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Here are the Week Seven games you can find stories and photos from this weekend on…

Grayson vs. Brookwood | Photos | Carvell: Will Rams stay No. 1?
Griffin vs. North Clayton | Photos
Walton vs. Milton | Photos
Avondale vs. Westminster | Photos

Don’t forget to check out these stories and the metro Atlanta roundup. Here’s what you’ll find…

A look at Westminster’s Ralph David Abernathy IV
Towers vs. Dunwoody
Alpharetta vs. Lassiter
McIntosh vs. Sandy Creek
Newton vs. M.L. King
Stone Mountain vs. Lakeside-DeKalb
Centennial vs. Kell
Lovett vs. Blessed Trinity
Landmark Christian vs. Holy Innocents’
Peachtree Ridge vs. Mill Creek
Woodstock vs. Harrison
Dacula vs. Parkview

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Weekend topic: Which teams mount season-ending runs to make playoffs?

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wolverine fan

October 8th, 2009
10:38 am

I am looking for the Wolverines to take care of Harrison tomorrow night.


October 8th, 2009
11:07 am

wolverine fan…

Harrison at 3/2 & 3/1 in the Region has a tough road left…They have Woodstock, EAST, McEachern, Marietta & then finish with Etowah…They can easily finish at 4/6 this year!!!

Unless ya’ll stumble Woodstock should be the #2 seed for the region with Etowah at #3…I have to say that the number #4 spot is still VERY much in doubt and EAST has to step up and prove they want it (after last weeks disaster at Etowah)!!!…

North Cobb at “The BONEYARD” this week then we will see where EAST is at…


October 8th, 2009
11:37 am

As a fan, the bye week is kinda tough.
Although I believe Woodstock should have no problem, I will be rooting for the Hoya’s.
Cannon – You guys were drubbed last week, and I am not surprised. Etowah is improving and may have found a new running back, finding the holes behind that stellar O-line. Over 400 total team yards rushing, and not trying to throw it around like they did against Woodstock. Back to Etowah, grind it out beat you up football. Finally, doing what you do best, halfway through the season.
East will bounce back this week against a less physical team at their “Boneyard”.


October 8th, 2009
11:51 am

North CLayton vs Griffin is the biggest game in the state this week


October 8th, 2009
11:52 am

There are a myriad of great games. However, I hope that all eyes are on these HUGE games this Friday night:

1. #2 Griffin at #5 North Clayton. This AAAA clash should be very good. Of course, you always have to give an advantage to a home team. Of course, the Bears will not have to travel far. Griffin has great tadition and may have more fans than North Clayton at their home stadium. Bears travel in every sport. I fully expect the G Men to continue rolling. Griffin 28, North Clayton 14

2. Valdosta at #5 Lowndes County (ranked #4 in the Coaches’ Poll AAAAA). One of the premiere high school rivalries in the nation. Valdosta is clearly in a “must-win” situation if the Wildcats have any plans of controlling their own destiny into the state playoffs as they sit at 1-2 in region play. After going 5-5 last season and 1-9 3 years ago, it would be assumed that Rick Tomberlin (who has won 3 State Championships as head coach at Washington County) and his staff have to reach the state playoffs. Lowndes County underperformed, yet again, on the road last Friday at the MAC and will look to restart their march to the Georgia Dome. This game has all the makings of a classic. I am putting Lowndes County on “Upset Alert” this week. My instincts tell me that the Vikings are going down. I still have to respect Martin Stadium. Lowndes County 21, Valdosta 17. (I know Wildcat posters. I am afraid to trust my instincts. I am afraid to pick against Lowndes coming off of a loss…Valdosta is probably going to win this game).

