Here are some of the items of note from Friday’s Class AAAAA games:
- Ware County has taken control of the Region 3-AAAAA race after knocking off Richmond Hill. Ninth-ranked Ware is the only remaining unbeaten team in region play and is seeking to win the region for the second consecutive year. The Gators held Richmond Hill quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who has committed to Mississippi State, to 75 yards rushing and 14 passing, according to the Savannah Morning News. Jammar Johnson and Jaquez Bolds each rushed for two touchdowns to lead Ware County.
- Houston County’s 27-23 upset of seventh-ranked Warner Robins doesn’t change the fact that the Warner Robins-Northside game is likely to decide the Region 2-AAAAA champion, but it was a huge victory for the Bears. The win was Houston’s third in 16 all-time meetings with the Demons, and it gave a big boost to the Bears’ fading playoff hopes. Houston County is 2-2 in region play and still has a realistic chance to finish as high as second place if it can win its remaining games against Evans, Jones County and Greenbrier.
- McIntosh’s dreams of a perfect regular season came to an end when Starr’s Mill rallied from an early 20-0 deficit to defeat the Chiefs 42-27 in a Region 4-AAAAA Division A game. Still, McIntosh has a chance to all but wrap up the subregion title if it can beat eighth-ranked Creekside next week. Creekside improved to 8-0 on Friday with a 27-23 victory against a Whitewater team that lost to McIntosh 35-15 last week. McIntosh needs one more victory to reach seven in a season for the first time in school history.
- Deshaun Watson clearly enjoys playing against Clarke Central. Last year, the Gainesville quarterback had 413 yards of total offense and had a hand in seven touchdowns in a 49-28 victory. His numbers were almost as good in the Red Elephants’ 56-28 victory on Friday. Watson passed for 237 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 67 yards and two TDs and had 20 yards and a touchdown receiving, according to the Gainesville Times. Gainesville and Flowery Branch are the remaining unbeaten teams in 8-AAAAA play.
- Defending Region 5-AAAAA champion East Paulding’s playoff bid might be in trouble after a 35-27 loss to Rome. The loss knocked East Paulding into fourth place in the region, with difficult games remaining against South Paulding and Allatoona as well as what should be an easy contest against last-place Lithia Springs. East Paulding probably needs to win all three games to avoid missing the playoffs for just the second time since 2005.