Top 10 football games statewide this week




Aquinas at Wilkinson County
When, where:
7:30 p.m. Friday, Wilkinson County High, Irwinton

Records, rankings: Aquinas is 4-0 overall, 1-0 in Region 7-A and unranked; Wilkinson County is 2-2, 0-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: Wilkinson County won 39-17 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Aquinas quarterback Dane Anderson rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown and Brendan Douglas had 105 yards and a touchdown in a 40-14 victory against Hancock Central last week. 2. Wilkinson County gave up a long touchdown pass with 58.9 seconds to play, then missed a 25-yard field goal on the game’s final play in a 21-19 loss to Dougherty on Saturday. 3. Aquinas, which is 4-0 for the first time since 2004, is seeking its first playoff berth since 2005 and its fifth in school history.


Buford at Lovett
When, where:
7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium/Conley-Oakley Field, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Buford is 3-1 and No. 2 in Class AA; Lovett is 2-1 and No. 7 in AA.

Last meeting: Lovett won 28-21 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Lovett’s victory last season was Buford’s first regular-season loss since 2004. The Lions got 192 yards passing in that game from Jonathan Carkhuff, who is now at Davidson. 2. Buford quarterback Alex Ross passed for 199 yards and had two touchdown passes to Dillon Lee in a 33-6 victory against Therrell last week. 3. Lovett quarterback Hunter Budd was a combined 23-for-34 passing for 346 yards and five touchdowns and had four rushing touchdowns in victories against Towers and Callaway. The Lions were off last week.


Emanuel Co. Institute at Johnson County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Herschel Walker Field, Wrightsville

Records, rankings: ECI is 3-1 overall, 1-0 in Region 3-A West and No. 8; Johnson County is 4-0, 1-0 and No. 10.

Last meeting: ECI won 32-31 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. In the 2009 game between the two, Johnson County entered 7-0, but ECI (6-1) won a shootout 32-31 despite losing five fumbles and trailing 25-16 at halftime. ECI scored a touchdown late in the third quarter to take the lead, and neither team scored in the fourth. 2. Wezley Ealey, the brother of Georgia RB Washaun Ealey, leads ECI in rushing with 370 yards. 3. Johnson County QB D.J. Rozier is 41-of-80 passing for 585 yards and 12 touchdowns (seven to WR Zack Walker) against only one interception. He’s also his team’s leading rusher with 471 yards on 52 carries and six touchdowns.


Heritage (Conyers) at Apalachee
When, where:
7:30 p.m. Friday, W. Clair Harris Stadium, Winder

Records, rankings: Heritage is 3-1 overall, 3-1 in Region 8-AAAA and unranked; Apalachee is 2-1, 2-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Apalachee won 24-23 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Heritage’s Tyler Peoples kicked field goals of 24, 45 and 35 yards and made an extra point in the Patriots’ 16-8 victory against Rockdale County last week. 2. Alex Camp rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns and Zay Henry had 69 yards and a TD in Apalachee’s 24-7 victory against Salem last week. 3. The winner of this game will be in third place, behind second-ranked Clarke Central and No. 8 Flowery Branch, in Region 8-AAAA.


Jefferson County at Swainsboro
When, where:
7:30 p.m. Friday, Tiger Field, Swainsboro

Records, rankings: Jefferson County is 3-0-1 overall, 2-0 in Region 3-AA and No. 9; Swainsboro is 3-0, 1-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: Jefferson County won 18-14 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. The 2009 game between the two decided the Region 3-AA title. Jefferson County came from 14-3 down in the fourth quarter, and B.J. Bostic (now at Georgia Tech) threw a 12-yard TD pass to Chester Stone for the game-winner with 32 seconds to go. 2. Stone is now Jefferson County’s quarterback, though he is playing through an ACL injury that limits his running. RB Charles Broadus has rushed for 151 and 207 yards the past two weeks. 3. Swainsboro QB Lynquez Blair played wide receiver last season. This year, he has 282 yards passing and five touchdowns and 158 yards rushing and one touchdown. He also caught a TD pass in a 15-14 victory over ECI.


