Coffee (1-AAAAAA) and Richmond Hill (2-AAAAAA) are the only teams in the classification that have not played a region game. Both were off on Friday and begin league play next week, Coffee at Houston County and Richmond Hill at Bradwell Institute.
Here’s a look around the regions at how Friday’s games impacted the playoff and region title chases:
*Region 1: Defending state champion Valdosta, which went 4-0 in region play last season, got off to an 0-1 start with a 16-7 loss to Northside-Warner Robins. Neither team scored on offensive touchdown – Northside recovered a fumble in the end zone, and Valdosta returned an interception. The victory put Northside in a tie for first place with No. 2 Lee County, and the two will meet next weekend.
*Region 2: Brunswick, the only team from the five-team region that didn’t advance to the playoffs last year, made a statement with a 64-21 victory over previously unbeaten Bradwell Institute in the teams’ region opener. Jamarius Stevens threw a 65-yard TD pass to D.J. Whitfield on the first play of the game. Brunswick is tied for first place with Glynn Academy, which it will face next weekend.
*Region 3: Grovetown is alone in first place at 2-0 after its 42-39 win over defending region champ Heritage-Conyers. Grovetown, which began its program in 2009 and made the playoffs for the first time last year, is seeking its first region championship. Evans and Lakeside-Evans won their region openers Friday night and trail the Warriors by a half-game. Grovetown host Evans next weekend.
*Region 4: Most of the region had the week off, but Mundy’s Mill picked up its first victory of the season and ended a nine-game losing streak when it beat Osborne 55-6 in a non-region game. The region returns to a full schedule next weekend, with Tucker vs. Lovejoy highlighting the schedule. Tucker is tied with Stephenson for first place, with third-place Lovejoy a half-game behind them.
*Region 5: Mays ended Douglas County’s hopes for an unbeaten season with a 35-3 victory in a game between top-10 teams that were both undefeated in region play. Douglas County, which was trying to get to 7-0 for the first time since the 2002 team went 10-0 in the regular season, fell into third place. The win leaves Mays in a first-place tie with Alexander, which got past Tri-Cities 28-21.
*Region 6: Harrison QB Justin Fields capped off a banner day in which he committed to Georgia by passing for five touchdowns and running for two more in a 63-41 victory over Sprayberry. Harrison, Sequoyah and defending region champ Dalton are tied for first place with 3-0 region records. Fourth-place Allatoona is 2-1. Barring a major upset, those will be the region’s four playoff teams.
*Region 7: Alpharetta (beat Pope 37-14), Chattahoochee (beat Johns Creek 38-31) and Centennial (beat Northview) are beginning to pull away from the pack. Alpharetta is 4-0 in the region, and Chattahoochee and Centennial are both 4-1. Fourth-place Pope is 2-2 and has a slight lead over a group of four three-loss teams. One of those teams is John’s Creek, the defending region champion.
*Region 8: Winder-Barrow is one of the three remaining unbeaten teams in AAAAAA (Lee County and Richmond Hill are the others) and 2-0 in region play after holding on for a 24-21 win over Lanier. The Bulldoggs led 24-14 with 1:03 remaining but needed a blocked field-goal attempt on the final play of the game to preserve the victory. Dacula and Gainesville won region openers Friday.
