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!