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

Cairo at Peach County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Anderson Stadium, Fort Valley
Records, rankings: Cairo is 3-2 overall, 2-0 in Region 1-AAA and unranked; Peach County is 5-0, 2-0 and No. 2.
Last meeting: Cairo won 16-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Cairo is 3-0 all-time against Peach County, winning in 2008, 2000 and 1999.
2. Cairo graduated all but four starters from its Class AAA championship team. As a result, most favored Peach County in 1-AAA this season.
3. Peach County’s Luke Crowell has nine touchdowns, but he failed to score last week against Monroe, when Peach County was slowed on offense but turned three punting mistakes into 17-0 points in a 31-6 victory.

Calhoun at Chattooga
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Little Big Horn Stadium, Summerville
Records, rankings: Calhoun is 5-0 overall, 1-0 in Region 7-AA North and No. 1; Chattooga is 5-0, 1-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: Calhoun won 32-3 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Calhoun has not lost a region game since Oct. 19, 2001, when it fell to Darlington 14-7.
2. Calhoun is third in Class AA scoring offense with an average of 41.4 points per game; Chattooga is tied for 11th in scoring defense, allowing 11.6 points per game.
3. Chattooga escaped with a 13-6 victory against Sonoraville last week but was without quarterback Rashad Ramsey, who was benched for disciplinary reasons, according to PrepCentralOnline.

Callaway at Lamar County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Trojan Field, Barnesville
Records, rankings: Callaway is 4-2 overall, 4-0 in Region 5-AA; Lamar County is 4-1, 3-0. Neither team is ranked.
Last meeting: Callaway won 56-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Lamar County, 1-9 last season, is perhaps the most improved team in Class AA. It has avenged three losses with point swings of 39, 46 and 46 points from the previous year.
2. Lamar County quarterback Mike Bloodster has thrown for 627 yards and six touchdowns without an interception. He also has rushed for 355 yards.
3. Callaway has the best one-two punch in the region in FB/LB Randy Bailey, a Dandy Dozen pick of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, and QB Quan Bray, a junior with SEC offers.

Carver (Columbus) at Troup
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Callaway Stadium, LaGrange
Records, rankings: Carver is 4-1 overall, 1-0 in Region 2-AAA and No. 4; Troup is 4-2, 2-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: Carver won 30-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Carver was ranked No. 1 in preseason, and its only loss is to Northside of Warner Robins, the No. 2 team in Class AAAAA.
2. Troup is loaded with SEC prospects in FB Brandon Worle (LSU commit), DB Cadarious Sanders (South Carolina) and DE J.C. Copeland (Tennessee).
3. Carver is loaded with ACC prospects in DE Corey Crawford (Clemson), QB Devin Burns (Maryland) and G David Beasley (Clemson).

Grayson at Brookwood
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Brookwood Community Stadium, Snellville
Records, rankings: Grayson is 6-0 overall, 4-0 in Region 8-AAAAA and No. 1; Brookwood is 3-2, 3-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: Grayson won 10-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Grayson can all but clinch the Region 8-AAAAA title with a victory. The combined record of its final three opponents is 0-16.
2. Grayson’s Ean Pemberton rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, in the Rams’ 34-0 victory against Shiloh last week.
3. Brookwood scored five touchdowns in the second quarter of its 64-15 victory against Meadowcreek last week. Julian Suber scored three times.

Griffin at North Clayton
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Southern Crescent Stadium, Riverdale
Records, rankings: Griffin is 5-0 overall, 3-0 in Region 4-AAAA and No. 1; North Clayton is 6-0, 4-0 and No. 5.
Last meeting: North Clayton won 23-20 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Griffin has the No. 2 offense and No. 2 defense in Class AAAA, averaging 39.6 points per game while allowing just 4.8.
2. North Clayton is led by versatile back Clarence Jackson, who has committed to Mississippi.
3. North Clayton’s victory against the Bears propelled it to the region championship last season and ended a 19-game losing streak in the series.

