By John McClellan
For Hometown Headlines
A major upset by Chattooga over Model, a crucial Coosa defeat of Dade County, and dominating performances by Rome, Pepperell, Cartersville, Darlington, Sonoraville and Armuchee highlighted the high school football weekend in Northwest Georgia. A big Region 6-AAA showdown between Calhoun and Sonoraville and another full Friday night of play in Region 7-AA are on tap as the 2016 regular season enters its home stretch.
Cedartown (5-2, 2-1) at Troup (6-1, 3-0) (Thursday)
- Series History: Cedartown leads 3-1
- Last Meeting: Cedartown defeated Troup 21-13 on November 2, 1973
- The Cedartown Bulldogs, who were off Friday night, defeated winless Central of Carrollton 26-6 a week ago to remain in the thick of the region 5-AAAA playoff race. The Troup Tigers, whose only loss came in the season opener to Hardaway, reeled off their sixth straight win by defeating cross-county rival LaGrange 37-26. Troup wins by 7.
Rockmart (5-2, 3-1) at Coosa (3-4, 2-2)
- Series History: Rockmart leads 32-13-1
- Last Meeting: Coosa defeated Rockmart 27-6 on September 11, 2015
- The Rockmart Yellow Jackets dropped out of a first place tie in Region 7-AA following a 31-7 loss to state ranked Pepperell. The Coosa Eagles, who started the year 1-4, won their second straight Region 7-AA encounter in a mild upset over Dade County 21-7. This is a key matchup between two teams fighting for playoff berths after failing to reach the postseason a year ago. Rockmart wins by 16.
Model (5-2, 2-2) at Gordon Central (0-7, 0-4)
- Series History: Model leads 6-4
- Last Meeting: Gordon Central defeated Model 52-27 on August 26, 2011
- The Model Blue Devils, who were unbeaten and state ranked before losing two weeks ago to Pepperell, find themselves in a fight for playoff seeding following a 31-7 upset loss to Chattooga. The Gordon Central Warriors remain winless for the season after a 43-3 loss at Armuchee. Model wins by more than 30.
Armuchee (2-5, 1-3) at Chattooga (4-3, 3-1)
- Series History: Chattooga leads 11-7
- Last Meeting: Chattooga defeated Armuchee 44-0 on September 25, 2015
- The Armuchee Indians put together their best offensive showing since 2012 in a 43-3 homecoming win over Gordon Central. The Chattooga Indians pulled off the shocker of the night in northwest Georgia by dominating an experienced Model team 31-7. Chattooga wins by more than 30.
Villa Rica (4-4, 3-3) at Class AAAAA Number 4 Rome (5-2, 4-1)
- Series History: Tied 2-2
- Last Meeting: Rome defeated Villa Rica 48-44 on August 21, 2015
- The Villa Rica Wildcats, who started the year 3-1, dropped their third game in four outings in a 50-0 shutout defeat to Kell. The Rome Wolves, who many observers believe is playing the best football of any team in the state right now, dominated Cass 42-7 in another running clock game. Villa Rica, who closes out its season next week against Cass, upset Rome to keep the Wolves out of the state playoffs in 2013 and played Rome close in the 2015 season opener. Rome wins by more than 30.
Dade County (2-5, 1-3) at Class AA Number 9 Pepperell (5-1, 4-0)
- Series History: Pepperell leads 6-2
- Last Meeting: Dade County defeated Pepperell 13-7 in overtime on September 27, 2013
- The Dade County Wolverines, whose lone wins came over Gordon Central and North Sand Mountain (Ala.), dropped to 1-3 in Region 7-AA with a 21-7 loss to Coosa. The Pepperell Dragons moved into sole position of first place in Region 7-AA by dominating their homecoming game against Rockmart 31-7. Pepperell wins by more than 30.
Christian Heritage (1-6, 1-3) at Class A Private School Number 10 Darlington (6-2, 5-1)
- Series History: Darlington leads 3-0
- Last Meeting: Darlington defeated Christian Heritage 41-17 on November 22, 2013 in the first round of the Class A Private School state playoffs
- The Christian Heritage Lions are coming off their first win of the season 31-13 over North Cobb Christian. The Darlington Tigers remain firmly in the race for a high playoff seeding in Class A after a dominating 31-7 win on the road at Trion. Darlington wins by more than 30.
