By John McClellan
For Hometown Headlines
Rome, Darlington, Calhoun, Cartersville, and Sonoraville all put up strong showings on both sides of the ball in rolling to one-sided victories in a reduced high school football Friday night in northwest Georgia. The eight teams in Region 7-AA, who all took Friday night off, return to action with Rockmart’s trip to Class AA Number 10 Pepperell and Model’s visit to Chattooga highlighting this week’s play.
Class AAAAA Number 4 Rome (4-2, 3-1) at Cass (3-3, 2-2)
- Series History: Rome leads 5-1
- Last Meeting: Rome defeated Cass 42-0 on October 30, 2015
- The Rome Wolves put together four dominant quarters on offense and defense and held its opponent to 11 yards in total offense to overwhelm Hiram on their way to a shutout 37-0 victory. The Cass Colonels had trouble putting points on the scoreboard in a disappointing 24-9 loss to previously winless East Paulding. The Wolves will be home for two straight weeks after the short road trip to Cass. Rome wins by more than 30.
Rockmart (5-1, 3-0) at Class AA Number 10 Pepperell (4-1, 3-0)
- Series History: Rockmart leads 18-17-1
- Last Meeting: Pepperell defeated Rockmart 50-13 on October 9, 2015
- The Rockmart Yellow Jackets remain tied for first place in Region 7-AA after defeating Chattooga 17-10 before having Friday night off. The Pepperell Dragons held the powerful Model offense in check a week ago in a 28-14 win before also having an open date. The winner of this game comes closer to securing a home game in the first round of the state playoffs. Pepperell wins by 10.
Model (5-1, 2-1) at Chattooga (3-3, 2-1)
- Series History: Tied 7-7
- Last Meeting: Model defeated Chattooga 33-26 on October 23, 2015
- The Model Blue Devils, who were off Friday night, fell from the unbeaten ranks a week ago after a 28-14 homecoming loss to Pepperell. The Chattooga Indians continued their surprising struggles on offense in a 17-10 loss on the road at Rockmart. Model wins by 6.
Class AA Private School Number 9 Darlington (5-2, 3-1) at Trion (4-2, 2-1)
- Series History: Darlington leads 12-3
- Last Meeting: Darlington defeated Trion 42-14 on September 27, 2013
- The Darlington Tigers rebounded from their loss a week ago to state ranked Mt. Zion with a dominant 42-7 win over North Cobb Christian. The Trion Bulldogs, who were off Friday night, are coming off two straight shutout victories, including a 41-0 win a week ago over Christian Heritage. Darlington wins by 6.
Gordon Central (0-6, 0-3) at Armuchee (1-5, 0-3)
- Series History: Armuchee leads 2-1-1
- Last Meeting: Gordon Central defeated Armuchee 54-42 on November 4, 2011
- The Gordon Central Warriors, who lost to Dade County 55-35 before entering the Region 7-AA bye week, are on an 11 game streak without a win dating back to a September 25, 2015 victory over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. The Armuchee Indians, whose lone win came August 26 over that same L-FO team, are coming off their bye week after a 27-14 loss to Coosa. Armuchee wins by 7.
Coosa (2-4, 1-2) at Dade County (2-4, 1-2)
- Series History: Coosa leads 14-4
- Last Meeting: Dade County defeated Coosa 34-21 on October 23, 2015
- The Coosa Eagles, who were off this past weekend, avenged an upset loss from a year ago by defeating Armuchee last week 27-14. The Dade County Wolverines, who also are coming off a bye week, equaled Coosa’s record for the year with a 55-35 win over Gordon Central. Dade County wins by 7.
Harvester Christian Academy (6-2, 1-0) at Unity Christian School (0-5, 0-1)
- Series History: First Meeting
- The Harvester Christian Hawks dominated Cherokee Christian 43-6 to move into first place in the North Region of the GICAA 8-man football division. The UCS Lions, who were off Friday night, lost a week ago to Peachtree Academy 59-16 to remain winless in the school’s first year of transition from 11-man to 8-man football. Harvester Christian Academy wins by 20.
