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

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

Buford at Lovett
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Conley-Oakley Field/Kilpatrick Stadium, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Buford is 2-0 and No. 1 in Class AA; Lovett is 2-0 and No. 7 in AA.
Last meeting: Buford won 41-0 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Lovett will be looking for points. In their past three meetings in 2007 and 2008, Buford has outscored the Lions 112-0.
2. Jon Carkhuff, the Lovett starting quarterback for each of those past three meetings, passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two more in Lovett’s 56-28 victory against Callaway last week.
3. A victory by Buford would be its 50th straight in the regular season.

Burke County at Statesboro
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Womack Field, Statesboro
Records, rankings: Burke County is 2-0 and No. 10 in Class AAA; Statesboro is 2-0 and No. 5 in Class AAAA.
Last meeting: Statesboro won 28-19 last season.
Three things to know:
1. Burke County runs a no-huddle, spread offense led by quarterback Terrell Brigham, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards and passed for more than 1,500 last season.
2. Statesboro is a wishbone team that had two backs (Aaron Lester and Morris Prince) with more than 100 yards rushing in a 44-0 victory over Groves last week.
3. Statesboro has won six straight in a series that it leads 6-1. The schools first played in 1998.

Calhoun at Cartersville
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Weinman Stadium, Cartersville
Records, rankings: Calhoun is 2-0 and No. 2 in Class AA; Cartersville is 1-1 and unranked in AAA.
Last meeting: Cartersville won 17-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Nance Nash passed for 229 yards last week in Calhoun’s 35-7 victory against Ridgeland, the defending champion from Region 6-AAA, in which Cartersville plays.
2. Cartersville was held to 91 yards of total offense and six first downs in its 7-0 loss to Rockmart last week.
3. Calhoun is 3-19-1 overall against Cartersville, but the Yellow Jackets have won two of the past three meetings.

Carver (Columbus) at Northside (W. Robins)
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, McConnell-Talbert Stadium, Warner Robins
Records, rankings: Carver is 2-0 and No. 1 in Class AAA; Northside is 1-0 and No. 6 in Class AAAAA.
Last meeting: Northside won 7-6 last season.
Three things to know:
1. Neither team has been tested this season, with Carver beating Spencer 34-6 and Tri-Cities 39-13 and Northside beating Perry 42-10. All three games were blowouts by halftime.
2. Carver was ranked No. 1 in preseason for two reasons – its history of making at least the semifinals each of the past three seasons and its six major Division I-A prospects in DE Corey Crawford (Clemson commit), DE Brandon Smith (offered by Clemson), OL David Beasley (Clemson), QB Devin Burns (Maryland), RB Isaiah Crowell (top-rated junior in Georgia) and DL Gabe Wright (several SEC/ACC offers).
3. Northside has won 35 straight home games against true visiting teams (i.e., not Houston County or Warner Robins) and has not lost a regular-season game to a true visitor since 1997.

Hoover, Ala. at Camden County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Chris Gilman Stadium, Kingsland
Records, rankings: Hoover is 2-0 and ranked No. 40 in the RivalsHigh 100 national poll; Camden County, 1-1, is ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAA and No. 50 in the RivalsHigh 100.
Last meeting: Camden County won 44-16 last season.
Three things to know:
1. Hoover quarterback Ryan Carter threw for 202 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of Hoover’s 38-24 victory over Homewood last week. Hoover led 38-3 in the second quarter and played reserves most of the rest of the game.
2. Camden beat First Coast of Florida 30-24 on Joel Ruiz’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Steven Murphy on the final play of the game. Ruiz is sharing playing time with opening-day starter Ryan Gregiore.
3. Hoover was the football program featured in the MTV Series “Two-A-Days,” and its head coach at the time, Rush Propst, is now the coach at Colquitt County. Propst’s nephew, John Propst, is a Hoover linebacker who has committed to West Virginia. Another of Hoover’s top players is receiver Maudrecus Humphrey, son of former Alabama star running back Bobby Humphrey.

McEachern at Woodstock
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Woodstock Stadium, Woodstock
Records, rankings: McEachern is 2-0 overall, 1-0 in Region 5-AAAAA and unranked; Woodstock is 1-0, 0-0 and No. 10.
Last meeting: McEachern won 17-13 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Four of McEachern’s seven touchdowns against Etowah last week covered at least 46 yards.
2. The Indians’ Demarius Matthews returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and ran 79 yards for another score on a fake punt against Etowah.
3. Woodstock held Kell to 70 yards of total offense in its 17-0 victory in the opener two weeks ago.

