No. 2-ranked Carrollton may have nailed down the Region 7 championship on Friday.
The Trojans turned back No. 7 Kell 34-14. That victory, combined with an earlier win over No. 6 Rome, leaves Paulding County and Hiram standing between coach Sean Calhoun’s team and its first region championship since 2011.
Carrollton (8-0, 6-0) came up with three takeaways and didn’t commit a turnover.
Quarterback Myles Morris completed 14 of 24 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown, with six catches going to Terrell Carmicheal for 119 yards. Mecose Todd ran for two touchdowns, but was limited to 19 yards.
Kell tailback David Mbadinga rushed 17 times for 122 yards and quarterback Corbin LaFrance completed 15 of 32 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown, but threw two interceptions and was sacked six times by the aggressive Carrollton defense.
Jared Need led Carrollton with 11 total tackles. Brock Bibbee had nine tackles, two for loss, two sacks, three hurries and broke up a pass. Malachi Moten also had two sacks and six tackles.
In other games involving the ranked teams this week:
No. 1 Buford improves to 8-0: The Wolves continue to rip through their Region 8 schedule, this time with a measured 30-7 win over Loganville. Buford’s Gabe Ervin ran 23 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns and Elijah Turner carried 19 times for 154 yards and one touchdown.
Demons come from behind to beat Thomas County Central: No. 4 Warner Robins had its hands full with Thomas County Central before beating the Yellow Jackets 45-10. Thomas County, which had multiple starters out with a stomach virus, stunned the Demons by taking a 10-2 lead. But Warner Robins responded with a touchdown run from Jalen Addie and two-point conversion to tie the game. Addie put the Demons ahead to stay with a 40-yard touchdown throw to Marcayll Jones. Addie also threw touchdown passes to Xavier Hill and Armon Porter.
Rome offense puts up more big numbers: No. 6 Rome got two touchdowns apiece from E.J. burns and Ahijah Blackwell in a 51-14 win over Paulding County. The Wolves have totalled 186 points over the last four weeks and posted an average margin of victory of 40.5 points.
No. 8 Wayne County requires overtime: Presley Cain kicked the go-ahead field goal in overtime and Wayne County (6-1, 2-0 Region 2) blocked South Effingham’s field goal that would have tied the game. It allowed the Yellow Jackets to escape with a 31-28 win.
Riverwood wins Region 6 showdown: The Raiders (7-0, 4-0) defeated Carver 21-6 and moved a step closer to the first region championship in school history. Austin Simmons and Jonathan Brown both caught touchdown passes and Tyler Rowe put the game away with a 40-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Carver (6-1, 4-0) scored first on a pass to Kionte Strozier from Ameri Jones.
No. 3 Jones County and No. 5 Dutchtown did not play.
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