Top 10 games of Week 8

Butler at Washington County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The House of Pain, Sandersville

Records, rankings: Butler is 5-0 overall, 1-0 in Region 3-AAA South and unranked; Washington County is 3-2, 1-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: Washington County won 42-14 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Butler is 5-0 for the second consecutive season after going 0-10 each year from 2006 through 2009. After a 7-3 finish in 2010, Butler seeks its first playoff appearance since 2003. 2. Butler is a run-oriented team. Jeff Menefee (453 yards) is seeking his second straight 1,000-yard rushing season. Christian Garnett has rushed for 425 yards. 3. Led by dual-threat QB William Walker, Washington County has lost its games against state-ranked opponents – Thomson 45-38 in overtime and 31-26 to Class AAAA Statesboro.

Dacula at Grayson

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

Records, rankings: Dacula is 3-2 overall, 3-0 in Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; Grayson is 5-0, 3-0 and No. 3.

Last meeting: Grayson won 16-10 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Dacula and Grayson are two of the three teams (along with Parkview) that are unbeaten in 8-AAAAA, and the winner will emerge as the front-runner for the region title, although Parkview and defending state champ Brookwood remain very much in the hunt. 2. Grayson quarterback Nick Schuessler was 7-for-9 passing for 126 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 21 yards and another score in the Rams’ 42-14 victory against Shiloh last week. Schuessler ran for one touchdown and passed for another in Grayson’s victory over Dacula last season. 3. Dacula’s Marcus Cox ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns on six carries and had two receptions for 76 yards and a TD in a 49-21 victory over Central Gwinnett last week.

George Walton at Prince Avenue

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

Records, rankings: George Walton is 4-1 overall, 2-0 in Region 8-A and unranked; Prince Avenue is 5-0, 1-0 and No. 9.

Last meeting: George Walton won 40-7 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Neither school has won a region title in the GHSA, but the winner would be the front-runner in 8-A. These are the only 8-A teams that are undefeated in region play with winning overall records, and each has defeated defending region champion Athens Academy. 2. Prince Avenue has outscored its five opponents 149-7. The Athens-area school is 5-0 and ranked for the first time in its seven years of varsity football. 3. George Walton Academy, the GISA Class AAA champion in 2009, has lost only one region game since joining the GHSA. That was against Athens Academy last year. George Walton avenged that loss last week when QB Hunter Rice rushed for 126 yards and passed for 113 in a 22-10 victory.

Hillgrove at McEachern

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Walter H. Cantrell Stadium, Powder Springs

Records, rankings: Hillgrove is 5-0 overall, 2-0 in Region 4-AAAAA and No. 9; McEachern is 5-0, 2-0 and No. 1.

Last meeting: McEachern won 64-48 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Last year’s meeting was the second-highest scoring game ever between Cobb County schools. The teams combined for 112 points and 1,115 yards of total offense, including 607 by Hillgrove in a losing effort. Hillgrove got 466 yards passing from Gage Henry, who graduated. 2. McEachern’s offense is led by quarterback Trent Thompson, who is 79-for-145 passing for 1,093 yards and eight touchdowns. Hillgrove’s offense revolves around running back Kenyan Drake, an Alabama commitment who has rushed for 741 yards on 63 carries (11.8 yards per carry). 3. Hillgrove opened in 2006, primarily to relieve overcrowding at McEachern about three miles away in Powder Springs. This will be the second meeting between the schools in football, and it probably will decide the championship in Region 4-AAAAA.

Lambert at Johns Creek

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek

Records, rankings: Lambert is 5-0 overall, 5-0 in Region 7-AAAA and No. 7; Johns Creek is 5-1, 5-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Lambert won 17-7 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Lambert can all but clinch the Region 7-AAAA championship with a victory. A win by Johns Creek, however, probably leaves a three-way tie for first place among Lambert, Johns Creek and Chattahoochee with four weeks remaining. Lambert and Johns Creek are third-year programs, and Chattahoochee is the defending Class AAAA champion. 2. Lambert had 543 yards of total offense while holding Forsyth Central to 188 in a 41-7 victory last week, according to the Forsyth News. Daniels Myers led the way with 167 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 17 carries. 3. Johns Creek suffered its first loss of the season when Chase Nelson scored on a 3-yard run to give Chattahoochee a 19-16 overtime victory last week. Lambert beat Chattahoochee 24-7 on Sept. 2.

