Here’s a recap of some of the big stories in Class AAAA from Week 4:
*Look who’s 3-0: The best record in Region 4-AAAAA belongs to … McIntosh? Yep. The Chiefs are 3-0 for the first time in the program’s 31-year history after beating Ola 14-6. Ian Timmins returned a fumble for a touchdown and Andrew Johnson threw a TD pass to Duke Kinnamon as McIntosh took a 14-0 lead and held on, according to the Fayette Citizen. The Chiefs, who were 1-9 last year and lost to Ola in overtime in the regular-season finale, won three or fewer games in 20 of their previous 30 seasons. McIntosh will play Drew next weekend.
*Big night for Watson: Granted, it came against a Winder-Barrow team that has now lost 27 consecutive games, but Gainesville had a great debut in 8-AAAAA after moving up from Class AAA with a 69-0 victory. Junior quarterback Deshaun Watson played only the first half as Gainesville built a 62-0 lead, but he was 16-for-16 passing for 331 yards and seven touchdowns and had 41 yards and a TD rushing, according to the Gainesville Times. Next up for Gainesville is Apalachee, which was off on Friday.
*Region 5-AAAAA title to be decided on Nov. 9: Allatoona and seventh-ranked East Paulding emerged from Friday’s games as the only undefeated teams in the region, and they appear likely to stay that way heading into the season-finale at East Paulding. Allatoona, which reached the state quarterfinals in Class AAA, knocked off the region’s other undefeated team with a 39-17 victory over Rome. East Paulding routed Paulding County 52-0 and has outscored its opponents 139-17 in the first three games.
*Warner Robins loses another tight one to Peach: Warner Robins dropped its third consecutive game against middle Georgia rival Peach County, and for the second straight year it was a difficult one to swallow. Last year Peach drove for the winning touchdown with less than two minutes to play for a 7-6 victory. This time, Peach County held on for a 29-24 victory despite giving up almost 400 yards of total offense. Warner Robins turned the ball over twice near midfield in the fourth quarter, and the Demons were stopped on a fourth-down play at the Peach 10-yard line early in the third, according to the Macon Telegraph.
*Notable: Riverwood is 3-0 for the first time since 2005 after a 59-13 victory over North Springs. … No. 6 Warner Robins was one of two ranked AAAAA teams to lose on Friday. The other was No. 3 Kell, which dropped a 42-13 decision against Class AAAAAA No. 4 Lassiter. … Arabia Mountain continues to impress despite its 0-2 start in Region 6-AAAAA. The Rams dropped a respectable 39-20 decision against top-ranked Tucker a week after losing to No. 5 Stephenson 28-18.