Region play-in schedules

Here is the unofficial schedule of region play-in games this week.

**Region championship: Winner wins region and makes state playoffs as No. 1 seed.

*Play-in game: Winner makes state playoffs.

Some schedules are the official reports from region secretaries. Others are projected based on region standings.

Please report an errors.

4-AAAAA

*Ola at Creekside

*Drew at McIntosh

*Whitewater at Union Grove

*Northgate at Mundy’s Mill

Forest Park at Starr’s Mill

Mount Zion (Jonesboro) at Spalding

7-AAAAA

*Sprayberry at Creekview

*Pope at Sequoyah

*Riverview at Northview

*Kell at Cambridge

Osborne at Forsyth Central

Kennesaw Mountain at North Springs

3-AAAA

**Wayne County at Burke County

*Statesboro at Glenn Hills

*Liberty County at Richmond Academy

South Effingham at Butler

Hephzibah at Cross Creek

4-AAAA

*Upson-Lee at Stockbridge

*Woodland (Stockbridge) at Griffin

*Locust Grove at Jonesboro

*Riverdale at Eagle’s Landing

Dutchtown at North Clayton

Mount Zion (Jonesboro) at Spalding (Thursday)

6-AAAA

**Carver at Marist

*Bannaker at Columbia (Avondale Stadium)

*Lithonia at Grady

Washington at Chamblee (North DeKalb Stadium)

Stone Mountain at Therrell (Lakewood Stadium)

South Atlanta at Redan (Avondale Stadium), Saturday

7-AAAA

**Dalton at Gilmer

*Northwest Whitfield at Pickens

*Ridgeland at Cedartown

Southeast Whitfield at Cass

Heritage (Ringgold) at River Ridge

Lafayette vs. Johnson (Gainesville)

3-A

**Johnson County vs. Calvary Day

Claxton at W#2 Emanuel County Institute

Wheeler County at Savannah Country Day

Montgomery County at Portal

Savannah Christian at Treutlen

Glascock County vs. Jenkins County

Note: Johnson County-Calvary Day home field will be determined officially Wednesday by highest ranking in GHSA points standings.

6-A

Mount Zion at Mount Pisgah Christian

Trion at Mount Paran Christian

Christian Heritage at Fellowship Christian

Darlington at Whitefield Academy

Gordon Lee at King’s Ridge

20 comments Add your comment

Bobo is Not the Problem

November 3rd, 2013
8:16 pm

Why is 4-AAAAAA Kennesaw Mountain playing in the 7-AAAAA play-in?

And how were the 7-AAAAA pairings determined? Can’t see any rhyme or reason. For example, 9-0 Kell plays AT 3-6 Cambridge. Seems like the #1 seed would play a bottom seed, at home, but apparently this is random.

Kenny G

November 3rd, 2013
9:07 pm

It was decided before the season as 7A-AAAAA has an odd number. North Springs was in the last place in their sub region and that slot was slated what I assume was last place in 4-AAAAA. I dont know this for sure, but it was probably geographically viable as they played Sprayberry earlier in the year anyway.

Dekalb Co Guy

November 3rd, 2013
9:10 pm

@Bobo

Region 7-AAAAA sub regions are uneven. One has 5 teams and the other has 6 teams. So the 6th place team is playing a non region game against Kennesaw Mtn.

Osborne vs Forsyth Central is a game between the 5th place teams from each sub region.

The other games are play-in games to make the playoffs with 1’s vs 4’s 2’s vs 3’s. So Kell is playing Cambridge the 4th place team from the opposite sub region

Kenny G

November 3rd, 2013
9:11 pm

Last year in year one of the region parings every play in game was determined to be played as a home game for 7-B and then this year 7-A was going to have the home game regardless of seed or record. The screwy thing is that if Cambridge beats Kell (a BIG if….), then Kell goes home and Cambridge would go. I think the seeds are determined after the outcomes of these playin games. They were assigned as 7A #1 vs 7B #4 7A #2 vs 7B #3 7A #3 vs 7B #2 & 7A #4 vs 7B #1.

Todd Holcomb

November 3rd, 2013
10:26 pm

The reason that some regions allow one subregion to host all the games regardless of seed is to ensure that every school will get one home game in the two-year cycle. That’s for financial reasons, as schools depend on football gates to fund the athletic program.

Todd Holcomb

November 4th, 2013
8:45 am

Also note that Class A playoff berths are determined by points standings. So winning these games have no bearing on automatic playoff berths except for the Johnson County-Calvary Day c’ship game.

BigWednsdy

November 4th, 2013
10:27 am

Does anyone know why the 3-A crossover games are #1 v #1, #2 v #2….. #5 v #5, but the 6-A crossover games have been drawn differently? Mt. Pisgah, the 6B-A leader plays the #4 team from 6A-A, Darlington, the 6A-A leader plays Whitfield, the (tough to tell, but probably) the #2 or #3 team from the 6B-A region. Seems like the setup for cross-over games should consistent……

BigWednsdy

November 4th, 2013
10:29 am

Check that – Whitefield is #3 or #4 from 6B-A.

