Week 8: What to watch for

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Carver-Columbus and Cairo get set for a massive Region 1 matchup this Friday as both teams have opened tallied 4-0 region starts. Cairo head coach Steven Devoursney is 2-0 all-time against Carver-Columbus including last year’s 24-13 win, but he is yet to face Carver with first-year head coach Corey Joyner at the helm. Undefeated Carver-Columbus (6-0) comes off a 64-28 win over Northside-Columbus and Cairo (4-2) is fresh off a 46-7 win over Columbus, its fourth-straight victory.

Richmond Academy at Baldwin

Richmond Academy (6-0) has lost its last four meetings with Baldwin and puts an undefeated start on the line this Friday against the Braves in a Region 3-AAAA opener for both squads. Baldwin took on a grueling non-region slate before picking up its first win of the season last week against Greenbrier (14-0). Richmond Academy head coach Lyle Burnes and his Musketeers have been led by senior quarterback Marcus Cobb and senior running back Torri Taylor, who have sparked the offensive production and provided a potent balance that the playbook hasn’t seen in recent years.

Eastside at Woodward Academy

Undefeated Eastside and Woodward Academy faceoff for what very well could determine this year’s Region 4 champion. Eastside is led by quarterback Noah Cook and will have to out duel a Woodward team that is posted 42.2 ppg.

Sandy Creek at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill took a bye last week after suffering its first loss of the year in a region opener against Troup (56-24). Sandy Creek was topped by Troup this past weekend 35-21 and the story is the same. For both of these teams, this game will be about avoiding a 0-2 start in one of the classifications more competitive regions.

Oconee County at St. Pius

Oconee County has struggled at times during its 4-2 start, but last weekend’s 27-0 win over Winder-Barrow was without question the Warriors’ most impressive outing this season. St. Pius is off to a blazing start and has only gotten better week-to-week. The Golden Lions followed a season opening loss to Blessed Trinity with five straight victories, including a 17-0 win over Marist. This is a big-time region opener for both schools and the stakes are especially high with Region 8 inhabitant North Oconee on its own upward trend at 5-1.