Four teams, East, North and South Paulding and Allatoona, are jockeying for first, and three others are within striking distance.
After Friday’s games on Oct. 11, North Paulding was atop the standings with a 6-1 mark, followed by Allatoona, East Paulding and South Paulding with identical 5-1 records. Villa Rica remains within striking distance at 4-2, followed by New Manchester at 4-4 and Rome at 3-3.
“There’s no dominant team in the region this year,” East Paulding head coach Chuck Goddard said.
The first games kicked off on Aug. 23 and the last games will be Nov. 8.
After week two games on Aug. 30, South Paulding, North Paulding and Allatoona were undefeated, making them the top four with New Manchester at the top.
North fell out of that category the following week. South Paulding and Allatoona remained undefeated until they met Sept. 27 when the Spartans defeated Allatoona.
South, the last undefeated team in the region, then lost that claim the following week.
New Manchester remained undefeated through the first four games, but has lost four straight since then.
With every team in the region having a loss on their record after the games Friday, the top four teams were North Paulding, Allatoona, South Paulding and East Paulding. North and Allatoona were tied at first with 5-1 records and South and East were tied for third with 4-1 records.
The top four teams in each region at the end of the season qualify for the state playoffs.
Competition being closer than it was last season, the top four teams still have competition from Rome and Villa Rica tied at fifth with 3-2 records and New Manchester at seventh with a 4-3 record.