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