Here are the top teams in each classification:
7A: Archer (8-0) beat Rockdale County 58-7. Archer jumped out to a 37-0 lead in the first half and cruised to another win. This week Archer will play at South Gwinnett (3-5). Archer is 3-4 in the series. They lost last year’s matchup 15-14.
6A: Tucker (7-1) defeated Drew 62-12. QB Travon Ford was 7-of-8 for 142 yards and two touchdowns. This week the Tigers will host Mt. Zion-Jonesboro (1-7). They won their only previous meeting 45-0 last season.
5A: Rome (8-0) dominated Villa Rica 45-7. QB Knox Kadum passed for 106 yards and a touchdown and ran for 71 yards. The Wolves lead 42-0 at halftime. Rome will play at East Paulding (4-4) this week. Rome leads the all-time series 7-6. They have won the last two games against East Paulding.
4A: Cartersville (9-0) had no trouble with Chapel Hill 62-0. QB Trevor Lawrence broke the state record for passing yards in a career with 288 yards for 12,972 yards. He tossed four touchdowns. The Purple Hurricanes are off this week.
3A: Cedar Grove (8-0) beat Stone Mountain 48-6. The Saints scored three touchdowns on defense and special teams scored on a kickoff return. Cedar Grove will host McNair (3-5). They lead the series 10-5 and have won the last eight games.
2A: Benedictine (8-0) defeated Bacon County 47-13. Travis Blackshear had six receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns. The Cadets will travel to Metter (3-5) this week. They have never lost to Metter.
1A (Public): Manchester (8-0) was off. They will host Hawkinsville (1-7) this week. Manchester is 3-0 in the all-time series.
1A (Private): Eagle’s Landing Christian (8-0) blanked Strong Rock Christian 54-0. The Chargers built a 48-0 lead by halftime and won their 30th straight game. ECLA will play at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (6-2) this week. They are 5-0 in the series.
POLL JUMPER OF THE WEEK:
Richmond Hill beat Glynn Academy 12-7 to jump from being unbanked to #5 in the Class 6A poll.
BLOWOUT OF THE WEEK:
Peach County 82, Kendrick 0
PERSONAL WATCH LIST:
- Warner Robins (8-0) was off. The Demons will play at Veteran’s (2-7) this week. Warner Robins is 3-0 in the series history. Last year’s game was the closest in the series. (18-13)
- Rome 45, Villa Rica 7. This game put the final nail in Villa Rica’s playoff hopes. The Wildcats were 1-for-15 passing in the game and never were in it. After starting 4-1 the Wildcats have lost their last four games. This week they will play at winless Cass (0-8) in their season finale. Villa Rica leads the all-time series 8-3.
- Clinch County 41, Lanier County 7. WR Jeremiah Johnson had 193 yards receiving and four touchdowns. This week the Panthers will play Charlton County (6-1) in the “Battle of the Swamp”. The Panthers are 26-28-1 against Charlton County but have won the last two games in the series. This game is one of the top rivalries in the state.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Meadowcreek RB Chauncey Williams rushed for 363 yards and four touchdowns against Central Gwinnett.
The Mustangs started playing football in 1986. They were 0-3 in their first season. Meadowcreek hasn’t had much success as they are 63-246 overall with only one playoff appearance in 1988. They lost to Lovett in the Region Championship game 13-7. They have had four winning seasons in school history. They currently have the school’s best record at 7-1. Kevin Maloof coached the team from 1986-1990 and has the best record at 21-22. The most notable player was David Hendrix who played at Georgia Tech and then with the San Diego Chargers from 1995-1997.
NOTES FROM THIS WEEK:
Valdosta’s surprising win over Lee County (31-28) made a mess of Region 1-6A. Coffee is now in first place at 2-0 in the region…Columbus beat Carver-Columbus for their first win in the series since 1990…Meadowcreek beat Central Gwinnett 41-34 for their first playoff berth since 1988…Eagle’s Landing Christian became the 20th team in state history to win 30 straight games and the longest for a private school…Howard stunned Upson-Lee 22-21 which puts them in good position for their first playoff game in school history…Marietta leads the race for the “wildcard” playoff spot in Class 7A which is the only classification with this format…Jones County is 8-0 for the first time in school history.