Kell at Hiram
When, where:
7:30 p.m. Friday, Hornets Stadium, Hiram

Records, rankings: Kell is 4-0 overall, 1-0 in Region 5-AAAA North and No. 5; Hiram is 4-0, 1-0 and No. 6.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Kell, which began playing football is 2003, is 4-0 for the first time in school history. Its four victories came against opponents who are 12-0 against teams other than the Longhorns. 2. Kell’s Brian Randolph, a Super 11 selection, rushed for 135 yards against East Paulding last week, but he’ll be facing a Hiram defense that has allowed just 13 points this season and has two shutouts. 3. Region 5-AAAA is one of only two regions in the state with at least five undefeated teams (Region 5-A is the other with six). Four of those teams – Hiram, Kell, North Paulding and Pope – are in the North subregion, with Lithia Springs in the South.


Lowndes at Ware County
When, where:
7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Waycross

Records, rankings: Lowndes is 3-1 and No. 5 in Class AAAAA. Ware County is 3-0 and unranked in AAAA.

Last meeting: Lowndes won 41-0 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. In 2005, Ware County defeated defending Class AAAAA champion Lowndes 28-7 in Waycross in one of the more remarkable upsets of the decade. Ware is the only school below the highest classification that has beaten Lowndes since 1993. 2. After losing 23-22 at McEachern on Sept. 3, Lowndes has won 53-0 against Leon of Tallahassee, Fla., and 36-0 against Burke County, two pretty decent teams. Both made the playoffs in 2009. Troy Braswell has rushed for more than 100 yards in each game on limited carries. 3. Ware County has gone 6-6 in the two seasons since reaching the Class AAAA championship game against Northside (Warner Robins) in 2007. Ed Dudley, who took Walton of Marietta to the AAAAA semifinals that year, is in his second season in Waycross.


Northside (Warner Robins) at Bainbridge
When, where:
7:30 p.m. Friday, Centennial Field, Bainbridge

Records, rankings: Northside is 3-0 overall, 0-0 in Region 1-AAAA and No. 1; Bainbridge is 2-1, 0-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: Northside won 44-13 in 2004.

Three things to know: 1. Northside has allowed minus-1 yard rushing for the season and no more than 19 yards in any game against three teams whose combined record is 2-9. 2. Bainbridge RB Aaron Hall rushed for 103 yards in the Bearcats’ last game, a 35-7 victory over Westover on Sept. 10, but Bainbridge – a veer team that relies heavily on the running game – was held to less than 50 yards rushing as a team in its 14-0 loss to Cairo. 3. The schools are 155 miles apart, making this the longest road trip for a scheduled region game for any team in the state this year. By comparison, Northside is only 128 miles from Flowery Branch in Hall County.


Peach County at Westside (Macon)
When, where:
7:30 p.m. Friday, Ed DeFore Sports Complex, Macon

Records, rankings: Peach County is 4-0 overall, 3-0 in Region 2-AAA, and No. 1; Westside is 3-1, 2-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Westside won 32-0 in 2007.

Three things to know: 1. Peach County has not allowed more than 120 yards of total offense or seven points in any of its four victories. 2. Peach County QB Brett Montgomery has thrown for a little more than 900 yards in four games despite being pulled early in blowouts. Montgomery played at Marion County last season under his father, Bill Montgomery, but transferred to Peach, where he had spent his freshman season. 2. Westside was No. 4 in AAA after a 2-0 start but disappeared from the rankings after a stunning 35-0 home loss to Baldwin. Westside was held to five first downs and less than 100 yards in total offense.


Starr’s Mill at Whitewater

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Wildcat Stadium, Fayetteville

Records, rankings: Starr’s Mill is 4-0 overall, 1-0 in Region 3-AAAA Div. B and unranked; Whitewater is 3-1, 1-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: Starr’s Mill won 23-17 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Starr’s Mill running back Zach Laskey broke the school’s single-game records for rushing yards (218) and all-purpose yards (339) two weeks ago in a victory against Alcovy. 2. Whitewater held Harris County to 34 first-half yards and built a 17-0 lead last week but had to withstand a missed field-goal attempt in the final seconds to take a 17-14 victory. 3. The winner will emerge as the front-runner in Region 3-AAAA Division B. Both teams are tied with Northgate for first place, and none of the other four teams in the subregion has more than one victory overall.



