10 best high school football games this week


Elbert County at North Oconee

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Titans Field, Bogart

Records, rankings: Elbert County 7-1 overall, 5-0 in Region 8-AA South and unranked; North Oconee is 8-0, 5-0 and No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. The winner of this game will be the Region 8-AA South champion and face the North champion next week for the region title. 2. North Oconee RB/DB Lane Thompson scored all four of his team’s touchdowns, one on a kickoff return, in a 28-0 victory over Oglethorpe County last week, while Elbert County’s Valdon Cooper rushed for 120 yards and ran a kickoff for a touchdown in a 20-0 victory over East Jackson. 3. Sid Fritts, in his first season as Elbert County’s coach, is trying to win region titles at three different schools in 10 years. He won four at Vidalia (2001-04) and two at Rome (2005-06).


Grayson at Brookwood
When, where:
7:30 p.m. Friday, Brookwood Community Stadium, Snellville

Records, rankings: Grayson is 6-2 overall, 5-1 in Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; Brookwood is 7-1, 5-1 and No. 8.

Last meeting: Grayson won 22-12 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Grayson’s 24-22 loss to South Gwinnett ended the Rams’ four-game winning streak against the Comets and their 23-game winning streak in Region 8-AAAAA. 2. Brookwood held Parkview to less than 150 yards of total offense in its 10-3 victory last week. It was the Broncos’ fifth win in the last six meetings in the series against their biggest rivals. 3. Brookwood, Grayson and South Gwinnett each have one loss in 8-AAAAA. Brookwood will win the region title if it beats Grayson and Berkmar. Grayson must win its remaining two games and hope for an Archer upset of South Gwinnett to repeat as region champion.


Jefferson County at Dublin

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Shamrock Bowl, Dublin

Records, rankings: Jefferson County is 6-1-1 overall, 5-1 in Region 3-AA and unranked; Dublin is 7-1, 5-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Jefferson County won 17-10 in 2009.

Three things to know:1. The winner of this game likely will become the No. 2 seed in 3-AA for the state playoffs behind  Swainsboro (8-0), which beat Dublin 7-3 and Jefferson County 38-37. 2. Dublin runs a Wing-T offense and doesn’t pass much (only 30 completed passes this season) but is rushing for more than 250 yards a game. RB Maurice Martin has rushed for 790 yards on 71 carries (11.1 yards per carry) with 11 touchdowns. Another top back, Cedric O’Neal, did not play last week because of injury. 3. Jefferson County has two outstanding running backs in Charles Broadus (889 yards, 11 touchdowns) and Dontavious Kitchens (800 yards, 12 touchdowns). Broadus has three kick-return touchdowns.


Lovejoy at Creekside
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Arrowhead Stadium, Fairburn

Records, rankings: Lovejoy is 8-0 overall, 8-0 in Region 4-AAAA and No. 10; Creekside is 8-0, 8-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: Lovejoy won 15-14 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Creekside unexpectedly finds itself tied with Lovejoy for first place in the region at 8-0. The Seminoles lost to Mount Zion of Jonesboro 21-19 on Sept. 17, but that loss was overturned when Mount Zion had to forfeit five games for using an ineligible player. 2. Lovejoy has outscored its opponents 243-83 (an average of 30-10) this season. The Wildcats have 31 sacks for 188 yards in losses, plus another 54 tackles for loss for 134 yards. 3. Lovejoy, Creekside, North Clayton and Tri-Cities have clinched playoff berths in 4-AAAA. Lovejoy would secure the region championship with a victory on Friday; Creekside would still need to win at North Clayton next week to be assured of the title.


Marion County at Brookstone

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Rex Knight Stadium, Columbus

Records, rankings: Marion County is 8-0 overall, 8-0 in Region 4-A and No. 10; Brookstone is 7-1, 7-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Brookstone won 21-12 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Marion County will win Region 4-A with a victory. It would be the school’s first region title, counting its years since 1976 as Tri-County. 2. Marion County blocked an extra-point attempt in its 7-6 victory last week over Greenville, the defending region champion. 3. Brookstone’s Drew McCluskey and Brewton McCluskey are key players on both sides of the ball. Drew is a junior safety, Brewton a senior linebacker, and both have had rushing games of more than 100 yards.


Marist at Mays
When, where:
8 p.m. Friday, Lakewood Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Both teams are 6-2 overall, 6-2 in Region 6-AAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: Mays won 23-17 in overtime in 2007.

Three things to know: 1. Marist’s offense, which had scored just six total points the previous two weeks in an overtime victory against Lakeside and a loss to Dunwoody, came back to life last week in a 34-12 victory against Lithonia. 2. Mays also had struggled the previous two weeks, losing to Tucker and Carver-Atlanta, but the Raiders rebounded with a 42-0 victory against Douglass. 3. Mays has clinched a playoff berth, and Marist needs one more victory to reach the postseason. Either team could finish as the No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 seed from Region 6-AAAA.


