GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising results of Week 11:
1. Warner Robins 28, Northside (Warner Robins) 18: Warner Robins moved within one victory of clinching the title in Region 2-AAAAA by snapping Northside’s 39-game win streak in regular season games. Northside’s last loss in the regular season also came against Warner Robins, on Oct. 30, 2009. Warner Robins leads the all-time series 34-22.
2. Mays 13, Stephenson 9: Mays is in position to win its first region title since 2003 after knocking off Stephenson, which was ranked No. 4 last week and tied with the Raiders for second place in 6-AAAAA. Mays can finish no worse than second place in the region, but a victory against top-ranked and first-place Tucker this week will give the Raiders the title.
3. Marietta 24, North Cobb 21: Ian Shannon kicked a 49-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to lead the Blue Devils to an upset of North Cobb, which was undefeated in region play and ranked No. 8 in Class AAAAAA. North Cobb can still clinch the 4-AAAAAA title by beating Campbell this week. Marietta will make the playoffs if it wins at Harrison.
4. Hawkinsville 14, Marion County 10: Hawkinsville won its third consecutive region game after a 1-2 start in 4-A, and the Red Devils ended Marion County’s bid to go 10-0 in the regular season for the second time in three years. Marion County can still clinch its third region title in four seasons with a victory this week against 0-9 Central of Talbotton.
5. Holy Innocents’ 29, Landmark Christian 28: Landmark Christian’s game this week against Eagle’s Landing Christian will determine the champion in Region 5-A, but Holy Innocents’ victory prevented that game from being a matchup of unbeaten teams. Landmark Christian beat the Golden Bears 36-3 last year but trails the all-time series 3-1.
6. Our Lady of Mercy 31, Darlington 28: Our Lady of Mercy picked up the best victory of its 4-5 season by knocking off a Darlington team that clinched the Region 6-A Division A title two weeks ago. This game was arranged when both teams suddenly had an opening on their schedules after Southwest Atlanta Christian decided not to play this season.
7. Swainsboro 19, Jefferson County 17: Swainsboro won for just the second time this season, but for the second week in a row, with an upset of a Jefferson County team that opened the season 6-0 but has lost three consecutive games. A victory this week against Dodge County would give Swainsboro a 3-7 finish for the third straight season.
8. Blessed Trinity 21, St. Pius 20: Two weeks ago, it appeared Blessed Trinity might not make the playoffs out of tough Region 6-AAA. Now the Titans are in position to win the title and can clinch it with a victory against Cedar Grove. St. Pius no longer has a shot at winning its third consecutive region title and still has some work to do to lock up a playoff berth.
9. Veterans 10, Mary Persons 0: Four-year-old Veterans clinched the first region championship in the program’s short history with a shutout of longtime middle Georgia power Mary Persons, which failed in its bid to win its 16th region title. Veterans has won six consecutive games since starting 0-3 against AAAAA teams that will make the playoffs.
10. Evans 26, Lakeside (Evans) 21: Lakeside entered the game with at least a mathematical chance of winning the Region 2-AAAAA title. Now, it’s at least possible that the Panthers could miss the playoffs entirely, although it would take an Evans upset of Northside of Warner Robins for it to happen. Evans can’t make the playoffs if it loses to Northside.
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