*Grayson 40, Lowndes 0: No. 10 Grayson made a statement that this is not a rebuilding year under first-year coach Santavious Bryant but instead for Lowndes under Grayson’s former coach, Adam Carter. Carter was Grayson’s coach the past four seasons and led the Rams to a 2020 state title. Grayson lost its opener to No. 4 Walton 49-27 but has been perfect since with wins against a couple of South Carolina state contenders. Lowndes has lost two straight including one the previous week against unbeaten but unranked East Coweta 42-30. Grayson plays No. 7 Newton at home Friday to determine the front-runner in Region 4.
*McEachern 28, Valdosta 7: Valdosta entered the rankings this month and stood at No. 9 after a 4-1 start but suffered a humbling loss at McEachern, which came in 1-4. Suddenly McEachern looks like a contender in Region 3, which has no ranked teams in it, although Harrison and North Paulding are unbeaten and unranked.
*Colquitt County 50, Cedar Grove 42: No. 2 Colquitt County got off to a 36-7 first-half lead but led the No. 1 team from Class 3A make it a one score game in the fourth quarter. Colquitt might have to wait a little longer to see where it stands as the Packers don’t enter region play until Oct. 13.
*Westlake 42, Collins Hill 7: Westlake, bounced out of the rankings last week, bounced back on the field, winning easily against an average Class 7A team. But now Westlake’s opening victory over North Cobb looks even better now that North Cobb has beat Milton.
*Lambert 23, East Coweta 22: Lambert defeated seven-point favorite East Coweta in a matchup of undefeated but unranked teams in 7A. Lambert also beat the Indians last year, 31-24, as part of a 10-2 season that was the best in school history. Lambert remained unranked, however.