EAST PAULDING 14, DALTON 7
The East Paulding Raiders edged Dalton, 14-7. Skyler Melton led a long, rush-filled drive and scored from two yards out on a quarterback keeper late in the third quarter. The Catamounts evened it up on a fourth-down conversion as Ashton Blackwell hit Luke Blanchard for a 9-yard touchdown. The score held until Justin Williams ran it in from five yards out halfway through the third quarter. East Paulding ends the season with a 5-5 record while Dalton wraps it up with a 2-7 mark. Neither team will make the playoffs.
WHITE COUNTY 49, CHEROKEE BLUFF 7
Ninth-ranked Cherokee Bluff’s hopes for a first ever undefeated season were dashed as White County beat the Bears, 49-7. White got the scoring started when J. Ben Haynes found Darius Cannon from 12 yards out. They connected again a little bit later to make it 14-0. After Cherokee Bluff scored their only points with a Sebastian Irons 1-yard plunge. Overall, Haynes had four touchdown passes and Silas Mulligan had two late scores. Despite the loss, Cherokee Bluff will take a 1 seed into the postseason.
MT. PARAN CHRISTIAN 33, WALKER 7
Mt. Paran Christian clinched the four seed of Region 7 with a 33-7 victory over Walker. Going into this one, the winner would claim that final seed by virtue of gaining a region win. Mt. Paran went out to a 19-0 lead before Walker dented the scoreboard in the third quarter. Eagle quarterback Sam Griffith-Tesch through for 26 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mt. Paran will visit Fellowship Christian in the first round. The Wolverines end the season with a 1-9 mark, while head coach Aaron Dobbins had a 1-4 record after taking over for Michael Gunn in midseason.
PRINCE AVENUE CHRISTIAN 55, ATHENS CHRISTIAN 9
Prince Avenue Christian enters the playoffs with a #1 ranking after a 55-9 defeat of Athens Christian. After an early Eagle field goal, Georgia commit Brock Vandagriff and Prince Avenue took over. The Wolverines scored six unanswered touchdowns to put the game out of reach. All in all, Vandagriff threw seven touchdowns, including three to Zac Dyer. Those tosses went 55 yards, 65 yards, and 14 yards, respectively. Prince Avenue goes into the postseason with a 9-1 record, while Athens Christian finishes with a 5-5 mark.