GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the surprises and games of note from Week 7:
1. South Cobb 27, North Cobb 26: South Cobb proved its 4-0 start was no fluke with an overtime victory against the team ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAAA last week. The Eagles are 5-0 for the first time since 1999 and have a big game coming up this week against McEachern, with the winner taking sole possession of first place in Region 4-AAAAAA.
2. River Ridge 35, Cedartown 27: Fourth-year Cherokee program River Ridge pulled off a stunner in its first region game in school history, despite allowing 254 rushing yards and four touchdowns by Cedartown’s Nick Chubb, the state’s leading rusher. The Knights came into the game 1-4 overall but is now 1-0 in 7-AAAA Division A. Cedartown is 4-2 and 0-1.
3. East Laurens 46, Dublin 17: Dublin had won all 20 games in this series that dates to 1974, but East Laurens took out 38 years of frustration with a big Region 3-AA victory. East Laurens had lost by at least two touchdowns in 17 of the previous 20 meetings. Dublin is 0-6 this season, its most losses since the 2003 team went 3-7.
4. Turner County 38, Charlton County 6: Turner County got its first victory against Charlton County since 1993, although the teams have met just seven times overall, and moved into first place in Region 2-A. Turner County faces another big region game this week against Wilcox County, which lost to Charlton 32-26 last weekend.
5. Athens Academy 14, Prince Avenue Christian 7: Athens Academy climbed from No. 8 to No. 6 – its highest ranking since 2008 – with a victory in a battle of top 10 teams. Athens Academy leads the all-time series 5-2 but lost the past two seasons by a combined score of 46-7.
6. Jefferson 31, Washington-Wilkes 0: Washington-Wilkes came into the game with the top defense (2.4 points per game allowed) in Class AA and the No. 4 offense (42.2 points per game), but both of those numbers were blown away by Jefferson, which became the favorite for the Region 8-AA title. Washington-Wilkes was ranked No. 6 in AA last week.
7. Pickens 28, Cass 26: Cass (now 4-2) showed it might be a contender for a playoff berth in Region 7-AAAA with a rout of Dalton last weekend and then turned around and lost to a 2-2 Pickens team in the subregion opener. This game, combined with River Ridge’s upset of Cedartown, will make for a wild race in the region’s Division A.
8. Athens Christian 19, Commerce 14: Commerce opened the season with four consecutive victories but lost for the second straight week to fall to 0-2 in Region 8-A. Athens Christian (2-4) had been shut out the past two weeks. Commerce won the previous six meetings in the series, including 41-0 last season.
9. Kendrick 12, Bremen 8: Kendrick put itself in position to challenge for its first playoff berth since 1999 with its upset of Bremen. The Cherokees are just 2-4 overall but 2-2 in Region 5-AA, with at least two more games in which they likely will be favored. If Kendrick can finish 5-3 in the region, it should be in good shape for a playoff berth.
10. Collins Hill 41, Peachtree Ridge 10: Collins Hill’s victory was no big surprise, but it was noteworthy because (barring an upset) it virtually assures Peachtree Ridge of its first losing season since 2004, the program’s second year. The Lions are 2-4 overall (2-2 in Region 7-AAAAAA) and have games remaining against No. 3 Norcross and No. 8 North Gwinnett.
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