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State playoff berths on line as regular season ends
by Greg Oshust
November 06, 2012 03:41 PM | 2789 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The state football playoff picture is becoming clearer as local teams conclude the regular season this week.

Riverwood (6-3, 1-3) has secured the fourth seed from Region 7AAAAA (B) and will try to earn its first state playoff berth since 2001 when it hosts Creekview — the top seed from 7AAAAA (A) — in a region play-in game Friday at Hoskyn Stadium.

The season will come to an end this week for North Springs (0-8, 0-4 7AAAAAA (A)) and North Atlanta (0-8, 0-7 6AAAAA), both of which have been eliminated from contention for a state playoff spot in AAAAA.

Meanwhile, Lovett and Westminster are headed for postseason play in AA.

Lovett (5-4, 3-0), which is tied for the Region 6AA lead with Greater Atlanta Christian, took one step closer to a possible Region 6AA championship with a 10-7 victory over archrival Westminster last Friday (see article, page 2D).

As a result, the 6AA title will be on the line as the Lions host GAC in their regular-season finale Friday at Conley-Oakley Field.

Westminster (3-6, 1-2) is still assured of a state playoff berth after its loss to Lovett, with the Wildcats having claimed the third seed from 6AA.

Westminster, which will host Hapeville in their regular-season finale Friday, will have to go on the road for their third-round playoff game and will likely face Pepperell.

“We’re the No. 3 seed, no matter what,” Wildcats assistant coach Joe Sturniolo said. “If we lose, we’ll be in a three-way tie with Wesleyan and Hapeville for third, but we own the tiebreaker. We will have to go on the road [for the first-round state playoff game] and that will make things a little harder.”

Holy Innocents’ (6-4, 4-2) closed out its regular season with a 36-3 loss to Landmark Christian last Friday and the Golden Bears now await the release of the final GHSA Class A power ranking to learn their postseason fate.

The Bears would have to be ranked in the top 16 in the poll to earn a spot in the Class A state playoffs, but appeared to be in good shape as the eighth-ranked team in last week’s rating.

“We are excited to be in the position to make the playoffs,” Holy Innocents’ coach Ryan Livezey said. “As we tell the players every year, once the playoffs start, everyone has a chance.”

The postseason hopes for the rest of the area’s Class A teams appear dim as Pace (2-7, 1-4) and Mount Vernon Presbyterian (2-7, 0-5) close out disappointing seasons.

The state title hopes of Holy Spirit Prep (5-4) came to an end after the Cougars lost to East Atlanta 28-16 in the first round of the Glory For Christ playoffs Oct. 26.

Campbell (3-6, 1-6) will see its season come to an end this week, with the Spartans having been eliminated from state playoff contention in Region 4AAAAAA.

Marist (8-1, 5-0) will aim for the 6AAAA title and the top state playoff seed in that region as the War Eagles, the top seed in Subregion A, take on Carver of Atlanta, the No. 1 team in Subregion B, in a play-in game Friday at Lakewood Stadium. In 6AAA, St. Pius X and Blessed Trinity — with 7-2 overall records and 4-1 region marks — are tied for first place with Cedar Grove, while Woodward (7-3, 4-2) is also assured of a state playoff spot as at least the fourth seed.

The state playoff hopes for Whitefield (6-3, 5-1) are up in the air as the Wolfpack enter the final week of the regular season as the No. 18 team in the most recent Class A power ranking. The Wolfpack have clinched second place in subregion B of 6A and will take on Trion — the third seed from 6A (A) — in a play-in game Friday.

Will Riverwood earn a state playoff spot?

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