Week 8 Schedule/Calprep Predictions


Carrollton (-6) at East Coweta


Langston Hughes (-30) at East Paulding

South Paulding (-4) at New Manchester

Douglas Co (-35) at Paulding Co

Rome (-6) at Sequoyah


Cass at Cartersville (-23)

Calhoun at Hiram (-2)

Dalton (-24) at Woodland


Northwest Whitfield (-35) at SE Whitfield

Heritage at Cedartown (-27)

Central (-32) at Sonoraville


Ridgeland at Adairsville (-35)

Ringgold (-8) at Coahulla Creek (Thursday)

LFO at Gordon Lee (-21)

Bremen (-18) at LaFayette

Gilmer at Lumpkin (-31)

Dawson Co at Pickens Co (Even)


Model at Fannin (-2)

North Murray (-35) at Gordon Cent.

Rockmart (-21) at Haralson Co


Pepperell at Armuchee (-2)

Coosa at Trion (-35)

Chattooga at Darlington (-35)

Forest Park at Bowdon (-35)

Heard Co (-23) at Crawford Co.

Christian Heritage at Mt. Pisgah (-12)

Mt. Vernon (-22) at Mt. Zion

Champions League: Week 7

We start the 2nd half of the Season this Week with some great games on tap.

Join Benton and I tonight on Twitter/Facebook/YouTube for post-game coverage.

Interesting side note: Seguin and Devildawg have battled 18 consecutive weeks now …dead even.

Week 7 Standings

38 DevilDawg

37 Seguin

32 Waddell

28 Ballew

Week 7 Picks

Hiram at Dalton (Even)

Split: As you would expect in an even game. Devil/Ballew like Dalton, Seguin/Waddell Hiram.

Cedartown at Central (-11.5)

Split: Sequin/Devil like Cedartown at +11.5, Ballew/Waddell take Central (-11.5)

Ringgold at Bremen (-3.5)

Waddell has a chance to gain some ground as the only picker taking the homestanding Blue Devils in this important 6AAA contest.

Ridgeland at LFO (-7.5)

Split: Devil/Seguin like the visiting Panthers to keep it within a TD. Waddell/Ballew like LFO (-7.5).

Coahulla Creek at Gordon Lee (-6.5)

Ballew’s chance to gain some ground as the only one taking the homestanding Trojans.

Armuchee at Chattooga (+15.5)

Another chance for Ballew to cut into the overall lead as the only one taking the Armuchee Indians to win big.

Rockmart at Model (+8.5)

DevilDawg rolling with the Model Blue Devils everyone else likes the Jackets on the road.

Cartersville at Calhoun (-11.5)

Unanimous for the Purple Hurricanes to keep it within 11.5 points

Paulding Co at South Paulding (-8.5)

Split: Seguin/Ballew like South Paulding to win by 9 or more, Devildawg/Waddell take Paulding Co to keep it closer.

North Paulding at Walton (-34.5)

Unanimous: Everyone thinks North Paulding keeps it within 35 vs #2 Walton

Week 7 Schedule/Calprep Lines

Let the 2nd Half begin. Great schedule this Friday.


North Paulding at Walton (-35)


Woodstock at Rome (-35)

East Paulding (-9) at Newnan

Paulding Co at South Paulding (-8)


Cartersville at Calhoun (-13)

Woodland at Cass (-23)

Hiram at Dalton (Even)

Lithia Springs at Villa Rica (-15)


Cedartown at Central (-12)

SE Whitfield at Heritage (-35)

Sonoraville at NW Whitfield (-16)


LaFayette at Adairsville (-26)

Ridgeland at LFO (-7)

Ringgold at Bremen (-4)

Coahulla Creek at Gordon Lee (-6)

West Hall at Gilmer (-30)


Haralson Co (-33) at Gordon Cent.

Rockmart (-7) at Model

Murray Co at North Murray (-35)


Armuchee (-15) at Chattooga

Darlington (-25) at Coosa

Trion (-24) at Dade Co

Midtown at Temple (-24)

St. Francis at Bowdon (-22)

McIntosh (-23) at Heard Co

Mt. Pisgah at Mt. Zion (-4)

Pick Em Champs League: Week 6

We have reached the halfway point and last year’s Twitter Champ DevilDawg is looking to runaway with the ’23 title. Admittedly, after seeing his selections it made me 2nd guess all my picks this week.

Here is how our 4 former Champs see Week 6 stacking up.


35 DevilDawg

31 Sequin

28 Waddell

24 Ballew


Adairsville at Ringgold (-8.5)

Split decision: Waddell/Seguin think Adairsville keeps it close; Devil/Ballew think Ringgold pulls away.

Gilmer at Wesleyan (-7.5)

2x Champ Seguin‘s chance to gain ground as the only one that took Wesleyan.

