Northwest Whitfield 27, Ridgeland 16

Northwest picked up a win in its first region game of the season with a come-from-behind victory over Ridgeland on the road, 27-16.

Ridgeland was leading at halftime, 16-7, before the Bruins (4-1, 1-0 in Region 6-4A) scored 20 unanswered points for the win.

"You can lay down and whine, or you can make decide to come back and fight and that's exactly what they did," Northwest coach Josh Robinson said. "I'm ultra, ultra proud of our football team."

Owen Brooker broke free for 59-yard touchdown run to give the Bruins an early lead, but wouldn't score again until a field goal from Yahir Zapata late in the third quarter cut the Ridgeland lead to 16-10.

Northwest took the lead for good when Preston Nealy caught a 19-yard touchdown from Brooker just before the end of the third period.

Hayden Pack had an interception to set up another Zapata field goal for the Bruins, and Matt Redmond had a long punt return to set up their final score came on a 2-yard quarterback keeper from Brooker.

"I don't think (Ridgeland) had 200 yards of total offense," Robinson said. "They all did a great job, especially on defense."

There are still things to clean up for the Bruins as Brooker threw two interceptions and the team also had a lost fumble.

Northwest hosts LaFayette next Friday for another region game.

"We are beat up and banged up, but that's football," Robinson said. "We're on to the next one."

Darlington 29, Christian Heritage 22

Darlington senior running back Kolin Rogers scored the winning touchdown Friday night on a 15-yard run as the Tigers escaped with a close win over Christian Heritage, 29-22.

Rogers' score came with just less than two minutes remaining as he handed the Lions (4-1, 1-1 in Region 6-A) their first loss of the season.

Darlington held the lead at halftime, 14-10, but Evan Lester had a 6-yard touchdown catch from Christian Thomas with just more than five minutes remaining to give the Lions the lead late in the game, 22-21.

Christian Heritage coach Jay Poag said depsite the loss, he still likes where his team stands.

"It's a war between all the schools (in our region)," he said. "I don't think this hurts us too much."

Lester opened scoring on a 20-yard catch from Thomas and then had an interception to set up a 30-yard field goal for Joe Dixon as the Lions took a 10-0 lead.

Darlington then scored three touchdowns to swing the game to the favor of the Tigers.

"What I'm proud of is that we had a fast start," Poag said. "And then they took the momentum from us, but we stormed back eventually. We went down there and took lead late in the game and fought extremely hard."

Lester also scored on a 3-yard keeper, and Poag said the junior came up huge for the Lions on a big stage.

"We talk about big players making big plays in big games, and he did that tonight," he said.

Christian Heritage returns home next Friday to take on Trion.

"Our reality is we are 4-1 and we are highly ranked," Poag said. "We've got to move on to Trion."

Pickens 45, Southeast Whitfield 21

Southeast Whitfield remains winless on the season after falling to Pickens on the road Friday night, 45-21.

The Raiders (0-6, 0-2 in Region 6-4A) took a 7-3 lead on a 30-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Hill from Adam Sowder.

Pickens led at halftime, 24-7.

Southeast finished with 387 yards of total offense as it also scored on a 15-yard pass to Colter Long from Sowder and a 50-yard run from Sowder.

"We moved the ball all night long, but we just couldn't stop them," Southeast coach Sean Gray said.

Southeast hosts Gilmer next Friday night.

Haralson County 46, Coahulla Creek 14

Coahulla Creek (1-4, 0-3 in Region 6-3A) fell on the road to Haralson County Friday night, 46-14.

Scores for the Colts came on a 32-yard pass to Hunter Lanier from Mason Turner and a 4-yard touchdown run from Austin Hernandez.

Coahulla Creek coach Caleb Bagley said Hernandez had close to 100 yards rushing, if not more.

"Tough night for the Colts," Bagley said. "We have to get them better, and we have to figure some things out."

Coahulla Creek travels to North Murray next Friday night.

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