3. Newton at #8 Martin Luther King. Before you roll your eyes. Covington’s Newton HS lost to Stephenson 13-7 in overtime two weeks ago. I have constantly blogged about how SUSPECT DeKalb County schools are for no reason. There is no rhyme or reason…just the fact that your average DeKalb County power is going to lay down a couple of Friday nights per season. They have all of the best players yet discover new ways to pull defeat from the jaws of victory. Who does MLK play next Friday night? Stephenson. My guess is MLK had, at max, one pep rally this week. Newton is pumped up for this game and believe that they could have beaten Stephenson. I believe that MLK will be looking forward to Stephenson and get caught sleeping at the wheel this weekend. MLK is officially on “Upset Alert” this week. Newton 14, MLK 10.

4. Woodstock at Harrison. The Harrison Hoyas have been one of the best metro Atlanta programs over the last few years. They have beaten Lowndes County at Martin Stadium. They have adavanced in the state playoffs and won 9 or more games 9 of the past 11 seasons. However, the Hoyas took a mighty step backwards losing to a winless Kennesaw Mountain team last Friday night. I am unaware if the Hoyas had some major injuries or suspensions. You just don’t lose to an 0-4 team and then turn around and beat Woodstock, who should be undefeated and ranked in the Top 10. Big win for the Wolverines. Woodstock 28, Harrison 13.

“Upset Alerts” for a few top ranked teams.

–#5 Lowndes County on “Upset Alert” against Valdosta. #5 Lowndes County 21, Valdosta 17
–#8 MLK on “Upset Alert” against Newton. Newton 14, #8 MLK 10
–#2 Griffin HAMMERS #5 North Clayton. Griffin 28, North Clayton 14


October 8th, 2009
12:21 pm

Also watch:

#5 Treutlen (5-0) at #6 Emanuel County Institute. A clash at ECI. ECI is the home team. However, Treutlen has a balanced team with a QB throwing over 800 yards and their top RB rushing over 700 yards. Washaun Ealey is a Georgia Bulldog. Treutlen 28, ECI 21.

Cairo (3-2) at #2 Peach County (5-0). This is going to be very, very ugly as the road to what will be the most competitive and exciting state playoff matchups in AAA continues (Gainesville, Peach County, Carrollton, Washington County, Baldwin County, and Carver-Columbus are all going to make a legitimate run to the Georgia Dome). Peach County VIOLATES Cairo. Peach County 35, Cairo 7.

#4 Carver-Columbus (4-1) at Troup (4-2). Do not believe the hype. Carver-Columbus will be merciless at Troup HS in LaGrange. Troup is loaded with major NCAA Division I prospects. Carver-Columbus continues to display why they are on of the most talented teams in the state. Carver-Columbus 28, Troup 0.


October 8th, 2009
12:26 pm

I like those predictions, just wish you would have trusted your instincts in the Lowndes Valdosta match up…..


October 8th, 2009
12:35 pm

The #4 seed in Region 5-AAAAA gets an all expense paid trip to Britt-Moody Field to battle the Grayson Rams. Bend over, grab your ankles & prepare for a beatdown.


October 8th, 2009
12:42 pm

Let’s see some backups in the 1st half, Go Jackets.

Grayson Student

October 8th, 2009
12:53 pm

Lowndes will NOT lose to valdosta… very well coached and wont lose 2 in arow


October 8th, 2009
1:09 pm

ENR – Well done!

blu eagle

October 8th, 2009
1:16 pm

ENR, hate to say it but you need to be on AJC sports columns, like you need any more juice to your ego! GO EAGLES!

Rfrom G

October 8th, 2009
1:19 pm

Rams – 27
Broncos – 0

Another Shut out for the Rams!


October 8th, 2009
1:20 pm

newnan over riverdale. cougars are taking it one week at a time. staying under the radar and playing hard. proud of the hard work our boys are doing. see ya in the playoffs


October 8th, 2009
1:23 pm

Rfrom G………..that’s what I’m talking about!!