Gordon Lee at LaFayette (-6.5)

DevilDawg is the only one that likes the Ramblers by a TD or more.

North Murray (-2.5) at Haralson Co

Lock of the Week as all take North Murray

Coosa at Armuchee (-10.5)

Split decision: Waddell/Ballew like Armuchee; Seguin/Devil go with the Eagles.

Dade Co at Darlington (-16.5)

Another chance for DevilDawg to pull away from the field as the only one taking the visiting Wolverines.

Chattooga at Pepperell (-25.5)

All four take the visiting Indians to keep it within 25 points.

Temple at Bowdon (-25.5)

Split decision: Waddell/Devil like the Tigers to keep it within 25; Ballew/Seguin like Bowdon by 26+.

LFO at Coahulla Creek (-14.5)

Another chance for Sequin to gain some ground as the only one taking the Colts to win by 15+.

Cedartown at Dalton (-11.5)

Split decision: Going to be a heck of a game! Waddell/Devil like Dalton by 12+; Ballew/Seguin think the Bulldogs can keep it within 11 points.

Top 5 Games: Week 6

We have made it to the official halfway point of the season. Here are the 5 games I find most intriguing for Week 6.

Gordon Lee at Lafayette

On paper this looks like a defensive struggle. Both teams were held to 3 points each last Friday. Gordon Lee has had a couple of big offensive performances and the Ramblers have proved they can slow big offenses down. Import game in the 6AAA race as the computer says the winner of this one will play Coahulla Creek for a playoff spot.

Calpreps Prediction: LaFayette 16 Gordon Lee 10

NwGaFootball Take: I like the Rambler defense. Unless you can throw the ball successfully it will be hard to put points on the board, plus they are excited to be home after being on the road since Week 1. LaFayette 28 Gordon Lee 16

Dade Co at #14 A Darlington

7A opener. Both teams have played competitive non region schedules and should be ready for Region play. Both teams can run and throw and have aggressive defenses. The winner of this one will have a leg up on a potential home field playoff game and a chance to play for a Region Title.

Calpreps Prediction: Darlington 34 Dade Co 18

NwGaFootball Take: Darlington has a lot of speedy options in the backfield the Wolverines will have to stop. Dade has to play a perfect game, minus turnovers and penalties, to pull the upset. At home I will go with the Tigers 35-21.

Gilmer at Wesleyan

7AAA opener the Bobcats. Gilmer won this game at home last season in surprising fashion over the “private school”. Gilmer last time out was a dominating win over a good Ringgold team 31-7 to take them to 3-1, Wesleyan is sitting at 2-2. The naysayers will say Wesleyan has played a harder schedule, which is probably true, but Gilmer has taking care of business outside the Fannin loss.

Calpreps Prediction: Wesleyan 29 Gilmer 22

NwGaFootball Take: I’m going with the underdog here! I like how Gilmer played last time out and I think Coach Standard has these Bobcats playing confident right now. Gilmer 21 Wesleyan 20

Adairsville at Ringgold

The talking heads ,self included, thought this would be the Region Title game in 6AAA but Bremen and Coahulla Creek would have something to say about that. Adairsville was impressive in their 6AAA opener putting 30+ on LFO in the 1st half. Ringgold struggled to put points on the board against LaFayette but stepped up late to pull out a 13-3 win.

CalPreps Prediction: Ringgold 30 Adairsville 22

NwGaFootball Take: Bold prediction by Calpreps as Ringgold has had putting points on the board the last 2 games, combined 20 points in their last 8 quarters. If the Blue Tigers are going to win they will have to do it with their defense. Too many weapons on the Green Tigers side…Adairsville 24 Ringgold 16

Cedartown at Dalton

Wow! This should be a great game in front of a packed house. Dalton is off to one of their best start in recent memory, playing well on both sides of the ball. Cedartown is still trying to “find their way” after having to replace so much offensive production off of last years State Final team.

Calpreps Prediction: Dalton 25 Cedartown 14

NwGaFootball Take: They played common opponent, Rockmart, almost dead even. Hard to compare apples and oranges but I think this game will be won in the closing minutes. Im going with the hot hand ...Dalton 21 Cedartown 20

Trion vs Model: Stats and Drive Chart

The #5 Trion Bulldogs defeated the Model Blue Devils 31-12 Friday. Unofficial stats and drive chart.

1st Quarter

Model: 6 play 19 yards: FG

Blue Devil’s Senior Amir Pinkard recovered the opening squib kick setting up Model in good field position at the Trion 25. They got it as close as the 6 yard line but a false start on 3 and 1 followed by an incomplete pass forced a field goal. 30 yard FG by Kevin Espinoza. Model 3 Trion 0 10:15 1st Q.

Trion: 6 play 12 yards Interception

4 consecutive runs to start the drive by Senior Toby Maddux gained 14 yards and a 1st down. 2 plays later the Bulldogs would try a deep pass that was intercepted by Model’s Amir Pinkard at the Blue Devil 25.

