Notable results of week 10: Collins Hill, Woodward shake up playoff races

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising results of Week 10:

1. Collins Hill 53, North Gwinnett 28: North Gwinnett became the third No. 1 team in Class AAAAAA to lose this season (joining Norcross and Colquitt County) and fell into a virtual tie with Collins Hill and Norcross with one loss at the top of 7-AAAAAA. North Gwinnett could finish as low as the No. 4 seed in the region if it loses its finale against Peachtree Ridge.

2. Woodward Academy 42, St. Pius 28: Woodward Academy, which lost its 6-AAA opener to Blessed Trinity, will clinch the region championship this week if it beats Cedar Grove and Blessed Trinity loses to St. Pius. Woodward leads the all-time series with St. Pius 13-3-2. Only Marist, North Springs and Westminster have won more games against St. Pius.

3. Elbert County 23, Hart County 21: Elbert County all but wrapped up the 8-AAA championship with a victory against a Hart County team that was undefeated and ranked No. 5 coming into the game. The Blue Devils, who moved from No. 9 to No. 6 this week, need a victory against either Jackson County (3-5) or Franklin County (0-8) to clinch the title.

4. LaFayette 32, Ridgeland 29: Ridgeland, which played in the Class AAAA championship game last season, fell to 2-6 with a loss to a LaFayette team that came into the game 0-7. Ridgeland, which had won seven consecutive games against the Ramblers, must beat Heritage of Ringgold this week to have a shot at playing in the 7-AAAA play-in games.

5. Early County 18, Fitzgerald 7: Early County ended a seven-game losing streak against Fitzgerald and gave its playoff hopes in Region 1-AA a boost. The Bobcats entered the game as a postseason long shot, but they now control their fate after moving into fourth place in the region with games remaining against Pelham and Cook, who are tied for fifth.

6. Johnson County 65, Emanuel County Institute 29: Johnson County emerged as the only undefeated team in 3-A Division B and needs only a victory this week against Wheeler County to claim the subregion title. ECI allowed its most points in 34 meetings with Johnson County and the most in any game since a 65-0 loss to Southeast Bulloch in 1973.

7. Arabia Mountain 41, Southwest DeKalb 6: The outcome of this Region 6-AAAAA game wasn’t a surprise, but the result was noteworthy because of two significant milestones – it marked the first time Southwest DeKalb has lost six games in a regular season since 1979, and it gave 5-year-old Arabia Mountain five victories for the first time in its history.

8. Lee County 44, Harris County 7: Lee County rebounded from its only loss of the season – 45-14 to Thomas County Central – with a blowout of the defending 1-AAAAA champion. The loss was Harris County’s first in a region game since 2011. TCC can win the region or Harris County could force a three-way tie when they meet on Nov. 8 in the season finale.

9. Kendrick 20, Manchester 14: Kendrick has won two consecutive games after starting 1-3 start in region play and is closing in on a playoff berth. The Cherokees can finish as the No. 3 seed in Region 5-AA with victories in their final games against Jordan and Spencer. Manchester opened the season 4-1 overall but has lost two of its last three games.

10. Athens Academy 35, George Walton Academy 21: Athens Academy, which won the region title and went 6-0 in 8-A last season, avoided falling to 1-3 in league play. George Walton, which was No. 4 in Class A earlier this season, fell to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in region play. The computer Maxwell Ratings had projected George Walton as a 14-point favorite.

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Sportsnut

October 28th, 2013
4:07 pm

SWD will be back.

Max Sizemore

October 28th, 2013
6:12 pm

But Buck Godfrey won’t be, and that’s the problem.