There seems to be a big game in Region 6-AAAAA every week, and this is no exception as Southwest DeKalb travels to Lakewood Stadium to meet Mays in a game that could have major playoff implications.
If second-ranked Tucker, No. 3 M.L. King and No. 4 Stephenson perform as their rankings would indicate, they will take three of the region’s four playoff berths. That leaves Southwest DeKalb and Mays to battle for the fourth spot.
Both teams are 1-1 in region play, and both lost to M.L. King – Southwest DeKalb 18-0 on Sept. 7, and Mays 29-23 last weekend. Southwest DeKalb has missed the playoffs just twice since 1985, and Mays failed to reach the postseason twice since 2003, but the loser of Friday’s game is likely to miss out this season.
The Class AAAAA schedule is a little lighter than usual this week, particularly in Regions 2 and 3, where several teams are off as they prepare to begin region play next week. But here are some of the other big games:
*Thomas County Central at Tift County: No. 6 Thomas County Central has faced rival Thomasville and three ranked teams and emerged with a 3-1 record. Now the Yellow Jackets face a Class AAAAAA team that seems to be getting better each week under first-year coach John Reid. Thomas County Central is off next week before beginning play in Region 1-AAAAA against Bainbridge.
*Whitewater at Union Grove: These teams could meet again on Nov. 9 in the Region 4-AAAAA championship game. Union Grove (2-0) is the only unbeaten team in Division A and will play Drew on Nov. 2 in a game that could decide the subregion title. Whitewater might have a more difficult task in Division B, which has been weaker than usual but has more competitive teams from top to bottom.
*Kell at Creekview: This could be a preview of the Region 7-AAAAA championship game. Kell (2-1 after losing to Lassiter last week) is expected to win subregion B. The Longhorns’ main challengers likely will be Riverwood, which is 3-0 but untested, and Pope (1-2), which has gotten off to a slow start. Creekview probably will battle with Sequoyah for the title in subregion A.
*Cedar Shoals at Heritage-Conyers: Cedar Shoals knew that if it was going to make the playoffs, it would need to win at least once against front-runners Heritage, Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Clarke Central. The Jaguars lost to Flowery Branch 45-27 last week. Next up is Heritage, one of four unbeaten 8-AAAAA teams in region play but the only one that is also undefeated overall.