In this corner … a night of showdowns

The game to determine the championship in Region 7-AAA will be determined when Ringgold travels to Cartersville on Friday night. These two relatively new regional rivals will finish one-two in the league, but only one can be a No. 1 seed. Which one will it be?

Ringgold (8-1) has been fighting for a little respect all year. After losing an early season game to Central Carroll – a loss that likely kept them out of the polls — the Tigers have won six straight times. Only once has the score been closer than 18 points. Ringgold hasn’t had a nine-win season since 1989, the only time it has occurred in the school’s history.

Cartersville (9-0) has not been tested. Its slimmest margin of victory was a 35-point win over Cass on Sept. 6. The Canes’ average margin of victory has been an incredible 42.6 points.

It has all the makings of a shootout thanks to a pair of outstanding quarterbacks. Ringgold is led by Slade Dale, who operates an offense that averages 39.6 points. Cartersville’s Brooks Barden has been even better; the Hurricanes are averaging 50.4 points and need 46 points to become the 10th GHSA school to score 500 points during the regular season.

This is only the fifth meeting between the two teams. Cartersville has won all four, including 42-7 a year ago.

Other significant games this week are:

Blessed Trinity vs. Cedar Grove (Halford Stadium): Blessed Trinity (6-3) will win the Region 6-AAA championship with a victory. Cedar Grove (6-3) can guarantee a spot in the playoffs for the fourth straight year with a victory. The two teams met for the first time a year ago and Blessed Trinity prevailed 28-22.

Decatur at St. Pius: Either of these teams will make the playoffs win a win. This rivalry began in 1970 and resumed a year ago after a 13-year intermission. St. Pius rolled 48-0, but Decatur is hungering for its first postseason appearance since 2003.

North Oconee at Hart County: A month ago this game was expected to determine the Region 8-AAA championship. But Elbert County decided to rise from the ashes, beat both favorites and claim the title. That leaves Hart (8-1) and North Oconee (7-2) to play for the No. 2 spot. North Oconee leads the series 3-0 and won last year’s game 42-14.

Buford at North Hall: The steam came out of this one last month when White County knocked off North Hall. That means No. 1 Buford (9-0) will still win the Region 7-AAA championship unless North Hall (8-1) can not only upset the Wolves, but beat them by more than 12 points. Buford won 45-16 last year. The Wolves haven’t lost by that many since a 14-0 setback at Carver in 2010.

SE Bulloch at Appling County: A win means Appling County (7-2) will win the outright Region 1-AAA championship. A win by Southeast Bulloch (7-1-1) would throw things into a three-way tie. This will be the fifth time in six years that Appling has made the postseason under coach J.T. Pollock. Southeast hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003.

26 comments Add your comment

Roy D. Mercer

November 7th, 2013
8:55 am

What a Friday Night of Football coming up!!

High 5

November 7th, 2013
9:12 am

Come on Cedar Grove, work hard, stay focused on the task at hand, eliminate the mistakes, pay attention to the small details (fundamentals), and play relentless all night! Good luck!

Cville Canes Fan

November 7th, 2013
9:21 am

@Stan Correction. Canes and Ringgold Region 5-AAA. Anyway; good story nonetheless…LOL


November 7th, 2013
10:27 am

look Out for Mays vs Tucker & Carver Atlanta vs Marist these are two games that I definetely think could have surprising outcomes!


November 7th, 2013
11:29 am

Mays will beat Tucker. This is their year. They have the best coach in all of region 6 and the O-line is going to push Tucker’s defense around all night.

It’ll be a long night at Lakewood.


November 7th, 2013
11:41 am

Buford let[’s use this one as a tuneup for great things to come.


November 7th, 2013
12:18 pm

Buford Rolls!!!

North will be playing to stay healthy, so they can do well in the playoffs..


November 7th, 2013
2:12 pm

Lots of great games this week. I think it fitting that so much will be decided on Friday. It will be a day of mixed emotions. Some will earn their way to the 2nd season and some will call it a year. Many will learn if they have to travel or get to stay home. Time to study. They have all worked too hard to want to go home and turn in the uniform. A few are already in the prep stage for next week. That is quite a luxury. To be honest, some need it.


November 7th, 2013
2:38 pm

what about Bowdon vs. Heard County? I am not a fan of either, but AJC has given no respect to Heard Co. all year. this is for the 6AA championship. should be a great game.


November 7th, 2013
7:33 pm

big daddy go to where you belong,this is a AAA blog not AA.

