The Ridgeland Panthers took another step toward a home playoff game with a hard-fought 31-21 win over an improved Gilmer team in Ellijay on Friday.

The Bobcats led 14-7 in the first half, only to see the Panthers outscore the home team 28-7 the rest of the way.

Ridgeland (5-4, 4-1) can win the Region 6-AAAA title next week with a home victory over Southeast Whitfield, combined with a Heritage victory at Northwest Whitfield. The Panthers will still earn a home playoff bid as a No. 2 seed if they win next Friday and Northwest defeats Heritage.

Pickens 49, LaFayette 45

The Ramblers led 28-12 in the second quarter in Jasper on Friday, but the Dragons would come roaring back in the second half to win a wild shootout and eliminate LaFayette (3-6, 1-4) from playoff contention.

LaFayette will close out the season at home on Friday against Gilmer.

Christian Heritage 28, Gordon Lee 0

Just four days following an emotional home victory over Mt. Zion on Senior Night, the Trojans were unable to get anything going on offense and dropped a road decision at Christian Heritage in Dalton on Friday night.

Gordon Lee (3-6, 1-5) will go on the road next Friday night to face the No. 6 seed from Region 6-A South in their final regular season game.

Adairsville 18, Ringgold 3

A first-quarter field goal by Landon Eaker gave the Blue-and-White a 3-0 lead on the road, but the host Tigers would take an 8-3 at halftime and score 10 final points in the fourth quarter to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Ringgold (0-9, 0-7) will look to close out the 2019 season on a positive note when they travel to Coahulla Creek next Friday.

No further details on these games were available as of press time.

Read more on these games in next Wednesday's editions of the Walker County Messenger and the Catoosa County News.

Scott Herpst is sports editor for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga., and Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga.

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