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October 25, 2012

Friday night previews

VALDOSTA — The high school football regular season has three weeks remaining and several teams are making pushes for playoff berths, and some are positioning themselves for region championships.

A region championship could be decided Friday night in Quitman, while the Lowndes Vikings and Valwood Valiants can position themselves just one win away from clinching championships.

Teams like Valdosta and Clinch County are working to position themselves back into playoff positions, but have work to do.

Cook Hornets (6-1) at Brooks County Trojans (8-0)

The Region 1-AA championship is on the line Friday night in Quitman when the Brooks County Trojans host the region rival Cook Hornets. With a win, the Trojans will secure the region championship for the first time since 2008. They would also improve to 9-0 with a visit to Berrien standing in the way of a perfect 10-0 regular season.

Cook enters with a 6-1 record, following a 20-6 win over Jefferson County last week. The Hornets’ lone loss this season was a 21-15 defeat to Fitzgerald three weeks ago. A victory for Cook and there would be a three-way tie atop Region 1-AA, pending Fitzgerald beats Early County Friday night.

Brooks County avenged a 52-12 loss to Cook in 2010 with a 19-15 win last year in Adel. It will be the Hornets’ first trip to Quitman’s Veterans Stadium since their 2010 victory. Cook owns a slim 24-23 all-time record against the Trojans, although the Trojans have won three of the last four.

Colquitt County Packers (5-2) at Valdosta Wildcats (4-3)

A playoff spot may be on the line Friday night at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. With three teams (Colquitt County, Coffee and Valdosta) fighting for the final two playoff spots in Region 1-AAAAAA, neither team can afford a loss Friday night at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. Valdosta is currently the fifth seed in the region, while Colquitt County is the third seed. That can change Friday night with a Wildcat victory.

Valdosta beat the Packers 27-24 in overtime last year to clinch the Region 1 championship. The Wildcats are 27-13 all-time against Colquitt County.

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