Treutlen at Emanuel County Institute
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Rountree Stadium, Twin City
Records, rankings: Treutlen is 6-0 overall, 3-0 in Region 3-A and No.5; ECI is 4-1, 2-0 and No. 6.
Last meeting: ECI won 49-22 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. At No. 5, Treutlen has its highest ranking since 1978.
2. Treutlen QB R.J. Dennard has thrown for 897 yards and eight touchdowns, and RB Cartell McClendon has rushed for 704 yards and 15 touchdowns.
3. ECI’s leading rushers are Dario Moody, brother of Dexter Moody, and Wezley Ealey, brother of Washaun Ealey. The older brothers, seniors last season, each signed with Georgia. The younger brothers are sophomores.

Valdosta at Lowndes
When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Martin Stadium, Valdosta
Records, rankings: Valdosta is 4-2 overall, 1-2 in Region 1-AAAAA and unranked; Lowndes is 5-1, 2-1 and No. 5.
Last meeting: Lowndes won 14-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Valdosta quarterback DeShay March, who has 502 yards passing and 407 yards rushing, is questionable because of an injury suffered in a victory over Warner Robins two weeks ago. He managed to play only two series last week in a loss to Colquitt County. March’s backup also is injured.
2. Lowndes has won the past five games in a series that Valdosta leads 33-14.
3. Khary Franklin, who started the past two seasons at quarterback, is Lowndes’ leading rusher with 684 yards on 65 carries. He had 103 in the loss to Northside that ended Lowndes’ 15-game winning streak in the region.

Walton at Milton
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Eagles’ Nest, Alpharetta
Records, rankings: Walton is 5-0 overall and 4-0 in Region 6-AAAAA; Milton is 4-1, 4-0. Neither team is ranked.
Last meeting: Walton won 24-20 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Both teams are in a four-way tie for first place in the region with Lassiter and Roswell. Milton plays at Lassiter next week and at Roswell on Oct. 23.
2. Walton QB Joey Windler threw two touchdown passes to Patrick Cosgrove in the Raiders’ 20-7 victory against Alpharetta last week.
3. Milton has lost eight consecutive games in the series and has not beaten Walton since 1994.

Woodland (Stockbridge) at Jackson
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Red Devil Hill, Jackson
Records, rankings: Woodland is 5-1 overall, 4-0 in Region 4-AAA and unranked; Jackson is 6-0, 4-0 and No. 9.
Last meeting: Jackson won 23-0 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Since losing to Lowndes 75-14 in its opener, Woodland has won five consecutive games by an average score of 34-7.
2. Both teams beat region contender Mary Persons in the past two weeks. Jackson won 21-6 on Sept. 25; Woodland won 24-13 last week.
3. Jackson has won 16 consecutive regular-season games, while third-year school Woodland has won 12 games in its history.

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43 comments Add your comment

cane fan

October 8th, 2009
10:28 am

calhoun gives up to many points they do that against fitz thomasville, brooks or even cook and their season will be over.1AA is no joke thats why a 3-2 team is in the top ten.

Tell The Truth

October 8th, 2009
10:57 am

What? No North Cobb at East Paulding as a Top 10 game. Come on, GHSFD and AJC, the second week in a row with no East Paulding. The Raiders are going to show you.
Tick…Tick…Tick…BOOM.
LOL

RaidersAreLosers

October 8th, 2009
11:23 am

Walton at Milton should be good as region 6 starts to sort itself out. Woodstock should destroy the Hoyas, they got nothing. This will set up a real battle of the losers at East. Look for EP to fold up completely now that they’ve been exposed, losing two at home to N Cobb and Harrison.

Pops

October 8th, 2009
11:44 am

Wow… No love for EP?
Walton seems to have Milton’s number.
Based on there records Woodstock vs Harrision should be one of these top ten? However, I don’t believe anyone gives Harrison much of a shot here.

EagleNationRising

October 8th, 2009
12:02 pm

Griffin HAMMERS North Clayton. It is rare that metro Atlanta programs like North Clayton compete against top ranked programs from places like Griffin. Griffin 28, North Clayton 14.

Lowndes County is on “Upset Alert” hosting Valdosta. DeShay March is going to play. I guarantee it. Lowndes County 21, Valdosta 17.

