Here are five of the big stories from Week 11 in Class AAAAA:
*Northside still rules: Keshun Hill rushed for two touchdowns and had two TD receptions to lead Northside to a 35-28 victory over cross-town rival Warner Robins to clinch the Region 2-AAAAA championship. The region title was the fourth straight for the Eagles, who have won 30 consecutive regular-season games and seven of the past eight against Warner Robins. The Demons trailed 28-21 and had the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie, but Northside’s Marquez Moore came up with an interception to set up Hill’s final touchdown, a 25-yard touchdown run that put the game away.
*M.L. King wins 6-AAAAA: Monquavious Johnson threw three touchdowns passes, including two to Demarquis Polite-Bray, as the second-ranked Lions beat Tucker 24-17 to clinch the championship in Region 6-AAAAA. It is the third consecutive region title for M.L. King, which moved down from the highest classification this season. Tucker, which won the Class AAAA championship in 2011, has now lost two regular-season games for just the second time since 2006. The Tigers are left to battle with Stephenson, Miller Grove, Mays and Southwest DeKalb for positioning and the region’s other three playoff berths.
*Kell, Union Grove win subregions: Kell and Union Grove earned No. 1 seeds for their regions’ play-in games with victories on Friday. Kell beat east Cobb rival Pope 31-3 to take the 7-AAAAA Division B title and will play Forsyth Central for a shot at a state playoff berth. Union Grove rallied from a 33-14 halftime deficit to beat Drew 34-33 and capture the subregion title in 4-AAAAA Division A. The Wolverines will face McIntosh next weekend for a playoff berth.
*Gainesville’s stunning loss doesn’t change playoff picture: Loganville pulled off perhaps the upset of the year in Class AAAAA when it rallied to beat Gainesville 46-41, but it didn’t alter the playoff race in 8-AAAAA. Gainesville (7-2, 6-1) will still win the region title if it beats Flowery Branch (7-2, 7-0) next weekend and would finish second with a loss. Loganville (3-6, 2-5) already had been eliminated. Bernard Merriweather scored on a 1-yard run with 24 seconds left for the Red Devils, who outscored Gainesville 26-0 in the second half. “We out-executed them and punched the ball right down their throat,” Merriweather told the Gainesville Times.
*Playoff drought ends for Richmond Hill: David Katzman rushed for 225 yards and three touchdowns in Richmond Hill’s 44-14 victory over Jenkins in Region 3-AAAAA as the Wildcats (7-2, 4-2) clinched their first playoff berth since 1996 and their second in the 27-year history of the program. The 1996 team, which finished 9-4 and reached the Class AA quarterfinals, is the only other one in school history to win seven or more games in a season. Richmond Hill will be either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed and face Northside or Warner Robins on the road in its first-round game.