Historic night (and not in a good way) as Marietta battles McEachern

How the new top 10 teams fared in Week 9


1. (1) Colquitt County (7-0) 

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

2. (2) Walton (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Etowah 40-14. Walton scored on six of its first seven possessions and led 40-0 at halftime. Aaron Kirksey was 11-of-14 passing for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Kendall Alford had four receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Roswell (6-1) 

3. (4) Grayson (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Archer 41-14. Grayson avenged a 6-3 loss that cost the Rams the region title in 2017. Grayson broke the game open on Jalen Alexander's 51-yard interception return that made the score 33-14 in the third quarter. J'Kori Jones was 9-of-14 passing for 137 yards. Kenyon Jackson had four receptions for 137 yards. Jonathan Halyard rushed for 105 yards. Next: Friday vs. Newton (3-4) 

4. (3) Parkview (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Berkmar 56-7. Parkview scored four touchdowns in the first quarter, and Jared Brown returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown after Berkmar's only score in the second. Cody Brown rushed for 96 yards and three touchdowns on five carries. Malik Washington had three receptions for 115 yards. Next: Friday at Brookwood (6-1) 

5. (6) North Gwinnett (6-2) 

Last week: Beat Collins Hill 37-14. Tyler Goodson had 79 yards rushing and 54 receiving on 19 touches. Next: Friday vs. Duluth (3-4) 

6. (7) Hillgrove (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Kennesaw Mountain 44-31. Tied 24-24 at halftime, Hillgrove got its defense together in the second half. Tre Walker had five receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Matthew McCravy was 8-of-14 passing for 261 yards. Trevor Smith rushed for 100 yards on 10 carries. Next: Friday at North Paulding (6-1) 

7. (8) Lowndes (6-1) 

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

8. (9) Marietta (3-4) 

Last week: Beat McEachern 28-27. Marietta ended a 10-game losing streak against McEachern, which got within 28-27 late in the third quarter but missed an extra point after a 5-yard false-start penalty. Marietta held McEachern without a first down on three fourth-quarter possessions. Harrison Bailey was 14-of-21 passing for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. North Cobb (6-1) 

9. (5) Archer (5-2) 

Last week: Lost to Grayson 41-14. Carter Peevy was 23-of-36 passing for 299 yards, and Andrew Booth had four receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Next: Friday at Rockdale County (2-5) 

10. (10) Tift County (5-2) 

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


1. (1) Lee County (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Northside-Warner Robins 24-7. Lee County trailed 7-3 at halftime but took the lead in the third quarter on Kyle Toole's 48-yard TD pass to Daveon Sanders and then Jammie Robinson's 65-yard interception return. Toole passed for 174 yards. Lee County's defensive line of Anthony Harvey, DeAngelo Carter and Eric Price combined for five sacks, six tackles for losses and six QB pressures. Lee outgained Northside 258 to 146. Next: Friday vs. Valdosta (5-3) 

2. (2) Creekview (7-0) 

Last week: Beat River Ridge 42-0. Cade Radam rushed for 127 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries. Creekview has an 11-game winning streak, tied for second-longest in Cherokee County history behind Cherokee High's 14-game streak that ended in 1973. Next: Friday at South Cobb (1-7) 

3. (4) Valdosta (5-3) 

Last week: Beat Coffee 37-22. Valdosta took a 30-7 lead in the second half and might've won more easily were it not for three turnovers inside Coffee's 25-yard line. Tate Rodemaker was 20-of-28 passing for 394 yards and three touchdowns. Rajaez Mosely rushed for 133 yards. Next: Friday at Lee County (7-0) 

4. (5) Tucker (5-2) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. M.L. King (1-6) 

5. (6) Douglas County (7-1) 

Last week: Beat Tri-Cities 21-6. Marquise Collins was 9-of-13 passing for 162 yards and one touchdown. Gibran Shannon rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown. Dariyan Wiley had six catches for 105 yards. Next: Oct. 26 at Creekside (4-3) 

6. (3) Northside-Warner Robins (4-4) 

Last week: Lost to Lee County 24-7. Jadin Daniels was limited to 72 yards passing and 2 yards rushing on 13 carries, many that were sacks. Next: Oct. 26 at Valdosta (5-3) 

