John McClellan’s high school playoffs snapshot plus: Close win for Darlington this Friday; Unity should advance to state; Cartersville, Pepperell, Rockmart earn Ws, too.

John McClellan’s high school playoffs snapshot plus: Close win for Darlington this Friday; Unity should advance to state; Cartersville, Pepperell, Rockmart earn Ws, too.

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By John McClellan
For Hometown Headlines

The 2019 high school football season comes to an end this week for several teams, while at least 11 and as many as 13 local teams will move to state playoff games beginning Nov. 15. Here is a breakdown of the local state playoff picture as well as a look at the final regular season games of the 2019 season.

Region 7-AA

The playoff field and order are set in Region 7-AA. Number 1 Rockmart is the region champion with Pepperell, Model and Chattooga taking the other three playoff berths. Rockmart will host the winner of this week’s game between Lamar County and Temple in the first round of the playoffs. Pepperell will be at home against the loser of this week’s Bremen-Heard County game, while Model will travel to the winner of that game. Chattooga will be at Number 2 Callaway.

Region 7-AAAAA

The playoff field and order also are set in Region 7-AAAAA. Number 2 Carrollton is the region champion with Number 6 Rome, Number 10 Kell, and Hiram filling the other playoff spots. Carrollton will host the loser of this week’s Arabia Mountain-Lithonia game in the first round, while Rome will host the winner of that game. Kell will travel to the loser of this week’s Columbia-Southwest DeKalb game, while Hiram will travel to the winner of that game,

Region 6-A

Number 4 Darlington will play at Fellowship Christian Friday night for the Region 6-A championship. The winner of the game receives an automatic bye in the first round of the playoffs with the loser also being in contention for a bye. The other playoff teams in the Class A Private School and Public School playoffs are determined by the power ratings with the Top 24 teams in each division earning playoff spots. On the private school side, Darlington currently is first in the power ratings with Christian Heritage sixth, Fellowship Christian seventh, North Cobb Christian 14th, St. Francis 18th, Walker 24th, Mount Paran Christian 26th, and Mount Pisgah Christian 29th. Bowdon is fifth on the public school side, while Trion is 21st and Gordon Lee is tied for 27th. Playoff pairings also are dependent on the power ratings.

Region 5-AAAA

The playoff field and order also are final in Region 5-AAAA. Number 1 Cartersville is the region champion, followed by Sandy Creek, Cedartown and Troup. Cartersville will host the loser of this week’s game between Denmark and Number 7 Flowery Branch in the first playoff round with Sandy Creek hosting the loser of that game. Cedartown will travel to Number 4 Marist and Troup will be at Number 3 Blessed Trinity.

Region 6-AAA

Number 10 North Murray is the Region 6-AAA champion with Calhoun finishing second and Haralson County finishing third. Barring an upset win by Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe this week over Calhoun, Sonoraville will finish fourth. Sonoraville will travel to Number 7 Jefferson in the first playoff round. The playoff opponents for North Murray, Calhoun, and Haralson County are dependent on the outcomes of this week’s Franklin County-Monroe Area and Morgan County-Hart County games.

Adairsville, who should finish fifth in Region 6-AAA, currently has the highest power rating among all fifth place teams in Class 3A. If no one overtakes them, the Tigers will replace the fourth place team from Region 1-AAA in the state playoffs and travel to play the winner of this Friday’s Benedictine-Jenkins game in the first round.


Peachtree Academy (7-3) at Unity Christian School (10-0)

  • Series History: Peachtree Academy leads Unity Christian 3-2
  • Last Meeting: Unity Christian defeated Peachtree Academy 62-30 on September 23, 2019
  • The Peachtree Academy Panthers, who won the GICAA 8-Man state football championship in 2018, have three losses on their way to the semifinals in this year’s Georgia Association of Private & Parochial Schools Class AA state semifinals. The UCS Lions, who have won only one game by less than 30 points on their way to an unbeaten regular season record, won their last game two week ago 54-8 over Kings Way Christian School and drew a bye to this week’s semifinals. The winner of this game will play the winner of this Friday’s game between Johnson Ferry Christian Academy and undefeated Rock Springs Christian Academy on Nov. 15 for the GAPPS Class AA 8-man state championship. Unity Christian wins by more than 30.

