There will be a new No. 1 in Class AAA this week. But who will it be?
The spot became vacant when Peach County, which has held the position all season, was upset by Carver Columbus 26-17 in Fort Valley. That set up a scuffle for the top position going into the final week of the regular season.
Here are the three logical successors:
Carver trailed 17-13 at halftime of its big showdown with Peach County, which determined the Region 2-AAA championship. Carver took the second-half kickoff and drove 80 yards in eight plays to take the lead, 19-17, on a 1-yard run by Torrance McGee. The Tigers iced it when Brandon Watt picked up a fumble caused by a quarterback sack and ran it 25 yards for a touchdown.
McGee threw the ball only five times, completed three, for 24 yards. One went to Marqui Hawkins for a 10-yard touchdown before the end of the first half.
The Carver defense did a good job slowing Peach quarterback Greg Williams. He completed only 10 of 25 for 138 yards and was intercepted twice. Peach standout Demarcus Robinson has three catches for 73, but got in the end zone via a 54-yard punt return.
In other games played Friday:
Cedar Grove 47, Woodward Academy 14: The Saints got five touchdowns from Jonathan McCrary, three passing and two running, to upset the No. 8-ranked War Eagles. Deion Sellers caught a touchdown pass and scored on an 81-yard run.
Buford 49, East Hall 6: Buford’s Thomas Wilson rushed for 98 yards on three carries, as the Wolves rolled up 325 yards rushing. Quinn Davis scored a pair of touchdowns for Buford, which lost leading rusher Dontravious Wilson in the first half with an injury.
St. Pius 24, Blessed Trinity 17: The No. 9 Golden Lions knocked off the No. 7 Titans behind the running of Branden Mitchell (105 yards) and Ryan Braswell (104 yards). St. Pius had 323 yards, all of it on the ground. Blessed Trinity was led by quarterback Spencer McManes, who threw for a score and ran for a score.
Washington County 49, Dodge County 0: The Golden Hawks bounced back from last week’s loss to Thomson by rolling up 445 yards worth of offense. Quarterback Williams Walker threw for 117 yards and ran for 43 and Jukilo Johnson, who rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns.
North Oconee 63, Oconee County 21: The No. 10 Titans rolled in the first meeting between the two county rivals. North Oconee had 567 yards on offense, with 470 coming on the ground. Sophomore Kawon Bryant rushed for 238 yards and three touchdowns and Nick Colvin ran for 173 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 127 yards and one touchdown.