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

Appling County at Charlton County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Indian Field, Folkston
Records, rankings: Appling County is 4-0 overall, 2-0 in Region 2-AA and unranked; Charlton is 3-0-1, 2-0 and No. 10.
Last meeting: Appling County won 14-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Appling beat Charlton for the first time in five meetings last season, and the two teams shared the region title with McIntosh County Academy. It was Appling’s first region championship since 2000.
2. Appling County is ranked second in Class AA in scoring defense at 2.5 points per game, albeit against opponents whose records together are 3-12.
3. Charlton County’s Tre Hamilton rushed for 311 yards in a 38-36 victory over Pierce County, and Chris Milton was 29-of-44 passing for 392 yards in the 48-48 tie with Columbia of Lake City, Fla.

Bainbridge at Westside (Macon)
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bibb County Sports Complex, Macon
Records, rankings: Bainbridge is 4-0 overall, 2-0 in Region 1-AAAA and No. 8; Westside is 4-0, 2-0 and No. 4.
Last meeting: Westside won 30-6 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Bainbridge was within 14-6 of Westside midway through the fourth quarter last year before collapsing.
2. Bainbridge quarterback Rohan Gaines was 9-of-17 passing for 123 yards and rushed for 102 yards with two touchdowns in a 21-13 victory over Harris County last week. His favorite target is James Hudson, who had six catches.
3. Westside has a pair of players committed to major Division I-A schools in receiver Ronald Carswell (Alabama) and safety DeAnthony Green (N.C. State), and Robert Brown has rushed for 776 yards on 97 carries.

Brunswick at Burke County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bear Den, Waynesboro
Records, rankings: Brunswick is 3-1 and unranked in Class AAAA; Burke County is 3-0 and No. 8 in Class AAA.
Last meeting: Burke County won 29-22 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Burke County is seeking its first 4-0 start since 1991 and its third victory over a prominent Region 2-AAAA opponent after beating Ware County and Statesboro.
2. Burke quarterback Terrell Brigham is on pace to rush for more than 1,000 yards and pass for more than 1,500, as he did in 2008.
3. Brunswick is picked by many to win Region 1-AAAA. The Pirates’ only loss was in overtime to No. 1-ranked Tucker.

Creekside at Newnan
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Drake Stadium, Newnan
Records, rankings: Creekside is 4-0 overall, 3-0 in Region 4-AAAAA and unranked; Newnan is 4-0, 3-0 and No. 7.
Last meeting: Newnan won 33-0 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Newnan has recorded shutouts in seven consecutive region games and has allowed just 18 points in 12 region games since the start of last season.
2. Newnan, which lost all 11 starters on offense and its head coach from last season, is averaging 37 points per game under first-year coach Mike McDonald.
3. Creekside held East Coweta to three field goals in four trips inside the 20-yard line in the Seminoles’ 13-9 victory last week.

Grayson at Parkview
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Big Orange Jungle, Lilburn
Records, rankings: Grayson is 4-0 overall, 2-0 in Region 8-AAAAA and No. 2; Parkview is 3-1, 2-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: Grayson won 24-22 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Since losing to Collins Hill 10-7 in the opener, Parkview has outscored its opponents 92-7 and is coming off back-to-back shutouts.
2. Grayson’s Ean Pemberton carried 37 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ 27-16 victory against South Gwinnett last week.
3. The winner of this game will take sole possession of first place in 8-AAAAA with a 3-0 region record.

Marist at Tucker
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Adams Stadium, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Marist is 3-1 overall, 3-0 in Region 6-AAAA and No. 10; Tucker is 4-0, 3-0 and No. 1.
Last meeting: The teams split two meetings last season. Marist won 38-0 during the regular season, and Tucker won 15-3 in the Class AAAA championship game.
Three things to know:
1. Since the start of the 2001 season, Marist has a record of 93-17, but seven of the losses have come against Tucker, which is 7-2 against the War Eagles during that span.
2. Tucker led 20-0 at halftime against Miller Grove last week without scoring an offensive touchdown. The Tigers had an interception return, fumble recovery and blocked kick for touchdowns.
3. Marist is known for its running game, but quarterback Andy Perez threw three touchdown passes in the War Eagles’ 50-0 victory against North Springs last week.