Laney at Dublin

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

Records, rankings: Laney is 5-1 overall, 4-0 in Region 3-AA and unranked; Dublin is 5-0, 3-0 and No. 9.

Last meeting: Dublin won 27-18 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. These are the only 3-AA teams that have not lost a region game, and Dublin has defeated the only one-loss team (Bleckley County), so the winner is the clear favorite to win what would be Laney’s first region title since 2004, Dublin’s first since 2008. 2. Laney QB Leo Myers scored five touchdowns in a 33-7 victory over East Laurens last week. For the season, the region player-of-the-year candidate has rushed for 524 yards and 13 touchdowns on 100 carries and is 46-of-88 passing for 708 yards and four touchdowns. 3. Dublin RB Maurice Martin has rushed for 485 yards on the season and topped 115 yards each of the past three games, but Cedric O’Neal ran for 153 last week in a 37-0 victory over Screven County. Both are key players on defense, O’Neal at safety, Martin at linebacker.

Mays at Tucker

When, where: 7:30 p.m., Adams Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Mays is 5-0 overall, 5-0 in Region 6-AAAA and unranked; Tucker is 5-0, 5-0 and No. 1.

Last meeting: Tucker won 32-10 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. The winner of this game will take sole possession of first place in Region 6-AAAA. Tucker will have the most difficult portion of its schedule behind it, but Mays still has a game at third-place Marist on Oct. 28. 2. Tucker’s scoring average of 46.6 points is second in Class AAAA, although its average of 313.6 yards per game in total offense is just ninth-best in DeKalb County. Devin Towns (225 yards in three games) and Dallas Rivers (240 in four) are the leaders among the 15 players who have run the ball for the Tigers. 3. Mays is hoping to avoid the late-season slump it experienced in 2010 after a similar 5-0 start. The Raiders lost four of their final six games, including a 52-31 loss to Clarke Central in the first round of the playoffs.

North Gwinnett at Norcross

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Norcross Stadium, Norcross

Records, rankings: North Gwinnett is 4-1 overall, 2-0 in Region 7-AAAAA and No. 6; Norcross is 5-0, 2-0 and No. 10.

Last meeting: North Gwinnett won 38-0 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. The winner of this game will be the favorite to win the 7-AAAAA championship, although both teams still must play Peachtree Ridge, which also has not lost a game in region play. 2. North Gwinnett quarterback Scotty Hosch has completed 79 of 120 passes for 1,080 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Bulldogs’ leading rusher is Donnie Miles, who has 312 yards and seven touchdowns on 49 carries. North Gwinnett gets about 58 percent of its offense from the passing game, but it ran for a season-high 282 yards in a 71-6 victory against Meadowcreek two weeks ago. 3. Norcross’ Alvin Kamara rushed for 222 yards on 17 carries in a 41-34 victory against Mill Creek on Sept. 23. Kamara had the game-winning score on a 49-yard run late in the fourth quarter and scored on runs of 42 and 66 yards in the first quarter.

Valdosta at Lowndes

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Martin Stadium, Valdosta

Records, rankings: Valdosta is 5-1 overall, 0-0 in Region 1-AAAAA and unranked; Lowndes is 5-1, 0-0 and No. 5.

Last meeting: Lowndes won 24-17 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. This is the 50th meeting in a series that many rate as the No. 1 rivalry in Georgia high school football. Lowndes has won seven consecutive games in a series that it once trailed 30-5. Now, it’s 33-16. 2. Lowndes’ Wing-T offense is balanced among running backs Mike Moore (510 yards, five touchdowns), Nick Burgman (422, seven) and Dee Daniels (377, five). Each has had at least one game of 100-plus yards rushing. FS Josh Clemons, the team’s best player, is seeing less action in the backfield as the season goes on but remains a factor at receiver. 3. In a 16-3 loss to M.L. King last week, Valdosta allowed only 42 yards rushing and held all-state QB Jonquel Dawson to 13-of-31 passing. But Valdosta’s offense has been erratic with graduated passing stars Ryan Whilden and Malcolm Mitchell. QB Shelby Wilkes has played the past two games in place of injured starter Alex Stephenson, who could be lost for the season with a foot injury.

