While the national spotlight was focused on Walton's game with Milton on Friday, all other East Cobb schools were battling for playoff spots, or firming up post-season positioning.
The win helped Walton keep pace in region play with Lassiter, the No. 2 team in Class AAAAAA. The Trojans (8-0, 5-0) jumped out to an early lead against Wheeler and got four more touchdown passes from Eddie Printz in a 38-23 win.
Pope also has developed a penchant for grinding out wins with good defense, as the Greyhounds (6-2, 3-0) showed again Friday in a 13-10 win over Riverwood to stay at the top of Region 7-AAAAA Subregion B.
Next week, Pope will play for the subregion champioonship at Kell, which needed a second-half rally against Sprayberry to win 33-21. The Longhorns are now 7-1 and 3-0.