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Highlights From Last Week In High School Football Across NWGA

    The High School Football regular season is starting to wind down in our area and the final push for the playoffs will be happening for several teams.  It was a light schedule of football as Region 7AA enjoyed Friday off.  Calhoun had their starters already on the bench before halftime as they made quick work of the lowly Murray County Indians beating them 56-0.  Zack Fuller, Gavin Gray, and the Calhoun offense fired on all cylinders and put the game away quick.  It was the first home game at the Reeve in over a month!  Calhoun travels to play  Coahulla Creek Friday night in another 6AAA region match up.  Sonoraville and Adairsville tangled up in region match up this past Friday night and the Phoenix held off Adairsville to win 14-10.  The Phoenix jumped out to an early 14-0 lead with touchdowns from  Blade Bryant and Colton Richards.  The Phoenix defense stopped the Tigers comeback in the 2nd half and sealed the victory.  Sonoraville keeps its playoff chances alive and has a tough road game against LFO Friday night.  The game of the night in the region may have been Haralson County against North Murray.  Both teams were fighting for a top spot in the region and Haralson was able to get a road victory 24-22 over the Mountaineers.  Treylon Shepperd kept his record setting pace for rush yards as he ran for a career high 412 yards on the night.  He his on pace to have the Georgia state record for rushing yards by end of the season.  The Rebels improve to 6-1 on the season, their best record since 2007

    Rome and Cartersville both won Friday night as well.  Rome had no problem with East Paulding, but Cartersvillle struggled with Sandy Creek only winning 7-0.  Rome travels to play Hiram Friday night and Cartersville will be at Chapel Hill for a region matchup.  LaFayette's playoff dreams were crushed by Ridgeland Friday night with a 69-7 drubbing.  Darlington secured a big time win over Trion and Christian Heritage stopped their losing skid by defeating Bowdon,

    This Friday night, Region 7AA sets up some important matchups in the region.  Gordon Central hosts Model in a major region game that both teams need to win to have a shot at the post season.  Rockmart travels to play Coosa as the Eagles have won 2 straight region games.  Dade County will be in Lindale at Pepperell Friday night while Armuchee will travel to play the Chattooga Indians.  All games scheduled for 7:30 pm kickoffs.  Go out and support local athletics!


This Past Week In High School Football Across NWGA

    We are getting down to the last few weeks in High School Football and the Playoff Push is starting to happen for some teams.  All three Gordon County schools were on the road Friday night and they went 2-1 with combined records.  Calhoun was too much for Adairsville as they won in dominating fashion 61-0 over the Tigers.  The Jackets forced 6 turnovers on the night for Adairsville and scored at will!  Gavin Gray and Zack Fuller had great stats for the Jackets and the starters were pulled by halftime.  The 2nd and 3rd stringers got some playing time and contributed as well.  The Jackets improved to 6-0 on the season and finally head back home Friday as they will host the winless Murray County Indians at the Reeve. 

     The Gordon Central Warriors won their first region game of the year as they defeated the Armuchee Indians 36-7 this past Friday night at Armuchee.  The GC Offense opened it up with different formations and Nelson Gravitt split time at QB with Clayton Hogue.  Gravitt threw for 2 touchdown passes and ran in for two as well.  The Warriors defense shut down prolific passer Brayden Perry and was in his face all night long.  The Warriors improve their record to 2-5 and if they win 2 of the next three games, they may sneak into the playoffs!

    The Sonarville Phoenix played their best game of the season in a heartbreaking loss on the road Friday night in Haralson County.  The Phoenix knew what was coming against the leading rusher in the state of Georgia, Treylon Sheppard.  Sheppard piled up the yards against the Phoenix with 43 carries and 301 yards total on the evening.  The Phoenix Offense was able to  move the ball throughout the game and both teams ended regulation with a 20-20 tie.  Tripp Morrison kicked a FG for the Phoenix on their first possession in OT to take a 23-20 lead. Treylon Shepperd scored the game winning TD for the Rebels on their next possession improving their record to 5-1 on the season.  The Phoenix drop to 2-4 and go back home to host Adairsville Friday night.  Haralson County will battle the North Murray Mountaineers in Chatsworth Friday night in a battle for the 2nd spot in Region 6AAA.