Class A Private Number 4 Darlington (9-0) at Class 5A Private Number 5 Fellowship Christian (9-0)

  • Series History: First Meeting
  • The Darlington Tigers continued their perfect 2019 season with a 21-6 win on the road over North Cobb Christian. The Fellowship Christian Paladins were held to their lowest scoring performance of their perfect season in a 31-9 win over Whitefield Academy. The Tigers, who now are ranked first in the GHSA power ratings, can earn the Number 1 seed in the Class A Private School playoffs with a win. Darlington wins by 3. 

Model (5-4, 5-1) at Class 2A Number 1 Rockmart (9-0, 6-0)

  • Series History: Rockmart leads 26-8-1
  • Last Meeting: Rockmart defeated Model 61-6 on November 2, 2018
  • The Model Blue Devils did not allow points on the scoreboard for the second week in a row in a 38-0 win over Coosa. The Rockmart Yellow Jackets kept their unbeaten streak alive in a 45-7 win over Gordon Central. Rockmart wins by more than 30. 

Pepperell (7-2, 5-1) at Chattooga (5-4, 4-2)

  • Series History: Pepperell leads 20-14
  • Last Meeting: Chattooga defeated Pepperell 19-7 on November 2, 2018
  • The Pepperell Dragons showed that they may be team to be reckoned with in the post season with a 63-0 win over Armuchee. The Chattooga Indians defeated Dade County 32-12. Pepperell wins by 18. 

Gordon Central (2-7, 2-4) at Coosa (1-8, 1-5)

  • Series History: Coosa leads 4-3
  • Last Meeting: Coosa defeated Gordon Central 37-14 on November 2, 2018
  •  The Gordon Central Warriors lost to Rockmart 45-7 to fall to 2-7 on the season. The Coosa Eagles failed to score for the third time this season in a 38-0 loss to Model.  Gordon Central wins by 5. 

Dade County (1-8, 1-5) at Armuchee (0-9, 0-6)

  • Series History: Dade County leads 15-6
  • Last Meeting: Armuchee defeated Dade County 35-14 on November 2, 2018
  • The Dade County Wolverines, whose only win came three weeks ago over Coosa, lost to Chattooga 33-12. The Armuchee Indians saw their record fall to 0-9 as they suffered their second straight shutout defeat in a 63-0 loss to Pepperell. Dade County wins by 12. 

Class 4A Number 1 Cartersville (9-0, 5-0) at Troup (6-3, 3-2)

  • Series History: Cartersville leads 5-0
  • Last Meeting: Cartersville defeated Troup 43-10 on November 2, 2018
  • The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes, who were off Friday night, regained their Number 1 ranking in Class 4A and kept their state leading regular season unbeaten streak alive after defeating Chapel Hill two weeks ago 41-6. The Troup Tigers defeated Central of Carrollton 37-14.  Cartersville wins by 18. 

Chapel Hill (5-4, 2-3) at Cedartown (4-5, 3-2)

  • Series History: Cedartown leads 2-1
  • Last Meeting: Cedartown defeated Chapel Hill 45-13 on November 2, 2018
  • The Chapel Hill Panthers defeated LaGrange 35-10. The Cedartown Bulldogs saw their hopes of a home playoff game fall just short following a 34-30 loss to Number 5 Sandy Creek. Cedartown wins by 10. 

Calhoun (8-1, 6-1) at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (4-5, 4-3)

  • Series History: Calhoun leads 16-6-1
  • Last Meeting: Calhoun defeated L-FO 49-0 on Nov. 2, 2018
  • The Calhoun Yellow Jackets, who fell short of winning their 19th straight region championship, wrapped up second place in Region 6-AAA with a 28-14 win over Haralson County. The L-FO Warriors lost their chance for a playoff berth in a 31-0 shutout loss to North Murray. Calhoun wins by 29.

