Playoff Race (10/24)

5AAAAAA

1 Carrollton 4-0

2 Douglas Co 3-1

3T Rome 3-1

3T Alexander 3-1

Carrollton still has games left with Alexander and Douglas Co.

Douglas Co gets the nod at 2 with a tiebreaking win over Alexander.

Rome still has Alexander and Douglas Co on the schedule. The #2 spot is in their hands.

Dark Horse: Paulding Co: They round out the season with the easiest schedule remaining. They finish the season with a trip to Rome and if they can pull the upset coupled with their win over Douglas Co they could sneak into the playoffs.

7AAAAA

1 Cartersville 2-0

2 Blessed Trinity 1-0

3T Calhoun 1-1

3T Cass 1-1

Big one this week when Blessed Trinity visits Cartersville. This one is for the Region title.

Cass can lock up a playoff spot this week with a win at Hiram.

Big games on the horizon: 11/6 Cass at Calhoun; 11/13 Cartersville at Calhoun

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7AAAA

1 Cedartown 2-0

2 Ridgeland 1-0

3 Heritage 1-1

4 Central 1-1

Ridgeland visits Cedartown this Friday for the battle for the top spot.

Still a lot to sort out but Ridgeland holds the tiebreaker over Heritage and Heritage over Central thanks to their 28-27 win on Friday.

NW Whitfield has games remaining at Heritage this Friday and host Ridgeland on 11/13, must wins for the Bruins.

Pickens is inactive for 2 weeks due to covid and could factor in late.

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6AAA

1 Rockmart 4-0

2T North Murray 3-1

2T Adairsville 3-1

4 LaFayette 3-1

I don’t see anyone challenging Rockmart for the 6AAA Title. It is theirs to lose.

Adairsville holds the tiebreaker with a win over LaFayette and will host North Murray 11/13 with a possible home playoff game on line.

Dark Horse: Ringgold: The Tigers will need some help but they hold a tiebreaker over Adairsville.

7AAA

Gilmer is 1-2 in Region play with loses to two of the top teams in the Region (Cherokee Bluffs and Dawson Co).

The Bobcats host Region leading North Hall this week. It would be great if they were able to pull the upset but even if they don’t they can get into the playoffs with win the final 2 weeks of the season vs West Hall and the final game vs White Co. (That game may end up being a playoff game before the playoffs)

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5AA

1 Temple 1-0

2T Callaway 0-0

2T Haralson Co 0-0

2T Bremen 0-0

Temple can breath a sigh of relief with their comeback win in OT over Heard Co.

Callaway and Haralson Co are scheduled to make up their game Tuesday due to a Covid cancelation on Friday. Then both turn around and play Saturday: Callaway v Bremen and Haralson v Temple.

Dark Horse: Heard Co: The Braves will have to win 1 of the last 3 over Callaway, Bremen, or Haralson Co to get in.

7AA

1T Fannin Co 2-0

1T Model 2-0

3 Chattooga 1-0

4 Pepperell 1-1

Big one this Week when the Model Blue Devils travel to Fannin Co with the 7AA top spot on line.

Pepperell and Gordon Central play a make up game on Monday and I’m willing to go on a limb and say if the Dragons win the 4 team playoff field is set. It will just be a matter of setting the order going forward.

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6A Public

1 Bowdon 2-0

2 Gordon Lee 1-1

3 Mt. Zion 1-1

4 BEST 0-0

I like Bowdon’s chances at winning the Region Title with their win over Gordon Lee 2 weeks ago.

Gordon Lee had a big win (42-7) over Mt. Zion Friday that gives them the inside track to the #2 spot.

Still waiting to see what BEST bring to the table in 6A. Their game at Armuchee was canceled Friday. They will open the 6A schedule at Trion on Friday.

Dark Horse: Trion: If Trion can upset BEST this week they still have Mt.Zion on the schedule 11/13. A win over the Eagles could potentially get them in the playoffs.

7A Private

1T Christian Heritage 1-0

1T Darlington 1-0

3 North Cobb Christian 0-0

4T Walker 0-1

4T Mt. Paran 0-1

Another 5 team Region where every week counts.

Darlington survived a scare this week. Coming from behind to beat a good Mt. Paran team 30-27. Setting up a showdown at Christian Heritage for the top spot.

