Twenty-eight region champions still to be determined

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.

Class AAAAAA

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

Class AAAAA

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

Class AAAA

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

Class AAA

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

Class AA

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

Class A

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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23 comments Add your comment

RobFromNorcross

November 6th, 2013
9:24 am

It appears that Etowah is not guaranteed the region title if they beat Lassiter. The region could end up in a four-way tie at 5-2 with Milton and Walton if both of them win Friday. Not sure how that would shake out.

High SchoolFootball

November 6th, 2013
9:44 am

If Etowah wins then they would be 1 seed, Lassiter would be 2nd seed, Milton would be 3rd seed, and Walton will be 4th seed. But I predict Lassiter will win so it will go Lassiter, Milton,Walton, and Cheeroke would get the last seed. So if Etowah wins then they win Region. I fthey lose they will not make the playoffs. Either way the only team making it out of the 1st round will be Milton with a win @ home against Collins Hill. (predcition)

Team Tigerblood

November 6th, 2013
10:44 am

I thought I read that in Region 7 the tiebreaker would be 10 min mini games between the tied teams on 11/11 to determine the placing? Did anyone else read/hear that?

Cool_Coach1

November 6th, 2013
11:11 am

@Team Tigerblood that was if it came down to the last 2 teams (I believe) here is an article that spoke about it back on Oct 21st

http://www.gwinnettprepsports.com/news/2013/oct/21/the-blitz-is-it-too-early-to-start-talking/

RobFromNorcross

November 6th, 2013
11:58 am

Mini games are only for when there are too many teams to fill the available playoff teams. Wouldn’t be right to keep someone out of the playoffs just based on a coin flip.

RaiderDad

November 6th, 2013
11:59 am

@HS Football, can you explain how the 4-way tie breaker would work if Etowah beats Lassiter to reach those seedings? (Not challenging, just curious) Thanks.

RobFromNorcross

November 6th, 2013
12:05 pm

Milton and Walton lose in the tie-breaker scenario because Lassiter and Etowah had the foresight to lose games in their region to the lower echelon teams and those losses don’t hurt them in the tie-breaker.

RobFromNorcross

November 6th, 2013
12:12 pm

Raider, see this http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story_sports/23972013/article-Scenarios-abound-as-regular-season-comes-to-and-end

in the case of the four way tie at 5-2, then you look at only the records of the 4 against each other. Lassiter and Etowah are 2-1 against the others and Walton and Milton are 1-2. Etowah would have beat Lassiter, so that is how 1 and 2 are determined. Milton beat Walton so that determines 3 and 4.

Lassiter lost to Woodstock and Etowah lost to Cherokee for their other loss in the region and these don’t count in the tie-breaker.

RaiderDad

November 6th, 2013
12:15 pm

Thanks Rob. Got it.

RaiderDad

November 6th, 2013
12:53 pm

Scenario #2: Lassiter beats Etowah. Walton and Milton lose (Walton you never know, Milton unlikely). Cherokee wins.

That leaves Lassiter at 1, but now four way tie for second — Etowah, Milton, Walton and now Cherokee. Is the tie breaker format that same (head to head against teams tied to eliminate some)? I know Walton would be 2-1. Milton would be 3-0, Cherokee 1-2, Etowah 1-2. So Milton gets 2-seed, Walton gets 3-seed and Cherokee gets 4-seed (head to head over Etowah) (I.e. same as before)

Scenario #3: Same as 2, but Milton wins. Same result? Lassiter 1, Milton 2, and three way tie for third. Walton (2-0) gets 3-seed and Cherokee over Etowah head to head for 4-seed?

And, of course, if Cherokee loses, then Etowah jumps into Cherokee’s place for the four seeds in the above scenarios.

Maybe we should just wait to see what happens in about 60 hours.

But wait, lets say that Etowah beats Lassiter, Walton and Milton lose, and Cherokee wins. Then Etowah gets 1-seed and Lassiter gets 2-seed due to head to head. Milton takes 3-seed and Walton 4-seed on tie breaker.

Bottom line for me, a road game for Walton against tough opponent.

Panther Pride

November 6th, 2013
3:33 pm

Carver gonna wip Marist on Friday night. We too fast, too strong, and too ready. Last year was a fluke. This year, the real Panthers coming out

slim065

November 6th, 2013
3:44 pm

Yeah, Reg 5 could get confusing if your scenario 2 plays out RaiderDad. I believe you have it right of how the tiebreakers work in that scenario though.

Easiest way I look at it is Lassiter is guaranteed the 2 seed at worst and a home playoff game and then after that 4 teams for 3 spots with Walton being guaranteed a road game no matter how the final standings play out..

And none of the looming games with Reg 7 will Reg 5 be favored I think.

WolfDawg

November 6th, 2013
3:49 pm

Yeah Yeah, North Hall “won” the region last season…..

But not the head to head (45-16) Wolves destroyed them…

I predict a 28 point Buford W Friday nite…

RobFromNorcross

November 6th, 2013
5:24 pm

Looks like the Region 7 playoff teams are going to be ranked pretty high in AAAAAA in this week’s Maxwell computer rankings (from looking at the composite rankings):

#1 (North Gwinnett)
#2 (Norcross)
#4 (Collins Hill) and
#7 (Peachtree Ridge)

So, I would guess that all of them will be favored in the first Round against Region 5. But just ’cause you’re favored doesn’t mean you win. All playoff games are tough one way or another.

Herodotus

November 6th, 2013
7:14 pm

Cartersville destroys Ringgold. Period.

TUC2003

November 6th, 2013
8:13 pm

Wow!!! It’s some great football going on Friday!!!

Sportsnut

November 6th, 2013
8:30 pm

If Alcovy beats Lovejoy, that will make things much more interesting, wouldn’t it?

High 5

November 6th, 2013
8:52 pm

No way Alcovy beats Lovejoy! I hope Cedar Grove is up to the task against Blessed Trinity!

THEHILLISREAL

November 6th, 2013
11:14 pm

@ Don’t sing it bring…. Marist looking at this game as scrimmage, til the real panthers show up.

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

November 6th, 2013
11:30 pm

10 min mini games? I thought that was a joke!

How would that work? Why not a half or whole game if they’re gonna play…

BIRDAWG44

November 7th, 2013
1:58 am

THE HEARD CO BRAVES HAVE 2 OF THE BEST RUNING BACKS IN THE STATE , DURANTA DUNSON AND TAE FREELAND , SHOULD BE RANKED IN THE TOP 10 , MAYBE AFTER WE TAKE OF CARE BOWDON , THEY WILLTAKE NOTICE

rwdekalb

November 7th, 2013
5:23 am

Carver has good team but usually chokes when playing Marist.

Sportsnut

November 7th, 2013
1:51 pm

Here is the Coach’s Poll for 11-7-2013

Colquitt County == 8-1, 120 pts.
Lovejoy == 8-1, 112
Camden County == 8-1, 97
N. Gwinnett == 8-1, 96
Archer == 10-0, 95
Norcross == 7-2, 80
Mceachern == 8-1, 72
Hillgrove == 8-1, 64
Hughes == 8-1, 56
Alpharetta == 7-2, 48

Next 5
Peachtree Ridge == 7-2, 40
Collins Hill == 8-1, 32
Marietta == 7-2, 24
S. Forsyth == 7-2, 16
N. Cobb == 7-2, 6

Others under consideration
Etowah == 7-2, 1
Mill Creek == 6-3, 1
Milton == 7-2, 1