View Mobile Site

BA hopes the playoff pieces come together

BA hopes the playoff pieces come together

BA hopes the playoff pieces come together


    Bulloch Academy has put together a very solid season on the football field, but the Gators are going to need to keep winning and get a little help to boot if they want to play on into the postseason.
    With last week’s heartbreaking loss to Trinity Christian School in the final minutes, Bulloch fell into a two-way tie for third place in Region 2-IAAA. The top four finishers in the region will move on to the Georgia Independent School Association playoffs, but the tiebreaking system is likely to put the Gators in a compromising position as the regular season winds down.
    “We came up a little short against Trinity, and that kind of hurts us looking at the playoff picture,” said BA coach Clint Morgan. “We need some help, which isn’t the way we’d like it, but the most important thing is that we have to win our final game (November 5 vs. Pinewood).”
    While Bulloch is in good shape to finish with a 5-3 record in region play — Pinewood is winless this season — it is also possible for Trinity and Sherwood Christian to finish with identical records.
    Deerfield-Windsor and Westfield have already claimed the top two sports, so it is possible that the three other teams could be left in a tie for the final two state playoff spots.
    Since head-to-head records are not used as a tiebreaker in ties involving more than two teams, the first eliminating factor used would be first half points allowed in each game against the teams that are tied. This scenario would give Sherwood the No. 3 spot in the region, and — reverting to the two-team tiebreaker rules — Trinity would claim the final playoff spot because of its win over the Gators last week.
    For Bulloch to advance, the Gators need to beat Pinewood, regardless of the outcome of any other game. From there, Sherwood must either lose both of its remaining games (at Tiftarea and at Westfield) or Trinity must lose to either Pinewood or Tiftarea.
    Either of those outcomes will leave Bulloch as the No. 4 seed in the state playoffs. If both teams lose both remaining games and the Gators beat Pinewood, they will have the No. 3 slot.
No matter what the final outcome is for the Gators, there is no doubt that they have exceeded many expectations.
    In just its first season competing in GISA’s highest classification, the Gators have held their own against the toughest schedule they have ever played. Many teams might be content with that kind of success, but BA is anything but satisfied.
    “I’m not too big on moral victories,” said Morgan. “We have an opportunity to win our last game and go 7-3. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to keep going after that. If not, we’ll be proud of the record, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be content with it. We go into every game expecting to win, and that won’t change whether we make the playoffs or not.”

    Mike Anthony can be reached at (912) 489-9404.

Interested in viewing premium content?

A subscription is required before viewing this article and other premium content.

Already a registered member and have a subscription?

If you have already purchased a subscription, please log in to view the full article.

Are you registered, but do not have a subscription?

If you are a registed user and would like to purchase a subscription, log in to view a list of available subscriptions.

Interested in becoming a registered member and purchasing a subscription?

Join our community today by registering for a FREE account. Once you have registered for a FREE account, click SUBSCRIBE NOW to purchase access to premium content.

Membership Benefits

  • Instant access to creating Blogs, Photo Albums, and Event listings.
  • Email alerts with the latest news.
  • Access to commenting on articles.

Please wait ...