It is the last week of the regular season of High School Football in NWGA. Can you believe it? Seems like this season has just flown by! And you could not script it any better than for the last games for our Gordon County Schools. First let us recap this past Friday's games. Calhoun hosted the surprising Haralson County Rebels and their star running back Treylon Sheppard at the Reeve in a showdown of region heavyweights. The Calhoun defense did what no other team could do all season against Sheppard, they kept him check the whole game! He had only 104 yards rushing on 34 carrries. The Jackets defense loaded the box all evening and didn't even user their corners! The Calhoun offense went to the air most of the game with Gavin Gray having a great night with 160 passing yards. The Jackets rolled to a 41-6 win over the Rebels.
The Sonoravile defense was a big part of the Phoenix 19-8 win over Coahulla Creek Friday night for Homecoming at the Firepit. Blade Bryant scored a touchdown and the Phoenix smothering defense kept the Colts in check most of the night. It was a huge region win for Sonoraville and keeps their playoff hopes alive!
Gordon Central played one of the best teams in the sate of Georgia Friday night against the Rockmart Yellow Jackets, and for one quarter they gave all the Yellow Jackets could handle! The yellow Jackets scored 2 quick td's from ZJ Whatley and a Dylan Bailey touchdown pass to Chandler Cooper. GC responded with a FG from Edgar Ramirez and a fumble recovery for a touchdown from Isaac Dye to cut the lead to 14-11. That would be as close as the Warriors would get as the Yellow Jackets would go on a scoring tear with more touchdowns from Whatley, Cooper, and Ant Lester to put away the Warriors 65-11. Rockmart claimed back to back region titles for the first time since the 1940's.
Friday night sets up playoff scenarios for all three Gordon County schools! Calhoun goes for History Friday night as they host the LFO Warriors for Homecoming and the possibility of clinching their record breaking 18th straight region title! The winner of this game wins the region and will host at least two home playoff games in the AAA state tournament. LFO comes in at 7-2 on the season and are red hot after a big time region win over North Murray Friday night! Expect a packed house Friday at the Reeve to see possibly a record breaking night!
The Phoenix are very much alive in the playoff hunt! They host a tough North Murray Mountaineer team at the Pit Friday night. If Sonoraville wins and Ringgold loses, the Phoenix would grab the last playoff spot in Region6AAA! If Sonoraville and Ringgold win, there would be a mini playoff between Sonoraville, Ringgold, and North Murray for the last playoff spot.
The last playoff spot in Region 7AA comes down to Gordon Central hosting the Coosa Eagles at Ratner Friday night. Gordon Central has had quite an interesting season with great region wins and heartbreaking losses. It all comes down to Friday night for the Warriors to get into the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
I predict that Calhoun will handle business Friday night at the Reeve and not disappoint the Homecoming crowd. Calhoun will win 45-7 and clinch their 18th straight region title and break the state record for most consecutive region titles. The yellow Jackets have an excellent chance to repeat as state champs as well. I think the Phoenix season comes to an end Friday at the pit against North Murray. I think it will be a low scoring affair for a little bit then North Murray will pull away in the end with quarterback Preston Poag Jr. North Murray wins in a close one.
Gordon Central versus Coosa will be a hard fought contest for both teams fighting for a playoff spot. GC needs to be prepared to stop the Eagles main weapon, Keenan Dixon. If the Warriors defense can keep him contained, I think the Warriors can pull off the victory. Regardless, this game will come down to the 4th quarter. Be prepared for a nail biter at Ratner Friday night!