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How the new top 10 teams fared in Week 8

Class AAAAAAA

1. (1) Colquitt County (7-0) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Camden County (6-1) 

2. (2) Walton (6-0) 

Last week: Beat Lassiter 38-24. Zac Rozsman, starting for the second consecutive game for injured QB Austin Kirksey, was 8-of-14 passing for 182 yards and three touchdowns. Dominick Blaylock had 149 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns. Walton built an early 21-0 first-half lead and held on. Next: Friday vs. Etowah (3-4) 

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3. (3) Parkview (6-0) 

Last week: Beat Lakeside-Atlanta 59-0. Malik Washington had 150 all-purpose yards in the first half as Parkview took a 45-0 lead. Next: Friday vs. Berkmar (2-5) 

4. (4) Grayson (4-2) 

Last week: Beat Shiloh 59-3. Jonathan Halyard rushed for 114 yards on 11 carries. J'Kori Jones was 10-of-15 passing for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Grayson led 35-3 at halftime. Next: Thursday vs. Archer (5-1) 

5. (5) Archer (5-1) 

Last week: Beat Newton 40-14. Archer led 23-0 after running only five offensive plays, thanks to a two quick TD drives, a safety and a 78-yard punt return by Andrew Booth. Booth set up the first touchdown by returning the opening kickoff inside Newton territory. Archer's first touchdown came on the first play from scrimmage on a double pass with WR Braylen Weems throwing to Jalyn Phillips. Carter Peevy was 13-of-19 passing for 138 yards. Next: Thursday at Grayson (4-2) 

6. (6) North Gwinnett (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Mill Creek 50-25. Tyler Goodson rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns, one a 75-yarder for the first score of the game. Bryson Scruggs returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and a 28-14 lead with 1:13 left in the first half. Next: Friday at Collins Hill (2-4) 

7. (9) Hillgrove (6-0) 

Last week: Beat McEachern 31-21. Hillgrove took a 28-7 lead late in the third quarter and held on. After cutting the lead to 28-21 and 7:23 left, McEachern fumbled a punt at midfield and never threatened again. Hillgrove's Trevor Smith rushed for 109 yards on 19 carries. McEachern led in total yards 356-272. The winner of this game has gone on to win a region title seven of the past eight seasons. Next: Friday at Kennesaw Mountain (4-2) 

8. (10) Lowndes (6-1) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Tift County (5-2) 

9. (NR) Marietta (2-4) 

Last week: Beat North Paulding 36-14. Harrison Bailey was 32-of-50 passing for 480 yards and five touchdowns - all to Arik Gilbert, who had 15 receptions for 294 yards. Next: Friday at McEachern (4-2) 

10. (NR) Tift County (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Miller Grove 45-0. Patrick Felton was 9-of-15 passing for 101 yards and rushed for 143 yards on four carries. Mike Jones rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Next: Friday at Lowndes (6-1) 

Out: No. 7 McEachern (4-2), No. 8 Wheeler (5-1) 

Class AAAAAA 

1. (1) Lee County (6-0) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Northside-Warner Robins (4-3) 

2. (4) Creekview (6-0) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at River Ridge (1-6) 

3. (6) Northside-Warner Robins (4-3) 

Last week: Beat Coffee 30-20. Northside intercepted three passes, and Kentrez Anthony returned one for a touchdown and a 23-7 lead with 1:49 left in the first half. Jadin Daniels rushed for 130 yards and passed for 143. Eric Smith rushed for 93 yards on 12 carries. Cory Munson kicked three field goals, one a 53-yarder. Next: Friday vs. Lee County (6-0) 

4. (5) Valdosta (4-3) 

Last week: Beat Houston County 55-14. Tate Rodemaker was 12-of-19 passing for 222 yards and three touchdowns, two to Aalah Brown, who had five catches for 110 yards. Valdosta took a 42-7 halftime lead. Next: Friday vs. Coffee (6-1) 

5. (7) Tucker (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Morrow 22-6. Tyler Hughey rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Travon Ford passed for 130 yards and a touchdown. Next: Oct. 19 vs. M.L. King (1-5) 

6. (10) Douglas County (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Mays 23-8. Douglas County took sole possession of first place in Region 5. Gibran Shannon scored three touchdowns, one a 70-yard reception. Markell Stephens rushed for 121 yards on 26 carries. J.J. Richards passed for 134 yards and rushed for 86. Next: Friday at Tri-Cities (0-6) 

