No. 5 Jefferson (10-0) won the Region 8-AAA championship with a 21-14 win over No. 8 Hart County (9-1) thanks to a goal-line stand in the final minute. Jefferson scored the winning points on a 4-yard pass from Evan Shirreffs to Hunter Gatlin in the fourth period. Shirreffs also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Hill and Sammy Williams scored on a 1-yard run. Hart County scored on a 1-yard run by Keenan Dillon and a 1-yard run by Cameron Fouch.
In Region 6-AAA, No. 2 Calhoun completed an undefeated season and capped its 14th straight region championship by beating Coahulla Creek 67-0. The Yellow Jackets (10-0) used eight different running backs to accumulate 196 yards. The Calhoun defense allowed only one first down and held winless Coahulla Creek to minus-17 yards in total offense.
No. 3 Blessed Trinity defeated Cedar Grove 28-21 for the Region 4-AAA championship. Both teams won their subregion and Cedar Grove (8-2) will be the No. 2 seed for the playoffs. Milton Shelton ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Conor Davis scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with two minutes left.
In Region 7-AAA, West Hall nailed down its first region championship with a 35-0 win over Lumpkin county. The Spartans (9-1) were led by Tyquan Statham, who rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns. It was the fifth shutout of the season for West Hall.
In Region 1-AAA, Cook secured first place by whipping Beach 49-0. The Hornets (8-2) have won eight straight and coach Jon Lindsey became the third coach in school history to win a region championship in his first season.
In Region 3-AAA, No. 1-ranked Washington County hammered Westside-Augusta 54-7. It was the sixth straight game in which the Golden Hawks (10-0) scored at least 50 points and gives them 523 points for the season.
Hephzibah beat Butler 14-12 behind Darrell Baker’s touchdown reception and pass interception and earned the final spot in Region 3-AAA. … Derrick Evans threw two touchdown passes to lift Central Macon to a 14-2 win over Kendrick and secure the final spot in Region 2-AAA. … Dodge Country rushed for 273 yards, including 108 and one touchdown from Kyle Glover, is a 31-15 win over Jenkins in the Region 1-AAA playoffs. … Antavius Grier rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns in Jackson’s 38-20 win over Rutland to secure the No. 3 spot in Region 2-AAA. … Devin Watson threw three touchdowns and led East Hall to a 35-21 win over Banks County and third place in Region 7-AAA. … No. 9-ranked Adairsville beat Gordon Central 49-14 behind Sidnee Johnson, who ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
Here’s how the standings finished among the regions who have determined their playoff representatives:
Region 1: Cook, Pierce County, Dodge County, Appling County
Region 2: Peach County, Westside-Macon, Jackson, Central Macon
Region 3: Washington County, Laney, Westside-Augusta, Hephzibah
Region 4: Blessed Trinity, Cedar Grove, Westminster, Jackson Atlanta
Region 5: Central Carroll, Callaway, two mini-game winners
Region 6: Calhoun, Adairsville, Ringgold, Sonoraville
Region 7: West Hall, Lumpkin County, East Hall, Franklin County
Region 8: Jefferson, Hart County, Elbert County, Oconee County
How the mini-games work:
Each mini-game is made up of two five-minute halves. Standard rules apply and each half will start with a kickoff. There is a two-minute intermission. If teams are tied, they will use the GHSA 15-yard overtime tie-breaking procedure.
A coin flip will determine the participants of the first game. Team A and Team B meet in the first game. The winner advances to the state playoffs. The loser will play Team C in the second mini-game, with the winner advancing.
The winner of the regular-season meeting between the two successful teams will be the higher seed in the playoffs.During the regular season in Region 5-AAA: Cedartown beat Rockmart and lost to Pepperell; Rockmart beat Pepperell and lost to Cedartown, and Pepperell beat Cedartown and lost to Rockmart.
Teams involved in a mini-game will play their first-round state playoff game on Saturday, unless both teams agree to play on Friday.