3-AAAAA title at stake when Ware County meets Richmond Hill

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAA:

- The Region 3-AAAAA championship will essentially be decided on Friday when Richmond Hill plays at Ware County. Both teams are undefeated in region play. Richmond Hill is 6-0 overall and unranked, while Ware County is 5-1 and No. 9 in Class AAAAA. Ware County won 27-24 last season on its way to winning the region title. No other region opponent came with 17 points of the Gators in 2012.

- McIntosh can clinch a spot in the Region 4-AAAAA play-in games if it can beat Fayette County rival Starr’s Mill for the second consecutive season. That would put the Chiefs within one victory (in a win-or-go-home game on Nov. 8) of reaching the state playoffs for the first time since 1987. “They’ve worked and they’ve worked,” third-year McIntosh head coach Lee Belknap said of his team after its 35-15 victory against Whitewater last week. “Their work ethic is second to none. I couldn’t be more proud of the way they’ve played on Friday nights. They play like they worked in the weight room and the way they practice.” McIntosh can set the school record for wins in a season with one more victory.

- Clarke Central will have to do a better job against Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson than it did last year if it hopes to retain a share of first place in Region 8-AAAAA. Clarke Central led 21-7 in the first quarter of the 2012 game, but Gainesville roared back for a 49-28 victory. Watson, the state’s all-time leader in career passing yardage, finished the game with 239 yards and six touchdowns passing and 174 yards and a TD rushing. The winner of their game probably needs just a victory against Flowery Branch down the stretch to capture the region title.

- The race in Region 5-AAAAA could get even tighter this weekend. First-place North Paulding (6-1) has the night off, while Allatoona, East Paulding and South Paulding (all 5-1) have winnable games and could pull into a four-way tie for the lead with three weeks to play. North Paulding controls its fate and will win the region title if it wins its remaining games. The key one will come on Nov. 1 when North Paulding plays at Allatoona.

11 comments Add your comment

Coffee Fan

October 17th, 2013
10:25 am

Go Gators….Get it done!

Go Chiefs

October 17th, 2013
11:49 am

Love the smiley with sunglasses! Go Chiefs! Drill the Mill!

SWGA

October 17th, 2013
12:05 pm

Surprised there is no mention of the Region 1-AAAAA game between Thomas County Central and Lee County. Although Maxwell doesn’t seem to think it will be a very close game (TCC +18), Lee County played TCC very close last year and appears to have a much better defense this year but TCC’s offence can make even good defenses look bad. Should be good one.

Sportsnut

October 18th, 2013
5:35 am

Keep doing your thing McIntosh. Southern Crescent style.

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

October 18th, 2013
7:14 am

About time to start letting Watson run some more. Coaches have been keeping his run options limited.

Clarke will be tough. Gville better be ready for a hostile crowd in Athens tonight. Go Big Red!

RealisticFan

October 18th, 2013
11:19 am

Weekly Reg5AAAAA predictions

-Woodland Bartow gets a winning streak going winning their second game by taking down Lithia Springs.

-Allatoona beats,up Villa Rica

-South Paulding takes Hiram to the woodshed

-East Paulding’s defense is just barely enough to hang on for a 21-17 type win. (Rome could win this if East keeps sleep walking through games they are supposed to win)

RealisticFan

October 18th, 2013
12:07 pm

And a couple more predictions for fun…

Tift over Valdosta 28-24

Gainseville over Clarke Central in Athens big…something like… 41-21

TruthSayer

October 18th, 2013
12:57 pm

Upset alert! Clarke Central might beat Gainesville……………..matches up very well. This is the 2nd half of the season folks. No more guarantees.

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

October 18th, 2013
1:56 pm

Truth sayer u maybe right. Clarke has athletes n speed all over the field. I think Buford really got gainesvilles attention.

If D continues to improve and Watson goes Watson it could be a blowout.

RealisticFan

October 18th, 2013
2:04 pm

Revised prediction:

Gainesville 49, Clarke Central 17

CC hasn’t won a big game in years, and this will be no exception. Weakest Region in AAAAA

WolfPack Nation

October 19th, 2013
12:08 am

@RealistcFan, all your picks were correct!! Except East lost to Rome 35-27! East still has South Paulding and Allatoona left on their schedule. If they don’t win at least one of those games they will not make the playoffs.