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Three-way tie possible for Rutland and Central

Westside and Peach County have both locked up GHSA Class 3A playoff spots.
Westside and Peach County have both locked up GHSA Class 3A playoff spots. bcabell@macon.com

Who’s in?

Peach County (8-1, 5-0), Jackson (7-2, 5-0), Westside (5-4, 3-2).

In contention

Pike County (5-4, 2-3)

Game remaining: Rutland.

Central (6-4, 2-4)

Game remaining: None.

Rutland (2-7, 1-4)

Game remaining: At Pike County.

Scouting report

Second-ranked Peach County plays at Jackson for the region championship. Westside, which is at Kendrick, is locked into third.

The intrigue in this region comes from the fight for fourth place. Pike County gets the spot with a win over Rutland. Should Pike County lose, then it comes down to a points-allowed tiebreaker between Central, Pike County and Rutland. Figuring out the possibilities of that tie-breaker requires some complex math: The team that allows the most points in head-to-head games among the three teams is eliminated first, with head-to-head among the remaining two teams determining the qualifier.

First, the longshot: Rutland can go to the playoffs with a win over Pike County, but it’s a very tricky scenario. Long story short, Rutland needs Central to be the team that allows the most points. If Rutland scores more than 17 points (Central allowed 37, while Pike County is sitting on 20), then Pike County will have allowed more points than Central. If Rutland allows more than five points (Rutland is sitting on 32 points), then the Hurricanes will have given up more points than Central. Basically, Rutland needs to win a low-scoring game to make the playoffs.

For Central to advance, Rutland needs to beat Pike County and have Pike County finish with the most points allowed. That happens if Rutland scores 18 or more points and beats Pike County by more than 12 points.

Should Pike County score six or more points against Rutland and lose by fewer than 12 points, Pike County is in.

And if Rutland beats Pike County 17-5 to create a true three-way tie? Go fish.

In the first round

Region 4-3A matches up with Region 2-3A, located along the coast. Fifth-ranked Liberty County (8-1) travels to Pierce County (7-2) on Friday to determine the region champion, with the loser taking second place. Brantley County (5-3) has locked up third place, while fourth goes to the winner of Friday’s Appling County (4-4)-Tattnall County (4-5) game.

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