GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the surprises and games of note from the weekend:
1. Centennial 26, Lambert 7: Centennial got its first victory of the season and handed Lambert its first loss. Perhaps Lambert was looking ahead to its final four games – the Longhorns face Johns Creek, Alpharetta and Chattahoochee (each of which has one loss in 6-AAAAAA) in the next three weeks and undefeated West Forsyth in the finale.
2. Mundy’s Mill 32, Drew 31: Mundy’s Mill was 0-4 when subregion play began, but the Tigers are 2-0 and tied for first place in 4-AAAAA Div. A after upsetting Drew. Mundy’s Mill is tied with Union Grove, and the teams will meet on Oct. 26 in a game that could decide the subregion champion. Mundy’s Mill made its most recent playoff appearance in 2007.
3. Harris County 21, Bainbridge 17: Harris County began the year 0-4 before beating Douglas County and then knocking off Bainbridge in its 1-AAAAA opener. The Bearcats, projected by some as the second-best team in the region behind Thomas County, fell into last place at 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the region.
4. Irwin County 26, Clinch County 15: Irwin County is now the surprise leader in a wide-open Region 2-A. The victory gave Irwin County the No. 10 spot in the Class A rankings that Clinch County held last week. Irwin County is 2-0, followed by four teams with one loss each in region play – Clinch County, Turner County, Wilcox County and Charlton County.
5. Woodland-Stockbridge 23, Locust Grove 14: Woodland is just 2-4 overall but tied with seventh-ranked Stockbridge for first place in Region 4-AAAA Div. A at 1-0 in the subregion. Locust Grove (5-2) was coming off what was perhaps the biggest victory in the program’s four-year history, a 40-37 win over Dutchtown last weekend.
6. Pickens 54, Cedartown 35: Pickens proved that its upset of Cass last weekend was no fluke with an easy victory over the team some thought might win its subregion. Pickens is alone in first place in 7-AAAA Div. A, a half-game ahead of Gilmer and River Ridge. Pickens, under first-year coach Chris Parker, is seeking its first playoff berth since 2005.
7. Grady 42, Washington 22: Washington fell short in its bid to go 6-0 for the first time since 1997, and Grady emerged as a co-favorite, along with Carver of Atlanta, to win the Region 6-AAAA Div. B title. Carver and Grady will meet on Nov. 2 in the game that likely will determine which team plays in the region championship game the following week.
8. Effingham County 16, Richmond Hill 14: Richmond Hill was 5-0 and set up for this week’s showdown with Ware County to determine sole possession of first place in Region 3-AAAAA. Now it’s Effingham County sharing the top spot with the Gators, and the winner of their game on Nov. 9 is likely to claim the region championship.
9. Rome 57, North Paulding 56: Rome’s victory was not a big surprise, although it probably was to anyone who saw North Paulding take a 50-43 lead with 18 seconds to play. The Wolves got a 60-yard kickoff and then runs of 20 and 13 yards to send the game into overtime, where it won by blocking the extra-point attempt after North Paulding’s touchdown.
10. Lincoln County 20, Aquinas 13: Two teams that were ranked No. 2 last week fell in Week 8. One was Tucker in AAAAA. The other was Aquinas, which lost its 32nd consecutive game against the Red Devils in what was expected to be a close game. Lincoln County is tied for first place in Region 7-A with Wilkinson County, which plays Aquinas this week.
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