7. (2) Coffee (6-1) 

Last week: Lost to Northside-Warner Robins 30-20. A.J. Wilkerson passed for 201 yards but was intercepted three times, one returned for a touchdown as Coffee got down 23-7 in the first half. Next: Friday at Valdosta (4-3) 

8. (8) Sequoyah (5-1) 

Last week: Beat River Ridge 44-0. Sequoyah was up 35-0 at halftime. Luke Jensen rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. South Cobb (1-6) 

9. (NR) Allatoona (4-2) 

Last week: Beat Harrison 23-7. Daniel Parsons rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries. Allatoona beat Harrison for the first time in their three all-time meetings. Allatoona had lost 11 straight games to ranked opponents since defeating No. 9 Northgate in 2015. Harrison was ranked No. 3. Next: Friday vs. Hapeville Charter (6-0) 

10. (NR) Stephenson (5-1) 

Last week: Beat Forest Park 41-0. Stephenson re-entered the rankings after its fourth consecutive win, second by shutout, in a first-ever meeting against Forest Park. Next: Friday vs. Mundy's Mill (5-2) 

Out: No. 3 Harrison (6-1), No. 9 Mays (3-3) 

Class AAAAA 

1. (1) Rome (7-0) 

Last week: Beat East Paulding 62-14. Jamious Griffin rushed for 339 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries and threw a 31-yard TD pass. Knox Kadum threw three TD passes. Rome led 41-14 at halftime. Next: Friday at Paulding County (0-6) 

2. (2) Buford (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Cedar Shoals 55-6. Aaron McLaughlin was 11-of-17 passing for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Buford held Cedar Shoals to 120 yards of total offense. Next: Friday at Loganville (3-4) 

3. (3) Stockbridge (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Union Grove 35-0. Stockbridge rushed for 316 yards, led by Jalen Jackson's 85. Next: Oct. 19 vs. Dutchtown (7-0) 

4. (6) Warner Robins (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Harris County 41-0. Dylan Fromm threw three TD passes in the first half as Warner Robins took a 28-0 lead. Next: Friday at Thomas County Central (5-1) 

5. (5) Carrollton (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Woodland-Cartersville 47-20. Brandon Marenco scored five touchdowns, four rushing and one receiving. He rushed for 140 yards on 14 carries. Trent Lane ran for 127 on 12 carries. Kevin Swint had 2.5 tackles for losses. Next: Friday vs. Kell (4-2) 

6. (9) Dutchtown (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Jones County 18-10. Dutchtown held Jones County, which entered with the No. 2 scoring offense in AAAAA, without an offensive touchdown as the Greyhounds scored their lone TD on a fumble return. William Anderson had four sacks, according to the Henry Herald. It was Dutchtown's first victory over a ranked opponent since beating No. 9 Riverdale in 2012, breaking an 11-game losing streak against the top 10. Next: Oct. 19 at Stockbridge (7-0) 

7. (4) Jones County (6-1) 

Last week: Lost to Dutchtown 18-10. Hunter Costlow passed for 164 yards but was intercepted twice. Jones was held to 11 yards rushing and its lowest scoring output since 2016. Next: Oct. 19 vs. Eagle's Landing (1-6) 

8. (8) Ware County (4-2) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Statesboro (2-5) 

9. (7) Wayne County (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Statesboro 21-20. Wayne County's Logan Pritchard blocked an extra point in overtime to clinch the victory. M.J. Fuller rushed for 115 yards. Wayne could've won in regulation but missed a 30-yard field goal. Jaylen Roberson scored on a 99-yard run on Statesboro's first play from scrimmage. Next: Friday vs. South Effingham (2-5) 

10. (10) Southwest DeKalb (6-0) 

Last week: Off. Next: Saturday vs. Miller Grove (1-5) 

Class AAAA 

1. (1) Blessed Trinity (6-0) 

Last week: Beat Denmark 47-6. Steele Chambers rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and had three tackles for losses on defense. Jake Smith was 9-of-16 passing for 189 yards. Ryan Davis had five receptions for 138 yards. Next: Friday at Flowery Branch (6-0) 

2. (2) Mary Persons (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Upson-Lee 49-14. Quen Wilson rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns. J.T. Hartage passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Deadrek Alford had four receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Jaboree Goodson intercepted two passes, and freshman Kelvin Harden returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown. Next: Oct. 19 at West Laurens (5-2) 

