The annual rivalry between Cartersville and Calhoun will be showcased this week on Football Fridays in Georgia. The two perennial Northwest Georgia powers meet on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Sam Weinman Stadium in Cartersville.

Cartersville (5-0) reached the state championship game in 2020. Calhoun, which finished second in Class 5A in 2021, is 3-2 with losses to Class 6A power Blessed Trinity and Class 4A power Cedartown. This will be the Region 7-5A opener for both teams, with the winner emerging as the favorite to finish the season as the No. 1 seed.

The rivalry between the two programs dates back to 1929. Cartersville has won the last four meetings and won last year’s game 21-14.

BT vs. Roswell

On Thursday, the streaming Game of the Week will feature the backyard brawl featuring Blessed Trinity at Roswell, a pair of ranked Class 6A teams who are located down the street from each other. This will be the first time the two have played on the football field.

Blessed Trinity is 4-1 with its only loss coming to private-school rival Marist. Roswell is 4-1 with its setback coming against Class 7A rival Milton, its oldest rival.