4. Macon County
Six Class AA football teams will be playing in ”mini-games” Monday to play their way into the state playoffs.
Cook, Fitzgerald and Early County are getting together at the neutral site of Sylvester (Worth County) to decide the final two playoff teams in Region 1-AA. Macon County, Northeast and Taylor County are playing at Roberta (Crawford County) to do the same in 4-AA.
Mini-games – which consist of two five-minute halves — are used by some regions to break ties in the standings that can’t be broken by head-to-head results. In 1-AA and 4-AA, the third-, fourth- and fifth-place teams are 1-1 against each other.
In 1-AA, Cook will play Fitzgerald. The loser then plays Early County. In 4-AA, Taylor County will play Macon County. The loser will play Northeast.
The winning teams advance to the playoffs, but they are seeded third or fourth depending on the outcome of their regular-season game.
From the GHSA’s constitution:
GHSA TIE-BREAKER MINI-GAME PROCEDURE (NOTE: The option to play a Mini-Game to break a tie is available only to regions that have adopted the GHSA plan for breaking ties without any modifications)
1. The schools shall meet at a site selected by the GHSA Executive Director for a playoff on the Monday night after the end of the regular season.
2. The games will consist of two five-minute halves. The play begins for the first half with a free kick, and standard game rules and scoring are used.
3. There will be a two-minute intermission between the two halves. Play begins for the second half with a free kick.
4. Each team will be given two (2) timeouts in the first five (5) minutes and one timeout in the second five (5) mintes. Unused timeouts in the first five minutes may be carried over to the second five minutes.
5. If the score is tied at the end of two overtime periods, the teams will go to the GHSA 15-yard overtime procedure.
6. A coin toss will determine the order of play.
b. When three teams are tied for two open spots, the following format will be used.
Example: Team “C” get a bye
Team “A” plays Team “B” and the winner qualifies
Team “C” plays the loser of game 1 and the winner qualifies
If Team “C” wins game 2, the regular season winner between Team “C” and
the winner of game 1 will have the higher placement
7. When teams play a mini-game tiebreaker on a Monday, their first round playoff game will be scheduled for the following Saturday unless both schools agree to play on Friday.