Son Of Waco

November 7th, 2013
8:51 pm

Glad the weirdo finally said what team he supports.. I knew it would be a front runner because a person who don’t know football will always go with the team that’s favored…

old school

November 7th, 2013
9:00 pm


November 8th, 2013
7:43 am

‘Son of WACO” who’s writing your blogs? It reads a little too intelligent for you to be writing. Although the word frontrunner is a one letter word not two letter word.Although the possibility exist you may not be a product of WACO’s school system but one of many dropouts residing in Washington County.
‘Weirdo” Son of WACO I’m familiar with those of you who have chosen to be undereducated use these tactics with younger persons who are intelligent,smart, and wise to dissuade them from achieving their goals. I’m too old for your foolishness.


November 8th, 2013
8:19 am

“Son of WACO” have you ever thought of writing a sports column for the Sandersville Progress, you’ll be the first and only beat writer. Believe me the citizens of WACO will be able to understand your writings. Oh yeah, there’s another rag sheet that’s published there that has photos of everyone arrested in the county the previous week. It’s pretty much the entire county that’s on the front page.The lady publisher may have an opening for you provided she hasn’t ran your photo too many times holding numbers to your chest.


November 8th, 2013
8:44 am

Ron, if your going too be little some one four there bad writing skill You should at least try too write cohherently you’re self.


November 8th, 2013
9:22 am

Ham – That garble you wrote is pretty hilarious too!!


XL Trojan

November 8th, 2013
12:00 pm

I think North Hall will surprise a lot of folks tonight, but certainly not any of the North Hall bunch. Buford hasn’t had to deal with a running game like ours in quite some time, if ever. NH by 10.

Remember…we’re North Hall…….and you’re not!

Son Of Waco

November 8th, 2013
12:06 pm

He’s still a weirdo… When you’re on a football blog and you insult a whole town because of one dude speaks to how much internal pain he is trying to forget. “Weirdo” did you get bullied in WACO or did you have superstar dreams in high school, but was told you wasn’t good enough. I mean the weirdo went after our newspapers, but nothing about football “facts” and for that reason alone dude is a weirdo. He never speaks any truth about WACO football and to say we are a town full of “uneducated dropouts” shows how disconnected he is with WACO, but hey I am here to help you.. Oh yeah, Son Of Waco will help a lost “weirdo” come back to reality.


November 8th, 2013
3:25 pm

@XL Trojan – you are a fool and probably wears XL to cover the belly and large breasts! The region championship was given to North Hall last year. It was NOT earned after Buford slapped North Hall around with the second and third teams.
Buford has a tradition of NOT giving a letter without playing time and one kid gets in two plays after the scores in two games exceeded 60 points and a clerical error created two forfeits “giving” North Hall a trophy. You think the coaches haven’t seen the White Co. game? Be happy if North Hall scores late in the 4th quarter.

Region 7-AAA

November 8th, 2013
4:21 pm

XL Trojan as much as I would like to see North Hall win, they won’t. I am a realist and Buford is just too strong. Sure, I absolutely believe that North Hall will be the biggest test since their matchup with Gainesville a couple months ago but Buford will win it. I’m going to say Buford 38; North Hall 24


November 8th, 2013
8:00 pm

Alright, where are all the Decatur and Cedar Grove “homers” (where is Eric Bedford?) who disagreed with me that Blessed Trinity was the team to beat in 6-AAA ??? Excuse me? The usual BT “too slow” to beat Cedar Grove? (Funny how we are 2-0 against them, us “slow” suburb boys) REGION CHAMPS BABY! We have the best coach in high school football ! PERIOD ! We will own this region for years to come ! The Purple Canes know how dangerous a program we now are ! Remember the Titans !!!


November 8th, 2013
8:50 pm

How do you think anybody can score 24 points on Buford? Looks like NH won’t even score 10. 35-0 Wolves at the half. If I were from NH I would never wear a 2012 region championship shirt. Like, ever. That’s a joke.

Mays lover

November 8th, 2013
10:18 pm

End of third quarter: mays 11; tucker 10; great game, go Raiders!

The Masked Superstar

November 8th, 2013
10:20 pm

Was at the Buford v. North Hall game. Buford beat NH like they stole something. NH got a couple of consolation TD’s when Buford’s 3rd string came in but it was over by the end of the 1st Quarter. Can anyone beat Buford?

Mays lover

November 8th, 2013
10:25 pm

Tucker 16; Mays 11; almost 4th quarter


November 9th, 2013
12:34 am

ron is still somehow making it off that island of Buford…..please get your Wolves defense to contain you.