Last Friday night was one for the history books as Banks County recorded its first win over East Hall. The Leopards won 53-28 over the Vikings in a big sub-region victory which opens the door for Banks County to earn the fourth seed in 8-AA.
With only one loss in sub-region play, Banks County (4-1,7-2) battles this week for the fourth seed and a possible long-shot at the third seed. This Friday night, the Leopards head to Hart County (4-2,5-3-1) to take on the Bulldogs. A Banks County victory sends the boys onto the postseason, but in what position is determined by a different region play.
North Oconee takes on Dawson County. If Dawson pulls off the upset, Banks County will head to the playoffs as the number three seed, if Banks County wins, and Dawson loses, the Leopards are the number four seed. Dawson County has already pulled one surprise victory this season over Fannin County. The Tigers are outmatched on paper against the Titans, but it’s not over until the end of the fourth quarter Friday night.
Elbert County and Fannin County fight for the number one and two seeds. Elbert County, undefeated in sub-region play, moved to the top of the south side of 8-AA last week after defeating North Oconee. Fannin bumped Banks County from the top of the north-side two weeks ago.
An entire season’s worth of practices and sweat has brought the Leopards to the region play-in game with a good shot at playoff contention. Banks County faces a team that has a strong record and it almost a mirror image in scoring for the season. Both teams average 27 points per game and allow just over a 15 point average.
“I am very excited that our guys have a chance at the playoffs,” said coach Blair Armstrong. “Hart County is the best team we have faced this year. They have a good sized team, a strong quarterback and quick receivers. Hart will give us a challenge.”
Banks County takes on the Bulldogs in Hartwell at 7:30 p.m.
See the Banks County News for more.