Class A Blog: Upsets ruled in Week 9

No. 8 (Private) Christian Heritage 28, No. 6 (Public) Bowdon 14. The Lions (6-1, 3-1 in Region 6-Division A) capitalized on an early miscue and never looked back en route to toppling the previously unbeaten Red Devils (6-1, 3-1). Junior LB Ben Williamson forced a fumble on Bowdon's first play from scrimmage. Two plays later, Christian Heritage made the turnover hurt when sophomore QB Christian Thomas hit senior RB/LB Ethan Smith with a 16-yard touchdown pass. The Lions never looked back, as they eventually led 14-0 at halftime, after a 5-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to junior WR/DB Evan Lester, and 21-0 midway through the third quarter, after a 24-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to Lester. Bowdon fell from No. 4 to No. 6 in the public Top 10, while Christian Heritage moved up from No. 10 to No. 8 in the private Top 10.

Christian Heritage, Bowdon and North Cobb Christian are all tied for second place in the sub region.

Hancock County 22, Aquinas 14.  A reader and fan of the Class A Blog commented last week that Aquinas, which was ranked No. 6 in the private Top 10, was a pretender. Perhaps he was correct. The Fighting Irish (6-1, 3-1) suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Hancock Central 22-14, and fell out of the Top 10. The loss shakes up the region as three teams now have one loss. Hancock Central (4-3, 3-1) leads the division with head-to-heads, Aquinas, which fell out of the Top 10, is second and Lincoln County is in third. Hancock Central, which was 2-3 two weeks ago, now controls its fate in Region 7-Division B. The Spartans had lost 12 consecutive games against Aquinas and 54 straight against top-10 opponents.

No. 10 (Private) Hebron Christian 21, No. 7 (Public) Commerce 7. Junior QB Colten Gauthier was 21-of-28 passing for 216 yards. The turning point came in the second quarter with the game tied 7-7 when Hebron junior DL J.T. Cornett returned a Commerce fumble 50 yards, setting up the go-ahead score. The win moved the Lions into the private Top 10 with a record of 5-2, 3-0 in Region 8-Division B, while Commerce dropped to 5-2, 1-1, and fell one spot in the public Top 10 to No. 7.

Brookstone 28, No. 9 (Public) Manchester 27. Senior K Wes Pahl nailed a 20-yard field goal with 1:39 left to play in regulation. It was the Cougars' second consecutive win over the Blue Devils, after losing the first six meetings. Manchester, which fell one spot in the public Top 10, Brookstone and Marion County all have one loss in Region 4-Division A.