Here are this week’s top teams in each classification:
7A: Grayson (6-0) – The Rams beat Shiloh easily 52-6. The game was essentially over by halftime as Grayson had a 46-0 lead. This week Grayson will travel to play #3 Archer (6-0). Grayson is 6-1 in the series and have won the last three meetings.
6A: Lee County (7-0) – The Trojans had the week off to prepare for this week’s showdown with Northside Warner Robins (6-1). Lee County is 0-4 in the series. They lost last year’s meeting 26-7.
5A: Rome (6-0) – The Wolves beat Hiram 42-13 as they had 299 yards on the ground to dominate the line of scrimmage. Rome will host Cass (0-6) this week. Rome is 6-1 all-time in the series. The last win for Cass was 24-21 in 2014.
4A: Cartersville (7-0) – The Purple Hurricanes blew past LaGrange 56-0. QB Trevor Lawrence threw for 227 yards and six touchdowns in the first half. Cartersville will host Sandy Creek (3-3). Cartersville has never lost to Sandy Creek. They won last year, 35-21.
3A: Cedar Grove (6-0) – The Saints shut out Towers 34-0. Darrell Neal ran for 93 yards and scored a touchdown. Cedar Grove will play at Pace Academy (2-3). Cedar Grove won 49-0 last season in their only meeting.
2A: Benedictine (6-0) – The Cadets were off. They will play at Toombs County (6-0) this week in a region showdown. The Cadets are 2-1 in the series. They won last year, 42-13.
1A (public): Manchester (7-0) – Manchester had no trouble with Pacelli, 68-14, as Kelvin Turner and Deenizeo Gamble combined for 205 on eight carries. Manchester will host Brookstone (5-2). They are 5-0 in the all-time series and won last year, 55-7.
1A (private): Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (7-0) – The Chargers kept the top ranking with a 76-6 win over Our Lady of Mercer. Khaleb Hood scored three touchdowns from a kickoff return, punt return and fumble return. ECLA will have the week off.
Poll Jumper of the Week:
Bainbridge (5-2) went from being unranked to #9 in the Class 5A poll after their 28-14 win over Veterans.
Blowout of the Week:
North Springs 88, Cross Keys 0.
Personal Watch List:
- Warner Robins 30, Thomas County Central 28. When I started listening to this game, Warner Robins was down 21-0. The Demons came back and took a 27-21 lead but Thomas County Central regained the lead thanks to some favorable calls going their way. Warner Robins’ kicker, Eli Mashburn, kicked a 30-yard field goal with nine second left for the win. This was Mashburn’s third game-winning field this season. Warner Robins will host Harris County (3-3). Warner Robins is a surprising 1-2 in the series but won last year’s meeting 31-3.
- Carrollton 36, Villa Rica 24. Villa Rica’s Phillip Zachery rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns and scored on an 80-yard reception but was stopped on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game with 2:44 left. This one hurts. The Wildcats are now 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the region. They will host Kell (3-3, 3-1) this week. Villa Rica lost last year 50-0 in their only meeting in the series.
- Clinch County was off last week. The Panthers will host Turner County (2-4) this week. Clinch County leads the series 11-5 and have won the last four games.
- Mater Dei (Santa Ana), California
- IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida
- Ben Davis, Indianapolis, Indiana
- St. John Bosco, Bellflower, California
- Bingham, South Jordan, Utah
- Saint Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Centennial-Corona, Corona, California
- Grayson, Loganville, Georgia
- Trinity, Louisville, Kentucky
- Saint Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio
Jenkins from Savannah is currently 6-0 and ranked #5 in Class 3A. They started playing football in 1957. Their overall record is 247-355-8. The Warriors have only qualified for the playoffs seven times in their 61-year history. Their best season was in 1966 when they finished 9-2 and lost in the state semifinals to Valdosta, 16-7. Their longest winning streak was 15 games between 1968-1969. Ben Patrick was the most notable player from Jenkins. He played four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2007-2010). Tim Adams coached the Warriors from 2004-2016 and recorded 63 wins.
Notes from last week
Christian Heritage was a 26-point underdog but upset Bowdon 21-7…Bleckley County (5-2) shocked Washington County 42-28…Region 1-7A has a combined record of 23-4 at this point. The four-team region heads into region play this week…There are 40 teams that are still undefeated in the state. Some of the teams on the list that are a surprise to me are Rabun County, Jenkins and Jones County…Lowndes, Brunswick, Rome, Cartersville, East Hall, Rabun County, ELCA and Manchester lead their classifications in scoring per game.
Player of the week
QB Jamarius Stevens of Brunswick had 423 yards and three touchdowns in a 64-21 win over Bradwell Institute.