7. (8) Sequoyah (6-1) 

Last week: Beat South Cobb 45-20. Cole Jacobs rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, and his 61-yard TD run gave Sequoyah the lead for good, 14-7, after South Cobb had returned a fumble for a TD. Next: Friday at Sprayberry (2-5) 

8. (9) Allatoona (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Hapeville Charter 23-14. Allatoona scored two touchdowns and two two-point conversions in the final six minutes after trailing 14-7 in the fourth quarter. Allatoona became the first team this season to score a touchdown against Hapeville when Dante Marshall scored on a fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line on the final play of the first half. Allatoona has won five straight since starting 0-2. Next: Friday at Osborne (0-8) 

9. (10) Stephenson (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Mundy's Mill 38-3. Stephenson took a 24-0 lead on Donovan Moorer's 26-yard TD run with 26 seconds left in the first half. Next: Friday at Drew (2-5) 

10. (7) Coffee (6-2) 

Last week: Lost to Valdosta 37-22. A.J. Wilkerson was 18-of-26 passing for 252 yards and three touchdowns.. Coffee trailed 30-7 in the second half and lost a fumble deep in Valdosta territory in the fourth quarter after getting to within 30-22. Next: Friday vs. Houston County (2-5) 

Class AAAAA 

1. (1) Rome (8-0) 

Last week: Beat Paulding County 68-7. Rome led 44-7 at halftime and had 479 yards of total offense on just 46 plays. Jamious Griffin rushed for 188 yards and sat out the second half. Next: Friday at Hiram (4-3) 

2. (2) Buford (6-2) 

Last week: Beat Loganville 43-0. Buford led 27-0 in the first quarter. Davin Bryant returned a fumble 94 yards for a touchdown. Aaron McLaughlin was 7-of-9 passing for 119 yards and three touchdowns. Derrian Brown rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Next: Oct. 26 vs. Walnut Grove (2-6) 

3. (3) Stockbridge (7-0) 

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

4. (4) Warner Robins (7-1) 

Last week: Beat Thomas County Central 42-10. Dylan Fromm threw for 364 yards and had touchdown passes of 73, 38 and 67 yards to Marcayll Jones. Next: Friday vs. Bainbridge (3-4) 

5. (6) Dutchtown (7-0) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Stockbridge (7-0) 

6. (7) Jones County (6-1) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Eagle's Landing (1-6) 

7. (8) Ware County (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Statesboro 35-13. Ware led 21-0 at halftime, and Kevin Weatherspoon's 68-yard interception return for a touchdown ended Statesboro's chances after the lead had been cut to 28-13. Thomas Castellanos rushed for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Ladedric Castellanos rushed for 74 yards on nine carries. Next: Friday at South Effingham (2-6) 

8. (9) Wayne County (8-0) 

Last week: Beat South Effingham 49-12. Shamar Taylor passed for 205 yards and two touchdowns and scored on a 24-yard run. Next: Saturday at New Hampstead (4-2) 

9. (10) Southwest DeKalb (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Miller Grove 14-7. Southwest scored on its first two drives and led 14-7 after one quarter, then held on and got a key sack and QB hurry from John Grant on Miller Grove's final series. Rion White passed for 150 yards. Miller Grove was held to 141 total yards and sacked six times. Next: Friday vs. Lithonia (5-2) 

10. (NR) Kell (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Carrollton 31-10. Evan Conley rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and was 11-of-22 passing for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Justin Talley had three sacks for 12 yards in losses. Next: Friday vs. Cass (1-7) 

Out: No. 5 Carrollton (6-2) 

North Oconee vs. St. Pius

Class AAAA 

1. (1) Blessed Trinity (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Flowery Branch 21-20. Blessed Trinity staved off Flowery Branch's two-point conversion attempt, an incomplete pass, in overtime. Jake Smith threw a third-down TD pass to Ryan Davis for the winning touchdown. Smith returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead in the first half. Steele Chambers rushed for 113 yards. Next: Friday at Chestatee (1-6) 

2. (2) Mary Persons (7-0) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at West Laurens (5-2) 

3. (5) Troup (7-0) 