Peach County at Baldwin

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Braves Stadium, Milledgeville
Records, rankings: Peach County is 2-0 and No. 5 in Class AAA; Baldwin is 2-0 and No. 4 in AAA.
Last meeting: Baldwin won 13-3 last season.
Three things to know:
1. The return of quarterback Patrick Taylor, injured much of last season, is one reason Peach County is picked as the team to win Region 1-AAA. He was 17-for-23 passing for 197 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-13 victory over Rutland last week.
2. Baldwin had to survive a fourth-and goal in the final minute in its 20-13 victory over Troup last week.
3. Until last season, Peach and Baldwin had not met in football in 25 years. They are about 60 miles apart, much closer to each other than to most of their region opponents. Peach is in Region 1-AAA with Cairo (140 miles away), and Baldwin is in Region 3-AAA with Richmond Hill (168 miles away).

Sequoyah at Hillgrove
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cobb Energy Hillgrove Stadium, Powder Springs
Records, rankings: Sequoyah is 1-1 and unranked in Class AAAA; Hillgrove is 2-0 and No. 7 in AAAA.
Last meeting: Sequoyah won 28-6 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Hillgrove’s Kenyan Drake, who was held to 3 yards rushing in the first half last week, had more than 100 yards and a touchdown in the second half of the Hawks’ 14-3 victory against Rome.
2. Hillgrove, in its fourth season, has its highest ranking in school history at No. 7.
3. Sequoyah’s seven points in its loss to Creekview last week matched the team’s lowest offensive output since a 27-3 loss to Stephenson in the 2002 playoffs.

Wesleyan at Holy Innocents’
When, where: 7:30 p.m., Riverwood High, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Wesleyan is 2-0 and No. 1 in Class A; Holy Innocents’ is 2-0 and No. 9 in A.
Last meeting: The teams split two meetings last season. Holy Innocents’ won 7-6 during the regular season; Wesleyan won 21-7 in the second round of the playoffs.
Three things to know:
1. Holy Innocents’ is ranked this week for the first time in the program’s four-year history.
2. Holy Innocents’ must stop Wesleyan’s potent one-two punch of QB Conor Welton and RB Kyle Karempelis.
3. Wesleyan has won 14 consecutive games, and a state championship, since a 7-6 loss to Holy Innocents’ in the third game of the season in 2008.

Wilcox County vs. Wilkinson County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Irwinton
Records, rankings: Wilcox County is 2-0 and No. 2 in Class AA; Wilkinson County is 2-0 and No. 4 in Class A.
Last meeting: Wilcox County won 30-14 last season.
Three things to know:
1. Each team has two GHSF Daily preseason all-state players: QB Nick Marshall and DB Nate Moorhouse of Wilcox County and LB Quayshon Simmons and DB/WR Benardis Hughes of Wilkinson County.
2. Marshall threw for more than 2,200 yards last season and had four TD passes in a 34-13 victory over Perry last week.
3. Hughes caught three touchdown passes in Wilkinson’s 40-2 victory last week over Bacon County, which was held to less than 35 yards of total offense.

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26 comments Add your comment


September 10th, 2009
1:55 pm


BullDawg Rick

September 10th, 2009
2:15 pm

Buford will Roll!!!

CJ Dawg

September 10th, 2009
3:19 pm

I am a former Camden Wildcat Baller and I hope and prey that Coach Herron can see that Ruiz is his best chance to win. I am sure that the other young man is a great talent, but at 5′4 and 140 lbs….no QB that small can be effective. He eliminates the passing game and therefore allows the defenses we face to stack the line and slow down our wing t tremendously. I hope to see Ruiz at the beginning and end. Make Gregiorre a y or z back. He has talent moving with the ball in his hands. Come on Coach Herrrrrooooonnn and GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!


September 10th, 2009
5:42 pm

Peach County will win this year 28-10

Get Real

September 10th, 2009
7:13 pm

Buford’s streak ends tomorrow!!!

Will Jones II

September 10th, 2009
7:32 pm

This Friday under the lights will be one of the better regional games to be seen this year. No matter how bad a team Forest Park Panthers have they seemed to always get geared up for the mt. zion bulldogs . The Panthers performance against westside macon is not indicative to the play that the Panthers will show in region 4-AAAA this year . The Panthers have a new look defense as well as offense . Forest Park had to be down to westside by thirty before they found a couple of gems on both sides of the ball. Come out to Tara stadium to watch two premier southern crescent old rivals go at it . Go Forest Park PANTHERS ! ! !

coach shedrick risper westside macon

September 10th, 2009
8:42 pm

Come to Thomaston Ga my home town. It will be a sellout crowd but my seminoles are going to blow Upson-Lee out by halftime.