Wilcox County at Charlton County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Indian Field (The Swamp), Folkston

Records, rankings: Wilcox County is 6-0 overall, 4-0 in Region 2-A and No. 5; Charlton County is 6-0, 4-0 and No. 6.

Last meeting: Wilcox County won 32-12 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Wilcox County’s 33-game home winning streak is the state’s longest, but winning at Charlton County’s Indian Field – home of tonight’s game – is no piece of cake, either. Charlton County has won 34 consecutive regular-season games at home dating to 2004. 2. Charlton County RB Tre Hamilton has rushed for 885 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has scored 10 touchdowns in his last three games. 3. Wilcox County QB Makail Grace, the replacement for Class A offensive player of the year Nick Marshall, threw four TD passes and returned an interception for a touchdown in a 48-0 victory over Atkinson County last week.

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Valdosta-Lowndes County (28 State Titles)

October 6th, 2011
7:01 am

The best rivalry in GA!! Two rich traditional powerhouses battling it out n” Winnersville” Gotta luv South GA football!!

Titletown Fan

October 6th, 2011
7:12 am

Sooner or later, Valdosta has to win one in order to keep this rivalry meaningful. I am afraid that last year represented their best chance. I just do not see the offensive output froim Valdosta to make it happen, but that is why they play the game. I am rooting for the Cats just because.

'96Plowboy#27

October 6th, 2011
8:58 am

@Titletown Fan: imagine how Viking Players & Fans felt all the way up until 1997 then. I hope that the Viking Faithful can continue the dominance, at least for right now, we’ve got a lot of ground to make up y’all. LOL!!! still in search for that 1rst national title. i think if we could’ve won the 2006 state title we may have gotten that national championship.

Bluecat

October 6th, 2011
5:57 pm

‘96Plowboy#27 – I think you had a good shot at the national title in 2008 as well till Grayson got ya.

squirrell

October 6th, 2011
8:56 pm

Lowndes-Valdosta will be a defensive battle.

A low scoring game.

New COACH! New PASSION! Great DEFENSE!

Cats WIN!……………Just a PACKERS opinion

bksmith14

October 6th, 2011
9:37 pm

squirrell………………..you must have ate a bad nut! you think a valdosta team that put up 3 points at home to mlk who is not even nowhere near the team lowndes is , is goin to come to the palace and beat lowndes??? Give me a break dude……….you actually have made some since on here lately but now you have gone back to “dumbo” status

NGHS 09

October 7th, 2011
1:06 am

Saved the best two matchups for almost last and rightfully so. Lowndes vs Valdosta and NC vs NG are huge measuring sticks for the playoffs. This won’t determine who is a championship team and who isn’t. These games will determine who can win the big game when it matters.

I’m not surprised Scott Hosch is more accurate that Trent Thompson, but i am surprised they’re passing yards are nearly even. Norcross has not played a defense that is as good as NG’s this season. Actually to be honest Norcross has not played a stout defense this year period. Parkview is playing stout now (not then) and Dacula as well. Mill Creek was out of position A LOT in that big first quarter for Norcross. Missed tackles and bad blitz calling resulted in Norcross jumping out to a 20-0 lead. I’m interested to see what Maloof starts calling when his ‘quick-strike’ offense isn’t lighting up the scoreboard. If I were a betting man I would bet Maloof runs every trick play in the book to score points in the first half. He has the personel to do it. NG won’t score 50 pts, but the play calling will expose every single weakness of that ‘D1 Defense’. If the OL continues to dominate people like they have recently, then the offense will control the entire game. I try to be very realistic in my claims, so I think NG’s OL has their hands full and then some. Then again I have to remember last year when Norcross had 6 D1 recruits in their front 7 and NG blew them way off the ball. NG can score a lot of points when clicking on all cylinders like they have been. I’m interested in Maloof’s offensive gameplan because his 1st and 2nd down tendencies are very predictable. On defense he will probably just let his athletes do what they do best. However, that didn’t work out to well last year either. I have to go with my gut feeling and say NG by 10. If we lose I won’t be outraged or shocked. Norcross is a very dangerous team in every phase of the game.

