Entering the last week of the high school football regular season, many of the playoff spots are already locked up.
What is still up in the air is which team will slide into which seed.
Cobb County could have as many as 13 teams make the postseason when the games are completed this weekend, and it looks like there will be a few intra-county games in Round 1 of the postseason. Regions 2 and 3 are set to face off against one another in Class AAAAAAA, while Regions 6 and 7 in Class AAAAAA will face off, which means some Cobb schools will face off with former region rivals from Cherokee County.
Here is the way the playoff picture looks heading into this week’s games.
Newnan and East Coweta are both undefeated in region play and will face one another to determine the champion Friday.
The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will be determined Saturday when McEachern hosts Pebblebrook at 2 p.m. Both teams, assured of playoff berths, will open the playoffs on the road against either North Cobb or Walton.
North Cobb (8-1, 4-0) won the region last week and will be the No. 1 seed, while Walton (5-4, 3-1) is the No. 2 seed.
The others are still up for grabs.
If Harrison (2-5, 2-2) beats Hillgrove (4-4, 1-3), then the Hoyas would be the No. 3 seed. If Hillgrove wins, the Hawks would be the No. 3 seed and Harrison would be No. 4.
Marietta (2-7, 1-3) can make the playoffs as the No. 4 seed by beating Walton and having Harrison beat Hillgrove.
North Paulding (2-7, 1-3) would earn the No. 4 seed by beating North Cobb and having Hillgrove and Marietta lose.
If Hillgrove, Marietta and North Paulding all lose, it would leave the trio with 1-4 records in the region. The Georgia High School Association’s bylaws state that, if there are three or more teams tied, one team would advance if it has beaten the others.
That is not the case in Region 3 as Hillgrove has beaten Marietta, Marietta has beaten North Paulding and North Paulding has beaten Hillgrove.
To break the tie, it would revert to point differential among the common opponents. In that case, it appears that Hillgrove would come out on top. The Hawks beat Marietta by 18 points and lost to North Paulding by six, which gives them a plus-12 point differential.
North Paulding lost to Marietta by five, giving the Wolfpack a plus-1 point differential, while Marietta finished with minus-13 point differential.
If Hillgrove beats Harrison, North Paulding beats North Cobb and Marietta beats Walton, it would leave the last four teams — Harrison, Hillgrove, Marietta and North Paulding — all tied with 2-3 region records.
The tiebreaker would be records of those four teams against one another. Hillgrove and Harrison would each be 2-1, while Marietta and North Paulding would be 1-2. That would leave Hillgrove as the No. 3 and Harrison at No. 4.
Allatoona (8-0, 7-0) won the region last week, and Kell (5-3, 5-1) has secured the No. 2 seed. From there, it gets confusing.
If Pope (4-3, 4-1) beats the Buccaneers on Friday, it will be the No. 3 seed and Sprayberry will be No. 4.
If the Greyhounds lose, they could potentially be on the outside looking in. The region members agreed to a stipulation that it would not put a team that played more region games at a disadvantage if it had the same number of wins as one that had games canceled because of the virus.
What that means is if Pope loses, Sprayberry (4-4, 4-2) beats South Cobb and Kennesaw Mountain beats Osborne the third and fourth seeds will be determined by point differential.
If Allatoona beats Pope by one or two points and Sprayberry beats South Cobb, then Sprayberry is the third seed and and Pope is the four.
If Kennesaw Mountain beats Osborne by at least 15 points, Allatoona beats Pope by at least four and Sprayberry beats South Cobb, then Sprayberry is the third seed and Kennesaw Mountain is No. 4.
If Kennesaw Mountain beats Osborne by at least 15 points and Allatoona beats Pope by three, then there would be a tie in point differential among common region opponents between the Greyhounds and Mustangs and that would trigger the next tiebreaker, points allowed.
Eagle’s Landing Christian will play Landmark Christian on Friday and would be the No. 1 seed with a win. Whitefield Academy would be the No. 2 and Landmark No. 3.
If Landmark upsets Eagle’s Landing Christian, all three teams will be tied, and it could set up tiebreaking mini-games.
North Cobb Christian (7-1, 2-0) will head to Christian Heritage (8-1, 3-0) for the region championship game Friday. The winner will be the No. 1 seed and the loser will be No. 2.
Darlington (6-4, 2-2) is locked in as the No. 3 seed, which means Mount Paran Christian (0-6, 0-1) and Walker (1-8, 0-3) will face off with the winner advancing to the playoffs as the No. 4 seed.
Editor's note: This story was updated with changes to rules within Region 6AAAAAA.