The Georgia High School Football Daily’s Weekend Predictions: Who’s winning and losing in Week Ten

By CHIP SAYE
For the AJC

This isn’t the final week of the regular season, but it will have the feel of championship weekend across the state.

Four regions will feature head-to-head matchups between the two top teams, games from which the winner will emerge with the region crown.

In at least three other regions, the first-place team will play one of its top challengers and can secure the title by winning tonight. A loss by the leader, however, could lead to a three-way tie for first place and create some tiebreaker chaos.

Here’s a look at the regions where it’s winner-take-all:

Region 1-AAAA: Westside-Macon and Thomas County Central have crushed their region opposition this season, holding a three-game lead over third-place Hardaway with two games to play. Westside has the third-best scoring offense in Class AAAA, averaging 37.5 points per game. Thomas County Central has averaged 27.4 points since a season-opening, 13-9 loss to rival Thomasville. Give Westside the nod, and its second consecutive region title.

Region 2-AAA: This one’s not quite as clear cut as the others. A Carver-Columbus victory against LaGrange would give the Tigers their third consecutive region title. If LaGrange wins, it would still need to take care of Troup next week to win the championship outright. As it will turn out, LaGrange will need to beat Troup to hang onto second place after it loses to Carver tonight.

Region 3-AAA: No. 9 Baldwin lost two non-region games earlier this season, but they came against No. 2 Peach County and No. 4 Carver-Columbus. They’ve won four in a row since, all region games that put them in a first-place tie with Washington County, which is 8-0 and ranked No. 5. Baldwin won 14-12 last year to win its first region title since 1986. Washington County returns the favor this year.

Region 7-A: It’s always risky to underestimate Larry Campbell and his Lincoln County Red Devils. I’ve been tempted to pick against Lincoln County twice this season (against Hephzibah and Washington-Wilkes), but I resisted the temptation and got the picks correct. I’m going to give in to my gut feeling this time, though, and take No. 6 Wilkinson County to upset the No. 3 Red Devils and claim its first region title since 2000.

Championships or chaos: Buford creates a three-way tie for first place in Region 6-AA by beating Westminster, which beat Lovett, which upset Buford earlier this season. I haven’t picked against Buford all season, and that likely won’t change over the next six weeks. … First-place Southwest DeKalb will wrap up the Region 6-AAAA championship by beating second-place Tucker, avoiding a three-way tie for first place with Marist. Also in 6-AAAA, Stone Mountain beats Chamblee to clinch a playoff berth. … Jackson will secure its second consecutive 4-AAA championship with a victory against Woodward Academy, whose almost certain playoff berth is beginning to look a little shaky.

And congratulations to the five teams that have already clinched their region titles: Grayson (8-AAAAA), Apalachee (8-AAAA), Twiggs County (2-A), Holy Innocents’ (5-A) and Wesleyan (8-A).

Class AAAAA returns to center stage next week, when Lassiter and Roswell will play for the 6-AAAAA title, Peachtree Ridge and North Gwinnett will battle for the 8-AAAAA crown, and the playoff bubble will burst for Brookwood or Parkview.

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The weekend predictions
Last week: 147-30 (.831); Overall: 1,202-314 (.793)

