Class 3A Blog: A look back at how the top 10 fared in Week 3

It’s somewhat fitting that the Thomson football game was cancelled early Friday morning after being previewed in Thursday’s blog. But that’s the way of the high school football world during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You just roll with it.

Here are the highlights from Week 3:

-- Top-ranked Cedar Grove (1-1) showed promise at Class 7A No. 6 Colquitt County before losing 28-19. The Saints will rest next week before playing Greater Atlanta Christian on Sept. 17 to open Region 5 play.

-- No. 2 Oconee County (3-0) shut down Clarke Central while forcing four turnovers. The Warriors led 6-0 after two field goals from senior kicker Gabe Valdez. A 14-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jacob Wright to senior Darius Johnson put Oconee County ahead 14-0 entering the half. C.J. Jones put the Warriors ahead 21-2 with a fourth-quarter touchdown, putting the game out of reach.

-- No. 3 Pierce County (2-1) had little trouble defeating Claxton 38-0. The Bears will rest next week before traveling to Clinch County on Sept. 17.

-- No. 4 Peach County (0-2) was scheduled to play Class 5A Griffin, but the game was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. Peach will travel to Mary Persons to open Region 2 play Sept. 17.

-- No. 5 Westminster (2-1) defeated Class 2A Pace Academy 31-21 on the road and will open Region 5 play against No. 8 Sandy Creek on Sept. 17.

-- No. 6 Crisp County (0-2) suffered a 21-0 loss to Class 4A No. 4 Perry on Thursday. The Cougars are still looking for the first victory under head coach Miguel Patrick. Crisp hosts Class A Private No. 2 Eagle’s Landing Christian on Friday.

-- No. 7 Appling County (3-0) will climb in the poll after a 41-10 victory against Class 6A South Effingham. The Pirates travel to 7A Tift County on Friday.

-- No. 8 Sandy Creek (2-0) beat Class 7A Newnan 35-34 on the road. The Patriots scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter after trailing 34-21 at the end of the third quarter. Sandy Creek hosts Class 5A No. 7 Starr’s Mill on Friday.

-- No. 9 Thomson (2-0) was scheduled to host Washington County Friday, but the game was canceled because of COVID-19. The Bulldogs travel to Class 5A No. 2 Ware County on Friday.

-- No. 10 Monroe Area (3-0) has allowed one touchdown in three games. The Purple Hurricanes beat Loganville (28-7) before shutting out Walnut Grove (35-0) and Morgan County (30-0) this week. Monroe Area hosts Clarkston on Sept. 17.