Who are the playoff favorites in Regions 1-4?

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.

12 comments Add your comment

Big Fan

October 15th, 2013
6:36 am

Yep…WACO looks good.


October 15th, 2013
7:52 am

Laney will win region 2 because they have a great defense with Shai Brown, Marquis Miller and Tauris Calloway

Mike michell

October 15th, 2013
7:53 am

Laney High will take Region 2 because of everybody they have especially on that defense

Region 7-AAA

October 15th, 2013
8:32 am

Who cares about Laney, this is a AAA blog. Plus Laney is in Region 3, not 2.

@Big Fan … oh yeah, Waco does look good. If all the cards fall the way they are shaping up, then the top right portion of the playoff bracket would include Waco, North Hall, Peach County and St Pius. That will be the toughest quadrant by far.

Cville Canes Fan

October 15th, 2013
10:46 am

@ Region 7AAA. I agree entirely unless N Hall can upset Buford. LOL

Region 7-AAA

October 15th, 2013
2:20 pm

@Cville Canes Fan … I could also see someone other than St Pius taking that R6#1 seed. St Pius hasn’t exactly played “dominant” so far this year and their last 4 games are vs teams that have the potential to bring an A game and slip past Pius.

Mountain Man

October 15th, 2013
5:50 pm

Region 7-AAA do you think it could be this week that St Pius could go down in defeat to Cedar Grove. It Could happen. Its a very good chance.

Canes Fan

October 15th, 2013
7:24 pm

@ Region 7AAA Yep, it’s gonna be very interesting to see. I wonder who we will face in the first round out of R7AAA; Dawson County? West Hall? White County?

Region 7-AAA

October 15th, 2013
9:54 pm

Canes Fan… it is definitely a toss up at this point for the 4th seed. White County is almost a dead lock for that 3rd seed once again this year unless a major upset happens. Dawson County and West Hall are the two inside candidates for that 4th seed and those two teams don’t match up until Week 11, so we won’t know for sure for awhile. Another team looking in is East Hall but they would have to win out and have Dawson County lose three more region games to get that that 4th seed. And East Hall has still got a trip to Buford looming so they are almost certainly going to be missing out on the playoffs this season. I think West Hall has the better chance in that week 11 game vs Dawson County but who knows. Either way, you’ll be leaving the 1st Round winners.

Cville Canes Fan

October 16th, 2013
12:55 pm

Can’t wait until next week when Regions 5-8 are previewed.


October 16th, 2013
2:06 pm

wish he would’ve done it this week….

Region 7-AAA

October 16th, 2013
9:49 pm

@Cville Canes Fan… oh yeah, then we can get a real good convo going. Plus the race will be a little clearer I’m sure.