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  Today, we list tonight's volleyball state playoff pairings in the left panel. Also, Craig Sager II lists his most surprising Class AAAA's storylines as we enter Week 10 of the regular season.

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Second Round Oct. 18

Mill Creek at North Cobb
Lassiter at Grayson
Mountain View at South Forsyth
Etowah at Newnan
North Forsyth at North Gwinnett
Archer at Norcross
Lambert at Camden County
East Coweta at Walton
Second Round Oct. 18

Pope at Lakeside-Evans
Johns Creek at Winder-Barrow
Sequoyah at Northgate
Lanier at Dunwoody
Greenbrier at Harrison
Habersham Central at Alpharetta
Allatoona at Grovetown
Cambridge at Gainesville
Second Round Oct. 18

Decatur at Whitewater
Locust Grove at Buford
Harris County at Chamblee
Union Grove at Loganville/TBD winner
McIntosh at Riverwood
Walnut Grove at Kell
Starr's Mill at Veterans
Clarke Central/TBD winner at Ola
Class AAAA
Second Round Oct. 18

Chapel Hill at Northwest Whitfield
Marist at St. Pius
Northside-Columbus at Cartersville
West Hall at Jefferson
Troup at Ridgeland
North Oconee at Blessed Trinity
Sandy Creek at Columbus
Oconee County at Woodward Academy
Class AAA
Second Round Oct. 18

Haralson County at Towers/Islands winner
GAC at Jenkins/Morgan County winner
Ringgold at Groves/Westminster winner
Lovett at Hart County/Savannah Arts winner
Stone Mountain at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe
East Jackson at North Hall
Savannah/Redan winner at Sonoraville
Jackson County/Liberty County at Pace Academy
Class AA
First Round Oct. 18 

A2 #3 Westside-Augusta at A3 #2 Chattooga
A4 #4 Forfeit at A1 #1 Temple
A3 #3 Rockmart at A2 #2 Harlem
A1 #4 Spencer at A4 #1 Rabun County
A1 #3 Callaway at A4 #2 Washington-Atlanta
A3 #4 Armuchee at A2 #1 St. Vincent's
A4 #3 KIPP Atlanta Collegiate at A1 #2 Jordan
A2 #4 Toombs County at A3 #1 Coosa
Class A
Second Round Oct. 18

Walker at Mt. Vernon/Savannah Christian winner
North Cobb Christian at Athens Academy
Pinecrest Academy at Wesleyan
Gordon Lee at Landmark Christian
Galloway/Calvary Day winner at Mt. Pisgah
Hebron Christian at Mount de Sales
Fellowship Christian at Savannah Country Day/Holy Innocents' winner
Eagle's Landing Christian at Mt. Paran

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

By Craig Sager II

The most surprising storylines through Class AAAA's first nine weeks
The top 10 in Class AAAA has been more consistent than any of the other seven classifications, however, that doesn't give any indication to the parity and surprising storylines we've seen unfold throughout the first nine weeks of the season. Here are my top 3 most surprising storylines entering week 10.
1. Organized Chaos, or pure madness: When looking at the Region 1 standings entering Week 10, there's really no better way to describe it. Cairo heads the eight-team region at 4-0, while Shaw occupies the basement at 0-4. Six teams (Hardaway, Northside-Columbus, Westover, Americus-Sumter, Carver-Columbus and Columbus) are all locked at 2-2 with just three weeks left. Cairo has beaten Hardaway, Shaw, Americus-Sumter and Carver-Columbus, while Westover, Columbus and Northside-Columbus have lost two region games without playing the red-hot Syrupmakers. Each week seems to get crazier in this region and Friday night will no doubt make the playoff race even more interesting.
2.  Title contending Thomson: Defending champion Cartersville and Woodward Academy were consensus favorites entering the season, but Thomson has proved to be amongst the top tier of Class AAAA with a dominant 7-0 start. The Bulldogs have pounded the football for a 306.7 rushing yards per game average, while senior Michael Thomas continues an all-state pace. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound back has already surpassed his rushing total from last season (820 yards) with 938 yards through seven games. He has ran in 11 of the team's 28 rushing touchdowns while averaging an incredible 8.8 yards per carry. But don't just think it is Thomas able to do all the work. As a team, the Bulldogs are averaging 9.2 rushing yards per game this season. Sophomore Bubba Murray has been a spark to the backfield as well, taking his 44 carries for 397 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
3. Good, the bad & the just plain ugly: There's five winless teams in Class AAAA entering Week 10 and three of them were playoff teams just a year ago. Central-Carroll has compiled 30 wins over the past three seasons, but sits at 0-8 entering its bye with Troup and Sandy Creek still to come. North Oconee (0-7) snuck into the playoffs with a 5-5 record last season, and winless St. Pius (0-7) are coming off a 10-3 quarterfinal run. As disappointing as the season has been for both North Oconee and St. Pius, they both still control their playoff destiny. In the six-team Region 8 race, three teams sit at 2-0, while North Oconee and St. Pius join Madison County at 0-2. At least one of those 0-2 teams is going to make the postseason and St. Pius or North Oconee could even mathematically do it with a 2-8 record if both teams beat Madison County and go winless the rest of the way. An even crazier scenario would be if Madison County, and a one-win St. Pius team and a one-win North Oconee team find themselves in a three-way tie.


Your guide for following state playoff action
The state playoffs are here and we have the brackets, schedules and scores available across our media platforms. Access the nightly scoreboard with the GA HS Scoring APP or with our online scoreboard HERE. Click the image directly below to access our state playoff homepage that contains all the information from Round 1 to the state championships. 

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