Football region play-in schedules: Marist plays vs. Carver at Lakewood for 6-AAAA title

Eight Georgia regions are split into two divisions and are staging play-in football games this week for the purpose of determining seeds for the state playoffs and for filling out the schedules for the teams that won’t make the playoffs.

Below are tentative schedules of those games.

The play-in schedules have not been released officially, so these are compilations based on region rules as we understand them. Some are confirmed. Some are not.

If you see mistakes as we attempt to confirm them, please let us know.

Region 4-AAAAA
#4B McIntosh at #1A Union Grove
#4A Ola at #1B Whitewater
#3A Drew at #2B Creekside
#3B Northgate at #2A Mundy’s Mill
#5B Starr’s Mill at #5A Mount Zion (Jonesboro)
#6A Forest Park vs. Spalding (4-AAAA)

Region 7-AAAAA
#1A Creekview at #4B Riverwood
#4A Forsyth Central at #1B Kell
at #2A Sequoyah at #3B Sprayberry
#3A Northview at #2B Pope
#5A Cambridge at #5B Osborne
#6A North Springs at Kennesaw Mountain (4-AAAAAA)

Region 3-AAAA

#1B Burke County at #1A Wayne County
#3B Cross Creek at #2A Statesboro
#2B Richmond Academy at #3A South Effingham
#4B Glenn Hills at #4A Liberty
#6B Hephzibah at #5B Butler
Note: If two No. 2 seeds (or two No. 3 seeds) win, the winner of the region championship will determine the No. 3 seed for the state playoffs if there is a tie. In other words, if Burke County (north) beats Wayne County (south), the north team will be the No. 3 seed for the state playoffs in the event of a tie between Richmond Academy/Statesboro or Cross Creek/South Effingham.

Region 4-AAAA
#4B North Clayton at #1A Stockbridge
#4A Eagle’s Landing at #1B Griffin
#3B Riverdale at #2A Locust Grove
#3A Dutchtown at #2B Jonesboro, Southern Crescent Stadium
#5B Upson-Lee at #5A Woodland-Stockbridge
#6B Spalding at Forest Park (Region 4-AAAAA), Tara Stadium (Thursday)


Region 6-AAAA

#1A Marist at #1B Carver-Atlanta, Lakewood Stadium
#3B Washington at #2A Chamblee
#3A Columbia at #2B Grady
#4A Lithonia at #4B Banneker
#5B Therrell at #5A Stone Mountain
#6A Redan at #6B South Atlanta

Region 7-AAAA
#1A River Ridge at #1B Ridgeland
#2A Gilmer at #3B Northwest Whitfield
#3A Pickens at #2B Dalton
#4A Cedartown at #4B Southeast Whitfield
#5A Cass at #5B LaFayette
Johnson-Gainesville (8-AAAA) at #6B Heritage-Ringgold

Region 3-A
#1A Savannah Christian vs. #1B Emanuel County Institute
#3A Jenkins County at #2B Johnson County
#3B Treutlen at #2A Calvary Day
5B Montgomery County at #4A Claxton
#5A Savannah Country Day at #4B Wheeler County
#6A Portal at Glascock County

Region 6-A
#1B Walker at #4A Gordon Lee
#4B Mount Paran Christian at #1A Mount Zion
#3B Mount Pisgah at #2A Darlington
#2B Whitefield Academy at #3A Trion
#5B King’s Ridge at #5A Christian Heritage
#6B Fellowship Christian at #6A Southwest Atlanta Christian

67 comments Add your comment

WarEagle

November 4th, 2012
1:55 pm

I continue to think it makes little sense to force the teams who win subregions to play a game to determine if they will make the state playoffs. Those 1 v 4 seed games are an extra playoff game, devalue the regular season accomplishment, and risk a fluke loss that would punish the region’s best teams. Glad Region 6-AAAA did not adopt that format.

