Week 10: Playoff Picture Getting Clearer

October 30, 2006

For the past few years, the first Friday in November meant the opening round of playoffs for GHSA teams. But this year, with the schedule pushed back two weeks, few playoff spots are decided. That will change this weekend.

With little doubt, Region 2-A is the most interesting in Class A this year. They are the only region to play a subdivided schedule, with the last game of the regular season being a region playoff. The playoff will work like this: the top seed from each subregion will host the #4 seed from the other subregion, and the #2s will host the #3s. After those games are played, the region's state playoff seedings will be decided from the winners of the tenth game by using total region record (7 games). Johnson County hosts Telfair County and Wilcox County hosts Dooly County in key 2-A games.

Surprise! Clinch County will win Region 1. Lanier County and Atkinson County meet in Pearson to help determine the fourth place team, behind Seminole County and Terrell County.

In Region 3, undefeated and top-ranked ECI has had a week off to get ready for their trip to Portal. This may be ECI's most competition until the state quarterfinals. Savannah Country Day may have a little something to say about that next week when they travel to Twin City to meet the Bulldogs.

Brookstone and Pacelli will square off next Friday in Columbus for the 4-A title. Four teams are still in the running for the third and fourth playoff spots. Greenville travels to Taylor County this week.

Eagles Landing Christian Academy remains unbeaten after 8 games, but must travel to Landmark Christian to decide the 5-A title this week.

At 4-4, 6-A perennial power Bowdon has its worst record in about 2 decades. But don't count out those Western Red Devils yet. Bowdon travels to Trion Friday, and the loser could be headed to Lincolnton in two weeks. Gordon Lee hosts Bremen in the other 6-A game that may help decide the region winner.

Athens Academy remained undefeated after a big win over Commerce last week. The Tigers have to get ready for their arch-rival Jefferson this week, and AA travels to Social Circle.