Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: Week Two’s 10 Best Matchups

Here are 10 high school football matchups not to be missed in Week Two, according to the GHSF Daily staff:

Banneker at North Clayton
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Southern Crescent Stadium, Riverdale
Records, rankings: Banneker is 1-0 and No. 9 in Class AAAA; North Clayton is 1-0 and No. 8 in AAAA.
Last meeting: Banneker won 21-20 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. North Clayton won Region 4-AAAA last season, improving from 5-5 to 10-2 under first-year coach Rodney Hackney.
2. North Clayton RB/LB Clarence Jackson, a preseason Class AAAA Super 11 player, rushed for more than 1,200 yards last season and has committed to Ole Miss.
3. This game features a number of major Division I-A recruits, including Jackson (Ole Miss) and lineman Torian Box (N.C. State) of North Clayton and defensive back Demetruce McNeal (Auburn) and linebacker Shaun Kitchens (Auburn) of Banneker.

Brookwood at North Gwinnett (AJC game / photo coverage online 9/4)
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium, Suwanee
Records, rankings: Brookwood is 0-1 and unranked; North Gwinnett is 1-0 and No. 4 in Class AAAAA.
Last meeting: North Gwinnett beat Brookwood twice in 2008, winning 17-3 in the regular season and 34-10 in the first round of the playoffs.
Three things to know:
1. North Gwinnett’s defense made a statement last week, holding Prattville’s offense to 116 yards, including just 3 in the first half, and recording six sacks.
2. Brookwood’s Julian Suber rushed for 117 yards and had 49 yards receiving in the opener.
3. North Gwinnett is the only Gwinnett County team with a winning record against the Broncos. It has won six of nine meetings, including the past five.

Buford at North Hall
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Brickyard, Gainesville
Records, rankings: Buford is 1-0 and No. 1 in Class AA; North Hall is 1-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: Buford won 45-14 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. North Hall’s Wing-T offense rushed for only 146 yards last week in a 20-3 victory against Johnson of Gainesville, but Mack VanGorder had touchdown runs of 1, 5 and 19 yards.
2. LB/FB Jessel Curry scored three touchdown in Buford’s 51-0 opening victory in which Buford held first-year program Grovetown to negative yardage.
3. Buford led 42-0 at halftime against North Hall last season, and the 31-point margin of victory marked the most lopsided defeat for North Hall since 2002.

Callaway at Lovett
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Conley-Oakley Field, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Callaway is 0-1 and No. 9 in Class AA; Lovett is 1-0 and No. 7 in AA.
Last meeting: Callaway won 27-18 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Jonathan Carkhuff, a preseason all-state quarterback in Class AA, was 17-of-25 passing for 155 yards in Lovett’s opening 23-13 victory against Woodward Academy.
2. In Callaway’s 13-10 loss to Troup last week, Troup scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter on a blocked punt, but Callaway also scored its only touchdown on special teams when Troup fumbled into the end zone in punt formation.
3. In the 2008 game, Lovett trailed 20-18 in the final minute when Carkhuff fumbled and Callaway recovered and scored on the play.

Colquitt County at Thomasville
When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Veterans Memorial Stadium, Thomasville
Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 1-0 and unranked; Thomasville is 1-0 and No. 3 in Class AA.
Last meeting: Colquitt County won 10-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Thomasville began playing Moultrie High, the predecessor to Colquitt County, in 1914. Thomasville leads the series 32-27-3.
2. Under second-year coach Rush Propst, Colquitt runs a no-huddle spread offense. It passed for nearly 300 yards and scored on four of its first five possessions last week in a 39-7 victory against Randolph-Clay.
3. Quarterback Charles Hayes, who suffered a concussion and was taken to the hospital last week during Thomasville’s first victory over Thomas County Central in nine years, returned to practice Monday and will start.

ECI at Savannah Christian
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Garden City Stadium, Savannah
Records, rankings: ECI is 1-0 and No. 5 in Class A; Savannah Christian is 1-0 and No. 7 in Class A.
Last meeting: ECI won 28-21 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. ECI and Savannah Christian are in separate divisions of Region 3-A. If each wins its subregion, as many predict, this game will determine the region’s No. 1 seed for the state playoffs.
2. ECI has won 31 consecutive regular-season games but had to rally from a 10-0 deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Savannah Country Day last week.
3. Savannah Christian’s Chris Barnwell was the Savannah Morning News offensive player of the year in 2008, when he rushed for 1,388 yards and 25 touchdowns. He had 128 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the 34-0 victory over Montgomery County last week.

Etowah at McEachern (AJC game / photo coverage online 9/4)
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cantrell Stadium, Powder Springs
Records, rankings: Etowah is 1-0 and No. 10 in Class AAAAA; McEachern is 1-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: Etowah won 14-0 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. McEachern’s Rajaan Bennett rushed for 174 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Indians’ 42-32 victory against Brookwood.
2. Etowah quarterback Braden Nolen passed for 121 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 40 and a TD in Etowah’s victory against Starr’s Mill.
3. Etowah is going for its third consecutive victory in the series after losing the first five.