Last week: Beat LaGrange 35-14. Kobe Hudson was 22-of-31 passing for 340 yards, though was intercepted three times. Joko Willis had nine receptions for 153 yards. Trey Williams returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Next: Friday vs. Cedartown (4-3) 

4. (3) St. Pius (7-1) 

Last week: Beat North Oconee 31-21. Zach Ranson's 85-yard interception return gave St. Pius a 31-14 lead with 1:48 left. St. Pius had 234 yards rushing, completed only two passes and was outgained 301-241 but had two interceptions (both by Randon), limited North Oconee to 14-of-31 passing and held a 28:36-to-19:24 advantage in time of possession. Next: Friday at Madison County (2-5) 

5. (4) Cartersville (8-0) 

Last week: Beat Sandy Creek 7-0. Marcus Gary rushed for 125 yards and scored on a 2-yard run with 3:08 left. Sandy Creek then drove to the Cartersville 24-yard line. Amari Orr intercepted a pass at the goal line. Next: Friday at Chapel Hill (5-2) 

6. (7) Eastside (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Salem 26-14. Taylor Carter rushed for 111 yards and set the tone with a 42-yard run on the first play from scrimmage as Eastside built a 17-0 halftime lead. Eastside forced six turnovers. Next: Thursday vs. Druid Hills (2-5) 

7. (9) Flowery Branch (6-1) 

Last week: Lost to Blessed Trinity 21-20. Flowery Branch went for two points in overtime and threw incomplete. Elijah Gainey was 16-of-37 passing for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Jalin Strown had 116 yards receiving. Flowery Branch held Blessed Trinity to 173 yards of total offense. Next: Friday at Marist (7-1) 

8. (6) Marist (7-1) 

Last week: Beat Denmark 57-7. Connor Cigeleske rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown and threw a 72-yard TD pass to Brett Zoeller. Marist scored six touchdowns in the second quarter, with Mitchell Owen and Josh Moore returning interceptions for scores, and was up 50-7 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. Flowery Branch (6-1) 

9. (8) Burke County (6-2) 

Last week: Beat Richmond Academy 32-7. Leon McGee rushed for 188 yards on 21 carries. Burke rushed for 424 yards and completed just two passes, though one went 75 yards from Michael Johnson to Demian Williams to the 1-yard line. Next: Friday at Baldwin (3-5) 

10. (10) Ridgeland (5-2) 

Last week: Beat LaFayette 69-7. Tanner Hill was 7-of-10 passing for 129 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 125 yards on four carries. Ridgeland had 572 yards of total offense on just 35 plays from scrimmage. Next: Friday at Pickens (8-0) 

Class AAA 

1. (1) Calhoun (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Murray County 56-0. Zack Fuller rushed for 97 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries. Gavin Gray was 6-of-8 passing for 101 yards. Calhoun led 42-0 at halftime. Calhoun has outscored its opponents 200-7 since trailing North Murray 10-0 at halftime Sept. 14. Next: Friday at Coahulla Creek (1-6) 

2. (2) Cedar Grove (7-1) 

Last week: Beat Westminster 30-3. Dante Walker had 2.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for losses, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Jadon Haselwood returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. Next: Friday at Pace Academy (5-3) 

3. (3) Monroe Area (8-0) 

Last week: Beat Hart County 38-0. Chandler Byron rushed for 277 yards, and Jakia Thomson ran for 216. Next: Friday at Jefferson (7-1) 

4. (4) Peach County (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Rutland 73-14. Jaydon Gibson was 7-of-9 passing for 124 yards and two touchdowns in limited work as Peach led 63-0 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. Central-Macon (2-6) 

5. (5) Westminster (4-3) 

Last week: Lost to Cedar Grove 30-3. Westminster was held to 11 yards rushing. A bright spot was Jamel Streater's 3.5 tackles for losses. Next: Friday at Redan (0-7) 

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

Last week: Beat Lumpkin County 38-0. GAC led 28-0 in the first quarter and held Lumpkin to 88 yards of total offense. Next: Friday at Cherokee Bluff (0-8) 

7. (7) Benedictine (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Islands 45-7. Carter Geriner was 14-of-18 passing for 246 yards, Rico Powers rushed for 104 yards, and Benedictine intercepted five passes, two by Jakeen Harris. Next: Friday vs. Southeast Bulloch (7-0) 

