The top four teams in Region 6-AAAAA will go head-to-head this weekend as they begin to try to sort out the logjam at the top created by Miller Grove’s upset of Stephenson last week.
M.L. King leads Stephenson, Tucker and Miller Grove by one game in the region standings and can capture the region title by winning out against those three teams, beginning on Friday against Stephenson at Hallford Stadium. Either M.L. King or Stephenson won the region title every year from 2005-2011 when they played in 2-AAAAA, the highest classification at the time.
Miller Grove also can win the region title with victories in its final three games, beginning on Friday against Tucker. Miller Grove, which has won five consecutive games since an early season loss to Mays, has never been to the playoffs and probably needs at least one more victory to get there this season.
But there are other Class AAAAA games this weekend with playoff implications, as well. Here are some of the best:
*Lee County at Harris County: Harris County is one of two teams undefeated in 1-AAAAA play (along with Thomas County Central), but the Tigers could still finish anywhere from first place to out of the playoffs in this six-team region. The likelihood, however, is that the winner of this game will finish in second place behind the Yellow Jackets and host a first-round state playoff game.
*Jones County at Lakeside-Evans: Northside and Warner Robins are well established as the top two teams in 2-AAAAA, so this game probably determines the third- and fourth-place teams in the region. Lakeside still has to play Warner Robins but already has beaten the only other real playoff challenger, Grovetown. Jones County’s final two games are against teams with a combined 4-10 record.
*Mundy’s Mill at Union Grove: Mundy’s Mill and Union Grove are tied for first place in Region 4-AAAAA Division A, and the winner is likely to win the subregion title. However, Union Grove’s remaining game before the region play-in games (at Drew next week) is more challenging than Mundy’s Mill’s (next week at Ola), so a three-way tie for first remains a possibility.
*Creekside at McIntosh: Creekside, playing its final game before the region play-in games, can clinch second place in 4-AAAAA Division B with a victory. A McIntosh victory would move the Chiefs into second place behind subregion winner Whitewater with a game remaining against Northgate. McIntosh also can tie the school record for victories in a season (six) with a win this week.
*Flowery Branch at Clarke Central: Flowery Branch’s season finale against Gainesville will determine the 8-AAAAA champion, but a loss to Clarke Central this week would put the Falcons in jeopardy of falling to third place in the region. Clarke Central sits in fourth place in the region and probably needs one or two more victories to be safely in a playoff position.