GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising results of the weekend. Unlike past weeks, these aren’t necessarily upsets, but they are significant results in their own way:
1. Prince Avenue Christian 28, Athens Academy 7: Prince Avenue recorded its first victory in five tries against its Athens rival, which won five region titles in the previous nine seasons.
2. Shaw 39, LaGrange 35: Shaw got its first victory this season, while LaGrange has lost three regular-season games for the first time since 2005.
3. Newton 35, Newnan 32: The surprising slide for Newnan, which was ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAA in the preseason, continues with its third consecutive loss. Newton is 4-0 for the first time since 1995.
4. Houston County 7, Warner Robins 3: Houston County beat Warner Robins for the first time since 2001 and dropped the Demons to 0-4 for the first time since 1966.
5. McIntosh 28, Northgate 17: Northgate was on track to be tied with Starr’s Mill for first place in Region 3-AAAA Division B, but McIntosh prevented that with its first victory in four games this season.
6. Sequoyah 13, Rome 12: Sequoyah recorded a crucial victory in the Region 7-AAAA playoff race, knocking off the previously unbeaten Wolves.
7. North Oconee 28, Hart County 16: Hart County was No. 8 in the Class AA preseason rankings, but North Oconee now seems on a collision course with Elbert County for the Region 8-AA South championship.
8. Washington-Wilkes 21, Oconee County 20: Washington-Wilkes started the season 0-3 against a difficult schedule but could still be a factor in Region 7-A.
9. Johnson County 31, Emanuel County Institute 24: Johnson County’s overtime victory ended a four-game losing streak in the series and put the Trojans in the driver’s seat in Region 3-A West.
10. Veterans 10, Central, Macon 0: The new school in Houston County picked up the first victory in the program’s history.
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