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.