Savannah Country Day at Calvary Day

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, M.C. Anderson Field, Savannah

Records, rankings: Both teams are 6-2 overall, 3-1 in Region 3-A East and unranked.

Last meeting: Savannah Country Day won 31-13 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Calvary Day, which upset previously unbeaten and No. 3 Savannah Christian 6-0 last week, can win Region 3-A East with a victory. But a loss could drop the Cavaliers to fourth place in the East and force a must-win scenario next week against West champion Johnson County in the region play-in games. 2. A victory by Savannah Country Day probably would give the East title to Savannah Christian (7-1, 3-1) and give Country Day a No. 2 seed for the region play-in games. 3. Country Day WR Kevin Blackburne, a GHSF Daily preseason all-state player, caught eight passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-28 victory over Metter last week.


Stephenson at Newnan
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Drake Stadium, Newnan

Records, rankings: Stephenson is 8-0 overall, 5-0 in Region 2-AAAAA and No. 4; Newnan is 5-3, 4-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Stephenson won 6-0 in 2004 in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. Stephenson’s Mike Davis (120 yards) and Willie Davis (110) each topped 100 yards rushing for the fourth consecutive game in the Jaguars’ 30-19 victory against East Coweta last week. 2. Newnan trailed M.L. King 21-0 in the first quarter last week but rallied to tie the game with two minutes remaining and then won in overtime 35-34. M.L. King scored a touchdown in overtime but missed the extra point. 3. Stephenson, Newnan, East Coweta and M.L. King have clinched playoff berths from 2-AAAAA, and the winner of this game can claim the region championship by winning again next week.


Thomasville at Cook

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cook Memorial Stadium, Adel

Records, rankings: Thomasville is 6-2 overall, 3-1 in Region 1-AA and No. 9; Cook is 8-0, 4-0 and No. 4.

Last meeting: Thomasville won 17-0 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1.The winner likely will be the No. 1 seed from this region in the state playoffs. Cook can clinch the region title with a victory.  Thomasville will get the No. 1 seed if it beats Cook and ends up in a three-way tie for first place with Cook and Fitzgerald. The tiebreaker would be overall record against Class AA opponents, and Thomasville would lead. 2. Thomasville has won 16 of the past 17 games in the series. 3. The star players in this game are Cook LB/RB Shannon Brown, who has committed to Alabama, and Thomasville’s Jeffery Dyson, a speedy two-way starter at quarterback and defensive back.


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

Records, rankings: Westminster is 6-2 overall, 4-0 in Region 6-AA Division B and No. 6; Lovett is 6-2, 4-0 and No. 10.

Last meeting: Westminster won 21-6 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. The winner of this game claims the subregion title and a state playoff berth and will meet Buford on Nov. 5 in the Region 6-AA championship game. The loser likely meets Decatur in a region play-in game for a shot at the state playoffs. 2. Lovett quarterback Hunter Budd has passed for 1,118 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 259 yards and 11 touchdowns. Zach Boden is the team leader in rushing yardage (587) and receptions (20). 3. Last year’s meeting between the schools was moved from Lovett to Woodward Academy because Lovett’s athletic facilities were flooded. Westminster’s Ralph D. Abernathy rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ victory.

29 comments Add your comment


October 28th, 2010
3:31 pm

GO HURRICANES , BEAT BROOKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


October 28th, 2010
3:44 pm

SportsFan’s Predictions:

Elbert County at North Oconee Take North Oconee
Grayson at Brookwood Take Grayson
Jefferson County at Dublin Take Jefferson County
Lovejoy at Creekside Take Love Joy
Marion County at Brookstone Take Marion County
Marist at Mays Take Marist
Savannah Country Day at Calvary Day Take Calvary Day
Stephenson at Newnan Take Newnan
Thomasville at Cook Take Cook County
Westminster at Lovett Take Lovette


October 28th, 2010
4:04 pm

The Hornets are going to DESTROY Thomasville!!!


October 28th, 2010
5:20 pm

Westminster @ Lovett is a true rivalry in every sense of the word.. thus, you can throw out the record books. Usually the underdogs wins.

Which is what makes this game so interesting.. their truely is no underdog this year. Never have both teams been so evenly matched this late in the year – with so much on the line.

That said – take Lovett. They got Muschamp.


October 28th, 2010
6:07 pm

SportsFan31313: I wish we would have followed your record throughout the season. You have no clue about Middle Georgia football. Dublin not being ranked, at all, is one of the biggest shams in this state. I will remind you that Dublin has State Championship banner hanging in their school, something very few programs especially here in metro Atlanta (where I live) can sport.

