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Playoff picture still up in the air

COVINGTON -- With three weeks before the end of the regular football season the playoff future is still up in the air for Alcovy and Eastside. The one good thing is that both teams hold their own destinies in their hands.

A win by Alcovy (5-3 overall, 4-1 in Region 3A-AAAA) on Friday over Woodland, Henry (2-5, 1-3) would give the Tigers their first subregion championship. That win will mean a game against the Region 3B-AAAA champion to decided the No. 1 seed.

But a loss on Senior Night by the Tigers would put Jones County on top of the subregion, with Alcovy possibly depending on tiebreakers to decide their outcome as Griffin, Dutchtown and Union Grove all have two losses in subregion play.

One of those teams, Dutchtown, has the advantage over the Tigers with its 32-24 win last Friday.

"Number one from our side plays No. 1 from their side for the region championship then two crosses three," Alcovy head Kirk Hoffman said. "The four (seed) doesn't even get a shot to get in."

Whitewater (7-1, 5-0) and Northgate (7-0, 4-0) are sitting on top of their subregion, with Whitewater holding a half-game lead. However, all that will be decided Friday as the two unbeatens play each other. Starr's Mill, Harris County and Upson-Lee are all tied in subregion play at 2-2.

When the season started, it was pretty much accepted that the battle for the Region 4-AAA champion would be between Sandy Creek and Eastside. Bu while Sandy Creek (7-0, 6-0) is sitting on top of the region, Eastside is barely holding on to their hope of making it to the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

With a little help, Eastside can still make it as the No. 2 seed. But in order for that to happen, Drew and Stockbridge would have to lose their final three games. While anything is possible, the more realistic situation would be the Eagles heading to the playoffs as the No. 4 seed.

If Henry County were to split its next two games and Eastside were to win its next game against 1-6 Eagles Landing, both teams would play each other with a region record of 4-3. If Henry County winsboth of its games, then it would be one-half game ahead of Eastside when the two play. In either scenario, the winner would take the final playoff spot.

However, if Eastside were to drop its fourth straight region game, something it has not done since going 0-10 in 2005, the Eagles will be sitting at home come Nov. 11.

Unfortunately for Newton, which has not won a Region 2-AAAAA game in four tries, there is nothing it can do to be on the field in post-season play.

Even if the Rams (3-4, 0-4) were to win their next three games against Westlake, Langston Hughes and Luella, they would not be able to overtake the current No. 4 seed, East Coweta. If the Indians were to lose the rest of their games they too would be 3-4 in region play. But East Coweta would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker as a result of its 25-8 win over Newton.

The other three teams ahead of East Coweta (Stephenson, M.L. King and Newnan) are all 4-0 in region play.