Top 10 games of Week 2

Baldwin at Burke County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bear Den, Waynesboro

Records, rankings: Baldwin (10-2 in 2010) is No. 10 in AAA; Burke County (11-3 in 2010) is No. 6 in AAA.

Last meeting: The teams split two meetings in 2010. Baldwin won 14-8 in the opener, and Burke County won 21-20 in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. In their playoff meeting last season, Burke County scored the go-ahead touchdown and two-point conversion with 1:56 remaining, and Baldwin missed a 44-yard field goal in the final seconds. 2. Baldwin QB DeAndre Thomas passed for 1,635 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 821 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He was runner-up to Cedar Grove’s Johnathon McCrary as GHSF Daily’s choice for preseason all-state QB in AAA. 3. Burke County QB Corey Mayton was the Augusta Chronicle player of the year in 2010 and made the newspaper’s Dream 16 preseason list. He rushed and passed for right at 1,000 yards each last season.

Brunswick at Statesboro

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Womack Field, Statesboro

Records, rankings: Brunswick is 0-1 and unranked in AAAA; Statesboro (11-3 in 2010) is 0-0 and No. 3 in AAAA.

Last meeting: Statesboro won 20-14 in overtime in the 2010 Region 2-AAAA championship game. The Blue Devils also beat Brunswick 21-12 early in the regular season.

Three things to know: 1. Statesboro junior RB Dequan Daniels rushed for 1,703 yards and 21 touchdowns last season – including 702 yards and 10 TDs in four playoff games. Statesboro lost 22-21 in the semifinals to eventual champion Chattahoochee. 2. Brunswick has three seniors committed to FBS (formerly Division I-A) schools in OL Dominique Stallworth (East Carolina), DB Demetrius Frazier (Louisville) and DB Willie Bolden (UAB). That was one reason Brunswick was No. 5 in preseason, a ranking that was lost after a 28-6 loss to Coffee last week. 3. Statesboro beat Brunswick twice last season, including an overtime game in the 10th week for the region championship. With the game tied 14-14 in regulation, Brunswick had a first-and-goal at the Statesboro 5 with 15 seconds left. Without a reliable kicker, Brunswick tried to run the ball but was stopped inside the 1 as time expired.

Collins Hill at Roswell

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Ray Manus Stadium, Roswell

Records, rankings: Collins Hill (10-4 in 2010) is No. 9 in AAAAA; Roswell (7-5 in 2010) is unranked in AAAAA.

Last meeting: Collins Hill won 35-24 in the second round of the 2010 Class AAAAA playoffs. The Eagles also beat Roswell 13-9 in the 2010 season opener.

Three things to know: 1. Bradley Johnson has the task of trying to replace Taylor Heinicke as Collins Hill’s quarterback. Heinicke, a freshman at Old Dominion, passed for a Gwinnett-record 4,218 yards in 2010. 2. Roswell running back Andrew Kwateng rushed for 169 yards on 24 carries in the playoff loss to Collins Hill last season. 3. Roswell has a new head coach in Justin Sanderson, who was the offensive coordinator and has been on the staff since 2003. He replaced Leo Barker, who was 22-12 in three seasons but resigned because of his wife’s job transfer to California.

East St. Louis, Ill. at North Gwinnett

When, where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium, Suwanee

Records, rankings: East St. Louis (4-6 in 2010) is playing its season opener; North Gwinnett is 0-1 and No. 10 in AAAAA.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. East St. Louis won all 10 of its games on the field last season, but its official record was 4-6 because it had to forfeit games in which it used an ineligible player. 2. East St. Louis quarterback Lamontiez Ivy was named first-team all-conference last season after passing for 1,770 yards and 18 touchdowns. He is drawing interest from Big Ten and Big 12 schools. 3. Wide receiver Chad Scott had a good game in North Gwinnett’s 26-17 loss to McEachern last week at the Corky Kell Classic. He had six catches for 101 yards and scored both of the Bulldogs’ touchdowns, on receptions of 21 and 28 yards from Scott Hosch.

Parkview at Stephenson

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hallford Stadium, Clarkston

Records, rankings: Parkview (5-6 in 2010) is unranked in AAAAA; Stephenson (9-2 in 2010) is No. 6 in AAAAA.

Last meeting: Stephenson won 21-14 in 2010 in two overtimes.

Three things to know: 1. Stephenson won last year’s meeting when it scored on a quarterback sneak in the second overtime. Both teams missed potential game-winning field goals in the first overtime. 2. Stephenson’s senior class is loaded with talent and might lead the nation in major college signings in February. Leading the way are AJC Super 11 DE Jarontay Jones (committed to Virginia Tech), LB Raphael Kirby (Miami), RB Mike Davis (Florida) and DL Jafar Mann (Florida). 3. Stephenson’s roster includes two players who transferred from Parkview since the end of last season – Kirby and DB Kyle Fleetwood. Both players returned turnovers for touchdowns against Stephenson in last year’s game.

