By R. Alan Richardson
The second annual Sweet South Shootout featured some of the state’s premier teams. The venue, put on by the Morgan County basketball booster club, is a fundraiser for the teams that attempts to bring in some of the finest talent in Georgia. This year’s event was no disappointment. The four boys’ games and one girls’ game pitted Class AA through AAAAAAA schools with several being found in the top 10 of MaxPreps rankings. MaxPreps is the official website that the Georgia High School Association uses to rank the top teams in the state.
Heritage of Conyers came in as the number 19 team in AAAAAA to face off with Eagles Landing Christian Academy ranked number six in Class A Private Schools. The Eagles took a 58-51 win over the much larger public school with a talented team that has won four straight Class A football championships. Many of these players were on that team from this past season.
Game two featured the number four team in Class AA, the Northeast Macon Patriots at 14-3, going up against the number 12 team in Class AAAA, the Salem Seminoles of Conyers. Salem took this one 68-61.
Game three was a game between two perennial powerhouses from Georgia. Cedar Grove took the loss to Tucker 50-40. Both teams are also highly regarded in their respective classifications. Tucker came in as the number 15 team in Class AAAAAA while The Grove is currently ranked number four in Class AAA. It was certain that the Morgan County coaching staff was watching this one closely with Cedar ranked just below the Bulldogs who still hold the number one ranking in AAA. It could come down to a clash between these two stalwarts in the playoffs. 8-AAA will play against Cedar Grove’s Region 5-AAA in the first round of the State Playoffs.
Game four was the only rout of the day with the Lady Bulldogs winning by a landslide over Salem’s girls 65-24 while Morgan’s boys held off AAAAAAA opponent Duluth 46-41. You can see all the details of these two games in other articles in this issue.