    Other highlights in NWGA football include Rockmart dominating Pepperell in Lindale Friday night, Coosa getting their 2nd region win over Dade County, and Chattooga defeating Model.  All Region 7AA teams are off Friday because of Fall Break.  The push for the playoffs resumes next Friday. 


Last Weeks High School Football Highlights Across NWGA

     We are halfway through the High School Football season and this is the time of year when teams make that final push for the playoffs or start to fade way as the hot summer days turn to cool autumn nights.  We will start off in Region 6AAA where the Sonoraville Phoenix hosted the Ringgold Tigers in an important region game for both teams.  The teams played to a 7-7 tie in the first half and then Ringgold pulled away in the 2nd half to win 28-7.  The Phoenix turned the ball over 4 times including 3 interceptions in the 2nd half that contributed to Ringgold scoring points.  For the Phoenix to get into the playoffs, they will probably need to win out and their schedule does not get any easier.  They go on the road to play surprising Haralson County and their hoss RB Treylon Shepperd Friday night.  Calhoun was off but still hold onto first place in the region. Their road trip continues Friday night as the play the rival Adairsville Tigers.  Adairsville is coming off a huge region win by knocking off the upstart LFO Warriors in LFO Friday night, 13-12.  The Tigers Playoff hopes stay very much alive.  Calhoun is still king of the region and I don't see them giving up the region this year.  North Murray will be your 2nd place team.  I think Haralson is number 3 and the last spot in the region for playoffs could be between Adairsville and LFO.

     In Region 7AA, Rockmart showed its supremacy by annihilating Chattooga Friday night 56-0.  They will win the region outright and may have something to say about the state title come December.  The Gordon Central Warriors lost another heartbreaker at home, 13-12 in region play to Dade County Friday night.  Missed extra points was the difference again in a must win for the Warriors to get a playoff spot.  Coosa got its first win of the year by defeating Armuchee 51-29.  The game was close untill the 2nd half when the Eagles broke it wide open.  Peperell showed its might over Model beating them 41-7.  Region 7AA Matchups for Friday include:





      Other observations from Friday night include Rome continuing to roll, Cartersville wins, Christian Heritage suffered its first loss of the season against Darlington, and Lafayette almost came back and defeated Heritage.  Looking forward to some more great football this Friday night!


Week 6 Highlights of High School Football Across NWGA

    6 weeks of High School Football in the books across NWGA and of course you have the usual suspects leading their respected regions and also a few surprises this year of much improved teams!  The Calhoun Yellow Jackets continue to roll this season as they defeated Ringgold on the road Friday night 42-7.  Zach Fuller had the best performance of the night as he rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns.  The Jackets will be off this week as they concentrate on Adairsville for next week.  The Sonoraville Phoenix Offense came alive this past Friday night in Chatsworth as the Phoenix punished the Murray Indians 61-18.  Cole Godfrey and Ben Burns accounted for over 400 yards of offense for the Phoenix.  Sonoraville returns home to host Ringgold this Friday night.  The GC Warriors ran into a buzzsaw at Chattooga Friday night as they had no answer to the rushing attack of the Indians.    Chattogga won 34-7 and head into a showdown for the defacto region title against  Rockmart Friday night.  Gordon Central gets ready for Homecoming Friday night as they host Dade County.


As no surprise, Calhoun continues to dominate everybody in Region 6AAA and should be claiming their 18th straight region title come early November.  Rockmart continues to reign supreme in 7AA and could be in the discussion of state title in the next few months.  Rome and Cartersville are still winning and leading their regions.  I think the three big surprises in our area have to be Christian Heritage, Lafayette, and Haralson County.  Christian Heritage is 4-0 for the first time ever and ride on the success of their quarterback Matthew Neff.  Lafayette is 4-1 on the season and should be undefeated as they squandered a 26 point lead to Christian Heritage a few weeks ago.  LaFayette could make a playoff run with favorable games remaining in their region schedule.  Haraslon County is a big surprise as well with the running power of Treylon Shepperd as they are 3-1 on the season.  Coosa is a stunning 0-5 so far.  I picked them to finish in the top 4 of Region7AA and injuries have plagued the Eagles.  Chattooga is ahead of schedule with the running tandem of EJ Lackey and Leshaun Lester,  Pepperell continues to win and Model is 2-0 in region play.  GC still has a chance to run the table and sneak into the playoffs.

