At the season’s halfway point, four of the eight defending region champions in Class AAAA have positioned themselves well for another title in 2011.
Northside, ranked No. 2, is one of two undefeated teams in 1-AAAA and faces cross-town rival Warner Robins on Friday in what might determine the region winner. No. 5 Statesboro is the best team in its subregion and appears headed for another appearance in the 2-AAAA championship game. No. 9 Lovejoy is tied for first place in 4-AAAA and likely needs only a victory against Jonesboro to win the region again. And the only thing standing between top-ranked Tucker and another 6-AAAA title is Mays, which plays the Tigers next week.
The other four defending champions are going to need a lot of help if they are going to win their regions again. Here’s where they stand, heading into the second half of the season:
*Starr’s Mill (3-AAAA): The Panthers are in the worst position of any of the defending champions, and their shot at the region