Peach County VIOLATES Cairo. Peach County 35, Cairo 7

Will someone call the law on Carver-Columbus? Troup, nor any other AAA team is going to compete against Carver-Columbus, who are as talented as any team in the state. Carver-Columbus 28, Troup 0.

Someone needs to let the adminstrators, parents, students, players and coaches know at Martin Luther King HS that they have a real game coming from Newton (Covington) on Friday night. This is a metro Atlanta upset special. Please put MLK on “Upset Alert” as MLK looks ahead to their HUGE game with Stephenson next week. Newton 14, MLK 10.

Northside (Warner Robins) 35, Coffee 7.

EagleNationRising

October 8th, 2009
12:07 pm

Tell The Truth: Tick…tick…what? The Raiders have been totally exposed as legends in their own minds. Etowah put the lid on all of the East Paudling hype. Meanwhile, half of the EP posters riding the Lowndes County Viking bandwagon got their wheels knocked off at McConnell-Talbert Stadium as the Northside Eagles exposed the overhype coming out of Valdosta with Lowndes County. When you can not go on the road and beat Grayson, you are certainly not going to go on the road and beat Northside at the MAC.

The silver and black in Dallas and Hiram need to wear pink. There is no boom coming from EP. Etowah dominated EP. Why would the AJC continue to hype this subpar program?

SouthGARules

October 8th, 2009
12:28 pm

No Meadowcreek-Berkmar? In the immortal words of Darryl Maxie, “One of these teams will leave the Witness Protection Program with a win this week” This is BIGGER than Meadowcreek-Duluth. It’s so BIG they moved it to Thursday night. (I know that’s the reason it was not moved-Duluth/Collins Hill game moved to Thursday as well. Something about GCPS having a furlough day on Friday.)
Collins Hill to roll & Berkmar over Meadowcreek.

Tell The Truth

October 8th, 2009
12:40 pm

EagleNationRising: I was just poking fun at East Paulding since they like to over hype their program.

SportsFan31313

October 8th, 2009
1:20 pm

My Predictions this week.

Cairo Syrupmakers over Peach County

Calhoun over Chatooga

Lamar County over Callaway

Carver over Troup

Grayson over Brookwood

Griffin over North Clayton

Emmanuel County Institute over Treutlen

Lowndes County over Valdosta

Walton over Milton

Jackson over Woodland Stockbridge

ballboy

October 8th, 2009
2:05 pm

To everyone who is looking for MLK to overlook Newton County is crazy! We take every game one game at a time. Don’t get mad because we were choosen to be on television and your school were not. Good luck to your team this week!

Say it Aint So

October 8th, 2009
2:14 pm

Cairo vs Peach County Cairo has lost to Bainebridge and TCC PC is
at home. Take PC
Calhoun vs Chattooga Yellow Jackets remain undefeated
Callaway vs Lamar County Take Lamar County at home
Carver vs Troup Carver rolls
Grayson vs Brookwood The Rams remain undefeated
Griffin vs N Clayton I’m drinking the Bears coolaide
ECI vs Treutlen Toss up I’ll take Treutlen
Valdosta vs Lowndes Big brother thumps little brother Go Vikes
Walton vs Milton Walton wins a close one on the road
Woodland vs Jackson Take Jackson at home

RaidersAreLosers

October 8th, 2009
2:19 pm

Lowndes/Valdosta sccore will be 3-0, first one to kick a field goal, probably in double overtime, wins. WHOPPEEEEE!!! If either of those teams could actually kick a field goal NSWR would have two losses and ENR would be the legend in his own mind! Grayson and Woodstock win easy and there’s nothing left in their seasons but warmups for the playoffs.

jhoser

October 8th, 2009
2:39 pm

North clayton on top all the way baby

Dekalb Fan

October 8th, 2009
2:42 pm

Does anyone know if the starting QB for SWD is healed and ready to go for the second half of the season?

