GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising results of Week 11:
1. Riverwood 44, Grady 26: Grady apparently hasn’t shaken off a 49-16 loss to St. Pius on Oct. 21 that cost the Grey Knights the subregion championship. However, this loss didn’t affect Grady’s second-place standing in Region 5-AAA, and it will play Columbia in a region play-in game this week. Riverwood finished fifth in the subregion.
2. Jefferson County 26, Dublin 7: Dublin’s hopes for an undefeated regular season were dashed, but the Fighting Irish will still win Region 3-AA with a victory this week against Southeast Bulloch (1-8). Jefferson County, which has won three consecutive games against Dublin, will make the playoffs, along with Laney and Bleckley County.
3. Archer 40, Parkview 16: Perhaps this shouldn’t be considered an upset, as Archer had won three of its past four games and was competitive in its losses. Still, it’s the biggest victory in the program’s three-year history and will send the Tigers to the playoffs if they can beat South Gwinnett this week (or if Parkview loses at Dacula).
4. Veterans 37, West Laurens 31: Veterans built a 37-17 lead and then held on for its biggest victory of the season. Veterans is 5-14 in its two season, but two of the wins have come against West Laurens, which was eliminated from the Region 2-AAA playoff race with the loss.
5. Rome 16, Lambert 0: Fourth-place Rome clinched a playoff berth and changed the look of the race for the region title in 7-AAAA. The loss knocked Lambert out of a three-way tie for first place. If Lambert and Johns Creek win their games this week, as expected, Rome will finish as the No. 2 seed if it beats Chattahoochee or the No. 4 seed if it loses.
6. Henry County 7, Drew 0: Henry County snapped Drew’s four-game winning streak, but the Warhawks’ bigger game will come this week, when they play host to Eastside. The winner of that game will be the fourth team in the playoffs from Region 4-AAA along with two-time defending state champion Sandy Creek, Drew and Stockbridge.
7. North Cobb 21, South Cobb 16: North Cobb kept its playoff hopes alive by beating a South Cobb team that came into the game tied for third place in Region 4-AAAAA. North Cobb plays Harrison and South Cobb faces Pebblebrook this week in games that will determine which teams finish third and fourth behind Hillgrove and McEachern.
8. East Hall 34, Banks County 17: Banks County suffered its first subregion loss of the season, but the Leopards already had clinched a spot in the 8-AA championship game and will play North Oconee for the region title this week. East Hall finished third in the subregion and will face Elbert County in a region play-in game.
9. Bremen 35, Bowdon 28: Bremen knocked Bowdon out of a four-way tie for first place in 6-A. The Blue Devils, who have won five consecutive games since a 1-3 start, can win the region title with a victory against Trion this week if Darlington loses to Gordon Lee.
10. Houston County 42, Hardaway 7: Houston County picked up its first victory of the season by routing a Hardaway team that also is struggling with a 1-8 record. Houston County, which went 6-4 last season, managed to avoid its first 0-10 record in the program’s 21-year history.
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