Week 6 will be the first time this season that the majority of the Class 4A games will be region matchups. There are 22 games taking place in the classification this weekend following the cancellation of undefeated LaGrange and Shaw that was called off due to Covid issues within the Shaw program. As a result, LaGrange and Shaw will join the 14 other teams in the classification that will be off this week on their byes. Additionally, Jordan has elected to cancel the rest of its season. They were set to face Kendrick on Friday and the decision means the Red Jackets will finish the year 0-4 and Shaw, Carver-Columbus, LaGrange, Hardaway and Troup will now have an open date as they were scheduled to face Jordan in the coming weeks.
Region 2 will continue to be one of the biggest regions in the classification and the battle for the playoffs will remain incredibly competitive. On Thursday, I interviewed LaGrange head coach Matt Napier to talk about his team’s undefeated start and how he has turned the Grangers program back into a top tier program since arriving in 2020. You can watch that interview HERE.
As for the rest of the Week 6 action, Region 1′s Cairo will host Florida’s Merritt Island and Thomas County Central will visit defending Class 2A state champion Callaway. The Cavaliers are 4-0 and have previously defeated two other Class 4A programs in Troup (28-7) and Hardaway (23-14) this season.
Region 2 will have two region games on Thursday (Columbus at Troup and Hardaway at Spencer) and one on Friday with Jordan at Kendrick. The previously-mentioned LaGrange vs. Shaw game was called off and Carver-Columbus is off on its bye. Troup joins Carver-Columbus and LaGrange as the only other Region 2 team that is yet to drop a region game.
The four-team Savannah-based Region 3 will continue its non-region schedule with Benedictine visiting Class 5A powerhouse and undefeated Ware County. Islands hosts Beach, New Hampstead visits Groves and Jenkins will host Savannah on Saturday.
The region action is kicking off in Region 4 for the first time this season with a trio of showdowns. Baldwin will visit Westside-Macon, Perry will visit Rutland on Thursday and West Laurens will visit Spalding.
In Region 5, Mt. Zion Jonesboro will visit Class 5A Jonesboro and North Clayton will visit Riverdale in region play as the rest of the region is off on their byes. Region 6 will have three region matchups and Marist will host Class 7A Harrison. The three region games are Arabia Mountain at undefeated Stephenson, Miller Grove at Druid Hills and Hapeville Charter at Mays.
In Region 7, No. 6 ranked Cedartown visits Class 5A No. 7 Calhoun, Central-Carroll hosts Class 2A Heard County and Southeast Whitfield hosts Class A Public’s Gordon Lee.
The biggest Class 4A matchup will take place in Region 8 this week with No. 1 Jefferson hosting No. 7 Flowery Branch in their region opener. Two more outstanding region battles are also on the slate with East Hall at Cedar Shoals and Madison County at North Oconee.
CLASS 4A WEEK 6 SCHEDULE
(1-3, 0-0) Bainbridge (BYE)
(1-2, 0-0) Cairo vs. Merritt Island FL
(4-0, 0-0) Dougherty (BYE)
(2-3, 0-0) Monroe (BYE)
(2-2, 0-0) Thomas County Central at Callaway
(2-2, 0-0) Westover (BYE)
(4-1, 3-0) Carver-Columbus (BYE)
*(1-3, 1-1) Columbus at (3-1, 2-0) Troup (Thursday)
*(1-2, 0-1) Hardaway at (2-3, 1-2) Spencer (Thursday)
*(0-4, 0-2) Jordan at (0-4, 0-2) Kendrick (CANCELLED)
*(4-0, 2-0) LaGrange at (0-3, 0-1) Shaw (CANCELLED)
(2-2, 0-0) Benedictine vs. Ware County
(2-2, 0-0) Islands vs. Beach
(2-2, 0-0) Jenkins vs. Savannah (Saturday)
(3-1, 0-0) New Hampstead at Groves
*(1-2, 0-0) Baldwin at (1-2, 0-0) Westside-Macon
(2-2, 0-0) Howard (BYE)
*(3-0, 0-0) Perry at (1-3, 0-0) Rutland (Thursday)
*(2-2, 0-0) West Laurens at (3-1, 0-0) Spalding
(3-2, 1-0) Fayette County (BYE)
(0-3, 0-1) Hampton (BYE) (4-1, 2-0) Luella (BYE)
(3-1, 1-1) McDonough (BYE)
(0-3, 0-1) Mt. Zion-Jonesboro at Jonesboro
*(0-4, 0-1) North Clayton at (2-1, 0-0) Riverdale
*(2-2, 0-0) Arabia Mountain at (4-0, 0-0) Stephenson
*(0-5, 0-0) Druid Hills vs. (3-1, 0-0) Miller Grove
*(1-3, 0-0) Hapeville Charter at (0-4, 0-0) Mays
(2-1, 0-0) Marist vs. Harrison
(3-0, 0-0) Cedartown at Calhoun (Thursday)
(2-2, 0-0) Central-Carroll vs. Heard County
(2-1, 0-0) Heritage-Catoosa (BYE)
(2-2, 0-0) Northwest Whitfield (BYE)
(3-1, 0-0) Pickens (BYE)
(1-4, 0-0) Ridgeland (BYE)
(1-4, 0-0) Southeast Whitfield vs. Gordon Lee
*(0-2, 0-0) Cedar Shoals vs. (1-3, 0-0) East Hall
(2-2, 0-0) Chestatee (BYE)
*(3-1, 0-0) Flowery Branch at (4-0, 0-0) Jefferson
*(3-1, 0-0) Madison County at (1-3, 0-0) North Oconee
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