*Apalachee at Dacula: Apalachee broke a 20-game losing streak in region games when it beat Winder-Barrow 7-6 in the Region 8 opener last week. Another win might be enough to get the Wildcats into the playoffs for the first time since 2009. It could happen, but it will be a tall order for Apalachee this week. Dacula is the two-time defending region champion and beat the Wildcats 49-13 in 2017.
*Coffee at Northside-Warner Robins: Coffee was the runner-up in Region 1 last season and Northside finished in third place. Neither can afford a loss if it hopes to dethrone defending region and state champion Lee County, which looks stronger than ever this season. Coffee beat Northside 14-12 last year, its first victory ever against the Eagles. Coffee is ranked No. 2, and Northside is No. 6.
*Evans at Lakeside-Evans: Evans has had as rough a start as any defending champion in the state, losing its five non-region games by a combined score of 151-66. The Knights open region play against a Lakeside team that was 0-5 at the midway point last year but rallied to earn a playoff berth despite a 2-8 regular-season record. Evans leads the series 17-8-1 and beat the Panthers 41-0 last year.
*Mays at Douglas County: Mays has won 19 consecutive region games, including a 35-3 win over Douglas County last year that decided the Region 5 title, as neither lost another game in region play. They are the only remaining Region 5 teams that are unbeaten in league play. Douglas County's 10-2 season in 2017 was its best since 2005. Tigers are seeking their first region title since 2002.
*Pope at Johns Creek: Pope earned a playoff berth in Region 7 last year despite starting the season 0-3. The Greyhounds could be on a similar path this year, climbing into contention with two consecutive victories after an 0-4 start. A loss to first place Johns Creek wouldn't knock Pope out of the race, but a win would make it a serious playoff contender. Johns Creek won the region title in 2016.
Worth noting: Georgia High School Football Daily has more complete previews of some of this weekend's games involving Class AAAAAA teams. Click here to read more about Douglas County-Mays and Coffee-Northside.