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Northside, Ware County can clinch region titles by winning on Friday

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAA:

- Northside-Warner Robins (2-AAAAA) and Ware County (3-AAAAA) can clinch region titles with victories on Friday. Ware County has the easier task. The Gators will claim their 10th region championship if they beat Bradwell Institute (3-5), but even if they lose they can win the region by beating Effingham County (5-3) in the season finale. Northside must beat city rival Warner Robins, which is 7-1 overall and tied for second place in the region. Warner Robins would take the title with victories in its final two games.

- Thomas County Central (1-AAAAA) and Tucker (6-AAAAA) will win region titles if they win out, but they also can clinch this week if they get help. Thomas County Central is off this week, but the Yellow Jackets will be region champions if Harris County loses to Hardaway. TCC and Harris County meet on Nov. 8, and Harris County could force a three-way tie by winning its final two games. Tucker will win its 15th …

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Stephenson ends M.L. King’s title hopes; Mundy’s Mill, Creekside win subregions

Here are some of the items of note from Friday’s Class AAAAA games:

- Stephenson ended M.L. King’s hopes of a fourth consecutive region championship by rallying in the fourth quarter for a 10-6 victory in a 6-AAAAA game. Stephenson was led by Dallas Rivers, who ran for a game-high 183 yards, including 66 and the touchdown on the winning drive. Stephenson remains one game behind top-ranked Tucker and takes on Mays next weekend in a game that could determine second place in the region. M.L. King falls to fourth place and has to face Tucker next weekend.

- Mundy’s Mill and Creekside have captured the subregion titles in 4-AAAAA and will face the No. 4 seeds from the opposite subregions on Nov. 8 in the play-in games that will determine the region’s state playoff teams. Mundy’s Mill beat Union Grove 24-17 to clinch the subregion A title, regardless of the outcome of its game against Ola next weekend. Creekside finished subregion B play 4-0 after its 41-10 victory against …

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M.L. King still has shot at region title; Arabia Mountain still alive in playoff race

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAA:

- M.L. King was the first of the four high-profile teams in 6-AAAAA to suffer a region loss, but the Lions still have a shot at winning their fourth consecutive region championship. M.L. King, which is tied with Stephenson and Mays for second place in the region, one game behind top-ranked Tucker, plays Stephenson on Friday, followed by games against Tucker and Miller Grove. Winning all three games likely gives the championship to the Lions. However, M.L. King could finish as low as fourth place if it loses to Stephenson and Tucker, which is perhaps just as likely as winning all three. The Lions lost to Mays 36-28 on Sept. 14.

- At the other end of the 6-AAAAA playoff picture, Arabia Mountain still has a chance to earn a berth. If the Rams can win their final three games against Southwest DeKalb (2-5), Dunwoody (1-6) and Lakeside-DeKalb (1-6) and Mays loses two of its final three – most likely against Stephenson and …

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Ware in control in 3-AAAAA; Houston boosts playoff hopes with upset

Here are some of the items of note from Friday’s Class AAAAA games:

- Ware County has taken control of the Region 3-AAAAA race after knocking off Richmond Hill. Ninth-ranked Ware is the only remaining unbeaten team in region play and is seeking to win the region for the second consecutive year. The Gators held Richmond Hill quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who has committed to Mississippi State, to 75 yards rushing and 14 passing, according to the Savannah Morning News. Jammar Johnson and Jaquez Bolds each rushed for two touchdowns to lead Ware County.

- Houston County’s 27-23 upset of seventh-ranked Warner Robins doesn’t change the fact that the Warner Robins-Northside game is likely to decide the Region 2-AAAAA champion, but it was a huge victory for the Bears. The win was Houston’s third in 16 all-time meetings with the Demons, and it gave a big boost to the Bears’ fading playoff hopes. Houston County is 2-2 in region play and still has a realistic chance to finish as …

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3-AAAAA title at stake when Ware County meets Richmond Hill

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAA:

- The Region 3-AAAAA championship will essentially be decided on Friday when Richmond Hill plays at Ware County. Both teams are undefeated in region play. Richmond Hill is 6-0 overall and unranked, while Ware County is 5-1 and No. 9 in Class AAAAA. Ware County won 27-24 last season on its way to winning the region title. No other region opponent came with 17 points of the Gators in 2012.

- McIntosh can clinch a spot in the Region 4-AAAAA play-in games if it can beat Fayette County rival Starr’s Mill for the second consecutive season. That would put the Chiefs within one victory (in a win-or-go-home game on Nov. 8) of reaching the state playoffs for the first time since 1987. “They’ve worked and they’ve worked,” third-year McIntosh head coach Lee Belknap said of his team after its 35-15 victory against Whitewater last week. “Their work ethic is second to none. I couldn’t be more proud of the way they’ve …

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Creekside, Kell are playoff locks from Regions 4 and 7

Today we conclude our look at the playoff chances for Class AAAAA teams by focusing on Regions 4 and 7, the only subdivided regions in the classification.