Wolverine2Blazer

October 8th, 2009
4:28 pm

Hey Raiders, seriously stop with the Woodstock hype, let me and WolverineFan handle that ok? Thanks =) The Woodstock-Harrison game isn’t a top ten game, it’ll be a good game don’t get me wrong. But when you got the ECI game and the Winnersville match going on, haha. No region 5 games are touching that this week. Trust me, the Lowndes tickets went on sale to the public yesterday at 9 and they were sold out before they closed the doors yesterday. **Note, if anybody has 2 tickets to that game that they aren’t using…=)** Going to be a great game, can’t believe I’m down here and going to miss it. =/

ENR, wouldn’t you say that it was a rough friday for those EP fans? haha

rwdekalbfan

October 8th, 2009
4:28 pm

What a short memory you have ENR. I thought you were so well versed on facts but yet you say you dont see a metro Atlanta team like North Clayton beating a team with traditon like Griffin when thats exactly what that metro Atlanta did just last year, they defeated Griffin. Go back and check your facts, I think they “competed” quite well in that victory over Griffin.

Fred

October 8th, 2009
4:30 pm

I am not saying the rest of the schedule after this Friday is easy for Grayson as we all know that on any given Friday…but would you rather have a slightly easier schedule or a slightly harder one? Easy rests the team but dulls the edge. Harder keeps you sharp but can wear you down and expose you to injuries. For example, Grayson’s number one receiver went down last week in the first quarter with a torn ACL and MCL. That won’t help as we move toward the end of the season. Thoughts and comments?

rwdekalbfan

October 8th, 2009
4:40 pm

ENR says the metro Atlanta team, North Clayton cant compete with a team with tradition like Griffin. Well since you are so good with facts why dont you give everyone on here the score of their game played just last year where this metro Atlanta North Clayton defeated Griffin. Griffin is good no doubt but North Clayton is better than you may realize.

Jay212033

October 8th, 2009
5:43 pm

DaShay might not play for Valdosta and his backup Avery is out they basically have no shot unless the D scores and pitches a shutout.

The Cannon Rules!!

October 8th, 2009
6:11 pm

Tell The Truth…Wolverine2Blazer…EagleNationRising…

Yeah…As you can tell from my previous post, last friday at Etowah was not any fun if you were a RAIDER fan…we knew going in that EAST was not as strong this year and several of the remaining Region games were going to be tough. Etowah showed up with fire in their eyes and played hard ALL night!!! They got a well deserved win!!!!

BUT that was then and this is now…HOPEFULLY a lesson was learned and the REAL RAIDERS from EAST that our fans love will show up this week and get back on track against North Cobb…this one is in OUR backyard, in “THE BONEYARD”, the CANNON is loaded…just hoping we get a few chances to hear it fired!!!

SouthGARules

October 8th, 2009
8:36 pm

Fred: You are right in the respect it will not help Grayson, but I would be more concerned if it was Pemberton or one of the stud defensive players. How is the punter doing after he tore his spleen against Camden? I think I would rather close with an easier schedule because you are more beat up as the season goes on.

Hoya Chuck

October 8th, 2009
8:46 pm

The Woodstock/Harrison game might have broke the top 10, had Harrison won against KMHS! Both teams would have been 4-1 and playing for sole posession of second place in the region. I think a the bye week and some serious soul searching will give the Hoyas a good chance of winning. Home field with all of the “homecoming-hype” may help Harrison as well. Should be a real good game! Come out and watch!!

GO HOYAS!!

slalom1

October 8th, 2009
9:54 pm

EagleNation Rising, At least you got one thing right. When it comes to Carver-Col,”Call the law.” Somebody needs to. lol.

SouthGARules

October 8th, 2009
11:07 pm

Collins Hill 37 Duluth 0
Congrats to Berkmar. They beat Meadowcreek 33 to 6.

Bear_Backer

October 9th, 2009
12:33 am

Hey rwdekalbfan ! You keep em straight! Griffin Did lose last year and now the Bears are in for a true Battle Friday Night… Its gonna be a good un! GO BEARS!!!

