Here are some of the things we learned about Class AAAAA on Friday:
- East Paulding still a contender in 5-AAAAA: A loss to North Paulding, a narrow escape against Paulding County and an injury to quarterback Mitchell Webb have cause a bit of anxiety in the Boneyard, but East Paulding remained in the thick of the playoff race with a 24-10 victory against New Manchester. Both teams will join Allatoona, North Paulding, South Paulding, Rome and Villa Rica in what is likely to be a seven-team race for the four playoff berths from the region.
- If Bainbridge is playing, somebody’s getting shut out: Bainbridge’s 36-0 loss to Westlake was the Bearcats’ fourth consecutive game in which the losing team failed to score. Bainbridge beat East Gadsden (Fla.) 3-0, lost to Cairo 6-0 and beat Early County 26-0 in its first three games. Bainbridge will be off next weekend before beginning region play against sixth-ranked Thomas County Central on Oct. 4. Thomas County Central won in overtime last year … and both teams scored.
- B is better than A in 4-AAAAA: The five teams from subregion B in 4-AAAAA put a beating on their subregion A counterparts in crossover action. Creekside, McIntosh, Whitewater, Northgate and Starr’s Mill averaged 52.4 points in completing a five-game sweep, improving their combined overall record for the season to 15-5. Union Grove is the only team in subregion A with a winning record (3-1); the other five teams in the subregion are a combined 1-16.
- Miller unhappy with 49-6 victory: Gainesville improved to 2-0 in Region 8-AAAAA with a rout of Apalachee, but Red Elephants coach Bruce Miller wasn’t impressed with his team’s performance. “We didn’t play well,” Miller told the Gainesville Times. “We didn’t improve this week; that’s the thing that bothered me. I didn’t see anything that we improved on.” Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for 399 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a score. Rodney Lackey had three touchdown receptions.
- Region 6-AAAAA remains heavy at the top: The top three teams in 6-AAAAA are distancing themselves from most of the pack. Top-ranked Tucker, No. 2 Stephenson and Mays outscored their opponents 140-33 on Friday to improve to 3-0 in the region. The most noteworthy was Mays’ 43-24 victory against Southwest DeKalb, which dropped the Panthers to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the region. Southwest DeKalb, which plays Stephenson next week, hasn’t finished the regular season with a losing record since 1979.