Rome, Allatoona to meet in key 5-AAAAA game

Rome put itself in great position for the Region 5-AAAAA playoff race with its 21-0 victory over Hiram last week. Now the Wolves can take a big step toward a run at the region title when they travel to Cobb County on Friday to meet Allatoona.

Both teams are 2-0 in the region, and the winner likely will be undefeated when it takes on seventh-ranked East Paulding (also 2-0) later in the season. East Paulding, which faces 0-3 Paulding County this week, will play Rome on Oct. 19 and Allatoona on Nov. 9. Both games will be at East Paulding.

Here are some of the other big games involving Class AAAAA teams this week:

*Flowery Branch at Cedar Shoals: Cedar Shoals has emerged as the top challenger to the top four teams in Region 8-AAAAA (Gainesville, Heritage-Conyers, Flowery Branch and Clarke Central). The Jaguars are 2-0 after victories over Hart County and Elbert County. Flowery Branch is 0-2 but has lost to top-ranked Northside-Warner Robins and Class AAAAAA No. 8 West Forsyth. The loser of this game will have time to recover but could be facing an uphill climb in the playoff race.

*Mays at M.L. King (at Hallford Stadium): Mays got off to good start in 6-AAAAA play with a 34-7 victory over Miller Grove last weekend, but this week the Raiders begin a crucial two-game stretch that could determine their fate. First up is fourth-ranked M.L. King, which has not allowed a point in two games against solid opponents. Mays plays Southwest DeKalb next week.

*Kell at Lassiter: These two east Cobb schools have met six times since Kell opened in 2003, with each team winning three. Lassiter won the most recent meeting, 28-17 in 2009, stopping a three-game Kell winning streak in the series. Lassiter quarterback Eddie Printz, who has passed for 513 yards and six touchdowns in two games, will be tested by a Kell secondary that includes preseason all-state players Brendan Langley (committed to South Carolina) and Quincy Mauger (Georgia).

*Northside-Warner Robins at Westside-Macon: Top-ranked Northside has won seven of eight all-time meetings with Westside, but the schools haven’t played each other since 2007. Both teams have dominated in their first two games this season, although Northside has the most impressive victory with its 45-7 rout of Flowery Branch in its opening game.

*Warner Robins at Peach County: No. 6 Warner Robins will be out for revenge when it takes on Peach County, the top-ranked team in Class AAA. Peach County scored with less than a minute to play last year to beat the Demons 7-6. On the Trojans’ winning drive, Warner Robins thought it had recovered a fumble, but it was ruled an incomplete pass.

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"THE CANNON RULES"

September 13th, 2012
9:58 am

@ Chip Saye…

YES…ROME took step #1 with its win against HIRAM last week and I agree with your comment…

“Now the Wolves can take a big step toward a run at the region title when they travel to Cobb County on Friday to meet Allatoona”…

BUT I am telling you here and NOW…
That REGION 5-AAAAA Title comes THRU EAST and “THE BONEYARD”!!!

as you said BOTH ROME and ALLATOONA play EAST in “THE BONEYARD” so whoever wins Friday night in the ROME / ALLATOONA game (and I really think ALLATOONA is going to win) is going to be TIED with EAST come Saturday morning at 3 / 0 in the REGION!

That last game of the season for EAST in “THE BONEYARD” against ALLATOONA is going to be something to see. I predict a STANDING ROOM ONLY crowd and a PLAYOFF atmosphere!!!

But we have a LOT of football between now and then and EAST has PAULDING COUNTY coming to “THE BONEYARD” tomorrow night. Should be a fun game with a good crowd for an in-county match-up.

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!!

Chip Saye

September 13th, 2012
10:39 am

@Cannon … I’m not saying that the Rome/Allatoona winner is the front-runner in the region. Just pointing out that the winner of that game will be the one team left that has a chance of even challenging East Paulding for first place.Obviously, the road to the title still goes through “THE BONEYARD”.

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 13th, 2012
10:47 am

@ Chip Saye…

I knew that, just thought I would see if I could get a rise out of you!

