MOULTRIE — Camden County and Tift County will meet at Brodie Field tonight in a game that means much more to the Blue Devils.
Both teams are 0-2 in Region 1-7A.
The winner will finish No. 3 in the region and will earn a trip to play at Marietta, the No. 2 team in Region 3, next Friday night.
Camden, at 7-2, would be considered the favorite tonight despite back-to-back region losses to Colquitt County and Lowndes.
Tift is 3-6 and has struggled offensively all season, averaging less than 16 points a game.
The Blue Devils have been outscored by a combined 77-7 in the two region contests.
And it appears an upset of the Wildcats will be the only way the Blue Devils will make it the postseason.
Region 1, with only four teams, is the only region in the highest classification that is not guaranteed four playoff berths.
The top three will advance, but the No. 4 team goes only if it sits atop a Georgia High School Association power rankings.
If Tift County wins, Camden is likely to get the at large berth despite the loss because its current power ranking is 13.49.
The Blue Devils’ power ranking is 9.94, which ranks below North Paulding’s 10.99 and South Gwinnett’s 10.04.
North Paulding is expected to get the at large berth if Tift County loses tonight and finishes 3-7 overall, 0-3 and fourth in Region 1.
That at large berth comes with a first-round trip to visit McEachern, currently 9-0 and the Region 3 champion.
Camden roared out of the gate this season, beating West Forsyth 47-6 and Wren (S.C.) 52-44, before getting a forfeit win when Locust Grove declined to visit Kingsland on Sept. 6.
After defeating Richmond Hill 27-20, the Wildcats pounded Brunswick 48-20, Glynn Academy 51-17 and Colleton (S.C.) 49-12.
Points were harder to come by in the playoffs. Camden fell 34-17 to Colquitt County and 45-13 to Lowndes.
The Wildcats have two capable passers in Logan Watson, who has thrown for 1,430 yards and 19 touchdowns, and Joshua Brown, who has passes for 457 yards and five more scores.
Sophomore running back Jamie Felix is third in the region in rushing with 665 yards. He averages 6.5 yards a carry and has scored eight times.
The Wildcats could pad their numbers against the Blue Devils, who have defeated only Worth County, 37-13; Bainbridge, 24-6; and Miller Grove, 41-0.
For Tift County fans looking for hope, they might find it in the fact that all three of the Blue Devils wins have come at home.
And the Blue Devils stayed with both Lowndes and Colquitt County for a half before falling by the wayside after intermission.