I think North Murray is your #2 team in 6AAA.  The last 2 playoff spots could be  a toss up between Haralson County, Adairsville, Sonoraville and a much improved LFO team who is 4-1 already.  We are halfway through the season folks and expect to seem some more intriguing football in our area!



Week 5 Highlights of High School Football across NW GA

     Week 5 is in the books in High School Football across NWGA and talk about some great football in our area!  3 games standout from this past Friday night and I will start out in Murray County.  The #1 ranked Calhoun Yellow Jackets in AAA headed to play North Murray Friday night and the Mountaineers gave the Jackets all they could for one half of football.  The Yellow Jackets trailed 10-0 at halftime as they could not get anything going at all on the offense.  Of course Hal Lamb is known for his 2nd half adjustments and as scripted, the Jackets stormed back in the 2nd half.  Gavin Gray lead the comeback with over 280 yards passing and 3 touchdown passes as the Jackets defeated North Murray 34-10.  Calhoun improves to 4-0 on the season and travel to Ringgold Friday night.  North Murray falls 2-2 and has an interesting matchup at Adairsville Friday.  Region play began in 7AA and the Coosa Eagles and Chattooga Indians battled each other Friday night in an epic showdown.  Chattooga was able to hold off the Eagles 34-32 behind almost 400 yards rushing on the night.  Indians runningback Lashaun Lester had 287 of those yards on 27 carries and 3 touchdowns.  The Indians picked up their first region win in Coosa Friday night and head back home for a showdown with the Gordon Central Warriors this Friday night.

     Maybe the best game of the night was at Ratner Stadium where the Gordon Central Warriors hosted the Pepperell Dragions in a region match up.  Both teams went back in forth in this amazing game.  GC jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter off a fumble and a missed FG.  Nelson Gravitt scored the Warriors first TD's on runs.  Pepperell would battle back to trail 14-13 at halftime.  After trailing 21-14 with 5 minutes remaining in the game, the Warriors rturned a fumble 67 yards from Seth Wolfe to the endzone to tie the game at 21.  GC would pick off a Pepperell pass on the next possession  and take lead 27-21 on a pick six.  The xtrapoint attempt was botched by the Warriors.  Pepperell was able to win the game with a last minute drive that culminated with a Payton Rhoades TD catch and an extra point from Ramiro Alanis to clinch the game.  An outstand ing game by both teams and for GC to hang in the game with a perennial team like Pepperell shows how far this Warrior team has come along in the last year or so.  Gordon Central was outscored the previous two meetings with Pepperell 112-0.

      Other games of note include Haralson County proving there are  no fluke in the region by defeating the Adairsville Tigers 51-28.  Another amazing display of offense from Rebels RB Treylon Shepperd has he rushed for almost 300 yards against the Tigers.  They are 3-0 for the first time since 2007.  Coahulla Creek snapped the longest losing streak in the state of Georgia at 27 games by defeating the Murray County Indians 35-7.  LFO gets a big time win against Ringgold 35-25 to improve to 3-1 on the season.  Christian Heritage is 4-0 after upsetting #8 Mt.Zion in SingleA Private  30-22.  Rome extends its winning streak to 31 games by defeating Carrolton 65-51. Cartersville, Rockmart, Darlington, and Model won as well in our area.  Looking forward to some more great High School Football in our area this Friday Night!



Week 4 Highlights From High School Football In NW GA

This past Friday night was the fourth week of High School Football action across the area and some exceptional football was played!  Cross town rivals Calhoun and Sonoraville played each other Friday night at the Reeve with a delayed start because of unexpected thunderstorm right before kickoff.  The delay did not stop the explosive Calhoun Yellow Jacket offense from jumping out of the gate and scoring 31 points by halftime.  Zack Fuller rushed for 100yards and scored 3 touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets 38-0 win over the Phoenix.  Calhoun is 11-0 all time over Sonoraville in the series.  The yellow Jackets travel to Chatsworth Friday night to play North Murray in  a Region6AAA matchup.  The Phoenix will be off this week.  The Rome Wolves extended their win streak to 30 games by defeating Kell, 35-6.  Pepperell got their first win of the season beating Heritage 31-17.  Adairsville soundly defeated Coahulla Creek 41-10. Preston Poag and North Murray upset Ringgold 14-7 Friday night.  Rockmart goes to 3-0 on the season by defeating Heard County 33-0.  Christian Heritage came back from 26 points in the 2nd half to beat LaFayette 35-26 to go 3-0 for the first time in school History! LaFayette was looking to go 4-0 for the first time since 1991.  They drop to 3-1 and will be off this week.


