Warner Robins in position to win first region title since 2004

Here are some of the items of note from Friday’s Class AAAAA games:

- Warner Robins put itself in position to win its first region title since 2004 with a 28-18 upset of second-ranked Northside-Warner Robins. The Demons can clinch the championship with a victory at Lakeside-Evans next weekend. Northside still has a shot at the title, but the Eagles must beat Evans in the finale and hope Warner Robins loses. It’s still possible, although unlikely, that the two Warner Robins schools could finish in a four-way tie for first place with Lakeside and Houston County.

- Gainesville avenged a 2012 upset loss to Loganville with a 63-0 victory to set up a showdown with rival Flowery Branch for the Region 8-AAAAA championship next weekend. Defending region champion Flowery Branch and defending state champ Gainesville are undefeated in region play. The winner will earn the title, while the loser will settle for second place. Clarke Central and Heritage-Conyers have clinched the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds.

- The region play-in pairings for subdivided 4-AAAAA and 7-AAAAA are set. The winners of the eight games will advance to the state playoffs, while the losers will be finished for the season. In Region 4-AAAAA, it will be Northgate vs. Mundy’s Mill, Whitewater vs. Union Grove, Drew vs. McIntosh and Ola vs. Creekside. The 7-AAAAA lineup includes Cambridge vs. Kell, Northview vs. Riverwood, Pope vs. Sequoyah and Sprayberry vs. Creekview.

- East Paulding’s playoff hopes were in trouble after a loss to Rome two weeks ago, but Rome’s 21-20 loss to Villa Rica opened the door for East Paulding to return to the playoffs. East Paulding, the defending 5-AAAAA champion, will earn a playoff berth (as the No. 3 seed) if it beats Allatoona next weekend. The Raiders could also get in with a loss, but they would need Rome to lose to Woodland-Cartersville. North Paulding can clinch the region championship with a victory in the finale against Villa Rica.

- Top-ranked Tucker is one victory away from its third 10-0 regular season in four years after its 60-34 victory against defending Region 6-AAAAA champion M.L. King. The Tigers close the season on Friday at Lakewood Stadium against Mays in a game the Raiders might need to win in order to make the playoffs. Tucker will win the region title with a victory in that game, although it would clinch on Saturday night if Mays loses to Stephenson.

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blu eagle

November 2nd, 2013
10:39 am

Congrats to the wr demons, a wet chopped up field, bad officiating, and five turnovers, pretty much locked up the game. We will see how both teams do in playoffs, nothing promised but both could still be dangerous!

itsonlywrite

November 2nd, 2013
12:15 pm

NSWR might end up on our side of the bracket… things are getting pretty interesting…

#ELEPHANTNATION

TCC TRUE BLUE.

November 2nd, 2013
12:26 pm

@Itsonlywrite, and what side will that be?

Demonic

November 2nd, 2013
12:31 pm

blu eagle needs to realize that the Demons played on the same “chopped up” field, and had the same “bad officiating”. The difference was the Demon “Red Swarm” defense. Also the Eagles faces adversity for the first time and failed to overcome it. Demons made plays when they needed to, as did the Eagles. Last night the Demons made more. Good luck to both teams in the playoffs.

itsonlywrite

November 2nd, 2013
1:01 pm

@TCC TRUE BLUE. the right side of the bracket… and thats if we maintain our position in the region and win next Friday against Flowery Branch.

#ELEPHANTNATION

Ibleedblueandorange

November 2nd, 2013
1:02 pm

Demonic the game was determined by turnovers, 6 of them to be exact. The demons didn’t turn the ball over at all. You guys did come out and play a good game. Don’t act like you guys are any better than we are though, you guys DID lose to HOCO. Now, let’s get on to the next games, because the NSWR vs. WR game was over last night.

WolfPack Nation

November 2nd, 2013
1:08 pm

North Paulding dominated Allatoona! Just had to watch the game, not the stats. We were up 31 points with 5 minutes left in the 4th. We let them score a couple times simply because we didn’t care at that point, we already had the win. Pass D did great and run D did well against 2 future D1 recruits that had 47 touches!

"THE CANNON RULES"

November 2nd, 2013
1:46 pm

Well EAST entered it’s game Friday night with winless LITHIA SPRINGS knowing it was staring at missing the playoffs for only the 2nd time since 05. With a loss to ROME a few weeks ago EAST had dug a hole that forced EAST to beat LITHIA SPRINGS and then go TO ALLATOONA this coming Friday and win AGAIN! The problems at EAST this year have been no secret and many post have been made about them.

