Okay, the 2017 football season is getting real. Region games. Fighting for playoff positions and bragging rights in rivalries around the state. Let’s take a look at the top teams in the state:
Class 7A – Grayson (5-0)
- The Rams knocked off Ramsay, Alabama 42-16, the #4 team in Alabama. Ronald Thompkins had 103 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Grayson will play at Shiloh (1-5) this week. Grayson is 12-1 in the series. The Rams dropped the first meeting 24-14 in 2004 but have won the last 12.
Class 6A – Lee County (7-0)
- I moved the Trojans ahead of Tucker (5-1) because they haven’t lost a game so far. They shutout Houston County 34-0. QB Jase Orndorf passed for 388 yards and three touchdowns. Lee County has the week off before they host Northside-Warner Robins on October 13th.
Class 5A – Rome (5-0)
- I expected a battle but the Wolves beat Carrollton 45-24 pretty easily as the defense had 11 tackles for losses. Rome will play at Hiram (2-4) this week. Rome has never lost to Hiram. The Wolves won last year’s meeting 47-0.
Class 4A – Cartersville (6-0)
- The Purple Hurricanes continued on their roll with a 55-6 win over Central-Carrollton. QB Trevor Lawrence passed for 308 yards and five touchdowns. Rico Frye had 100 yards on the ground and 48 through the air. Cartersville will play at LaGrange (0-6). Cartersville is 1-5 against LaGrange. They won for the first time in the series last season 52-7.
Class 3A – Cedar Grove (5-0)
- The Saints had the week off. They will play at Towers (2-3) this week. Cedar Grove is 15-3-1 in the series and has won the last seven games.
Class 2A – Benedictine (6-0)
- The Cadets jumped out to a 28-0 lead and cruised to a 42-7 win over Bryan County. Benedictine is off this week.
Class 1A (Public) – Manchester (6-0)
- Manchester continued their winning streak in the series with Central-Talbotton in a 50-0 win. LB Jontavious Ferguson returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Manchester will play at Pacelli (0-6) this week. Manchester leads the all-time series 17-3-1.
Class 1A (Private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian (6-0)
- The Chargers had little trouble with Wesleyan in a 45-6 win. Josh Mays had 180 yards rushing. ECLA will host Our Lady of Mercy (3-3) this week. ECLA is 14-0 against Our Lady of Mercy.
POLL JUMPER OF THE WEEK:
Troup (6-0) moves up the Class 4A poll from #10 to #8 this week after their 71-16 win over Sandy Creek.
BLOWOUT OF THE WEEK:
Thomson 69, Clarkston 0 – The game was pretty much decided after the first quarter with a 42-0 lead. Thomson outgained Clarkston 363-30 in total yards.
PERSONAL WATCH LIST TEAMS:
- Warner Robins 52, Coffee 49 – Wow. Definitely a rollercoaster game. The Demons trailed 27-21 at the half but Coffee turnovers helped Warner Robins to score 28 straight points to take a 49-27 lead. In a flash, the Trojans came back to tie the game at 49-49 with over two minutes left. The Demons drove down the field to set up Eli Mashburn to kick the game winning 35-yard field goal with six seconds left. This week Warner Robins will travel to Thomas County Central (2-4). Warner Robins is 1-2 in the series and lost last year’s game 33-22.
- Clinch County 56, Atkinson County 21 – The Panthers totally dominated the Rebels as Charles McClelland and Trezmen Marshall had 239 yards rushing and six touchdowns to lead Clinch County to the win. The Panthers will have this week off.
- Paulding County 31, Villa Rica 24 – Ouch! This one hurt as Paulding County scored 24 points in the first half and held off the Wildcats. In a region with Rome and Carrollton, Villa Rica really needed the win. This week the Wildcats will play at Carrollton (4-1). The Wildcats trail the all-time series 5-42-7. Their last win against the Trojans came in 1998.
NOTES FROM THE WEEK:
Jenkins (5-0) has the best record since 1969. They won their first seven games in 2007 but was forced to forfeit a win over Calvary Day…Meadowcreek is 6-0 after going 1-9 last season…Milton stunned Roswell 40-7 to end their three-game losing streak to the Hornets…Americus-Sumter defeated Cairo 31-15 and looking for their first region title since Americus and Sumter County merged in 2004.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Montez Crowe (Troup) became the fourth player in state history to have eight touchdown passes in a game. Crowe was 20-for-29 passing for 525 yards and eight touchdowns.