What to watch for in high school football's week six

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Dalton High School football players, from left, Maurice Howard, Ti Thurman, Parker Adams and Mauricio Quintero prepare to walk onto the field prior to a game against Carrollton last Friday.

Dalton on the road again at South Paulding

After falling short at Region 5-6A opponent Carrollton last week, Dalton (1-2) has a chance to get back to .500 in region play and overall when the Catamounts travel to Douglasville to play South Paulding (2-2) Friday night at 7:30. It's the third straight road game for Dalton in a stretch that also included two straight bye weeks. The Catamounts haven't played at home since Sept. 4.

South Paulding opened their region schedule with a 22-20 loss to Rome last week, and the Spartans come in with wins over Hiram and Chapel Hill.

The Catamounts fell behind 27-3 at Carrollton last week, but put together a late fight to cut the final score to 34-24. Quarterback Ashton Blackwell will look to build off of a three touchdown performance. He rushed for two scores while throwing for another last week.

Christian Heritage looks to keep momentum going after cancellation

Coming off of a week in which their game was canceled just hours before it was set to start, Christian Heritage (3-1) will try to keep the momentum they had before the unexpected break when it hosts Mount Pisgah Christian (2-2) Friday night at 7:30.

The Lions were slated to play at Lakeway Christian last week, but positive tests for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) at Lakeway forced the game to be postponed.

Friday's game will be the final tune-up prior to the start of Region 7-A private play for Christian Heritage.

Christian Heritage will welcome back running back/safety Gage Leonard, running back/linebacker Solomon Locke and kicker Jonah Paniagua. All three missed the Lions' game two weeks ago due to COVID-19 quarantine measures.

North Murray back in action after postponed game

The Mountaineers of North Murray (1-1) also got an unexpected bye week when their scheduled game with Coahulla Creek last week was shifted until later in the season due to COVID-19.

They'll come off that off week with a road, Region 6-3A matchup at Sonoraville (2-1) Friday night at 7:30.

After putting up 10 points in their season-opener against Northwest Whitfield, North Murray found their offensive stride with a 62-point performance against Ringgold in their last game out.

Sonoraville started the season 2-0 before a 68-7 setback against Rockmart last Friday.

After getting first win, Southeast sets sights on winning streak

Class 4A Southeast Whitfield (1-4) picked up the program's first win in nearly two years last week over Armuchee, and they'll look to keep the momentum going against another Class A Public team in Gordon Lee (4-0) in Chickamauga Friday night at 7:30.

The Trojans might pose more of a challenge against Class 4A Southeast than Armuchee. Gordon Lee comes in at 4-0, with wins over convincing Class 3A schools in Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and a LaFayette team that just took down Murray County 62-22 last week.

Murray County searches for first region win against Ringgold

Murray County (1-3) fell behind 42-9 in the first quarter against LaFayette last week, but the Indians will need a better start to get their first Region 6-3A win when they host Ringgold Friday night at 7:30.

Ringgold is no stranger to putting up points either, however. They fell 62-49 in a shootout against North Murray on Sept. 25.

Murray County played with a new starter at quarterback last week in junior Tyson Leonard last week, as normal starter Kaleb Jones sat out with an injury.

Coahulla Creek game against LFO rescheduled

The Region 6-3A matchup between Coahulla Creek and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe originally scheduled for Friday will be played Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m.

The last two Colts games have been rescheduled due to positive COVID-19 tests within the football program.

Northwest still on bye after 4-0 start

Northwest Whitfield is off for the second straight week since getting to a 4-0 start to the season. The Bruins will next be in action Oct. 16, when they'll travel to play Central of Carrollton (2-1).

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