Region7AA Play Begins And Key Games


Region play begins Friday and the next seven games become very important for everybody in the region! Gordon Central opens up Friday night at home against Pepperell.  Both teams come in at 1-2 and want to start region play with a win! Pepperell was #2 in the region last year and is looking to improve.  GC is coming trying to improve from 2 region wins from last year and be in the discussion for a playoff spot come first week in November. The other games in  our region will be Armuchee visiting Rockmart and Dade County traveling to play Model.  The game of the night should be Chattooga @Coosa.  Chattooga comes in at 2-1 with a high powered offense including runningback EJ Lackey.  Coosa is 0-3 with a  brutal non region schedule and their looking to make a statement game as they are favored to make a run in the region. 

     There are key games in Region 6AAA to watch Friday night. Ringgold hosts LFO in a game that could determine playoff spots later in the season.  LFO was 5-5 last year and looks to improve that record this season.  Ringgold has a had a few off years and looks to rebound after a tough loss from North Murray last week.  Haralson County hosts Adairsville Friday night in an intersting matchup.  Haraslon County is 2-0 and if they defeat Adairsville in region play, are they a legit playoff team?  Murray County hosts Coahulla Creek Friday night as both teams are 0-3 on the seson. Coahulla Creek could stop the state of Georgia's longest losing streak with a win Friday night. They lost a hertbreaker two weeks ago to SE Whitfield 9-6.  Should be another great week of High School Football in our region!!


Week 3 Highlights From Our Area

Another great night of High School Football across NW Georgia this past Friday night and here are some of the highlights.

Calhoun vs. Therell  Calhoun was impressive on all sides of the ball as they dominated Therell 52-6 in their home opener of the season. Most of the starters were pulled in the first half because of the lopsided score. Zack Fuller had 60 yards rushing and a touchdown in limited action. Calhoun opens region play at home against Sonoraville Friday night.

Gordon Central vs. Gilmer  Gordon Central got a much needed win on the road Friday night as they defeated the Gilmer Bobcats 44-15.  Nelson Gravitt was the MVP on Offense as he ran in for 3 Warrior touchdowns.  The GC Defense was impressive as well creating four turnovers. This win will hopefully boost their confidence as they enjoy their off week and get ready for region play next week at home against Pepperell.

Darlington vs. Sonoraville  The Phoenix could not get anything going on offense Friday night and they were shut out by the Tigers.  The first half was a defensive stalemate as both teams were tied at 0 at halftime.  The Tigers came alive in the 2nd half with runningback Kolin Rogers scoring all three touchdowns for Darlington in route to victory and a 3-0 record! It doesn't get any easier for the Phoenix as they open up region play with Calhoun Friday night. 

Other Games and Notes of Interest  LaFayette is 3-0 for the first time since 2009  after beating Gordon Lee 35-0 Friday night. They will play Heritage Friday night.  Chattooga defeated Heirtage Friday night 34-7 with a big night from QB Clayton Johnson who threw for 3 touchdowns.  Preston Poag was to much for Model to handle as the North Murray Mountainers beat Model 44-7.  Armuchee was defeated by the big O-line of Haralson County and RB Treylon Shepperd 35-0. Dade County was defeated by Trion 21-0.  This is the last week before region play begins next Friday! Some teams are off this week while others continue with non region competition. I went 15-3 in my Picks for last week as I improve to 31-11 on the season.