Friday’s games
Winner – Loser

Alcovy – Forest Park
Allatoona – North Paulding
Apalachee – Madison Co.
Appling Co. – Tattnall Co.
Aquinas – Hancock Central
Armuchee – Rockmart
Athens Acad. – Lakeview Acad.
Bacon Co. – Atkinson Co.
Bainbridge – Americus-Sumter
Banneker – Alexander
Beach – Jenkins
Blessed Trinity – Decatur
Bowdon – Walker
Brantley Co. – Long Co.
Bradwell Institute – Johnson-Sav.
Bremen – Trion
Brooks Co. – Cook
Brookstone – Central-Talb.
Brunswick – South Effingham
Buford – Westminster
Burke Co. – Thomson
Cairo – Crisp Co.
Calhoun – Adairsville
Callaway – Heard Co.
Camden Co. – Savannah
Campbell – Wheeler
Carrollton – Cedartown
Cartersville – Haralson Co.
Carver-Atl. – Therrell
Carver-Col. – LaGrange
Central-Macon – Monticello
Central Gwinnett – Meadowcreek
Chapel Hill – Lovejoy
Charlton Co. – Jeff Davis
Chattahoochee Co. – Marion Co.
Chattooga – Dade Co.
Clarke Central – Winder-Barrow
Claxton – Calvary Day
Clinch Co. – Pelham
Collins Hill – South Forsyth
Colquitt Co. – Houston Co.
Commerce – Social Circle
Coosa – Temple
Creekside – Morrow
Creekview – Lumpkin Co.
Dacula – Berkmar
Darlington – Gordon Lee
Dublin – Southeast Bulloch
ELCA – Fellowship Christian
Early Co. – Mitchell Co.
East Coweta – Riverdale
East Jackson – Dawson Co.
East Paulding – Cherokee
Eastside – Morgan Co.
Elbert Co. – Stephens Co.
ECI – Montgomery Co.
Etowah – North Cobb
Evans – Cross Creek
Fannin Co. – Rabun Co.
Fitzgerald – Albany
Forsyth Central – North Springs
Gainesville – Johnson-Gaines.
Glenn Hills – Westside-Aug.
Glynn Academy – Effingham Co.
Gordon Central – Sonoraville
Greene Co. – Southwest-Macon
Greenville – Stewart Co.
Griffin – Dutchtown
Harlem – Josey
Harris Co. – Upson-Lee
Harrison – Marietta
Hart Co. – Stephens Co.
Hawkinsville – Telfair Co.
Hebron Christian – Ga. Military
Hephzibah – Richmond Acad.
Heritage-Con. – Monroe Area
Hillgrove – Paulding Co.
Hiram – Sprayberry
Holy Innocents’ – O.L. of Mercy
Irwin Co. – Dooly Co.
Jackson – Woodward Academy
Jefferson – North Oconee
Jefferson Co. – Screven Co.
Jenkins Co. – Wheeler Co.
Jones Co. – Lee Co.
Kell – Alpharetta
Lakeside-Evans – Butler
Lakeview-Ft. Ogle. – SE Whitfield
Lamar Co. – Pike Co.
Landmark Christ. – SW Atl. Christ.
Laney – East Laurens
Langston Hughes – Drew
Lassiter – Centennial
Liberty Co. – Richmond Hill
Locust Grove – Arabia Mountain
Lovett – Avondale
Lowndes – Coffee
Luella – Douglass
M.L. King – Redan
Macon Co. – Spencer
Manchester – Jordan
Marist – Lithonia
Mary Persons – Spalding
Mays – Lithia Springs
McEachern – Kennesaw Mountain
McIntosh Co. Acad. – Pierce Co.
Mill Creek – Northview
Miller Co. – Calhoun Co.
Miller Grove – Lakeside-DeKalb
Milton – Pope
Monroe – Perry
Mt. Paran – N. Cobb Christian
Mt. Pisgah – Pace Academy
Mountain View – Archer
Newnan – Mundy’s Mill
North Clayton – Jonesboro
North Forsyth – Chattahoochee
North Gwinnett – Duluth
North Hall – Gilmer
Northside-W.R. – Warner Robins
Northwest Whitfield – Dalton
Oconee Co. – Jackson Co.
Oglethorpe Co. – Banks Co.
Parkview – Shiloh
Peach Co. – Dougherty
Peachtree Ridge – Norcross
Pepperell – Model
Putnam Co. – Northeast-Macon
Ridgeland – LaFayette
Ringgold – Heritage-Catoosa
Rockdale Co. – Loganville
Roswell – Walton
Rutland – Jackson-Atl.
St. Pius – Riverwood
Salem – Habersham Central
Sandy Creek – Northgate
Savannah Christian – Portal
Sav. Country Day – Bryan Co.
Seminole Co. – Randolph-Clay
Sequoyah – Murray Co.
South Paulding – Osborne
Southwest DeKalb – Tucker
Starr’s Mill – Fayette Co.
Stone Mountain – Chamblee
South Gwinnett – Brookwood
Swainsboro – Dodge Co.
Taylor Co. – Pacelli Catholic
Thomasville – Berrien
Towers – Clarkston
Treutlen – Metter
Troup – Kendrick
Union Co. – Riverside Military
Union Grove – Newton
Valdosta – Tift Co.
Vidalia – Toombs Co.
Villa Rica – Tri-Cities
Ware Co. – Wayne Co.
Washington Co. – Baldwin
Wash.-Wilkes – Warren Co.
Wesleyan – Athens Christian
West Forsyth – Chestatee
West Hall – East Hall
Westlake – Pebblebrook
Westside-Macon – Thomas Co. Cent.
White Co. – Pickens
Whitewater – McIntosh
Wilcox Co. – Turner Co.
Wilkinson Co. – Lincoln Co.
Windsor Forest – Groves
Woodland-Bartow – Cass
Woodstock – South Cobb
Worth Co. – Westover

