Aug. 24, 2012, COLLEGE PARK, GA: The Woodward Academy War Eagles take the field against Lovett for the first half of their high school football game at Woodward Academy's Colquitt Stadium in College Park, Ga., on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.   DAVID TULIS/AJC SPECIAL

Region by region overview for Week 7 action

11:54 am Sep. 27, 2016

Before we get into the individual matchups in Thursday’s blog, there are big-picture storylines to look at as we set the stage for Week 7. In this 52-team classification, there are just six Friday nights of football left for 20 of the teams. The regular season will end on November 4, and this is the point in the season when that reality really starts to settle in. By late Friday

Eastside goes for two, serves Oconee County its first loss in OT thriller

2:04 pm Sep. 24, 2016

Two previously undefeated teams lost Friday night, leaving Cartersville, Thomson, Ridgeland and Madison County as Class AAAA’s four remaining unbeatens. Oconee County fell in overtime to Eastside 32-31 and Effingham County beat Burke County for the first time in school history 28-21 to give the Bears their first loss. As for the unblemished records, Ridgeland won a shootout with Northwest Whitfield 48-42, Madison County scored a 20-14 victory at Franklin

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Unbeaten Oconee County hosts Eastside; Cartersville visits Cedartown for region opener

11:44 am Sep. 22, 2016

Eastside (2-1-1) at Oconee County (4-0)

After five weeks of games, some of the biggest questions remaining in Class AAAA are how good this year’s undefeated Oconee County Warriors are, will be and can be. Former Stephens County head coach Travis Noland improved the Warriors’ record from a 2-8 finish in 2013, to 8-4 his first season on the job. Last year, the Warriors improved once again to a 9-3 finish.

(David Tulis/Special to AJC)

A dozen region games highlight Week 6 slate

11:51 am Sep. 20, 2016

Region 1 enters its second weekend of region games and three other regions open up conference play this week while the other half of the classification waits one last Friday. In total, 12 region games highlight the Week 6 slate.

In Region 1’s four Week 6 matchups, every matchup features a team that won its region debut against a team that will look to avoid an 0-2 region start. On Thursday, Americus-Sumter

(Daniel Varnado/Special to AJC)

Blue Devils exorcise 22-year drought to Shaw

1:15 pm Sep. 17, 2016

There were four region matchups out of Region 1-AAAA on Friday. Americus-Sumter ended a four-game losing streak to Westover with a cozy 21-6 victory in its region opener. Carver-Columbus moved to 7-0 all-time against Northside-Columbus by scoring a 37-17 victory over the Patriots. Cairo followed up last Friday’s 17-14 road victory over Bainbridge with a dominant 46-13 performance against Hardaway to tab its first region victory. The most significant victory,

A Whitefield player warms up before a high school football game against Mount Paran Christian, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Kennesaw, Ga.

Region 1 poised for classification’s first region action

1:17 pm Sep. 13, 2016

The first four region games in Class AAAA kick off this Friday night in the eight-team Region 1. Before we look at the matchups, here’s a quick review of the structure of the region. Cairo, Westover and Americus-Sumter occupied a sub-divided Region 1-AAAA last year.  No region in Class AAAA is divided into sub regions this year. Bainbridge ended up winning the region last year with a perfect 10-0 regular season and

(Daniel Varnado/Special to AJC)

Cartersville and Thomson elevate AAAA once again

10:09 pm Sep. 10, 2016

We danced with question ‘Is Cartersville the best team in the state regardless of classification?’ in last Saturday’s blog. It was the day after the Purple Hurricanes posted an impressive 56-0 win over Class AAA Calhoun. Knowing Cartersville had a showdown with Westlake, a Class AAAAAAA school with Division 1 prospects loading the roster the following Friday, we sat back to see what would happen to confirm whichever stance we

Aug. 24, 2012, COLLEGE PARK, GA: The Woodward Academy War Eagles take the field against Lovett for the first half of their high school football game at Woodward Academy's Colquitt Stadium in College Park, Ga., on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.   DAVID TULIS/AJC SPECIAL

Beneath the surface of Week 4’s developing storylines

12:36 pm Sep. 8, 2016

The two most talked about games in Class AAAA this weekend will feature the classification’s top ranked teams. No. 1 Cartersville hosts Westlake in arguably the top Week 4 game in the state, and No. 2 Thomson takes a trip to Class AAA No. 1 Pace Academy in another must-see matchup PREVIEW HERE. Both match ups offer validity to their already impressive resumes. However, there are four other interesting storylines developing in Class AAAA

December 12, 2015 Atlanta: Pace Academy's Kyle Orr jumps into the arms of head coach Chris Slade after sealing the win over Fitzgerald in the Class AA State Championship win over Fitzgerald at the Georgia Dome Saturday December 12, 2015. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Non-region challengers offer validation for AAAA’s best

12:38 pm Sep. 6, 2016

All of Class AAAA won’t be in region play until Friday, Oct. 7, so the tantalizing task of sorting out the classification continues with nothing but style points and potential to gauge the field. Luckily, this upcoming week will offer the biggest challenges yet for two of Class AAAA’s top teams to validate their early success.

Defending state champion and No. 1 ranked Cartersville extended its winning streak to a state-best 17 games on

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Is Cartersville the state’s top team regardless of class?

4:52 pm Sep. 3, 2016

A theoretical question is spreading across Georgia: Is Cartersville the best team in the state, regardless of classification? While this season’s Class AAAAAAA giants like Mill Creek, Grayson and Roswell will get the benefit of the doubt in most minds, Cartersville has impressed enough in its first two games to be in the conversation. Regardless of your opinion on this question, it is the question itself that is the uppermost compliment