GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable results of the weekend:
1. Lanier County 26, Wilcox County 15: Wilcox County, which was ranked No. 7 in Class A in the preseason poll, lost its fourth consecutive game and fell to 1-4 overall. The Patriots’ four losses are the most in a season since 2005, when Wilcox finished 6-4. Lanier County, which is 2-4, had lost all five previous meetings with Wilcox, including 40-0 last year.
2. Claxton 28, Savannah Christian 21: Claxton recorded its highest point total in 17 all-time meetings with Savannah Christian and beat the Raiders for the second time in the past 13 games. Savannah Christian, ranked No. 8 in Class A in the preseason, lost for the second consecutive week to a Region 3-A opponent and fell to 2-2-1 overall.
3. Etowah 24, Milton 15: Etowah improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1987 and moved into sole possession of first place in 5-AAAAAA with a victory against the team favored to win the region title. The Eagles played without QB John Oliver and star RB Brandon Engle because of reported disciplinary issues. RB Raishad Devezin rushed for 338 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first loss of the season for Milton.
4. Lassiter 28, Walton 21: Lassiter was in fourth place in 5-AAAAAA after a one-point victory against Cherokee and a one-point loss to Woodstock, but the Trojans’ chances of repeating as region champs got a big boost with this win against a Walton team that was undefeated in region play. Lassiter is now tied for second place, one game behind Etowah.
5. Collins Hill 35, Peachtree Ridge 28: Collins Hill was unbeaten but unranked before knocking off Peachtree Ridge, which was 5-0 and No. 5 in last week’s Class AAAAAA poll. Now the Eagles are tied with top-ranked North Gwinnett for first place in Region 7-AAAAAA and ranked No. 9. Collins Hill plays defending state champion Norcross this week.
6. Appling County 38, Pierce County 20: Appling County put itself in position to win its first region title since 2008 with a victory against a Pierce County team that was 5-0 and ranked No. 10 in Class AAA last week. Pierce County handed Appling County close losses in each of the past two seasons in games that decided the region championship.
7. North Paulding 31, South Paulding 28: South had taken sole possession of first place in 5-AAAAA with a victory against Allatoona last week, but North created a virtual four-way tie for first by winning its fourth consecutive game. North Paulding, South Paulding, East Paulding and Allatoona each have one loss, but North controls its fate for the region title.
8. Washington-Wilkes 21, Jefferson 14: Washington-Wilkes virtually assured itself its first region title since 2006 with a victory against defending Class AA and Region 8-AA champion Jefferson. Washington-Wilkes’ only regular-season loss in 2012 was against the Dragons, 31-0. The Tigers’ biggest remaining hurdle is unbeaten but unranked Rabun County.
9. Mount Pisgah Christian 47, Walker 0: Mount Pisgah improved to 5-0 for the first time since moving to the GHSA from the Georgia Independent School Association in 2006 and emerged as the favorite in Region 6-A Division B by routing the defending subregion champion. The victory marked a 76-point turnaround from last season, when Walker won 35-6.
10. Pacelli 14, Brookstone 7: Pacelli snapped an eight-game losing streak against Columbus private school rival Brookstone and improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2007. Brookstone, which won last year’s game 41-14, was projected as a 21-point favorite by the computer Maxwell Ratings despite coming into the game with a 2-2 record.
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