Mt. Zion (Jonesboro) at North Clayton
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Southern Crescent Stadium, Riverdale
Records, rankings: Mt. Zion is 3-1 overall, 1-1 in Region 4-AAAA and unranked; North Clayton is 4-0, 2-0 and No. 6.
Last meeting: North Clayton won 23-0 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Clarence Jackson rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns in North Clayton’s 27-0 victory against Ola last week.
2. Mt. Zion’s Quarterrio Morgan, who averaged more than 200 yards rushing in the first three games, was held to 79 yards in a loss to Griffin last week.
3. North Clayton is in a three-way tie for first place in Region 4-AAAA and needs a victory to keep pace with Griffin and Dutchtown. Mt. Zion is one game back.

Thomasville at Brooks County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Veterans Stadium, Quitman
Records, rankings: Thomasville is 1-2 and unranked; Brooks County is 3-0 and No. 7. It is the Region 1-AA opener for both teams.
Last meeting: Brooks County won 14-6 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. This game last year decided the Region 1-AA title as Brooks finished 7-0 and Thomasville finished 6-1.
2. Thomasville was held to less than 100 yards in total offense in the loss to Brooks last year and has struggled moving the ball in its three games this season against larger schools that were favored to win.
3. Brooks County running back Keith Christopher is a first-team preseason all-state player who is averaging 118 yards rushing per game despite playing little in the second half of two blowouts.

Valdosta at Warner Robins
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, McConnell-Talbert Stadium, Warner Robins
Records, rankings: Valdosta is 3-0 overall, 0-1 in Region 1-AAAAA; Warner Robins is 3-1, 1-0. Neither team is ranked.
Last meeting: Warner Robins won 7-0 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Both teams were 5-5 last season, and both are allowing 5.5 points per game this season, tied for fifth-best in Class AAAAA.
2. Valdosta missed four field goals and an extra point and allowed a kick return for a touchdown in its 16-13 loss to Northside of Warner Robins last week.
3. Warner Robins, in beating Tift County 34-0 last week, didn’t complete a pass but outrushed Tift 409-20, with D.J. Butts (154 yards, 11 carries, two touchdowns) leading the way.

Wilcox County at Twiggs County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Pit, Jeffersonville
Records, rankings: Wilcox County is 3-1 overall and No. 5 in Class A; Twiggs County is 2-1 and unranked. It is the Region 2-A opener for both teams.
Last meeting: Wilcox County won 63-34 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. The winner of this game between two of the top contenders in 2-A gets a big jump in the region race.
2. Wilcox County’s 63 points in last year’s game were the most in school history. The team has been playing since 1960.
3. Twiggs County, which is running the no-huddle, doesn’t rely on one player for its offense. “We feel like we have a lot of weapons,” coach Dexter Copeland told the Macon Telegraph. “Our motto is, ‘He who blocks gets the rock.’”

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41 comments Add your comment


September 24th, 2009
10:50 am

These are my predictions……..

Appling County over Charlton County

Bainbridge over Westside

Burke County over Brunswick

Newnan over Creekside

Grayson over Parkview

Tucker over Marist

North Clayton over Mount Zion

Brooks County over Thomasville

Valdosta over Warner Robbins

Wilcox County over Twiggs County

BullDawg Rick

September 24th, 2009
1:45 pm


No Meadowcreek @ Shiloh????


September 24th, 2009
2:10 pm

BullDawg Rick: If they didn’t list Meadowcreek @ Duluth a few weeks ago, how can you expect them to mention Meadowcreek @ Shiloh? Of course, the big one will be when Meadowcreek & Berkmar square off.
Sports Fan31313: Mostly agree, but take Westside over Bainbridge & if Valdosta can not stop the run, take the Demons. Newnan will probably face their last hurdle for Region 4-AAAAA in Creekside (with the exception of East Coweta on 11/6). Grayson, with a win, will probably run the table. Would not be surprised if Parkview kept it closer than people think.


September 24th, 2009
3:48 pm

Since Parkview has the home game advantage, they should be able to win. There won’t be any ref cheating going on this week. That’s right I said it! Go Panthers I am rooting for you.


September 24th, 2009
4:05 pm

Greetings SouthGARules,

I believe that Region 1-AAAA Bainbridge will pull this one out…. In addition, I believe this time, Valdosta will give Warner Robbins all that that they can handle this year… Take Valdosta. Finally, Grayson and Parkview, I probably will be a close game, but I’m still going with Grayson…. They will run the table….


