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

Here are 10 games the GHSF Daily staff considers not-miss this weekend.

Apalachee at Loganville
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Red Devil Stadium, Loganville
Records, rankings: Apalachee is 6-0 overall, 6-0 in Region 8-AAAA and No. 9; Loganville is 4-2, 4-2 and unranked.
Last meeting: Loganville won 17-12 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Apalachee’s Jon Lee has rushed for 676 yards this season, including 275 against Winder-Barrow two weeks ago.
2. Loganville’s Storm Johnson and Mykel Wyyett combined for almost 300 yards rushing and four touchdowns in the Red Devils’ crucial victory against second-place Madison County last week.
3. Apalachee, which started its program in 2000, leads Madison County and Clarke Central by two games and is closing in on its first region title.

Collins Hill at Peachtree Ridge
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Lion’s Den, Suwanee
Records, rankings: Collins Hill is 6-0 overall, 4-0 in Region 7-AAAAA and unranked; Peachtree Ridge is 5-1, 4-0 and No. 9.
Last meeting: Peachtree Ridge won 21-0 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Peachtree Ridge’s versatile Brad Roby had touchdowns on a run, a reception and an interception return against Mill Creek last week.
2. Collins Hill’s Charles Perkins leads Gwinnett County in rushing with 1,133 yards in six games. He has scored 12 touchdowns.
3. The winner keeps pace with North Gwinnett for the region lead. Peachtree Ridge plays North Gwinnett on Nov. 6, but Collins Hill does not play the Bulldogs this season.

Dublin at Swainsboro
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tiger Field, Swainsboro
Records, rankings: Dublin is 5-1 overall, 5-1 in Region 3-AA; Swainsboro is 5-1, 5-1. Neither team is ranked.
Last meeting: Dublin won 23-20 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. These teams are tied for second place behind Jefferson County (7-0) in region play, and the loser likely will finish no higher than third and face a road game in the first round of the state playoffs.
2. Swainsboro quarterback Malcolm Eady is his team’s leading passer (741 yards, nine touchdowns) and rusher (485 yards, three touchdowns).
3. Dublin, seeking its sixth straight season of at least 10 victories, starts five or six sophomores on offense and defense.

ECI at Johnson County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Herschel Walker Field, Wrightsville
Records, rankings: ECI is 5-1 overall, 3-0 in Region 3-A Div. B and No. 5; Johnson County is 7-0, 4-0 and No. 3.
Last meeting: ECI won 35-12 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. ECI is facing its second undefeated, ranked opponent in two weeks. ECI beat Treutlen 35-28 last week.
2. Johnson County is led by QB D.J. Dozier (1,288 yards passing, 519 rushing) and WR Zack Walker (56 receptions, 935 yards, 10 touchdowns).
3. In the post-Washaun Ealey era, ECI has not had a rusher surpass 100 yards in a game this season.

Liberty County at Burke County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bear Den, Waynesboro
Records, rankings: Liberty County is 5-2 overall, 2-1 in Region 3-AAA and unranked; Burke County is 5-1, 1-1 and No. 10.
Last meeting: Burke County won 24-14 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. In what was a typical night, Burke County QB Terrell Brigham rushed for 144 yards and passed for 90 on 10-of-14 passing in a 42-0 victory over Richmond Hill last week.
2. Liberty County, coached by former Georgia tight end Kirk Warner, won a critical region game last week, 17-16 over West Laurens, by stopping a two-point conversion in overtime.
3. One more victory for Liberty County probably would secure the school’s second playoff berth since it began football in 1993.

Lincoln County at Washington-Wilkes
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tiger Field, Washington
Records, rankings: Lincoln County is 5-1 overall, 1-0 in Region 7-A and No. 3; Washington-Wilkes is 4-2, 1-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: Lincoln County won 14-6 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Lincoln County leads 33-32-6 in a series that dates to 1922.
2. Lincoln County’s A.G. Middlebrooks, a 1,000-yard rusher, was lost to the season with a broken leg two weeks ago.
3. New Washington-Wilkes coach Lee Hutto, formerly of Warren County, changed the offense from a spread to a Wing-T, and his team is averaging about 280 yards rushing per game.