October 8th, 2009
1:33 pm

EagleNationRising-3. Newton at #8 Martin Luther King. Before you roll your eyes. Covington’s Newton HS lost to Stephenson 13-7 in overtime two weeks ago. I have constantly blogged about how SUSPECT DeKalb County schools are for no reason. There is no rhyme or reason…just the fact that your average DeKalb County power is going to lay down a couple of Friday nights per season. They have all of the best players yet discover new ways to pull defeat from the jaws of victory. Who does MLK play next Friday night? Stephenson. My guess is MLK had, at max, one pep rally this week. Newton is pumped up for this game and believe that they could have beaten Stephenson. I believe that MLK will be looking forward to Stephenson and get caught sleeping at the wheel this weekend. MLK is officially on “Upset Alert” this week. Newton 14, MLK 10.

While I can appreciate the “Upset Alert”… I don’t agree with your generalities, you obviously don’t know much about the coaching staff @ MLK…if you did you would know that they don’t allow their kids to look beyond the next game. There were no pep rallies and they know that this Newton team is not the same team from a year ago.


October 8th, 2009
1:34 pm

This Week predictions:

Towers over Dunwoody

Lassiter over Alpharetta

Sandy Creek over McIntosh vs. (GHSA.TV On Demand game – 7:15 p.m.)

M.L. King over Newton

Stone Mountain over Lakeside-DeKalb

Centennial over Kell

Lovett over Blessed Trinity

Holy Innocents overLandmark Christian

Peachtree Ridge over Mill Creek

Woodstock over Harrison

Parkview over Dacula

cane fan

October 8th, 2009
1:50 pm

Fitzgerald leads all classifications in points for – points against, Berrien rebels will not score, the D is just to strong and fast, Fitz has been running the wing-T for 9 yrs now and we have a stable of running backs, plus we have a qb that is averg. 150 yds passing, calhoun,buford,jefferson, the eye of the hurricane is on.

R. Jeezy

October 8th, 2009
2:28 pm

I thank griffin is going to win by 2 touchdowns!!!

AJC Sports

October 8th, 2009
2:59 pm

SportsFan31313 — Towers over Dunwoody… wow, that’s a new one. Interesting!


October 8th, 2009
3:26 pm


Michael Carvell

October 8th, 2009
3:31 pm

Brookwood is the only thing standing between Grayson and an undefeated regular season. If Brookwood pulls off the upset, and there’s always a chance, it would be one of the biggest wins in the coaching career of Mark Crews.

Does Grayson smash Brookwood? Or do the Broncos shock the world? Post your opinion, please.

down south fan

October 8th, 2009
3:35 pm

the winnersville classic is about 36hrs away good luck to both teams


October 8th, 2009
3:39 pm

Michael Carvell: BRONCOS are going to take Grayson DOWN!!!! WHOOOOOOO!!! GO BRONCOS!!!!!!!


October 8th, 2009
3:45 pm

RfromG: I’m telling you, you really need to pay attention to how much cool aid you are drinking because you are starting to halucinate!!


October 8th, 2009
3:49 pm

AJC Sports,

It’s a typo I meant Dunwoody over Towers……


October 8th, 2009
3:55 pm

Grayson over Brookwood but it will be close. Brookwood took the bye week to come watch Grayson and sent their video crew to get lots of tape. (And a sideline penalty for the Rams for getting on the field! Remember the flag that got thrown and then waved off? I never remember seeing Coach Conn that upset! :) ) While Brookwood wants to avenge the loss from last year, the Rams want to get to the Dome worse. Rams by 7.

Say What

October 8th, 2009
3:56 pm

If MLK is upset by Newton, it won’t be because they are looking ahead. MLK might be without a significant portion of their offense. Starters QB Cameron Myers and RB Mack Brown did not play last week due to injuries that occurred in the Luella game.

So you be the coach, do you rest your recovering star players for the big ESPNU game the following week or do chance re-injury by playing them too soon?


October 8th, 2009
3:59 pm

North Clayton vs Griffin is the game of the week. I dont believe the game will go as ENR predicted, it will be closer and could go either way.