The question remains the same – why are the two sets of cross over games drawn differently?

John

November 4th, 2013
12:15 pm

Every region makes its own rules determining play-in games. Region 3-A decided to do it one way and Region 6-A decided to do it a different way.

Bobo is Not the Problem

November 4th, 2013
12:28 pm

Thanks, everybody, for the responses. That’s good information.

Now, understanding how they set up the pairings, I must say it is the screwiest thing I’ve ever seen. You go 9-0, and your reward is to go on the road to play a 3-6 team you must beat to make the playoffs.

On the one hand, the play-in game effectively is a PLAYOFF game since it’s win or go home. And if you lose, you can argue you deserve to go home. Still, it’s kinda silly to have playoffs that exclude 9-1 teams and include 3-7 or 4-6 teams.

Bobo is Not the Problem

November 4th, 2013
12:28 pm

Edit: …That COULD exclude 9-1 teams and include 3-7 or 4-6 teams.

Bobo is Not the Problem

November 4th, 2013
12:40 pm

The minute you have a Camden County or Northside WR knocked out by a play-in game (and I recognize those regions don’t have the play-in yet), you will see an end to this system.

It seems the point of the play-in games is to give the lesser teams some hope at the end of the season. It’s a silly goal IMO.

By taking four seeds from each region (and I think it should only be 2 at the most; if you are #2, 3, or 4, you have already proven you’re not as good as another team), the playoff system currently recognizes that you can lose a few games in the regular season and still be playoff-worthy. But the PLAY-IN system says, no, you must win your tenth game, otherwise you don’t make the playoffs. How silly is that? Any number of factors (injuries, weird plays, turnovers, bad calls, etc.) could cause an upset in the 10th game.

A better system would be as follows:

#1 and #2 seeds automatically advance to playoffs after game 9 and get a well-earned bye week
#6 plays AT #3 and #5 plays AT #4 for the final two spots

Sportsnut

November 4th, 2013
1:53 pm

@ Bobo == I agree that this is a screwed up system. I have not understood this since it has been around. 8-1 loses to 3-6 and 8-1 goes home? That is wrong in any way you look at it.

Stew

November 4th, 2013
2:32 pm

Yall are making the same mistake Pope made before they got blown out..Its RiverWOOD, NOT RiverVIEW. Better learn fast

old water boy

November 4th, 2013
2:46 pm

” Play in shmay in ” . Single A region 6 has odd number of teams and the last place team in subregion B ( Walker as it turns out ) has nobody to play a 10th game/ play in game against at home this week . Due to SWAC team dropping their team this summer . No replacements / solutions were found as several new schools/ teams with 9 games were done already , player injuries, didn’t want to play , etc. Loss of revenue , no 10th game for the kids etc. Dumb plans . Schedule 10 and play them all going forward .

WolfPack Nation

November 4th, 2013
2:51 pm

I think it should be: #1 plays #1 for the top 2 spots. The #2 plays #2 for the other 2 spots.

GoBulldogs

November 4th, 2013
4:47 pm

So … once again the region play-in format makes no sense. In 6-AAAA, Columbia beat Carver already this season, but has to beat Banneker to make the playoffs, while Carver is guaranteed a spot. So if they both lose (quite possible), then Carver goes while Columbia stays home despite having the same region record and having beaten Carver head-to-head. Not only that, but Grady beat Lithonia already this year, but now has to beat them AGAIN to make the playoffs. I know all about trying to avoid a situation where one subregion is much stronger than the other, but there has GOT to be a better way.

FridayNightLightsFan

November 4th, 2013
6:18 pm

Region play-in = worst idea ever.

CA Native

November 5th, 2013
8:11 am

The play in games follow 2 different formats. 6-AAAA used the traditional model where the #1’s play one another for 1st & 2nd place. Both are guaranteed playoff spots. The 2nd & 3rd place teams play each other for the 3&4 seeds and it’s win or go home.

7-AAAAA use a 1 vs 4, 2 v 3 format. All games are win or go home. The reason is that if one subregion is better than the other, than potentially that subregion could claim all 4 spots. Last year Creekview was the only 7A subregion representative. This year it should flip flop with Kell being the only 7B representative. Riverwood@Northview is a coin flip game and homefield might be the difference.

The subregion format allows teams to have nonregion games allow 7AAAAA could have played a full region schedule. Kell did not want to give up the Corky Kell classic and Cherokee schools like their neighborhood rivalries.

Region 6-AAAA & 7-AAAA have 12 teams and had to have play in games. The format is a matter of preference.

wardenerd

November 6th, 2013
9:06 am

Georgia’s system is not perfect but the system in North Carolina makes the regular season less importatant and winning your region or conference means nothing because at the end of the year the divisions are broken in half with a 4A for small AAAA teams and 4AA for big AAAA schools. Keep in mind all 8 divisions play in conferences that mix large and small teams together and in some cases teams from two different classifications. Then the state seeds everyone. It is stupid. There are very few upsets and the first round is a real blood bath with the better teams feasting on teams that have no business in the playoffs. To top things many teams do not know if they are in the large or small division and sometimes schools with lower numbers end up in the large division.