Counting by sevens, here is a look at some of the best games and performances for the week that is, and was, in Georgia:The seven best games this week:* Stephenson (Stone Mountain) at East Coweta (Sharpsburg):
These are two of the three remaining unbeaten teams in Class AAAAA. North Gwinnett is the other. The winner will be the frontrunner in Region 2-AAAAA. Each team has one of the top rushers in the state – Demarcus Godfrey
of East Coweta and Willie Davis
* Etowah (Woodstock) at Woodstock:
This is the unofficial championship of Cherokee County. They are the leaders of Region 5-AAAAA, and the winner can expect to break the state's Top 10 rankings. * Grady (Atlanta) at St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta):
These are the top-rated teams in Region 5-AAA. Both are averaging more than 40 points per game. Grady has AJC Super 11 WR/DB Damian Swann, who has offers from Georgia and Alabama.* Griffin at Dutchtown (Hampton):
These are the top two teams in Division A of Region 3-AAAA. Griffin has Corey Moore
, a defensive back who has committed to Georgia, and defensive end Xzavier Dickson
, an AJC Super 11 player with more than 30 offers. Dutchtown is a 7-year-old school that has equaled its best win total in history this year under coach Jason Galt.* Burke County (Waynesboro) at Washington County (Sandersville):
This is for the lead in Region 3-AAA. Burke must put the brakes on Washington County’s all-state running back Montravious “Whistle” Gladdin, who is 70 yards short of 1,000 for the season.* Calhoun at Dade County (Trenton):
Both are 7-0 in Region 7-AA. Calhoun made the state finals last year, while Dade is a Chattanooga-area school that is having its best season in more than 10 years under a coach, Bradley Warren, who returned to his alma mater two years ago.* Greenville at Marion County (Buena Vista):
This is for the lead in Region 4-A. Marion County is 7-0. For 6-1 Greenville, this is a must-win game to defend its region title. Greenville is coached by Jeremy Williams, whose inspiring battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) while leading a state-contending team has been the subject of many national stories.The seven most significant games last week:* Lowndes (Valdosta) 37, Colquitt County 27:
These teams were nationally ranked in some preseason polls. Lowndes jumped to a 23-0 first-half lead and held on. Colquitt County quarterback Tyler Brown
threw three touchdown passes to cut the lead to 23-20 but was intercepted early in the fourth quarter by Josh Clemons
, who returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. Lowndes is now the clear front-runner in famous Region 1-AAAAA with Valdosta and Colquitt each with one region loss.* Norcross 14, Peachtree Ridge 7:
Peachtree Ridge, another team that was ranked nationally in the preseason, has lost two in a row now. Trailing 7-0, Norcross scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the last one on an 88-yard drive. Norcross is now 6-1 and trails only North Gwinnett in Region 7-AAAAA.* Northside (Warner Robins) 34, Thomas County Central 14:
Northside, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA, took control of Region 1-AAAA. Quarterback Briar Van Brunt
rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown and upstaged Thomas Central quarterback Eric Dodson, who was held to 65 yards on five carries.* Gainesville 49, Monroe Area 17:
Freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson
threw for 156 yards and rushed for 78 but gave way several times to the wildcat formation and linebacker A.J. Johnson
, who rushed for three touchdowns. Monroe Area had been unbeaten, but Gainesville – the Class AAA runner-up last year – is back in control of Region 8-AAA.* Swainsboro 7, Dublin 3:
In a game between ranked Class AA teams, Swainsboro attempted and complete only one pass – a 42-yard TD throw from Lynquez Blair
to Shaquille Cowart
that set up the winning touchdown. Dewan Somerville's
5-yard run with 9:05 left in the third quarter gave Swainsboro a 7-3 lead and ended the scoring. Swainsboro is 7-0 for the first time since its state championship season of 2000. * Fitzgerald 28, Thomasville 21: Kaleb Nobles
threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Matt Taylor
on a fourth-and-11 in overtime, then recovered a bad pitch from Thomasville to seal the victory. Fitzgerald had trailed 13-0 in the first half. Both of these state-ranked teams are still trailing Cook (7-0) in Region 1-AA.* Clarke Central (Athens) 42, Apalachee 21:
Clarke Central, the 2009 state runner-up in Class AAAA, beat the reigning Region 8-AAAA champion. Clarke scored on its first four possessions of the game to lead 28-7.The seven upsets last week:* Cedar Grove (Ellenwood) 36, Woodward Academy 23:
Cedar Grove (5-3) moved into first place in Region 5-AAA Division B and kept alive its hopes for its first region championship since 1991 by knocking off a Woodward Academy team that was undefeated and ranked No. 7 last week.* Dunwoody 20, Marist 0:
Marist struggled for the second consecutive week. After barely escaping Lakeside of Atlanta 6-3 in overtime on Oct. 8, the War Eagles (5-2) lost to a Dunwoody team that was 2-4 and fell into a second-place tie with Mays and Southwest DeKalb in Region 6-AAAA.* Carver (Atlanta) 28, Mays 21:
Carver (3-4) pulled off the other surprise in Region 6-AAAA, handing Mays its second consecutive loss after starting the season 5-0.* North Forsyth (Cumming) 21, West Forsyth 0:
West Forsyth (6-2) appeared set to cruise to the 6-AAAAA title with a 3-0 region record. Now it is one of five teams, including North Forsyth, with one loss in region play.* East Paulding (Dallas) 26, Hiram 14:
Playing in the state's most competitive subregion (5-AAAA North), East Paulding (5-2 overall, 2-2 in the region) put itself back in the playoff picture by beating Hiram (6-2, 3-2), which had been in second place behind Kell.* Evans 20, Statesboro 15:
Evans is in the driver's seat in Region 2-AAAA Division B and can claim the subregion championship with victories in its final two games against Effingham County and Lakeside of Evans.* Hephzibah 28, Butler 22:
Butler, which had lost 41 consecutive games before starting this season 5-0, fell for the second consecutive week. The Bulldogs' 42-14 loss to Washington County on Oct. 8 was not a surprise, but their loss to a Hephzibah team that was 1-5 surely was.The seven great performances last week:
backup running back Kendall Martinez rushed for 239 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-9 victory over Murray County.
* Clarke Central (Athens)
quarterback Martay Mattox
thew for 179 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown and intercepted a pass in a 42-21 victory over Apalachee.
running back Tre Beck
rushed for 315 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-10 victory over Ringgold.
* Jefferson County (Louisville)
running back Dontavius Kitchens
rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-0 victory over Southeast Bulloch.
* Josey (Augusta)
quarterback Markquis Burton passed for 295 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-26 loss to Grovetown.
* Lee County (Leesburg)
quarterback Justin Walker
was 27-for-48 passing for 428 yards and five touchdowns in a 39-32 victory over Hardaway.
* Pepperell (Lindale)
sophomore running back Janier Ferguson
rushed for 332 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries in a 47-26 victory over Adairsville.