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Americus Sumter's first seven-win season produces program's first region crown

Americus-Sumter used a 33-9 win over Columbus this Thursday to secure the program’s first region title and first-ever seven-win season (7-2). The Panthers sit at the top of Region 1 with at a perfect 6-0 and will close the regular season with Carver-Columbus next Friday at home. Last year’s region champion Cairo secured the No. 2 seed with a 35-31 win over Northside-Columbus this Friday, which will be this year’s third seed.

In Region 2, Mary Persons is this year’s Region champ and West Laurens will be the No. 2 seed. Howard, Spalding and Upson-Lee are still in the hunt for the final two playoff seeds. Howard will close the year against Mary Persons and Spalding and Upson-Lee will square off to determine their own fate.

Burke County took the Region 3 crown with a 27-24 win over Thomson. The Bulldogs will take the No. 2 seed and Baldwin can secure the No. 3 seed on Friday with a win over 2-7 Cross Creek. Richmond Academy needs a win over Thomson and a Baldwin loss to get anything but the No. 4 seed.

Region 4 is far from being solidified. Woodward is in at the No. 1 seed, but Eastside, North Clayton, Salem and Henry County are still determining the final three seeds. Unless Troup can win on Friday, Cartersville will repeat as Region 5 champion. Cedartown is currently 4-1 and owns the tiebreaker over 4-1 Troup. A Cartersville victory would give Cedartown the No. 2 seed if they can defeat Chapel Hill this Friday.

Ridgeland has already clinched Region 6, but Pickens and Heritage-Catoosa will play this week in a game that should determine the No. 2 seed. Region 7 is already set entering the final week with Marist No. 1, Blessed Trinity No. 2, White County No. 3 and West Hall No. 4 in the standings.

In Region 8, St. Pius clinched its sixth region title in nine seasons on Friday. The Golden Lions are now 4-5 after opening the year 5-0 and ride a four-game winning streak that produced a perfect 4-0 region record. Jefferson survived Stephens County 27-24 on Friday and can clinch the No. 2 seed with a win over Oconee County in its season finale. Oconee County can jump the Dragons for No. 2 with a victory.


Week 10 Scores

Region 1

Americus-Sumter 33, Columbus 9

Cairo 35, Northside-Columbus 31

Carver-Columbus 38, Hardaway 31

Westover 26, Shaw 0


Region 2

Spalding 27, Howard 26

Mary Persons 47, Perry 21

West Laurens 37, Upson-Lee 13


Region 3

Baldwin 14, Hephzibah 8

Burke County 27, Thomson 24

Richmond Academy 24, Cross Creek 12


Region 4

Woodward Academy 56, Druid Hills 13

Eastside 28, Salem 0

Henry County 7, North Clayton 6

Luella BYE


Region 5

Cedartown 23, Sandy Creek 21

Troup 35, Centra-Carroll 14

Chapel Hill 25, LaGrange 18

Cartersville BYE


Region 6

Ridgeland 63, Gilmer 14

Pickens 62, LaFayette 7

Southeast Whitfield 20, Northwest Whitfield 13

Heritage-Catoosa BYE


Region 7

Marist 48, Chestatee 30

White County 33, West Hall 28

Blessed Trinity BYE


Region 8

Jefferson 27, Stephens County 24

Oconee County 28, Madison County 7

St. Pius 56, North Oconee 21


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