It’s the last week of the high school football season in Georgia and most of the region standings are set in place at the top.
This week’s games are all about rounding out the final standings and earning a playoff spot.
Here are the rankings ahead of the final week in the Georgia high school season:
Wynston’s Top 10
1. Richmond Academy 8-1 (Last week’s ranking: 1) — The Musketeers have already locked in the Region 4-AAA title, but why not go undefeated for the icing on the cake? Regardless of what happens in the regular-season finale against Burke County on Friday, they should remain the top team in the area.
2. Thomson 7-2 (3) — The Bulldogs have Hephzibah to close the season before the playoffs. They are a firm No. 2 in Region 4-AAA.
3. Evans 7-2 (4) — The Knights have landed back in the top three. It’s been a while since the Knights have been this high but with a second straight region title in sight, it’s earned. They have Alcovy in the season finale.
4. North Augusta 5-1 (3) — The Yellow Jackets get win No. 1 in the postseason and play at North Myrtle Beach this week in the second round of the SCHSL playoffs.
5. Greenbrier 7-2 (6) — The Wolfpack are a playoff team following last week’s win over Jackson County. The best way to end this year’s turnaround season is with a win against Eastside Friday to finish 8-2.
6. Washington-Wilkes 7-1 (2) — The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season to 8-1 Commerce last week. A minor setback in an otherwise dominant campaign. They end the season at home against Taylor County.
7. Jefferson County 6-2 (8) — The Warriors are one win away from being crowned region champions for the third straight season. They haven’t lost a region game since 2017 and are primed for a deep playoff run.
8. Aquinas 7-2 (7) — The Irish travel to Calvary Day Friday in need a win. With a victory, they avoid going winless in region play. With a loss, it’s the worst region standing the Irish have in the James Leonard era.
9. Laney 4-4 (NR) — The Wildcats currently sit at No. 4 in the region and are in contention for a playoff spot. They have region front-runner Jefferson County this week to close the season.
10. Hephzibah 3-4 (NR) — The Rebels, despite being below .500, have shown signs of having one of the strongest offenses the last few weeks. The offense will be tested against Thomson on Friday night, but it could find a way to attack the Bulldogs through the air and pull off an upset.
DROPPED OUT: Augusta Christian (9), Westside (10)
Will’s Top 10
1. Richmond Academy 8-1 (Last week’s ranking: 1) — If Richmond Academy can get by Burke County this week, the Musketeers can secure a perfect region record in what has been Lyle Burns’ finest season in purple and gold.
2. North Augusta 5-1 (3) — Coming off a thriller against May River in the SCHSL AAAA playoff opener, North Augusta travels to North Myrtle Beach with the hopes of avenging last season’s playoff loss.
3. Washington-Wilkes 7-1 (2) — The Tigers lost their first game of the season last week against Commerce. They’re idle this week.
4. Thomson 7-2 (6) — Thomson travels to Hephzibah this week for the regular-season finale. The Bulldogs are riding a three-game win streak and are outscoring opponents 128-36 over that stretch.
5. Evans 7-2 (7) — Even with a few bumps in the road this year, it can end up all square for the Knights on Friday. Evans hosts Alcovy this week with a chance to wrap up its second-straight Region 3-AAAAAA title.
6. Greenbrier 7-2 (8) — The Wolfpack answered their second loss of the year with back-to-back, convincing wins. The tandem of Brooks Pangle and Brayden Collett seems to be firing on all cylinders. Greenbrier hosts Eastside this week.
7. Jefferson County 6-2 (9) — The Warriors are on the brink of three region titles in as many seasons. They’ll need a win at Laney this week to do so.
8. Aquinas 7-2 (5) — Simply put, Friday’s game at Calvary Day is a must-win for the Irish, who are winless in the region.
9. Augusta Christian 9-2 (4) — Hammond bounced the Lions out of the SCISA AAA playoffs last week in convincing fashion. While it didn’t end the way Andy Stickel and company hoped, it marks another solid season for Augusta Christian football.
10. Laney 4-4 (NR) — Laney topped Oglethorpe County 12-7 last week to clinch a spot in the GHSA AA playoffs. The Wildcats host Jefferson County this week.
DROPPED OUT: South Aiken (10)