Paatriot Fan

September 10th, 2009
9:15 pm

Here come the Patriot fans to Wilco…..we will fill up the stadium and take home another win…….GO PATRIOTS!!!!!!


September 11th, 2009
8:08 am

Mays and Whitewater should be a good one. It will be Mays’ first test.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

September 11th, 2009
8:32 am

Get Real, get real!


September 11th, 2009
8:40 am

carver-columbus will get their revenge.

Hawkflying high

September 11th, 2009
8:44 am

Back when Hillgrove’s Juniors were in the 8th grade Sequoyah ran the score up on them, including throwing a touchdown with under 1 min to go already up more than 40 to nothing. Lets see if the guys remember that!


September 11th, 2009
10:38 am

Camden County will beat Hoover Ala.

George Gipp

September 11th, 2009
12:11 pm

Gosh, if all Camden’s good players were missing for disciplinary reasons, Grayson better watch out next time. Which brings up another question…does Lowndes ever suspend players for disciplinary reasons? Yea…didn’t think so.


September 11th, 2009
2:35 pm

Hey George Gipp, we raise our kids to not have to be disciplined.

Viking Dad

September 11th, 2009
2:43 pm

Hey George Gipp,we raise our kids right. YES we’ve had one or two in the past to be, but that was years ago.

Screamin Eagle

September 11th, 2009
2:43 pm

Northside will pound the snot out of Carver. Aways have- always will! They are coming to Eagle country tonight by golly and it will be a looooooong trip home!

Screamin Eagle

September 11th, 2009
2:47 pm

Here are the historical stats:
Record against Carver:16-1-0 Total score: 524-109

OMG it is gonna be a long ride back to columbus.

White Trash

September 11th, 2009
2:51 pm

We had 19 suspended during the Grayson game and a handful of them were starters, do not know if that would have change the game but it sure couldn’t hurt.

NC Eagle Fan

September 11th, 2009
4:04 pm

Keep an eye on them North Clayton Eagles 2-0 under new management, ranked #10 4A. First real test of the season tonight against 2-0 Alcovy Tigers!


September 11th, 2009
4:33 pm

My Prediction tonight is below….

Buford over Lovett
Statesboro over Burke County
Cartersville over Calhoun
Northside Warner Robbins over Carver Of Columbus
Camden County over Hoover Alabama
McEachern over Woodstock
Baldwin County over Peach County
Hillgrove over Sequoyah
Wesleyan over Holy Innocents
Wilcox County over Wilkinson County

Hawk Momma

September 11th, 2009
4:33 pm

That was the eight grade and many things have changed since then. Look at them now. They’re ranked #7 and Sequoyah is not ranked at all. Like I said, a lot has changed and the Hawks are taking over!

Go Hawks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Get Real

September 11th, 2009
11:19 pm

Hey Bank Walker who needs to GET REAL. Just another region win for the Lions


September 12th, 2009
3:19 pm

All I can say is that this was a surprising weekend for me. A lot of my prediction was wrong. I just knew that Camden County would have beaten Hoover Ala. My hat goes off to Hoover. They shut down Camden County’s offense the entire 2nd half where Camden didn’t score any more. The 1st half belonged to Camden County with Camden County leading 27-14. Camden County’s Ean Day is a beast. That kid is very fast. Heck, he was on special teams, and played running back. He is the man to key on. He is definitely Division 1 material. Camden County’s Defense, all i can say is they can really hit hard. Although they displayed such an impressive first half against Hoover, you can tell that Camden County is in a rebuilding state.

the show!!

September 12th, 2009
4:50 pm

Loganville 47 , Salem 30 something!!!
Storm Johnson did his thing! played great team ball! the Junior running back Mykel Wyyet did his thing also!! What great chemistry, Storm is Lightning and Mykel is Thunder!!! The two together make for a great combination of in my opinion 2 of the best running backs in the country…
the team played extremly well and I think they both will the team and the running backs will grow and mid year Loganville is the team to watch in 8AAAA


September 13th, 2009
11:35 am

man its fun to watch the walton raiders now that they have a duel threat qb This windler kid is fun to watch and i hear they have a freshman qb thats also duel threat comeing along rite behind him I could get used to this! waltons gona be hard to beat for the next couple of years or at least fun to watch go raiders!