Mays completed its victory against No. 6-ranked Carver-Atlanta on Monday night and created the strong possibility of a three-way tie for first place in Region 6-AAAAA Division B.
Mays led 27-14 with 9:46 remaining Friday when the game was suspended because of a shooting outside of Lakewood Stadium. The Raiders added a touchdown when the game resumed Monday at Grady Stadium and went on to a 35-14 victory. Mays, Carver and Creekside have one loss in the subregion. Creekside has completed its subregion schedule, while Mays and Carver play this week.
Region 6-AAAAA will use a region play-in system to determine its teams and seeds for the state playoffs. The top team from each subregion will meet in the championship game; the winner will be the region’s No. 1 seed and the loser will be the No. 2 seed. The second-place team from each subregion will meet the third-place team from the other subregion for the other two state berths.
Below is a look at the scenarios for this week, which is the final one before the play-in games.
One important point to keep in mind is the tiebreaker steps for three-way ties. As always, the first step is head-to-head records. But if no team holds the advantage there, the second step is winning percentage against all AAAAA competition (according to a document forwarded from the region by one of the coaches this week).
I hope this clears up some questions you might have.
*The winner of this week’s Stephenson-Southwest DeKalb game will be the subregion’s No. 1 seed and will play in the region championship game. The loser will be the No. 2 seed and play the third-place team from Division B in a play-in game.
*The winner of the Druid Hills-Miller Grove game will be the No. 3 seed and play the No. 2 team from Division B in a play-in game. Druid Hills would be in sole possession of third place with a victory. A Miller Grove victory would create either a two-way tie for third place with Druid Hills if M.L. King loses to Dunwoody (Miller Grove would win the tiebreaker for beating Druid Hills head to head) or a three-way tie with M.L. King if the Lions beat Dunwoody (Miller Grove would win that tiebreaker as well because of having the best record of the three against AAAAA teams).
*Creekside, which does not play this week, will be the subregion’s No. 1 seed and play in the region championship game unless Carver beats winless Banneker and Mays loses to Tri-Cities. In that case, Carver and Creekside would finish tied for first place. Carver would get the region-championship spot because it beat Creekside, and the Seminoles would finish No. 2.
*If Carver and Mays both win this week, there would be a three-way tie for first place. In that event, because of the records against AAAAA competition, the order would be: 1. Creekside, 2. Mays, 3. Carver.
*Unless Banneker upsets Carver, Tri-Cities could sneak away with the No. 3 seed in the subregion if it beats Mays. Wins by Carver and Tri-Cities would leave Tri-Cities and Mays tied for third place, with Tri-Cities holding the tiebreaker for winning the head-to-head matchup. If Tri-Cities and Banneker both win, creating a three-way tie for second place, Tri-Cities would be the odd man out because of its record against AAAAA teams.
Just for fun, here’s a look at this week’s games, with projections by the computer Maxwell Ratings:
Stephenson vs. Southwest DeKalb -6
Miller Grove vs. Druid Hills -2
M.L. King vs. Dunwoody -11
Mays vs. Tri-Cities -20
Carver at Banneker -29
If it works out that way, the final seedings would look like this:
Division A – 1. Stephenson, 2. Southwest DeKalb, 3. Miller Grove
Division B – 1. Creekside, 2. Mays, 3. Carver
That would mean Stephenson and Creekside would meet in the championship game. The play-in games with state tournament berths on the line would be Southwest DeKalb vs. Carver and Mays vs. Miller Grove.