> No. 1 Sandy Creek (8-0) at Fayette County (1-7): Ordinarily this would look like no contest, and Sandy Creek may well turn it into a runaway. But the Patriots are not only facing the intracounty rival Tigers. They’re squaring off with a couple of bits of history. Their 37-game winning streak is tied for the fifth-longest in state history and they can move into a tie for fourth with a win. They also have an 11-game winning streak against teams in the county. Their last loss to a county rival came in 2007. Sandy Creek has won four straight in the series against the Tigers, including shutouts in 2008 and 2010. Last year, Sandy Creek won 10-0.
> No. 2 St. Pius (8-0, 5-0) at Washington (5-3, 4-1): St. Pius flexed its muscles in a blowout win over Grady last week behind four touchdowns from T.J. Holloman and looks to extend its winning streak. The Golden Lions are one of four unbeaten teams in AAA. Last year: St. Pius won 40-6.
> Dalton (2-6, 2-2) at Southeast Whitfield (2-6, 0-4): Dalton’s four forfeit losses, including two in Region 7-AAA, Division A, completely reshuffled the sub-region standings. Ridgeland vaults to the sub-region title, while Dalton, Lafayette Heritage and Ringgold are tied with 2-2 records. So Dalton has to win to get to the 7-AAA play-in game. And then there’s the intrigue of the county rivalry with Southeast Whitfield. Dalton’s forfeits stem from the transfer of linebacker Corey Smith from Southeast, which according to published reports filed a complaint over the transfer. The Georgia High School Association ruled that Smith’s move into the Dalton school district was not “bona fide” and declared him ineligible. Smith has not played in the Catamounts’ last two games, both Dalton wins. Last year: Dalton won 55-21.
> Crisp County (5-3, 3-1) at Cairo: (6-2, 4-0): This one could decide the Region 1-AAA championship. The Syrupmakers need a win and a loss by Americus-Sumter to close the deal. Cairo has won four straight since a 17-14 loss to Thomas County Central on Sept. 17. The Syrupmakers have won the last eight meetings between the two schools. Last year: Cairo won 30-7.
> Mary Persons (6-2, 5-2) at Westside-Macon (5-3, 5-2): The winner gets the inside track on the No. 3 seed in Region 2-AAA behind Baldwin and Peach County. Mary Persons is looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Last year: Westside won 27-14.
> No. 4 Burke County (7-1, 4-0) at Butler (7-1, 3-1): The 3-AAA South title, an automatic state playoff berth and a spot in the region championship game are on the line. Burke appears the heavy favorite, having beaten Washington County, which routed Butler earlier in the season. While the Bears hold a one-game advantage in the standings, Butler would earn the title-game berth with a win. Last year: Burke County won 35-8.