Notable results of Week 6: Commerce, Tift County pull off surprises in region openers

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable results of Week 6:

1. Commerce 31, George Walton Academy 21: Commerce, which came into the game at 2-2 after a 28-0 loss to Rabun County, opened Region 8-A play with an upset of the team ranked No. 5 in Class A last week. Commerce went 1-5 in region play last year but made the playoffs based on the power rankings. Commerce is 1-3 all-time against the Bulldogs.

2. Tift County 32, Coffee 29: Tift County upset the No. 10 team in last week’s Class AAAAAA rankings and earned its first region victory since 2010. The Blue Devils are 4-1 for the first time since the 2006 team started the season 5-0 and eventually reached the state semifinals. Coffee won 24-7 when the teams met in the Region 1-AAAAAA opener last year.

3. South Paulding 48, Allatoona 45: South Paulding moved into sole possession of first place in Region 5-AAAAA with an overtime victory against the team ranked No. 7 in the classification last week. South Paulding, playing its eighth season of football, is seeking its first playoff appearance. Allatoona fell into a three-way tie for second place in the region.

4. Westover 14, Cairo 9: Westover remained undefeated in Region 1-AAAA by snapping a 13-game losing streak in the series, beating the Syrupmakers for the first time since 1993. The loss snapped Cairo’s 24-game region winning streak, which dated to a 24-13 loss to Peach County on Oct. 9, 2009. Cairo beat Westover 31-7 in 2012.

5. Perry 41, Baldwin 35: Perry was outgained 496-371, according to the Warner Robins Patriot, but earned its first victory of the season and first for new coach Erik Soliday. Perry avoided its first 0-5 start since 2001. Baldwin has not had a winning or losing streak longer than one game this season, which could be bad news for Rutland, this week’s opponent.

6. Dunwoody 20, Miller Grove 6: Dunwoody got its first victory of the season and won for just the second time in its last 13 region games, knocking off a team that was expected to contend for a playoff spot in 6-AAAAA. The loss all but eliminated Miller Grove from the playoff race. The computer Maxwell Ratings projected Miller Grove as a 21-point favorite.

7. Our Lady of Mercy 22, Pace Academy 14: Pace Academy suffered its second consecutive loss since starting the season 3-0 and earning its first state ranking in the program’s history. This one was against an Our Lady of Mercy team that was winless coming into the game but had played a difficult schedule. It was both teams’ opener in Region 5-A.

8. Cross Keys 47, North Cobb Christian 29: Cross Keys snapped a 17-game losing streak with a victory against North Cobb Christian, which fell to 0-4 and has an eight-game losing streak of its own. Cross Keys’ last non-loss was a 6-6 tie against St. Francis on Oct. 7, 2011, and its last victory was three weeks earlier against North Cobb Christian 26-21.

9. Lambert 14, North Forsyth 13: Lambert came into the 6-AAAAAA game at 1-3 overall and 0-1 in region play but knocked off a Raiders team that was 4-0. Both teams are hoping to avoid a repeat of last year. North Forsyth started the season 3-0 but finished 3-7, while Lambert started 5-0 but finished 5-5. Neither team was in playoff contention.

10. Central Gwinnett 41, South Gwinnett 14: Central Gwinnett improved to 2-0 in 8-AAAAAA and announced itself as a playoff contender in the wide-open region race by snapping a six-game losing streak against the Comets. Central Gwinnett hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2006. South Gwinnett fell to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in region games.

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17 comments Add your comment

wowJUSTwow

September 30th, 2013
10:19 am

Congrats TIFTON Blue Devils

gm1957

September 30th, 2013
11:53 am

Been to all the Coffee games, passing the ball won all those prior to the Tift game. Apparently Tucker Pruitt took to heart that TCC had beaten Tift the week before running the ball… Any knowledgable football observer could see that it wasn’t working at the end of the 1st Qtr…. why continue to do something that isn’t working? Openning receivers for Coffee all the field all night long.
Unlike any previous game, T. Paulk must have not be given the option to scan the field for open receiver, target already choosen for him prior to the snap…. BAD MOVE! He is a smart QB, cool headed and our line was giving him time to throw… If we pass the ball, like the Ware, Whitewater and Burke games…. we beat Camden…. If T. Pruitt decides to go the run route…. we loss anther game.

Camden74

September 30th, 2013
12:08 pm

Just goes to show, Region 1 is strong from top to bottom! Here we come Coffee! RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

gm1957

September 30th, 2013
12:36 pm

Can someone confirm the following: We heard this morning that 3 of the TIft starters last Friday night were involved early last week in destruction of school property, not punished, not charged and yet allowed to play Friday night! Coffee had 4 starters 10 minutes late for practice last week and those guys were not allowed to start the game for Coffee…. If the Tift story is true, your coach doesn’t need to be leading young men!

mrcvsjr

September 30th, 2013
1:54 pm

Congrats to my Westover High Patriots!!!!!! It’s been a long time coming.

High 5

September 30th, 2013
7:10 pm

Does any one know the status of Miller Grove’s coach that collapsed on the sideline during the Dunwoody game?

Jefferson

September 30th, 2013
7:47 pm

R1 like the SEC has a couple of good teams, the rest middle of the pack. Coattail riders.

5-Time

September 30th, 2013
7:52 pm

Region 1-AAAAAA is strong from top to bottom because >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7s_7sX2Ps0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

You never know in Region 1-AAAAAA. You have got to bring it every night in this oh so tough Region. You see what Tifton did to #10 Coffee…and that’s why the Region Title is still up for grabs…

CoffeeC100

September 30th, 2013
11:16 pm

@jefferson – Tell us when and we’ll drive over with our 8th or 9th grade team and take you on.

Jefferson

October 1st, 2013
12:03 am

Talk a good game but the playoffs show a couple of good teams, the rest on down the line. Year in year out. For the last 5 years any R 1 team left downhearted that drove over here, there cc100. Sometime in nov will be fine, looking forward to it.

CoffeeC100

October 1st, 2013
3:37 am

Jefferson said -”R1 like the SEC has a couple of good teams, the rest middle of the pack. Coattail riders.”

Yeah. In any other region.

DOSTA DAWG

October 1st, 2013
4:13 am

What is going on with our cross-town rivals?? I’m hearing some disturbing things about their program.

Fred

October 1st, 2013
1:23 pm

@5-Time – There are several regions you better bring it every night that play more than 5 region games. You’ve played 1 region game. I would hope the region is still “up for grabs!”

Sportsnut

October 1st, 2013
1:52 pm

Playing a slate full of region games is much tougher, no matter who is in your region. We have done it before, went 7-3 and missed the playoffs. In 92′, 94′ and 00′. When you have a 8, 9 or 10 game region schedule, the urgency to win every game is paramount. The stakes are high every week.

Camden74

October 1st, 2013
10:48 pm

Sportsnut…..Imagine going 8-2, 7-2-1 and 8-2, NEVER making the playoffs! RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

57Cat

October 2nd, 2013
6:47 am

Does anyone know if bksmith14 is alright? I’m concerned about him.

DOSTA DAWG

October 2nd, 2013
7:10 am

BREAKING NEWS:

bksmith14 has been found! He was found at the chicken plant in Colquitt County. Rumor has it, he was in one of the chicken coops sitting on an egg!