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September 23rd, 2010
12:11 pm

Beatdowns of epic proportions:

Fitzgerald to Albany
North Gwinnett to Meadowcreek
Peachtree Ridge to Mountain View (BTW-this is Mountain View’s HC-who’s bright idea)
What, no Westover-Dougherty-you can throw out the record books for this one!


September 23rd, 2010
12:26 pm

GATA Lovett, Good luck.

Northside Observer

September 23rd, 2010
12:31 pm

Great games this week!

However, for NSWR or any team to be required to travel 155 miles on a school day to play a football game is wrong. As a minimun, these games should be played on Saturday. I know my friend JAYBO would like to see Bainbridge first upset NSWR and then his proud and joy Thomas County Central beat NSWR in WR. Ain’t gonna happen!

I am glad to be back on the block—-a spam problem that AJC corrected kept at least 6 others blogs of mine from coming through.

Wolverine Fan

September 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

Take Hiram to the Woodshed Kell.


September 23rd, 2010
2:10 pm

NORTH PAULDING is having a GREAT year and we hope the Wolfpack continues to play good ball BUT…………….this week they get their first visit to “THE BONEYARD” when they play our RAIDERS from EAST PAULDING!!!

This Friday you got North Paulding @ EAST PAULDING, KELL @ HIRAM, & OSBORNE @ POPE
(SPRAYBERRY has an open date) so come Saturday morning you can look for the 5N-AAAA Region standings to be as follows:

#1 / HIRAM — 5 / 0 & 2 / 0 in the Region (beating Kell)
#2 / KELL — 4 / 1 & 1 / 1 in the Region (losing to Hiram)
#3 / EAST PAULDING — 4 / 1 & 1 / in the Region (beating North Paulding)
#4 / NORTH PAULDING — 4 / 1 & 1 / 1 in the Region (losing to East Paulding)
#5 / POPE — 4 / 0 & 1 / 0 in the Region (beating Osborne)
#6 / SPRAYBERRY — 1 / 3 & 0 / 1 in the Region (idle this week)
#7 / OSBORNE — 1 / 4 & 0 / 2 in the Region (losing to Pope)




September 23rd, 2010
2:34 pm

What are the odds Northside breaks Clinch County’s national records for fewest rushing yards allowed over a 15 game season (Clinch allowed 7.8 yards per game in 2004)? I’d say the odds are zero, but it would be amazing if they beat that total.


September 23rd, 2010
3:28 pm

Aquinas at Wilkinson County: I am going to take Wilkinson County.
Aquinas is a private school that was not know for winning. Is this a fluke?

Buford at Lovett Take Lovett

Emanuel Co. Institute at Johnson County Take ECI

Heritage (Conyers) at Apalachee Take Heritage

Jefferson County at Swainsboro Take Swainsboro

Kell at Hiram Take Hiram

Lowndes at Ware County Take Lowndes

Northside (Warner Robins) at Bainbridge Take Northside Warner Robins

Peach County at Westside (Macon) Take Peach County

Starr’s Mill at Whitewater Take Stars Mill


September 23rd, 2010
3:43 pm

Kell over Hiram

Lowndes 96

September 23rd, 2010
4:26 pm

i read in the newspaper today, Ware county has changed their offense from the spread to a 2-back I formation i know that they still have the same coach im wondering why they would change the offense so drastically from one year to the next? Can anyone in the know in Ware county tell me this?


September 23rd, 2010
4:39 pm

Northside 42, Bainbridge 10.
155 miles! This is the reason that Northside should not be forced to make Region 1 relevent. Northside and all Warner Robins programs should not play in South Georgia. We are closer to the farthest outskirts of Atlanta, i.e. Hall County which is not even metro Atlanta. Due to the length of the trip, Bainbridge may score early against Northside. If Bainbridge does not score in the first quarter, it is going to be a massacre. We told you guys what would happen when Kevin Kinsler was named Head Coach. This guy is one of the top defensive minds in the nation. What I have seen out of many of these South Georgia programs is like Atlanta area schools they will roll over and quit when they get down. We have forced fanbases at storied schools like Colquitt County, Valdosta, and Tift County to literally quit on their kids. By the start of the 4th quarter there will be more Northside Eagle fans in the stands than Bainbridge fans…even if Jaybo brings every person that he knows from Thomasville.