St. Pius at Westminster

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Alfred E. Thompson Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: St. Pius (9-3 in 2010) is No. 5 in AAA; Westminster (8-4 in 2010) is No. 5 in AAA.

Last meeting: Westminster won 20-12 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. St. Pius RB/DB Geno Smith, an AJC Super 11 player, rushed for 731 yards and eight touchdowns and had 41 tackles and seven interceptions last season. He was first-team all-state in Class AAA. 2. Westminster returns 11 starters from a team that reached the second round of the playoffs last year. Among the key losses were quarterback William Linginfelter and running back Ralph David Abernethy IV. 3. Westminster leads the all-time series between the two Atlanta private schools 23-3 and has won 17 of the past 18 meetings. St. Pius last beat Westminster in 1992.

Swainsboro at ECI

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Rountree Stadium, Twin City

Records, rankings: Swainsboro (10-1 in 2010) is No. 8 in AA; ECI (10-3 in 2010) is No. 5 in A.

Last meeting: Swainsboro won 15-14 in overtime in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. These are county rivals about a 13-mile drive apart. Swainsboro leads the series 20-1-2. The schools played in 2010 for the first time in 13 years. ECI led 14-7 in overtime, but Swainsboro followed its overtime TD with a two-point conversion for the win. 2. Both have all-state candidates at running back. Swainsboro’s Quan Garnder rushed for 1,255 yards and 12 touchdowns and was most outstanding in the fourth quarter of games last season. ECI’s Wezley Ealey, brother of former ECI star Washaun Ealey, rushed for more than 1,300 yards last season, and teammate Buck Moody ran for 1,158. 3. ECI lost head coach Milan Turner (65-12 in his six seasons) to Thomson and replaced him with defensive coordinator Chris Kearson, who has worked at ECI since 2002.

Ware County at Coffee

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jardine Stadium, Douglas

Records, rankings: Ware County (10-3 in 2010) is No. 7 in AAAA; Coffee (4-7 in 2010) is unranked in AAAAA.

Last meeting: Ware County won 31-14 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Coffee QB Will Gardner, who has committed to Louisville, was lost for the season with an ACL injury last week in a 28-6 victory over Brunswick. Backup Santory Long threw a TD pass and ran for two touchdowns in his place. 2. Ware County’s top player is probably LB William Golden, who scored 15 touchdowns and made 118 tackles last season. 3. Coffee started 0-2 last season against Region 1-AAAA teams Ware and Brunswick, but could reverse that record with a win Friday. Ware is 6-1 against Coffee since they were 1-AAAAA region rivals in 2001.

Warner Robins at Peach County

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Anderson Stadium, Fort Valley

Records, rankings: Warner Robins (2-8 in 2010) is unranked in AAAA; Peach County (13-1 in 2010) is No. 3 in AAA.

Last meeting: Peach County won 20-0 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Peach County LB Cassuas Hall made GHSF Daily’s preseason all-state team in Class AAA and the Macon Telegraph’s “Twelve to Treasure” list of the best Middle Georgia players. He had 13 tackles for losses as a junior last year. 2. Peach County lost QB Brett Campbell (2,539 yards passing in 2010) to graduation and sophomore Greg Williams to an ACL injury in preseason. Kentel Kendrick, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound senior, is the replacement. His top target is expected to be WR DeMarcus Robinson, who had 10 touchdown catches in 2010 and could be the top-rated junior WR prospect in Georgia. 3. Warner Robins senior RB Brian Sutton, who rushed for 590 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, suffered a broken neck during a pickup game in January. He has been cleared to play.

Whitewater at Sandy Creek

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Battlefield, Tyrone

Records, rankings: Whitewater (9-3 in 2010) is unranked in AAAA; Sandy Creek (15-0 and the Class AAA champion in 2010) is No. 1 in AAA.

Last meeting: Sandy Creek won 20-14 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Whitewater’s six-point loss last year was Sandy Creek’s closest game of the season. Sandy Creek led 20-0 in the fourth quarter but had to stop a late Whitewater drive to preserve the victory. 2. Whitewater must find a replacement at running back for Josh Clemons, now a freshman at Kentucky. Clemons was the Class AAAA offensive player of the year in 2010 and rushed for more than 2,000 yards. 3. Sandy Creek has won 29 consecutive games, the state’s longest current streak. The Patriots’ last loss was a 28-27, two-overtime decision against Class AAAAA East Coweta on Aug. 28, 2009.

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22 comments Add your comment

Trojan94

August 25th, 2011
2:42 am

Time to play some football! GO TROJANS!

bill james

August 25th, 2011
6:52 am

see ya tonight go gators!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CC100

August 25th, 2011
6:56 am

This week will tell the tale!. I remember walking the railroad tracks when I was a youngun’ and coming across a Gator that had been ran over by a train. Ooooeee! Ugly sight. There’s a Trojan Train waiting at Jardine Stadium. Written in BIG letters on the Coffee Stands, “The 12th Man”.

