In another tight one, No. 3 Jones County beat No. 4 Dutchtown 27-22 in Region 4-AAAAA. Jones County trailed 14-0 early and 22-21 midway in the fourth quarter until Hunter Costlow tossed a touchdown pass to Jontavis Robertson for the final margin. Jones County, seeking its first region title since 2001, is now the only unbeaten team in its region.
Several other big games went down to the final horn.
No. 3 Harrison (7-0, 5-0) claimed a 21-17 victory over No. 5 Allatoona (4-2, 4-1). With that, Harrison avenged a 2018 defeat and emerged as the only unbeaten team in region play out of strong 6-AAAAAA.
Unranked Veterans beat defending AAAAA champion and ninth-ranked Bainbridge 16-13. Both teams entered the Region 1 opener with 5-1 overall records. In a similar upset, unranked Carver-Columbus knocked off No. 6 Cairo 52-46 in two overtimes to take first place in Region 1-AAAA. Caver and Cairo entered region play 5-1.
No. 10 Jefferson beat No. 5 Hart County 28-23 in a Region 8-AAA game. That was Hart’s first loss, and Jefferson (5-1, 3-0) is now the region front-runner.
Other showdowns were not so close.
In AAAAAAA, No. 7 North Gwinnett beat No. 8 Mill Creek 45-3 in Region 6 while No. 4 Marietta defeated previously unbeaten North Paulding 49-21 in Region 3. In AAAAAA, No. 2 Valdosta beat No. 9 Houston County 52-20 in Region 1.
The night’s most surprising upset came in AAAAA when Union Grove (4-2, 2-2) defeated No. 6 Stockbridge 25-20. It was Union Grove’s first-ever victory over a top-10 opponent from the same classification. Union Grove had lost five straight games to No. 6 Stockbridge, none closer than 34 points, and 25 straight to ranked opponents in its own class.