Notable results of week 9: Houston, Cherokee knock off region leaders

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable results of Week 9:

1. Houston County 27, Warner Robins 23: Warner Robins’ hopes of being undefeated going into its showdown with rival Northside on Nov. 1 were dashed. Houston County’s playoff hopes got a big boost by beating the Demons for just the third time in the 16-game history of the series. The Warner Robins-Northside winner is still likely to win the 2-AAAAA title.

2. Cherokee 28, Etowah 21: Etowah was 6-0 after a 24-15 victory against previously ranked Milton two weeks ago and had climbed to No. 8 in the Class AAAAAA rankings, but the loss knocked the Eagles into a tie with Walton and Lassiter for first place in 5-AAAAAA. Cherokee (4-3) can make its first playoff trip since 2007 with victories in its final three games.

3. Starr’s Mill 42, McIntosh 27: McIntosh was denied in its first attempt to win seven games for the first time in school history as Starr’s Mill rallied from an early 20-0 deficit in the Region 4-AAAAA Division B game. Starr’s Mill (3-4) has won 11 of 12 games in the series. McIntosh meets eighth-ranked Creekside this week and still has a shot at the subregion title.

4. Sandy Creek 52, Alexander 42: Alexander wasn’t able to pull off the upset, but the Cougars gave top-ranked Sandy Creek quite a scare, leading 42-38 in the fourth quarter. The computer Maxwell Ratings had projected Sandy Creek as a 28-point favorite. Sandy Creek is 8-0 all-time in the series, winning the first seven games by an average of 27.5 points.

5. White County 21, North Hall 7: White County picked up the biggest victory in Bill Ballard’s three-year tenure as coach and moved into a three-way tie with North Hall and West Hall for second place in Region 7-AAA behind Buford. Defending region champion North Hall was 18-1 in the previous 19 meetings with White County, including a 42-7 victory last year.

6. North Cobb 28, McEachern 26: North Cobb, which started the season ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAAA but fell out of the top 10 after an early loss to Walton, beat an undefeated top 10 team for the second consecutive week. North Cobb upset sixth-ranked Hillgrove the week before and is now well-positioned to win its first region championship since 2007.

7. Rome 35, East Paulding 27: Defending 5-AAAAA champion East Paulding’s playoff hopes are fading a bit after a loss to Rome dropped the Raiders into fourth place in the region. East Paulding has games remaining with first-place teams South Paulding and Allatoona and probably needs to win both to reach the playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons.

8. Elbert County 28, North Oconee 23: North Oconee beat Elbert County in close games the past two seasons in winning region championships, but Elbert County turned the tables and set up a huge matchup with fifth-ranked Hart County this week in a game that could decide the 8-AAA title. Elbert County moved into the rankings at No. 9.

9. Portal 10, Savannah Christian 7: Savannah Christian’s tailspin continues as the Raiders fell to 2-4-1 with their fourth consecutive loss, this one coming against a Portal team it had beaten in all five previous meetings by a combined score of 157-13. Savannah Christian hasn’t lost four games in a regular season since 2005. Portal also is 2-4-1.

10. Groves 33, Windsor Forest 6: Groves, which averaged 4.8 points per game during its 0-6 start, broke a 17-game losing streak with its first victory since 2011. Windsor Forest reached the playoffs in the highest class in 2011 but is just 1-16 since, including 0-7 this year. The Knights’ only victory since 2011 was their 22-0 win against Groves last season.

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8 comments Add your comment


October 21st, 2013
11:27 am

I wonder if East Paulding and the Cannon man miss John Reid yet?


October 21st, 2013
11:38 am

How many times has Etowah, Lee County, and Coffee fizzled after promising starts? I’m sure there are others, but these seem to do it every year. Coaching, failure to have sufficient local “commitments” by B of E’s, what? There definitely is a pattern. Coffee’s coach says they are 9 – 51 in last 2 games each season in last 30 years (60 games). Coffee (and Lee) I know have good facilities, Coffee has good athletes, moderate fan support (not great), and this year, seemingly good coaching. But they’ve had good coaches before, but no titles. What is the common thread among the teams we see in the rankings EVERY year?


October 21st, 2013
1:01 pm

@ Lowndes97…

The answer to that is YES!!! Coach Reid rubbed some folks the wrong way, He spoke his mind and told it like it was BUT in the end…the Man is a WINNER! Just look at what he has done with TIFT COUNTY to this point…We been following what’s going on down there…

EAST has problems and disappointing is the best word to describe whats going on at EAST right now. The days of the packed stands are GONE, the days of the community support are FADING, and the days of having a strong feeder program for the High School are also FADING…EAST is in danger of missing the playoffs for only the 2nd time since 05 unless they win out in the last three games!

The loss at ROME last week was embarrassing as ROME did not beat EAST…EAST simply gave the game away to ROME by playing without heart! What’s frustrating is the Coaching issue is something that is uncontrollable as the folks who are really involved with the Football program…the parents, the booster club, the sponsors, etc. have NO CONTROL over the decision making in who gets hired!!!



John Trollston

October 21st, 2013
7:10 pm

I wish I had a dollar for every time I saw that cheesy tick tick boom crap. xD


October 22nd, 2013
5:44 am

@ John Trollston…

In over 6 years of posting this is the first time I have seen YOU post…So on behalf of myself and ALL the other posters…WHO GIVES A CRAP WHAT YOU THINK!!!!




October 22nd, 2013
8:14 am

Given that ticitockboom is a bit obnoxious.

However, cannon always brings passion, has good insight and knowledge and eats his crow like a man when it’s his turn. No hate for the cannon


October 22nd, 2013
9:56 pm

CONNON’s TICK…TICK…..BOOOOMMMM is the blogs original tag line I believe and wether you like it or not it certainly is distinctive. East fans will always be East fans with or with out kids in the program, and we will still be supportive of the kids regardless of the team record. I’m hopeful that they will right the ship in a year or two and find themselves a new coach that renew the fire and passion that Coach Reid brought to the program. Also a shout out to Coach Glanton who left the cupboard very well stocked for Reid’s incredible run.

Go Raiders, go Tift Blue Devils go North Wolfpack and go Reg5AAAAA The PAC 12 of HS football. Lol


October 22nd, 2013
9:59 pm

Should have read: ” with or without a winning program “