The winner of this one will have their eyes set on North Cobb Christian for the Region Title. Loser in all likelihood travels week 1 of the playoffs.

This Week In 7AAAA

Standings

1 Cedartown 2-0

2 Ridgeland 1-0

3 Heritage 1-1

4 Central 1-1

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5 Pickens 0-1

6 NW Whitfield 0-2

Results from last week:

#6 Cedartown 44 Northwest Whitfield 8: CJ Washington led the Bulldogs with 160 yards on 12 carries and scored 4 TDs. Sophomore RB Harlem Diamond added 99 yards and a score. Cedartown built a 37-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

Heritage 28 Central Carrollton 27: The Generals rallied back from a 14-0 1st Q deficit to upset the Lions on a late TD run by freshman QB Brady Chandler. A big night for the Heritage receivers. Logan Lowe has 130 yards and 2 TDs, all in the 1st half, and Ryan Heet had 100 yards receiving and INT a pass on the Lions final drive. Standout LB Zach Brown blocked a XP which proved to be the difference in the game.

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This Week


#6 Cedartown at Ridgeland: The battle for the top spot in 7AAAA. Ridgeland player their best game of the season last game out and will need to kick it up a notch if they want to upset the Bulldogs.

NwGaFootball Keys to the Game: Cedartown: Continue to run the ball well. CJ Washington had his best game of the season last week at Northwest Whitfield and sophomore Harlem Diamond has added a spark to the Bulldog offense the last few weeks.

Ridgeland: Needs big plays on both sides of the ball. SR RB Jeremiah Turner had over 200 yards rushing to go along with a handful of tackles and an INT against Heritage in their win 2 weeks ago. The Panthers will also need to play a mistake free game and limit penalties or this game could get out of hand quick.

Calprep Prediction: Cedartown 35 Ridgeland 7


Northwest Whitfield at Heritage: Northwest has dropped two games in a row after opening the season 4-0. Heritage’s win last week stopped a 3 game skid after they opened 2020 3-0.

Northwest is in a desperate need for a win. A loss here would put them in a must win situation the final 2 weeks of the season.

NwGaFootball Keys to the Game: Northwest Whitfield: Young guys on defense have to step up. Several key players on defense were missing or banged up last week and yet to be seen what their status is for Friday. During the Bruins 4-0 start the defense gave up 43 total points. The last 2 games they have yielded 49 points per game.

Heritage: Get pressure on the QB. Bruins sophomore QB Owen Brooker is one of the best YPG passers in NWGA and with time he can hurt you. Stay healthy…the Generals had a lot of key players banged up last week.

Calpreps Prediction: Heritage 28 NW Whitfield 23

Playoffs Week 7

Week 7 saw some upsets all around NWGA. We are looking forward to what week 8 has in store. Here is the playoff projections by NWGA Regions as we stand now.


5-AAAAAA

1 Carrollton 3-0

2 Douglas Co 2-1

3T Rome 2-1

3T Alexander 2-1

The big news in 5AAAAAA this week was Paulding Co upsetting Douglas Co 22-20. Paulding is right on the cusp on the Top 4 at 1-1 and will get their chance to knock off Carrollton this Friday.

Barring any upsets Carrollton looks to have a firm grip on the top spot. Douglas Co gets the nod at 2 having beat Alexander head to head. Rome still has Alexander and Douglas remaining on their schedule.

The Top 4 teams play the bottom 4. Good chance for the up and comers to get back in the race.


7-AAAAA

1T Cartersville 1-0

1T Calhoun 1-0

3T Woodland 0-0

3T Blessed Trinity 0-0

Business as usual Week 7 with Cartersville and Calhoun both winning big.

Things heat up this week when #7 Calhoun host #2 Blessed Trinity. The winner of this one will have their sights set on the Hurricanes for the Region title.

Cass visits Woodland and the winner here, realistically speaking, will have the inside track to the #4 playoff spot with only Hiram standing in their way.

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6-AAAAA

1 Chapel Hill 2-0

2 Lithia Spr 1-0

3T New Manchester 1-1

3T Villa Rica 1-1

5 Grady 1-1

The lone team we follow in 6-AAAAA, Villa Rica, is sitting in good shape for a post season birth. They visit a struggling North Springs team this Friday and already have a tie breaking win over Grady. The Wildcats have Lithia Springs and New Manchester the following 2 weeks so they can better their position.