Saturday’s games
Winner – Loser
Dunwoody – Druid Hills
Eagle’s Landing – South Atlanta
Grady – North Atlanta
GAC – Cross Keys
McNair – Columbia
Stephenson – Greenbrier
*Games involving out-of-state teams not included.

46 comments Add your comment

STONE COLD

October 29th, 2009
11:53 am

Northwest whitfield vs. Dalton will be a good game if dalton can get over not getting to tailgate…..

RAIDER FAN

October 29th, 2009
12:26 pm

SE WHITFIELD PROVED U WRONG LAST WEEK AND I HOPE THEY DO IT AGAIN! AND I HOPE NW DRILLS DALTON!

Region 6AAAA

October 29th, 2009
12:42 pm

Many playoff teams will be confirmed tomorrow. I wish good fortune on those aspiring to earn spots.

SportsFan31313

October 29th, 2009
12:52 pm

Greetings 6-AAAA.

Leek

October 29th, 2009
1:33 pm

dst

October 29th, 2009
1:44 pm

warner robins will beat northside! the demon defense is outstanding and far superior to nswr! the eagles wil only muster a mere 100 yds total offense!!!!prediction wr 9 nswr 6 !!!!!

SportsFan31313

October 29th, 2009
2:03 pm

I hope that occurs….

eagleforlife

October 29th, 2009
2:22 pm

dst- what universe are you living in??? wake up sweetie, demon domination is OVER!!

The real Coach G

October 29th, 2009
2:26 pm

I hopw the Demons win but the smart pick is Northside. Special teams the difference, plus that old outdated play calling pattern offense that WR runs EVERY game. NS 13 WR 3

GHS#22

October 29th, 2009
2:46 pm

dst………are you sure your in the right post?

BROOKWOOD MOM

October 29th, 2009
3:52 pm

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BRONCOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

slalom1

October 29th, 2009
4:30 pm

Carver vs. LaGrange, Here it is: #1-Columbus, Ga officiating. If history repeats itself the Grangers will not only have to beat Carver, but the officials as well. TOUGH task. On a neutral field, the Grangers are the better team. But given the circumstances in order for the Grangers to win they must take advantage of #2- field position. Joe Mansour is capable of pinning the Tigers deep and forcing them to drive the ball 80 or more yards on each possession WITHOUT making a mistake. Should the Carver Tigers falter, the Grangers should have great field possession on each offensive series.(Mansour only has to reach the opponent’s 45 yd line to be in field goal range.) The Grangers MUST stop the big play potential of Carver. Force them to drive the ball without making a mistake.#3- Capitalize on the poor Carver kicking game. Josh Manning may have some opportunities to score on punt returns and on defense.#4 The Grangers must establish the passing game early to set up the run. The Grangers need at least a 14 point cushion going into the 4th quarter as the size of the Carver line on both sides of the ball will begin to wear them down. Synopsis: If the Grangers can stop the BIG play and if the officials will call the game straight, the Grangers win. Those are BIG “ifs” especially the officiating.

Northwest Student

October 29th, 2009
10:13 pm

Stone Cold,
You know Dalton always gets what they want, so they actually rented a field right across the street from the school so they could tailgate while we’re still in school. I hope we beat them by 42 points, but as long as we win, I don’t really care what the score it. It’s going to be so intense.

GO BRUINS!!

31

October 29th, 2009
10:27 pm

Go HIRAM!!!!!

SHS

October 29th, 2009
10:46 pm

sooo you guys couldnt add stephenson for the ppl who’ve already clinched their region title?