Miller County at Seminole County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Seminole Stadium, Donalsonville
Records, rankings: Miller County is 5-1 overall, 1-0 in Region 1-A Div. B and No. 10; Seminole County is 6-1, 2-0 and No. 9.
Last meeting: Seminole County won 13-12 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Miller County is the region’s defending champion, and its only region defeat last season was against Seminole.
2. Seminole’s 28-6 victory last week over Terrell County was led by sophomores Chris Brown (149 yards rushing) and Barren Rambo (123).
3. Miller County LB Colby Salter is a preseason Class A all-state player, and Miller County is sixth in scoring defense in Class A, allowing 9.2 points per game. Miller County has shutouts over key region rivals Clinch County and Terrell County.

Newnan at Westlake
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Westlake High School, College Park
Records, rankings: Newnan is 6-0 overall, 5-0 in Region 4-AAAAA and No. 4; Westlake is 5-1, 5-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: Newnan won 43-0 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Newnan and Westlake are tied for first place in the region, two games ahead of four teams tied for third. The winner almost certainly wins the region title.
2. Newnan has allowed 28 points in six games this season, 15 of which came in a 26-15 victory against LaGrange in the opener.
3. Westlake is averaging 37.8 points per game since its season-opening 15-8 loss to Banneker.

Parkview at South Gwinnett
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, South Gwinnett Community Stadium, Snellville
Records, rankings: Parkview is 4-3 overall, 3-2 in Region 8-AAAAA; South Gwinnett is 5-1, 3-1. Neither team is ranked.
Last meeting: Parkview won 34-31 in triple overtime in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. South Gwinnett has one of the county’s best passing games, led by quarterback Kent Rollins and receiver Jonathan Krause.
2. Parkview quarterback Kalik Barnes, who threw for more than 300 yards against No. 1 Grayson, is sidelined with a broken jaw.
3. Parkview’s loss to Dacula last week puts its playoff chances in jeopardy. The Panthers likely need two wins in their final three games to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since 1993.

Stephenson at M.L. King
When, where: 6 p.m. Friday, Hallford Stadium, Clarkston
Records, rankings: Stephenson is 6-0 overall, 3-0 in Region 2-AAAAA and No. 7; M.L. King is 6-0, 3-0 and No. 8.
Last meeting: Stephenson won 27-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Stephenson’s defense, led by DT Doral White, LB Franchot West and DT Michael Thornton, will be tested by M.L. King star running back Mack Brown, who returned from an injury last week.
2. The game was moved to an earlier kickoff and will be broadcast nationally by ESPNU.
3. Although both teams still must play undefeated Union Grove, the winner of this game will be the favorite to win the 2-AAAAA championship.

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23 comments Add your comment

GO UG!

October 15th, 2009
9:06 am

Since we have already been appointed the 3rd seed in the region, who do we play in the first round?

GO UG!

October 15th, 2009
9:10 am

Ok, since we have been delcared the 3rd seed we would play the #2 seed in region 3. Who will that be?

TENNESSEE VOL MOM

October 15th, 2009
10:34 am

GO WESTLAKE BEAT NEWNAN WE GOT THIS…

SportsFan31313

October 15th, 2009
11:00 am

SportsFan31313 Predictions This Week.

Apalachee at Loganville Take Apalachee

Collins Hill at Peachtree Ridge Take The “Ridge” Peachtree Ridge

Dublin at Swainsboro I’m taking the Rag as in the Song Tiger Rag Swainsboro Tigers

Dublin at Swainsboro Heck of a Match up this week. To Great Teams. But Take Johnson County

Lincoln County at Washington-Wilkes. Washington Wilkes may be good, but not good enough. Take Lincoln County.

Miller County at Seminole County WOW! Another great match up. No 1 VS No 2 in the Region 1-A in the West. Take the”Noles” Seminole County.

Newnan at Westlake A no Brainer. Take Newnan of course…..

Parkview at South Gwinnett I like South Gwinette. Take South Gwinette.

Stephenson at M.L. King Another tough Battle. I’m going to give the edge to M. L. King this year.