Both regions conduct play-in games on the final weekend of the regular season to determine their four playoff teams. Neither holds a championship game, opting instead for the 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3 format.

That means the top eight teams in each region will have to compete in a win-or-go-home game for playoff berths. So in theory, a team like No. 3 Kell or No. 8 Creekside could finish 9-1 and not make the playoffs. Still, it’s safe at this point to project which teams will make the playoffs, which ones won’t, and which still have a shot.

Region 4-AAAAA

*Locks: Creekside

The Seminoles are the favorites to win subregion B, but they have difficult games the next two weeks against Whitewater and McIntosh that could change their seeding. Regardless, Creekside is stronger than any team in subregion A and should have no trouble in …

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Tucker wins a classic; McIntosh earns biggest victory yet

The top two teams in Class AAAAA played a game worthy of their lofty rankings. Nekyle Lundie caught a 35-yard Hail Mary pass from Joseph Farrar with 13 seconds remaining to give top-ranked Tucker a 31-28 victory over No. 2 Stephenson in a wild back-and-forth Region 6-AAAAA game at Hallford Stadium on Friday.

The victory puts Tucker in position to win its third region title in four years and 15th overall, but the Tigers still have two significant hurdles to clear when they close the regular season against probable playoff teams M.L. King and Mays.

Stephenson had taken a 28-24 lead with 21 seconds to play on a 38-yard pass from Giovanni Weekly to Ari Werts, but a penalty for excessive celebration and a short squib kick on the ensuing kickoff gave Tucker the ball at the 35 with the chance to win. There were four touchdowns scored – and four lead changes – in the final 8:52 of the game.

Here are some of the other items of note from Friday’s Class AAAAA games:

- There’s no …

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Tucker, Stephenson to meet in showdown for No. 1

- The Region 6-AAAAA championship, an additional round of home-field advantage in the playoffs and the No. 1 ranking in Class AAAAA are likely to be at stake when DeKalb County rivals Stephenson and Tucker meet on Friday at Hallford Stadium. One player to watch will be Stephenson’s leading rusher, Dallas Rivers, a transfer from Tucker who rushed for 1,100 yards for the Tigers last season.

- Whitewater coach Amos McCreary picked up the 150th victory of his career last week when his team beat Northgate 17-6, and this week the Wildcats will try to extend their winning streak to six games when they face McIntosh, which is 5-0 for the first time in school history. McCreary is 76-28 since starting the Whitewater program in 2004 after going 74-38 in 10 seasons at Creekside.

- The first-place team in Region 5-AAAAA has lost each of the past two weeks, and North Paulding will try to stop that streak when it faces Rome on Friday. North Paulding is one of four teams with one loss in …

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Warner Robins, Northside, TCC are playoff locks from Regions 1 and 2

Today we continue our look at the playoff chances for Class AAAAA teams by focusing on Regions 1 and 2, which are home to perennial state powers Warner Robins, Northside-Warner Robins and Thomas County Central.

Which teams on the lists below are getting too much credit? Which ones are being underestimated?

Next week we’ll conclude our series with Regions 4 and 7.

Region 1-AAAAA

*Locks: Thomas County Central

Sixth-ranked Thomas County Central made the playoffs the past 22 seasons, so you can almost always pencil the Yellow Jackets in for a spot. They are the favorites to win the region title.

*Likely: Lee County, Harris County

Lee County seems a lock with its 6-0 record and No. 10 ranking, but the Trojans were 6-0 last year before losing three of four down the stretch and settling for the No. 4 seed. Still, Lee County probably needs just one more victory to return to the playoffs this season. Harris County, the defending champion, opens region play this week and could set …

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North Paulding victory leaves four teams with one loss atop 5-AAAAA

North Paulding created a virtual four-way tie for first place in Region 5-AAAAA with a 31-28 victory against South Paulding, which had taken sole possession of first place and earned the first ranking in program history with an upset of Allatoona last weekend.

North Paulding (5-1) and South Paulding (4-1) join Allatoona (5-1) and defending champion East Paulding (4-1) as the region’s four one-loss teams. But North Paulding, which already has beaten South and East, is the only one that controls its fate in the race for the region championship. North can win its first region title by winning its remaining four games, which include a trip to Allatoona on Nov. 1.

Rome and Villa Rica, tied for fifth place in the region with 3-2 records, remain in the playoff race, as well.