September 24th, 2009
7:00 pm

what the heck pissed SERIOUS GRAYSON HATER off? Perhaps the fact that we havent lost a home game in multiple years?


September 24th, 2009
9:13 pm

ghsclassof2012 – the reason they keep up with winning streaks is they all end. Parkview might be the one to do it. Lovett did it to Buford “University”, at least that’s what their fans were caling it until they went into hibernation.

SportsFan31313, howdy Lt. Col., your picks look pretty good to me. I still think Parkview has a chance, albeit a small one. As you know, “Home Field Advantage” sometimes means the difference in these kind of games.

Brunswick and Burke should be a good one. And we know WR and Valdosta will be a barn burner. Rick Tomberlin told me yesterday that Valdosta is healthy and ready for WR. He hopes his kicker will be 100% this week. (He missed 4 field goals and an extra point against NSWR, and Valdosta beat the lard out of’em in statistics. But points win games) I just hope my Vikings can do their thing again. I’ve watched Lowndes for many years and I’ve never seen a team quite like this one, and that includes all those great Wildcat teams across town. It has the chance and the talent to be special. They’ve just got to stay focused.

BTW our B team beat valdosta last week 35-6, the 2nd time this year we’ve beat them. Our 9th grade won 35-0 against Valdosta, and it has beaten them twice this year also. Both are undefeated. With our starting Varsity QB being a Jr, and one of the starting Wingbacks being a Jr., we hopefully can just reload next year. We have a really good Bteam fullback who sees a little time each week with the varsity. We now have three middle school feeder programs.

Who is your Hinesville team playing this week? Take care of business!

Gooooo Mike O’Brien and Woodstock. Etowah will be tough!

Suwanee 0wnz

September 24th, 2009
11:55 pm

My opinion along with $5 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks; but here goes anyhow.

The 2 games that interest me are Valdost at Warner Robbins, and Grayson at Parkview. I have no idea whether Valdosta or WR is the stronger team, but it could be a very good game, and may reveal a lot about both teams.

I do not think Grayson at Parkview will be all that close. I think Grayson wins by over 10 points. Not that Parkview is a bad team, but Grayson is just that good. I am not expecting Parkview to test the weakness, if any, in Grayson’s defensive backfield so I just don’t see Parkview scoring enough points in this game against a stiff Grayson defense in order to make it much of a contest. Parkview’s strong tradition and history just will not matter against the better team any more than the Oakland Raiders’ tradition can win them football games this season.


September 25th, 2009
5:38 am


I know your a Viking fan and all but to say this Viking team is better than any Valdosta team is outrageous! Now to say better than any team since 97 then I might not have a problem, although that 98 team was pretty good. You must’ve been born in the 90’s cause those late 80’s early 90’s Valdosta teams were very, very good!

Region 6AAAA

September 25th, 2009
7:25 am

I hope Tucker wins this game because its unreal how bias the refs are when you play at Marist. Their plan is to hide behind their home-field because they know they are gonna get the majority of the calls there. Marist is solid, no doubt about that, but that home field advantage makes them appear better than they really are. Look what happened last year with these two teams. How does Marist win 38-0 at HOME and then have to leave Hughes Spaulding Stadium and loose 15-3 in the dome in the title game? Real simple. The refs gave Marist about 21 points off of bogus, bias calls the first time. Never thought I would say this, but GO TUCKER! Just play assignment football and hit 32 and 21 EVERY SNAP!!!

Hoya Chuck

September 25th, 2009
7:51 am

I just want East Paulding to get the crap beat out of them!! Just like last week!!



September 25th, 2009
8:45 am



September 25th, 2009
9:08 am

Dude, cannot believe u left out Woodstock at Etowah, 2 schools a mile apart. Both have been in top 10 this year.

Big Dawg

September 25th, 2009
9:43 am

Decatur v.s. Buford will be a good matchup. The bulldog defense is good at challenging the run. Good Luck Bulldogs.


