In by far the biggest upset of the night in 2A, the unranked South Atlanta Hornets defeated the No. 7 Pace Academy Knights 22-14. Todd Holcomb provides historical context to the Hornets' signature win, which improved them to 2-3, 2-1 and dropped the Knights to 2-2, 1-1.
As mentioned in the game preview, were the Hornets to pull off the upset, they would be in the driver’s seat for a No. 2 seed and the right to host their first-ever playoff game. That’s exactly what happened.
The Hornets were 24-point underdogs according to Maxwell’s projections.
The Knights play the No. 4 Lovett Lions next Friday, while the Hornets play Therrell (1-3, 0-2) on Saturday. The Lions (3-1, 3-0), who already beat South Atlanta 37-12 last week, can all but clinch the region championship with a win. They were on bye this week.
Here’s how the rest of the top 10 faired:
- The No. 2-ranked Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane remained undefeated with an impressive 27-17 win at home over Pierce County, the No. 6 team in Class 3A. The Purple Hurricane move to 5-0 while dropping Pierce County to 4-1. They now head onto Region 1 play at Berrien next week.
- The No. 3 Rabun County Wildcats made easy work of 3A’s unranked East Jackson, winning 70-36 to improve to 4-1. AccessWDUN has details. The Wildcats play 6A’s Pope next week in their next-to-last non-region game before entering 8-2A play.
- On Thursday in Region 5, the No. 6 Bleckley County Royals held on to defeat the Dodge County Indians, 38-33, for their second consecutive win in a series the Indians previously dominated. Dave Whitaker has a game writeup for The Bleckley Progress. The Royals (4-1, 1-0) play Monticello next week, while the Indians (1-3, 0-1) are on bye.
- The No. 8 Haralson County Rebels blanked Banks County 44-0 to move to 5-0 while the Leopards, who compete in Region 8, fell to 1-5. AccessWDUN has details. The Rebels play another Region 8 team next week in Elbert County, while the Leopards have next week off before opening region play against Union County on Oct. 23.
- For the second consecutive week, the No. 10 Heard County Braves suffered a lopsided loss to an unranked team from 4A, this time to Central-Carrollton, 32-13. Last week, Cedartown beat them 48-14. The Braves (4-2) are off next week, then open Region 5 play by hosting Temple on Oct. 23.
- On bye: No. 4 Lovett, No. 5 Early County, No. 9 Thomasville
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