Bob Jones (Ala.) at North Gwinnett
When, where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium, Suwanee
Records, rankings: Bob Jones (11-2 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 8 in Alabama’s Class 6A preseason poll; North Gwinnett is 1-0 and No. 3 in Class AAAAA.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. North Gwinnett’s Ethan Kilgore and Donnie Miles each scored two touchdowns and had more than 100 yards of total offense in the Bulldogs’ 34-14 victory against Lassiter last week. 2. North Gwinnett starting quarterback C.J. Uzomah, an Auburn commitment, spends about half of his time at wide receiver. 3. Bob Jones lost to Fairhope 26-22 in a jamboree last week, allowing Fairhope to drive 80 yards in 27 seconds for the winning score.
Buford at Gainesville
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bobby Gruhn Field, Gainesville
Records, rankings: Buford (14-1 and the Class AA champion in 2009), is 0-0 and No. 1 in AA; Gainesville (14-1 and the Class AAA runner-up in 2009), is 0-0 and No. 10 in AAA.
Last meeting: Buford won 31-17 in 2005.
Three things to know: 1. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 LB A.J. Johnson is one of only four returning starters for Gainesville, which lost all-state QB Blake Sims and WR Tai-ler Jones to graduation. 2. Buford lost almost every starter on both sides of the line of scrimmage but should have a good backfield with QB Alex Ross, who threw for 1,564 yards last season, and transfer RB Dominique Swope, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore two years ago. 3. Buford’s secondary, led by junior CB Ryan Dillard, is expected to be among the best in the state in any class.
LaGrange at Newnan
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Drake Stadium, Newnan
Records, rankings: LaGrange (8-3 in 2009) is 0-0 and unranked in the preseason for the first time since 2000; Newnan (13-1 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 5 in Class AAAAA.
Last meeting: Newnan won 26-15 in 2009.
Three things to know: 1. Newnan has won 28 consecutive regular-season games, tied for longest in county history with a streak set by East Coweta that ended in 1999. 2. LaGrange LB Chauncey Smith, perhaps the team’s best player, wears the No. 2 jersey worn by famous past linebackers Sam Olajabutu, Travis Hart and Qua Huzzie. 3. LaGrange leads the all-time series, which goes back more than 100 years, 49-30-4.
Peach County at Warner Robins
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, McConnell-Talbert Stadium, Warner Robins
Records, rankings: Peach County (15-0 and the Class AAA champion in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 2 in Class AAA; Warner Robins (6-4 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 6 in AAAA.
Last meeting: Warner Robins won 49-6 in 1971.
Three things to know: 1. Peach County DL Randolph Williams and DB Jontavious Davis are GHSF Daily preseason all-state players, but the guy getting the headlines this season might be RB Travis Richmond, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. 2. Warner Robins is changing its offense from a Wing-T to multiple formations designed to make for a better run-pass balance. 3. Warner Robins lost 35 players to Veterans High, the newest school in Houston County, and is dropping to Class AAAA this season.
Roswell at Collins Hill
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Fahring Field, Suwanee
Records, rankings: Roswell (10-2 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 8 in Class AAAAA; Collins Hill (8-3 in 2009) is 0-0 and unranked in AAAAA.
Last meeting: Roswell won 30-27 in two overtimes in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs in 2009.
Three things to know: 1. The Roswell offense is anchored by Joe Turner, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound guard who has received an offer from Navy. 2. Collins Hill quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who returns as the starter, passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to Roswell last season. 3. The game will be the head coaching debut for Collins Hill’s Kevin Reach, who was promoted to replace Billy Wells when he left to start the program at Lanier.
Spain Park (Ala.) vs. Grayson
When, where: 5 p.m. Saturday, Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium, Suwanee
Records, rankings: Spain Park (10-3 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 6 in Alabama’s Class 6A preseason poll; Grayson is 0-1 and unranked in Class AAAAA.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. Spain Park head coach David Shores was placed on administrative leave this week for what was described in The Birmingham News as a “physical” incident at a practice. 2. Spain Park reached the quarterfinals of Alabama’s highest classification last season. 3. Grayson lost its opener 13-10 to Kell in the Georgia Dome in a defensive struggle in which Kell converted three Grayson turnovers into all 13 of its points.
Stephenson at Parkview
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Big Orange Jungle, Lilburn
Records, rankings: Stephenson (11-1 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 6 in Class AAAAA; Parkview (5-5 in 2009) is 0-0 and unranked in AAAAA.
Last meeting: Stephenson won 20-14 in the 2005 Class AAAAA quarterfinals.
Three things to know: 1. Stephenson’s offense is led by running back Willie Davis (committed to South Florida) and quarterback Jordan Tarver (Kent State). 2. Parkview missed the Class AAAAA playoffs last season, the first time since 1993 that the Panthers failed to reach the postseason. 3. This game marks the debut of WSB-TV’s coverage of high school football. It will be shown live on Channel 2.2 RTV (Comcast channel 248, Charter channel 127) and will be rebroadcast on WSB Channel 2 at 1 a.m.
Thomas County Central at Thomasville
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Veterans Memorial Stadium, Thomasville
Records, rankings: Thomas County Central (11-2 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 5 in Class AAAA; Thomasville (8-4 in 2009) is 1-0 and No. 8 in AA.
Last meeting: Thomasville won 13-9 in 2009.
Three things to know: 1. Thomas Central QB Eric Dodson was the Region 1-AAAA offensive player of the year in 2009, when he threw for 1,042 yards and rushed for 936. 2. Thomas Central DE Ray Drew is the consensus No. 1 recruit in Georgia. 3. Thomasville QB Jeffrey Dyson, 5-foot-9, 160-pound speedster, was a member of GHSF Daily’s preseason all-state team as a defensive back in AA.
Tucker at Southwest DeKalb
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hallford Stadium, Clarkston.
Records, rankings: Tucker (9-3 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 4 in Class AAAA; Southwest DeKalb (10-2 in 2009) is 0-0 and unranked in AAAA.
Last meeting: Southwest DeKalb won 26-0 in 2009.
Three things to know: 1. AJC Super 11 selection James Vaughters had 57 tackles for Tucker last season despite missing three games with a wrist injury. 2. Southwest DeKalb must find replacements for Allen Stripling, Ken Malcome, Jonathan Mincy, Sharrod Golightly and Marques Dixon, who all signed with SEC schools. 3. Tucker leads the series with its DeKalb rival 9-6-1, but Southwest DeKalb is 5-3-1 in the past nine meetings.
Westminster at St. Pius
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, George B. Maloof Stadium, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Westminster (8-4 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 6 in Class AA; St. Pius (12-1 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 4 in AAA.
Last meeting: Westminster won 42-7 in 1999.
Three things to know: 1. St. Pius’ 12 victories in 2009 tied a school record and were the most since 1968, when George Maloof led the Golden Lions to their only state championship. 2. Westminster’s Ralph David Abernathy IV, a consensus preseason first-team all-state player, rushed for 1,501 yards last season. 3. Westminster leads 22-3 and has won five consecutive games in the series that dates to 1959, but the teams haven’t met since 1999.
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