There was a huge upset in Class A that could change the outcome of the playoff picture. One team from Gwinnett is coming back strong with a big win over rivals that has been dominant in region play. And one team from Region 2-AAAAA is on a hot streak and looking to take down one of the two undefeated teams in AAAAA. Those stories and more make the top five Georgia high school sports stories.
5. Savannah Christian goes down
Savannah Christian did not expect to have a tough time with Calvary Day, but the Raiders could not get anything going offensively and they suffered their first loss of the season with 6-0 shutout against the Cavaliers. Savannah Christian was ranked as high as No. 3 in the Class A rankings and were looking to make their second consecutive state finals appearance. They can still make the playoffs but if Calvary Day defeats Savannah Country Day Friday night, then it will be Calvary Day who will win the subregion title not Savannah Christian who was the heavy favorite to win the region before the season began.
4. Welcome back South Gwinnett
South Gwinnett is back in the rankings in Class AAAAA after beating Grayson 24-22. It was a big win for the Comets because they not only stay in the playoff race, they end Grayson's 23-game winning streak against Region 8 opponents. South Gwinnett was able to take down the Rams thanks to a strong running attack by Trevon Walker, who rushed for 158 yards. The win also gives them a chance to take home the region title, but they would have to beat Archer and for Brookwoood to lose one of its final two games.
3. How good is Class AAAA?
There are a lot of good teams in the state, but out of the 10 AAAA teams that are ranked in the GHSF Daily rankings, nine are undefeated. The No. 1 team in Class AAAA is Northside-Warner Robins, but Griffin, Tucker, Kell, Starr's Mill and Flowery Branch are 8-0 and know what it takes to win in the postseason. And what about Lovejoy who is also 8-0 and a team that nobody is talking about. The only team that is not undefeated but is ranked is Thomas County Central, but they have won numerous state titles and probably have the best player in the state in Ray Drew.
2. Trojans take charge
Carrollton is one of the more successful programs in the state with seven state titles under its belts. But not having won a state title since 1998, it looks like a team on a mission and one could make the argument it's playing the best football out of any team in the state. It just recently defeated Columbus 63-0 and that was the third consecutive shutout for the Trojans. They are just as good on offense, scoring a least six touchdowns in the last seven games. This team is for real and they are going to be tough to beat down the stretch.
1. Stephenson takes on Newnan
In one of the more interesting battles going on Friday night, Stephenson will look to improve their record to 9-0 when it faces Newnan, who started the season 1-3, but have won their last four games. This is crucial game for Newnan because they need to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. As for Stephenson, a win would clinch the Region 2-AAAAA title for them and they will go into the playoffs with a lot of momentum. The game will be played at Newnan and kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.