Here are some of the items of note from Friday’s Class AAAAA games:

- Gainesville’s Deshaun Watson keeps padding his record. The senior quarterback, who entered the season as the state’s all-time leader …

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South Paulding climbs to top in 5-AAAAA, now has to fight to stay there

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAA:

- South Paulding took a huge step toward the first playoff berth in school history with a 48-45 overtime victory against Allatoona last week that gave it sole possession of first place in Region 5-AAAAA. Now the Spartans will try to hold on to the lead when they meet North Paulding, which is tied with Allatoona and East Paulding for second place, a half-game behind South Paulding. Spartans QB Chandler Burks passed for 391 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 116 yards and two TDs against Allatoona.

- Region play begins in 1-AAAAA and 7-AAAAA and has its first full weekend in 4-AAAAA, and each region offers up an important matchup right out of the gate. Region 1 favorite Thomas County Central faces playoff contender Bainbridge, which has recorded two shutouts and been shut out twice. Whitewater plays at Northgate in a game that likely will decide which team will challenge No. 9 Creekside for the 4-AAAAA Division B …

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Playoff picture already pretty clear in Regions 3 and 8

Today we continue our look at the playoff chances for Class AAAAA teams by focusing on Regions 3 and 8, which are home to the two teams that played for the state championship last season.

Which teams on the lists below are getting too much credit? Which ones are being underestimated?

Next week we’ll look at Regions 1 and 2.

Region 3-AAAAA

*Locks: Ware County

The AAAAA runner-up Gators have been in the playoffs for 11 consecutive seasons and reached the final twice during that stretch. They’re already 2-0 in league play, will have no trouble reaching the postseason and are the favorites to win the region title.

*Likely: Richmond Hill, Effingham County

Richmond Hill and Effingham County were playoff teams last year and got off to a good start in region play with victories against playoff contenders Glynn Academy and Bradwell Institute last week. The teams’ meeting on Oct. 11 might determine second place in the region.

*On the bubble: Jenkins, Bradwell Institute, Glynn …

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South Paulding takes lead in 5-AAAAA; Stephenson, Tucker set up huge showdown

Here are some of the things we learned about Class AAAAA on Friday:

- There’s a new leader in 5-AAAAA: South Paulding took over sole possession of first place in Region 5 with a 48-45 victory against seventh-ranked Allatoona. Quarterback Chandler Burks passed for 395 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two TDs for the Spartans, who are seeking the first playoff berth in the program’s eight-year history. Allatoona fell into a tie for second place with North Paulding and East Paulding. The Spartans have another important game next weekend when they travel to North Paulding.

- The battle of 1 vs. 2 is set: Top-ranked Tucker and No. 2 Stephenson took care of business on Friday to set up the huge DeKalb County matchup at Hallford Stadium on Oct. 11 (the region has next weekend off). Tucker beat Lakeside-DeKalb 56-7 for its 13th consecutive victory in the series, scoring at least 50 points for the sixth time in the past seven meetings. Stephenson built a big early lead and …

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Tucker, Stephenson tune up for showdown; Allatoona, South Paulding battle for first place

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAA:

- If top-ranked Tucker and No. 2 Stephenson take care of business this week, it will set up the biggest game of the regular season in AAAAA when the teams meet on Oct. 11 (the region is off next week). Tucker will be going for its 13th consecutive victory against Lakeside-DeKalb in a series the Tigers lead 23-22-1. Stephenson takes on a SW DeKalb team that is struggling in the first season after the retirement of Buck Godfrey. The computer Maxwell Ratings favor Stephenson by 27 points and Tucker by 40 this week.

- The winner of the Allatoona-South Paulding game in Douglasville will have sole possession of first place in Region 5-AAAAA. Allatoona is seeking its fourth playoff berth in six seasons of football, while the eighth-year South Paulding program is trying to reach the postseason for the first time. Other games involving playoff contenders from what appears to be the deepest region in the classification include Rome …

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Playoff picture clear in 6-AAAAA; Allatoona leads more wide-open field in Region 5

Region play has begun in several Class AAAAA regions and will get under way soon in the others.

Beginning today and continuing for the next three weeks, we’ll take a look at the playoff chances for all of the AAAAA teams. This week we’re looking at 5-AAAAA (which has great depth with seven playoff contenders) and 6-AAAAA (generally considered the strongest in Class AAAAA).

Which teams on the lists below are getting too much credit? Which ones are being underestimated?

Next week we’ll look at Regions 3 and 8, which are home to the two teams that played for the championships last season.

Region 5-AAAAA

*Locks: Allatoona

The Buccaneers are 23-1 in regular-season games since the start of the 2011 season. That’s the kind of consistency that has made seventh-ranked Allatoona the favorite to win the region and possibly run the table.

*Likely: South Paulding

The Spartans already have victories against two of the playoff contenders (Rome, Villa Rica), and a win against …

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