Christian Heritage 28, Bowdon 14

The Red Devils collected their first blemish on their 2019 record on the road against the Lions on Friday.

“We took our first loss, but hopefully we’re going to learn from it and come back strong next week,” Bowdon head coach Rich Fendley said. “We played a good team, and they executed and played better than we did [Friday.]”

Christian Heritage’s first drive of the night results in a punt, but a Bowdon fumble gave the Lions the ball right back in scoring position. They capitalized with a passing touchdown to a running back out of the backfield to take a 7-0 lead.

After surrendering another score right before the half, the Red Devils went into the locker facing a 14-0 deficit.

“I challenged our kids to come out in the second half and play hard,” Fendley said. “It was the first big-time game our program has played in in probably about three or four years. They responded to that well and we came out and fought in the second half.”

Christian Heritage’s lead grew to 21-0, but Bowdon scored 14 unanswered points to trim their deficit in half. The Red Devils were driving at the end of the game, working their way to the Lion 5-yard line before time expired in the fourth quarter.

Next Friday night, Bowdon will remain on the road to face another Region 6-A foe in Darlington. The Tigers moved to 7-0 on Friday night with a 38-6 victory against Trion.

Chapel Hill 35, Central 27

For the third game in a row, the Lions fell to a Region 5-AAAA opponent by a one-score margin.

The Lions dugout themselves into a hole early in the second half against Chapel Hill on Friday night and were never able to fully recover as they ultimately suffered a 35-27 defeat.

Midway through the third quarter, Central lost a costly fumble that allowed Chapel Hill to seize all momentum. The Lions continued to hang around, but they simply couldn’t make enough stops defensively to allow their offense to mount a comeback.

“It was a tough loss. I don’t feel like I did a good job, and I’ll take the blame for the loss [Friday,]” Central head coach Darius Smiley said. “We’ve got an open week, so we’ll try to right our wrongs and keep pushing forward.”

Four of the five losses Central (3-5, 1-3) has suffered this fall have come by eight points or less. They’ll be on a bye this week before aiming to close the regular season out strong against Troup County on Nov. 1 and Sandy Creek on Nov. 8.

Heard County 49, Jordan 14

An 0-4 start to the year now seems like a thing of the distant past for the Braves as they rolled to their third straight blowout victory on Friday night at Staples Stadium.

“I thought the kids played fast, and once again we won the turnover battle, which really went a long way in making a difference [Friday,]” Heard County head coach Tim Barron said. “And now our O-line is getting better every week and we’re getting healthier at the right time. Plus we’re past the midway point in the season and everyone’s got a lot of experience, so it’s starting to pay off.”

Heard County’s defense held Jordan to just 106 total yards of offense against its first-string and second-string players before putting in the junior varsity players in the second half. The Braves, meanwhile, racked up 422 yards of offense behind a big night from junior running back Alex Boyd, who finished with 142 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

Defensively, senior lineman Qua Thornton had a breakout game with a pair of sacks and two tackles for loss, while Boyd and Todd Huey Jr. had interceptions.

Heard County will hit the road next week for a tough test against Region 5-AA foe Callaway on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Hiram 41, Villa Rica 3

The Wildcats secured their first losing season since 2016 by dropping their sixth straight game Friday night.

Villa Rica (1-6, 0-5) will be on the road next Friday, Oct. 25, as it travels to Woodland for a Region 7-AAAAA battle at 7:30 p.m.