Week 9: No Playoff Spot Safe Yet

October 23, 2006

With only three weeks left in the 2006 regular season, we do not see any Class A playoff spots decided yet.

In Region 7, our Red Devils have a one-game lead over Hancock Central, Twiggs County, Warren County, and Wilkinson County. We travel to Warrenton this week, while Hancock hosts Wilkinson and Twiggs plays Monticello.

In the first playoff round, Region 7 matches up against Region 6, with #1 seeds playing #4s, and #2s playing #3s. Region 6, in western Georgia, has only four teams eligible for the playoffs. Those four, all with winning records, start playing each other this week: Bowdon hosts Gordon Lee, and Trion visits Bremen.

Clinch County sits atop Region 1, to no one's surprise. Seminole, Lanier, Atkinson, and Terrell will fight it out for the other 3 spots. Seminole plays at Lanier this Friday.

In Region 2-A, it seems to be turmoil. Turner County upset Hawkinsville last week to take over the top spot in 2-A's Subdivision A; Turner hosts Irwin County in two weeks. Dooly and Wilcox are still in the mix. In Subdivision B, Johnson County and Telfair County are the top 2, with Treutlen lurking. During the last week of the regular season, the top 4 teams in Subdivision A will play the top 4 from B. Those winners then advance to the state playoffs.

Region 3's top 2 spots should be decided November 10 when offensive juggernaut ECI hosts Savannah Country Day. Portal, Claxton, and Calvary Day, with disappointing seasons, will decide the final 2 spots.

Brookstone leads in Region 4, one game ahead of Greenville and Pacelli. The Columbus private schools have their showdown November 10.

Speaking of private schools, that's all there is in Region 5. Undefeated Eagles Landing Christian Academy has moved up to #3 in the latest AJC Class A poll. ELCA has their toughest competition November 3 when the Chargers host Landmark Christian in McDonough.

Commerce (7-1) and Athens Academy (7-0) look to once again decide Region 8-A between themselves. They meet Friday on Slaughter Field in Oconee County. Jefferson may have something to say about the final 8-A outcome, as the Dragons play the Tigers and the Spartans the last two weeks of the seasion.