JEROME ROWE

October 7th, 2011
8:51 am

Mays High school ……Enuff said!

Tiger4Life

October 7th, 2011
9:14 am

@Jerome Rowe

Yeah that is Enuff said, it isn’t to much you can say about their football program.. So let’s just leave it at that ;)

Valdosta-Lowndes Co. (28 State Titles)

October 7th, 2011
9:36 am

Tailgaiting is starting early at Martin Stadium. Im sure the enviorment & atmosphere is gonna be like no other. Wish both teams well. May the best team win!!

GO TitleTown!!!

Represent “WINNERSVILLE” And show the nation who will be watching on “ESPNU” how South GA football gets down!!

Cobboldschool

October 7th, 2011
9:37 am

NGHS09 Why would you drag McEachern’s Trent Thompson into one of your NG post. Those 2 already played each other and the outcome determined. I’m sure Scott is much more concerned about leading his team to a title than being a Stat Rat. Maybe best to worry about Norcross than how you QB measures up to another QB.

NGHS 09

October 7th, 2011
10:41 am

@ Corn on the Cobb…I thought it was interesting. It was a side note that caught my attention because I hold Trent Thompson is such high regards. Maybe you should think about what you read before you comment to the person. Just a thought.Clearly you missed my point. No worries from this side of GA :) .

NGHS 09

October 7th, 2011
10:45 am

@ bksmith…We agree finally. Your Vikings will be victorious come 11 p.m.

Cobboldschool

October 7th, 2011
10:48 am

If anything catches your attention, I’m sure it is quick, simple, and easy to understand. If your really interested take a look at what happens in the last 3 minutes of a football game and you will see where the high regard comes from. Scott is a quality young man and really takes a back seat to no one in our state at the QB position. I think many schools have overlooked both young men!

Bigdaddyc

October 7th, 2011
12:58 pm

If you don’t love some good North Georgia High Shool Football, then you don’t love High School Football.. It doesn’t get any better than this folks.A Fresh new rivalry between same town schools. One rich in good football history and the other eager to show that they are ready to establish a new found dominance. Could this be the first big break through for the Hawks? It could happen! I antisapate a close one, but think Hillgrove may have to wait one more year for that pigskin breakthrough. Mac by 8. Those long endzone kickoffs will make a difference! 35-27 Indians!

Bigdaddyc

October 7th, 2011
1:01 pm

UPSET ALERT!!!!!!!! Valdosta over Lowndes :o ) Maybe in OT, but get it done!

NGHS 09

October 7th, 2011
2:04 pm

Absolutely! The both have the size and skills to be very good college QB’s. I would love to see McEachern and NG go at it again with both QB’s hitting their stride later in the season. Good luck to all and may there be no injuries tonight! I’m looking forward to a bunch of crazy highlights.

Bubba and Earl

October 7th, 2011
2:15 pm

NGHS 09 — McEachern will have to get by Grayson before you could possibly see a rematch of the Kell Classic, and NGHS will have to get by Camden. There will be a coin flip on both games to see where they will play. NGHS is not as far as Ohio, so I don’t see a problem with Camden insofar as traveling if they have to. I do see a problem with NGHS if they have to play Camden, ANYWHERE.

I also see a huge problem for McEachern if the have to play Grayson and Nkimidiche. Again, ANYWHERE.

What I do see is a rematch of Camden and Grayson with the winner facing Lowndes in the Dome for the AAAAA title.

Bubba and Earl

October 7th, 2011
2:22 pm

Bdaddyc —- Man you been eating some wild toady stools from the crick bottom? Lowndes is playing the kittycats in the CP, not on Blazer Field. Them pore little ugly stray animals ain’t got no chance atall of beating dem Vikings in the CP. Ya’ll done had yore chance last year and flubbed it up. Now it might be years before the cats win another Winnersville Classic, with what’s been hap-ning in the 9th grade, the B Team, and with the 8th grade teams. Them Lowndes and Hahira 8th graders been beating the cats on Blazer field like it’s home to’em.