7AAAA

1T Cedartown 1-0

1T Central Carroll 1-0

1T Ridgeland 1-0

4T NW Whitfield 0-1

4T Heritage 0-1

4T Pickens 0-1

Big story from Week 7 was Ridgeland upsetting Heritage behind a big game from Jeremiah Turner and Pickens 14-0 lead on Cedartown in the 1st quarter.

This week all 3 1-0 teams square off against the 3 0-1 teams with the headline game being Cedartown at NW Whitfield. Important week for the 0-1 teams, must win this week to have a legitimate shot at hosting a playoff game.


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6AAA

1 Rockmart 3-0

2 Ringgold 3-1

3 Adairsville 2-1

4T North Murray 2-1

4T LaFayette 2-1

Big story in 6AAA for the week was LFO knocking off Sonoraville. The Phoenix were a lot of peoples preseason pick to challenge North Murray and Rockmart for the Region Title but are now sitting at 0-3 and have an uphill climb just to make the post season.

Still lots to sort out in 6AAA. Adairsville gets the nod at 3 with the win over LaFayette but North Murray still as games against LaFayette/Adairsville remaining.

LaFayette can shake things up even more this week if they can upset the surprise team of 2020 the Ringgold Tigers this Friday. Coahulla Creek plays 2 games this week due to Covid makeups and could jump right back in the mix with a couple of wins.


7AAA

The lone team we follow in 7AAA, the Gilmer Bobcats, are sitting in the #4 spot at 1-1 after a very impressive showing this week. The Bobcats scored 62 1st half points in a 62-7 win over Lumpkin Co.

Tough task this week as they travel to Dawson Co but the Bobcats gave Region leading Cherokee Bluffs all they could handle 2 weeks ago.


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5AA

It starts this week with 5 of the Top 19 teams in all of AA battling it out for the 4 playoff spots.

#3 Callaway at #6 Haralson County

#13 Temple at Heard County

Not a must win game for anyone by any stretch but the winners of these 2 games in most likely hood will qualify for the playoffs.


7AA

1 Fannin 2-0

2 Model 1-0

3 Pepperell 1-1

4 Chattooga 0-0

Fannin Co was very impressive in what many think was the 7AA title game this past Friday. Model and Chattooga will have a say in this as Model looked impressive Friday in a 34-6 win over Coosa and we have yet to see what the Chattooga Indians bring to the table.

This week Chattooga opens the Region schedule hosting Coosa. Dade Co is on the road at Model and Pepperell is at Gordon Central. Fannin is playing a non region game at Copper Basin, Tn before hosting what could be a battle of Region unbeatens next Friday in Blue Ridge.

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6A Public

2-0 Bowdon

1-0 Mt Zion

0-0 Best

0-1 Trion, Armuchee, Gordon Lee

Bowdon showed why they were the preseason favorite last week with a hard fought 23-21 win over Gordon Lee.

Mt. Zion is 6-0 and has a chance to prove the doubters wrong this week when they travel to Gordon Lee. A win here by the Eagles sets up a potential Region Title game in 2 weeks when the Eagles host Bowdon on Nov 6.

BEST has yet to get underway but they will open this week at Armuchee.


7A Private

Region play gets underway this week with:

Mount Paran at Darlington;

Christian Heritage at Walker

Barring some major upsets (combined record of Mt. Paran and Walker is 1-10) both Darlington and Christian Heritage should be 1-0 when they square off in Dalton with the winner challenging North Cobb Christian for the Region Title


Playoff Projections

A look at the current playoff standings as they stand now.


Region 5AAAAAA

1 Douglas County 2-0

1T Carrollton 2-0

3 Rome 1-1

4 South Paulding 1-1

4T Alexander 1-1

Rome gets the nod here at 3 with a 22-20 win over South Paulding. This Region looks like it will not be settled until Week 9 and 10 when South Paulding and Alexander meet in what could possably determine the #3 or #4 seed. The final week of the season Douglas Co visits Carrollton in what could be the Region Championship.


Region 7AAAAA

Region 7AAAAA opens this weekend with two games.

#6 Cartersville at #11 Cass

#7 Calhoun visits Hiram.


