The Eagles (10-0, 6-0) closed the regular season the same way they opened it, with a win over Schley County (8-2, 5-1). Senior RB Travon Mathews led the way with 141 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while the Eagles’ other score came on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Trice McCannon to Josh Rodgers. The win gave Marion County its sixth region title in just 13 seasons as a program, and its fourth in the last six seasons. This is the third season the Eagles have finished the regular season undefeated.
Region 6: Mount Zion-Carroll 20, Fellowship Christian 7.
The Eagles (9-1, 6-1) won their first region title since 1996 with a stifling defensive effort and spoiled Fellowship Christian’s (9-1, 7-1) bid for its second undefeated regular season in the past three. It was revenge for the 2016 region championship game, which Fellowship won 28-14. Since 1996 the Mt. Zion-Carroll program had been struggling, with no winning seasons until Keith Holloway took over in 2012. In five seasons, Holloway put the program back on the map, going 35-20 with three straight state playoff appearances. Last season, Brad Gordon picked up where Holloway left off, leading the Eagles to the public semifinals.
Region 7: Greene County 35, Tattnall Square 10.
Greene County (8-2, 7-0) won its first region title since 2005, completing a huge turnaround from last season, when the Tigers finished 3-7 and did not advance to the state playoffs. Greene County has now won seven games in a row. Tattnall Square (6-4, 5-1) was going after its second region championship in just its fifth season in the Georgia High Schools Association.
Region 8: Athens Academy 21, Commerce 14.
The game lived up to its billing as the Spartans (10-0, 5-0) got two touchdown runs from Len’Neth Whitehead to clinch their second consecutive region championship, their fourth undefeated regular season as a program and their 300th win in program history. Whitehead finished with 144 yards on 16 carries, including touchdown runs of 22 and 41 yards. Palmer Bush’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Barrett McLanahan gave the Spartans a 21-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Commerce (8-2, 3-2) moved the ball effectively, racking up 302 yards of offense, all on the ground. The Tigers got a 77-yard touchdown run by DaJuan Wood in the first quarter, and 1-yarder by Sam Roach midway through the fourth pulled them to within one score.