High School Sports

Final countdown coming as area football teams fight for playoff positions

Kearis Jackson (7) and the Peach County Trojans are 7-1 overall and 4-0 in GHSA Region 4-3A.
Kearis Jackson (7) and the Peach County Trojans are 7-1 overall and 4-0 in GHSA Region 4-3A. jvorhees@macon.com

The GHSA playoffs begin Nov. 10, meaning there are two more weeks left in the regular season. With teams jockeying for playoff positions, here is a breakdown of the regions that include teams from Bibb, Houston, Peach, Monroe, Jones, Twiggs and Crawford counties and what could happen in their playoff races the next two weeks:

Region 1-6A

Leading the way: Coffee (2-0 in region play).

In good shape: Lee County (2-1), Valdosta (1-1), Northside (1-2).

Still in the hunt: Houston County (0-2).

Key games left to play for area teams: Houston County at Northside (Friday); Houston County at Valdosta (Nov. 3).

Region 1-5A

Leading the way: Warner Robins (2-0 in region play), Bainbridge (2-0).

In good shape: Harris County (1-1), Thomas County Central (1-2).

Key games left to play for area teams: Warner Robins at Veterans (Friday); Bainbridge at Warner Robins (Nov. 3).

Region 4-5A

Leading the way: Jones County (6-0 in region), Stockbridge (6-0).

In good shape: Dutchtown (4-2), Eagle’s Landing (4-3).

Still in the hunt: Ola (2-4), Union Grove (2-4), Woodland (2-4).

Key games left to play for area teams: Stockbridge at Jones County (Friday).

Region 2-4A

Leading the way: Mary Persons (3-0 in region).

In good shape: Howard (2-1), West Laurens (2-1).

Still in the hunt: Upson-Lee (1-2), Spalding (1-2), Perry (0-3).

Key games left to play for area teams: Mary Persons at Perry (Friday); Howard at Mary Persons (Nov. 3); Perry at West Laurens (Nov. 3).

Region 4-3A

Leading the way: Peach County (4-0 in region).

In good shape: Westside (3-1), Pike County (3-1).

Still in the hunt: Jackson (2-2), Central (2-3).

Key games left to play for area teams: Pike County at Peach County (Friday); Westside vs. Central (Friday); Kendrick at Westside (Thursday); Jackson at Peach County (Nov. 3).

Region 3-2A

Leading the way: Dodge County (5-0 in region).

In good shape: Bleckley County (3-1), Dublin (3-2), Washington County (2-2).

Still in the hunt: Northeast (1-3), Southwest (1-3).

Key games left to play: Southwest at East Laurens (Friday); Northeast at Washington County (Friday); Bleckley County at Southwest (Nov. 3); East Laurens at Northeast (Nov. 3).

Region 4B-1A

Leading the way: Playoff spots are determined by power ratings, and the top 24 teams in the ratings qualify for the Class 1A public school and private school playoffs.

In good shape: Macon County (6-2 overall, No. 16 in public school ratings); Taylor County (6-2, No. 18 in public school ratings).

Still in the hunt: Dooly County (3-5, No. 20 in public school ratings); Schley County (5-3, No. 22 in public school ratings).

Region 7A-1A

Leading the way: Playoff spots are determined by power ratings, and the top 24 teams in the ratings qualify for the Class 1A public school and private school playoffs.

In good shape: Stratford (8-0 overall, No. 4 in private school ratings); Tattnall Square (7-1, No. 14 in private school ratings); FPD (6-2, No. 15 in private school ratings); Mount de Sales (5-3, No. 16 in private school ratings).

Key games left to play for area teams: Stratford at Tattnall (Friday); Mount de Sales at FPD (Friday); Region crossover games (Nov. 3).

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