3. (3) St. Pius (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Oconee County 28-14. Connor Egan threw a 22-yard TD pass to Michael Benefield (one of only two St. Pius completions) with 8:16 left to open a 14-point lead. St. Pius had 299 yards rushing and only one negative-yardage play out of 42. Jacob Pajer intercepted a pass and blocked a kick. Jason Jones returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown. Next: Friday vs. North Oconee (6-1) 

4. (4) Cartersville (7-0) 

Last week: Beat LaGrange 45-7. Tee Webb was 26-of-36 passing for 337 yards and threw TD passes to five receivers. Next: Friday at Sandy Creek (4-2) 

5. (5) Troup (6-0) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. LaGrange (1-5) 

6. (6) Marist (6-1) 

Last week: Beat West Hall 51-14. Marist broke the game open with three touchdowns in three minutes early in the second quarter, one a 68-yard TD pass from Connor Cigelske to Kyle Hamilton, another a 51-yard punt return by John Flor. Marist led 38-0 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. Denmark (4-3) 

7. (10) Eastside (6-0) 

Last week: Beat Woodward Academy 38-31. Eastside overcame a 24-7 halftime deficit and took a 38-31 lead on Jeffery Haynes' 68-yard interception return with 1:20 left. Eastside LB Cobly Shivers sacked Woodward on the final play of the game from the Eastside 13-yard line. Taylor Carter rushed for 102 yards and scored on a 55-yard reception in the fourth-quarter comeback. Noah Cook was 18-of-28 passing for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Eastside is 6-0 for the first time. Next: Friday vs. Salem (4-2) 

8. (7) Burke County (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Cross Creek 41-7. Burke used 10 ball carriers to pile up 303 rushing yards. Burke had another 150 yards passing, and Juan'ya Dove threw three TD passes. Next: Friday vs. Richmond Academy (6-1) 

9. (8) Flowery Branch (6-0) 

Last week: Beat Chestatee 69-13. Elijah Gainey passed for 336 yards and five touchdowns. Going over 100 yards receiving were Jalin Strown (5-133) and D.J. Brown (4-151). Next: Friday vs. Blessed Trinity (6-0) 

10. (NR) Ridgeland (4-2) 

Last week: Beat Cross Keys 49-0. Jordan Blackwell scored on runs of 71 and 41 yards in the first quarter, and Tanner Hill hit Azavier Blackwell with a 58-yard TD pass, also in the first. Ridgeland led 42-0 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. LaFayette (4-3) 

Out: No. 9 Woodward Academy (3-3) 

Class AAA 

1. (1) Calhoun (6-0) 

Last week: Beat Adairsville 61-0. Calhoun intercepted four passes and recovered two fumbles on kickoffs, all in the first half, after which the score was 47-0. Next: Friday vs. Murray County (0-7) 

2. (2) Cedar Grove (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Towers 80-0. Cedar Grove led 21-0 in less than two minutes after scoring on a fumble return, a punt return and a one-play drive. Cedar Grove ran just 23 offensive plays and scored touchdowns on 10 of them. Next: Friday at Westminster (4-2) 

3. (3) Monroe Area (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Jackson County 63-0. Monroe Area scored on a punt return, fumble return and interception return and led 50-0 at halftime. Next: Friday at Hart County (2-4) 

4. (4) Peach County (4-2) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Rutland (0-7) 

5. (5) Westminster (4-2) 

Last week: Beat Pace Academy 28-16. Pace got within 21-10 in the fourth quarter, but Westminster went on a nine-play, 80-yard drive to clinch it. Parks Harber was 9-of-18 passing for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Will Hallmark rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Chan Loeffler had five solo tackles, two for losses. Next: Friday vs. Cedar Grove (6-1) 

6. (6) Greater Atlanta Christian (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Dawson County 23-20. Ty James had six receptions for 150 yards, and his 69-yard TD reception just before halftime gave GAC a 17-7 lead, which expanded to 23-7 in the fourth quarter before Dawson County made a comeback. Next: Friday at Lumpkin County (3-3) 

7. (7) Benedictine (5-1) 

Last week: Beat Windsor Forest 37-12. Playing offense for the first time this season, Carter Morgan rushed for 139 yards. Next: Thursday at Islands (2-5) 