Week 2 Highlights Of High School Football

Week 2 of High School Football across NW Georgia had some great highlights and a few surprises.  Sonoraville picked up their first win of the season with a 21-14 victory over the Model Blue Devils Friday night at the Firepit.  Chase Collins, QB for the Phoenix had 3 touchdowns on the night.  The Phoenix stopped the Model comeback in the fourth quarter with a pivotal sack on fourth down to clinch the game.  Sonoraville travels to play ranked Darlington Friday night in a tough matchup.  Gordon Central continued to struggle Friday night as they were shut out by Christian Heritage, 35-0 at Ratner Stadium.  The defense had no solution for CH quarterback Matthew Neff and his high powered arm.  He tossed 5 touchdown passes in a winning effort.  The GC offense could not find any spark at all.  GC travels to play Gilmer County Friday not and hopes to win their first game of the season.  Cass defeated Adairsville Friday night in a battle between rivals in Bartow County.  Darlington's defense stifled the high powered offense of Coosa, 21-6.  Chattooga upset Weselyan out of Atlanta, 17-0.  EJ Lackey had a great night running the ball for the Indians.  Rockmart had a huge win on the road against Central carrolton, 51-7.  Can you believe LaFayette is 2-0 on the season? They defeated Fannin County Friday night 28-20.  Region 7AA was 2-4 in games played Friday night.  One more week of non region games and then the region schedule gets started next week!


Week Two in High School Football Across Northwest Georgia

Week number two for the High School Football season in NW GA includes several great matchups from teams in our area.  Gordon Central has their first home game of the season as they will host Christian Heritage Friday night at Ratner Stadium. GC is looking to bounce back after a tough loss on the road last week from Haralson County.  Sonoraville plays their first game of the season as they host the Model Blue Devils.  This game the last few years has been a pretty even match up between the two schools.  Sonoraville looks to start off the season with a win and Model tries to get back on track after a heartbreaking loss to LaFayette last week.  Several teams are on bye weeks including Calhoun,Rome, Cartersville, and Pepperell.  Other non region matchups include Adairsville traveling to play Cass, Darlington plays on the road against Coosa in another great battle in Floyd County, and Cedartown hosts Alexander (AL)  Other games scheduled include:  Wesleyan@Chattooga, Rockmart@Central, LaFayette@Fannin County, Heritage@Ringgold, Rabun County@N. Murray, Muuray County@SE Whitfield, and North Sand Mtn@Dade County.  Go out and support your local high school teams this Friday night!


Week One Highlights and Observations

What a great first week of high school football across NW georgia starting last Thursday night with the opening games of the Corky Kell Classic In Rome! Calhoun versus Ridgeland was the opening game.  The game was tied at 14 with both teams fighting for advantage and the Yellow Jackets turning the ball over a few times.  It was all a distant memory in the 2nd half as the Jackets scored 31 straight points to win 45-21.  Gavin Gray had over 300 yards passing for the Jackets.  Calhoun will be off this week as they prepare for visiting Therrell next week at the Reeve.  Gordon Central unfortunately did not get off to the start they wanted this season.  The Warriors ran into a buzzsaw named Treylon Sheppard for the Haralson County Rebels.  Sheppard had over a 100 yds and several touchdowns as the Rebels downed the Warriors 35-7.  Sonoraville was idle and they get ready for a big match up with the Model Blue Devils this Friday at the Firepit in Sonoraville.  Model lost a heartbreaker to Lafayette Friday night 28-25.  Rockmart beat county rival Cedartown 20-14.  Other teams in Region 7AA competed as well Friday with Pepperell being dominated by Darlington 44-14, Trion edging out Coosa 18-15, Gordon Lee beating Dade County 21-13, and Adairsville beating Chattooga in the last few moments, 21-20!  Possibly one of the biggest surprises of the night in our area was Armuchee defeating Murray County, 28-7! Rome defeated Marietta Thursday night and Cartersville easily defeated Allatoona Friday night 35-0.  Great games and quite a few surprises for the first week. I went 9-3 for the picks for last week.  Look for the 2nd week to be just as compelling!  I will list the matchups and preview Friday nights games Wednesday.


