Friday Night Lights Bring Dramatic Finishes
11/02/13 12:40 p.m.
By: Kevin Karel
The next-to-last Friday night of the regular season brought heartbreak to some local high school football programs while others rolled on toward likely region championships.
The Cedartown Bulldogs lost their first game of the season in heartbreaking fashion 38-35 to Gilmer County Friday in Polk County. Gilmer won with a field goal in the final minute. The Bulldogs can no longer win the region but can still qualify for the state playoffs with a win next week.
Rome took a 21-20 loss in overtime to Villa Rica at Barron Stadium Friday and fell to 5-4 on the season. The Wolves no longer control their own playoff destiny and must not only bet Woodland on the road next week but must hope Allatoona defeats East Paulding.
Pepperell continued their late season turnaround with an easy 49-0 defeat of Murray County. The Dragons only need to beat Armuchee next week to qualify for the postseason.
Calhoun beat Model 41-9 in a virtual region-title game Friday that moved the Yellow Jackets to 8-1 and Model to 7-2. Each team is already a lock for the state playoffs.
Elsewhere Cartersville improved to 9-0 with a 53-9 win over Sonoraville while Coosa beat Armuchee 19-0. Our Lady of Mercy handed Darlington only its second loss of the season with a 31-28 final score. Darlington is still on track for a state playoff berth again this year.
Adairsville has also punched their postseason ticket and grabbed another region win Friday by defeating Gordon Central 39-8.
Finally, B.E.S.T. Academy shutout Rockmart 20-0 in a late night matchup in Atlanta.
The regular season ends next Friday November 8th.