Gainesville vs. Apalachee
Where: City Park Stadium, Gainesville
Records: Gainesville (3-5, 2-1 Region 8-6A); Apalachee (1-7, 0-3)
What to know: The Red Elephants sit in a three-way tie for second place in the region standings behind Dacula. Gainesville, which lost four straight games heading into region play, can clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight. Junior quarterback Tre’ Luttrell has helped the Red Elephants get back on track, and he was instrumental in the team’s 38-16 upset of then-No. 8 Winder-Barrow last Friday.
Apalachee, meanwhile, would be eliminated from the playoffs with a loss to Gainesville. The Red Elephants won last year’s meeting 28-0 in Winder.
Chestatee at Marist
Where: War Eagles Stadium, Gainesville
Records: Chestatee (4-5, 0-3 Region 7-4A); No. 4 Marist (8-0, 2-0)
What the know: Chestatee is out of playoff contention as a result of its 56-27 loss to White County on Oct. 20. Meanwhile, Marist controls its own destiny toward its 24th region championship in school history. Marist is coming off a down-to-the-wire, 25-24 win against sixth-ranked Blessed Trinity last week.
Buford at Loganville
Where: Red Devils Stadium, Loganville
Records: No. 3 Buford (6-1, 4-0 Region 8-5A); Loganville (1-7, 1-3)
What to know: The Wolves have already locked up a home playoff game and nothing will change regardless of the outcome of tonight’s game. With Flowery Branch on a bye week, Buford will play the Falcons for the region championship on Nov. 3.
Buford has faced little competition in region play, outscoring four opponents by a combined 220-7 margin, including three straight shutouts. A second-round playoff team in 2016 (9-3 overall), the Red Devils have fallen off sharply this season. Buford beat Loganville 35-10 last season.
West Hall at White County
Where: Warriors Stadium, Cleveland
Records: West Hall (5-3, 1-1 Region 7-4A); White County (6-2, 1-1)
What to know: West Hall has already locked up one of the four playoff spots from its region but can greatly improve its seeding with a strong finish. Following last week’s bye and tonight’s game, the Spartans will face Blessed Trinity on Nov. 3 to wrap up the regular season.
Meanwhile, White County is still in the running for the region championship but will need to win its last two games to make it happen. The Warriors, who knocked Chestatee from playoff contention with a 56-27 win last week, have won 10 of 19 meetings against West Hall since 1990.
Lakeview Academy at Towns County
Where: Indians Stadium, Hiawassee
Records: Lakeview Academy (2-6, 1-6 Region 8-A); Towns County (3-5, 2-5)
What to know: Alec Bornhost is one of Hall County’s leading quarterbacks, throwing for 1,705 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He’s also responsible for a team-high 731 rushing yards. Junior K.J. Millwood has 68 catches for 958 yards for the Lions. Both squads are likely out of playoff contention.
Habersham Central vs. Winder-Barrow
Where: Raiders Stadium, Mount Airy
Records: Habersham Central (1-7, 0-3 Region 8-6A); Winder-Barrow (7-1, 2-1)
What to know: A season of near misses continued for the Raiders last week with a 7-point loss to region-leading Dacula. The Raiders have lost each of their past seven games by no more than seven points apiece. To make the playoffs, Habersham Central will need to win out and get some breaks from other teams in the region.
Senior quarterback A.J. Curry has been the leader of the Raiders’ offense, passing for 2,027 yards and rushing for 790 more. Leading Haberhsam Central in rushing is Baylor Hinshaw with 827 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Dawson County at Lumpkin County
Where: Indians Stadium, Dahlonega
Records: Dawson County (6-2, 4-0 Region 7-3A); Lumpkin County (1-7, 1-3)
What to know: The Tigers could lose tonight and still be in contention for the region championship when they play No. 2 Greater Atlanta Christian on Nov. 3. Dawson County, which received one vote in this week’s Georgia Sports Writers Association poll, can finish no lower than second in the region and will open the postseason Nov. 10 in Dawsonville.
Lumpkin County is likely out of playoff contention — the team’s only path to the playoffs is to win its final two games, combined with East Hall losing its last two games. East Hall owns the head-to-head advantage with Lumpkin County as a result of winning 42-14 on Sept. 22.
Johnson vs. Cedar Shoals
Where: Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium, Oakwood
Records: Johnson (0-8, 0-4 Region 8-5A); Cedar Shoals (4-4, 1-3)
What to know: The Knights and Jaguars are both eliminated from playoff contention.
Riverside Military at Athens Christian
Where: Eagles Stadium, Athens
Records: Riverside Military (1-7, 0-7 Region 8-A); Athens Christian (3-5, 2-5)
What to know: Riverside Military is coming off a 35-7 win against Georgia Military College on Oct. 20 at Maginnis Field.