Woodward Academy, ranked No. 7 in AAAA, defeated Blessed Trinity 13-10, avenging a 43-21 loss from 2018. Woodward had been 0-3 against Blessed Trinity all-time. It was Woodward’s first victory over a No. 1-ranked team in the same classification since 1979, when the War Eagles beat Dalton.
Hapeville Charter, ranked No. 2 in AA and the 2017 champion, defeated Heard County 61-7. Hapeville also beat Heard 33-3 in 2018 but lost in the second round while Heard responded with 12 straight wins to claim its first state championship.
Another defending champion, Clinch County, passed a good test Friday. Ranked No. 1 in the Class A public-school division, Clinch beat No. 7 Brooks County of AA 38-14.
In other big games around the state, Lowndes, Allatoona, Jones County, Dublin and Wesleyan came away with signature wins.
Lowndes, ranked No. 7 in the highest classification, defeated No. 3 Parkview 38-7. Lowndes has beaten the Panthers three of the past four seasons in a rivalry between Gwinnett County and south Georgia powers.
No. 8 Allatoona beat No. 6 Creekview 37-7 in a Region 6-AAAAAA game. Creekview is that region’s defending champion.
Jones County, the No. 8 team in AAAAA, beat No. 7 Northside-Warner Robins of AAAAAA 56-33. Those are the most points ever scored in a game against Northside. Jones County’s new coach is Mike Chastain, a Northside alumnus who guided Warner Robins to state finals the past two seasons.
No. 4 Dublin beat No. 8 Swainsboro 35-13 in a game between 2018 region champions in AA.
In the Class A private-school division, No. 5 Wesleyan beat No. 3 Prince Avenue Christian 24-14. Wesleyan lost to Prince Avenue twice last season – 49-28 in the regular season and 42-27 in the playoffs.
In other matchups between ranked teams, No. 5 Dutchtown of AAAAA beat No. 10 Crisp County of AAA 19-17, and No. 7 Hart County of AAA beat No. 5 Commerce of A 40-20.
A few unranked teams beat top-10 opponents. Flowery Branch of AAAA defeated No. 9 Clarke Central of AAAAA 38-0, and Taylor County beat No. 7 Turner County 12-7 in a game between Class A public schools.
Flowery Branch’s win showed the team is still a contender despite losing Elijah Gainey, a South Alabama commit, for the season with a knee injury just days before the opener.
Fourteen games involving Georgia teams this week were canceled or postponed because of Hurricane Dorian. One has been declared a forfeit as Camden County got a victory when Locust Grove declined to travel over weather and traffic concerns on the coast.