Playoff picture already pretty clear in Regions 3 and 8

Today we continue our look at the playoff chances for Class AAAAA teams by focusing on Regions 3 and 8, which are home to the two teams that played for the state championship last season.

Which teams on the lists below are getting too much credit? Which ones are being underestimated?

Next week we’ll look at Regions 1 and 2.

Region 3-AAAAA

*Locks: Ware County

The AAAAA runner-up Gators have been in the playoffs for 11 consecutive seasons and reached the final twice during that stretch. They’re already 2-0 in league play, will have no trouble reaching the postseason and are the favorites to win the region title.

*Likely: Richmond Hill, Effingham County

Richmond Hill and Effingham County were playoff teams last year and got off to a good start in region play with victories against playoff contenders Glynn Academy and Bradwell Institute last week. The teams’ meeting on Oct. 11 might determine second place in the region.

*On the bubble: Jenkins, Bradwell Institute, Glynn Academy

Glynn Academy was the region’s other playoff team last year and is the favorite among these three teams to earn a berth this year, but the Red Terrors have work to do after a 47-28 loss to Richmond Hill last week. Bradwell Institute and Jenkins have been competitive but will need an upset or two to break into the top four.

*Long shots: None

*Not this year: Groves, Windsor Forest

The two Chatham County schools have a combined record of 1-29 over their past 15 games, and the one win was Windsor Forest’s 22-0 victory against Groves last year. Neither team is likely to win a game this season other than their meeting on Oct. 18.

Region 8-AAAAA

*Locks: Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Clarke Central

Defending state champion Gainesville, defending region champion Flowery Branch and Clarke Central are the three remaining teams that are undefeated in league play, and they likely will stay that way except for when they face each other. They were playoff teams last year and likely will be the top three seeds in 2013.

*Likely: Heritage-Conyers

The Patriots almost certainly will be a playoff team, but they haven’t been overpowering in their first three region games. Their 48-7 loss to Gainesville last week was preceded by a 17-14 win over Salem and an overtime victory against winless Cedar Shoals.

*On the bubble: None

*Long shots: Loganville, Salem

Loganville had one of the biggest upsets of 2012 when it beat Gainesville 46-41, and the Red Devils would need something like that (and more) to reach the playoffs this season. Salem is clinging to hope at 1-2 in the region but probably will be out of the race after playing Clarke Central and Gainesville in the next 10 days.

*Not this year: Winder-Barrow, Apalachee, Cedar Shoals

Cedar Shoals is 0-5 for the first time in school history (excluding 1989, when eight victories were overturned by forfeit). Apalachee and Winder-Barrow are a combined 1-7 overall, and both are 0-2 in region play. Winder-Barrow has been to the playoffs just once since 1996.

6 comments Add your comment


October 1st, 2013
10:45 pm

What the heck is wrong with Savannah City Schools? Why are they so horrible in Football????


October 2nd, 2013
4:28 am

The tide has shifted HIGH 5…


October 2nd, 2013
9:09 am

Cant wait to see what happens with Clarke Central in the playoffs. They gotta stud in RB Jaqua Daniels. He’s pretty good.



October 2nd, 2013
9:16 am

I know a stud who plays for Loganville, he goes to my church a real classic guy & player…


October 2nd, 2013
11:51 am

Savannah males have always favored basketball. Look what happens during the play-offs in basketball when they put several times there. One of the team won AAA last year and before moving down to AAA, one of there teams mostly made it to the Qtr or Semi finals. While in AAAAAA, Camden Cty would beat them by fifty points in football games. Come Basketball, the Savannah teams won.


October 3rd, 2013
5:42 am

Where are all the bloggers from region 3AAAAA, 8AAAAA and other AAAAA besides region 5, 6, & 8. Would love to chat with you guys, where you “AT”. “Much love to AAAAA!”