Plenty still up for grabs in Region 2-AAAA
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The four teams that will represent Region 2-AAAA in the state playoffs are set, but where those teams will finish has yet to be determined.
Carver, Hardaway, Troup and LaGrange have qualified for the state playoffs, and where they’ll be seeded will be decided over the next three days as the regular season concludes.
Carver is in the driver’s seat with a 7-0 region record, and it will win the region title with a win over Troup on Saturday.
Troup and Hardaway are tied for second in the region with 6-1 records, while LaGrange is 5-2 in the region.
While Troup and Hardaway can still win the region title, LaGrange can finish as high as second, and all three of those teams can finish as low as fourth.
The picture will become somewhat clearer following Thursday’s game between LaGrange and Hardaway at Callaway Stadium, and the seeds will be finalized when Troup and Carver play on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Kinnett Stadium.
Troup, which has won six straight games since losing its region opener to Hardaway, will have a chance to win the region title on Saturday.
If LaGrange beats Hardaway, Troup will secure the region championship with a victory over Carver.
If Hardaway beats LaGrange, Troup will need to beat Carver by eight or more points because of the region’s tie-breaker rules.
Outside of Carver, which has won seven straight games, no team in the region is hotter than Troup, which has run off six consecutive wins.
“So far, it can change, but we’re pretty healthy, so we’ll go and play at 1 p.m. on Saturday and see what happens,” said Troup head coach Tanner Glisson, who has led the team to five consecutive state-playoff berths. “It’ll be fun, and I’m proud of these guys for putting themselves in that situation.”
LaGrange, despite last week’s 14-7 loss to Troup, still has a path to second place in the region.
For LaGrange to finish second, it needs to win on Thursday while holding Hardaway to 20 or fewer points, and Troup has to lose to Carver.
Whatever happens in Thursday’s game, the Grangers are headed to the state playoffs for the first time since 2014, but they’re hoping to host a playoff game for the first time since 2009.
“We’re excited for the opportunity and going out and performing well for the home crowd,” said LaGrange head coach Matt Napier.
Region 2-AAAA will be matched up against Region 3-AAAA in the first round of the state playoffs.
The top-two finishers in each of those regions will host the first-round games, while the third-place and fourth-place teams will go on the road.
REGION 2-AAAA STANDINGS
Overall record first, followed by region record:
Carver 7-0, 7-0
Hardaway 7-2, 6-1
Troup 6-3, 6-1
LaGrange 6-3, 5-2
Shaw 3-6, 3-4
Columbus 3-6, 3-4
Jordan 2-7, 2-6
Spencer 1-9, 1-7
Kendrick 0-9, 0-8