The number of teams tied for first place in Region 5 dropped from five to four after Rome defeated Alexander 16-6. Rome, Carrollton, Douglas County and South Paulding are 4-1 in region play. Alexander, at 3-2, is alone in fifth place. The Cougars remain in the heart of the playoff race, but they’ll need to win one, if not both, of their remaining games against Carrollton and South Paulding to reach the postseason.
The other Class 6A first-place teams after Week 10 include Brunswick in Region 2, Evans and Alcovy in Region 3, and Buford and Dacula in Region 8.
Glynn Academy’s streak of 13 consecutive playoff appearances is in jeopardy after a 14-7 loss to Richmond Hill that dropped the Red Terrors into fifth place in Region 2. Glynn Academy (3-5-1 overall and 2-3 in the region), which won the region title four of the past five seasons, must beat Statesboro in its regular-season finale on Nov. 5 and get help from elsewhere to keep its playoff streak alive. Statesboro and Effingham County are tied for second place behind Brunswick, and Richmond Hill is in fourth place.