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Region 7AAAA

All 6 teams get underway this Friday in Region play.

Pickens Co at #9 Cedartown;

Heritage at Ridgeland;

NW Whitfield at Central Carrollton:

Barring any big upsets Cedartown and Heritage should move to 1-0.

The big one is Friday in Carrollton; NW Whitfield comes in 4-0 and ranked #6 in the AJC poll. Central has been playing well the last two weeks, knocking off a ranked Heard Co team last week on the road.

The winner of this one will be in the drivers seat to challenge Cedartown for the Region title and potentially host a playoff game in late November.


Region 6AAA

1 #8 Rockmart 2-0

1T North Murray 2-0

1T Adairsville 2-0

4 LaFayette 2-1

4T Ringgold 2-1

Big one this Friday when the Mountaineers host Rockmart. Both teams come in as defending Champs from 2019 in their respective Regions and the winner Friday will be the odds on favorite to repeat in 2020.

Adairsville (2-0) travels to Ringgold (2-1) Friday in the battle of the Tigers. Adairsville has looked impressive on both sides of the ball in their opening 2 region games. They can’t look past Ringgold. The Ringgold version of the Tigers have a potent offense behind Kori Dumas and leading tackler Kyle White on defense and would like nothing better than to spoil Adairsville shot at a Region crown.

Don’t count them out: Sonoraville Phoenix (0-2) The Phoenix fell short against the top 2 teams in the Region in weeks 1 and 2. They will be dangerous down the stretch behind senior QB Brady Lackey and I wouldn’t be shocked if they ran the table.

Region 7AAA

The only team we follow in this Region is Gilmer Co but we will keep you updated on with the Bobcats.

Gilmer fought hard last week on the road at Cherokee Bluffs with 5 starting OL out. They have a good chance to get back to .500 in the Region this week when they host a 0-4 Lumpkin Co team.

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Region 5AA

The highly anticipated Region 5AA schedule begins next week. I can’t wait.

Region 7AA

1 Fannin Co 1-0

1T Pepperell 1-0

3T Coosa 0-0

3T Chattooga 0-0

3T Model 0-0

Fannin Co (1-0) at Pepperell (1-0)

No way to sugar coat it..Friday is a big one. Many people who follow 7AA in NWGA have been waiting for this matchup since the new Region alignment was announced last Spring. I’m going to go out on a limb, a sturdy one, and say the winner of this one wins the 7AA Title.

Model (0-0) at Coosa (0-0): The winner of this one will be in good shape to make a run at a postseason game and challenge for the Region title.

Chattooga (0-0): Still under Covid quarantine. We will have to wait until next week to get a look at the Indians, about 5 times in 18 days.


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7A Private

Still a couple week away until this 5 team Region gets underway. Looks like its going to be 3 team shoot out between #6 Christian Heritage, #14 Darlington and #4 North Cobb Christian.

6A Public

Only 1 game in the books so far. Bowdon beat Trion 42-20 last week to be the only team in the 6 team Region to be 1-0.

This Week:

Armuchee (0-0) at Mt. Zion (0-0): In a 6 team region this is a big one for both teams. The Mt. Zion Eagles have started the season at 5-0 and a win puts them in a hunt to compete for the Region title. Armuchee needs this win to accomplish their goal of making the post season.

#14 Gordon Lee (0-0) at Bowdon (1-0): The Gordon Lee Trojans are starting to catch the attention of fans around the State. They lead NWGA in scoring at 45 pts a game and head to Bowdon to face the preseason favorite Red Devils who looked healthy last week for the 1st time this season.

Friday Standouts

Friday night standouts from games played Oct 9, 2020


Conner Crunkleton QB (Adairsville): 9 of 13 228 yds 2 TDs also rushed for 26 yds and a TD.

Tokyo Gordon LB (Adairsville): 16 TT FF 2 TFL

KJ Weaver DL (Adairsville): 9 TT 2 TFL

Phillip Johnson (Temple): 3 TD runs of 47,1,38

Cam Vaughn QB (Temple): 2 TD passes of 20,38

Scooter Tanner WR (Temple): 4 TDS; 20 an 38 receiving TDs; 12 and 6 yd rushing TDs

Kori Dumas RB (Ringgold): 3 Rushing TDs

Micah O’Neal LB (Fannin): Blocked a punt for a TD, sack, FF and Fumble recovery in big Rebel win over Gordon Central

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Bo Rhudy RB (Gordon Lee): The sophomore had 10 carries for 126 yards and 3 TDs.

