A dozen region games highlight Week 6 slate

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Region 1 enters its second weekend of region games and three other regions open up conference play this week while the other half of the classification waits one last Friday. In total, 12 region games highlight the Week 6 slate.

In Region 1’s four Week 6 matchups, every matchup features a team that won its region debut against a team that will look to avoid an 0-2 region start. On Thursday, Americus-Sumter (2-2, 1-0) faces Northside-Columbus (2-2, 0-1), Cairo (3-1, 1-0) squares off with Shaw (1-3, 0-1) and Carver-Columbus (2-2, 1-0) faces Westover (2-2, 0-1). Finally, Columbus (2-2, 1-0) will take on Hardaway (2-1, 0-1) on Friday, fresh off its first win over rival Shaw in 22 years.

In Region 4, Henry County and Luella are on a bye. Eastside opened the season with a 23-0 win over Luella that marked the first region game in the state. As a result of its region opener, the Eagles will face undefeated Oconee County out of Region 8 in one last non-region matchup while the rest of the region gets underway with a pair of games. Druid Hills (2-2) faces North Clayton (2-2) and Salem (3-1) visits No. 2 Woodward Academy (3-1), which comes off a 32-0 blowout over Marist.

In Region 5, Sandy Creek is off this week, which will stage three total games in this seven-team region. No. 1 Cartersville (4-0) will visit 3-1 Cedartown, LaGrange (1-3) travels to Central-Carroll (0-4) and Chapel Hill (2-1-1) clashes with Troup (3-1). This will mark the first meeting in school history for Troup and Chapel Hill. Central-Carroll is 0-6 all-time against LaGrange, and after winning 30 combined games over the last three seasons, the Lions are still looking for their first win of 2016 under first-year head coach Larry Kesler. Cartersville trails Cedartown 16-24-2 in their all-time series and this will be the Purple Hurricanes’ first meeting with Cedartown since an 18-10 loss in 2011.

Like Sandy Creek in Region 5, Pickens will watch as the rest of seven-team Region 6 gets underway. Winless Gilmer (0-4) faces host Heritage-Catoosa (3-1), Southeast Whitfield (3-1) visits LaFayette (2-2) and Northwest Whitfield (2-2) goes to undefeated Ridgeland (3-0) to face the red-hot Panthers. Northwest Whitfield has won seven of its last eight meetings with Ridgeland and 14 of the 17 all-time meetings. This year’s Ridgeland team, however, is off to 3-0 start for the first time since 2007 and is averaging more than 45 points per game, while allowing just 14 points per game defensively.


Friday, Sept. 23 (*Designates region game)

Region 1

*Americus-Sumter at Northside-Columbus (Kinnett Stadium) (Thursday)

*Cairo at Shaw (Columbus Memorial) (Thursday)

*Carver-Columbus at Westover (Mills Stadium) (Thursday)

*Hardaway at Columbus (Kinnett Stadium)

Region 2

Houston County at Spalding (Griffin Memorial)

Jordan at Upson-Lee

West Laurens at Warner Robins (McConnell Talbott Stadium)

OFF: Howard, Mary Persons

Region 3

Baldwin at Evans

Effingham County at Burke County

Cross Creek at Greenbrier

Hephzibah at Hancock Central

Richmond Academy at Grovetown

OFF: Thomson

Region 4

*North Clayton at Druid Hills (Adams Stadium)

Eastside at Oconee County

*Salem at Woodward Academy

OFF: Henry County, Luella

Region 5

*Cartersville at Cedartown

*LaGrange at Central-Carroll

*Chapel Hill at Troup (Callaway Stadium)

OFF: Sandy Creek

Region 6

*Gilmer at Heritage-Catoosa

*Southeast Whitfield at LaFayette

*Northwest Whitfield at Ridgeland

OFF: Pickens

Region 7

Blessed Trinity at McCallie, TN

Habersham Central at Chestatee

Chamblee at Marist

Rabun County at West Hall

White County at Dawson County

Region 8

Gainesville at Jefferson

Madison County at Franklin County

North Oconee at Winder-Barrow

Eastside at Oconee County

Lanier at St. Pius

Stephens County at Hart County

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