The air had seemingly gone out of the EAST balloon with the loss to SOUTH last week and you could tell it from the sparse attendance in the Home stands. EAST scored twice in the first 6 minutes and went on to win 34 / 0 with the CANNON firing and the smoke filling the air. Expecting one final game with ALLATOONA to end the season seemed likely…THEN suddenly the smoke cleared and a VILLA RICA team that EAST had beat 31 / 0 a few weeks before came to the rescue and beat ROME 21 / 20.

Now the EAST team that was sure it was going to be on the outside looking in this year has it’s playoff fate SOLELY in it’s own hands. Not only can EAST make the playoffs BUT they can make it as the # 3 spot…and this is HUGE!!!

So…EAST has to STOP all the bickering, FORGET about all the problems, pull themselves up and PRACTICE harder than they have all year and go into ALLATOONA with one thing on their mind…WIN!!! Do this and they keep the playoff streak alive and live to play in the 1st Round of the State Playoffs. SO EAST…JUST WIN!!!

The EAST RAIDER NATION of cheering, bell ringing followers need to support this team and fill the visitors side this Friday at ALLATOONA…

Proud to be able to say again…

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!

FridayNightLightsFan

November 2nd, 2013
2:03 pm

Cannon – I’ve been out of the country but I was able to watch the Allatoona/North stream and if East can stop Allatoona’s run I think we have a chance. East needs to win because with a loss we are either out of the playoffs or 4th seed (IF Rome losses). This years 4th seed has to play Kell and I don’t think the current East team has a chance against Kell. However 3rd seed plays Creekview and that could be a different story. This will be a big Friday night for East.

MoMo98

November 2nd, 2013
2:32 pm

North Paulding could have scored 80 last night. Couple drops for touchdowns. Alatoona never stopped them, they stopped themselves. East can score on them, just got to stop that run. They actually have 2 good tailbacks, #6 and #3. I like East’s chances. Keep them fired up Cannon, we need 3 Paulding teams in the state! Good Luck!

blu eagle

November 2nd, 2013
10:11 pm

He demonic first i have seen of you on these blogs. WR has some life after all these years, big deal we have owned you for a long time now so big whoop we gave you one with 6 turnovers. Our offensive game plan was to give you the game because instead of running the ball we passed all night, just stupid.But anyway congrats on this night!Because NSWR will just keep on winning that is what we do.

Double Standard

November 3rd, 2013
1:17 am

Being a Northside grad and player and having a son that graduated and played for WR last year , I have to agree with Demonic.. B Way has started to but his best players on the field regardless of grade level and it shows. Robinson came over from HOCO and is drawing up plays and ” helping with the offense”. The Demons BEAT Northside.and CREATED the turnovers.. They will be better and deeper next year as will HOCO………….Win or Go home..

itsonlywrite

November 3rd, 2013
8:26 am

are NSWR fans really that salty about their loss? sheesh.. lol

#ELEPHANTNATION

eaglenationrising

November 3rd, 2013
10:47 am

@itsonlywrite: I would not say that I am salty over a loss. It is high school football. What I am disappointed in is the fact that our coaching staff placed the son of a former starting Northside QB (arguably top ten in school history) and the brother of the best QB in school history (hands down) in a position that he can not succeed. Every school has ups and downs in talent. However, we went 13-1 with a junior QB, who has been moved to RB/WR to place this kid Ivory at QB. This is a drastic mistake. Ivory displayed the kind of front-runner behavior and lack of positive leadership to lead our program. If it was up to me, the kid would not ever suit up again based upon his body language…arguing with coaches…and failure to encourage one teammate in his first “Big Game.” I do not support bashing kids. This decision was made by responsible adults. The facts are that he quit on his high school, teammates and himself. Go to YouTube and watch the leadership and trust that Northside had in ine another against Tucker and even in a loss at Ware County. The fact that this young man is not playing QB is ample reason for “salty” responses from fans of Northside High School. Ivory starting at QB makes me question what exactly is going on at Northside. Ivory will be lucky to take us past the 1st round. Lucky! Teammates can smell a front-runner and selfish teammate a mile away.

eaglenationrising

November 3rd, 2013
10:53 am

@ Demonic & Double Standard: We hope you guys build a statue for Bryan Way. The guy does less with more than practically any coach in the Peach State. His running on the field stunts will not make it past the first minute of a state playoff game. Furthermore, the play calling of Robinson led to one very strong drive. The other three Warner Robins scores came via Northside’s coaching staff, who have foolishly placed a kid at QB due to legacy (son of Mark Ivory…brother of Marques Ivory). Three of his four picks came because he had quit. The other interception came because when your QB gives up…your entire offense puts up a white flag. I can not think of one aspect of that football game that goes to Bryan Way. The kids for Warner Robins fought and were aided by a coaching staff at Northside that has placed a gutless legacy player in a position that he never earned. I know it and every letter winner, like me, at Northside knows it too.