Cade Peterson RB (Gordon Lee): The senior RB had only 7 carries but gained 170 yards with 2 TDs

Gage Leonard RB (Christian Heritage): Scored 3 TDs in the Lions 44-24 win over Mt. Pisgah including a 53yd TD run and a 60 yard TD catch.

Dante Tidwell Ath (North Murray): 217 total yards with 2 TDs

Judson Petty Ath (North Murray): Double digit tackles for the freshman with a sack and INT. 35 yds receiving on offense.

Seth Griffin QB (North Murray): 284 total yards with 5 TDs

Cade Petty Ath (North Murray): 123 total yards with a TD

Top 10 HUDL

The Top 10 most viewed HUDL players from Area 1. This could mean attention from fans or coaches or could mean your girlfriend really likes to watch your clips?! Here is the Top 10 as of 10/7/20 with Twitter and HUDL links.

Top 10

  1. KeSean Eubanks (’21 Ridgeland): Ath Twitter HUDL
  2. Gage Leonard (’22 Christian Heritage): Athlete Twitter HUDL
  3. Kyle White (’22 Ringgold): Strong Safety Twitter HUDL
  4. JaMario Clements (’21 LaFayette): RB Twitter HUDL
  5. Evan Lester (’21 Christian Heritage): Ath Twitter HUDL
  6. Nick Hanson (’21 Heritage): QB Twitter HUDL
  7. Malachi Powell (’21 LFO): QB Twitter HUDL
  8. Zach Brown (’21 Heritage): LB Twitter HUDL
  9. Christian Thomas (’22 Christian Heritage): QB Twitter HUDL
  10. Makinley Everett (’21 Dade Co): QB Twitter HUDL

7AA Mid Season

We asked Benton Birge a few questions about his thoughts on the 7AA season as we get ready to kick off the Region schedule this Friday. You can follow Benton on Twitter at @BBirge and catch him live tonight on The Friday Night Pressbox

What has been the biggest surprise so far in 7AA ?

It has to be the passing game coming alive at Dade Co. Thru 4 games senior QB Makinley Everett is 87 of 136 for 1156 yards and 14 TDS.

In your opinion who has been the Top 3 standouts in the Region so far?

Mackinley Everett QB Dade Co

DJ Rogers soph RB at Pepperell

Nic Hester freshman WR (Chattooga)

Last chance to get those pre playoff predictions in before Region play starts. Who do you see grabbing those 4 spots?

  1. Pepperell
  2. Fannin Co
  3. Model
  4. Chattooga

6AAA Mid Season

REGION 6AAA Mid Season w/ Chris Napier

October 6th, 2020, (Lawrence Morgan)

Hard to believe it is mid season already, seems like we just got the 2020 season started.

We ask Chris Napier about his thoughts on the 6 AAA season here at the halfway point. You can follow Chris on Twitter @NappytheWise

What has been the biggest surprise game you have seen so far this season in 6AAA?

Biggest surprise games this year are Sonoraville’s big win over Chattooga. That was a dominant performance. Another big surprise was the 1st quarter LaFayette played at Murray County. The Ramblers showed up ready to play that night.

Who are the Top 3 players in 6AAA at the midpoint?

Top 3 players is a tough question. I would have to say Javin Whatley (Rockmart), Jaylon Ramsey (LaFayette), and Dante Tidwell (North Murray). An easy case could be made for Jamario Clements (LaFayette) and Kori Dumas (Ringgold). I say this after watching Tidwell play against Ringgold which for the past 4 years it seems like all his biggest games have come against the Tigers. Rockmart’s defensive front. Dudes like Davis, Banks, &Brown. That looks like a tough group. They’re fast and athletic and they look relentless.

I’m going to put you on the spot…Who are the 4 playoff teams right now?

Top 4 in no order. Rockmart, LaFayette, Adairsville, & North Murray. Still a lot of football to played. Sonoraville or Ringgold could easily work their way into a spot.

Check back each week as Chris previews and predicts all the action in Region 6AAA.