September 25th, 2009
10:01 am

my uset special of the week is vidalia indians 28 jefferson county 21 vidalia to beat the no.3 team in the state


September 25th, 2009
10:28 am

Jay212033 – The Valdosta teams you mentioned were indeed very good. But I think their best was in 1971. At one point in a game I leaned down to get my coffee thermos and missed a Bounds to Rome TD pass. later the dadgum coffee fogged up my glasses and I missed another one. That was in the State Championship game, a Valdosta rout over one of those over-rated Atlanta area teams. But I agree with some others who say this year’s Lowndes team may be the best local team of all time. We’ll get a better idea of that in the next three weeks, especially on Oct 9th.


September 25th, 2009
10:30 am

Todd, T think Chip’s picks are better’n yore’s this week. I agree with him on the BurkE/Brunswick and the Colquitt/Coffee games, and I also think Parkview may/can/will beat Grayson in the BIG ORANGE JUNGLE.


September 25th, 2009
10:32 am

EXCUSE THE TYPO “T” was supposed to be an “I”


September 25th, 2009
10:49 am

valdosta will beat lowndes this year or we need back.


September 25th, 2009
11:26 am

Greetings HomeFieldAdvantage / AVIKINGFAN,

Great to hear from you. I know all so well about these feeder programs down there. Unfortunately Bradwell Institute does not have one in place. Too much red taper and the Board of Ed have gotten involved. We all know A feeder system improves your team. But you can’t tell the powers that be in Hinesville, so there you have it. Until Bradwell Institute can get a successful feeder system, they will continue to be a runner up ( 2nd Place ) team.

Bradwell Institute plays Groves of Savannah tonight. As you know, everyone has started playing Region games now, and you can tell how these are going to go, and where they will be place by the end of the season. Region 1-AAAAA will be Lowndes County, Northside Warner Robbins, Colquitt County, and Valdosta. Region 2-AAAAA Stephenson, MLK, Union Grove, and Redan. Region 3-AAAAA will be Camden County, Bradwell Institute, (or vice versa) Johnson of Savannah, and Beach. Region 4-AAAAA will be Newnan, Creekside, Westlake, and East Coweta. Region 5-AAAAA will be McEachern, Harrison, Etowah, and East Paulding. Region 6-AAAAA will be Lassister, Roswell, Walton, Centinnial. Region 7-AAAAA will be Peachtree Ridge, North Gwinette, Collins Hill, and maybe Chattahoochee. Region 8-AAAAA will be Grayson, Parkview, South Gwinette and maybe Brookwood.

I predict that is how it will turn out. What do you think ?


September 25th, 2009
11:29 am


I don’t believe that Parkview will beat Grayson even with the home field advantage. I believe that Grayson will silence the crowd quickly, and again come victorious over Parkview. This will a close game though.


September 25th, 2009
11:30 am

Tucker will have their hands full playing against a great Marist Football team. Marist may pull the upset…


September 25th, 2009
11:32 am

Greetings BullDawgRick,

Shiloh will beat Meadowcreek…..


September 25th, 2009
12:47 pm

SportsFan31313 – you’ve given it a lot of thought. I still work for a living, or at least, my boss wishes I would! I think stephenson/mlk can go either way Oct 16, and EP could be #2 in Reg.5. Also, you might could flip Valdosta and Colquitt, but both should make the playoffs. We’ll know more about that after tonight (Valdosta vs WR). Finally, Woodstock may eek out Etowah in R5, and Milton is still in the thick of things in R6. But like I said, I haven’t had time to study things like you have. 1 AAAAA is about all I can keep up with, and of course, the Cannon and HeadEast keeps us pretty much informed about up there (you just can’t always to their predictions to the bank).

Wonder where Reese and EagleNationRizing are?


September 25th, 2009
2:29 pm


I know where you are coming from. :-) :-) :-) :-)

This year I think Stephenson will beat MLK…

Although Colquitt County is doing great this year, I still believe that Valdosta will beat them as well.

I could be wrong, but i just don’t think that Woodstock will take Etowah to the shed tonight.

As far as ENR and Rezze, I was wondering the same thing.


September 25th, 2009
3:21 pm

Thanks for the support Homefield! I just got back to Woodstock a few hours ago and we’re all ready for the game. Pretty pumped to go to this game and then the Winnersville game back to back. Any advice on when to get tickets that wont get me behind the middle schoolers like i did your first home game?


September 25th, 2009
3:25 pm



September 25th, 2009
3:28 pm

And i really can’t believe that Wood-Etowah didn’t scratch the top ten. I’m honestly shocked.