Reeze

November 3rd, 2013
11:08 am

@Double Standard…….I agree with your assessment with Way and the Demons playing younger kids……..It seems that Northside will continue to for the majority of the time stick with upperclassmen….I mean the Northside staff is proven , but I feel that it would be best for the whole team effort for the younger kids to run with the first team at times early in the contests , not as a whole unit late in the game ….. The Eagles could afford this luxury 1998 thru 2008 when the majority around the state couldn’t match the talent level……Now with teams like Tucker , Gville and others have either matched or surpassed The Eagles , I feel it’s time for changes to be made…….Football in this state has blown up the past few years …..Northside , Camden , Lowndes and other Mid and south Georgia squads I;m afraid will be left behind by North Georgia squads if changes aren’t made.

Double Standard

November 3rd, 2013
5:37 pm

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itsonlywrite

November 3rd, 2013
5:47 pm

@eaglenationrising … Ok. I hear ya. Yeah, I forgot where I heard about that, but yeah, I was surprised they changed the QBs like that. And like you said, you cant go far into the playoffs with a player that seemingly lacks that kinda discipline.

#ELEPHANTNATION

eagle1

November 3rd, 2013
8:49 pm

I, like ENR and others do not know what Ivory is doing at starting QB! I think Smith should have been at QB! He did a much better job last year of running the offense. Ivory looked out of sinc in a bad way! I don’t know anything personally about the kid but I do know that he can’t handle the job under prressure! Hopefully Kinsler will wake up and make this change. If not, it’s going to be a short post season. Firday night was the worst game I’ve seen them play since Camden County in the dome.

WR Demons

November 4th, 2013
8:59 am

Eagles should not have been looking ahead…………….thats all I have to say about that. WR needs to get locked back in to play Lakeside.

MAYSalum

November 4th, 2013
11:33 am

i was not at all surprised at Myas win as it should have been a blowout but was kept close due to the refs

MAYSalum

November 4th, 2013
11:33 am

MAYSalum

November 4th, 2013
11:34 am

Tucker is a more complete team and it will be tough

RealisticFan

November 4th, 2013
12:19 pm

MAXPREPS from last week rated each team in ever region and in every class. Looking at only the region AAAAA ratings it is interesting to see how they shake out by region. have a look how the top four from each region look and it gives a pseudo look at ranking the regions and how they relatively matchup during the playoffs.

REG1AAAAA. (Have the Maxpreps, 3rd, 8th, 17th, and 24th….rated teams among its top 4. If you add that up it is a total of 52. The lower the points total the better.

REG2: (1st, 12th, 13th, 15th……total of 41)…….Lowest in the state.

REG3: (16th, 25th, 38th, 47th……total of 126) …Highest or worst in the state.

REG4: (5th, 19th, 20th, 29th….total of 73)

REG5: (10th, 11th, 14th, 21st…total of 56)…….. Had 6 teams all in the top 32, most of any region

REG6: (4th, 7th, 23rd, 33rd….total of 67)…….only 5th best region according to Maxpreps)

REG7: (6th, 32nd, 36th, 37th…total of 111)……..had only 2 teams in the top 32.

REG8: (2nd, 9th, 18th, 27th…total of 56)………

Tells me that when matching up the regions for the first round that:

REG1 (52)….. Should crush REG3 (126)
REG2 (41)……is favored over REG4 (79)
REG5 (56)…..should dominate REG7 (111)
REG8 (56)……is a slight favorite over REG6 (67)

True a lot of factors come into play but I conclude three things from the numbers:
#1- Region 2 has the strongest 4 playoff entries
#2- Region 5 has the most top to bottom parity, because they have 6 of the top 32 teams
#3: Region 6, is NOT the best, toughest or the SEC of GA High School Football…..

Region 6…….. You still hold the blog total for largest number of participants. :)

RealisticFan

November 4th, 2013
12:25 pm

WolfPack Nation

November 4th, 2013
1:22 pm

Region 6 is not the SEC of HS football in class AAAAA! Stop all that signature stuff at the end of y’all’s blogs! Region 5 is the toughest region, numbers never lie brothas(;

Love it RealisticFan!