Collins Hill EAGLES

October 30th, 2009
12:11 am

Go Collins Hill EAGLES and beat South Forsyth War Eagles! A win makes the CHHS EAGLES 8 & 1 and looking at a fantastic season. One blog said the EAGLES will be playing Roswell HS in the first round of the playoffs and that will be a great football game. GO EAGLES!

Jim

October 30th, 2009
6:20 am

Go Chapel Hill!! Fight your way into the playoffs!

MLK Lions Fan

October 30th, 2009
9:05 am

Let’s go MLK Lions!!!

big j

October 30th, 2009
9:41 am

Shs why would you be added you haven’t clinched yet.

Region 6AAAA

October 30th, 2009
10:49 am

Region 6AAAA WILL be at the Hiram game tonight. Gotta make sure our region knows the enemy. What better way to learn than to see the Region 7 championship if you ask us?

RAM Fan 1

October 30th, 2009
11:20 am

The Newton Rams are going to demolish the Union Grove Wolverines!

WoodstockFan

October 30th, 2009
11:22 am

Well, it seems that Woodstock has been forgotten or under-estimated this year!! Don’t count us out…we are 7-1 going into tonight’s game!! Go Wolverines!! They are on fire and they have the support from the coaches, staff, students and the GREAT Wolverine Band – who won their Grand Championship last week!! WE ARE WOODSTOCK and we are taking ya to the Woodshed!!

Back Judge #67

October 30th, 2009
11:42 am

Slalom 1 – I will be working the Carver – LaGrange game and with your comments I will make sure to call an extra couple holding calls on key drives just for you. Maybe next time you share comments you will understand alot of people read this including Officials.

31

October 30th, 2009
12:41 pm

What side you gonna sit on Region 6?

Region 6AAAA

October 30th, 2009
1:42 pm

Dont know much about the stadium so I’m not sure. Probably the Hiram side.

SportsFan31313

October 30th, 2009
1:56 pm

AVIKINGFAN,

This is how I see it tonight in Class AAAAA as to who will win tonight.

Warner Robins vs Northside Warner Robins ? Upset Alert maybe Warner Robins
Colquitt County vs Houston County (Colquitt County)
Lowndes County vs Coffee County (Lowndes County)
Valdosta vs Tift County (Valdosta)

Region 2-AAAAA

Stephenson vs Greenbriar (Stephenson)
Union Grove vs Newton County ( Union Grove)
Martin Luther King vs Redan (MLK)
Luela vs Douglass (Luela)

Region 3-AAAAA

Camden County vs Savannah (Camden County)
Windsor Forest vs Groves (Windsor Forest)
Bradwell Institute vs Johnson (Bradwell Institute)
Beach vs Jenkins (Beach)

Region 4-AAAAA

Newnan vs Mundy Hill (Newnan)
Westlake vs Pebblebrook (Westlake)
East Coweta vs Riverdale (East Coweta)
Chapel Hill vs Lovejoy (Chapel Hill)
Creekside vs Morrow ( Creekside)

Region 5-AAAAA

Mceachern vs Kennesaw Mountain (McEachern)
Woodstock vs South Cobb (Woodstock)
Etowah vs North Cobb (Etowah)
East Paulding vs Cherokee (East Paulding)
Harrison vs Marietta (Harrison)

Region 6-AAAAA

Lassiter vs Centinnial (Lassiter)
Roswell vs Walton (Roswell)
Milton vs Pope (Milton)
Kell vs Alpharetta (Kell)
Campbell vs Wheeler (Wheeler)

Region 7-AAAAA

North Gwinette vs Duluth (North Gwinette)
Peachtree Ridge vs Norcross (Peachtree Ridge)
Collins Hill vs South Forsyth (Collins Hill)
North Forsyth vs Chattahoochee (North Forsyth)
Mill Creek vs Northview (Mill Creek)

Region 8-AAAAA
Grayson Idle
Meadowcreek vs Central Gwinwtte ( Central Gwinette)
South Gwinette vs Brookwood (South Gwinette)
Dacula vs Berkmar (Dacula)
Parkview vs Shiloh (Parkview)

The real Coach G

October 30th, 2009
2:26 pm

Carver 21 Lagrange 10
Westside 26 TCC 13
Baldwin 20 Washington Co. 17
Wilkinson 15 Lincoln Co. 13
Northside 13 WR 3
SW Dekalb 27 Tucker 9

Tell The Truth

October 30th, 2009
4:10 pm

I’m surprised there are not some Union Grove and Newton people on here pumping their team. After all it is a big game with Union Grove fighting for the No. 2 and Newton trying to avoid the No. 4 seed. I seed Chip Saye and a couple other bloggers picked UG.

