Perhaps no team in Georgia has more at stake on Friday than Etowah.
The Eagles (7-2, 4-2) will win Region 5-AAAAAA if they defeat Lassiter (6-3, 5-1), but they will drop to fifth place – and out of the state playoffs – if the four games this week in Region 5 are won by the teams that are higher in the standings.
That would be Lassiter over Etowah, Walton over Roswell, Milton over Woodstock and Cherokee over Wheeler.
The good news is that Etowah would win any tiebreakers in the event of a two-, three- or four-way tie for first place.
Other things to watch this week in AAAAAA …
- Colquitt County and Camden County are playing for the title in Region 1. Colquitt is ranked No. 1 and favored to win its first region title since 1999. Camden is seeking its 13th straight region title and second since moving to Region 1.
- Region 7 has four Top 10 teams but might not know its region champion until a Saturday coin toss among No. 3 North Gwinnett, No. 5 Norcross and No. 10 Collins Hill if each wins Friday. Norcross plays Meadowcreek. North Gwinnett plays No. 10 Peachtree Ridge. Collins Hill plays Mill Creek. Head-to-head would determine two-way ties. Norcross beat Collins Hill, which beat North Gwinnett, which beat Norcross.
- East Coweta (4-5, 2-2) might need to beat arch-rival Newnan (6-3, 3-1) in Region 3 to keep a long playoff streak going. East Coweta hasn’t missed the playoffs since 1996, the longest streak in the highest classification. East Coweta is bailed out if Tri-Cities beats Douglas County.
- Brookwood (4-5, 4-3) might need to beat arch-rival Grayson (4-5, 4-3) in Region 8 to keep a long playoff streak going. Brookwood hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2001, the longest streak among Gwinnett County AAAAAA teams. Brookwood is bailed out if Parkview beats South Gwinnett.