Peach County 34, Westside 7
It is going to be another violation by arguably the most athletic team in Middle Georgia.

Lowndes County 28, Ware County 10
If the Vikings lose this game, it is clearly apparent that chatter about the Vikings being among the elite programs in Georgia needs to stop. Losing at McEachern confirms what I have proclaimed about this program for years. It is a challenge to identify any signficant “true” road win in Lowndes County’s programs history. This team is just suspect on the road. On paper the Vikes are the superior team. Of course, Lowndes County will be loading onto a bus. That fact alone places Lowndes on serious “upset alert.” Furthermore, the Vikes are playing in a gem of a venue at the home of the Ware County Gators in downtown Waycross.

Buford 42, Lovett 17
Clearly years of chatter about Buford being capable of beating some of the top large schools programs in the state is absurd. Buford kids have to play both ways and their is no way that they could maintain witht he depth of larger programs. Carver is among the state’s elite and they would hammer Buford on any day at any venue. Of course, Lovett is not an elite Georgia program. They are another AA program and the Wolves are going to treat them in the same manner that they treat every small school. Buford big…real big at Lovett.

Kell 35, Hiram 21
…because Paulding County schools look like Tarzan and play like Jane in big games. We have seen it over and over again. The team from Kell is going to go to Hiram and believe that they are in for a fight. After a few big hits, Hiram is going to play the role of typical Pauding County program. All hype and very little substance. Luckily for Hiram, they face a metro Atlanta team. Reach the playoffs and it may get real ugly when you venture south of the Gnat line.

Jaybo, don’t allow yourself to believe that Northside is going to do anything less than violate. I know there is a belief that Region 1 in South Georgia is more special. At the end of the day, Middle Georgia programs made Region 1-AAAAA relevent. Look at the Region now since Northside has left. Bainbridge is lucky that Northside is traveling well over two hours. However, when the lights come on, Bainbridge is facing the Northside Eagles. This thing is going to be nasty. There is a beast coming down to South Georgia. -1 total rushing yard given up over 3 games. We may win a State and National Championship this season.


September 23rd, 2010
4:40 pm

Agreed with Cannonrules!!!! GO HORNETS! BEAT KELL


September 23rd, 2010
5:31 pm


Your post never cease to amaze…more of your South Ga. rules football dribble!!!

Last week was one of the BEST games I have been to involving EAST in years!! KELL & EAST PAULDING are two of the most evenly matched teams you would want to watch play…EAST just forgot how to tackle in the last 3+ minutes of the game and with the caliber team KELL has you cannot do that.

To have been the first time these schools played each other that was PLAYOFF atmosphere and a GREAT game…HOWEVER that was then and this is now…

HIRAM gets the nod this week because it’s being played at HIRAM and they will play KELL as tough a game as EAST did. KELL has 4 weeks of winning against VERY GOOD teams, and 5NAAAA is just too tough a region for any team to go undefeated. This is KELL’s week to fall but not by much…I expect a VERY close score.

I’ll stay with my predictions and we will see come Sat morn where everyone is at…




September 23rd, 2010
8:55 pm

I cant believe im saying this but I agree with “THE CANNON RULES!!!!” I think if Hiram can stop the big plays they just fine,hiram has 3 back that can take it to the house on any givin play and they also have a pretty good WR but we all know kell is gonna give the ball to there play maker #37 any way they can and that tall WR but I like Hiram in a close one 28-21 GOOOO HORNETS!!!


September 23rd, 2010
9:46 pm

Lowndes has been vicious in the concrete palace and not many teams have beat them at home, but the games we lost on the road have been embarrassing because Lowndes have blue chip athletes. It is a matter of discipline and focus that has gotten the Vikings beat. There isn’t a game they have lost in the last 3years that people could say. They were beaten by a better team. I think if we make the playoffs and can get a break by playing some of the games in our stadium, we could win state. I don’tthink there is a team in the state this year that will beat them on their home turf. However that is why we play the games on the field and not on paper.