Hubert Green

November 4th, 2012
2:29 pm

I don’t think there are two school more unlike each other than Carver and Marist. Good luck Carver

OOOH, HELL NALL!

November 4th, 2012
2:33 pm

WOW! Stockbridge & Chamblee might have problems. North Clayton colud have won the 1st meeting. Chamblee not ready for Washington run game.

BehindEnemyLines

November 4th, 2012
2:53 pm

@Todd — Can you confirm what I’ve read elsewhere about R6-A … that their play-in games are not the usual system but rather that they will declare the team with the highest power rating – regardless of record or seed – as the region champion?

Dekalb Co Guy

November 4th, 2012
2:53 pm

Yeah I never really like the play in games either, they devalue what teams have accomplished all year. and especially the ones where a 1 has to play a 4. Though dont see any upsets happen.

@OOOH,HELL NALL!,

I agree with you about Washington. I see them beating Chamblee. I know Chamblee has a good year. But the Barthlomew and the Rowe kid are beast. Washington got speed to burn.

I think Northgate gets Mundy’s MIll too. They upset Drew and got a 2nd seed, but they are pretty weak. Northgate is starting to play better.

rwdekalb

November 4th, 2012
3:50 pm

Hopefully Carver vs Marist will be a better game than the Chamblee game was.

GoBulldogs

November 4th, 2012
3:50 pm

Thanks for posting. In region 6-AAAA, why do the 2’s play the 3’s instead of each other? What if both win (Chamblee & Grady)? Who gets the 3 & 4 seed?

know nothin

November 4th, 2012
3:59 pm

If Chamblee and Grady win they will probably meet and have a coin toss….

Todd Holcomb

November 4th, 2012
4:22 pm

re: 6-A – Still trying to confirm. Even if it’s the points system, I believe that Walker will be ahead of Mount Zion.

re: Chamblee/Grady … The tiebreakers are:
1- head to head result
2 – W-L record vs. all AAAA opponents
3- Power Points: Add the victories of each defeated opponent plus 1 point for each defeated opponent’s class (AAAA = 4 points).
4 – coin flip

GoBulldogs

November 4th, 2012
5:08 pm

Todd, thanks for the info on the tie-breaker, but why don’t they just have them play each other to start with, instead of playing the 2’s vs 3’s?

Magnet Dad

November 4th, 2012
5:25 pm

I look for my bulldogs to bounce back against Washington this week. Kudos to Marist, they are a well coached team. They run the triple option to perfection, my Chamblee Bulldogs was out played in every aspect of the game!

Dekalb Co Guy

November 4th, 2012
5:51 pm

@ GoBulldogs

This is a formula that was developed several years ago, to help seed teams within sub regions. Why there is more interest in having the sub region champs meet to determine who is the true region champ, to compensate for having this extra game, it is played the last week of the regular season. Also, playing the cross over games helps instances when one sub region is stronger than the other.

If Chamblee wins they would be guaranteed the 3rd seed, Grady lost to Riverdale (another 4A school).

Dekalb Co Guy

November 4th, 2012
6:00 pm

@ War Eagle

How do you see the Carver/Marist game going?

You know you going to be up against a lot playing them on their turf. Its gonna be like the city of Atlanta against the fancy private school from Dunwoody. lol

I think Carver will definitely come out fired up and will bring their “A” game. And they will definitely pull out all the tricks they got.

football fan

November 4th, 2012
6:26 pm

Would someone be able to clarify which team will be the home team in region 6 play in games?
It would be to logical that the top seeded team have home field advantage. However, someone said that this year ALL sub region games will be played at the 6A fields. Who makes these rules?

T Town

November 4th, 2012
6:47 pm

Todd… Did Thomson clinch the Region 3-AAA title when they defeated Washington Co., or do they still have to defeat Jefferson Co. this Friday to clinch the region title?

