Ridgeland Panthers

For the first time in school history, the Ridgeland Panthers are 9-0.

And for the sixth time in the past 10 years, the Ridgeland Panthers are region champions.

The Black-and-White set a new season-high with 63 points on Friday night as they rolled to an easy 63-14 victory over Gilmer in Ellijay.

Ridgeland (9-0, 5-0) led 35-0 after one quarter and promptly pulled its starters for the remainder of the night. They increased the lead to 49-0 at halftime and 56-0 in the third before the winless Bobcats were able find the endzone twice in the fourth period. The final TD came in the waning seconds of the game.

Individual details and statistics were not available as of press time.

The Panthers are averaging 46.9 points per game this season, while the defense has allowed just 77 points all season long (8.5 per game), the vast majority coming against Ridgeland's reserves in the second half of games.

Ridgeland will close out the regular season at Bowers and Painter Field this coming Friday against Southeast Whitfield (7-2, 3-2). The Raiders remain firmly in the thick of the region playoff race after stunning rival Northwest Whitfield, 20-13, at Raider Stadium.