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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