SportsFan31313

October 30th, 2009
4:14 pm

The real Coach G,

I don’t believe that Westside Macon will beat Thomas County Central. Neither do I believe that Baldwin County will beat Washington County. Northside Warner Robins vs Warner Robins: It will be a battle the entire game between the two. If Warner Robins scores first quickly on Northside Warner Robins, then I feel an upset in the making. They better have enough law enforcement there because if it is an upset, there will be more than likely a lot of extra cirricular activity between fans off the field.

alice

October 30th, 2009
4:56 pm

Not that the game is of any significance to very many, but the Dunwoody -Druid Hills game is actually tonight — at N. DeKalb Stadium.

EagleNationRising

October 30th, 2009
6:47 pm

Northside is on official “Upset Alert” this weekend. I called this weeks ago. Unlike people who get offended by their teams being put on “Upset Alert” we Eagle fans know that it is always a toss up for the BIG GAME, no matter what the records are.

Luckily, our young Eagles struggled early against Tift County (I called that “trap game” last week). That should mean a very focused group in white tonight. Northside is on “Upset Alert” which means that Warner Robins is going to get hammered.

Northside 31, Warner Robins 7.

SportsFan: Are you on some type of medication? People in Warner Robins do not fight the people who beat them. You play your best and play hard every play. Whatever happens, happens. No one is going to fight. That would be the Lowndes County Viking football team after Grayson ended their dreams of winning a state championship last season. We do not behave in that manner in WR. Northside runs away with this one.

Jags1

October 30th, 2009
10:04 pm

Stephenson will be the first place team in region 2 – 5A once again.
Go Jags!!!!

BeBe

October 30th, 2009
11:13 pm

OOPS, you got the North-Side Macon TCCHS prediction wrong =) Sometimes it doesn’t matter the size of the team but the heart of the team.

TCCHS Jackets

October 30th, 2009
11:29 pm

Thomas Co. Central beats Westside Macon 27-18 and win the 2009 Region 1-AAAA Championship

HomeFieldAdvantage

October 31st, 2009
12:05 am

EagleNationRising, you said Northside would run away with this game. Where did they run away to? They should have stayed at the MAC and not “run away.” Warner Robins beat them 21-20. Was not quite like you told us it’d be old friend. With Colquitt having beat WR last week 17-0 and coming to your town next Friday, can they also beat your invincible Eagles? You know if they do your might Eagles would be in 3rd place in 1-AAAAA. But that’s not all bad. The lower right hand part of the playoff brackets look to perhaps be the best bracket to be in.

Joe

October 31st, 2009
2:12 am

BALDWIN 27-WASHINGTON COUNTY 7….BALDWIN COUNTY 2009 REGION CHAMPS!!!! WASHINGTON COUNTY GOT SHUT DOWN AND I EXPECTED MORE FROM THE #5 3AAA IN THA STATE.

SOUTH MOM

October 31st, 2009
9:14 am

Bye Bye Broncos….Parkview is going to sneak by!

Chili Cheese

October 31st, 2009
10:31 pm

Sportsfan
Please keep picking against Baldwin we are 2-0 when you forecast us to loose.
I agree with you Joe, maybe AJC will move us up to number 8 this week.

HomeFieldAdvantage

October 31st, 2009
11:00 pm

By Warner robins beating Northside, now region 1-AAAAA doesn’t have to worry about counting “allowed points” to decide a three way tie if Colquitt beats Northside. If the Packers can pull it off, they will be tied with Lowndes, each with one loss. Lowndes won the head to head matchup, thus would then be region champs and Colquitt runners up. Northside would be 3rd in this scenario. If Valdosta and Lowndes both win next Friday, Valdosta will be the region’s 4th place team. Valdosta and Warner Robins each would have 3 losses, but Valdosta won the head to head. Two really good things about WR beating NSWR is now Colquiitt knows the Eagles can be beaten. 2nd, now Colquitt only has to beat Northside, where before Northside lost to Warner Robins, Colquitt would have had to beat Northside and score 12 or more points, in order for Lowndes to be region champs. Now if Colquitt beats Northside it doesn’t matter how much Colquitt scores.

