Creekview and Sequoyah were the only teams to play, and both earned victories in Region 7AAAAA (A) as playoff scenarios began to take a little more shape.
Creekview (4-2, 2-0) tightened its grasp on the subregion title with its 35-28 win over Northview. The Titans, like the Grizzlies, had previously been undefeated in subregion play.
Forsyth Central also lost Friday, 14-0 to Cambridge, leaving Creekview as the only team undefeated in subregion play.
Left on the Grizzlies’ schedule are Cambridge, Forsyth Central and North Springs, which are a combined 4-14 on the season.
Sequoyah (4-2, 1-1), which beat North Springs 36-27 on Friday, is in a logjam after losing to Creekview two weeks ago. If the Chiefs win their final three games, they will be assured at least second in the subregion and a shot at the state playoffs.
The picture gets murkier when the southern half of Region 7AAAAA is considered.
Kell leads its side with a 2-0 subregion record, a half-game over Pope, which is 1-0 despite struggling to a 2-4 mark overall. Riverwood, Sprayberry and Osborne have all suffered one subregion loss.
Once all is said and done, the No. 1 seeds of each subregion will play the opposite No. 4 for a state playoff berth, while the Nos. 2 and 3 will also face off. The games are must-win with the losers, regardless of seeding, seeing their seasons come to and end.
In Region 7AAAA (A), River Ridge (1-5, 0-1) is near the bottom of the standings and still looking for its first subregion victory. Remaining on the Knights’ schedule are Cass, Gilmer and Pickens — all three of which are currently ahead of the Knights in the subregion standings.
Wins over those teams would help the Knights back into position for a state playoff berth, much like it did a year ago.
Etowah has stake its claim to Region 5AAAAAA.
The Eagles (6-0, 3-0) are the only unbeaten team in the region and own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Milton, which is tied for second with Lassiter and Walton at 2-1 in region play. Etowah, however, still has some tough matchups left on the schedule, including both Lassiter and Walton.
Cherokee (3-3, 1-2) and Woodstock (2-4, 1-2) are fighting for ground and potentially a fourth seed for the state playoffs. Another loss by either team would likely put it out of contention.
This week, Etowah will travel to Cherokee, while Woodstock will be at Roswell. Creekview will be at Cambridge, Sequoyah at Forsyth Central and River Ridge will host Cass.