Here are some of the items of note from Friday’s Class AAAAA games:
- Stephenson ended M.L. King’s hopes of a fourth consecutive region championship by rallying in the fourth quarter for a 10-6 victory in a 6-AAAAA game. Stephenson was led by Dallas Rivers, who ran for a game-high 183 yards, including 66 and the touchdown on the winning drive. Stephenson remains one game behind top-ranked Tucker and takes on Mays next weekend in a game that could determine second place in the region. M.L. King falls to fourth place and has to face Tucker next weekend.
- Mundy’s Mill and Creekside have captured the subregion titles in 4-AAAAA and will face the No. 4 seeds from the opposite subregions on Nov. 8 in the play-in games that will determine the region’s state playoff teams. Mundy’s Mill beat Union Grove 24-17 to clinch the subregion A title, regardless of the outcome of its game against Ola next weekend. Creekside finished subregion B play 4-0 after its 41-10 victory against McIntosh. The Seminoles are seeking their first 10-0 regular season since 2006.
- Flowery Branch’s 37-7 victory against Clarke Central clinched the top two spots in Region 8-AAAAA (and home first-round playoff games) for Flowery Branch and Gainesville and ensured that their matchup in the regular-season finale will be for the region title for the second consecutive season. The Falcons and Red Elephants are the only unbeaten teams in region play. Flowery Branch is off next week, while Gainesville will try to avenge a loss to Loganville that was one of the biggest upsets of the 2012 season.
- Defending 5-AAAAA champion East Paulding no longer controls its fate in the playoff race. The Raiders’ 24-17 loss to South Paulding left them in a tie for fourth place with Rome (5-3), which holds the tiebreaker because of its victory against East Paulding on Oct. 18. Rome, which has missed the playoffs just once since 2000, can clinch a postseason berth by winning its final regular-season games against Villa Rica (4-4) and Woodland-Cartersville (2-6). East Paulding last missed the playoffs in 2009.
- Defending 1-AAAAA champion Harris County suffered its first region loss since 2011 when the Tigers were whipped by Lee County 44-7. Lee County led 7-0 at halftime but took advantage of a muffed punt, a blocked punt and an interception to score 24 third-quarter points and put the game away. Harris County and Lee County are 2-1 in region play and trail Thomas County Central, which is 4-0. Harris County could still force a tie for first place by beating Thomas Central in the regular-season finale.