Another one that is not mentioned:

Liberty County At Burke County Region 3-AAA in whom I believe to be the toughest Region this year to play in. No doubt, this will be a very tough game between both Liberty County and Burke County. This is indeed a very important game for Liberty County as the Liberty County Panthers are trying to take the 2nd Seed in the playoffs, and 1st round home field advantage. As much as I like Liberty County I would like the upset, I don’t think that they will pull it off in Waynesboro. Take Burke County over a very hard fought game.

AJC Sports…. I bet that my predictions will be better than yours this week. LOL…..

John Wells

October 15th, 2009
12:20 pm

A Tennessee Vol Mom rooting for Westlake … that makes me want Newnan to win even more. Crush them Cougars!

SportsFan31313

October 15th, 2009
12:41 pm

Wishful thinking Tennessee Vol Mom

Regular Joe

October 15th, 2009
12:52 pm

I hope Stephenson wins but its a toss up; because both teams play home games at Halford Stadium there is no home field advantage.

Coach

October 15th, 2009
2:24 pm

UG stop crying your butt kicking is comming next week. By the way your team is to slow. Maybe if yall take some of them neck rolls off you might be faster.

ENR's Alter Ego

October 15th, 2009
4:58 pm

Grovetown 87, Northside 0

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GO UG!

October 15th, 2009
9:10 pm

Coach, just be gentle with us!

indians

October 15th, 2009
9:16 pm

HUGE game between Miller and Seminole–even bigger than this game usually is because of whats at stake. Proud of both teams from extreme SW Ga for getting recognized as two of the best teams in all of class A.

Pridge Senior

October 15th, 2009
9:18 pm

In the first matchup listed, it says, “2. Loganville’s Storm Johnson…” Is he really named storm? That sounds like an awesome name.

AVikingFan

October 15th, 2009
10:00 pm

SportsFan31313 – Good picks. What is Bradwell doing this weekekend?

Bowdonfan

October 15th, 2009
10:12 pm

Bowdon and Trion will battle it out for the 2nd place spot in region unless Darlington gets an upset, then Bowdon will be region champs.

Bowdonfan

October 15th, 2009
10:14 pm

Region 6-A that is….

FVSU Nupe!

October 16th, 2009
10:16 am

Apalachee is goin to SUPRISE Loganville but shutting them down in the 2nd half at there own stadium! Watch out for there running backs and that QB #6, he sure can throw that ball whenever he gets the chance to let it go! So I’m sayin Apalachee 28 Loganville 14!

Coach

October 16th, 2009
1:03 pm

Newton

October 16th, 2009
4:53 pm

Go UG: if the playoffs started today, and you guys were in fact a third seed, you would be playing Johnson-Savannah in the first round. That could change though because frankly, region 3-AAAAA is garbage. Any team with a 5-5 or 6-4 record could be 2nd in their region. Give yourself hope against MLK and Stephenson. You guys have a solid defense, especially DL and DB. If you play discipline mistake free football either of those teams can be beaten. What’s up with yall schedule though? Luella, Stephenson, Us and MLK to close. YIKES. Think 10-0, you might just get at least 8-2.

Coweta County

October 16th, 2009
5:27 pm

Newnan has been under the radar so far this season. Tonite we show the state what a power we are. Newnan rocks.

SportsFan31313

October 19th, 2009
10:48 am

Greetings AVIKING FAN,

Sorry guy, I just got back in town from a trip to New York. (Business Related)
But as you probably know Bradwell won big. But there have been some problems with this Bradwell Institute Team. They have a total of 12 starters injured, and that is the reason why they dropped two Region games this season putting they post season playoffs in jeopardy. Bradwell was expected to run the table against all the Savannah School leaving the last game to be played in Region 3-AAAAA showdown against Camden County for the Region Title. Now Bradwell is barely holding on. Now I will just have to wait and see.

SportsFan31313

October 19th, 2009
12:37 pm

Newton,

A school from Region 3-AAAAA with a 5-5 or 6-4 could beat your team from your Region though!!!!!!!!

blogs.ajc.com

April 17th, 2011
3:42 pm

Blogs ajc.. He-he-he :)