published Friday, October 28th, 2011

Georgia prep playoff region scenarios

Compiled by Lindsey Young

Staff Writer

Region 7-AAAA

Lambert 7-1 7-1 vs. Rome, at Cass

Chattahoochee 7-1 7-1 at. South Forsyth, at Rome

Johns Creek 7-1 7-1 vs. Northwest Whitfield, vs Forsyth Central

Rome 6-2 6-2 at Lambert, vs. Chattahoochee

Northwest Whitfield 5-3 5-3 at Johns Creek, vs. South Forsyth

The top three teams are, barring a major upset, going to make the playoffs. Rome just needs to win one of its final two games to secure a berth since the Wolves defeated Northwest earlier this season. However, if Rome loses both its final two games -- and those are against two of the top three teams -- Northwest's Bruins can get in with wins in their final two games.

Region 7A-AAA

Ridgeland 5-3 4-0 vs. Heritage, region play-in game

Ringgold 5-3 2-2 vs. LaFayette, region play-in game

LaFayette 5-3 2-2 vs. Ringgold, region play-in game

Dalton 2-6 2-2 at Southeast Whitfield, region play-in game

Heritage 6-2 2-2 at Ridgeland, region play-in game

SE Whitfield 2-6 0-4 vs. Dalton, region play-in game

This week's GHSA ruling against Dalton and subsequent forfeiture of two subregion games leaves five teams playing for three week 10 playoff play-in games. The only known is that Ridgeland, one of the teams benefiting from Dalton's misfortune, will play at Allatoona next week for a possible fourth consecutive region championship. The winner of the Ringgold-LaFayette game will earn one of the three spots. Heritage, the other team earning a forfeit victory, will earn the No. 3 seeding with a win over Ridgeland, while Dalton can get the No. 2 seeding with a win over Southeast and a Heritage loss. If three teams are tied for second place, Dalton would lose the first tiebreaker, which is games against teams in the same classification. The forfeits to Gilmer County and Murray County then would come into play.

Region 7B-AA

Calhoun 8-0 5-0 at Lakeview-F.O., region play-in game

Lakeview-F.O. 4-4 4-1 vs. Calhoun, region play-in game

Gordon Central 5-3 3-2 at North Murray, region play-in game

Dade County 4-4 2-3 at Chattooga, region play-in game

Chattooga 3-5 2-3 vs. Dade County, region play-in game

Sonoraville 3-6 2-4 off, region play-in game

North Murray 0-8 0-5 vs. Gordon Central, region play-in game

The winner of tonight's Calhoun-LFO game will be the subregion champion and will host Pepperell in next week's region-championship game. Gordon Central can clinch a top-three seeding and a shot at the playoffs with a win tonight and would be the No. 2-seeded team with a win and LFO loss. Chattooga can earn the No. 3 seeding with a win over Dade County and a Gordon Central loss.

Region 6-A

Bowdon 7-1 4-1 vs. Bremen, at Mt. Paran

Darlington 6-2 4-1 at Walker, vs. Gordon Lee

Mt. Paran 6-2 4-1 At Mt. Zion, vs. Bowdon

Bremen 5-3 4-1 at Bowdon, vs. Trion

Trion 2-6 2-3 vs. Gordon Lee, at Bremen

Walker 2-6 1-4 vs. Darlington, at Mt. Zion

Gordon Lee 2-6 1-4 at Trion, at Darlington

Mt. Zion 0-8 0-5 at Mt. Paran, vs. Walker

Five teams are vying for the four playoff spots, and the top spot won't be settled until the final week since the top four teams have all beaten each other. Trion, though, still has a shot at the fourth berth, but needs to win its final two games and have Bremen lose to Mt. Paran.

about Lindsey Young...

Lindsey Young is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press 24 years ago. He covers the Northwest Georgia prep beat and NASCAR. Lindsey’s hometown is Ringgold, Ga., and he graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He received an associate’s degree from Dalton Junior College (now Dalton State) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTC. He has won several writing awards, including two Tennessee Sports ...

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