Notable results of week 3: Newton pulls off upset of the season

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable results of Week 3:

1. Newton 15, Lowndes 14:Newton pulled off the biggest upset of the season when it knocked off the team that was ranked No. 7 in AAAAAA last week. Newton lost to Lowndes 31-0 last season and finished 5-6. Newton and McEachern (twice) are the only non-region opponents to beat Lowndes in the regular season since the start of the 2008 season. The victory was Newton’s most shocking since beating No. 1 Griffin 3-0 in 1977.

2. North Springs 35, Hapeville 34: North Springs snapped a 34-game losing streak, the state’s second-longest active slump. The Spartans’ victory was their first since Oct. 16, 2009, when they lost to Stone Mountain 39-6 in a game that was overturned by forfeit. Their last on-field victory, 28-0 against Cross Keys on Aug. 28, 2009, also was overturned by forfeit.

3. Pace Academy 42, Athens Academy 9: Pace Academy picked up the biggest victory in the program’s six-year history, routing the team that was ranked No. 6 in Class A last week. Pace Academy, which lost to the Spartans 42-7 last season and finished 3-7, is 2-0 for just the second time in the program’s history. Athens Academy was 11-1 in 2012.

4. New Manchester 41, North Paulding 30: North Paulding knocked off defending 5-AAAAA champ East Paulding in its opener, then turned around and lost to a New Manchester team that was 2-8 in 2012. New Manchester is 3-0 in its second full varsity season and could at least challenge for a playoff berth in what appears to be a wide-open race.

5. Lakeside, Evans 23, Thomson 14: Lakeside ended a seven-game losing streak against Thomson and won for just the second time in 14 all-time meetings. Thomson, which beat the Panthers 51-27 last season, were ranked No. 10 in Class AAA last week. The Bulldogs committed five turnovers and had 103 yards in penalties in what was their first game.

6. Baldwin 35, Peach County 21: Baldwin bounced back from a 28-14 loss to Jefferson County in the opener to knock off the team ranked No. 7 in AAA last week. Peach County had won the past four meetings in the series, including last year’s 42-7 blowout. Peach County allowed the most points in a regular-season game since a 48-28 loss to Perry in 2007.

7. Bremen 17, Central, Carrollton 7: Bremen picked up its first victory of the season after being blown out by Alexander 41-14 in the opener two weeks ago. Central suffered its first loss after winning its first two games by a combined score of 104-0. Both teams went 5-5 in the regular season in 2012, and Central won 34-28 when the teams met in Bremen.

8. Buford 38, Gainesville 14: Buford’s victory in this battle of defending state champions was not as big of a surprise as its domination of the Red Elephants. Buford jumped to an early 17-0 lead, ran for 374 yards and held Gainesville QB Deshaun Watson to less than 200 yards passing. Gainesville averaged 41 points per game last season.

9. Cairo 6, Bainbridge 0: Bainbridge, ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAA last week, has given up just six points this season but hasn’t scored a touchdown in a 1-1 start. The Bearcats beat East Gadsden, Ala., 3-0 in their opener. Cairo made a goal-line stand in the final minutes to preserve the win, which came a week after a 21-10 loss to Thomasville in its opener.

10. Savannah Christian 17, Prince Avenue Christian 9: Jeff Herron, formerly of Camden County, suffered his first loss as Prince Avenue Christian’s coach and lost for only the second time in 61 all-time meetings against Savannah schools. Savannah Christian lost to Prince Avenue 28-12 last year but responded with seven consecutive victories.

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"THE CANNON RULES"

September 9th, 2013
7:50 am

Surprising NEW MANCHESTER at 3 / 0 has 0 / 3 WOODLAND / BARTOW at home this week so look for another win and NEW MANCHESTER still sitting at the top of 5 AAAAA with a 4 / 0 record!!
Then the real test begins as they still have to play EAST, ROME, ALLATOONA. SOUTH PAULDING, VILLA RICA & HIRAM so look for that record to change with AT LEAST 4 losses out of those 6 games! That still gives the 3 year old program a VERY respectable 6 / 4 season!