This season is for Will Gardner. The 13th Man!!!!

CCWildcats76

August 25th, 2011
7:19 am

Good Luck North Gwinnett!!! Show the nation what Georgia football is all about. Get back into the national ranking.

black n blue blood

August 25th, 2011
7:38 am

Let’s Go JAGS… Game One tomorrow!

BcS2010

August 25th, 2011
8:06 am

WWhere is Tucker vs Southwest Dekalb!!

Trojan94

August 25th, 2011
8:12 am

What about LaGrange vs Newnan?

Tiger4Life

August 25th, 2011
8:20 am

LOL, The #1 in AAAA can’t get a write up. And might I add it’s a Thursday night PrimeTime game. Why am I not suprised? Oh, maybe becasue this is the usual. Guess we will have to wai until we lose again, now that will make headlines!

Concrete Pete

August 25th, 2011
8:29 am

No Clarke Central – Cedar Shoals? Blame that on Cedar’s loser mentality the last few years and incompetent AD that can’t put a winning team on the field. I hope East Athens native and Cedar alum Dreco Thomas can get the Jags back right.

Tiger4Life

August 25th, 2011
8:32 am

Still trying to figure this on out

East St. Louis, Ill. at North Gwinnett, niether team is ranked (C’mon Son!)

Tucker Grad

August 25th, 2011
9:32 am

Seriously? Parkview is not even a shadow of its former self, as it has gone from perennial state championship contender to perennial first round loser. And not only that but it isn’t even a region game. There is simply no way that Tucker-Southwest Dekalb should not be on this list, as it pits one of the top ten programs in the state over the past ten years against a team that is always a threat to go deep into the state playoffs. And it’s a game that will probably help determine the region. Good call AJC

Carroll

August 25th, 2011
9:35 am

I was very sorry to hear about the QB at Coffee who is a fine young man. Glad Louisville is going to live up to their promises. I pray for you. Rally behind your QB Coffee. I do have to say this, since I heard some news out of SC. What the H E double hockey sticks is Sandy Creek up to. I heard that they will only run Hilton and that freshman kid. They have the sophomore kid festering on the bench. Wow! Somebody let me know what is going on? All you Creekers out there, talk to me please. I am really trying to figure this one out. Is he too good and they are saving him. The last I heard, this kid was always faaster, stronger and more durable than the freshman kid. Why isn’t he #2 Back. Oh, maybe it is because someone said he and some other kids were told to take out their #1 kicker by a coach and guess what, he got through the line and accidentally hit the kicker in the leg. If it wasn’t him somebody else would have done it. I guess he was just doing what he was told to do by a COACH. Wow! I didn’t think they were like that, although I have heard overtones of a lot of politics. Take a look at QB situation in last two years. I wish coaches can be fair and honest about things. They have had great teams in the last 3-4 years, don’t mess that up with stupidity and people talking and GHSA people already on their back about the transfer. Eventhough most are just hating on a winning program, remain humble and do the right thing with these kids and their future. i wish them all the luck in the world and all of the other great football teams in Georgia. Stay healthy, play with great sportsmanship and work hard and build character.

Richie

August 25th, 2011
10:17 am

also. a good game is on tap Friday down in colquitt county. Madison County FLorida (12-1 last year) will travel to Moultrie to take on the Packers. Should be a good game. Madison has tremendous speed and The Packers have a vaunted defense

eaglefan

August 25th, 2011
4:09 pm

HSFBFAN

August 25th, 2011
7:53 pm

What about #1 Briarwood Christian (AL) AAAAA v. #1 ECLA single A? Come on AJC!

NGHS 09

August 26th, 2011
10:25 am

@CCWildcats76…I think NG and Grayson are going to shut up the doubters tomorrow and get some due respect.

NGHS 09

August 26th, 2011
10:28 am

Tucker barely beat SWD…i wouldn’t put it up here either.

Carpet Towns

August 26th, 2011
1:51 pm

Dalon vs. Calhoun

AVikingFan

August 26th, 2011
4:27 pm

WOW CARROLL — I’m not sure I understand what you said. I read it a second time and am still confused. You mind explaining it again. I can tell it’s something you feel rather strongly about.

camden wildcat

August 26th, 2011
4:30 pm

As a camden county wildcat, Im rooting on North Gwinnett and Grayson, Lets show them Georgia football is where the real talent is at!!! Lets go team Georgia!!

Bear's Den

August 26th, 2011
9:35 pm

Burke County Bears 17- Baldwin County Braves 6 Top of 4th.

Bear's Den

August 26th, 2011
10:09 pm

Burke County Bears 24- Baldwin County Braves 14 7:14 left in 4th