Americus-Sumter posted a 31-0 win over Shaw to improve a Region 1-AAAA-best record to 4-0 and Cairo and Northside-Columbus each moved to 3-1 in region play with victories (their only region losses came to Americus-Sumter). Cairo and Northside-Columbus will faceoff in two weeks, which will give Americus-Sumter even more mathematical probability to win its first region title. This current four-game winning streak is the Panthers’ first since 2010.
In Region 2, Upson-Lee rebounded from its loss to Mary Persons last week with a 38-21 victory over Perry while Howard, Spalding, West Laurens and Mary Persons were on the bye. Thomson and Burke County remain tied for the Region 3 lead and Woodward Academy took the outright lead in Region 4 with a 28-21 win over Eastside.
In Region 5, Cartersville still looks unbeatable after a 63-0 win over Sandy Creek Friday night and now only Chapel Hill and Troup can stop the Purple Hurricanes’ from a third-straight perfect regular season.
Ridgeland sits at the top of a log-jam in Region 6 that also has Heritage-Ringgold, Pickens, Southeast Whitfield and Northwest Whitfield jockeying for playoff seeding.
Blessed Trinity and Marist each scored 41 points Friday night and will square off this upcoming Friday for the Region 7 title. In Region 8, St. Pius posted back-to-back region victories after an 0-5 start to the season and locked itself in a tie with red-hot Jefferson for the region lead. These two teams will play at St. Pius this Friday for sole possession of first place.
WEEK 8 SCHEDULE
Americus-Sumter 31, Shaw 0
Cairo 24, Carver-Columbus 13
Westover 26, Columbus 13
Northside-Columbus 31, Hardaway 21
Upson-Lee 38, Perry 21
Howard, Mary Persons, Spalding, West Laurens BYE
Thomson 21, Baldwin 7
Burke County 60, Richmond Academy 20
Cross Creek, Hephzibah BYE
Woodward Academy 28, Eastside 21
Salem 40, Henry County 25
North Clayton 15, Luella 14
Druid Hills BYE
Cartersville 63, Sandy Creek 0
Chapel Hill 35, Central-Carroll 14
Troup 38, LaGrange 0
Southeast Whitfield 39, Gilmer 0
Ridgeland 35, Heritage-Catoosa 14
Northwest Whitfield 38, Pickens 21
Blessed Trinity 41, Chestatee 14
Marist 41, West Hall 6
White County BYE
Jefferson 44, North Oconee 0
Madison County 20, Stephens County 14
St. Pius 41, Oconee County 13
(C) Callaway Stadium LaGrange
(K) Kinnett Stadium Columbus
(CM) Columbus Memorial Columbus