia High School Football Daily.) For the fourth consecutive season, this matchup will determine the champion of Region 1-A. Pelham won two of the previous three titles (Mitchell County won in 2017) and has won five of the past six games against the Eagles, but Mitchell County leads the series between the county rivals 73-25-5. This game features two of the top three scoring offenses in the state. Pelham ranks No. 1 at 55.6 points per game, followed by Eagle's Landing Christian (53.67) and Mitchell County (52.44). Pelham also has the state's top scoring defense. The Hornets have allowed just 18 points for the season, no more than six in any game, with six shutouts. Pelham QB Kendrick Patterson has 1,159 yards passing, 242 rushing and 159 receiving and has had a hand in 27 touchdowns. He also kicks off, punts and plays defense. Mitchell County junior QB Quentavious Hunter is 70-of-109 passing for 1,374 yards and 23 touchdowns and has rushed for 299 yards and five scores. De'shaun Sherman (48 carries, 317 yards, eight touchdowns) is the Eagles' leading rusher. Leading receiver Myron Carthen (430 yards, seven TDs) is one of five players with at least 225 yards receiving. Pelham won last season, 34-13.

Other games of note: 

No. 1 (Private) Athens Academy at Hebron Christian
No. 6 (Private) Wesleyan at Trinity Christian
No. 8 (Private) Christian Heritage at Whitefield Academy
No. 10 (Private) Mount de Sales vs Aquinas

No. 1 (Public) Irwin County vs. Turner County
No. 6 (Public) Commerce vs. George Walton Academy 
No. 8 (Public) Bowdon at St. Francis 

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