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

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

Baldwin at Liberty County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Olvey Field, Hinesville
Records, rankings: Baldwin is 5-2 overall, 3-0 in Region 3-AAA and No. 9. Liberty County is 6-2, 3-1 and unranked.
Last meeting: Baldwin won 35-0 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Baldwin has won 15 consecutive region games. Its two losses are to higher-ranked non-region foes in AAA (Peach County, Carver of Columbus).
2. Liberty County, which is coming off consecutive overtime victories against West Laurens and Burke County, is one victory from clinching its second state playoff berth in the program’s history.
3. Liberty County sophomore Shadrach Thornton rushed for 137 yards in 32 carries in Liberty’s victory over Burke.

Fitzgerald at Brooks County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Veterans Stadium, Quitman
Records, rankings: Fitzgerald is 7-0 overall, 4-0 in Region 1-AA and No. 2; Brooks County is 6-1, 3-1 and No. 10.
Last meeting: Brooks County won 14-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Fitzgerald leads Class AA in scoring (50.3 per game) and scoring defense (6.0).
2. Fitzgerald’s Nick Williams and Trenton Pruitt are one of the state’s best pair of offensive weapons. Each averages more than 10 yards per carry, and Pruitt, a Vanderbilt commit who is the son of head coach Robby Pruitt, is the team’s top receiver and returner.
3. Brooks County’s Keith Christopher is a preseason all-state running back who rushed for 139 yards on 13 carries in last week’s 41-9 victory over Berrien.

Hillgrove at Hiram
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hiram Stadium, Hiram
Records, rankings: Hillgrove is 6-1 overall, 2-1 in Region 7-AAAA Div. B and No. 10; Hiram is 7-0, 3-0 and No. 9.
Last meeting: Hillgrove won 30-13 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Hillgrove quarterback Synjyn Days, who has committed to Georgia Tech, was held to 19 yards rushing and no pass completions in the Hawks’ overtime loss to Sprayberry last week.
2. Hiram is fifth in Class AAAA scoring, averaging 37.1 points per game. Hillgrove is No. 15, averaging 29 points. That average was 32.7 until the loss to Sprayberry.
3. Hiram would advance to the region championship game with victories this week and next (against Sprayberry). The Hornets began playing football in 2000 and have never won a region title.

Johnson County at Treutlen
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Treutlen High School, Soperton
Records, rankings: Johnson County is 7-1 overall, 4-1 in Region 3-A Div. B and No. 8. Treutlen is 6-1, 3-1 and unranked.
Last meeting: Johnson County won 22-14 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Treutlen averages 37.1 points per game and is led by QB R.J. Dennard (897 yards passing, 52 of 87) and Cartell McClendon (704 yards rushing).
2. Johnson County’s D.J. Dozier has thrown for 1,495 yards and rushed for 652, and Zack Walker has 64 receptions to lead the state.
3. Treutlen is seeking its first seven-win season and playoff appearance since 1998.

Marist at Southwest DeKalb
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hallford Stadium, Clarkston
Records, rankings: Marist is 6-1 overall, 6-0 in Region 6-AAAA and No. 5; Southwest DeKalb is 6-1, 6-0 and No. 3.
Last meeting: Marist won 27-21 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Southwest DeKalb’s Ken Malcome is one of the county’s best running backs, averaging about 127 yards per game.
2. Marist quarterback Andy Perez has proven capable of beating a team with his running or his passing.
3. The winner takes sole possession of first place in Region 6-AAAA, while the loser falls into a tie for second place with the Tucker-Stone Mountain winner. Southwest DeKalb has games remaining against Tucker and Stone Mountain.

North Oconee at East Jackson
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Eagle Stadium, Commerce
Records, rankings: Both teams are 7-0 overall, 6-0 in Region 8-AA and unranked.
Last meeting: North Oconee won 3-0 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Each team has a feature running back on pace to surpass 1,000 yards. Brandon Whitlock has 15 touchdowns for North Oconee, and Deon Sewell has 13 for East Jackson.
2. North Oconee is averaging 35.1 points per game (ninth in Class AA). East Jackson is averaging 39.3 points (sixth in AA).
3. Both schools opened this decade and played their first region schedules in 2008.

St. Pius at Grady
When, where: 11 a.m. Saturday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Records, rankings: St. Pius is 7-0 overall, 4-0 in Region 5-AAA Div. B and No. 3; Grady is 7-0, 4-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: St. Pius won 28-7 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. St. Pius has the second-ranked defense in Class AAA, allowing 6.3 points per game. Grady is tied for fifth, allowing 7.4 points per game.
2. St. Pius’ powerful running game is led by Cole Moon, who rushed for 163 yards in the Golden Lions’ victory against Washington last week.
3. The winner clinches the Division B championship and earns a spot in the region championship game, most likely against Dunwoody.

