Thomson, Cairo clinch region titles

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Week 11 had one true region championship matchup, and it was No. 2 ranked Thomson that walked away victorious. Host Thomson dominated in all three phases of the game and clinched the Region 3-AAAA title while keeping its perfect season (9-0) alive with a 20-7 win. Running back Mike Thomas gave Thomson a 7-0 lead with a 9-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter. Burke County answered with its only points of the game on a Damari Kelly 1-yard touchdown to tie it at 7-7. Thomson regained the lead and then extended it to 13-7 with two Dakota Gergen field goals. The second field goal was set up after Burke County intercepted Thomson and then turned it over on downs. Christian Tutt put the game out of reach with a 58-yard punt return touchdown and closed the door with an interception to seal the win. Thomas finished with his 9-yard touchdown run and led Thomson with 131 of its 171 yards from scrimmage in the first half.

Elsewhere in Class AAAA, Cairo clinched the Region 1 title and top seed while moving to 8-1 on the season. Mary Persons clinched the Region 2 title with a 49-7 victory over visiting Perry.

In Region 4, Woodward Academy clinched the title last week and finished its regular season 9-1 with a 35-6 win over Druid Hills on Friday.

Troup shutout Central-Carroll 41-0 to set up a Region 5 championship showdown with Cartersville in next week’s season finale.

In Region 6, we will see a three-way tie for the top seed with Northwest Whitfield, Pickens and Ridgeland if Pickens beats Heritage-Catoosa and Ridgeland defeats Southeast Whitfield next Friday.

Blessed Trinity can clinch the Region 7 title with a win over visiting West Hall next Friday. In Region 8, Jefferson can clinch the title with a win at Oconee County next Friday. If Oconee County wins and Stephens County defeats 0-9 North Oconee, then Jefferson, Oconee County and Stephens County will force a three-way tie.

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