I just hope EAST stays focused thru the next three games until they hit the stretch with HIRAM, ROME,& ALLATOONA in it. Can’t let somebody slip up on them…like they say “On ANY given night”!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

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September 13th, 2012
11:36 am

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FridayNightLightsFan

September 13th, 2012
2:50 pm

I do think the schedule favors East Paulding. We get a chance to work on thing and build up to what (IMO) is the harder teams. At least we didn’t start out with Rome and Allatoona right away. It gives our new coach and team some time to adjust to each other.

Dilligas

September 13th, 2012
3:40 pm

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Dilligas

September 13th, 2012
3:41 pm

Anybody that bets against HC Gary Varner at Allatoona is getting ready to lose money on a regular basis…Best kept secret in the State of Georgia…

RAIDER FAN

September 13th, 2012
3:43 pm

@”Cannon” and FNLF Either of you consider going to the Rome/Allatoona game? Would be a chance to check out the other “top” teams in the region and it’s only a 10 min. drive from E.P. I was thinking about it myself as I’m fairly certain the Raiders will have things well in hand at home.

Eagle Dad

September 13th, 2012
3:49 pm

I agree about Varner Dilligas but Allatoona and Rome better keep an eye on East Paulding. I think the Raiders will be in the mix to win the region. Easily the best running back they have ever had and might also be the best QB they have had. Good that Rome seems to be in one of their up years because that region is terrible outside of the three mentioned. The 4th playoff team will be run out of the stadium in round 1 by an embarassing margin.

AAAAAfan

September 13th, 2012
3:54 pm

MLK will beat the brakes off of Mays.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

September 13th, 2012
4:13 pm

@ RAIDER FAN…

If it was our “OFF” week I would go in a heart beat but I don’t want to miss the RAIDER home game.

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

September 13th, 2012
4:17 pm

@ Eagle Dad…

NORTH PAULDING may be the sleeper for that 4th spot and depending on who they draw they could easily surprise someone. They are improving each week and the new coach seems to have them pumped up!

It’s early yet but I still see it as #1 EAST, #2 ALLATOONA, #3 ROME, and #4 HIRAM or NORTH PAULDING.

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

Eagle Dad

September 13th, 2012
4:37 pm

@ cannon rules- I agree about NP. Coach Jones could finally reach that playoff level that he never seemed to find at Kennesaw Mt. He can enjoy a quick trip if he makes it. Matched up with region 8 in round 1 and Gainesville will put a running clock on them. But the top 3 from region 5 have a good shot at all making it to round 2.

FridayNightLightsFan

September 13th, 2012
11:19 pm

@RAIDER FAN – I’m sure I would go also if it was an off week. But have to be at “The Boneyard”. Can’t miss the canon going off. :)

RAIDER FAN

September 14th, 2012
6:40 am

@FNLF… I think you could still hear the cannon from Allatoona. :-)

Oh man.........

September 14th, 2012
7:22 am

Guess this has turned into an East Paulding blog!!!!

FridayNightLightsFan

September 14th, 2012
8:31 am

@Oh man……… – LOL, We have fun.

RealisticFan

September 14th, 2012
9:04 am

I’m going to the North game.. They are getting better and confidence is growing. Will see if they decide to play a full 4 qtrs tonight against Lithia Springs. I think that Hiram is in for a rough night at the DEN next Friday night. I personally think that there are three tiers in the region with East and Allatoona in tier 1, Rome and North in tier 2, then everyone else. Now while I’m starting to get on the North bandwagon, I still have many many questions and mostly on defense. They at least get lined up in the right place now but they lack that love of and passion for playing defense that it takes to win night in and out. In North’s brief history they have only kept I believe 5 opponents under 20 points. When stopping people becomes priority 1 then they will be a team to truly concerned about.

Oh man.........

September 14th, 2012
12:53 pm

Yeah ya’ll do!!! does anyone know where we can keep track of the Allatoona and Rome game?

Valyboy32

September 15th, 2012
12:20 am

Eaglenationrisen stick to predicting NSW games Peach will ne okay as you saw on ftball friday nite. You predict Peach would loose we didnt cant say we cheated with bad calls didnt! So we we gave up a lot of yards on the ground but WRD strong and physical!