GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable results of Week 4:
1. Mays 36, M.L. King 28: Mays often finds itself on the playoff bubble, making it to the postseason more often than not over the past decade but always seeming to lack a signature victory. The Raiders got that on Saturday, toppling the fourth-ranked Lions and establishing themselves as contenders in 6-AAAAA. The loss ended King’s 19-game winning streak in region games.
2. Murray County 14, Gordon Central 12: Murray County officially snapped a 20-game losing streak but won on the field for the first time since a victory over Pickens on Oct. 1, 2010, a stretch of 27 games. Murray’s streak was reduced to 20 when lopsided losses to Southeast Whitfield (70-0) and Dalton (73-0) at the start of 2011 were overturned by forfeits.
3. Jordan 14, Temple 13: Jordan of Columbus broke a 26-game losing streak that had been the state’s third-longest active slump. The losing streak also began against Temple, which beat the Red Jackets 28-14 on Oct. 15, 2010, a week after Jordan’s most recent victory. Temple is 0-3 this season and went 2-8 in 2012 but beat Jordan 25-16.
4. Carrollton 42, Calhoun 7: Calhoun, the top-ranked team in Class AA last week, was dominated by the No. 2 team in AAA and had its 49-game regular-season winning streak snapped. It was Calhoun’s most-lopsided loss since a 41-6 beating at the hands of Bowdon on Oct. 8, 1993. Calhoun is 2-6 all-time against Carrollton but won 46-35 in 2012.
5. Walton 28, North Cobb 13: Walton bounced back from an 0-2 start to knock off the team ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAAA last week. Walton’s record perhaps is deceptive, however, as its
the Raiders’ losses came against current No. 7 team Peachtree Ridge (23-17) and No. 9 Hillgrove (47-35). North Cobb won 49-17 last year and reached the state semifinals.
6. Dooly County 21, Wilcox County 20: Dooly County played in the Class A public-school championship game last year but started the 2013 season with lopsided losses against Macon County and Americus-Sumter. Dooly County’s victory ended a six-game losing streak in the series against neighboring Wilcox County, which was ranked No. 9 in Class A last week.
7. Central-Carroll 19, Ringgold 15: Central earned a mention in this space last week by losing to Bremen 17-7 after beating its first two opponents by a combined score of 104-0. Now the Lions are back under happier circumstances after surprising a Ringgold team that was impressive in beating Dalton and Heritage of Ringgold in starting the season 2-0.
8. Alexander 49, Carver-Atlanta 13: Alexander (2-8 last year) is off to a 2-1 start for the first time since 2002 after a surprisingly easy victory against Carver, which beat the Cougars 28-0 last year. The computer Maxwell Ratings had projected Carver as a 17-point favorite. Carver had one-point wins against Mays and B.E.S.T. Academy in its 2-0 start.
9. Westminster 24, Thomasville 10: Thomasville slumped to its worst record since 1995 last season (3-7) but entered play on Friday with a 2-1 mark and the No. 10 ranking in AA. Now the Bulldogs are back out of the rankings after losing to Westminster for the second consecutive season. Westminster backup QB Rankin Woley, playing for injured Jack Forte, rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Westminster is 2-2 against one of the more difficult schedules in AA.
10. Lovett 41, Marist 38: Lovett climbed four spots to No. 2 in Class AA after avenging a 24-16 loss that started a four-game losing streak in 2012. The game was especially notable for Marist as it marked the first time the War Eagles have lost back-to-back regular-season games or been below .500 this late in the season in Alan Chadwick’s 29 years as coach.
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