8. (8) Jefferson (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Hart County 35-7. Jefferson broke away after the game was 7-7 at halftime. Sophomore QB Carter Stephenson, playing for injured starter Colby Clark, passed for 94 yards and threw a 27-yard TD pass to Zac Corbin. Jefferson was held to 256 total yards. Next: Friday at Morgan County (3-4) 

9. (10) Dawson County (6-1) 

Last week: Lost to Greater Atlanta Christian 23-20. Dawson County scored two touchdowns and recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter but got no closer than the final margin. QB Sevaughn Clark rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Ahmad Kamara rushed for 117 yards on 17 carries. Next: Oct. 19 at Fannin County (3-3) 

10. (9) Pace Academy (4-3) 

Last week: Lost to Westminster 28-16. Pace was stifled until a pair of 80-yard TD drives in the fourth quarter. Jared Rayman was 9-of-18 passing for 151 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 47 yards. Next: Friday at Lovett (3-4) 

Class AA 

1. (1) Hapeville Charter (6-0) 

Last week: Beat South Atlanta 37-0. Hapeville shut out its fifth opponent and has allowed only three points this season. Marcus Carroll rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Jeremy Stephens was 12-of-15 passing for 136 yards. Malik Fleming had three sacks. Next: Friday at Allatoona (4-2) 

2. (2) Callaway (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Lamar County 45-6. Tank Bigsby rushed for 131 yards on two carries and had 67 yards receiving on two catches. Next: Thursday vs. Spencer (1-5) 

3. (3) Rockmart (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Pepperell 40-10. Markus Smith rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns, one covering 70 yards, on 11 carries. Rockmart led 34-0 in the first half. Next: Oct. 19 at Coosa (2-5) 

4. (4) Bremen (5-1) 

Last week: Beat Jordan 50-7. Seven players scored touchdowns, two on defense as Stephen McLain and Makai Terry returned interceptions for scores. Bremen led 50-0 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. Temple (1-6) 

5. (6) Rabun County (5-1) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Elbert County (4-2) 

6. (8) Washington County (6-0) 

Last week: Beat Bleckley County 54-20. Washington County led 21-0 midway into the first quarter by taking advantage of a Bleckley fumble and an interception return for a touchdown by Trent Boss. Next: Friday at Dodge County (6-1) 

7. (9) Vidalia (6-0) 

Last week: Beat Jeff Davis 43-15. Vidalia led only 14-8 at halftime but pulled away and finished with 385 yards rushing. Rodney Warlaw rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns on four carries. Nyshun Bell rushed for 98 yards, also on four carries. Next: Thursday at Toombs County (5-2) 

8. (10) Brooks County (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Thomasville 27-11. Omar Blankumsee returned interceptions 64 and 25 yards for touchdowns, the second one to give Brooks a 21-3 lead in the first quarter. Brooks had a 51-yard drive to take a 27-3 lead with 8:42 left in the half. Brooks held Thomasville to negative rushing yards. Next: Friday at Early County (5-1) 

9. (NR) Dublin (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Dodge County 34-10. Dublin rushed for 491 yards and did not attempt a pass in beating previous No. 6 Dodge County for the first time since 2011. Dublin got big rushing efforts from Jermaine Cooley (14-143-1), Greg Jones (16-140-3), Corteveyas Mitchell (11-103-0) and Tyler Strickland (4-84-1). Next: Friday at Southwest (2-4) 

10. (7) Thomasville (4-3) 

Last week: Lost to Brooks County 27-11. Thomasville surrendered two touchdowns on interception returns in the first half and scored its only touchdown on a 90-yard drive in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 27-11. Next: Friday vs. Fitzgerald (5-2) 

Out: No. 5 Dodge County (6-1) 

Class A (Private) 

1. (1) Eagle's Landing Christian (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Our Lady of Mercy 77-3. ELCA had 598 yards of total offense on just 33 plays. Keaton Mitchell rushed for 130 yards on four carries, all going for touchdowns. Cameron Sigur rushed for 135 yards on seven carries. Justin Robinson had three catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Kaleb Anthony returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown. Next: Oct. 19 at Strong Rock Christian (3-4) 

2. (2) Athens Academy (6-0) 

Last week: Beat George Walton Academy 35-28. Len'Neth Whitehead scored on a 40-yard run with 1:47 left to break a 28-28 tie. Whitehead rushed for 168 yards and five touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Athens Christian (2-4) 