Todd Holcomb

November 4th, 2012
7:09 pm

”odd… Did Thomson clinch the Region 3-AAA title when they defeated Washington Co., or do they still have to defeat Jefferson Co. this Friday to clinch the region title?”

Thomson has clinched the region title.\

”…why don’t they just have them play each other to start with, instead of playing the 2’s vs 3’s?”

Not sure what you are asking. The reason for the crossover games is to ensure that a stronger subregion is not shorted. If Sub A is stronger, then the #3 gets a chance to prove it beating the other #2.

”Would someone be able to clarify which team will be the home team in region 6 play in games? It would be to logical that the top seeded team have home field advantage. However, someone said that this year ALL sub region games will be played at the 6A fields. Who makes these rules?”

The reason that some regions do it this way is to ensure that no school plays a road game in the 10th game for 2 seasons in a row. You’re guaranteed of a home game either this year or next year. Yes, it’s kinda unfair to a #1 seed having to go on the road, but having home games is how schools make money for their athletic departments. You don’t want to be stuck playing only 4 home games in a season.

redan01

November 4th, 2012
7:48 pm

Congrats to the Washington High school Bulldogs for a great season & possibly being in post season play again, our new coach has done a great job rebuilding from, the break down of the program under Pritchett, who was handed great talent and the athletes to make the playoff every season , we have the most alumni in the ATL so lets get out & support the team the same way we did at homecoming a few weeks ago, we could have filled both sides of Lakewood with that turn out.

Todd Holcomb

November 4th, 2012
8:58 pm

Correction in Region 3A –

It’s 4 vs. 5 (not 4v4 and 5v5).

Also, the ECI-Savannah Christian home team will be determined by the GHSA’s points ratings released Tuesday. I think ECI will be ahead on points and be home.

It is fixed above.

WarEagle

November 4th, 2012
9:22 pm

@Dekalb Co Guy — once again, Carver will be a good test for Marist. Marist will need to play better than last year, when we faced Carver in a weird Monday night game. Held Carver to 6 points then, but this is a better team. If Marist can limit Carver’s running game, we have a chance.

Michael Buchanan

November 4th, 2012
9:34 pm

About 3-AAAA…wouldn’t head to head supercede the North/South deal? The number 2 seeds played in the regular season and Statesboro def. Richmond Academy. The number 3 seeds played in the regular season and South Effingham def. Cross Creek.

Chamblee Fan

November 4th, 2012
10:09 pm

This whole region play in thing is confusing. So if Chamblee loses…are they out of playoff contention?

Todd Holcomb

November 4th, 2012
10:18 pm

”So if Chamblee loses…are they out of playoff contention?”

Yes. Chamblee must win or their season is over. …

If you have two #1 seeds playing, then the winner is the #1 and the loser is the #2 for the state playoffs. But when it’s #2 vs. #3 (or #1 vs. #4) in these region play-ins, then the loser is out.

Todd Holcomb

November 4th, 2012
10:19 pm

”About 3-AAAA…wouldn’t head to head supercede the North/South deal? The number 2 seeds played in the regular season and Statesboro def. Richmond Academy. The number 3 seeds played in the regular season and South Effingham def. Cross Creek.”

Are you talking about which team is home this week? In that case, head-to-head means nothing. The North hosts all of the region play-in games. Next season, the South will host all the play-in games.

Michael Buchanan

November 4th, 2012
11:06 pm

I’m talking about the note at the bottom of the Region 3-AAAA. “The winner of the Region 3 Championship will determine the #3 seed…” If both division #2 seeds win this week, wouldn’t Statesboro be the overall #3 seed on head to head over ARC? If both #3 seeds win, wouldn’t South Effingham be the overall #3 seed because they defeated Cross Creek?

Ol Water Boy

November 5th, 2012
1:06 am

@Football Fan

Region 6 (single A ) – Subregion A teams host this season’s “play in games” (giving them their 5th home game ) as was decided at region meetings last spring…as just for the reason Todd replied.Subregion B will host the 10th games next year. Thus ,Todd please correct your 6A schedule- Walker plays AT Gordon Lee and Whitefield also plays AWAY.

