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Posted: October 29, 2011 8:49 p.m.

Alcovy to play at Northgate

Winner earns No. 1 seed, overall region championship

The Region 3-AAAA championship game is set and Alcovy knows who it will play. By virtue of Northgate’s 27-24 win over Whitewater Friday, the Vikings won the Region 3B-AAAA regular-season title and will host the Tigers this week to determine the overall region champion.

Alcovy won the Region 3A-AAAA title last week when they pounded Woodland, Henry 34-8 at Sharp Stadium. The Tigers were idle this week for their bye week.

The Tigers finished the regular season 5-1 in subregion play. Their lone loss came at the hands of Dutchtown two weeks ago. With a chance to wrap up the school’s first football championship, albeit a subregion one, the Tigers squandered a 10-point lead to lose to the Bulldogs in their first attempt. They didn’t waste their second opportunity as they handled Woodland easily on senior night.

Jones County, who finished second in Region 3A-AAAA, faces third-place finisher Griffin in

After a slow start, Griffin has rebounded nicely and appears to be back to its dominating self. The Bears lost consecutive subregion games to Jones County and Alcovy to open league play but have since reeled off four straight wins by an average of 24 points.

Northgate hasn’t lost a game all year. They host the region championship based solely on preseason scheduling. Alcovy played the region play-in game (when applicable) at home last year and was destined to play this year’s on the road regardless of records.

Region 3B-AAAA runner-up Whitewater and third-place Upson Lee will duke it out for the fourth playoff spot from Region 3-AAAA. The winner of the two play-in games make up the third and fourth seeds and seeding will be determined on overall records against the entire region. Each team plays two crossover games to open the year.

The winner of the Alcovy-Northgate game earns the region’s top seed in the Class AAAA playoffs. By winning the subregion, the Tigers were assured of no worse than a No. 2 seed and home playoff game. Should the Tigers finish with the second seed, they would host the third seed from Region 4-AAAA in the opening round then travel in the second round should they win that game and the No. 1 seed from Region 5-AAAA wins its game.

one of two region play-in games. Jones County’s only loss came courtesy of Alcovy.

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