GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the surprises and games of note from the weekend:
1. Stockbridge 17, Griffin 14: Griffin, ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA last, had averaged 40.8 points per game in its 4-0 start, but the Bears were held in check and lost on a field goal on the game’s final play. It was Griffin’s first loss to a Henry County school in 29 all-time games and the first in seven meetings with Stockbridge.
2. Chestatee 24, Stephens County 20: Chestatee raised some eyebrows with a victory against Eastside on Sept. 21, but the War Eagles established themselves as contenders for the Region 8-AAAA title with a win over last week’s fifth-ranked team. Chestatee has won three straight after losing to North Hall 32-20 in the opener.
3. Cass 35, Dalton 7: Cass proved that its 4-1 record is no fluke and that it will be a factor in Region 7-AAAA with a rout of perennial power Dalton. It was the first victory in nine tries against Dalton for the Colonels, who were 0-10 last season and are off to their best start since the 2004 team was 5-0.
4. Camden County 43, Valdosta 6: Aside from being Valdosta’s most-lopsided home loss in 38 years, this one will go down in the history books as Camden County’s debut in powerful Region 1-AAAAAA after years of dominating a weak Savannah-area region. This was Camden County’s 87th consecutive region victory.
5. Charlton County 32, Wilcox County 26: Charlton County snapped a two-game losing streak to Wilcox County and dealt a serious blow to the Patriots’ hopes of repeating as Region 2-A champions. Wilcox County fell out of the rankings from its No. 4 spot, and Charlton County moved in at No. 10.
6. Hancock Central 26, Warren County 0: When these teams met last season, a postgame brawl led to a GBI investigation, an injury to then-Warren coach David Daniel that required surgery and a fine and warning status for Hancock Central. There were no incidents this time, and Hancock Central broke a seven-game losing streak in the series.
7. Northside, Columbus 14, Russell County, Ala. 14: Under Alabama rules, games do not end in ties. But this one was played in Columbus, with Georgia rules, and Northside coach Paul Cates opted not to play overtime. It was the first tie game for an Alabama school since 1995 and the first for an AHSAA school since Ranburne tied Georgia’s Mount Zion 8-8 in 1992.
8. Blessed Trinity 21, Woodward Academy 14: Woodward Academy was No. 9 in Class AAA last week, its first ranking in two years, but the War Eagles’ stay in the top 10 was a short one. Blessed Trinity improved to 4-1 overall, is tied for first place with St. Pius and Cedar Grove in a competitive Region 6-AAA and moved into the Top 10.
9. Jefferson County 33, Wesleyan 0: Jefferson County, which came into the game 1-3 against a difficult schedule, had a relatively easy time against a Wesleyan team that was 3-1. It was Jefferson County’s first game in history against any of the five metro Atlanta schools that make up Region 6-AA.
10. Baconton Charter 40, Stewart County 13: Baconton Charter broke a 15-game losing streak against Georgia teams. The third-year program has an all-time record of 4-20 – one victory was by forfeit, one was against Munroe, Fla., earlier this year, and the other two were against Stewart County, which is 4-40 in its five seasons.
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