Jim

November 5th, 2012
8:47 am

So how does it work when you have two #1 vs #4 play-in games. If both #1’s win, how do they determine who is the Region #1 and #2 seed in 4-AAAAA. My kids team is either going to be a #3 or #4 seed in Region 1-AAAAA and will be playing either the #1 or #2 seed from Region 4-AAAAA.

Michael Buchanan

November 5th, 2012
9:14 am

“As I understand it, no. … It will be determined by the winner of the championship game.”

Wow…that is crazy. But not having a uniform way of handling tiebreakers is crazy as well. Makes you do too much work, Todd. But we all appreciate what you do. Thanks!

Dekalb Co Guy

November 5th, 2012
9:15 am

@ War Eagle

Yeah I remember that Carver/Marist game last year. It had to be reschduled to Monday because APS only used Grady Stadium last year and Music Midtown was going on. I guess that could have affected a team. I think Carver will come out sharper than they usually though, since they have seen Marist before. I think they will be very well prepared and barring some weird stuff going down, I still expect Marist to do what they do, shorten the game with that offense and get out of there with a win.

Todd Holcomb

November 5th, 2012
9:28 am

We’ve fixed Region 6-A to note that all games will be hosted by the teams from subregion A.

Todd Holcomb

November 5th, 2012
9:29 am

I’m talking about the note at the bottom of the Region 3-AAAA. “The winner of the Region 3 Championship will determine the #3 seed…” If both division #2 seeds win this week, wouldn’t Statesboro be the overall #3 seed on head to head over ARC? If both #3 seeds win, wouldn’t South Effingham be the overall #3 seed because they defeated Cross Creek?”

As I understand it, no. … It will be determined by the winner of the championship game.

Todd Holcomb

November 5th, 2012
9:29 am

”So how does it work when you have two #1 vs #4 play-in games. If both #1’s win, how do they determine who is the Region #1 and #2 seed in 4-AAAAA.”

Head to head. Stockbridge beat Griffin.

Jim

November 5th, 2012
9:45 am

That’s for 4-AAAA so it should be the same for 4-AAAAA. So, barring an upset Friday night, Whitewater has already beat Union Grove so Whitewater would be the #1 seed and Union Grove would be #2 seed from Region 4-AAAAA.

Todd Holcomb

November 5th, 2012
10:05 am

btw, the secretary of Region 6-A confirms that the region champion will be the team with the highest points rating by the GHSA.

Alan

November 5th, 2012
11:51 am

So why in region 3A do the #1s on either side play each other?? Why not a typical 1 v 4, 2 v 3. That seems much more fair to the teams that finished higher in the standings.

Alan

November 5th, 2012
11:55 am

By what you have posted here there are two #4 seeds in region 3A that will host play-in games while a #1 will be on the road…

WarEagle

November 5th, 2012
12:22 pm

@Alan: 1v1 play each other for top two seeds, but they are guaranteed playoff spots and home field game in first round. When you have 1v4 games, then the winner advances to the playoffs and the loser is out — actually less fair to the 1 seed, because risks missing state playoffs based on result of 1-game play-in. I much prefer rewarding 1 subregion seeds based on performance throughout season with assurance of a playoff spot.

GoBulldogs

November 5th, 2012
3:49 pm

@Todd:
“Yes. Chamblee must win or their season is over …
If you have two #1 seeds playing, then the winner is the #1 and the loser is the #2 for the state playoffs. But when it’s #2 vs. #3 (or #1 vs. #4) in these region play-ins, then the loser is out.”