September 25th, 2009
4:20 pm

Wolverine2Blazer – Lowndes has pretty much sold all the home side tickets as season reserved seat tickets. I may have a couple and I will ask around to some other folks I know who buy several (I have 8 season reserved seat tickets) The alternative would be to sit on teh east side of the field in this cast the”Valdosta” side. I can get you some over there if you go ahead and commit soon. I don’t want to get stuck with’em if you know what I mean. Write to me early next week in Todd’s Monday blog and we’ll decide how to get together.

Hope ya’ll do your thing tonight. We will try to do ours against Tifton, and I hope the Cats across town take care of WR.


September 25th, 2009
4:33 pm

v town – I didn’t quite understand what you meant in your 10:49 am post today. “VALDOSTA WILL BEAT LOWNDES THIS YEAR OR WE NEED BACK.”

Exactly what will you need “back”? Hyder, Bazemore, O’Brien, surely you don’t mean that joke Darlington? Well Hyder and the Baze are dead and O’Brien wouldn’t come back the way ya’ll treated him! You’ve got a coach now who is in the top 5 coaches in the whole state. What you NEED is some players who will play together as a team. You NEED to kick the gangs out of Valdosta High School, and defintely off your football team. That’s what you NEED to do. And you NEED to appreciate the fine coach you have! But friend, I don’t think you will beat Lowndes this year, regardless of what it is that you NEED!


September 25th, 2009
4:58 pm

YO – This just in. Todd’s newsletter today said Lowndes has won 100 games this decade. It got me to thinking, and one thing led to another, and i now can put this out. When Lowndes beat Peachtree Ridge this year, it was our 300th lifetime victory. We now have 302 and counting.

How ’bout that Lt. Col.?


September 25th, 2009
5:07 pm

Will somebody out there please be so kind and explain to ghsclassof2010 why I am such a grayson hater. I have tried three times unsuccessfully to post my reasons and for some reason THEY WILL NOT POST!!! I think I have been banned. LOL. Thank you!


September 25th, 2009
5:10 pm

AVikingFan! Yo man! I agree with you Parkview will take down Grayson!! and I am looking forward to it!


September 25th, 2009
5:15 pm

:-) :-) :-) :-) I hear you AVIKINGFAN


September 26th, 2009
9:18 am

SportsFan and AVikingFan: Let me go on record. Someone should place Valdosta HS on “Alert” tonight at McConnell-Talbert Stadium against Warner Robins. I expect Warner Robins to run wild against the Wildcats in a big atmosphere in Warner Robins.

With the exception of a rather surprising state championship run in 2004, Northside has owned the town, which is challenging for longtime Warner Robins fans to get their arms around. The Demons have performed well this year and there is nothing that can bring the Warner Robins’ fans out of hiding like a game against Valdosta. They are two of the most decorated programs in the history of Georgia HS football.

Warner Robins beats Valdosta easily.

By the way, Northside-Warner Robins appears to be rolling. Our young Eagles are not going to lose at McConnell-Talbert Stadium. You heard it from me. We bullied Houston County last night. Northside 42, HoCo 7. Who’s next?


September 26th, 2009
1:37 pm


This no doubt be a good game between the two. It will probably a great battle and a hard fought game. Valdosta might just pull this one out though. That is if their place kicker is healthy. They lost to NSWR due to missed field goals. Nevertheless a win is a win. NSWR has the win.


September 26th, 2009
1:37 pm


Sorry about the typos.


September 27th, 2009
11:14 am

Enter your comments here everybody needs to pay att. to the walton raiders now that they finally have a qb that can use more than his arm but can also run there gona be tuff to beat. they always had a solid defense but never an offense to go with it. there finally geting away from that throw when you have to way of thinking and spreading the field some.thats what its gona take for them when they step outside the region in the playoffs. lets hope they keep it up.

walton fan

September 27th, 2009
11:21 am

amen to that statement its good to see walton having some offense and your right about the qb. waltons always had soft qbs that had one purpose hand the ball off. i think the new coach is on track

1 5 aye man

September 28th, 2009
1:01 am

there is something wrong with the teams that dont wrongly have something necessarily unwrong with them.


September 29th, 2009
11:03 am


Valdosta gotcha this time.