Trojans make some serious history; Braves eat on homecoming
John Milledge – 28
Tattnall Square – 21
A whole lot of Milledgeville football history was made on Friday night, as the John Milledge Academy football program tied the all-time Georgia high school record for consecutive wins.
Win number 47 in a row was extra sweet for the Trojans, who held on for the victory against old foe Tattnall over in north Macon, in the process claiming the district championship and earning a first-round bye in the state playoffs.
The Trojans had to hold on tight for the victory, as Defensive Coordinator Justin Mills' group stopped Tattnall in the final minute.
Griffin – 14
Baldwin – 47
It was an extremely happy homecoming at Braves Stadium, as junior tailback Micah Welch exploded for more than 300 yards rushing yards and four touchdowns in a pivotal region victory.
With the win, Baldwin clinched a berth in the state playoffs. It would take a Georgia Tech mathematician to explain all of the "points allowed vs. common opponents" and "points differential vs. all region opponents" scenarios, so there's no point trying to explain it. The bottom line is that three different teams were fighting for the region's final two playoff spots – Baldwin, Griffin and Westside-Macon – and all three finished with identical 3-3 region records following Friday night's action. Based on several way-too-complicated and somewhat silly tiebreakers, Baldwin was one of the two teams to advance to the playoffs.
This will mark the sixth straight playoff appearance for the Braves.
With his performance, Welch went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season. Welch is a four-star recruit, according to Rivals, and the No. 2 running back prospect in the state of Georgia for the class of 2024. He recently took an official visit to Tennessee, where he watched the Volunteers beat Alabama. Along with a scholarship offer from Tennessee, Welch also has been offered by Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Ole Miss and South Carolina, among others.