*Standings: Here’s a look at the region standings after Week 8:
|Lee County||1-0||7-0||Did not play||vs. Northside, W. Robins|
|Northside (W.R.)||1-0||6-1||d. Valdosta 16-7||at Lee Co.|
|Coffee||0-0||3-2||Did not play||at Houston Co. (FF)|
|Houston County||0-1||2-5||Did not play||vs. Coffee (FF)|
|Valdosta||0-1||2-5||l. to Northside, W.R. 16-7||Does not play|
|Brunswick||1-0||4-1||d. Bradwell Institute 64-21||at Glynn Academy (GL)|
|Glynn Academy||1-0||3-2||d. Effingham Co. 48-27||vs. Brunswick (GL)|
|Richmond Hill||0-0||5-0||Did not play||at Bradwell Institute|
|Bradwell Institute||0-1||6-1||l. to Brunswick 64-21||vs. Richmond Hill|
|Effingham County||0-1||3-4||l. to Glynn Academy 48-27||Does not play|
|Grovetown||2-0||4-3||d. Heritage, Con. 42-39||vs. Evans|
|Evans||1-0||4-2||d. Alcovy 43-10||at Grovetown|
|Lakeside (Evans)||1-0||1-5||d. Greenbrier 20-19||vs. Alcovy|
|Greenbrier||0-1||5-1||l. to Lakeside, Evans 20-19||at Heritage, Conyers|
|Heritage (Conyers)||0-1||3-3||l. to Grovetown 42-39||vs. Greenbrier|
|Alcovy||0-2||3-4||l. to Evans 43-10||at Lakeside, Evans|
|Tucker||3-0||5-1||Did not play||at Lovejoy (TO)|
|Stephenson||3-0||4-2||Did not play||vs. Drew (HS)|
|Lovejoy||3-1||4-3||Did not play||vs. Tucker (TO)|
|Drew||1-2||2-4||Did not play||at Stephenson (HS)|
|Jonesboro||1-2||2-4||Did not play||at M.L. King (Sat., GO)|
|M.L. King||1-2||2-4||Did not play||vs. Jonesboro (Sat., GO)|
|Mt. Zion (Jonesboro)||1-2||1-5||l. to Lowndes 68-7||at Mundy’s Mill (Thu., TO)|
|Mundy’s Mill||0-4||1-6||d. Osborne 55-6||vs. Mt. Zion (Thu., TO)|
|*Forest Park||0-8||l. to Douglass 41-16||Does not play|
|Alexander||4-0||5-1||d. Tri-Cities 28-21||vs. Hughes|
|Mays||4-0||5-1||d. Douglas Co. 35-3||at Creekside|
|Douglas County||4-1||6-1||l. to Mays 35-3||at Tri-Cities|
|Hughes||3-2||5-2||d. South Paulding 40-7||at Alexander|
|Northgate||3-2||4-3||d. New Manchester 27-26||Does not play|
|Tri-Cities||1-3||1-5||l. to Alexander 28-21||vs. Douglas Co.|
|New Manchester||1-4||2-5||l. to Northgate 27-26||at South Paulding|
|Creekside||0-4||0-6||Did not play||vs. Mays|
|South Paulding||0-4||0-6||l. to Hughes 40-7||vs. New Manchester|
|Dalton||3-0||5-1||d. River Ridge 25-0||vs. Sequoyah|
|Sequoyah||3-0||5-1||d. South Cobb 47-20||at Dalton|
|Harrison||3-0||4-2||d. Sprayberry 63-41||at South Cobb|
|Allatoona||2-1||3-3||d. Creekview 24-0||vs. Sprayberry|
|South Cobb||1-2||2-4||l. to Sequoyah 47-20||vs. Harrison|
|River Ridge||0-3||3-3||l. to Dalton 25-0||vs. Creekview|
|Creekview||0-3||2-4||l. to Allatoona 24-0||at River Ridge|
|Sprayberry||0-3||1-5||l. to Harrison 63-41||at Allatoona|
|*Osborne||0-7||l. to Mundy’s Mill 55-6||Does not play|
|Alpharetta||4-0||5-1||d. Pope 37-14||vs. Johns Creek|
|Chattahoochee||4-1||5-2||d. Johns Creek 38-31||Does not play|
|Centennial||4-1||4-3||d. Northview 48-17||vs. North Atlanta|
|Pope||2-2||2-4||l. to Alpharetta 37-14||at Dunwoody (ND)|
|Cambridge||2-3||2-5||d. Dunwoody 38-16||at Northview|
|Johns Creek||2-3||2-5||l. to Chattahoochee 38-31||at Alpharetta|
|North Atlanta||1-3||3-3||Did not play||at Centennial|
|Northview||1-3||1-5||l. to Centennial 48-17||vs. Cambridge|
|Dunwoody||0-4||2-4||l. to Cambridge 38-16||vs. Pope (ND)|
|Winder-Barrow||2-0||7-0||d. Lanier 24-21||Does not play|
|Dacula||1-0||2-4||d. Apalachee 49-13||vs. Gainesville|
|Gainesville||1-0||2-4||d. Habersham Cent. 30-27||at Dacula|
|Lanier||0-1||3-3||l. to Winder-Barrow 24-21||at Habersham Central|
|Habersham Central||0-1||1-5||l. to Gainesville 30-27||vs. Lanier|
|Apalachee||0-2||1-6||l. to Dacula 49-13||Does not play|