Games to watch in Class AAAA
Dutchtown (5-2, 1-1) at No. 7 Stockbridge (5-1, 1-0): This is a matchup between Region 4-AAAA Division A’s highest-scoring team (Dutchtown, 33 points per game) and the region’s stingiest defense (Stockbridge, 11 points allowed per game). Stockbridge has won five straight but will have its hands full with Bulldogs quarterback Donovahn Jones. Stockbridge has won five of the eight games between the two schools, including a 28-12 victory in 2011.
Shaw (3-3) at No. 3 Carrollton (4-2): In a Region 5-AAAA Carrollton, behind running back Trey Chivers, has scored 46.4 points per game over its last five contests. This one has great potential to be a shootout. Shaw quarterback Chandler Whittlesey has given opponents fits and last week accounted for four touchdowns against top-ranked Sandy Creek.
Baldwin (4-2, 3-0) at Westside-Macon (5-1, 3-0): In a battle for the top spot in Region 2-AAAAA, Baldwin and Westside have each cruised since starting region play. The winner gets the inside track to the region title while the loser likely falls into a group of five teams duking it out for three playoff spots. Behind quarterback Noah Grayer, Westside is averaging 40 points per game, while Baldwin and QB Tajhea Chambers have scored 111 points in their last three games.
Gilmer (5-1, 1-0) at Pickens (4-2, 2-0): In this key 7-AAAA Division A showdown, Gilmer has scored 30 or more points in five of its six games, overcoming the fact that the Bobcats have allowed 79 points in their last three contests. The Bobcats last started 6-1 in 19997. Pickens, which has topped 40 points three times, is off to its best start in six years.
Ridgeland (5-1, 2-0) at Northwest Whitfield (4-2, 1-1): Ridgeland and explosive Vonn Bell look to tighten their grip on the 7-AAAA Division B. The Panthers have won five straight since loosing to Calhoun in the season opener, and they’ve scored at least 35 points every week. Northwest is looking to recover from a disappointing loss to Dalton last week that dropped them into a second-place logjam in the sub-region.