10. Fitzgerald (5-0) @ Worth County (6-0) Friday 7:30 p.m.
In the four consecutive years that these two teams have faced-off, Fitzgerald has won each match-up with little resistance. But this is easily the best iteration of Worth County in years. In the last four seasons Worth County has averaged three wins per season, and this year have seemed to catch lighting in a bottle. At 6-0 the Rams offense has been legit and that’s no exaggeration, they are averaging nearly 40 points per game and almost 50 points per game in their last four games. While Fitzgerald is as dominant as ever and the stats and numbers speak for themselves, it will have to take Worth County serious this season.
9. Cartersville (5-1) @ Cass (3-3) Friday 7:30 p.m.
Cartersville dropped its streak of 62 consecutive games won against region opponents after losing to Calhoun last week. The Hurricanes still scored 48 points in that game and are averaging 46 points in their last three games, and after two straight shutouts gave up 50 points to Calhoun. Cass will try to expose the same flaw that Calhoun did in Cartersville’s defense. One thing that Cass has been able to do in the last two weeks is score points. The Colonels have scored 112 points in their last two games and 170 in their last three wins. In a hostile environment on the road and coming off a big loss the Hurricanes could be on upset alert against Cass’ red-hot offense.
8. Trinity Christian (4-2) @ Whitewater (5-1) Friday 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Christian has won four straight games after a rough 0-2 start to the season. Three of the four games during this streak have been against region opponents, which is a good sign for the Lions with this being their first year in 4A moving from A-Private. The Lions may be coming off of one of the more bizarre games in which they defeated Starr’s Mill with an end score of 3-0. Whitewater’s last outing was a complete 180 from Trinity Christian’s, the Wildcats dropped 50 points against region opponent Fayette County and have been averaging 36 points per game. Whitewater is 2-1 in region play thus far while Trinity Christian is 3-0, with a tough region including Troup County and Starr’s Mill. Every loss looms large so expect a dog fight in this match-up.
7. Northside (4-2) @Houston County (5-1) Thursday 7:30 p.m.
Northside is coming into this match-up having won its last three games and four of its last five. Its only loss came against Warner Robins in overtime. The Eagles won their first region match-up last week versus Tift County and now look to go 2-0. Houston County is coming into this match-up off its first loss of the season to Lee County, which was also the first region game. Houston County was held to only 21 points after averaging 50 in its first five games. The Bears will need to get the spark back on offense if they hope to not fall to 0-2 in the region. That spark starts with the key play-makers in Antwann Hill Jr., Ryan Taleb, and Ricky Johnson.
6. Kennesaw Mountain (5-0) @ Osborne (5-0) Friday 7:30 p.m.
Based on last year’s record, many people wouldn’t have predicted that Osborne would be undefeated at this point in the season. The Cardinals were 1-4 at this point in the season, last year, and didn’t win a game after. Now, they are low-key one of the most complete and competitive teams in the state. They have scored 251 points on the season and only given up 42 points. Not one opponent has scored over 14 points. Osborne wins of 46-7, 42-13, 55-0, 70-8, and 38-14, pure domination. Kennesaw Mountain will look to blow out the flame that Osborne has started. The Mustangs are playing just as well as they did last year, while every game hasn’t been a blowout they have won in multiple different ways which is important. They have shown that they can play from behind, play in a shootout, win low scoring games predicated on defensive play, and also blowout teams from time to time. This game is very important especially in a region with North Cobb and Walton looming.
5. Prince Avenue Christian (5-0) @ Baylor (6-0) Friday 12 p.m.
Prince Avenue will travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee to take on undefeated Baylor. Aaron Philo and the Wolverines’ high flying pass attack will look to stay undefeated in Tennessee. Prince Avenue is having another great start to the season and to this point has yet to finish a game winning by less than double-digits. Baylor is having one of its best starts to a season, after taking down one of the better teams in the state of Tennessee last week in McCallie, Baylor is now 5-0 for fourth time in the last six seasons.
Both teams are currently 1-0 versus out-of-state opponents this season, who it will be interesting to see the outcome of this high-profile match-up.
4. Lee County (5-1) @ Veterans (4-2) Friday 7:30 p.m.
Lee County will travel to Veterans to play in the second region match-up for both teams. Lee County is coming off of back-to-back 50-point performances, against Lake Gibson and Houston County. Veterans on the other hand is coming off its first region loss in which it gave up 48 points to Thomas County Central. Outside of that game the Warhawks have shown a ton of improvement this year from last year, already winning two more games than they did last year. Veterans will look to slow down Lee County’s high-powered offense and to not drop down to 0-2 in the region.
3. East Coweta (4-2) @ Carrollton (6-0) Friday 7:30 p.m.
This game will showcase two of the top tier offenses that Georgia has to offer, led by two of the best underclass quarterbacks. Christian Langford is under center for East Coweta and has been phenomenal in his sophomore season. With over 1,400 passing yards and 19 touchdowns he is spearheading an offense that is averaging 35 points per game and has beat Lowndes and Sandy Creek. On the other side, Carrollton’s offense is led by one of the best freshmen quarterbacks in the Nation in Julian Lewis. Lewis has thrown for 1,600 yards and 23 touchdowns and the Trojans are averaging 46 points per game. This will be an offensive masterclass from both teams, but Carrollton’s defense is legit as well holding opponents to 10 points a game with four games of holding opponents to single-digits.
2. Valdosta (6-0) @ Lowndes (3-2) Friday 8 p.m.
Valdosta and Lowndes will match-up in a highly anticipated region game. The last five years, Lowndes has dominated this match-up, including multiple blowouts of more than 40 points. But this is a year where the outcome isn’t set in stone by any means. This year Valdosta is one of the best teams in the state and that isn’t hyperbole. In six games the Wildcats have scored 221 points while only allowing 29 points, only one opponent has scored in double-digits (14). Lowndes is coming off a big win versus Grayson in its last outing but will need to gear up for this battle that is bound to be one of the best games of the week.
1.North Cobb (3-2) @ Walton (4-1) Friday 7:30 p.m.
Walton will host North Cobb in the first region match-up for both teams this season. Both teams are coming off of wild performances in their last outings. Walton won its fourth game in a row in a triple overtime shootout versus North Paulding. North Cobb is coming off a bye week but the week before took down a Top 25 opponent in Milton. This will be a great test, first because North Cobb has yet to allow an opponent to score over 21 points and Walton is one of the higher scoring teams coming off its first 50-point performance. This is also the first region match-up for both teams so it should definitely be a good one.