Elsewhere, Glynn Academy beat Statesboro 28-0 to clinch the Region 2 championship. The Red Terrors finished in a tie for first place with Richmond Hill and Brunswick but emerged as the No. 1 by the region’s tiebreakers. Richmond Hill won the region in 2019, ending Glynn’s three-year hold on the title. Glynn Academy quarterback T.J. Lewis, who has committed to Louisville, passed for 141 yards, ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and had 88 yards and a touchdown receiving.
Carrollton trailed Douglas County 7-3 at halftime but scored 20 unanswered points in the second half for a 23-7 victory that clinched the Region 5 championship. Keshawn Ridley ran for 97 yards and a touchdown, and Jared Need ran for 44 yards and two touchdowns on five carries. The region title was the second straight for Carrollton, which won Region 7-5A last year before moving up during reclassification.
River Ridge, which had made just one playoff appearance and finished with a winning record just one time since it opened in 2009, clinched its first region title when Creekview knocked off Johns Creek 19-14 in Region 7. River Ridge concludes its season Saturday night against Cambridge, but the worst the Knights could do would be to finish in a virtual tie with Creekview, which it beat earlier in the season. Johns Creek, which won region titles three of the past four seasons, will be the No. 3 or No. 4 seed, depending on Saturday’s games.
- Kennesaw Mountain, which opened in 2000, will make its first playoff appearance in school history, thanks to its 60-7 victory over Osborne and Allatoona’s 30-14 win over Pope that knocked the Greyhounds out of contention. Kennesaw Mountain started the season 0-4, which included region losses to playoff teams Allatoona and Sprayberry, but has won four of five games since and will enter the postseason as the No. 4 seed. The Mustangs have traditionally played in the highest class, in a region that included some of Cobb County’s strongest teams – McEachern, Marietta, Harrison, Hillgrove and North Cobb – but were moved into Class 6A this season.
- Kennesaw Mountain is one of at least nine schools that will be in the playoffs after missing out in 2019. Five made it in 2018. The most notable of those is Northside-Warner Robins, which had a streak of 28 consecutive appearances end last year. The others are Grovetown, Lovejoy, Douglas County and Creekview. River Ridge will make its first appearance since 2012, and Alcovy is in for the first time since 2013. Hughes is back after a two-year absence that followed six straight berths. Two teams can join the list Saturday, as Habersham Central (2018) can clinch a spot in Region 8, and Sequoyah (2018) or Cambridge (2016) will go from Region 7.
- The final four playoff berths will be determined Saturday after the final three games of the Class 6A regular season. The Habersham Central-Shiloh game will help settle third and fourth place in Region 8. Habersham Central can clinch the No. 3 seed with a victory, which would give Winder-Barrow the No. 4 seed and eliminate Shiloh. A Shiloh victory would create a three-way tie for the final two spots. In Region 7, the Centennial-Sequoyah and Cambridge-River Ridge games will determine the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds. Johns Creek has secured one of those spots, and either Cambridge or Sequoyah will get the other one.
- According to the GHSA Web site late Friday night (and other games that have not been officially sent in), here are the first-round matchups that have been settled:
R4 #3 Lovejoy at R1 #2 Valdosta
R2 #4 Statesboro at R3 #1 Evans
R6 #3 Sprayberry at R7 #2 Creekview
R8 #4 TBD at R5 #1 Carrollton
R7 #3 TBD at R6 #2 Kell
R5 #4 Douglas County at R8 #1 Buford
R1 #3 Northside-Warner Robins at R4 #2 Hughes
R3 #4 Grovetown at R2 #1 Glynn Academy
R8 #3 TBD at R5 #2 Rome
R6 #4 Kennesaw Mountain at R7 #1 River Ridge
R2 #3 Brunswick at R3 #2 Alcovy
R4 #4 Tucker at R1 #1 Lee County
R3 #3 Lakeside-Evans at R2 #2 Richmond Hill
R1 #4 Houston County at R4 #1 Westlake
R5 #3 Alexander at R8 #2 Dacula
R7 #4 TBD at R6 #1 Allatoona