Here are some of the things we learned about Class AAAAA on Friday:
- There’s a new leader in 5-AAAAA: South Paulding took over sole possession of first place in Region 5 with a 48-45 victory against seventh-ranked Allatoona. Quarterback Chandler Burks passed for 395 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two TDs for the Spartans, who are seeking the first playoff berth in the program’s eight-year history. Allatoona fell into a tie for second place with North Paulding and East Paulding. The Spartans have another important game next weekend when they travel to North Paulding.
- The battle of 1 vs. 2 is set: Top-ranked Tucker and No. 2 Stephenson took care of business on Friday to set up the huge DeKalb County matchup at Hallford Stadium on Oct. 11 (the region has next weekend off). Tucker beat Lakeside-DeKalb 56-7 for its 13th consecutive victory in the series, scoring at least 50 points for the sixth time in the past seven meetings. Stephenson built a big early lead and cruised to a 35-7 victory against Southwest DeKalb, which is off to a 1-4 start for the first time since the 1970 team went 1-9.
- McIntosh deserves some credit: The Chiefs rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to beat Mundy’s Mill 28-27 and improve to 5-0 for the first time in the program’s 32-year history. Granted, McIntosh’s first five opponents have a combined record of 4-16, but one more victory will assure the Chiefs of their first winning record since 1995 and tie the school record for wins in a season. McIntosh, which opens region play against Whitewater, was 4-1 at the halfway point last season but won just one game the rest of the way.
- Fitzgerald shows he’s worth the attention: Richmond Hill quarterback Nick Fitzgerald came into Friday’s game against Glynn Academy without eye-popping numbers, but the Mississippi State commitment came up big in a 47-28 victory in Region 3. Fitzgerald rushed for 162 yards, passed for 90 yards and had a hand in seven touchdowns (five rushing, two passing), according to the Savannah Morning News. Richmond Hill finished in a tie for second place in the region with Glynn Academy and Effingham County last year.