Updating the playoff races: Four teams one win away from region titles
The Class AAAAAA playoff picture is coming into focus with two weeks remaining in the regular season.
No team has clinched a region title, but four – Valdosta, Lakeside-Evans, Alexander and Dacula – can do it by winning this week.
However, several playoff berths have been locked up, including all four spots in Region 5-AAAAAA.
Here’s a look at where the playoff races stand in each region heading into Week 11:
*Region 1: Valdosta (2-0 in region) can claim the 36th region title in school history, but first since 2011, with a win this week against Coffee (1-1). Houston County (0-2) is likely to be the odd team out from this five-team region. The Bears, who were ranked No. 1 three weeks ago, must beat No. 2 Northside-Warner Robins (2-1) and No. 1 Valdosta in their final two games to avoid elimination.
*Region 2: Brunswick fell to 0-3 in the region with a loss to Bradwell Institute on Monday and is likely to miss the playoffs from this five-team region. The Pirates aren’t eliminated yet but will need a lot of help. The winner of Tuesday’s Glynn Academy (2-0) vs. Effingham County (1-0) game is the front-runner to win the region, but Richmond Hill (1-1) and Bradwell (1-1) are still in the hunt.
*Region 3: Lakeside-Evans (3-0), which went 0-5 in non-region play, can clinch the second region championship in school history and first since 2009 with a victory against Evans (3-0) this week. Evans would need to beat Heritage-Conyers (2-1) next week to avoid a likely three-way tie for first place. The winner of this week’s Grovetown-Greenbrier game probably takes the fourth position.
*Region 4: Tucker (5-0) can win the title with wins in its last two games, but a loss to Stephenson (4-1) in the finale likely creates a three-way tie that would include Lovejoy (5-1). Mt. Zion-Jonesboro, Drew and Jonesboro are tied for fourth place at 2-3. Drew has the easiest remaining schedule of the three and beat Mt. Zion, but the Titans probably need to beat Jonesboro in the finale to advance.
*Region 5: Alexander (6-0), Mays (6-0), Northgate (5-1) and Hughes (5-2) have clinched the fourth playoff berths. Alexander can wrap up the region title with a victory against Mays this week. Mays would need to beat Northgate in the finale to avoid a three-way tie for first place. Fifth-place Douglas County and sixth-place Creekside were eliminated with their losses last week.
*Region 6: Dalton (5-0) is likely to win the region title after beating Harrison (4-1) last week, but Allatoona (4-1) could force a three-way tie among the teams with a victory over the Catamounts on Nov. 4. All three have clinched playoff berths. Sequoyah (3-2), Sprayberry (2-3) and Creekview (2-3) remain alive for the fourth spot. Sprayberry’s game at Sequoyah in the finale could decide it.
*Region 7: Johns Creek and Centennial have one loss each, but Johns Creek can win the title with victories against North Atlanta (0-6) and Dunwoody (1-5) because it beat Centennial. Alpharetta (4-2) and Cambridge (5-2) are likely to finish in the third and fourth spots, although Chattahoochee remains alive and could still get a playoff berth if it beats Alpharetta in the season finale.
*Region 8: Dacula (3-0) can clinch the region title with a win against Lanier (3-0) this week. Lanier would still need to beat Gainesville (2-1) next week to avoid a likely three-way tie for first place. Gainesville clinches a playoff berth if it beats Apalachee (0-3) this week. The winner of Friday’s Winder-Barrow (1-2) vs. Habersham Central (0-3) game probably takes fourth place.
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As usual, I will not claim a victory until it is won. This will be business as usual. Lovejoy is coming to play. Anyone who does not believe me should just sit back and watch. I have waited until now to do my thing about this team that I was so worried about. I can’t say that we are perfect, no team is but we have turned the corner and are ready to play. We have Jonesboro this week and then a week off to help mend the battered before we are visited by some team from the coast.
Fist comes Jonesboro.
For those of us who already know the seeding’s, we can look ahead a little bit. Region 2 vs. Region 4. Maxwell seems to think that region 2 is much better than region 4. For the life of me, I don’t know why. Lovejoy, Stephenson and Tucker have much higher football IQ’s than given credit for this season. Watch. Don’t be surprised.
6A has much more than many think and some don’t know about those who are here, not the up and coming.
@Sportsnutx2 but don’t you like it this way??? I particularly like being underestimated. It’s sweeter when your team Gets ATA! Football is still played outside.
@Informed Observer == Yes I do. It is just time for me start my campaign for this team. I want them to know that we know already. So that when we go a little further than they thought, they will know that WE are not surprised.
@Sportsnutx2 Thanks. Fixed.