Class AAA blog: Season begins to take shape with teams competing for top region seeds

There are just three weeks left in the regular season, and the region races are beginning to take shape.

No. 9 Jefferson fell short of a region title in 8-AAA last season when Monroe Area took the crown. Well, it appears Monroe Area helped the Dragons to a possible 8-AAA title Friday with an upset victory against Hart County.

Jefferson is on top of the standings at 4-0 after beating Morgan County 47-12 Friday. Jefferson led 14-6 at the break before adding 33 points in the second half to put the game out of reach. Quarterback Colby Clark rushed for four touchdowns and passed for one to lead Jefferson. Clark finished with 24 carries for 193 yards and was 1-of-2 passing for 24 yards and a touchdown to Dawson Crawley. The Dragons rushed 59 times for 435 yards and had 459 yards of total offense while holding Morgan County to 184 yards.

Morgan and Monroe Area are tied at 3-1. Jefferson has each team on the schedule in the next two weeks – at home against Morgan and on the road at Monroe. One week removed from losing to Jefferson, No. 10 Hart County is tied for fourth with Franklin County at 1-2 in the region.

Here's a look around the classification:

-- 1-AAA: Crisp County and Cook won Friday to open region played and are tied at 1-0 in the four-team league. Monroe and Worth were the losers. Crisp will play at home against Worth next week and travels to Cook to close the season.

-- 2-AAA: No. 6 Appling County is tied with No. 3 Pierce County as the front-runners in the region after Appling beat No. 5 Liberty County 21-6. Pierce and Appling are 2-0 in the region. Appling will travel to Pierce County on Nov. 1 for a game that likely will decide the region championship.

-- 3-AAA: Jenkins and Benedictine, both 5-0, lead the region, ahead of Beach at 3-0 and 2-2 Southeast Bulloch. Jenkins will face Benedictine in the final game of the regular season, which should determine the region championship.

-- 4-AAA: Peach County and Jackson are tied at 3-0 to lead the region. Westside-Macon is at 2-1 and Central-Macon is at 2-2. Peach County will spend the next three weeks facing each of them, and the results of those games will help determine the pecking order. Peach beat Rutland 75-0 this week.

--5-AAA: Cedar Grove rallied with two late touchdowns to beat Westminster 21-0 after entering the fourth quarter leading the unranked Wildcats 7-0. The Saints are 4-0 in the region, and No. 8 Lovett trails 3-1. Westminster is 2-1 and in third place ahead of Pace Academy at 2-2.

-- 6-AAA: North Murray leads 6-0 in the region and after its state-shaking victory against Calhoun earlier this season, the Mountaineers are poised for a region title. Calhoun and Haralson are tied at 4-1 and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and Sonoraville are tied at 3-2 for fourth. Calhoun will face Coahulla Creek, Haralson County and LFO to end the regular season. North Murray will have to lose two of its final three games, and Calhoun will have to win out to have a shot at the title.

-- 7-AAA: Greater Atlanta Christian is in the lead at 4-0 with three teams – Dawson County, North Hall and Fannin County -- tied at 2-1. The Spartans beat Lumpkin County 49-0 this week and have Cherokee Bluff and Fannin County remaining on the schedule.

Class AAA top-10 results

1. Peach County (6-1) beat Rutland 75-0 in a Region 4 game.

2. Cedar Grove (6-2) beat Westminster 21-0 in a Region 5 game.

3. Pierce County (7-0) beat Long County 41-0 in a Region 2 game.

4. Greater Atlanta Christian (7-1) beat Lumpkin County 49-0 in a Region 7 game.

5. Liberty County (4-1) lost to No. 6 Appling County 21-6 in a Region 2 game.

6. Appling County (6-1) beat No. 5 Liberty County 21-6 in a Region 2 game.

7. Crisp County (5-3) beat Monroe 32-6 in a Region 1 game.

8. Lovett (6-2) beat Pace Academy 21-14 in a Region 5 game.

9. Jefferson (6-1) beat Morgan County 47-12 in a Region 8 game.

10. Hart County (5-2) lost to Monroe Area 28-21 in a Region 8 game.

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