Sonoraville (5-2, 2-0) at Adairsville (2-4, 0-1)
- Series History: Adairsville leads 9-1
- Last Meeting: Adairsville defeated Sonoraville 22-15 on September 25, 2015
- The Sonoraville Phoenix dominated play for three quarters before giving up points in the fourth quarter in a 44-20 win over Haralson County. The Adairsville Tigers lost for the fourth time in six games in a 29-3 defeat by state ranked Calhoun. Sonoraville wins by 1.
Class AAAA Number 1 Cartersville (7-0, 3-0) at Sandy Creek (4-2, 1-1)
- Series History: Cartersville leads 3-0
- Last Meeting: Cartersville defeated Sandy Creek 35-31 on November 28, 2014 in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals
- The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes, who have dominated every opponent they have faced all year, did it again Friday night in a 52-7 win over LaGrange. The Sandy Creek Fighting Patriots rebounded from an upset loss a week ago to Troup with a 47-19 win over Chapel Hill. Cartersville wins by 21.
East Paulding (1-5, 1-3) at Woodland (0-7, 0-5)
- Series History: East Paulding leads 6-4
- Last Meeting: East Paulding defeated Woodland 30-0 on September 6, 2013
- The East Paulding Raiders, who came into Friday night with a surprising 0-5 record against a tough early season schedule, picked up their first win by defeating Cass 24-9. The Woodland Wildcats lost their 14th straight game when they came up short 35-21 against Paulding County. East Paulding wins by more than 30.
Georgia School for the Deaf (1-2) at South Carolina School for the Deaf & Blind (0-2) (Saturday)
- Last Meeting: GSD defeated SCSD 73-63 on October 31, 2015
- The GSD Tigers picked up their first win with a 36-32 road victory over Carolinas School for the Deaf on October 1 before having last week off. The SCSDB Hornets last played on September 22 in a 60-20 loss to Tennessee School for the Deaf followed by two straight off weeks due to a game cancellation by their opponent and an open date. Georgia School for the Deaf wins by 6.
OFF—Class AAA Number 5 Calhoun (6-2 after defeating Adairsville 29-3); Cedartown (6-2 after defeating Central of Carrollton 26-6)
In other games involving schools in regions in northwest Georgia:
- Class AAAAAAA Number 10 North Cobb (4-2, 0-1) over North Paulding (5-1, 0-1) by 8
- South Paulding (0-6, 0-4) over New Manchester (0-7, 0-5) by 3
- Class AAAAAA Number 5 Dalton (6-0, 3-0) over Sequoyah (3-3, 3-0) by 22
- Class AAAAA Number 5 Carrollton (5-1, 3-1) over Hiram (4-3, 2-3) by 26
- Class AAAAA Number 3 Kell (5-1, 4-0) over Villa Rica (4-3, 3-2) by 29
- Chapel Hill (2-3-1, 0-2) over Central of Carrollton (0-7, 0-3) by 7
- Troup (5-1, 2-0) over LaGrange (2-5, 1-2) by 10
- Southeast Whitfield (4-3, 1-2) over Gilmer (0-6, 0-2) by 7
- Class AAAA Number 9 Ridgeland (5-0, 2-0) over Heritage (5-2, 1-1) by 15
- Northwest Whitfield (4-3, 2-1) over Pickens (3-3, 2-0) by 7
- Murray County (4-3, 1-1) over Coahulla Creek (0-6, 0-1) by 27
- North Murray (4-2, 1-0) over Ringgold (3-4, 1-1) by 5
- Bremen (4-3, 1-1) over Haralson County (1-5, 0-2) by 23
- Spencer (4-2, 1-0) over Temple (5-1, 0-1) by 27
- Class A Public School Number 5 Mt. Zion (6-0, 3-0) over Class A Public School Number 8 Bowdon (5-2, 2-1) by 6
- Christian Heritage (0-6, 0-3) over North Cobb Christian (0-6, 0-3) by 14
- Class A Private School Number 6 Fellowship Christian (6-0, 4-0) over Pinecrest Academy (4-2, 3-1) by 11
- Kings Ridge Christian (2-4, 1-3) over St. Francis (1-5, 0-4) by 2
- Class A Private School Number 8 Mt. Paran Christian (5-1, 3-1) over Whitefield Academy (2-4, 1-3) by 26