September 24th, 2010
2:00 am

predictions of the week : take Valdosta over Lee,Ala,take Peach over Westside Macon,take Camden over Braswell Inst., take Lowndes over Ware, take Hardaway over Thomas Co. Central, take Jefferson Co. over Swainsboro, NS.- Warner Robins over Bainbridge (?),Warner Robins over Houson Co., N. Gwinnett over Meadowcreek , Parkview over S. Gwinnett, UPSETS : Lovett over Buford, Marion Co over Pacelli ……………………………………GO PURPLE HURRICANES / WE ARE WAITING FOR OVERRATED COOK CO. HORNETS SO WE CAN GET BACK TO THE TOP WHERE WE BELONG . TONITES SCORE AGAINST ALBANY INDIANS ,,,,,,,,,FITZGERALD 48 ALBANY 12

Class of 1966

September 24th, 2010
7:58 am

Come of people. Yes Lowndes is ranked #5 in the State but who have they played Leon of Tallahassee Fla and Burke County (AAA) on the other side Ware County is 3-0 and have played three good teams one being Coffee Co. (AAAAA) and they won that game 31-12 and Ware Co was picked to lose that gane 42-7. Go back and read the head lines when Lowndes was ranked #4 back in 2005 and Ware Co pulled the upset 28-7. Don’t underestimate those GATORS from Ware Co/Waycross. Remember you are coming into the GATORS back yard. I take the GATORS and this year it will not be a upset 14 to 7. GO GATORS GO.


September 24th, 2010
9:02 am



September 24th, 2010
9:11 am

“Class of 1966 ” areyou kidding, Coffee? LOL


September 24th, 2010
12:48 pm

FYI CannonRules: Northside (Warner Robins) is not in South Georgia. Only clowns in metro Atlanta are dumb enough to say that Warner Robins is south Georgia. Do me a favor, pull out and atlas or a map of Georgia. Close your eyes and just put your finger in the middle. If you make a conscience effort to hit the center of the state, I would bet that you are going to be within 20 miles of Warner Robins. The area is called Middle Georgia by practically anyone that knows the state.

I will stick with this worldview of the state of Georgia football. Teams from the center of the state and teams from Middle Georgia would VIOLATE an all-star team from Paulding County. Northside has proved ourselves for decades. Yes South Georgia football is very good. However, this article highlights that Northside (a Middle Georgia program) is making the longest road trip of any program in the state. Our Eagles are playing Bainbridge (a South Georgia program). Obviously, Warner Robins and Bainbridge are not in the same part of the state. Of course, I know that is difficult for you boys in Paulding County to get your arms around that. I know you guys live to go to Hiram on Saturdays. LOL! :-)

GHSF Daily

September 24th, 2010
1:56 pm


It’s pretty tough to pick 10 games that stand out from the rest. It’s usually 3-4 games that stand out, and then you try to pick 6-7 that are very similar to another dozen or more. Also, we are taking a statewide perspective. After all, we are GEORGIA High School Football Daily. :)


September 24th, 2010
3:07 pm

class of 66 = go gators even though i’m class of 79 WAYCROSS BULLDOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 24th, 2010
3:08 pm

Buford will roll…

BTW – I’m glad they lost early & to a non region team – Carver – Cloumbus.. The loss gives the state ‘hope’ when the playoffs roll around… When the Wolves play their rematch they’ll be at full strength & in the UGA Dome… Home Sweet Dome..

Buford is going to do something NO other high school in the state of UGA has accomplished –

A QUAD-PEAT, Baby!!1


September 24th, 2010
3:09 pm

Norcross rolls over Mil Creek… Too much size & speed to burn…


September 24th, 2010
3:14 pm

Check your records TCC 1990’s.


September 24th, 2010
3:16 pm

Hey, EagleNationRising…..past the gnat line? Last time a Paulding County team played someone from down there they beat them in the Quarterfinals. (Paulding County Patriots over Crisp County, 2002) …..just a little history leason……


September 24th, 2010
3:18 pm

Oops, forgot about TCCHS beating EPHS….my bad!

Newton Co.

September 24th, 2010
6:32 pm

no newton at newnan


September 25th, 2010
2:00 pm


Where have you been? Everyone was asking for you.

Jamison Rawlinson

December 19th, 2011
12:51 am

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