MOULTRIE -- All year long, Region 1-AAAAA football observers have been noting that the team finishing No. 4 this season will face a long and likely frustrating trip in the first round of the playoffs.
Region 1 is paired with Region 3 in the first round this year, meaning Region 1's No. 4 team will play the Region 3 champion.
All along, everyone has expected that to be undefeated and top-ranked Camden County.
It probably will be, although the Wildcats have yet to clinch.
Camden, 9-0 and 8-0 in Region 3-AAAAA, will go on the road for its final game on Friday, a region meeting with Bradwell Institute in Hinesville.
The Tigers also are 9-0 and 8-0 in the region and Friday's winner will claim the region title.
The loser will be the runner-up.
Three teams currently are tied for the other two spots.
Windsor Forest, Groves and Brunswick are all 5-3 and if each wins on Friday, a mini-game will be held Monday to determine the final two playoff participants.
Windsor Forest will be at Johnson (3-6, 3-5); Beach (2-7, 2-6) will be at Groves and Brunswick will be at Glynn Academy (5-4).
If Glynn Academy can knock off Brunswick, and Groves and Windsor Forest each win, Groves will be No. 3 and Windsor Forest would be No. 4.
Bradwell was ranked No. 10 in the state heading into its 22-7 victory over Groves on Friday that enabled it to remain undefeated and still in the hunt for the region championship.
But the Tigers will be a large underdog to the defending state champions, who have now won 24 games in a row.
Camden gave up just 47 points last year en route to a 15-0 record that include two victories over Lowndes and one over Valdosta in the state championship game.
The Wildcats have five shutouts in nine games this year and have surrendered just 44 points.