October 8th, 2009
4:06 pm

Wow if Myers and Brown dont play for MLK that could be disastrous, but this is when MLK has to show some real heart and discipline. MLK still has enough talent to compensate vs Newton but they need to play mostly penalty free if Myers and Mack Brown dont play. Lets go Dekalb County.


October 8th, 2009
4:10 pm

Say What, I agree with you. They will probably sit them out unless they absolutely have to have them in. I don’t think for a minute that MLK is looking past Newton. The secret is out, Newton is pretty good.

AJC Sports

October 8th, 2009
4:10 pm

Sportsfan31313 — LOL … that’s some kind of typo. But to the Towers fans on the board, hey — you never know, right? To the Dunwoody crowd — look for our man Jeff Haws out there tomorrow night.

And to Carvell — I pick Grayson but it should be closer than usual. Mark Crews himself said his Broncos were awfully “young” this season and Grayson has the benefit of experience. Should be a really cool game and I can’t wait for your live updates. Always a blast, my friend.


October 8th, 2009
4:15 pm

Grayson over Brookwood Big!!

I believe any given team can win any match up…….after all this is HS! but I love Grayson’s odds. Sorry Brookwood Mom! I’ll be the one in black in a white out!


October 8th, 2009
4:17 pm

Sanity Rules, I posted a fairly detailed explanation as to “what happened to LaGrange in the 1983 state title game vs. Tift County?” It is posted under yesterdays’ topic of ranked teams.


October 8th, 2009
4:22 pm

Fred you will get a chance to see Coach Conn mad again tomorrow night when Brookwood sends those redneck hillbillies back to hickville with an ass whooping! The game will be close, but the Broncos will pull it off!


October 8th, 2009
4:27 pm

why the distaste for Grayson?


October 8th, 2009
4:35 pm

REEZE,”Here you go again”. Regardless of how poorly Newnan played in the 2008 semi-final game against Camden County, they DID make the semi’s. Also whipped Tift County 42-0, while Lowndes struggled to whip the same Tift county team 28-14. I believe that 2008 Northside lost to Lowndes 24-7. I will go along with you on the relatively weak region schedule of the Cougars. But what about Camden County? MUCH weaker. In fact, I believe that the majority of teams in the Camden County region are technically AAA teams (and not very good ones.). Here is a question: “Is a team better off playing a relativley soft region schedule while minimizing injuries and playing lots of back-ups, or is a team better off playing a brutal regular season schedule while raising the possibility of injuries and having less time to work in the back-ups?” For Newnan and Camden County the latter seems to be true. Both teams took heavy losses in graduation, but both are back. Could that be because their 2008 back-ups got more reps? I have not seen as many games as in 2009 as I would have liked. But from the teams I have seen: Carver-Col, Northside, Newnan, Gainsville and of course LaGrange, I would bet on the Newnan Cougars as being the best I have seen this year. As you well know, I am a south Georgia believer. While on that subject, I believe we need to define “south Georgia”. My definition: “All teams south of I-285.” That includes Newnan.


October 8th, 2009
4:41 pm

SGH- 19-1 1and the one is due to the long snapper last year


October 8th, 2009
4:43 pm

Cannon, Nice to have you back man, haha.

Pops, you would go for the Hoyahs.

decatur where it is greater

October 8th, 2009
4:51 pm

if MLK rest cameron and brown against newton they are going to walk into a hornet’s nest. I dont think MLK is that talented beyond those two to win against a decent to good newton team. They will have to play them.


October 8th, 2009
5:36 pm

AJC Sports,

Well you may never know, but Dunwoody is at home right? I just don’t think that Towers will beat a Dunwoody. And yes, it was a typo :-) LOL…..

As far as the Grayson game goes, I don;t believe that it will as close as you may think. Grayson by 10 points at least…..


