Cartersville made the decision to wear black jerseys for their showdown with county rival Adairsville last week and responded with a 45-3 win the essentially won the Region 5-AAA championship.
Cartersville traditionally wears purple jerseys, but opted for black ones with gold numbers. The fired-up players then went out and thumped the Tigers for their eighth victory of the season. This week Cartersville moved up to No. 6 in the rankings.
Cartersville (8-0) can make the No. 1 seed for the playoffs official this week with a win against Sonoraville (1-7). The Hurricanes close the season at Ringgold, which is one of four teams playing for the other three state playoff spots.
Gordon Central has one league loss (to Cartersville) and this week plays Adairsville, which has two region losses. Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold also have two region losses; they meet this week in what could be an elimination game.
Success at Pierce County
Pierce County won its eighth game of the season last week, matching its total from last year when the Bears went 8-3. Pierce went 9-4 in 2002, its best record since going 12-1 and reaching the Class A quarterfinals in 1982. Pierce has the week off after its 35-14 win over Savannah and closes the season on Nov. 9 against Brantley County.
Carver tunes up for Peach County
No. 4 Carver Columbus didn’t waste any effort in a 46-14 win over Central Macon. Dreilon Freeman returned the opening kickoff for a 65-yard touchdown and the Tigers went ahead 19-0 before Central had time to get their shoulder pads adjusted. Torrance McGee threw two touchdown passes and ran for another/ Carver has a date with Peach County on Friday to determine the Region 2 championship.
Still no love for North Hall
North Hall is going to win the Region 7-AAA championship, but the Trojans have found it difficult to break back into the rankings. North won its fifth straight game, but failed to climb into the poll. Coach Bob Christmas’ team was No. 9 before losing its only game of the season on Sept. 14 against Jefferson. Since then North has not scored fewer than 42 points and is averaging 52 points in a very top-heavy league. North finishes the season on Nov. 9 at No. 3 Buford.
Chapel Hill back in the playoffs
It looks like first-year coach Geoff Pastrick is going to get Chapel Hill back in the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Panthers are 5-3 overall and are 4-1 in Region 4-AAA. Chapel Hill can clinch second place if it beats Central Carroll on Friday night. Tailback Tre Mitchell has been a key to the success. Mitchell has rushed for 308 yards against Rockmart and 258 yards against Douglass.
Callaway can clinch first place if its beats a one-win Douglass team this week. If Chapel Hill wins, it will be the No. 2 seed and host a first-round state playoff game. If Chapel Hill loses, it will be tied with Central and Rockmart.