Banks County at North Hall
Buford at East Hall
Dawson County at Fannin County
Elbert County at Jackson County
Habersham Central at Mill Creek
Loganville at Gainesville
Lumpkin County at Lanier
Monroe Area at Chestatee
Riverside at Jefferson
Social Circle at Union County
Towns County at Lakeview
West Hall at White County
Banks County at White County
Chestatee at Madison County
Commerce at Pinecrest Academy
Dawson County at West Hall
East Hall at Fannin County
Gainesville at Flowery Branch
Greene County at Riverside
Hebron Christian at Towns County
Jackson County at Morgan County
North Hall at Buford
Stephens County at Lumpkin County
Union County at Jefferson
Region 7-AAA should be an exciting race these final two weeks of the regular season as six teams battle for the final three playoff spots. Except for North Hall (7-1, 5-0 Region 7-AAA) and its certainty to open the postseason in Gainesville, the rest of the spots are still up the in the air.
Even Buford (5-3, 3-2) needs to win again to be a lock for the postseason, as a result of having to forfeit two region games last week.
The Wolves still have the inside track for the other home playoff spot. Buford visits East Hall (4-4, 2-3) on Friday, followed by a home game against the Trojans on Nov. 9. Buford is seeking its 14th consecutive playoff appearance.
The other five still alive in the playoff race are White County (5-3, 3-2), Dawson County (4-4, 2-3), East Hall, Banks County (3-5, 2-3) and West Hall (3-5, 2-3). Fannin County (1-7, 1-4) is the only in the seven-team region outside the playoff picture.
North Hall can locked up the region title with a win against Banks County on Friday at The Brickyard.
THOUSAND-YARD BACKS: Two of the area’s running backs went over 1,000 yards Friday, both in huge region victories. Chestatee’s Quan Clark carried the ball 16 times for 146 yards and a touchdown in a 49-17 win against Lumpkin County in Dahlonega.
Clark now has 1,049 yards on the season for the War Eagles (7-1, 5-0 Region 8-AAAA). With the win, Chestatee is set up to play Monroe Area (8-0, 5-0) for the region championship Friday in Gainesville. The War Eagles are also a lock for their first playoff appearance since 2006.
Also on Friday, Flowery Branch (7-2, 7-0 Region 8-AAAAA) had its lead back go over 1,000 yards. Sophomore Justin Curry carried the ball 22 times for 112 yards in a 24-13 region win against Clarke Central in Athens. Curry now stands at 1,056 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. With the win, the Falcons will host Gainesville (7-1, 6-0) for the region championship on Nov. 9.
OVER THE HUMP: Lakeview Academy and Jackson County both celebrated great achievements by recording their fifth victory of the season on Friday.
The Lions (5-2) reached five wins for the first time in school history, with a 63-28 win against North Cobb Christian in Gainesville. Lakeview Academy can make it six wins with a game against Towns County (2-6) this week in Gainesville. The Lions finished 4-4 each of the previous two seasons.
Jackson County (5-3, 3-2 Region 8-AAA), meanwhile, remains a playoff contender after a 48-35 win over Oconee County.
The Panthers are currently in a three-way tie for the final two playoff spots with Elbert County and Morgan County. The Panthers last won at least five games the last time they made a state playoff appearance, in 1992.