Praise Academy (7-1) at Unity Christian School (0-6)
- Series History: First Meeting
- Praise Academy, whose lonely loss came in the second game of the season to Holy Ground Baptist Academy, is 7-1 following a 68-30 win over Peoples Baptist Academy. The UCS Lions still remain winless following a 62-12 loss to Harvester Christian Academy. Praise Academy wins by more than 30.
Georgia School for the Deaf (2-2) at Louisiana School for the Deaf (6-0)
- Series History: LSD leads 25-15
- Last Meeting: LSD defeated GSD 56-0 on September 10, 2016
- The GSD Tigers evened their record for the year at 2-2 following a 50-30 win at South Carolina School for the Deaf & Blind. The LSD War Eagles, whose game this past weekend at Carolinas School for the Deaf was postponed to November, remained unbeaten a week ago by beating LaFayette Home Christian School 60-14. This is GSD’s only Friday game of the season. Louisiana School for the Deaf wins by more than 30.
Class AAA Number 4 Calhoun (5-2, 2-0) at Sonoraville (6-2, 3-0)
- Series History: Calhoun leads 8-0
- Last Meeting: Calhoun defeated Sonoraville 38-0 on October 9, 2015
- The Calhoun Yellow Jackets, who are coming off an open week, remained on schedule for their 16th straight region crown a week ago by defeating Adairsville 29-3. The Sonoraville Phoenix, who also are unbeaten in region play, shutout the same Adairsville team 35-0 on Friday night. Calhoun wins by 13.
Adairsville (2-5, 0-2) at Bremen (4-3, 1-1)
- Series History: Tied 9-9
- Last Meeting: Adairsville defeated Bremen 36-15 on October 12, 2001
- The Adairsville Tigers find themselves winless in subregion play following a 35-0 loss to Sonoraville. The Bremen Blue Devils, who have four wins in their last five games, are in the thick of the Region 6-AAA playoff race following a 31-0 blanking of rival Haralson County. Bremen wins by 1.
Paulding County (3-4, 2-3) at Cass (3-4, 2-3)
- Series History: Paulding County leads 14-4-1
- Last Meeting: Paulding County defeated Cass 30-14 on November 7, 2008
- The Paulding County Patriots, who did not play Friday night, broke a three game losing streak a week ago with a 35-21 win over Woodland. The Cass Colonels dropped their third straight contest Friday night at home 42-7 to Rome. Paulding County wins by 2.
Class AAAA Number 1 Cartersville (8-0, 4-0) at Chapel Hill (3-3-1, 1-2)
- Series History: Cartersville leads 2-0
- Last Meeting: Cartersville defeated Chapel Hill 44-7 on October 19, 2001
- The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes maintained a firm grip on the Number 1 ranking in Class AAAA by defeating Sandy Creek 35-21. The Chapel Hill Panthers moved to 1-2 in Region 5-AAAA play after a 28-7 win over Central of Carrollton. Cartersville wins by more than 30.
Trion (4-3, 2-2) at Class A Public School Number 5 Mt. Zion (7-0, 4-0)
- Series History: Trion leads 9-4
- Last Meeting: Mt. Zion defeated Trion 30-20 on October 16, 2015
- The Trion Bulldogs suffered a setback in their quest for a Class A playoff berth in a 31-7 home loss to Darlington. The Mt. Zion Eagles continued to show they are the best team in Region 6-A by defeating state ranked Bowdon 24-12. Mt. Zion wins by 10.
OFF—Woodland (0-8 after losing to East Paulding 28-15)
In other games involving schools in regions in Northwest Georgia:
- Class AAAAAAA Number 4 McEachern over North Paulding by 27
- Class AAAAAA Number 7 Mays over South Paulding by more than 30
- Class AAAAAA Number 3 Harrison over Class AAAAAA Number 5 Dalton by 7
- Class AAAAA Number 3 Kell over Class AAAAA Number 5 Carrollton by 9
- East Paulding over Hiram by 1
- Sandy Creek over LaGrange by 26
- Northwest Whitfield over Gilmer by 29
- Heritage over LaFayette by 20
- Class AAAA Number 9 Ridgeland over Pickens by 16
- North Murray over Coahulla Creek by more than 30
- Murray County over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe by 27
- East Jackson over Haralson County by 1
- Class AA Number 4 Callaway over Temple by more than 30
- Gordon Lee over North Cobb Christian by 24
- Class A Private School Number 6 Fellowship Christian over Mt. Pisgah Christian by 7
- Walker over Kings Ridge Christian by 7
- Class A Private School Number 9 Mt. Paran Christian over St. Francis by more than 30
- Pinecrest Academy over Whitefield Academy