Notable results of week 11: Mount Zion (0-10 in 2011) on brink of subregion title

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the surprises and games of note from the weekend:

1. Mount Zion 20, Darlington 17: Mount Zion of Carroll County moved into first place in 6-A Division A with a shocker against three-time defending region champion Darlington. The Eagles improved to 5-3 overall and can win the subregion title with a victory against Gordon Lee on Friday. Mount Zion was 0-10 in 2011 and outscored by an average of 48-9.

2. Central Gwinnett 30, Parkview 27: Parkview, which was ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAAA last week, fell into a four-way tie for first place in AAAAAA with a three-overtime loss to a Central Gwinnett team that had won just one of its first five region games. Parkview remains in the driver’s seat and can win the region title with victories in its final two games.

3. Chattahoochee 29, West Forsyth 28: West Forsyth, which was ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAAA last week, fell into a three-way tie for first place in 6-AAAAAA after suffering its first loss of the season. West Forsyth is tied with Johns Creek and Alpharetta. Chattahoochee, tied for fourth place with Centennial, gave its playoff hopes a big boost.

4. Valdosta 38, Colquitt County 36: Valdosta came into the game in fifth place in 1-AAAAAA but has put itself in position to claim the No. 3 seed if it wins its final two games against Brunswick and Coffee. Colquitt County, which was alone in third place, most likely needs to beat Coffee this week to have any realistic shot of reaching the playoffs.

5. River Ridge 24, Gilmer 21: River Ridge, a fourth-year program in Woodstock playing a region schedule for the first time, moved into sole possession of first place in 7-AAAA Division A. The Knights can clinch the subregion title with a victory on Friday at Pickens. River Ridge has won three consecutive games, all in subregion play, after a 1-4 start.

6. East Paulding 20, South Paulding 16: Third-ranked East Paulding (8-0) had by far its closest call of its 8-0 season with a four-point victory over the Spartans. The Raiders had four shutouts in their first seven games, winning each by at least 21 points. East Paulding was considered a 24-point favorite by the computer Maxwell Ratings.

7. Harris County 35, Lee County 31: Harris County has won four consecutive games after an 0-4 start and put itself in position to challenge for the 1-AAAAA championship. The Tigers are 3-0 in region play, half a game behind Thomas County Central, and their game on Nov. 9 will decide the region title. Lee County has lost two straight after a 6-0 start.

8. Woodward Academy 20, St. Pius 14: Woodward Academy kept its hopes of winning the 6-AAA championship alive with a victory against a St. Pius team that was ranked No. 5 in Class AAA last week. Woodward can win the title if it beats Cedar Grove this week and Blessed Trinity loses its final two games against St. Pius and Cedar Grove.

9. Winder-Barrow 31, Cedar Shoals 21: Winder-Barrow ended a 31-game losing streak, the longest active slump of any Class AAAAA team. The Bulldoggs had not won since beating Monroe Area 48-41 on Oct. 9, 2009. Cedar Shoals, which has lost five of its last six games after a 2-0 start, was a 24-point favorite by the Maxwell Ratings.

10. Cambridge 45, North Springs 13: Cambridge, a first-year school in Milton which had been outscored by an average of 44-9 during its 0-7 start, picked up the first victory in the program’s brief history. It was the 31st consecutive loss for North Springs, which hasn’t won a game since a 39-6 loss to Stone Mountain on Oct. 16, 2009, was overturned by forfeit.

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October 29th, 2012
11:06 am


Chip…Since we are in your write up about last week and both the score and your write up make it sound one way I thought I would re-post my post about the game from a few days ago…


Walking out of SOUTH PAULDING’s stadium last night I was just GLAD to be doing it with another “W” on the scoreboard!!! EAST 20 / SOUTH PAULDING 16!!! RAIDERS still UNDEFEATED!!!

But this one was NOT easy…I struggle to complain on here about bad / questionable officials calling these games BUT thru the years we had had our share of…let’s just say “situations”. It seems the majority of the officials doing our games come from The Etowah Valley Football Assn. out of Cartersville Ga. Last night was one of those nights where from the start it appeared the officials were not sure how they wanted to make calls. By that I mean they would throw a flag (many times well after the play was over) then have a LONG conference between themselves before breaking up and making the call. They WOULD not blow many running plays dead consistently as the kids were pushing back and forth in bunches or in piles but then when other players jumped in to try and “finish” the play they would throw a flag for “piling on”!! It’s either a DEAD play or let them keep playing…you can’t have it both ways.

After this was called SEVERAL times it caused players to be afraid to finish a play or to assist when they though the play was over not wanting to be flagged for a late hit. This type officiating gave SOUTH PAULDING a late TD when it appeared the play was over and EAST players let up as the SOUTH PAULDING player was in a pile but since no one else piled on him he got up and ran in for a late TD…EAST blocked the extra point attempt but it made the game closer than it needed to be at that point.

This game was a defensive struggle from the start as SOUTH PAULDING has a pretty good “D” at stopping the run and EAST was determined to feed them a dose of Kamani Thomas ALL NIGHT! EAST didn’t try but a handful of passes all night and didn’t score any special team points, which is very odd.

Well a win is a win…and the RAIDERS are still UNDEFEATED at 8 / 0 with LITHIA SPRINGS next week then the NOV. 9th game in “THE BONEYARD” with ALLATOONA to decide the REGION CHAMPIONSHIP for 5 AAAAA!


Week 11?

October 29th, 2012
12:20 pm

I thought they just completed week 10? Week 11 is coming up . . .

Region 7-AAA

October 29th, 2012
1:18 pm

Week 11? … For most of the state, Week 11 is coming up. But if you remember, about 25% of the state played a “week 1″ game on Aug 24 while the rest of the state waited until Aug 31 for week one.