Sonoraville (5-4, 4-3) at Class 3A Number 10 North Murray (8-1, 7-0)

  • Series History: Sonoraville leads 5-3
  • Last Meeting: North Murray defeated Sonoraville 23-0 on Nov. 2, 2018
  • The Sonoraville Phoenix wrapped up the Number 4 playoff berth from Region 6-AAA with a 54-17 win over Coahulla Creek. The North Murray Mountaineers captured the first region football title in school history by defeating Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 31-0. North Murray wins by 13. 

Class 5A Number 10 Kell (7-2, 5-2) at Woodland (1-8, 0-7)

  • Series History: Kell leads 3-0
  • Last Meeting: Kell defeated Woodland 41-18 on Nov. 2, 2018
  • The Kell Longhorns maintained their Top 10 ranking and took the third playoff spot from Region 7-AAAAA by defeating Hiram 27-7. The Woodland Wildcats lost their eighth straight game in a 17-14 defeat by East Paulding. Kell wins by more than 30. 

Cass (3-6, 2-5) at Paulding County (3-6, 2-5)

  • Series History: Paulding County leads 17-4-1
  • Last Meeting: Paulding County defeated Cass 17-14 on Nov. 2, 2018
  • The Cass Colonels, who were off Friday night, extended their losing streak to five games in their last outing after a 35-0 shutout by Kell. The Paulding County Patriots lost 48-14 at Number 2 Carrollton. Paulding County wins by 11. 

Trion (5-4) at Mount Paran Christian (4-4)

  • Series History: Mount Paran Christian leads 5-2
  • Last Meeting: Mount Paran Christian defeated Trion 7-6 on October 23, 2015
  • The Trion Bulldogs, who started the season 5-1, lost their third straight game in a 35-19 defeat by Bowdon. The Mount Paran Christian Eagles broke a three game losing streak with a closer than expected 21-14 win over Pinecrest Academy. Mount Paran Christian wins by 5.

 Off this week: Adairsville (5-5, 4-4 after defeating Ringgold 18-3)and Class 5A Number 6 Rome (8-2, 7-1 after defeating Villa Rica 38-6)

 In other games involving schools in regions in Northwest Georgia:

  • Shaw (5-4) over LaGrange (2-7) by 8 (Thursday)
  • Class 7A Number 2 McEachern (9-0, 4-0) over North Paulding (6-3, 1-3) by 27
  • Creekside (6-3, 6-1) over South Paulding (7-2, 6-1) by 3
  • Dalton (6-3, 4-3) over Osborne (0-9, 0-7) by more than 30
  • Class 5A Number 2 Carrollton (9-0, 7-0) over Hiram by 29 (5-4, 5-2)
  • Class 4A Number 5 Sandy Creek (8-1, 4-1) over Central of Carrollton by 30 (3-6, 1-4)
  • LaFayette (3-6, 1-4) over Gilmer(3-6, 1-4) by 7
  • Northwest Whitfield (7-2, 4-1) over Heritage (7-2, 4-1) by 5
  • Ridgeland (5-4, 4-1) over Southeast Whitfield (0-9, 0-5) by more than 30
  • Ringgold (0-9, 0-7) over Coahulla Creek (1-8, 0-7) by 10
  • Haralson County (7-2, 5-2) over Murray County (4-5, 2-5) by 23
  • Bremen (6-3, 4-1) over Heard County (4-5, 4-1) by 7
  • Temple (5-4, 2-3) over Lamar County (6-3, 2-3) by 5
  • Class A Private Number 8 Christian Heritage (8-1) over Whitefield Academy (7-2) by 1
  • St. Francis (6-3) over Class A Public Number 8 Bowdon (7-2) by 1
  • North Cobb Christian (6-3) over Walker (4-5) by 22
  • Mount Pisgah Christian (3-6) over Gordon Lee (3-6) by 5
  • Mt. Zion (1-8) over Pinecrest Academy (1-8) by 4
  • Georgia Military (3-6) over King’s Ridge Christian (1-8) by 10
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