You are going to learn about questioning football in Middle Georgia, clearly the best region for high school football in this state (by far). I may actuially try to catch the Silver Spoon Bowl after a dinner at Canoe. Sorry, I meant Westminster at Lovett. Westminster was started in the basement of my church. I should sport some Green and White. LOL!


October 28th, 2010
6:10 pm

DeKalb County posters, this presents an opportunity for Stephenson to take some respect. Winning at Newnan would go a long way towards people really believing in Stephenson. No one believes in Stephenson…INCLUDING ME. :-)

My instincts tell me that Stephenson will win in every category including yards, first downs, tackles for loss, sacks, best halftime show, and most players dancing after accomplishing simple things like first downs and open field tackles. Where Stephenson will fall short is the scoreboard because they lack any form of discipline. If they had a little discipline, Stephenson would be the most feared program in Georgia.


October 28th, 2010
10:45 pm

Gee, I wonder what excuse ENR will use after Stephensens defeats Newnan, I am sure it will be a doozy.


October 28th, 2010
10:46 pm

Speaking about the lack of discipline at Stephenson, during one of their playoff games in the dome, an opposing player caught a pass and as he stepped out of bounds, he was shoved to the turf by Marcus Ball, who wasn’t even in the game at the time. The resulting 15 yard penalty would have resulted in an ejection if the referees had realized Ball was on the sidelines when the play started. (Needless to say he didn’t last very long at FSU.) During another Stephenson playoff game at Lowndes, a Stephenson player stood at mid field and with raised hands shot a double bird at the Lowndes fans. And their fans went wild with appreciation! Lowndes handed Stephenson a good old fashioned beat down.

But on a good note, I understand Stephenson’s best player of all time, Reggie Ball, is being considered for the Ring of Honor at UGA.


October 29th, 2010
11:28 am

Does anyone know if the Ware County Gators have a game this week? and if so, against who? Thanks


October 29th, 2010
11:40 am


:-) :-) :-) :-)


October 29th, 2010
11:45 am

AVikingFan & EagleNationRising,

I don’t believe that Stephenson could or would beat Newnan at home. I don’t care how good they may be or better of a team they have become over the years. Stephenson is good only in Metro Atlanta. Now bring on the arguments. :-) Newman wins tonight…….


October 29th, 2010
11:50 am


Follow my record? What record? I was on the blog this as often as I use to be due to the fact that there are current issues at the ALMA MATER that has taken most of my time this year. I never doubted Middle Georgia Teams as I know that Middle Georgia has some very good teams there. Not just Northside Warner Robins, but they are others too. But I will tell you that Dublin maybe a fluke. I am not convinced that Dublin will beat a Jefferson County…. Don’t bet your money on Dublin. :-)


October 29th, 2010
11:51 am

Good luck to the Thomasville Bulldogs as they travel to Cook County this week. GO DOGS!


October 29th, 2010
11:52 am


Lets see how my above predictions will result after tonight’s games, and then comment…..

One On One With The Great One

October 29th, 2010
1:31 pm

Ok… Here it is wham… right in the faces of Sportsfan31313, ENR, AVikingFan, Yo, & Bulldawg 15.. How many times must you say the same ole thing? You guys must get together in a corner and those great minds of yours must come together like Megatron in transformers. I promise you this, after Newnan tonight please keep blogging on how undiscipline, coaching sucks, and and the players are animals. I am begging you to please blog. Please do blog your hearts away. We don’t want no one to believe in us. What are you talking about if Stephenson win in Newnan tonight it will go a long way? We beat teams PERIOD! The issue I have is when we BEAT TEAMS there is always negative talk. When we LOSE it puts everyone in an uproar of Negative talk. We here in Jaguar country is never concerned about what the nay sayers, critics, or bloggers say. What matters is our team and those 11 kids who line up on that field and play hard. That’s all we every ask our players to do. Now for those teams who wants Stephenson to loose so bad YOU AND I KNOW THE REASON WHY… I understand you don’t want to face the “Mighty Jaguars”. As the boxer in the movie “Harlem Knights” said, “DON’T TAKE THIS A.. WHOPPIN PERSONALLY”


October 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

Greeting One On One With The Great One,

I guess we got your feathers all ruffled huh? I understand where your heart is, but Stephenson will not beat Newnan at home.

Sideline Observer

October 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

One on One With the great One – Stephenson has never even come close to beating Lowndes or Colquitt. You think we’re all of a sudden afraid to “face the mighty Jaquars?” What kind of coolaid are you sipping on my reverent friend? Store bought or home brew?

Sideline Observer

October 29th, 2010
4:33 pm

One on One With the Great One. Nice to see you quoting lines from movies. Did you see Toombstone? When colquitt comes up there to play your Jaquars in the playoffs, tell your guys “Hell’s coming with’em!” BTW, Redd Fox was great in that movie you mentioned!


