Here are five of the big stories from Week 10 in Class AAAAA:
*Region 6-AAAAA title picture a little clearer: M.L. King (8-0, 7-0) and Tucker (7-1, 6-1) moved to the top of the crowded field in the 6-AAAAA championship chase with victories on Friday against Stephenson and Miller Grove, respectively, and set up a huge matchup for next weekend when the Lions and Tigers meet at Hallford Stadium. A victory would give M.L. King the region title. Tucker will win the region if it beats M.L. King and then Mays the following weekend. Both should reach the playoffs. Miller Grove, Stephenson, Mays and Southwest DeKalb all have two or three region losses and will fight for the other two playoff spots.
*It’s rivalry week in Warner Robins: Northside and Warner Robins improved to 5-0 in 2-AAAAA on Friday to set up next week’s showdown that will determine the Region 2-AAAAA champion. Northside recorded its second consecutive shutout and fourth overall in beating Greenbrier 35-0. Warner Robins scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat Grovetown 35-14. Warner Robins leads the city rivalry 33-21, but Northside has won nine of the past 11.
*First victory for Cambridge: The first-year school in Milton collected the first victory in the program’s brief history when the Bears beat North Springs 45-13. Cambridge had been outscored by an average of 44-9 during its 1-7 start. It was the 31st consecutive loss for North Springs, which hasn’t won a game since a 39-6 loss to Stone Mountain on Oct. 16, 2009 was overturned by forfeit.
*First victory for Winder-Barrow in a very long time: The Bulldoggs snapped what had been the longest active losing streak of any Class AAAAA team – 31 games – when they beat Cedar Shoals 31-21. Winder-Barrow had not won since beating Monroe Area 48-41 on Oct. 9, 2009. “It’s been a long time coming,” Winder-Barrow’s Soloman Sims told the Barrow Journal. “Needless to say, a victory feels really good.”
*Subregion title still up in the air: Union Grove took sole possession of first place in 4-AAAAA Division A with a 35-13 victory over Mundy’s Mill, but the Wolverines need to beat Drew next week to secure the subregion title. Drew will win the title if it beats Union Grove and Mundy’s Mill loses to Ola. Victories by Drew and Mundy’s Mill would create a three-way tie for first place.