RealisticFan

November 4th, 2013
2:04 pm

@All

My blogging friends from Reg6 know that I have the utmost respect for that regions teams. I like to present numbers because they themselves can’t be disputed. how they were calculated by who and what they mean definitely are all subjective. I think in general if you look at the numbers you find that the Regions that have the greatest spread between rankings between the top 1-2 teams and the bottom 1-2 teams generally will have the larger number of blowouts. And those that generally are clustered closer to the center will have closer game scores and won loss records. That relative position of those overall region clusters when compared to each other help paint a picture of how regions stack up against each other. If you can’t tell I’m a stats and closet math junkie. If anyone is interested I’d be happy to share a scatter plot diagram of how all of the AAAAA is distributed.

JAB

November 4th, 2013
3:49 pm

There’s alot of shake up in every region from 1 to 8 5A, Week after Week there have been upsets, if Tucker holds off MAYS to win the region, that will certainly say alot about how powerful region 6 5A really is. I like my JAGS chances, going in to the state playoffs lock into 3rd place, Stephenson probably will be the most dangerous & powerful 3rd place team like I’ve stated; can’t wait and see how the JAGS will correct all of their mistakes and get ready for the state championship run. they are a better road team, They’ve lost too many close games both regular & post season games at Hallford stadium, LET’S GO JAGS…

CATS & RAIDERS, LET’S DO THIS THING…..
CATS & RAIDERS, HERE WE COME STATE PLAYOFFS;)
YOU BLOGGERS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE JAGS ARE CAPABLE OF*****
You have yet to feel the claws of the JJJJJAAAAGGGGUARS, SO BRING IT!!!!
AGAIN! GGGGGGRRRRRROWL, DON’T MESS WITH REGION 6AAAAA GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE

Realist123

November 4th, 2013
4:06 pm

@RealisticFan, I would be more than interested in your scatter plot diagram because I’ll disprove your theory every time. If you are as knowledgeable as I believe you are about Statistics, then you know as well as I do that your theories stated above amounts to very little. Poor “WolfPack Nation”, he blindly grabbed onto your coattails without verifying the data himself.

BTW, I’m a 6-Sigma certified Black Belt who can interpret data in my sleep, so let’s have some fun, or you can review my previous comments to you below:

My earlier post in response to your similar post on the “Poll Talk Blog”:

November 4th, 2013
2:24 pm

@”RealisticFan” and “Wolfpack Nation”……can’t argue with your numbers if we only go by MaxPreps.

Good analysis though; as long as we all recognize that these numbers can be manipulated and modeled in several “differing” ways to make our points. It’s just HS football so I won’t bore you with the fact that the confidence intervals of this MaxPrep data is less than 70%. The theories driving your analysis fail to take into account the many variables surrounding a HS football game.

In other words, the games will be played on the field. I suggest you verify the accuracy of your analysis post-mortem after the first round. I won’t be surprised if your level of accuracy is <50%.

blu eagle

November 4th, 2013
4:09 pm

Desperate times call for desperate measures, with that idea, go Lakeside Evans and win one more so we can back into the region title. We will take it any way we can get it.I am afraid NSWR will not last too long having to play games on the road against those on that side of the bracket.Oh well sigh?

WolfPack Nation

November 4th, 2013
4:15 pm

It’s looking like a real tough road for my Wolf Pack!

Realist123

November 4th, 2013
4:18 pm

This same approach you suscribe to would also suggest that Carrollton should have destroyed Sandy Creek based on performances against common opponents. There are far too many variables that would require more complex modeling than a mere scatter diagram to solve. If you can figure this out, holler at me because together we can win every lottery out there.

So….Wolfpack Nation, I agree that we should stop this SEC of HS football nonsense, but you are fooling yourself if you think Reg 5 wishes any part of Reg 6. GHSA got it right. Reg 8 is a better draw for us and they are just 2 teams strong. Think about that for a moment.

WolfPack Nation

November 4th, 2013
4:38 pm

Better draw for y’all? Remember when we destroyed reg 8 last year? Unless you mean it’s easier for y’all. Based on rankings on all 4 playoff seeds, region 5 is better that region 6. Sorry to burst your bubble! Come playoff time anyone can beat anyone. Come on now. And region 5 has the 3rd, 4th, and 5th best offenses in all of AAAAA

Realist123

November 4th, 2013
5:07 pm

@WolfPack Nation, I won’t dispute your beliefs simply because you are entitled to them. I really don’t give a crap about whatever happend in anyone’s regions or games last year because that too means nothing. Every associated variable from last year has changed; if not just go ahead and crown Gainesville now.

