The folks lucky enough to attend the Carver-Buford game could be getting a peek at a possible championship match.
No. 1 Buford (2-0) hosts No. 3 Carver (1-0) in a game between two highly regarded teams. Carver won last year’s game 14-0, but Buford hasn’t come close to losing since and went on to win its fourth straight state championship. The game will be televised at 7:30 p.m. on CSS.
Buford has at least 10 Division I prospects, including preseason all-state selections offensive lineman Vadal Alexander, tight end Kurt Freitag, wide receiver Paris Head, linebacker Dillon Lee and defensive back C.J. Moore. Long snapper Reid Ferguson has been offered by LSU.
Carver is led defensively by Derious Bennett, a 6-foor-1, 285-pound defensive tackle who already has offers from Wake Forest, Houston, Marshall, Arkansas State and Southern Miss.
Other top games this week include:
Elbert County at Wesleyan: It could be a shootout when these two high-scoring teams collide. Elbert put 29 on the board in beating Stephens County last week and Wesleyan scored 43 against Seminole County. Elbert’s Tyson Dye is the player to watch; he rushed for 232 yards last week.
Putnam County at Dublin: A couple of solid teams from Middle Georgia slug it out in the second week. Putnam opened with a 41-8 rout of Hancock Central, while Dublin ran Toombs County out of the stadium 50-16. Featured players are Putnam County tailback Marteze Waller, who ran for 200 yards, and Dublin quarterback Rob East, who threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns.
Dawson County at Gilmer: Dawson is feeling pretty good after beating Pickens for the first time in school history. The Tigers squeezed a lot of offense out of last week’s effort: Tyler Dominy threw for 256 yards and four TDs and Zach Martin ran for 175 yards and four TDs. Gilmer will provide a stiffer challenge; the Bobcats beat Fannin County 29-21 in the opener.
Hart County at Stephens County: The annual slugfest between the northeast Georgia teams has plenty of potential. Hart ran for 300 yards and beat Franklin County 31-0, despite turning the ball over four times. Stephens introduced 16 new starters last week and dropped a one-point decision at Elbert County.