North Murray 31, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 0
North Murray has done what it set out to do this season.
The Mountaineers (8-1, 7-0 in Region 6-3A) clinched its first football region championship in school history on Friday night with a win at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, 31-0.
No team other than Calhoun has won this region's championship for the past 18 years.
"It's been a process," coach Preston Poag said. "We've had success, but this was just so awesome to see the guys so excited. It's a special night for our program, for our players and for our community."
Senior quarterback Ladd McConkey had another strong showing as he finished the game with three touchdown passes and another on the ground. The game was scoreless after the first quarter and McConkey got North Murray rolling with a 45-yard touchdown run with just more than three minutes until halftime as the Mountaineers took the lead, 7-0.
McConkey found Chaisen Buckner for a 24-yard touchdown pass to Chaisen Buckner late in the first half and Owen Hannah added a field goal just before the break to extend the lead, 17-0.
McConkey scored again late in the third quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass to D'Ante Tidwell. The final score came on a McConkey touchdown pass to Landon Burrell.
"He really bounced back, we stubbed our toe in the first half," Poag said. "But, this game was really about the defense. We had four turnovers, and (LFO) got it down in the red zone a few times but we were able to stop them.
"I just couldn't be more proud of this team."
North Murray has the chance to go undefeated in the region next week when it returns home to take on Sonoraville.
"It'll be senior night, and we really want to give the seniors the right ending," Poag said. "We have to keep plugging but I am happy. It's been a long time coming, but I'm very happy."
Northwest Whitfield 49, Southeast Whitfield 7
Northwest Whitfield will play for a region championship next week after defeating Southeast Whitfield on Friday night, 49-7.
The Bruins (7-2, 4-1 in Region 6-4A) will host Heritage (7-2, 4-1 in Region 6-4A) next Friday for the title and the No. 1 seed from the region heading into the playoffs.
"The kids have worked really hard and put themselves in this position," Northwest coach Josh Robinson said. "They've responded to our loss to Pickens and they've overcome it."
Robinson said he's happy to be at home next week, but expects a full house as Heritage comes to visit from just north in Ringgold.
"Hopefully we get a big crowd," he said.
"We still have some bumps and bruises, but we are feeling healthy. We are healthier than we have been at this point in the past few years."
Gavin Ellis rushed for two scores, and Adrain Reyes rushed for one and caught another from Owen Brooker in Friday's win. Brooker finished with three touchdowns and he ran for one touchdown and also threw another to Ethan Ensley. Dreylin Morris also caught a touchdown from Braden Morrison.
Southeast (0-9, 0-5 in Region 6-4A) travles to Ridgeland next Friday.
Christian Heritage 28, Gordon Lee 0
Christian Heritage earned a win on its senior night Friday as it defeated Gordon Lee, 28-0.
The Lions (8-1, 5-1 in Region 6-A) had another strong defensive effort, which has been commonplace in recent history.
"I'm so proud of our defense tonight," coach Jay Poag said. "It's great to see us get the shutout, and a lot of guys on our defense playing really well."
Sophomore quarterback Christian Thomas led the offense with three touchdowns through the air and one on the ground. He scored on a 10-yards run on the opening drive. Evan Lester recovered a Gordon Lee fumble on the ensuing drive, and Thomas took advantage of the turnover as he found Lester for a 45-yard touchdown.
After Joe Dixon pinned Gordon Lee on the 1-yard line with a stellar punt, Christian Heritage's defense forced a three-and-out and used its timeouts to get the ball back just before halftime. Thomas finished with another touchdown pass to Lester, this time a 30-yarder to give the Lions a halftime lead, 21-0.
The Lions scored once more on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Gage Leonard from Thomas. They spent a majority of the second half preserving the shutout.
Dixon had another long punt downed inside the 1-yard line.
"Overall it was a good solid win," Poag said. "We needed to take care of our business and we did. So proud of this team and the season that we're putting together."
The Lions will travel to Whitefield Academy next Friday night for a region-crossover game. A win would secure the a first-round bye in the Class A-Private playoffs.
Sonoraville 54, Coahulla Creek 17
Coahulla Creek fell at home to Sonoraville on Friday night, 54-17.
Scoring for the Colts (1-8, 0-7 in Region 6-3A) included a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Locklear from Mason Turner. Turner also scored on a quarterback sneak, and Sergio Alvarez had a field goal.
Adam Alexander had a fumble recovery for the Colts on defense.
Coahulla Creek concludes its season next Friday when it hosts Ringgold.