Tucker at Stone Mountain
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Adams Stadium, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Tucker is 6-1 overall, 5-1 in Region 6-AAAA and No. 7; Stone Mountain is 6-1, 5-1 and unranked.
Last meeting: Tucker won 37-6 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Tucker has a powerful running game, led by Tyrelle Poole, Rendell Wilder and Devin Scott, who rushed for 116 yards in a victory against Chamblee last week.
2. Stone Mountain hasn’t started a season 6-1 since 2000 and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004.
3. The winner moves into a tie for second place in the region with the loser of Marist-Southwest DeKalb game, while the loser falls into fourth place.

Union Grove at Stephenson
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Hallford Stadium, Clarkston
Records, rankings: Union Grove is 7-0 overall, 4-0 in Region 2-AAAAA and unranked; Stephenson is 7-0, 4-0 and No. 6.
Last meeting: Stephenson won 25-0 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. Stephenson’s Raymond Sanders outrushed M.L. King star Mack Brown 135-103 in the Jaguars’ 20-0 victory last week.
2. Union Grove’s Donovan Johnson rushed for 121 yards and the game-winning touchdown in a 23-19 victory against rival Luella last week.
3. A victory by Stephenson would leave the Jaguars needing just one win in their final two games (against 2-5 Greenbrier and 1-6 Douglass) to capture their second consecutive region title.

Warner Robins at Colquitt County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mack Tharpe Stadium, Moultrie
Records, rankings: Warner Robins is 5-2 overall, 3-1 in Region 1-AAAAA. Colquitt County is 6-1, 3-1. Neither team is ranked.
Last meeting: Warner Robins won 39-14 in 2008.
Three things to know:
1. With Lowndes and Northside of Warner Robins looming on the schedule, Warner Robins faces perhaps a must-win scenario.
2. Colquitt County quarterback Tyler Brown leads the region in passing with 1,153 yards and eight touchdowns, and Quin Roberson (26 catches, 463 yards) is the top receiver.
3. Warner Robins has the third-ranked defense in Class AAAAA, allowing 5.6 points per game, and Jonathan Jackson has rushed for 599 yards, fourth-best in the region.

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UG aka G-Squad

October 22nd, 2009
10:38 am

Union Grove Will shock the world Saturday night


October 22nd, 2009
1:31 pm

The points scored in the Colquitt vs Warne Robins game may decide the 3rd and 4th places teams in region 1-AAAAA. This makes it a VERY BIG game.

As reported in other posts and blogs, region 1-AAAAA’s tie breaker system when 3 teams end the season tied is the fewest total points allowed among those three teams in their head to head match ups. It’s a good possibility Colquitt, Valdosta, and Warner Robins could end the season with the same region won/loss record. Valdosta allowed 14 to Colquitt and 7 to Warner Robins, for a total points allowed of 21. Warner Robins allowed 14 to Valdosta. Colquitt allowed 7 to Valdosta.


October 22nd, 2009
1:57 pm

Colquitt could take all the suspense away just by beating the Demons. However, it’s not going to happen according to ENR.
BROOKWOOD MOM: How does it look for your Broncos Friday?
Sports Fan 31313: Want to see your picks.


October 22nd, 2009
4:15 pm

SouthGARules: My BRONCOS seem to be better prepared this week. I don’t think they want to put us through that embarrassment again! Plus it’s homecoming so they should get them excited. I dread the rain. UGH!

SportsFan31313: You are picking my BRONCOS this week right? hehehe


October 22nd, 2009
4:32 pm

SouthGARules: I’m pretty sure after last Friday’s DRAMA, my BRONCOS are mentally ready this week. Plus we have homecoming so that ought to get them pumped up. I just dread the rain. UGH!!

lassiter trojans fan 222

October 22nd, 2009
5:11 pm



October 22nd, 2009
6:31 pm

BROOKWOOD MOM: Maybe you’ll get lucky with the rain & it turns out like it did against Grayson. (The rain not the score). I hope you’re right about the mental aspect. Basically, they should be in playoff mode until the season is over. Good luck tomorrow night.


October 23rd, 2009
9:33 am

@BROOKWOOD MOM….. Dacula is playing with a lot of heart, passion and fight. Tonights game will not be easy for Brookwood. The key will be Julia Suber and Andre Wright. If they are able to make big plays in clutch situations they will win. The two QB system that Dacula employes with Andy A. and Rocky C. has been effective most of the season. Dacula has a lot of mo after the win at Parkview and Shiloh so don’t think they are going to lay down easy. This is th egame of the night in y opinion at least fro Region 8-5A. Even if it rains neither team should be affected becasue they each have strong rushing attacks. Dacula’s Taylor Roberts, Darien Lane and Ashad Holloway are solid in the Falcon backfield. Brookwood wins!

Big Ben

October 23rd, 2009
10:20 am

What about Lassiter at Walton?

despite their stud QB, I think Lassiter loses a close one at Walton.
the Raiders always play well at home, & Lassiter is their biggest rival.

also – Roswell crushes Milton & takes the lead in 6-AAAA.

regardless, the 6-AAAAA teams are going nowhere in the playoffs b/c they begin by playing the 7-AAAAA teams….North Gwinnett, P’tree Ridge & Collins Hill.
good luck.