October 8th, 2009
5:48 pm

I did not make a mistake on the prediction of the Newton and MLK game. I do not mean this as disrespectful in any way. I can tell you guys that I was scared to death when Northside played Houston County a couple of weeks ago. Houston County has more senior starters. Houston County has NEVER beaten Northside…NEVER. Northside had Lowndes County after Houston County. That has all the makings of an upset.

The MLK-Newton game has all the making of an upset. The only thing that would solidify it is the game is not being played in Covington. MLK is home. However, MLK has some injuries. MLK also has a HUGE game against Stephenson 8 days from now. This game has the makings of an upset. MLK is favored and should be. They have built a fine program in a hurry.

I did not mean it as an insult to the coaching staff. The MLKs, Stephensons, and Southwest DeKalbs usually wait until playoff time to start sinking. I believe that MLK will have a wonderful season. I believe this Friday night will be one of the weekends that MLK slips up. They are on “Upset Alert.”


October 8th, 2009
5:54 pm

Any who believes that Lowndes County is going to walk over Valdosta, you have no idea what it means to play and grow up in a special Friday Night Lights kind of town. Valdosta is not going to get crushed by Lowndes County. Look at the history of the series. Even immensely weak Wildcat teams have competed when Lowndes County we REAL good. This team is good…as is Valdosta.

The Valdosta Wildcats should have beaten Northside-Warner Robins. I stand as one of the true Northside Eagles homers on this board. I happily admit it. Many Valdosta people would tell you that the Wildcats should have beated Colquitt, without their starting QB (playing both Northside-Warner Robins and Warner Robins in back-to-back games is going to obviously produce injuries).

Lowndes County is on “Upset Alert” tomorrow night. Anyone doubting that doesn’t know anything about the rivalry between Valdosta and Lowndes County. Trust me, every objective Northside poster will tell you that Northside is going to be on “Upset Alert” when the Eagles face Warner Robins and a few weeeks. These are HUGE rivalries and mean everything on these campuses. The Vikings have their hands full. No matter who is coaching them. It is going to be a war at Martin Stadium. Valdosta will NOT be Peachtree Ridged by Lowndes on Friday night.


October 8th, 2009
5:59 pm

The Mighty Griffin Bears will roll in ready – Strong, Rested and Tough.
We’ll swat down those Eagles straight from mid-air, as feathers float in a puff.
We don’t take them lightly, we know they are good, and the battle could get rough –
But once it is over (with our hides still intact) GRIFFIN WILL STILL STRUT THEIR STUFF!!


October 8th, 2009
6:07 pm

OH, and by the way….I figured I better hurry up and post before ENR uses up all the internet!


October 8th, 2009
6:20 pm

YO, Why not question the offensive strategy of lowndes? Glad to hear that mighty Lowndes is in fact spreading the field a little more. But, you must admit that the lowndes offense has struggled on and off for the past several years. Granted, not many losses, but the common denominator when losing is offense. Be honest. During the 2008 loss to Grayson, were you not looking for more offensive creativity? The defense played well enough to win. But NO offense. In 2008, Greg Reid was the BIG difference in the win over Northside. So, how can I slag on Lowndes? I really can’t. But what I see is a trend that could turn Lowndes into Parkview. A team that had their run, then became complacent from a coaching standpoint. Coach Mcpherson already has state titles to his credit. Is he now just looking for wins to boost his credentials or still working as hard as he once did for championships?


October 8th, 2009
6:24 pm

Griffin Bears Shall Roll
Over North Clayton Eagles
And Stay Number One!!

The Cannon Rules!!

October 8th, 2009
6:26 pm


Thanks…I didn’t go anywhere, you know how it is…SOME losses you can take, others you chalk up to OK anybody CAN beat anybody on a given night…BUT last friday at Etowah was like trying to take a big dry pill with no water and having to choke it down!!! EAST hasn’t LOST that bad in YEARS!!!

Here’s hoping the REAL EAST team shows up tomorrow night at home against North Cobb…either way they have dug a HUGE hole because if things go as they should the BEST EAST could hope for now is the #4 seed in Region 5A and we ALL know where that sends them to play!!! OH!! my aching head!!!..LOL!