October 29th, 2010
9:56 pm

Cook defeats Tville 15-9. Good game..

East Coweta fan

October 29th, 2010
10:59 pm

AVikingFan, I was at the East Coweta game with Stephenson last week. Stephenson had no class. East Coweta lost, but we had class. Go EC.


October 30th, 2010
3:38 pm

@ ENR, AVikingFan, SportsFan31313, SidelineObserver, EastCowetaFan, Its MIGHTY quiet out there.. Do you need help getting your feet out of your mouths? You people are such HATERS. You fat a** couch potatoes need to stop living in the past! Dont TALK about it.. BE about it! East Coweta had NO choice BUT to show Respect because they got their butts whooped. Stephenson sent them home with their tails between their legs like they did everybody else they played!!


October 31st, 2010
12:08 am

I see no comments from ENR on te Stephensen win over Newnan. Newnan got “Northsided” losing a game they could have won on their home field.


October 31st, 2010
5:34 pm

how you gonna have a top ten with out the biggest game a 3-a between baldwin an peach AJC really overhype these no-bodies


October 31st, 2010
5:35 pm

sportsfan you right about dublin not enough offense


October 31st, 2010
5:36 pm

i feel the same way about griffin they’ll be out the playoffs by the the 3rd rd..


October 31st, 2010
8:17 pm

@ GoJags and rwdekalb..really. your comments make no sense at all and clearly explain why bloggers like to hate on Stephenson. The Newnan game was a give me and the luck went your way, so accept the win and move on. There was no beat down of Newnan that was predicted by so many. We owned the game and gave it away. Take care of MLK and we will do our part to take care of EC.

Move on and stop poisoning the site with negative comments for the rest of us.

One On One With The Great One

November 1st, 2010
4:06 pm

Wah Wah Wah.. It’s doesn’t matter what you think!!! I guess you have an excuse why Stephenson waxed that but up and down your pie holes Newnan fans talking and bloggin. and by the way no I’m not in a uproar but I think you are. I come to a fact about georgia fans here. You hate on teams that are good and will out play, out coach, out run your so called elite programs. I am going to say it I might get reported but who cares… I been looking at 5A football for quite sometime. and to be frank great kids. I have no ill-hearted feelings towards anyone on this board or these KIDS. I never blame a kid for game lose or for a win. What I do see is All these programs you all talk about with tradition and state titles I see Afro-american Athletes on the field with some whites and thats fine as long as the head coach is WHITE! Take every team that has won. You people may not like the team but as long as the head coach is WHITE then you can accept it. On the other hand Stephenson is ALL AFRO-AMERICAN TEAM ALL AFRO-AMERICAN STAFF! We have to not only fight with other teams, refs, other coaches, but our community as well. how will it sit with you all that Stephesnon Won it all with an ALL AFRO-AMERICAN TEAM & STAFF? I am no fool and whatever you may say “NO that’s not it” I rest assured then why is it when we do win you say “well you was suppose to win”, or it was what the other team didn’t do, or you know if we got that call… Man I have heard it from every angle.. “Well Stephenson is not discipline enough” what makes you say that? Somehow we are discipline enough to have undefeated record. We have mowed down every opponent on our schedule not to mention going into there house and taking victories. I guess the good ole boy attitude still exist. No matter what Stephenson does, how many athletes go to school, win region, championships, they will never meet your expections so we don’t worry about what you say. We only control what we can that is what we want to do out on that football field. You mentioned Colquitt LOL. Will not happen this year. I didn’t hear not one person say from Colqiutt say ” We really got lucky on that win because we should have lost”. You all took the win a kept going. No excuse you heard. But when Stephenson wins… ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE! I find it interesting on how white folks view programs that are intergrated (black & white players on the field) with a white head coach than a Afro-American program with a all black team & staff…

One On One With The Great One

November 1st, 2010
4:14 pm

Let me add on more thing… We never ever said we will blow out opponents, run up the score or be disrespectful to any opponent we face. Now that being said, we will not let anyone disrespect us either. You all look at rankings, point difference, who going to win, what player is rated #1. Who cares? Let me be perfectly clear, A WIN IS A WIN WHETHER BY 1 POINT OR 100 POINTS! Please don’t get caught up in the hype of who is here, and what is there. this team should beat that team and how did that team win. remember any team can be beaten on any given Friday or Saturday. Sometimes that team is better on THAT DAY! But isn’t this what sports is all about? Cheering for the underdog when no else thought they could do it?

One On One With The Great One

November 1st, 2010
4:32 pm

PDF… So what does that say about Newnan? That we won the game on a Moral victory? Or are you saying yeah we won the game the entire 42minutes of the game but couldn’t close out the last 6 minutes of the game? Tell me again, what are you really saying sir?