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.