Bubba and Earl

October 7th, 2011
2:31 pm

Squirrell — you need to stay out of our little hubalou over here with Valdosta, and concentrate on hosting the Tift County Blue devils in yore hog pen tonight. It ain’t a gimme game, I’m here to tell you. But either way, ya’ll will be taking yore poison next week when the Vikings take our normal two year venture to Moultrie for some hog killing an skinning. BTW, everybody who knows anything about hog killing knows with these cool nights we been having, it’s getting bout right to so a lot of it. Tifton might start it tonight. Maybe we can send some left over chittlings to them pore little, ugly, stray, wild kittycats over here at Valdosta..

HeadEast

October 7th, 2011
3:45 pm

Says here the “Winnersville” loser gets its 2nd loss of the year, no championship for you. By my unofficial count that will be Valdosta’s 30th loss in the last 6 1/2 seasons. Even East, who had to play up for two years, only lost 20 games over the same time span. You can’t beat McE or MLK. Winnersville indeed!

BLACK&GOLD

October 7th, 2011
4:43 pm

HeadEast, that’s not a fair assessment since Valdosta and Lowndes both are having relatively down years. both are still competitive this year but not the best teams they’ve ever had, to say the least. do you remember last year when Valdosta beat MLK and McEachern BOTH on the road? oh ok.

Valdosta-Lowndes Co. (28 State Titles)

October 7th, 2011
5:17 pm

bksmith14

October 7th, 2011
6:32 pm

BLACK&GOLD……………lowndes and valdosta are having down years on whos watch??? both are 5-1…..after tonight one team will be 6-1 and other 5-2????? down year???? you will find out oct 14th what kinda down year the lowndes vikings are having…….yall had better have your A game ready when the vikes strolll into the hogpen

bksmith14

October 7th, 2011
6:33 pm

HeadEast…………stay off this blog unless you can make some since. Valdosta beat mlk and mceachern last year. Lowndes beat valdosta last year and was still playing in playoffs while mceachern and mlk were at home

Valdosta-Lowndes Co. (28 State Titles)

October 7th, 2011
6:43 pm

Valdosta-Lowndes Co. (28 State Titles)

October 7th, 2011
6:46 pm

Lol… Tellem bksmith!!

CoffeeTrojan#44

October 7th, 2011
7:35 pm

The Valdosta/Lowndes game will be on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Go to this link to watch the game.

http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/source/espn3/#type/upcoming/

CoffeeTrojan#44

October 7th, 2011
8:03 pm

The Valdosta/Lowndes game will be on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Click on this link to watch the game.

http://espn.go.com/watchespn/player/_/source/espn3/id/287956/

CoffeeTrojan#44

October 10th, 2011
9:49 am

This is how I see 1-AAAAA at the end of the season,

1. Valdosta

2. Colquitt

3. Lowndes

4. Coffee

5. Tift

GO CATS GO!!!!!!!

October 10th, 2011
12:38 pm

@ BUBA and EARL – Looks like the poor little kitty Cats had some VIKING STEW fri nite and we didn’t even have to go to brunswick to get it!! Oh yeah, you may want to check your stats again on the middle school thing. VALDOSTA MIDDLE 7th and 8th grade teams are undefeated at 6-0!!!!

GO CATS GO!!!!!!!

October 10th, 2011
12:44 pm

LOWNDES @ COLQUITT – biggest game in the state this week. Are the Pack for real or just hype? Will the Vikings fall to 0-2 in the region?

The "CANNON RULES"!!!!

October 11th, 2011
9:04 am

@ JEROME ROWE

YOUR POST FROM —>October 7th, 2011 / Enuff said!

LOL!…For once I COMPLETELY agree with a MAYS poster!!!…

TUCKER 50!!!…MAYS 7!!! ENUFF SAID!!!

From now on the ONLY RAIDERS post that matter are the ones from and about our
EAST PAULDING RAIDERS!!! 6 / 0!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!! 2011…ON TO THE DOME TOUR!!!!

Drag-Strip Road

October 11th, 2011
9:43 am

CoffeeTrojan#44

October 11th, 2011
10:56 am

Coffee vs Valdosta is the biggest game in the state Friday night. If Coffee beats Valdosta this week, then Coffee could win region 1-AAAAA. You never know, it could happen. Go Trojans!!!