AAAA blog: Games to watch this week

Here’s a look at the games this weekend with the most at stake in each Class AAAA region:

*1-AAAA: Northside-Warner Robins has all but locked up the region title, and the winner of Saturday’s Thomas County Central-Warner Robins game probably finishes in second place. Warner Robins would clinch the spot with a victory, but Thomas County Central would still need to beat fourth-place Bainbridge next week. Northside-Columbus still has a shot to make the playoffs, but the Patriots would need to upset the other Northside to remain in the race.

*2-AAAA: The winner of the Ware County-Wayne County game will win the Division A subregion title, earn a spot in the region championship game next week against fourth-ranked Statesboro and be guaranteed a berth in the state playoffs. The loser would have to win a play-in game next week to advance to state. Glynn Academy will take the third play-in spot from Division A if it beats Liberty County on Friday or if Brunswick loses to Richmond Hill on Thursday.

*3-AAAA: The winner of the Northgate-Whitewater game will win the Division B subregion title and play Alcovy for the region championship next week. The loser would have to beat the third-place team from Division A (Jones County, Griffin on Union Grove) to advance to state. Upson-Lee will be the other Division B team competing in the play-in games.

*4-AAAA: Banneker, Creekside and North Clayton are fighting for fourth place, and Creekside has the most difficult schedule remaining, beginning on Friday against first-place Lovejoy. The Seminoles could still reach the playoffs with a loss to Lovejoy, but they would have to beat North Clayton next week and hope Banneker loses at least one of its two remaining games.

*5-AAAA: South Paulding can clinch the South subregion title with a victory at home against Chapel Hill, but a Chapel Hill victory likely creates a three-way tie for first place among those two teams and Villa Rica. Region 5-AAAA does not have a championship game, and all three teams have already qualified for a spot in the play-in games for a shot at the state playoffs. Pope will win the North subregion if it beats Hiram, unless East Paulding loses to Osborne.

*6-AAAA: Tucker will be the region champion. The winner of Friday’s game between Marist and Mays will take second place, although both will advance to the state playoffs. The other spot likely will go to the winner of Saturday’s Southwest DeKalb-Miller Grove game. Miller Grove, a seventh-year DeKalb County program, is seeking the school’s first playoff berth.

*7-AAAA: Rome leads Northwest Whitfield by one game (and beat the Bruins earlier this season) in the race for fourth place behind Chattahoochee, Johns Creek and Lambert. Rome finishes the regular season with games at Lambert on Friday and at home against Chattahoochee next week and will need to win one of the two unless Northwest Whitfield loses against Johns Creek this week.

*8-AAAA: Flowery Branch, Heritage-Conyers and Clarke Central have clinched the top three playoff spots, and the winner of Friday’s Habersham Central-Loganville game probably gets fourth place. Salem is a half-game ahead of Habersham Central and Loganville in the standings but still has to play third-ranked Flowery Branch, so the Seminoles would need things to break just right to have a shot at the playoffs.

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blu eagle

October 27th, 2011
12:43 pm

Marist gave Tucker a close game with a good defense.NSWR has a better defense and a better offense, maybe NSWR has a chance if they get that far!


October 27th, 2011
1:42 pm

@blu eagle – I started to comment differently, but reread your post and I agree with everything you stated. So what does that say about Marist? Making it a close game against the #1 team in 4A…I’ll help you…they have a an equally GOOD offense and defense!!!


REGION 6, the best in GA 4A Football……

NHS Original

October 27th, 2011
3:47 pm

“It’s Great To Be A Northside Eagle!”


October 27th, 2011
8:43 pm

Buck Godfrey vs. Damien Wimes SWD vs. Miller Grove , the teacher vs. the pupil !


October 27th, 2011
8:59 pm



October 28th, 2011
8:58 am

woof woof woof GO Greyhounds!


October 28th, 2011
12:57 pm

Lovejoy has the best defense in 4-A!!!! not to mention the best special teams!!! Defense wins championships!


October 28th, 2011
1:25 pm

@Wildcats#1 have been to every game and can tell you this team is special. They look as though they really do have unfinished work. That D is as good as advertised. People don’t want to give them any credit because of last year and that first round exit and they know it. That is why they are playing so well. Looking for a bit of a challenge from Creekside tonight but should not really be a problem. Creekside is still alive for the 4th seed and will bring their A game.


October 28th, 2011
2:05 pm

Someone explain how Pope can be region champs in 5AAAA North, if East Paulding looses. East Paulding, Kell, & Pope all have lost 1 game. East Paulding beat Kell, Kell beat Pope, Pope beat East Paulding, if East Paulding looses to Osborne that makes a 2 way tie with Kell and Pope and Kell wins the 1st tie-breaker rule of ‘Head-up winner’. Am I missing something?


October 28th, 2011
2:09 pm

Kell wouldnt win the 5AAAA North because the first tie breaker is out of region opponents and Kell lost to Grayson, so Pope wins the North if they win tonight.


October 28th, 2011
2:16 pm

My understanding is that Pope wins the region only if: (1) there is a 3-way tie between Pope, EP, and Kell or (2) Pope wins and Kell loses. If EP loses and Pope and Kell win, then Kell is the first seed because the first tie breaker is head-to-head. Non-region schedule is only a factor when head-to-head is unhelpful, such as scenario 1 above. If EP loses and both Pope and Kell win, then Kell takes the first seed, Kell the second, and EP the third.


October 28th, 2011
2:17 pm

Sorry, last sentence should be “… then Kell takes the first seed, Pope the second, and EP the third.”


October 28th, 2011
4:29 pm

Marist vs Mays 2night will be a great game!..I will be scoreboard watching that game because I am going to watch the creekside vs lovejoy game because these lovejoy fans really think they are contenders

The Truth

October 28th, 2011
9:11 pm

Lovejoy and all of Clayton County football is a joke. All four teams from that region will lose in the first round…..just like years past.