8. (8) Jefferson (7-1) 

Last week: Beat Morgan County 35-14. Carter Stephenson was 7-of-8 passing for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Zac Corbin had 132 yards from scrimmage. Jefferson led 35-0 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. Monroe Area (8-0) 

9. (9) Dawson County (6-1) 

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Fannin County (3-4) 

10. (10) Pace Academy (5-3) 

Last week: Beat Lovett 17-13. Jared Rayman's 1-yard run with 9:43 left gave Pace a 17-10 lead. Lovett got within 17-13 but failed on a fourth-and-12 from the Pace 34 on its final drive. Rayman was 11-of-16 passing for 97 yards. Pace's Patrick Markwalter kicked a 52-yard field goal. Next: Friday vs. Cedar Grove (7-1) 

Class AA 

1. (1) Hapeville Charter (6-1) 

Last week: Lost to Allatoona 23-14. Hapeville took a 14-7 lead with 8:05 left on Jeremy Stephens' 4-yard run but surrendered two late touchdowns to the No. 9 team in Class AAAAAA. Hapeville allowed its first touchdowns of the season. Next: Thursday at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (2-5) 

2. (2) Callaway (7-1) 

Last week: Beat Spencer 30-7. Tank Bigsby rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Jacob Freeman had 135 yards passing and 73 rushing. Next: Friday at Heard County (5-2) 

3. (3) Rockmart (7-0) 

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

4. (4) Bremen (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Temple 49-7. Wade Cartwright was 10-of-12 passing for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Makai Terry and Kade Berry returned interceptions for touchdowns. Bremen led 42-0 at halftime. Next: Friday at Lamar County (3-4) 

5. (5) Rabun County (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Elbert County 45-14. Brison Beck rushed for 131 yards and four touchdowns. DE Jackson Webb had 4.5 tackles for losses of 24 yards. Next: Friday at Social Circle (4-3) 

6. (6) Washington County (6-0) 

Last week: Game postponed until today. Next: Today at Dodge County (6-1), Friday vs. Southwest (2-5) 

7. (7) Vidalia (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Toombs County 45-14. Tahjah Watts ran for 94 of Vidalia's 342 rushing yards. Vidalia took a 17-0 lead in the first quarter against its previously unbeaten county rival. Next: Friday vs. Swainsboro (5-2) 

8. (8) Brooks County (5-2) 

Last week: Game postponed until today. Next: Today at Early County (5-1) 

9. (9) Dublin (7-1) 

Last week: Beat Southwest 48-0. Rodriguez Martin passed for 115 yards and three touchdowns and returned an interception for a touchdown. Dublin blocked two punts and held Southwest to 29 yards rushing and 58 passing. Next: Friday vs. Northeast (3-4) 

10. (NR) Dodge County (6-1) 

Last week: Game postponed until today. Next: Today vs. Washington County (6-0), Friday at East Laurens (1-5) 

Out: No. 10 Thomasville (4-4) 

Class A (Private) 

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

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Strong Rock Christian (3-4) 

2. (2) Athens Academy (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Athens Christian 50-7. Athens Academy led 50-0 at halftime and held Athens Christian to 110 yards of total offense. Peyton Bush was 8-of-9 passing for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Payton Bowles returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown. Next: Friday at Providence Christian (3-4) 

3. (3) Prince Avenue Christian (6-1) 

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

4. (4) Fellowship Christian (7-0) 

Last week: Beat King's Ridge Christian 46-14. Fellowship scored on its first six possessions. Murphy Reeves rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries. Joey Archer, making his first start, was 5-of-7 passing for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Mount Pisgah Christian (2-5) 

5. (5) Aquinas (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Hancock Central 16-8. QB J.P. Lambert attempted (and completed) only one pass but scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, rallying the Irish from an 8-3 deficit. A.J. Williams rushed for 91 yards. Next: Friday at Greene County (5-2) 

6. (6) George Walton Academy (6-1) 

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

7. (7) Savannah Christian (6-1) 

