Here are some of the other big stories in Class AAAAA from Week 8:
- The top four teams in Region 7 have begun to pull away from the pack. Centennial, Johns Creek, Cambridge and Alpharetta have one loss each in region play, although Alpharetta has one fewer victory. The only other team with a realistic shot of grabbing a playoff spot is fifth-place Chattahoochee (2-3 in the region). The Cougars essentially would need to win the remainder of their games, including at home against Alpharetta in the finale, and hope that the Raiders lose one of their other three games.
- The top four teams in Region 5 also have created some separation from the rest. Alexander (4-0 in region), Mays (4-0), Hughes (4-1) and Northgate (4-1) won their games Friday by an average score of 52-7, the closest being Alexander’s 43-13 win over Tri-Cities. Fifth-place Creekside is 2-2 in the region, and its playoff fate will be determined in the next two weeks when it plays Mays and Alexander. A loss in either game will put the Seminoles in a bad spot; a loss in both games all but eliminates them.
- The only Class AAAAAA region that was affected by Hurricane Matthew was Region 2, where both scheduled games had to be postponed. No make-up date has been announced for Effingham County’s game at Glynn Academy, but it is likely to be played Monday or Tuesday. Brunswick’s game at Bradwell Institute will be made up on Oct. 24 (a Monday). That should make for an interesting eight days for Brunswick, which has also has games against Effingham County on Oct. 21 and Richmond Hill on Oct. 28.
- So much for non-region games. Greenbrier, which was 5-0 at the halfway point for only the second time in school history (first since 1997), opened region play Thursday with a 7-0 loss to previously winless Lakeside-Evans in a game moved up a day to avoid problems with the weather. The computer Maxwell Ratings had listed Greenbrier as a six-point favorite. Maxwell also had Greenbrier as the region’s fourth-best team and Lakeside as missing the playoffs, so this will be a difficult loss for the Wolfpack to overcome.