ALLATOONA travels to ROME this week and needs to be ready, ROME lost a barn-burner to SOUTH PAULDING in week one 42 / 35 then come back and beat HIRAM 35 / 13…They CAN score it appears! ALLATOONA has yet to be tested with no one yet scoring on your “D”…beating WOODLAND / BARTOW 50 / 0 then last week PAULDING COUNTY 39 / 0…

EAST still has issues everywhere and while the win against WOODLAND / BARTOW was good to see and needed after the opening loss to NORTH PAULDING the same problems remain. EAST offense struggled all night as they rotated two different QB’s with limited success at best and neither showing the stability and leadership needed to effectively run the offense against even an average “D”…this game WAS good for confidence and tune-up for up coming games and Friday night against PAULDING COUNTY will undoubtedly be a much tougher test for EAST.

EAST starting Senior QB Mitchell Webb was on the sidelines still recuperating from his shoulder injured in the NORTH game. As I said in an earlier post, the win against WOODLAND / BARTOW was good to see but proved NOTHING as far as the coaching ability of Coach Goddard and talk in the stands was even stronger about how EAST can replace him. The kids HAVE to stay focused and win this coming week AT PAULDING COUNTY…that would put EAST at 2 / 1 on the season and in the region with the next game at home against NEW MANCHESTER then an away game at VILLA RICA… EAST has to go no worse than 2 / 1 over these 3 games (3 / 0 would be HUGE) before an open week. This gives Mitchell time to heal and be ready for the big games at the end of the schedule.

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

AVikingFan

September 9th, 2013
9:24 am

Congrats to Newton! Their QB is a mighty good athlete! Some good players on the Newton defense too!

Sportsnut

September 9th, 2013
1:42 pm

Congrats Newton on the win. That is how you change peoples perception of you and your program. You went into hostile territory, the home of one of Georgia’s perceived best programs and made a name for yourself.

A job well done. You can keep this up. You need to because we need a running partner for the playoffs. Lets hope we both can make a deep run and change some minds about Region 2.

Rockdale is playing some good ball right now and the region is looking stronger than last season. Good luck to all the Region 2 teams as they play on this season.

joe

September 9th, 2013
2:07 pm

Attention ^^^ posters: Get a life. You’ve got that much to say about a HS football game? Go outside, maybe meet an actual woman. Just sayin…

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 9th, 2013
4:51 pm

@ joe…

You are the one with issues…you should be prowling craigslist for that elusive women it sounds like…BUT this is a High School Football Blog site and it is where many folks visit weekly to discuss FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS! There is not much better than a High School Football game and the atmosphere so if YOU don’t like this then click off and don’t come back!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

Sportsnut

September 9th, 2013
8:48 pm

“And those are the “Cannon Rules”.

eaglenationrising

September 9th, 2013
9:14 pm

@ Cannon: Allatoona’s is much better than those little Paulding County programs. The Buccaneers are going to run up the score on all comers. I know it and you know it too.

AVikingFan

September 10th, 2013
6:52 am

eaglenationrising- One lasting effect Lowndes seems to have since that two year run when NSWR was in our region, is the dreaded “Northside Disease,” or losing to teams we should handily defeat.

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 10th, 2013
7:47 am

@ eaglenationrising…

Nobody said ALLATOONA wasn’t good this year…probably VERY GOOD! However the post I made earlier was about THIS WEEKS game and actually was in response to one “bucfan” made about not overlooking ROME…ROME is one of those teams that is hard to figure out…they are 1 / 1 BUT have put up 70 points in those two games.

While I THANK YOU for the disrespect you show to our PAULDING COUNTY teams I should point out that ROME is a FLOYD COUNTY team…a bit more North and West than PAULDING.

One other thought…While this is a year where EAST is having to overcome a number of issues…and are not yet playing up to their ability I should remind you that LAST year’s EAST / ALLATOONA game ended EAST 25 / ALLATOONA 7…!!!

Since the EAST / ALLATOONA match-up is the LAST game of the regular season for both teams it’s WAY too early to start talking about this game. Hopefully BOTH teams get / stay healthy and I for one am looking forward to visiting ALLATOONA this year. The ALLATOONA / NORTH / EAST games each year are shaping up to be GREAT rivalries and exciting games to be at. The fly in the ointment may be that ALLATOONA has to move UP to AAAAAA in the near future…

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

Dosta Dawg

September 10th, 2013
11:07 am

@ AVikingFan- I’ll trade you a senior offensive lineman for a Freshman QB. Whats going on with your QB’s quiting and leaving??