Model: 12 play 71 yards FG

Model would have their longest drive of the night, chewing up most of the clock in the 1st Q. Devil QB Jake Sanders was 3 of 4 on the drive for 45 yards and added a 12 yard run on a 3 and 10 to keep the drive alive. Model got as close as the Trion 10 but were forced to kick a FG. 33 yard FG Kevin Espinoza. Model 6 Trion 0 2:40 left 1st Q.

Trion: 7 play 20 yards Punt

Toby Maddux ripped off a 13 yard run to give Trion a new set of downs but Bulldogs couldn’t get much going after that. Punt from their own 41.

End of 1st Quarter Model 6 Trion 0

Model 3 play 9 yards Punt

The Devil’s forced to punt from their own 33.

Trion 8 play 83 yard TD

Trion took over at their own 32. Maddux opened the drive with a 13 yard carry and had a 55 yard TD run called back on the 2nd play. He had 6 carries for 50 yards on the drive capped off with a 12 yard TD run. Trion 7 Model 6 6:42 2nd Q.

Model 3 play 15 yards Fumble

Senior RB Jeremiah Gamble had a 15 yard run on the 1st play but 2 plays later the Devil’s would fumble and Trion’s #8 Lucas Stoker scooped and scored from 35 yards out. Trion 14 Model 6 5:42 2nd Q.

Model 3 play 8 yards Punt

Model was forced to punt from their own 29.

Trion 3 play 51 yards TD

Bulldogs had good field position at their own 49 after a good return on the punt. Junior QB Kade Smith found Garrett Mahan for a 22 yard gain and Maddux would score from 27 yards out on the next play. Trion 21 Model 6 2:26 2nd Q.

Model 3 play 3 yards Punt

Devils punt from their own 42

Trion 3 play 21 yards End of Half

Halftime Trion 21 Model 6

3rd Quarter

Model 3 play 5 yards Punt

3 straight series the Bulldogs forced the Devils into a 3 and out.

Trion 9 play 38 yards FG

Wild series that included 2 Trion holding penalties and 2 personal foul penalties on Model, one on a 3rd and 22 that kept the drive alive. Trion would get the ball inside the 10 but a hold forced the FG. 37 yard FG by Andy Ramirez. Trion 24 Model 6 5:52 3rd Q.

Model 4 play 15 yards Punt

Gamble gave the Devils their first 1st down in 4 series with a 16 yard run to start the drive. A TFL and a sack on back to back plays by Logan Stokes stopped the momentum.

End of 3rd Trion 24 Model 6

Trion 11 play 89 yards TD

Zach Camp went to work filling in for the injured Maddux carrying the ball 7 times in the drive. #20 Cohen Blaske finished the drive with a 22 yard TD run. Trion 31 Model 6 9:33 4th Q.

Model 8 play 65 yards TD

Model showed no quit scoring on their last drive of the night on a 15 yards pass from Jake Sanders to Keith Sprayberry. Trion 31 Model 12 7:05 4th

Trion 9 play 46 yards End of Game

Bulldogs and Zach Camp ran the clock out. Camp ran the ball 6 times for 21 yards and Smith added a 13 yard run.

Final Trion 32 Model 12

Unofficial Stats

Trion 365 yds

Model 210 yds



Trion: Maddux 14 for 123 (2 TDs), Camp 18/91, Smith 6/33, Blaschke 1/20 (TD)

Model: Campbell 11/75, Sanders 9/40


Trion: Smith 9/14 96 yards int

Model: Sanders 6/15 80 yards TD


Trion: Mahan 2/33, Willingham 3/23

Model: Henderson 2/42, Sprayberry 2/24 TD

Week 6 Schedule/Calprep Lines


Carrollton 49 at Hillgrove 0


Rome 62 at Allatoona 0

South Paulding 15 at Newnan 21


Banneker 10 at Villa Rica 13

ML King 0 at Cass 40


Heritage 16 at Bradley Cent 35

Osborne 14 at Woodland 0

Cedartown 35 at Dalton 27

Druid Hills 21 at SE Whitfield 20 OT


Bremen 21 at Ridgeland 14

Adairsville 28 at Ringgold 26

LFO 21 at Coahulla Creek 42

Gordon Lee 21 at LaFayette 20 OT

Gilmer 21 at Wesleyan 50 ?

Lumpkin Co 49 at Pickens 14


Gordon Central 0 at Fannin Co 42

North Murray 28 at Haralson Co 16

Model 49 at Murray Co 7


Chattooga 17 at Pepperell 45

Coosa 0 at Armuchee 28

Dade Co 22 at Darlington 28

Clarkston 6 at Heard Co 37

Temple 20 at Bowdon 42

Mt. Zion 7 at Jasper Co 42

Christian Heritage at St. Francis Canceled