The Region 5 showdown is on. No. 1-ranked Sandy Creek and No. 4 Carrollton avoided pre-showdown letdowns with big wins Friday night, setting up a de facto region championship game next week. Rushing for five touchdowns, including three by Eric Swinney, Sandy Creek throttled LaGrange to stay unbeaten. Meanwhile, Carrollton got four first-half touchdowns from Trey Chivers and rolled over winless Alexander.
Other things we learned in AAAA Friday night:
Marist does its part: No. 2 Marist whipped Stone Mountain Friday night to stay unbeaten in sub-region play. The War Eagles, who are 7-1 overall, play next week against Chamblee, which was unbeaten heading into Saturday’s matchup against struggling Lithonia.
Statesboro’s defense stands up: The No. 5-ranked Blue Devils (7-1, 2-0 Regio 3-AAAA Division A), ranked No. 5, held their fourth straight opponent to single-digit points in a 13-6 win over South Effingham, which went into the game averaging 32 points. Running back Quan Daniels rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns for Statesboro according to the Statesboro Herald.
Mary Persons can gut out a close one: Mary Persons gave up 340 yards to Baldwin Friday night and committed three turnovers according to the Macon Telegraph, but the Bulldogs matched the visiting Braves yard for yard and turnover for turnover in a comeback win. The victory, Mary Persons’ third in four games decided by a touchdown or less, kept the Bulldogs (6-2, 4-1 Region 2-AAAA) in sole possession of second place in 2-AAAA, where Baldwin, West Laurens and Veterans all sit with two losses.
Westside-Macon also has guts: The high-scoring Seminoles were involved in a shootout at halftime against Perry, but blanked the Panthers in the second half for a 33-28 win. Westside (7-1, 5-0) can clinch the region title with a win against Rutland next week.