So if Washington beats Chamblee and Columbia beats Grady, then Columbia goes despite Chamblee having a better record AND having beaten Columbia head-to-head? That makes NO sense!!!

tiger12

November 5th, 2012
3:49 pm

Damn right stockbridge beat griffin

Carver

November 5th, 2012
6:19 pm

Carver is going to beat the brakes off of Marist. Won’t even be close. Marist is soft and will not be able to handle the trench warfare of Carver’s lines. 28-3 Carver wins.

Going to Lakewood!

November 5th, 2012
7:52 pm

Hey @Carver – talking that baby talk here on the ajc isn’t going to make a single play. All I can tell you is Marist ain’t Washington or Grady. You better put your seat belt on. Marist 40 – Carver 10.

ATalien

November 5th, 2012
7:54 pm

I think Carver vs. Marist will be a good game,squash the Atlanta vs. Private school comments,high school kids vs high school,the field is 100yds. for both teams,no lol!

Tucka tigas 12

November 5th, 2012
8:33 pm

@ Michael Buchanan: I’m with you. If I’m not mistaken, Region 3-AAAA Burke Co.(b), played both #1 and #2 teams from both sub-regions and won during regular season. Why in the world would they have to play for the region title??? And on the road at that. It seems quite obvious that they should automatically be region champs.

Chamblee Dad

November 5th, 2012
9:22 pm

Hey Y’all. Give me the rundown on B T Washington. What do they do well. What are their weaknesses. Who are their best players? Who will be favored to win? Thanks. CD!

Chambodia Forever

November 6th, 2012
1:05 am

I hope Carver annihilates Marist. Go Chamblee!

Chamblee Dad

November 6th, 2012
6:03 am

@Chambodia Forever, Stupid is as stupid does. Take another hit man. Sorry your life sucks, but maybe you should decide to do something about it. If you left do you think anybody would care? Move on loser. Move on!

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

November 6th, 2012
8:23 am

@Carver do you really think you have that good of a team to beat Marist? By 28-3?? I am no Marist fan(just of their recuriting) but one thing Marist has is lineman who have been in their system most since 7th grade. There is not a front you can show them they haven’t seen before. These kids don’t transfer around like the public school so they are well schooled in OL and DL play. As you notice they arent exceptionaly biglineman, I now consider Wallace a RB, they come out low and hard and make the option work. Chamblee had some better athletes but not enough discipline to stay home and mirror the option Marist has the better footbal players.
Carver you have seen it and slowed it down some but you can’t stop it.You will get plenty of work on your kickoff return team. Marist 31 Carver 13…

WarEagle

November 6th, 2012
8:23 am

OK, Chambodia, if that makes you feel better. I actually hope Chamblee wins, but I know that for some the hate wins out.

Dekalb Co Guy

November 6th, 2012
9:00 am

@ATalien

NO matter what you say, it will be viewed by most as Atlanta vs the private school. NOt trying to imply anything just stating facts. I didnt go to Carver, but went to APS, so Im rooting for Carver, as most APS grads will. APS isnt known for a lot of success on the football field, so when we have a good team we root for them. That will be the environment which will exist at Lakewood Friday night. Marist knows what it will be like and am sure they will be prepared and for the record, though I will root for them, I think Marist still wins. Like NoDistrict Lines said, I dont care for the whole private school thing either, but hey it works for them and they have their system and made it work. And I give marist a lot of credit, at least they do play up and that balances it some.

Dekalb Co Guy

November 6th, 2012
9:05 am

@ ChambleeDad

Washington is a mostly running team. They have a couple of good running backs. #3 Bartholomew is a beast and they have a couple of other guys. These guys are burners. Its probably between Carver and Washington as far as team speed. They are going to try to get the balls in their hands all types of ways. I really think Washington will win, I suggest Chamblee does what Marist will do against Carver, and that is use that bone, shortened the game and hope you can limit their possessions. The more opportunities you give them, they will take advantage of it.

Chamblee Dad

November 6th, 2012
9:38 am

Thanks Dekalb Co. Guy!!! Sounds like a FUN saturday night in N. Dekalb Stadium!!