What just two weeks ago looked like a playoff season and one of the better turnarounds in the state has morphed into a wait-and-see and possible postseason-less 2013 season for the Rockdale football team.
After a thrilling, overtime victory over local rival Newton October 18, the Bulldogs were in position to play for a No. 2 seed and a home playoff game just a year after winning only three regular season games and qualifying for the state playoffs due more to the lack of strength at the bottom of its region than for Rockdale’s resume.
But last weekend at home against Alcovy, things unraveled for Rockdale. Turnovers (four), penalties (14) and lack of offense overall contributed heavily to a 22-7 defeat that left the Bulldogs on the outside of the Class AAAAAA playoff picture.
Lovejoy and Alcovy have already clinched the top two seeds in Region 2-AAAAAA and will play Friday at Sharp Stadium for the league title. That leaves 3-2 Newton, 3-3 Luella and 2-3 Rockdale to battle for the final two spots. Luella’s regular season is over and the Lions own a tiebreaker over Rockdale, so even a Rockdale win over Druid Hills won’t bump the Bulldogs past the Henry County school.
For the Bulldogs to reach the postseason in two consecutive years, which would be a first in the program’s 58 seasons, the Bulldogs not only need to win Friday against Druid Hills in the regular season finale, a feat they accomplished last year at home to get into the state playoffs, but also needs 1-8 Morrow to upset Newton. That would put all three teams at 3-3 and because each team is 1-1 against the other two schools, a Monday mini-game tie-breaker would be implemented.
First, Rockdale will have to go on the road and defeat a Druid Hills team that is just 4-5 and 1-4 in league play, but has had three games of scoring 34 or more points, including 66 points in last week’s win over Morrow.