It’s really no surprise that Northwest Whitfield and Ridgeland are off to 4-1 starts. Ridgeland was a playoff team a year ago. Northwest Whitfield went 6-4 for its eighth straight winning season.
Here’s what is shocking: Dalton is 2-3, has allowed an average of 35 points per game and is two plays away from being 0-5. That’s not the only strange-looking thing in Region 7-AAAA.
Things we learned in AAAA this week:
7-AAAA records are deceiving: At least in Division A they are. Cass and Cedartown are both 4-2, but they sit looking up at Pickens and River Ridge after the first week of sub-region games. River Ridge, a fourth-year program, overcame 254 yards and four touchdowns by Cedartown’s Nick Chubb to take a 35-27 win Friday according to the Cherokee Tribune. In Division B, Northwest Whitfield and Ridgeland are both 4-1 after winning their sub-region openers.
Washington can survive a tight game: The No. 6 Bulldogs, in their second year under head coach Rodney Hackney, downed South Atlanta 26-21 Thursday in their 6-AAAA Division B. Washington improved to 5-0, equaling their win total from a year ago.
The Marist defense is coming together: The No. 2 War Eagles posted their second straight shutout Friday night, blanking a Columbia club that had averaged more than 20 points in its first four games.
Trey Chivers drawing attention for Carrollton: Chivers’ 158-yard rushing night keyed the Trojans’ 44-13 win over Fayette County, giving the Carrollton four straight games scoring 35 points or more. The Trojans, who struggled out of the gate, dropping two of their first three games, have scored 110 points in the last two.
Westside-Macon knows how to pull away: The Seminoles kept their share of first place in 2-AAAA with their 40-21 win over Mary Persons. The first half was a shootout but the Westside, which got a 75-yard kickoff return from Shannon Smith, pulled away in the second half and overcame a 174-yard rushing night from Mary Persons’ Nick Davis.
Chestatee can survive the close ones: For the third straight week the War Eagles found themselves clawing for a win, and for the third straight week they got it done with two late scores in a 36-26 win over Johnson-Gainesville, according to the Gainesville Times. Chestatee got 149 rushing yards from Quan Clark and 127 from A.J. Sijiye.