Class 3A Blog: Thomson’s victory highlights blowout weekend for ranked teams

Oct. 23, 2020 - Norcross, Ga: A GHSA football is shown before the Georgia high school football game between Cedar Grove and GAC at Greater Atlanta Christian, Friday, October 23, 2020 in Norcross, Ga.. JASON GETZ FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
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Oct. 23, 2020 - Norcross, Ga: A GHSA football is shown before the Georgia high school football game between Cedar Grove and GAC at Greater Atlanta Christian, Friday, October 23, 2020 in Norcross, Ga.. JASON GETZ FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

Credit: Jason Getz

Credit: Jason Getz

The ranked teams active in Week 9 outscored opponents 241-24 in region games, highlighted by Thomson’s 27-14 victory against Burke County, which gave the No. 7-ranked Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0) a one-game lead in the Region 4 standings.

Thomson led 21-0 after two touchdowns from Jontavis Curry and a 16-yard touchdown pass from Tay Martin to Jordan Lane. The Bulldogs converted a crucial third-and-15 situation for a first down, then scored on a Martin touchdown run to help put away the game.

Here is how the weekend played out:

-- Top-ranked Cedar Grove (5-2, 4-0) defeated Salem 63-0, and No. 3 Sandy Creek (7-0, 4-0) beat GAC 37-3 in Region 5 games. Both teams are tied atop the league standings ahead of Carver-Atlanta.

-- Fourth-ranked Appling County (8-0, 2-0) defeated Tattnall County 42-7 and leads the Region 1 standings, ahead of No. 5 Pierce County (5-2, 1-0) which rested this week.

-- Rockmart (6-1, 5-0) enjoyed a 72-0 Region 6 victory against Murray County, which pulled the Yellow Jackets tied with No. 10 Ringgold (7-0, 5-0) atop the league standings.

-- In Region 2, Crisp County (4-3, 4-0) leads the standings ahead of Jackson (4-3, 3-1) and now-unranked Peach County (3-3, 3-1).

-- Windsor Forest (4-2, 3-0) defeated Groves 52-7 and leads the Region 3 standings, ahead of Liberty County (3-3, 3-1) and Southeast Bulloch (6-1, 2-1).

-- North Hall (6-2, 4-0), Cherokee Bluff (7-0, 3-0) and Dawson County (4-3, 3-0) are each undefeated in Region 7. Cherokee Bluff beat Lumpkin County (55-8); North Hall beat Gilmer (47-6), and Dawson County beat West Hall (51-0) this week. Jaquan Smith has six carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns for Cherokee Bluff.

-- In Region 8, No. 7 Monroe Area (7-0, 2-0) is tied with No. 2 Oconee County (7-0, 2-0) atop the league standings with No. 8 Hart County (6-1, 1-1) closely behind.  All three programs rested this week. Unranked Stephens County (6-1, 1-1) is tied with Hart County and rested this week.

Week 9 top-10 results

1. (1) Cedar Grove (5-2) beat Salem 63-0 (5-3A Game)

2. (2) Oconee County (7-0) Off.

3. (3) Sandy Creek (7-0) beat Greater Atlanta Christian 37-3 (5-3A Game)

4. (4) Appling County (8-0) beat Tattnall County 42-7 (1-3A Game)

5. (5) Pierce County (5-2) Off.

6. (7) Thomson (7-0) beat Burke County 27-14 (4-3A Game)

7. (8) Monroe Area (7-0) Off.

8. (9) Hart County (6-1) Off.

9. (10) Rockmart (6-1) beat Murray County 72-0 (6-3A Game)

10. (NR) Ringgold (7-0) Off.