But, we do agree that come playoff time everyone is susceptible to a beating. There are some teams who will be beat before the 1st whistle and there are others who you will have to literally play to the last second to convince them that they have lost a game. The point is, your crystal ball is no clearer than mine. You rep Reg-5; I rep Reg-6. Why don’t we wait and see how the 1st round pans out for our favorite teams and hope that we have some Reg-5 vs. 6 2nd round games.

Then it won’t matter what you or I believe. The kids will determine this outcome on the field. I will grant you that if your region faces Tucker and come out victorious, I will be the 1st to congratulate you and wish your team well going forward. Will you do the same?

WolfPack Nation

November 4th, 2013
6:49 pm

Yes I’d be the first to admit we got outplayed. But luckly Tucker is on the other side! Assuming they beat Mays

JAB

November 4th, 2013
6:50 pm

Got my eye on the Paulding County teams, maybe the biggest sleeper in the race to the Dome…

CATS & RAIDERS, LET’S DO THIS THING…..

CATS & RAIDERS, HERE WE COME STATE PLAYOFFS;)

YOU BLOGGERS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE JAGS ARE CAPABLE OF*****
You have yet to feel the claws of the JJJJJAAAAGGGGUARS, SO BRING IT!!!!

AGAIN! GGGGGGRRRRRROWL, DON’T MESS WITH REGION 6AAAAA GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE

RealisticFan

November 4th, 2013
9:02 pm

@Realist123

Could be some good banter. I enjoy looking at the numbers(I’m too lazy to fully develop my own ratings system but have given alot of thought to it. Gave up when the college powers that be decided that it would be better to de-emphasize the computer rankings and instead decided go give human polls, like the media even more weight then they already had. Like it needed more subjectiveness). Lol

Anyway,

Back to my own crystal ball since its about me…..:)

REG6 beats REG8 3-1
REG5 beats REG7, 3-1

All on gut. LOL

Realist123

November 4th, 2013
10:39 pm

@RealisticFan, I fully agree with your assessments. That’s the way I would call it too.

It would also not surprise me to see a 2nd round concentrated with Reg-2 teams as well.

Good luck to your teams.

itsonlywrite

November 5th, 2013
1:22 am

@WolfPack Nation … hol’up … lets be real now. Region 5 didnt DESTROY anything. Yall beat us 3-1 with 2 of those games being close. lol

#ELEPHANTNATION

WolfPack Nation

November 5th, 2013
10:06 am

itsonlywrite, regardless 3-1… But I’m pulling for region 8 this year! Pulling for FBHS to beat Stephenson! But that could be Gainesville vs Stephenson after this week!!

RealisticFan

November 5th, 2013
11:06 am

@wolfpack nation

Word of caution. Just because a team (North), is better this year than last, and that you will have a first round game, please don’t assume you’ll win the round one game The East team last year was one of the most talented its ever had and they laid an egg in the second round, after having been to at least the 3rd round 4 the previous 6 years.

Stay Humble My Friends or Prepare to be Humbled (my playoff battle cry for all new or fairly new contenders).

WolfPack Nation

November 5th, 2013
1:30 pm

@RealisticFan, we know first hand that just cause you’re a #1 seed doesn’t mean you can’t get beat! As we were a #4 seed and beat a #1 seed last year. We are always humble. 1 game at a timr

Realist123

November 5th, 2013
4:09 pm

@WolfPack Nation, You are a smart man :) I am sure you hope for a Flowery Branch victory against Stephenson so you don’t have to worry about them right?

I don’t blame you. That team is scary!…and God forbid if the coaches ever figure out how to get them to play to their potential. The talent level coupled with stupid size on that team is enough to beat some college teams……seriously. The coaching is what has been suspect and if they exit the playoffs early, it will be coaching. The loser of the FB vs. Gainesville game is actually the “winner” because neither one wishes a Stephenson draw in round #1……despite what their fans might say!! :)

Gainesville--Steve

November 5th, 2013
11:21 pm

Region 8 will face region 6 and Stephenson and Martin Luther King will have to come north to visit the “real” big boys. Dont take the whupping you are going to get too seriously. We have business to tend to and beating you is expected.
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Gainesville 60 pts. and a Martin Luther King 12 pts. because you cant kick field goals and Gainesville will run them off the field gasping for breath when D-Wat start running the no-huddle offense. No one in region 6 can handle the no huddle offense.
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Flowery Branch 48 pts. and Stephenson 3 pts. No offense, but you dont have no offense. LOL and you are stout against the run but you cant stop the pass.