I can’t remember a Friday night when Valdosta has pulled so hard for Lowndes to win like it will be doing this week, and Lowndes will be pulling just as hard for Colquitt to win. Lowndes has to beat Warner Robins for Valdosta to be number 4. Colquitt has to beat Northside to have a chance at 1st or 2nd place, and Lowndes needs Colquitt to beat Northside so they can be 1st. Man is there going to be some pressure to win this last game for a LOT of teams. Not just Roswell and Lassiter , Fitzgerald and Thomasville, or N. Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge, but all over the state. This week is truly like a playoff game.

North Georgia Football

November 1st, 2009
1:25 am

I don’t care what anyone says but Northside W.R. ain’t going to beat the Packers; Colquitt County is better than Lowndes; even though lowndes won that game, the Packers turned the ball over 5 of 6 times deep in the Lowndes territory; and lowndes will tell you that they did not run up alot of yards on this team; if they play again right now the Pack will get that a*U&#.

LaGrange Slayer

November 1st, 2009
10:42 am

slalom1 – You think that the referee’s has something to do with a 28-7 rear end kicking? I know that the superior team in all of GA is Carver-Columbus. The evidence is the nine (9) D-1 senior commit’s. I haven’t even mentioned the number of juniors that are being courted by D-1 programs across the country as we speak. Truth be told, Carver-Columbus is loaded for the next 3 years with at least (6) D-1 recruits in each class. That number doesn’t include the HBCU and FBS sub-division recruits…

The Columbus referee’s have never been in favor of a Carver-Columbus team. That shows that you have no clue that Carver-Columbus has to play against the referee’s at their own home games. That is how NSWR won in Columbus last year 7-6… After the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter by I. Crowell was called back for the 12-6 lead.

Carver is a predominantly black school and they have never in their history had the referee’s call a game that was skewed in their favor. Their have been a few games that were called with a fair whistle… But, for the most part, Carver-Columbus has always had to play against the referee’s.

So, please… Spare us all with the referee excuses…

SportsFan31313

November 1st, 2009
3:42 pm

Chili Cheese,

I never heard of you before (being on the blogs) but congrats goes out to you. You all are finally Region Champions of Region 3-AAA. You all seem to do better in that Classification. When you all wre in Class AAAA you all could NEVER beat Bradwell Institute. Bradwell Institute whipped you all like you all stole something. Now you have Region 3-AAA Liberty County which is in the same County that Bradwell Institute is in. You all beat Liberty County this year and previous years I believe. Now you all are the number one seed. I am pulling for you all in Region 3-AAA to go far.

SportsFan31313

November 1st, 2009
3:45 pm

Has anybody seen or hard from EagleNationsRising lately. He use to be all over the blog…. After Warner Robins gave them a dose of their own medicine, EagleNationsRising quietly disappeared in the sunset.

SportsFan31313

November 1st, 2009
3:46 pm

Sorry about the typos….

mr sinclair

November 5th, 2009
12:23 pm

region 6aaaa, what did you think about the hiram sprayberry game…is hiram that good to you? i think sprayberry will do the best of the 7aaaa teams agains the 6aaaa

HOUSE OF PAIN

November 13th, 2009
9:43 am

BALDWIN I AM PROUD OF YA ……ITS ABOUT TIME WACO GETS SOME COMP IN 3-AAA BESIDES BURKE COUNTY…..YA BALDWIN YOU ARE REGION CHAMPS BUT LETS SEE HOW FAR U GO IN THE PLAYOFFS….. SAY U GOT ROUND 1 BUT WHAT ABOUT ROUND 2 WHEN U PLAY CARIO…..BUT IF U DO HAPPEN 2 GET PASS CARIO THEN U WILL MOVE ON TO THE #1 SEED IN AAA REGION WHICH I HIGH DOUBT U WILL BEAT…..YEA AND I DO KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING 2 HAVE A TOUGHT 2ND ROUND AGAINST PEACH