The third Friday of the high school football season in Class AAAAA was a night for streaks to come to an end. For New Manchester, a second-year program playing its first full varsity season, it was a winning streak that was broken. For others, it was a night to celebrate the end of long droughts. Here are some of the streaks that ended:
*Lakeside-DeKalb: The Vikings snapped a school-record 17-game losing streak with their 28-14 victory against Dunwoody. It was the Vikings’ first victory since beating Redan 7-6 on Sept. 17, 2010, on the way to a 2-8 season. Lakeside, one of North Georgia’s top programs in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, has not had a winning season since going 6-4 in 2003. And what has been a difficult start for Dunwoody, which lost to Class AAAA Chamblee 38-6 in the opener, figures to only get worse. The Wildcats play perhaps the top five teams in Region 6-AAAAA over the next five games in Stephenson, Tucker, Miller Grove, M.L. King and Mays.
*Morrow: Courtney Heard scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 1:19 to play to break a 6-6 tie and give the Mustangs a 12-6 victory over Forest Park, breaking an 11-game losing streak. It was Morrow’s first victory since beating Forest Park 14-0 in the final game of the 2010 season. Forest Park is 1-11 since the start of the 2011 season, with the lone victory coming against Morrow in the season finale last year.
*Cherokee: The Warriors ended a 10-game slump with a 38-28 victory over county rival Sequoyah. It was Cherokee’s second victory in the past seven meetings with Sequoyah and was the Warriors’ first victory over another Cherokee County school since beating Sequoyah 35-28 on Oct. 5, 2007, a streak of 10 games.
*Gainesville: The Red Elephants had not beaten Class AAA No. 2 Buford in four previous tries and had never been closer than two touchdowns against the Wolves. That ended on Friday when Deshaun Watson’s third touchdown pass, a 21-yarder to Jay Gaudlock with 7:51 to play, gave Gainesville a 19-15 victory. It was Buford’s first regular-season loss since Sept. 3, 2010, when the Wolves fell 14-0 against Carver-Columbus.
*New Manchester: The Jaguars had played just four varsity games in the program’s young history, but they had never suffered a loss until falling 41-20 against North Paulding. The Wolfpack led 28-7 at halftime and cruised to the victory, which knocked New Manchester out of first place in Region 5-AAAAA.
Cedar Shoals is 2-0 for the first time since 2007 after its 35-28 victory over Elbert County, the seventh-ranked team in Class AAA. … Rome (5-AAAAA) and Mays (6-AAAAA) picked up region victories that could loom large in the playoff races later in the season. Rome beat Hiram 21-0 to keep pace with East Paulding and Allatoona. Mays had a surprisingly easy 34-7 win over Miller Grove to set up a showdown with No. 5 M.L. King next weekend. … Eighth-ranked Thomas County Central and Class AAAA No. 2 Marist played another of their typical close games. This time Thomas County Central escaped with a 21-17 victory, its sixth win against the War Eagles in seven meetings.