Last week: Beat McIntosh County Academy 42-6. Savannah Christian scored on all six of its first-half possessions and led 42-0 at halftime. Nate Moon rushed for 106 yards and had 44 yards receiving. Spencer Robicheaux passed for 118 yards and four touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Savannah Country Day (6-1) 

8. (8) Mount Paran Christian (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Walker 53-0. Mount Paran led 41-0 at halftime. Playing only the first half, Niko Vangarelli rushed for 84 yards and passed for 81, while Jack Allen rushed for 74 yards on seven carries. Next: Friday vs. St. Francis (3-4) 

9. (9) Calvary Day (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Claxton 35-21. With the score 14-14 early in the fourth quarter, Thomas Carver threw a 21-yard TD pass to Nye'Air Grant. Carver (12-of-17 passing, 154 yards, three touchdowns) threw a 15-yard TD pass to Jay Weatherington later in the quarter to put the game away. Next: Friday at Portal (1-6) 

10. (10) Darlington (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Trion 17-14. Trailing 14-10, Darlington went on a 15-play, 80-yard drive and scored on Kolin Rogers' 3-yard run with 0:46 left in the third quarter. Next: Friday at Bowdon (0-7) 

Class A (Public) 

1. (1) Irwin County (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Lanier County 61-0. Zach Smith was 8-of-12 passing for 202 yards and two touchdowns. D.J. Lundy rushed for 89 yards and scored on all three attempts. He also had two receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown. Javon Stanley had 114 yards from scrimmage on five touches. Next: Friday at Wilcox County (4-3) 

2. (2) Clinch County (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Turner County 41-12. Tyler Morehead rushed for 86 yards on 13 carries and was 6-of-7 passing for 138 yards. Next: Friday vs. Lanier County (0-7) 

3. (3) Commerce (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Hebron Christian 21-18. DaJuan Wood scored on runs of 23 and 18 yards, the second early in the fourth quarter for a 21-10 lead. Hebron got within 21-18 on its final drive but failed to recover an onside kick. Dylan Deaton led Commerce's 266-yard rushing effort with 99 yards on 12 carries. Commerce attempted only one pass. Next: Friday at Towns County (2-5) 

4. (4) Pelham (7-0) 

Last week: Beat Chattahoochee County 48-6. Jordan Bennett returned a fumble 83 yards for a touchdown and 21-0 first-quarter leader. Javoris Williams rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Next: Friday vs. Calhoun County (1-5) 

5. (5) Marion County (8-0) 

Last week: Beat Central-Talbotton 56-14. Travon Mathews returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown, and Marion led 35-0 in the first quarter. Fred Aldribe (fumble recovery) and DeChristian Hollis (interception return) scored defensive touchdowns. Next: Oct. 26 in Region 4-A crossover game 

6. (6) Charlton County (5-2) 

Last week: Beat Wilcox County 35-28. Raykwon Anderson rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 154 yards. Michael Elliott rushed for 97 yards. Charlton led 20-0 and 35-14 but recovered Wilcox County's onside kick in the final 10 seconds to clinch it. The game saw 36 penalties for 352 yards. Wilcox once found itself with a first-and-81 from its own 10-yard line after initially reaching the Charlton 19. Next: Friday at Telfair County (3-4) 

7. (7) Mount Zion-Carroll (7-1) 

Last week: Beat North Cobb Christian 24-14. Mount Zion set the tone with a 15-play, 70-yard drive without a pass on its first possession after North Cobb lost a fumble on the Mount Zion 30-yard line. Devon Farley, Tyriese Farley and Breon Henderson each ran for more than 100 yards. Next: Friday vs. Gordon Lee (2-5) 

8. (8) Schley County (6-1) 

Last week: Beat Macon County 37-15. Tra Sampson rushed for 154 yards on 24 carries. Zamon Ross rushed for 141 on 23. Both scored two touchdowns. Zykevious Walker, Jarrett Long and Trent Bivens each had two tackles for losses. Next: Friday vs. Crawford County (2-4) 

9. (9) Mitchell County (5-1) 

Last week: Game with Seminole County postponed indefinitely. Next: Friday at Terrell County (1-5) 

10. (10) Dooly County (3-3) 

Last week: Game postponed until today. Next: Today vs. Crawford County (2-4), Friday at Taylor County (3-4) 

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