Friday night recap: Week 6

In Week 6, almost all of the ranked Class AA teams took care of business by beating their opponents handily. In fact, four of them posted shutouts and the other five winners had double-digit wins.

There was one loss — the No. 10 Brooks County Trojans were beat 24-14 by AAAAA’s unranked Thomas County Central — which should pave the way for a new team to enter the rankings.

It was a brief return to the polls for the Trojans (3-2), who entered at No. 10 last week after beating then-No. 8 Dublin 13-10. Earlier in the season they were ranked as high as No. 5 before falling 37-7 to A-public's No. 1 Clinch County. On Friday, they fell behind TCC 17-0 after the first quarter and never recovered. Tim Morse has two stories on the game for the Thomasville Times-Enterprise, which can be read here and here.

Union County makes a strong case to take Brooks County's place in the rankings. After beating Putnam County 55-0 on Friday, the Panthers are now 5-0, and have outscored their opponents 222-42. In addition, they're in line for a seventh consecutive winning season and — with No. 7 Rabun County in a somewhat of a reloading year — they're my pick to win their region. They probably should have been ranked weeks ago.

Here’s a further breakdown of how the top 10 faired:

  • The top-ranked Hapeville Charter Hornets coasted to a 63-0 win over McNair in a game they led 42-0 at halftime. The Hornets (4-0) moved to 2-0 in 6-AA and have outscored their competition 196-3, including three shutouts.
  • The No. 2 Callaway Cavaliers blew past Temple 49-0 in a game they led 35-0 at halftime. Kevin Eckleberry's writeup for The LaGrange Daily News can be read here.
  • The No. 3 Thomasville Bulldogs pulled away for a 49-20 win over Cook to move to 3-1. Pat Donahue has a writeup for the Thomasville Times-Enterprise.
  • The No. 4 Bremen Blue Devils closed out non-region play by demoralizing Cross Keys 79-0 in a game they led 65-0 at halftime. They're now to 4-0 heading into next week's big 5-AA showdown with Callaway.
  • The No. 5 Rockmart Yellow Jackets shut out Dade County 48-0 to move to 5-0 and 2-0 in 7-AA. It was their second shutout — they blanked then-No. 3 Heard County 33-0 on Sept. 7. They should run away with their second consecutive region title.
  • The No. 6 Dodge County Indians beat Southwest-Macon 36-20  in their 3-AA opener to move to 4-0. WGXA has highlights.
  • The No. 7 Rabun County Wildcats beat Monticello 45-22 in their 8-AA opener to move to 3-1. James Hart has a game story for accessWDUN.
  • The No. 9 Vidalia Indians topped Bryan County 54-8 in their 2-AA to move to 5-0. Southeast Georgia Today has the details.
  • On bye: No. 8 Washington County

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