Here are some of the top stories from Week 12 in Class AAAAA:
*Shocker in 1-AAAAA: Harris County completed a great comeback story by upsetting fourth-ranked Thomas County Central 18-12 in 1-AAAAA to win the first region title in the school’s history. Harris County opened the season with four consecutive losses, but the Tigers turned it around with victories in their final six games, including five in region play.
*More region champions crowned: Flowery Branch earned the first outright region title in the successful program’s 11-year history with a 35-34 victory over rival Gainesville in 8-AAAAA. … East Paulding’s Kamani Thomas and Kyler Neal combined for 242 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Raiders ran over Allatoona in a battle of unbeaten teams to win the 5-AAAAA title. … Ware County had little trouble in 3-AAAAA, beating Effingham County 49-0 to win its first region title since 2007.
*Play-in game survivors: The top four seeds in 7-AAAAA advanced to the state playoffs with victories in the region’s winner-take-all play-in games, but two of them had close calls. Division A winner Creekview needed three overtimes to eliminate Riverwood 36-28, and Pope squandered a 17-point lead before knocking out Northview 31-28. Kell and Sequoyah had easier times. … Top seeds Union Grove and Whitewater and No. 2 seed Creekside all won by at least three touchdowns in the 4-AAAAA play-in games.
*6-AAAAA finally sorted out: M.L. King already had clinched the region title, but five other teams went into the final weekend with a chance to claim a playoff berth or improve their seeding. Stephenson clinched the No. 2 spot with a victory over North Atlanta, and Tucker escaped with a 14-7 win over Mays to claim the No. 3 seed. The victories by Stephenson and Tucker clinched the fourth playoff berth for Southwest DeKalb, but the Panthers made it official with a 33-12 victory over Dunwoody.