Hillgrove at Rome
When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Barron Stadium, Rome
Records, rankings: Hillgrove is 1-0 and No. 10 in Class AAAA; Rome is 0-1 and No. 7 in AAAA.
Last meeting: Rome won 21-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Hillgrove rolled up 325 yards in taking a 42-0 halftime lead against Haralson County last week.
2. The Hawks’ 48 points in their 48-14 victory were the most in the school’s four-year history.
3. Rome could be without running back Reggie Whatley, who injured his foot in the fourth quarter of the Wolves’ loss to East Paulding. Whatley ran for more than 1,100 yards last season.

Peachtree Ridge at Lowndes (AJC game / photo coverage online 9/4)
When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Martin Stadium, Valdosta
Records, rankings: Peachtree Ridge is 1-0 and No. 3 in Class AAAAA; Lowndes is 1-0 and No. 1 in AAAAA.
Last meeting: Lowndes won 22-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Lowndes’ offense is already running in full gear; the Vikings had 560 yards and a school-record 75 points against Woodland of Stockbridge.
2. The Vikings’ defense wasn’t bad in the opener either, holding Woodland to 182 total yards and minus-18 yards rushing.
3. Peachtree Ridge’s versatile Brad Roby had two interceptions, a 29-yard touchdown reception and a 45-yard kickoff return in the Lions’ opener.

Warner Robins at Grayson (AJC game / photo coverage online 9/4)
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Grayson Community Stadium, Grayson
Records, rankings: Warner Robins is 1-0 and unranked; Grayson is 1-0 and No. 2 in Class AAAAA.
Last meeting: Grayson won 30-0 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Ean Pemberton, Grayson’s 5-foot-4 senior, rushed for 133 yards against Camden County in the opener.
2. Grayson linemen Shawn Green and Joe Champaign and linebacker Terry Williams form one of the state’s most imposing defensive trios.
3. Warner Robins rushed for 417 yards against Wheeler last week and held the Wildcats to 123 total yards in a 44-6 victory.

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19 comments Add your comment

plowboy

September 3rd, 2009
12:27 pm

go region 1 aaaaa

SouthGARules

September 3rd, 2009
12:29 pm

All of these games with the exception of one have the potential to be good games. The only suspense in the Buford/North Hall will be how bad Buford wants to win by. These games will be measuring sticks for certain teams. How good is Warner Robins? Can they throw the ball? They will need to because they will NOT run for over 400 yards on Grayson. Is McEachern that good or is Brookwood that bad? Will North make it 6 in a row over Brookwood? Will Colquitt County be able to run all over Thomasville? Looking forward to tomorrow night!

In The Trenches

September 3rd, 2009
1:28 pm

Etowah should be able to control the line of scrimmage much like last year, with their returning starters. Expect a very good game.

LowndesVikings

September 3rd, 2009
2:28 pm

GO VIKINGS GO!!! Martin Stadium will be a rocking place tomorrow night with I what I am sure is to be a sold out game.

Lowndes- 24
Peachtree-6

GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!

HeadEast

September 3rd, 2009
2:52 pm

Go Rams and Lions and smite the plowboys. Grayson 24 – Warren Robins 3, PeaRidge 24 – Thugs 23. I apologize in advance if all the thugs graduated.

CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCAT!!!!!

September 3rd, 2009
3:45 pm

HEY, YALL FORGOT ABOUT CAMDEN COUNTY!!!! JUST BECAUSE WE LOST TO A GOOD GRAYSON TEAM…WE DID PRETTY GOOD WITHOUT MOST OF OUR STARTERS WHO WAS SUSPENED FOR DICIPLINARY REASON’S, BUT I GURANTEE THAT WE WILL MEET AGAIN BEFORE THE CHAMPIONSHIP, IN THE SEMI FINALS, SO DONT COUNT US OUT OF THIS YET!!!!! BUT GRAYSON BUCKLE UP YOUR CHIN STRAPS AND PUT ON YOUR CLEATS BUT YALL WILL TASTE DEFEAT WHEN WE GET ANOTHER GO AROUND!!!! BUT I HOPE YALL GO UNDEFEATED AND BE RANKED NUMBER 1 BECAUSE THAT IS WHEN THE CATS WILL COME IN TOWN AND TAKE YOUR CROWN….BUT ARE STARTERS WILL BE BACK AND BEWARE OF THE CAT ATTACK AGAIN!!! BUT YALL WASNT LIKE EVERYBODY STATED HOW YALL WAS GONNA BE AZ AWSOME AND CANT BE TOUCH BUT WE SHOT OURSELF IN THE FOOT BY FUMBLEING THE BALL, INSTEAD OF PUNTING BUT THATS HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED OFF OF TURNOVERS, BUT GOOD GAME!!!! …THIS IS OUR REBUILDING YEAR TOO…BUT MY HATS ARE TO YOU GUYS AND HAVE A GREAT SEASON, AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL SEE YALL IN DECEMBER!!!

CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCAT!!!!!

September 3rd, 2009
3:48 pm

BUT WILL THE PEACHTREE AND LOWNDES GAME BE ON T.V ANYONE????

LowndesVikings

September 3rd, 2009
3:54 pm

Thugs? I guess I was not aware of the name change at Lowndes High School.

GO VIKINGS!!!!!!

AVikingFan

September 3rd, 2009
4:20 pm

Lowndes vs Peachtree Ridge live on: http://www.thevikingvoice.com

Game time 8pm Broadcast starts at 7 pm

?

September 3rd, 2009
11:35 pm

let’s gooooooo lions! play your hearts out tomorrow!

nukieie

September 4th, 2009
1:53 am

I have yet understood why we as adults have to resort to name calling.

Can we not just talk football with out all the name calling. Most of us are not in middle school or are we?

SouthGARules

September 4th, 2009
9:07 am

nukieie: I’m with you on that. However, the college blogs garbage spewed makes this look like child’s play.

George Gipp

September 4th, 2009
10:53 am

Camden County Wildcat said, “WE DID PRETTY GOOD WITHOUT MOST OF OUR STARTERS WHO WAS SUSPENED FOR DICIPLINARY REASON’S”. Excuses, excuses. Go back to school and learn how to spell.

Camden County Wildcat also said, “BUT YALL WASNT LIKE EVERYBODY STATED HOW YALL WAS GONNA BE AZ AWSOME AND CANT BE TOUCH BUT WE SHOT OURSELF IN THE FOOT BY FUMBLEING THE BALL, INSTEAD OF PUNTING”. And if it wasn’t for our special teams muffs (playing some kids who never played football before), you guys would have been shut out, the big bagel, zippo.

CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCAT!!!!!

September 4th, 2009
11:05 am

TO GEORGE GIPP, DONT THINK THAT YOU GUYS CANT TASTE DEFEAT THIS YEAR!!! YOU GUYS WILL!!! EITHER BY US OR BY ANY OTHER TEAM THAT IS IN YALL REGION….I SEE YOU GUY WEAKNESS AZ OF HAVING A WEAK SECONDARY, BUT I KNOW U WAS AT THE END OF YOUR SEAT WHEN U SEE US COME DOWN FIELD AT THE END OF THE GAME, BUT I SEEN BETTER TEAMS, BUT YALL WAS BETTER THAT DAY…COME ON MAN ITS AND OPENER AND WE HAD GUYS IN THEIR WHO NEVER PLAYED A FOOTBALL GAME IN THEIR LIVES, SO SAVE THAT…BUT WHEN OUR PLAYERS RETURN BACK, I PROMISE YOU THAT YOU WILL SEE US AGAIN, IF YOU GUYS MAKE IT THAT FAR!!! MAN I CANT WAIT TO PLAY YOU GUYS AGAIN….BUT WE WILL SEE AND OUR OFFENSE WILL BE BACK AN ROLLING AGAIN, WHEN OUR SUSPENED OFFENSIVE LINE GUYS RETURN BACK….BUT GOOD LUCK TO YALL AND I HOPE WE MEET AGAIN!!!!!

Grayson Student

September 4th, 2009
4:19 pm

quick warning on the viking voice… very biased of course it should be but just dont expect an unbiased analysis

Marcus

September 4th, 2009
5:26 pm

SWD had to dummy down the offense alot after the qb got hurt on the first play against MLK, so they should beat miller grove if they can get that squared away

reality..

September 4th, 2009
11:38 pm

Someone needs to tell that idiot Crews of Brookwood to stop allowing McClane and Moore to push into looking for a new job with that Daddy ball bull crap. Your teams is 0-2 again and you still haven’t figured it out. Your coaches suck. You suck. Understand.. Allen Mccray is your best back and you should use him and Julian and get rid of McClane the boy sucks.. just like your coaches.. South Gwinnett is coming up, Grayson surpassed and you might not get past Parkview or Dacula…. we need a new staff of coaches.. NOW!

Don't sleep on Millergrove they have a few tricks in their bag.

September 9th, 2009
12:26 pm

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Smith

September 11th, 2009
4:40 pm

Colquitt County is another 1AAAAA team that you have to watch; Colquitt County Has been known as a Spoiler for Successful Programs like Valdosta, Colquitt County Was the only one that could handle Valdosta & Lowndes have better look out For the Moultrie Packers because they are a very tough and aggressive team that probably in the State will give Lowndes Trouble!!!!