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.