Tell The Truth

October 8th, 2009
6:34 pm

EaglesNationRising: I differ with you because you do mean it as a disrespect to coach Gartrell, Jarvis and Godfrey, because that is all you say when you mention these teams. Below, I have listed both Stephenson and MLK’s playoff games since 2000. Pick the “bad” team in this bunch. Not exactly the Little Sisters of the Poor. There is not a team on that list upon who make you scratch your head and say, “How did they lose to them.” Stephenson very rarely loses to a team that it should beat during the regular season. From 03-’06 they lost to the team that won the AAAAA championship.


2000- Collins Hill 20-0
2001- Valdosta 31-28
2002- Camden 21-20
2003- Camden 26-0
2004- Lowndes 43-0
2005- Lowndes 20-0
2006- Peachtree Ridge 12-9
2007- East Coweta 14-7
2008- Coffee 17-14


2003 – Thomas County Central (quarterfinals)
2004 – LaGrange (semifinals) won at Peach & Oconee Co.
2005 – Hart County (second round) won at Carrollton
2006 – Houston County (first round)
2007 – Walton (second round) beat Valdosta
2008 – Tift County (first round)

As you remember, Northside’s only two state title have come in 2006 and 2007, but before then, they were known as chokers. Do I need to remind you of 1998 at McEachern and 1999 in the Georgia Dome. You remember, Lowndes up 28-3 at halftime and Northside lose 31-28. I sat on the Northside side with my best friend and if those fans could have got to the “great” Conrad Nix, he would not have made it to Warner Robins that night.
That 1999 Lowndes team beat SWD at Memorial Stadium (now Hallford) on a controversy call to end the game.
Yes, SWD has loss some game that they probably should have won and won some that they probably shouldn’t have. Northside has loss some that they probably should have won in the postseason during his two stints in Warner Robins.
If you ever had the pleasure of meeting Gartrell, Jarvis or Godfrey, I think you would quit your trashing of them. I certainly guarantee you would want you son to play for them. A large number of the players that get scholarships are a direct result of the countless hours they put in informing college coaches about these guys. They have even helped players from opposing teams get looks for college coaches when their coaches don’t bother.
No, they don’t have fingers full of championship rings, but they have steer a great deal of young men through the right path, and to me, that is more valuable than a high school championship.


October 8th, 2009
6:47 pm

Slalom 1…….I think you have been conversing with Drock09 too much………..Look , many didn’t realize that the 2008 Tift squad had a very good defense against the run…..Lowndes runs the ball %99.9 percent of the time and they struggled ,Tift held Northside’s Bacon to 68 yards rushing……On the other hand Tift’s pass defense may have been the worst in the entire State…..Northside ’s Joe Scott had a career day………Newnan 7 Tift 0 at the half in last seasons playoff game…..Now i personally didn;t witness the game , but i would guess that Newnan began the game with a heavy dose of running plays and ran away with it in the second half with a heavy dose of passing ,correct me if i am wrong….Teams will matchup differently……..Camden had a complete defense , And would have gone undefeated no matter what region they were assigned , Ive never seen a team beat up a Northside team in the 4th qrt like Camden did ,and it was the first Legitimate AAAAA opponent for the Cougars and it showed for the entire game . Camden always plays a competitive Non -region schedule…. The 2009 season will be a replica of the 2008 season for Newnan…I still hear a lot about the 24 – 7 Lowndes win over Northside ,Few realize that Lowndes had only a little over 200 yards rushing for the the game………..I really can’t answer your question concerning the weak vs Brutal schedule ,I have wondered myself about this myself.,But I feel that it isn’t a good idea to schedule Non – Region cupcakes prior to Region play…………..What do I consider North Ga?…….Henry County and Above………..Middle Ga : Henry County down to Cordele………South GA : Cordele and below