Hard to believe, but there are only four weeks left in the regular season. That mean it is time to assess the playoff hopes of the various regions in Class AAA.
This week we’ll take a look at Regions 1-4. Next week we’ll look at Regions 5-8.
Region 1: Appling County (5-2) has won five straight and has only one minor challenge remaining, that coming on Oct. 25 at Tattnall County. The Pirates essentially won the region when it beat Pierce County 38-20 on Oct. 4.
Pierce County will be the No. 2 team. Since the state requires four teams advance to the playoffs from each region, those spots should fall to Southeast Bulloch and Tattnall, who play on Nov. 1.
Region 2: Carver Columbus is the top dog here. The Tigers are 5-1 and have lost only to Class AAAAAA No. 3 Colquitt County. Carver does have a big game against Peach County on Nov. 1, which will likely determine the region champion.
Pike County will have something to say about second place. The Pirates play Peach on Oct. 25, with the winner of that game most likely to be runner-up and get that first-round state playoff game.
The final spot will fall to Jackson, Central Macon and Henry County. Friday’s game featuring Henry at Jackson will help clarify the situation.
Region 3: Want to know what’s wrong with having six classifications? Look no further than this region. Five teams. Four of them get to go to the playoffs. The odd-team-out gets a participation ribbon.
Washington County is pretty good and last week essentially sewed up the region championship when it blasted Jefferson County. The Golden Hawks are plenty talented and among the eight teams that have a legitimate chance to win a state championship.
Jefferson County should finish second, with third and fourth likely coming down to the winner of this week’s game featuring Thomson at Dodge County.
Region 4: Callaway waxed Central Carroll 46-13 last week to pretty much wrap up the region championship. The Cavaliers score a lot of points (34 or more in each of their wins) and have won each region game by at least three touchdowns.
Central Carroll looks like the second-place team, with B.E.S.T. Academy third and Maynard Jackson fourth. B.E.S.T. has beaten Jackson, but lost to Central. Chapel Hill, Douglass, Haralson County and Rockmart look like they’ll be watching from home again.