Reeze

October 9th, 2009
5:30 am

My top three with Major playoff and Ranking implications 1 . Lowndes/Valdosta should be a good one…….Lowndes wins…….. 2. Peach over Cairo, Sportsfan91210………..And the matchup that everyone with a bye this should attend…… 3 .Griffin/N.Clayton…..N. Clayton upsets the Bears

Reeze

October 9th, 2009
5:45 am

RaidersAreLosers ……..Did Etowah need a good field goal kicker last week?….Probably not!……Give credit where credit is due…. Ask yourself why? Lowndes ,Valdosta and Carver were forced to attempt field goals in the first place? Its very difficult to score on Northside in the “Red Zone” …..And a 30 yard plus field goal is not a chip shot in the majority of High school football teams Raidersarelosers.

justwannaknow

October 9th, 2009
9:23 am

Does anyone know who this #49 is for Stephenson H/S

Dekalb Fan

October 9th, 2009
9:41 am

Dose anyone know if the starting QB for SWD has healed since being injuried the first game against MLK. They only lost the MLK game because he went down the first play of the game.

Uncle Rico

October 9th, 2009
10:07 am

question: if Walton beats Milton, should they be considered for the top-10?
of course, this depends on what happens ahead of them, but if they’re 6-0 & 5-0 in the Region, they could make a strong case.

also – the same question goes for Lassiter & Roswell. both are heavily favored tonight.
if they all emerge 6-0, I think at least 1 of them has to jump into the rankings.

Wolverine2Blazer

October 9th, 2009
10:22 am

Hoyah Chuck, So it’s Harrison’s HC? ah geez. Its going to be a battle tonight. I honestly believe you have the best home field advantage in the region. Something about your stadium is just errie. haha. I got tickets to the Lowndes-Valdosta game tonight so I prob wont know the score till I get back to the dorm. Geez. How’s ya’ll offense this year?

the real Old Gold

October 9th, 2009
12:24 pm

Calhoun 38 Chattooga 21- Make it 64 straight region wins.

the real Old Gold

October 9th, 2009
12:52 pm

“cane fan”: Calhoun gives up points because by the end of the second quarter half of the second team is already playing, and by the end of the third quarter the jv is in, including the QB.

Pops

October 9th, 2009
1:09 pm

Go Hoya’s
Upset special Hoya’s 16- Wolverine’s 14

SERIOUS GRAYSON HATER

October 9th, 2009
4:44 pm

“Grayson looks to be the short-handed team tonight. Starting tight end Nick Benzor tore the ACL in his knee and will be out. Conn said he hopes to delay surgery and finish out the season in a knee brace”.

Just read this article in the Gwinnett Daily Post! I sure hope that Coach don’t plan on playing this kid if he does it just shows how greedy he is and how that “State Ring” is more important than the injury this kid has. I am getting a flashback from the movie “Johnnie be Good” when Johnnie went looking at all the colleges and he made a stop at the convevient store and the dude working there was a college recruit with a scholarship and he got hurt playing college ball, lost the scholarship and the “Coach” got him the job at the convenient store. I’m just saying……

jumping bob

October 9th, 2009
4:55 pm

I think the 2 best teams have been left off this so called power list, peachtree ridge and North Gwinnette, then can beat any of thies teams.

jumping bob

October 9th, 2009
4:57 pm

they and these

SportsFan31313

October 9th, 2009
4:57 pm

Good Luck on your games tonight. For those who are not going to any games, you could catch the Valdosta – Lowndes County game live on television. For Direct TV owners, it is on channel 610 ( A ESPN STATION) at 8:00 pm and to be repeated (shown) two more times. Check your local cable or Direct TV listings if the channel is not the same.

HomeFieldAdvantage

October 10th, 2009
8:42 am

Somebody please tell EAGLENATIONRISING that contrary to his ravings on and on Lowndes DID “PeachtreeRidge” Valdosta by the score of 57-15, with Valdosta scoring on Lowndes’ B Team in the running clock 4th Quarter!

Connie Rosser

October 10th, 2009
9:58 am

Last night Jackson played Woodland highschool and and won with score of 31-0. Jackson had control of the football the whole game.Jackson is now 7-0 and will be
traveling to Eagles Landing next week.GO RED DEVILS:D

joe james

October 10th, 2009
6:02 pm

if i could and may not know get complete high school scores from across the state from each high school thanks

SWBBANDPARENT

October 12th, 2009
3:22 pm

To the Dekalb Fan, Yes the starting QB is back for SWD, and you can tell the difference already.

#6biggestfan!!

October 15th, 2009
8:40 am

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