Twenty of Georgia’s 48 regions have champions, and 12 other regions will be decided by a single winner-take-all game this week.
Here is a look at the 20 region champions and how the other 28 regions will be decided this week.
Note that not every possible scenario is discussed in regions that have numerous possibilities. Instead, the focus is on likely outcomes.
Camden County’s streak of 12 region titles is on the line against Colquitt County this week. Colquitt County has not won a region title since 1999. Archer is a first-time region champion. Alcovy could win its first. North Gwinnett, Norcross and Collins Hill could finish in a tie to be decided by a three-way coin toss.
1 – Camden County-Colquitt County winner
2 – Alcovy-Lovejoy winner
3 – Hughes
4 – North Cobb with a victory over Campbell. If North Cobb loses, the champion will be the McEachern-Hillgrove winner.
5 – Etowah-Lassiter winner
6 – Alpharetta
7 – A coin toss would determine the top three seeds if Norcross, North Gwinnett and Collins Hill remain with one region loss. Norcross closes its season against Meadowcreek, North Gwinnett plays Peachtree Ridge, and Collins Hill meets Mill Creek. Head-to-head would determine two-way ties. Norcross beat Collins Hill, which beat North Gwinnett, which beat Norcross.
8 – Archer
This class is the most undecided, with seven region champions to be determined. Only Ware County has clinched. North Paulding (opened 2007) is on the verge of its first region title. It has been a while for contenders Mays (2003), Warner Robins (2004) and Creekside (2006).
1 – Thomas County Central (8-1, 4-0) will be the champion with a victory over Harris County (7-2, 3-1) or by holding Harris to fewer than 30 points. In the event of a three-way tie with Lee County (8-1, 3-1), points allowed in the three games between those teams will be the tiebreaker. Thomas Central has allowed 14. Harris has allowed 44. Lee has hallowed 52.
2 – Warner Robins will be the champion with a victory over Lakeside of Evans. If Warner Robins loses, Northside of Warner Robins will be the champion with a victory over Evans.
3 – Ware County
4 – Creekside (9-0) will be the champion with a victory over Ola (2-7) as the highest seed from its subregion to win this week. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head result. Division B winner Creekside did not play Division A winner Mundy’s Mill. In the second tiebreaker, Creekside has the better overall region record.
5 – North Paulding will be champion with a victory over Villa Rica. If North Paulding loses, South Paulding will be the champion with a victory over Lithia Springs.
6 – Mays-Tucker winner
7 – Kell (9-0) will be the champion with a victory over Cambridge (3-6) as the highest seed from its subregion to win this week. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head result. Division B winner Kell beat Division A winner Creekview in the regular season.
8 – Flowery Branch-Gainesville winner
Westover (opened 1968) and Veterans (2010) have won their first region titles. Wayne County is after its first since 1993. Others that could break droughts large and small are Griffin (2009), Carver (2007), Dalton (2007) and Gilmer (1997). The rest are defending champions.
1 – Westover
2 – Veterans
3 – Wayne County-Burke County winner
4 – Griffin (9-0) will be the champion with a victory over Woodland of Stockbridge (2-7) as the highest seed from its subregion to win this week. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head result. Division B winner Griffin beat Division A winner Stockbridge in the regular season.
5 – Sandy Creek
6 – Marist-Carver (Atlanta) winner
7 – Dalton-Gilmer winner
8 – Monroe Area
Ringgold has been playing in the GHSA since 1949 and can win its first region title with a victory over Cartersville this week. Washington County has won its first since 2006. Others that have gone at least five years without a region title that are in contention are Southeast Bulloch (1994), Appling County (2008), Blessed Trinity (2005) and Woodward Academy (1997). Also, remember that North Hall and not No. 1-ranked Buford is the defending champion in 8-AAA.
1 – Appling County (7-2, 6-0) will be the champion with a victory over Southeast Bulloch (7-1-1, 5-1). If Southeast Bulloch wins and there is a three-way tie involving Pierce County (8-1, 5-1), Pierce would be the No. 1 seed and Southeast Bulloch would be No. 2. All three would be considered region champions.
2 – Carver (Columbus)
3 – Washington County
4 – Callaway
5 – Cartersville-Ringgold winner.
6 – Blessed Trinity (6-3, 4-1) will be the champion with a victory over Cedar Grove (6-3, 3-2). Otherwise, Woodward Academy (8-2, 5-1) is the champion.
7 – Buford-North Hall winner
8 – Elbert County
Brooks County, Lamar County and Calhoun have repeated as region champions. Calhoun won its 13th in a row. Heard County and Lovett can defend their titles with victories. Benedictine has won its first since 2000, Laney its first since 2004, Washington-Wilkes its first since 2006.
1 – Brooks County
2 – Benedictine
3 – Laney
4 – Lamar County
5 – Bowdon-Heard County winner
6 – Greater Atlanta Christian-Lovett winner
7 – Calhoun
8 – Washington-Wilkes
Region champions in Class A must be seeded higher than non-winners in the state playoffs, which are seeded otherwise strictly by the GHSA’s power ratings.
1 – Mitchell County-Seminole County winner
2 – Clinch County
3 – Calvary Day-Johnson County winner
4 – Marion County with a victory over Central of Talbotton (0-9)
5 – Eagle’s Landing Christian-Landmark Christian winner
6 – The highest-seeded team that wins its play-in game will be the region champion. In case of a tie, the team with the highest GHSA power rating will be champion. Mount Pisgah Christian (9-0, 5-0), the higher-rated of subregion winners, will be champion with a victory over Mount Zion (4-5, 1-3). If Mount Pisgah loses, Darlington (7-2, 4-0) will be the champion with a victory over Whitefield Academy (4-5, 2-3).
7 – Aquinas (9-0, 6-0) will be the champion with a victory over First Presbyterian (6-3, 5-1). In a three-way tie involving Lincoln County (6-3, 5-1), the tiebreaker is not clear. First Presbyterian coach Greg Moore said the region secretary would make that announcement today.
8 – Prince Avenue Christian
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