Ken Foxx

WJTH Sports


Scrimmage Highlights and Region Picks

Gordon Central, Calhoun, and Sonoraville participated in scrimmage games last week as they prepared to begin the regular season of high school football.  Calhoun hosted NW Whitfield this past Thursday evening at the Reeve, and they showed why they were the AAA state champs last year!  Calhoun got on the board first with a 84 yd td interception from Collin Baggett.  Calhoun quarterback Gavin Gray connected with Luke Moseley for a td.  The starters were benched before halftime giving 2nd and 3rd string time to play.  More touchdowns were scored by Yellow Jacket players Grant Gilmer, Jerrian Hames, Owen Goble, Christian Lewis, and Cole Speer.  The Jackets won 48-7 and they start the regular season Thursday evening in Rome against Ridgeland which is part of the Corky Kell Classic.  Sonoraville and Gordon Central played each other Friday night at Ratner Memorial stadium in a tune up to get ready for the regular season.  A huge crowd showed up for both sides and Gordon Central looked dominant throughout the matchup.  GC started the scoring with a 32yd FG from David Bautista in the 2nd quarter.  Dawson Lackey from GC intercepted a Sonoraville pass for a Td and GC lead 9-0 at halftime.  in the 3rd quarter, both teams sat their starters and emptied the benches.  Darren Coleman recovered a fumble from Sonoraville and John Rainwater later scored another GC touchdown making the lead 15-0.  Sonoraville scored a  touchdown later in the third with a 2yd TD run by Jason Galmon to make it 15-7 GC.  Central added two more touchdowns from Bryson McGinnis to make the final score 28-7 Gordon central over Sonoraville.  Gordon Central begins the regular season Friday night on the road against Haralson County.  Sonoraville has an off week as they begin the regular season next Friday at home against Model.

Region Picks for 7AA and 6AAA

It is going to be an exciting year in both regions and here are my picks to earn playoff spots from each region.


Rockmart will win the region again with returing players Juke Booze (WR) and Reed Couch (TE) and two all star RB's.  Coosa will take the 2nd spot with many returning starters from last year including Senior QB Logan Pledger, RB Jalen Hodge, and WR/TE Sean Brown.  Pepperell is my pick to take the 3rd spot.  They lost several key players to graduation last year but the talent is there with Gage Moses, Payton Rhoades, and Cam Miles.  Gordon Central is my pick to get that last Playoff spot in the region.  If the Warriors can stay healthy, they might be the surprise team of the region this year!  They return all region players Dawson Lackey, Abraham Reyes, and Luis Castillo.  Cameron Pierce, Neslon Gravitt, and Brady Lackey looked very impressive in the scrimmage game against Sonoraville last week.  This is going to be a very competitive year in Region 7AA.


Calhoun will easily win the region and bank on Hal Lamb getting his 18th straight region title and breaking the state record that is tied with Lincoln County.  A host of starters return from last years AAA state title team including QB Gavin Gray and defensive star Davis Allen.  With Bremen going back down to AA, spots 2-4 could be wide open in 6AAA.  I look for North Murray to pick up the 2nd spot as they have had back to back playoff appearances and their all star QB is back for his senior year.  Adairsville will return for the playoffs with a load of talent from last years playoff team.  I think Sonoraville can bounce back from last years rare down appearance.  I look for LFO and Ringgold to make it interesting for those final spots.



High School football starts next week!

The high school football season starts next week in NW Georgia and we can hardly contain ourselves right now!  So much to talk about!  Will Calhoun repeat as state champs in AAA and will Coach Lamb break the GA high school record of 17 straight region titles?  How will Coach Nix do in his 2nd year at the helm of the Gordon Central Warriors?  Will the Sonoraville Phoenix bounce back after a down year last year?  Can the Adairsville Tigers build on their playoff appearance from last year?  Can the Rome Wolves go for the 3peat for AAAAA state titles?  These questions and more can hopefully be answered in the next several months as we get ready for another exciting year of high school football in our region.  Scrimmage games start this week as maybe we get a sneak preview of what to expect from some teams in our area. Here is a list of games in our region:



Sonoraville@GC   Friday @ 7:30pm

NW Whitfield@Calhoun   Thursday @ 7:30pm




SE Whitfield@Armuchee  

I will give some of the highlights of the Sonoraville@Gordon Central and NW Whitfield @Calhoun scrimmages next week in my cloumn.  Plus i will give my picks for region 7AA and  6AAA contenders.  Also I will highlight the season opening games for our region.  Let's get ready for some football!!



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