Here’s how the playoffs look coming into the final week of the season, with explanations about tiebreakers, etc.
Region 1: Southeast Bulloch travels to Appling County in a game that could determine the regular-season championship. If Appling wins, the Pirates are the regular-season champions and Southeast will finish third. If Southeast wins, there will be a three-way tie that includes Pierce County. All three teams will be declared co-champions and a coin flip would determine the seeds.
The fourth playoff spot should go to the winner of the game between Tattnall County and Johnson Savannah. But Brantley County could tie things up if it upsets Pierce County.
Region 2: Carver Columbus and Peach County will finish one-two. Pike County is third and Henry County is fourth.
Region 3: Washington County’s season is over and the Golden Hawks are the regular-season champions. Thomson is in the playoffs and would be the No. 2 team with a win over Jefferson County on Friday. A win would also put Jefferson County in the playoffs. Swainsboro, winners of two straight, will make the playoffs with a win at Dodge County.
Region 4: Callaway and Central Carroll are one-two. Chapel Hill is in the playoffs and will be No. 3 with a win over Jackson Atlanta. But if Jackson wins, the Lasers are No. 3 and Chapel Hill falls to No. 4.
If Jackson loses and B.E.S.T. Academy beats Douglass, then B.E.S.T. would take the final spot because of its regular-season win over Jackson. Chapel Hill would prevail in the tiebreaker with B.E.S.T. because of its head-to-head win.
Region 5: The winner of this week’s game between Cartersville and Ringgold will be the region champion and the loser will finish No. 2. Adairsville will be the No. 3 team.
Sonoraville will take the fourth spot if it beats Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. An LFO win would likely mean a three-way tie for fourth, should North Murray beat winless Gordon Central. That could result in the ever-popular mini-games.
Region 6: This is so confusing and has way too many variables, but all hinges on the game between Blessed Trinity and Cedar Grove, which is the 5 p.m. game at Halford Stadium, and the Decatur at St. Pius game.
If Blessed Trinity wins, the Titans will be the No. 1 team and Woodward Academy will be No. 2. (The two will be tied with one region loss, but BT gets the edge because it beat the War Eagles 27-17 on Sept. 27.)
If Blessed Trinity wins and St. Pius wins, the standings would be: BT, Woodward, St. Pius and Cedar Grove. Decatur would be out.
If Blessed Trinity wins and Decatur wins, the standings would be: BT, Woodward, Decatur and St. Pius. Cedar Grove would lose a tiebreaker with St. Pius.
If Cedar Grove wins and Decatur wins, the standings would be: Woodward, Cedar Grove, Decatur, Blessed Trinity. St. Pius would be out.
The most confusing scenario occurs if Cedar Grove wins and St. Pius wins. Woodward would be the region champion, with Cedar Grove, St. Pius and Blessed Trinity tied for second. Those three teams are all 1-1 against each other and therefore tied. No one has been able to provide the answer for this scenario, but it will be updated once received.
Region 7: Buford can win the region championship if it beats North Hall on Friday. If North Hall wins the game, it would cause a three-way tie with White County.
The tiebreaker is a “plus-12/minus-12” system. If North Hall beats Buford by 12 or more, it is the region champion because all its region wins were by more than 12 points. White County had two region teams they beat by less than 12 points. If North Hall beats Buford by less than 12, then the Trojans would be the third seed behind Buford and White County.
The final playoff spot will be determined by the winner of the West Hall-Dawson County game.
Region 8: Elbert County will be No. 1. The second seed will be determined by Friday’s Hart County-North Oconee game, with the loser finishing third. The final spot will go to the winner of the Morgan County-Jackson County game.