The local high school football games for Week 7 include road games for three of the four local schools.
CARTERSVILLE HURRICANES (6-0, 2-0) at LaGRANGE GRANGERS (2-3, 0-2)
The Class AAAA top-ranked Hurricanes take to the road again Friday to take on LaGrange in a Region 5-AAAA encounter.
The Grangers have started the Region 5-AAAA schedule with a pair of losses to Central-Carroll and Cedartown after opening the year 2-1. The first three games included wins over Heard County and Hampton and a home loss to Callaway.
LaGrange head coach Chuck Gibbs is in his second year guiding the Grangers. He is 4-11 in his first opportunity as a head coach.
The proud LaGrange program won 13 region titles and four state championships between 1983 and 2006, but has not won six games in a season since 2009.
LaGrange lost to Cedartown 51-6 last Friday — a team the Purple Hurricanes beat 24-2 on September 27.
Cartersville, under first-year head coach Conor Foster, escaped at Central-Carroll last week 16-14 to remain unbeaten.
The Canes have been challenged by a string of injuries and have a key region game at home with 4th-ranked Sandy Creek approaching on October 18. Cartersville will seek to eliminate big plays from the Grangers athletes and stay healthy for the final regular season stretch.
LaGrange leads the all-time series with Cartersville 5-3. The Grangers won the first tive meetings dating back to 1937 with additional LaGrange wins in 1952, 1953, 2002, and 2003.
The Hurricanes have won the last three meetings by one sided scores, including last year’s 45-7 win at Weinman Stadium.
CalPreps -- Canes by 39
Massey -- Canes by 28
Maxwell -- Canes by 37
Broadcast: WBHF-Cartersville (100.3 FM / AM1450) Also available on wbhfradio.org and via the TuneIn app.
HIRAM HORNETS (3-2, 3-0) at CASS COLONELS (3-3, 2-2)
The Hornets will arrive at Cochran Stadium Friday night as one of only two undefeated teams in the Region 7-AAAAA standings. Hiram opened with non-region losses to larger classification opponents Harrison and South Paulding, but now have three consecutive region wins over Paulding County, Woodland, and East Paulding.
Hornets’ head coach Pete Fominaya is now 7-8 in his second season at the helm. Hiram was 4-6 last season. Cass won three straight games in September and was 3-1 at one point, but has since dropped a pair of one-sided games to defending region champ Rome and region front-runner Carrollton.
The Colonels defense has allowed 99 points over the last two games, but yielded only 42 in the first four games.
This will be the sixth meeting all-time between the Colonels and Hornets. The home team has won each of the previous games with Hiram winning 34-21 last season and 14-7 in 2017. The Cass wins in the series were 14-12 in 2016 and 22-15 in 2008.
CalPreps -- Hiram by 11
Massey -- Hiram by 8
Maxwell -- Hiram by 12
Broadcast: The Johnny's NY Style Pizza Bartow County Game of the Week on bartowsportszone.com. Pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m. covering all four local games. Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Click on the green 'Listen Live' button on the header of this website.
ADAIRSVILLE TIGERS (3-3, 2-2) at CALHOUN YELLOW JACKETS (4-1, 2-1)
Calhoun, currently ranked ninth in Class AAA, finds itself in an unusual position at the mid-point of their season. The Yellow Jackets, who lost 31-7 to North Murray at home two weeks ago, are looking up at the Mountaineers in the Region 6-AAA standings.
Calhoun opened with three straight wins over Ridgeland, Therrell, and Sonoraville before the loss. The Yellow Jackets bounced back last week with a 48-3 home win over Ringgold.
Head coach Clay Stephenson is in his first season after taking over for long time Jackets head coach Hal Lamb.
Adairsville snapped a brief two-game skid last week with a thrilling 22-21 home win over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. The other Region 6-AAA win for the Tigers was at Coahulla Creek on September 13. That was followed by region losses to Haralson County and North Murray. This will be the 30th meeting between Adairsville and Calhoun in a series that dates back to 1968. Calhoun holds a 20-9 advantage over the Tigers including 14 straight. Adairsville’s last win over the Yellow Jackets was in 1998.
CalPreps -- Calhoun by 22
Massey -- Calhoun by 28
Maxwell -- Calhoun by 25
WOODLAND WILDCATS (1-5, 0-4) at CARROLLTON TROJANS (6-0, 4-0)
Following an opening night home win over Southeast Whitfield, the Wildcats have dropped five straight games. In that stretch, Woodland has allowed 37 points per game and although their offense has produced just over 15 points per game this season, the Wildcats have been shutout each of the past two weeks.
Carrollton, the No. 2-ranked team in Class AAAAA, is the current favorite to win Region 7-AAAAA. The unbeaten Trojans knocked off three-time defending region champ Rome 24-20 back on September 20 to take the driver’s seat.
Carrollton’s prolific offense features sophomore quarterback Myles Morris who threw for five touchdowns and ran for another last week in a 50-14 home win over Cass. The Trojans also feature three-star running back Mecose Todd and a pair of highly recruited linebackers on defense in senior Kevin Swint (Clemson commit) and junior Chaz Chambliss (25+ offers).
The Trojans are seeking an eighth state title in school history, but have not won it all since 1998. Carrollton was runner up in 2010 and 2013 and has lost in the state quarterfinals ten times during that stretch.
Carrollton leads the all-time series 3-0 and the average victory has been by more than 31 points.
CalPreps -- Carrollton by 52
Massey -- Carrollton by 41
Maxwell -- Carrollton by 41