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MAHONE: Who still in the playoff chase?

Just like that, a team can find themselves in a region race or out of it.

Over the past weekend, the schedule maker was kind to Jonesboro, Mundy’s Mill and Drew.

The threesome took advantage of a favorable schedule to climb back into their respective subregion races with wins.

Jonesboro, seemingly down after a blowout loss to Griffin earlier this year, appeared to be headed towards a rebuilding year. But a good showing against winless North Clayton now has the Cardinals in position to capture the second spot in the Region 4-AAAA, Div. B race.

This week the Cardinals are idle before finishing up the season against winless Spalding before the things get interesting again. The Cardinals close against Riverdale and Upson-Lee.

Although Riverdale is going through some transition because of injuries, the Raiders are still a dangerous team. They will get back a good number of players by season’s end, but have lost quarterback Greg Taylor for the season with a torn ACL injury.

If Jonesboro can weather these next three games, it will be in good shape going into the region play-in game to determine playoff berths.

All will depend on how fast the Cardinals talented, but young skill players mature and how well the offensive line can jell to give those players enough room to showcase their skills.

If all falls into place, Jonesboro could be headed toward its third straight playoff appearance.

Drew and Mundy’s Mill square off on Friday to decide who is still in the running for the subregion title with Union Grove, which is 2-0 in league play. The Wolverines are idle this week.

Although the loser of the Drew-Mundy’s Mill tilt is far from out of the subregion race, it would need some help to get in the title chase.

As the season moves alone, teams always want to control their own destiny.

And right now, Lovejoy is in full control of theirs.

The Wildcats ride a 28-game region winning streak into it game against Morrow at Twelve Oaks Stadium. Over the last 10 years, Lovejoy has owned this series in winning the last 10 games. The last three match-ups haven’t even been close.

With all the players that the Wildcats graduated, some thought it could be a slight rebuilding year. But now, Lovejoy looks like a contender to reach the Georgia Dome for a third straight season.

Enough playoff talk.

As coaches tend to say, there is still a lot of football to be played.

The only question now, which team will be playing meaningful games?

Derrick Mahone is the sports editor for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at dmahone@news-daily.com. On Twitter? Follow him @DerrickMahone_.