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Football teams finish regular season, look ahead to state
by Greg Oshust
November 07, 2013 09:56 AM | 2708 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special / Erin Sheppard<br>
Lovett's Tyler Shiflett returns an interception of a St. Pius pass during the Lions' 28-7 win Sept. 20.
Special / Erin Sheppard
Lovett's Tyler Shiflett returns an interception of a St. Pius pass during the Lions' 28-7 win Sept. 20.
Some of the area’s football teams are aiming for state playoff berths as they enter the final weekend of the regular season.

Riverwood (6-3, 3-1) will try to earn a spot among the teams in the Class AAAAA playoffs as it goes on the road to play Northview in a Region 7AAAAA play-in game Friday.

The Raiders, who are seeking their first postseason trip since 2001, finished second in subregion B and will play a Northview squad that was third in subregion A.

“We’re second in the subregion, so we feel good about that,” Riverwood coach Robert Ingram said. “We’re at 6-3 right now and two of those losses I felt like we gave away, so we’re looking to redeem ourselves with one of those next week. We’re still working hard and practicing and we’re preparing as if our backs are against the wall and we’ll see what happens.”

North Springs (1-7, 0-4 in 7AAAAA, subregion B) and North Atlanta (0-8, 0-7 in 6AAAAA) have been eliminated from state playoff consideration.

Marist (7-2, 5-0) is aiming for the top seed in Region 6AAAA as the War Eagles – the first-place team in subregion A – hosts No. 1 subregion B squad Carver of Atlanta for the region title in a play-in game Friday.

Woodward (8-2, 5-1) can secure the Region 6AAA championship and its top seeding in the AAA state playoffs with a Blessed Trinity loss to Cedar Grove Friday.

St. Pius X (6-3, 3-1) can clinch a postseason berth from 6AAA with a win over Decatur Friday.

Lovett (8-1, 3-0), coming off of a 20-0 win over archrival Westminster last Friday, will be playing for the Region 6AA title when it goes on the road to face co-leader Greater Atlanta Christian Friday.

“We feel really good about where we are,” Lovett coach Mike Muschamp said. “We’re not satisfied about where we are. There’s always room for improvement. We’ve got some kids who are playing extremely well right now and we’ve got some kids who – quite frankly – need to improve. But that’s what this is all about – getting everybody pulling in the same direction and focused on the same target.”

Meanwhile, Westminster (4-5, 1-2) will join Lovett in the AA playoffs. The Wildcats can clinch the third seed from 6AA with a win on the road against Hapeville Friday.

The Class A private school playoff picture will be once again determined by the final power rating of the season, which was scheduled to be released Tuesday and was unavailable at press time. The top 16 teams in the final ranking earn state playoff berths.

Holy Innocents’ (6-4, 4-2 in 5A) was ranked 15th in last week’s power rating and gave its state playoff hopes a big boost with a 29-28, regular season-ending win over Landmark Christian last Friday.

The Golden Bears have won three in a row since a 14-7 loss to Our Lady of Mercy Oct. 11, beating Strong Rock Christian 30-3 Oct. 18 and Pace 17-14 Oct. 25.

We’ve played well the last two weeks,” Holy Innocents’ coach Ryan Livezey said. “After the OLM loss, we talked as a team about treating the remaining games all like playoff games. To our guys’ credit, that’s exactly how they have approached them.”

Pace (4-5, 1-4) was 18th in last week’s power rating and lost to defending Class A private school champion Eagle’s Landing Christian 40-2 last Friday.

The Knights close out their regular season at home with a 5A game against Mount Vernon Presbyterian (1-8, 0-5), which is 28th in the latest rankings and is out of the state picture.

Holy Spirit Prep (1-8, 1-7) finished out of the postseason running after finishing last in the West division of the Glory For Christ League. The Cougars finished their season with a 42-7 loss to the Georgia Force Oct. 25.

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