In Region 2, chaos was avoided. Barely.
For the second week in a row, Swainsboro — ranked No. 10 — failed to lock up the region when all it had to do was win, this time losing to Toombs County 31-20. ToombsNow has the story.
Swainsboro dropped to 7-3, 4-2 while Toombs County improved to 7-2, 4-2. More on that in a moment.
Metter, on the other hand, would edge Jeff Davis 15-12 to win the region and avoid the potential five-way tie which, according to Vidalia coach Lee Chomskis, would have prompted a vote on Saturday morning to determine if mini-games or points differential would have decided seeding.
For Metter, it wins its first region title since 2003 and earns the top seed, finishing 9-1, 5-1 in league play. Metter will host the first two rounds, starting with Screven County — the No. 4 seed from Region 4.
With the loss, Jeff Davis (7-3, 3-3) was eliminated from the postseason.
As expected, Vidalia (7-3, 4-2) beat beat Bacon County 26-10, forcing a three-way tie with Toombs County and Swainsboro.
Points differential in games played amongst the tied teams was the tiebreaker, with Toombs County having the highest differential at plus-five. It got the No. 2 seed. From there it went to head-to-head and since Swainsboro beat Vidalia, it got the No. 3 seed followed by Vidalia getting the No. 4.
For the complete AA playoff bracket, go here. On Tuesday I will release my annual playoff predictions.
Here’s how the rest of the top 10 faired:
- The top-ranked Rockmart Yellow Jackets squashed any possibility of a three-way tie for first in Region 7, beating Model 27-0 for their second straight undefeated regular season. They finish 10-0, 7-0 and have now won three consecutive region titles. Jeremy Stewart has the story for the Rome News-Tribune.
- Having already clinched Region 3, the No. 3 Dublin Fighting Irish lost to unranked Washington County 27-23, failing to achieve their first undefeated season since 2006, which is the last year they won a state championship. The Fighting Irish finish 9-1, 5-1.
- The No. 4 Hapeville Charter Hornets closed on a high note by besting B.E.S.T. Academy 53-0 to finish 7-1-1, 6-0 in Region 6. They’ve won their region four years in a row.
- In the Region 8 championship, the No. 5 Rabun County Wildcats dominated No. 7 Union County 49-7 for their third undefeated regular season in the past four years. It’s their sixth straight region title. They are 10-0, 7-0. Union County drops to 9-1, 6-1. AccessWDUN has details.
- The No. 6 Bleckley County Royals were stunned by unranked Southwest, 16-11, to drop to 7-3, 4-2 in Region 3. Southwest entered the game with a 3-6 record and one region win, so the Royals are not heading into the playoffs on a positive note. 13WMAZ has highlights.
- In Region 1, the Thomasville Bulldogs beat Early County 20-10 to turn a 2-4 start into a 6-4 finish, including 4-0 in league play for their second region title in three seasons. The Thomasville Times-Enterprise has details.
- Also in Region 1, No. 9 Brooks County beat Berrien 42-6 to finish 6-4, 3-1. Justin Lewis has the story for the Valdosta Daily Times.
- On bye: No. 2 Callaway
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