October 23rd, 2009
3:53 pm

Okay everybody, here is my picks for week nine.

Baldwin at Liberty County (Liberty County)
Liberty County have proven to me that they can perform and beat ranked teams. Liberty County Defense is great. Liberty County is playing at home, take Liberty County making them the number 2 seed in the post playoffs.

Fitzgerald at Brooks County (Fitzgerald)

Hillgrove at Hiram (Hiram)

Johnson County at Treutlen (Johnson County)

Marist at Southwest DeKalb (Marist) SWD is not the same SWD it use to be.

North Oconee at East Jackson (East Jackson)

St. Pius at Grady (St Pius)

Tucker at Stone Mountain (Tucker)

Union Grove at Stephenson (Stephenson)

Warner Robins at Colquitt County (Colquitt County)

Okay there you have it. Let me know what you think!!!!!


October 23rd, 2009
3:56 pm

Greetings Brookwood Mom,

Brookwood will win tonight.


October 23rd, 2009
4:10 pm

Greeting Brookwood Mom,
Dacula will win tonight.
(so will NG)


October 23rd, 2009
4:19 pm

I hope this is an ENR free blog. If he rolls over here Sports Fan 31313, he will lambast you for picking Colquitt over WR. I agree with your picks. What about Bradwell tonight?


October 23rd, 2009
6:15 pm

im with ya southgarules. lol. how dare you pick any warner robins school losing. ;)
i got colquitt tonight. lots say it will be a blowout the other way but i just cant see warner robins putting tons of points up. i think dacula probably wins tonight but either could win really. the brookwood quarterback has lots of yards but everyone keeps saying he is bad. regardless south gwinnett wins the 2 seed in that region. like the past years i got bradwell winning region 3’s 2 seed.


October 23rd, 2009
10:22 pm

SportsFan31313: Thanks sugar for picking my BRONCOS!
Puddin: I guess the better team won! Congrats!


October 24th, 2009
10:16 am

It’s good to see Hiram finally get some recognition. I grew up in Paulding County (mostly in Hiram), but have lived out of Georgia since 1990 due to military obligations. I have always followed the local teams through the internet and it’s great to see Hiram and East Paulding doing so well!!


October 24th, 2009
11:25 am



October 24th, 2009
2:22 pm




October 24th, 2009
4:07 pm

Greetings Brookwood Mom,

You’re welcome. I thought that Brookwood would pull this in off.


October 24th, 2009
4:08 pm

Greetings Brookwood Mom,

You’re welcome. I thought that Brookwood would pull this one off.


October 24th, 2009
4:09 pm

Sorry for the type Brookwood Mom,

I thought that Brookwood would have pull it off….


October 24th, 2009
7:27 pm

To ” SportsFan31313″ did you get to see any of the Marist-SWD game that you predicted SWD to lose. They look like they may be a serious contender for the title.

Hornet Mom

October 25th, 2009
10:01 am

Well, well, well. To the Raider fan who thought Hillgrove would “run through Hiram”. Just in case you didn’t hear-HIRAM WON!


October 25th, 2009
1:54 pm

Greetings rwdekalbfan,

SWD now has my attention. I really believed that after they dropped their season opener SWD was over rated…. But since that time, SWD has proven themselves to be a great contender. With that being said, they should do well in the post season.


October 25th, 2009
6:57 pm

The two games I most missed seeing were the St.Mtn/Tucker and Marist/SWD games. Those of you that got to see them were lucky. Congrats to the winners! The losers of those two games still have good ballteams.
(Marist – stop with all the ugly whining about the refs, you just plain got your butts kicked.)


October 25th, 2009
7:39 pm

SPORTSFAN31313 – Eaglernationrising and I had a friendly wager on the Colquitt/ Warner Robins game last week. As a result, he has to buy a round of OUR FAVORITE during state championship game weekend in the lobby bar of the Omni Hotel near the GA Dome. A round for all the posters on the AJC sports blogs! Let’s talk it up and have a huge turn out. It will be fun meeting each other. Name tags will be available to write our blog nicknames (handles).

We will invite Todd, Chip, and Michael.



October 26th, 2009
12:15 am

Liberty County no longer plays at Olvey Field. It has its own on-campus field, Donell Woods Stadium.


October 27th, 2009
11:20 am


Good to know……. Thanks For the Info……


October 27th, 2009
11:21 am


I know that Liberty County have their own Stadium. Who are you referring to?


October 27th, 2009
11:23 am

Braves Fan,

Nice to here you brag… But so you know this: Baldwin County has “NEVER” beaten Bradwell Institute…. Bradwell Institute own you all. Just know that….


October 29th, 2009
12:54 am

LOL who is bradwell institution and are they even ranked??? LOL come on Bradwell…yea right ha ha