3. (3) Prince Avenue Christian (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Athens Christian 48-0. Brock Vandagriff was 10-of-18 passing for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Mac Simmons had three receptions for 51 yards and returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown. Mac Simmons had three catches for 103 yards. Next: Oct. 19 vs. Lakeview Academy (0-6) 

4. (5) Fellowship Christian (6-0) 

Last week: Beat St. Francis 31-14. Lawson Haigler rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Murphy Reeves rushed for 139 yards and one touchdown on seven carries. Jordan Brewer had five catches for 111 yards and one touchdown. All three are sophomores. Next: Friday vs. King's Ridge Christian (1-5) 

5. (6) Aquinas (6-0) 

Last week: Beat Washington-Wilkes 47-7. QB J.P. Lambert rushed for 123 yards on seven carries. RB Ashlon Williams rushed for 121 on 18. RB Kam Brinson rushed for 87 on 12. Each scored two touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Hancock Central (4-2) 

6. (7) George Walton Academy (6-1) 

Last week: Lost to Athens Academy 35-28. GWA scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie the game at 28-28 but surrendered a long TD run in the final two minutes. Omar Daniels was 8-of-19 passing for 133 yards and rushed for 73 yards on 16 carries. Next: Oct. 19 vs. Athens Christian (2-4) 

7. (9) Savannah Christian (5-1) 

Last week: Beat Calvary Day 24-21. Savannah Christian took a 24-7 lead into the fourth quarter and held on. Spencer Robicheaux was 7-of-10 passing for 108 yards and rushed for 44 yards on four carries. Jordan Grant rushed for 85 yards on 10 carries. LB Nate Moon had 10 solo tackles. Next: Friday vs. McIntosh County Academy (0-6) 

8. (8) Mount Paran Christian (4-2) 

Last week: Beat Whitefield Academy 21-7. Jack Allen rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Mount Paran took a 14-7 lead with 41 seconds left in the third quarter with an 11-play, 80-yard drive. Next: Friday vs. Walker (0-6) 

9. (4) Calvary Day (5-1) 

Last week: Lost to Savannah Christian 24-21. Calvary Day trailed 24-7 in the fourth quarter, scored two touchdowns and had one more possession but couldn't get anything going. Thomas Carver was 14-of-21 passing for 217 yard and two touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Claxton (5-1) 

10. (10) Darlington (5-1) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Trion (5-2) 

Class A (Public) 

1. (1) Irwin County (6-0) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Lanier County (0-6) 

2. (2) Clinch County (5-1) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Turner County (4-2) 

3. (3) Commerce (6-0) 

Last week: Beat Lakeview Academy 42-0. Landon Bunn rushed for 108 yards on eight carries, and Caleb Mason scored three TDs on short runs. Commerce held Lakeview to 80 yards of total offense. Next: Friday at Hebron Christian (4-2) 

4. (4) Pelham (6-0) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Chattahoochee County (5-2) 

5. (5) Marion County (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Brookstone 43-25. Travon Mathews rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Trice McCannon ran for 110 on 10 carries. Josh Rodgers had 153 yards from scrimmage on 10 touches. Marion clinched its subregion of Region 4. Next: Friday vs. Central-Talbotton (0-6) 

6. (6) Charlton County (4-2) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Wilcox County (4-2) 

7. (7) Mount Zion-Carroll (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Bowdon 30-0. Mount Zion rushed for 324 yards, didn't complete a pass and recorded its third shutout of the season, second in a row. Next: Friday at North Cobb Christian (6-0) 

8. (8) Schley County (5-1) 

Last week: Beat Taylor County 41-7. Tra Sampson rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Schley led 34-7 at halftime. Trent Bivins returned a kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown after Taylor County's only score. Next: Friday vs. Macon County (3-3) 

9. (9) Mitchell County (5-1) 

Last week: Beat Calhoun County 41-0. James Thomas was 5-of-6 passing for 100 yards and two touchdowns, and Quentavious Hunter rushed for two TDs. Jadakiss Harvey scored on a 90-yard run. Mitchell County used 14 rushers and receivers. Next: Saturday vs. Seminole County (4-2) 

10. (10) Dooly County (3-3) 

Last week: Beat Hawkinsville 32-6. Bo Lawson threw three TD passes, two to Shamon Zanders, and rushed for 104 yards on six carries. Next: Friday vs. Crawford County (2-4) 

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