Brooks County at Cook
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cook Memorial Stadium, Adel
Records, rankings: Brooks County is 5-1 overall, 2-0 in Region 1-AA and No. 5; Cook is 4-2, 1-1 and unranked.
Last meeting: Cook won 54-12 in 2010.
Three things to know: 1. In the 2010 game, Cook led 33-0 in the first quarter and administered the most lopsided regular-season defeat for Brooks County since 1978. Cook’s Zach Folsom, who is back for his senior season, was 13-of-23 passing for 296 yards and three touchdowns. 2. Brooks County, a young team in 2010 that returned most of its starters, is noted for its defense and is allowing 11.5 points per game (eighth-best in AA) despite a tough schedule. It held Thomasville to 176 yards of total offense in a recent 28-22 victory, the team’s biggest win to date, and the winning touchdown was a 65-yard return of a fumble in the fourth quarter. 3. Cook is 4-2 against the second-hardest schedule in Class AA, according to the Maxwell Ratings. Cook has lost to Colquitt County (31-0) and Fitzgerald (21-14). Brooks’ loss is to Valdosta (20-11). Brooks’ schedule is rated seventh-hardest in AA.
Eagle’s Landing Christian at Landmark Christian
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bill Thorn Stadium, Fairburn
Records, rankings: Eagle’s Landing Christian is 5-1 overall, 3-0 in Region 5-A South and No. 2; Landmark Christian is 6-0, 3-0 and No. 7.
Last meeting: ELCA won 49-3 in 2010.
Three things to know: 1. Eagle’s Landing Christian and Landmark Christian are tied for first place in 5-A South with 3-0 subregion records. The winner probably will advance to the region championship game, most likely against Holy Innocents’. Landmark won six consecutive region titles from 2002-2007 but has not won one since. ELCA is the defending region champion. 2. ELCA is led by junior RB/LB Keyante Green. He has rushed for 611 yards on 67 carries and has scored 13 touchdowns. On defense, Green has 73 tackles (10 for losses and 3.5 sacks). In a 58-6 victory against Strong Rock Christian last week, he rushed for 70 yards and two TDs on four carries and had seven tackles. 3. Landmark Christian is averaging 47 points per game despite being held to 10 in a two-point victory against Aquinas in the opener. The offense is led by quarterback Cantrell Frazier, who has passed for 792 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Flowery Branch at Heritage-Conyers
When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Evans Memorial Stadium, Conyers
Records, rankings: Flowery Branch is 6-0 overall, 6-0 in Region 8-AAAA and No. 3; Heritage is 7-0, 7-0 and No. 10.
Last meeting: Flowery Branch won 31-7 in 2010.
Three things to know: 1. Flowery Branch and Heritage are the two remaining undefeated teams in 8-AAAA, so the winner will be the favorite to win the region title. However, Flowery Branch closes the season against third-place Clarke Central, the defending region champion. 2. Flowery Branch is the top-scoring team in Class AAAA, averaging 53 points per game. Last week against Habersham Central, quarterback Kanler Coker passed for 249 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 85 yards and a TD in a 56-31 victory. 3. Heritage, which played its first season in 1976, is 7-0 and ranked in the top 10 for the first time in school history. The Patriots, who were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Marist last year, have never made back-to-back postseason appearances.
Grayson at Parkview
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Big Orange Jungle, Lilburn
Records, rankings: Grayson is 6-0 overall, 4-0 in Region 8-AAAAA and No. 2; Parkview is 4-2, 4-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: Grayson won 28-13 in 2010.
Three things to know: 1. Grayson and Parkview are 4-0 in 8-AAAAA, and the winner will take over sole possession of first place in the region. However, both teams will play defending state champion Brookwood, which is tied for third place at 3-1 in the region, in the next two weeks. 2. Grayson junior DT/RB Robert Nkemdiche has 26 tackles, nine for losses, three sacks and seven quarterback pressures for a team that is allowing 26 yards rushing and 10.3 points per game. He scored touchdowns on runs of 1, 19 and 25 yards in a 34-14 victory against Dacula last week. 3. Parkview’s Chris Carson rushed for 184 yards, three touchdowns and a two-point conversion in a 22-15 victory against Central Gwinnett last week, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. Carson has run for 698 yards and 12 TDs this season.
Jonesboro at Lovejoy
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Twelve Oaks Stadium, Hampton
Records, rankings: Jonesboro is 6-0 overall, 6-0 in Region 4-AAAA and unranked; Lovejoy is 6-0, 6-0 and No. 8.
Last meeting: Lovejoy won 21-14 in 2010.
Three things to know: Jonesboro and Lovejoy are the two remaining undefeated teams in 4-AAAA, and the winner will emerge as the front-runner for the region title. Lovejoy is the defending region champion and has the easier schedule the rest of the way. 2. Jonesboro is unbeaten after six games for the first time since its 1953 team started the season 5-0-1. The Cardinals, who have lost seven consecutive games to Lovejoy and trail the series 11-2, are closing in on their fifth state playoff berth in school history. 3. Lovejoy has been getting significant contributions from all parts of its game in its 6-0 start. The Wildcats are fifth in Class AAAA with 39.3 points per game, they have four shutouts and are second in AAAA in defense with an average of 4.3 points allowed, and they lead the state with 11 blocked punts.
Lowndes at Colquitt County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Memorial Stadium, Moultrie
Records, rankings: Lowndes is 5-2 overall, 0-1 in Region 1-AAAAA and No. 10; Colquitt County is 6-1, 1-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: Lowndes won 37-27 in 2010.
Three things to know: 1. Lowndes has won 11 consecutive games in the series, the most recent loss in 1999, when Lowndes recovered to win the Class AAAA title. Lowndes has not lost two region games this early in a season since 2000, or lost to perennial opponents Valdosta and Colquitt County in the same season since 1995. 2. Colquitt County has not allowed an opponent to score 20 points or more in a game this season. In 2010, when the Packers went 9-6, they held only three opponents below 20 and had the most porous scoring defense of any state finalist in history – allowing 31.5 points per game. Colquitt’s new defensive coordinator is Travis Pearson, former head coach at Jeff Davis in Montgomery (2009, 2010 seasons) and director of football operations and assistant to Gene Chizik at Iowa State (2007, 2008). 3. While Colquitt has a balanced offense (193 yards rushing, 183 passing last week in a 46-12 victory over Tift County), Lowndes has a five-to-one run-to-pass ration out of the Wing-T. Mike Moore is the leading rusher with 652 yards on 106 carries. He rushed for 142 in the 21-17 loss to Valdosta last week.
Mary Persons at Peach County
When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Anderson Stadium, Fort Valley
Records, rankings: Both teams are 5-1 overall, 4-1 in Region 2-AAA and unranked.
Last meeting: Peach County won 41-20 in 2010.
Three things to know: 1. Despite losing to West Laurens 21-14 last week in one of the season’s more unexpected upsets, Peach County will win 2-AAA if it wins its final four games, which would include a regular-season finale against first-place Baldwin. Peach’s loss to West Laurens broke a 29-game winning streak in regular-season games. 2. Mary Persons head coach and alumnus Rodney Walker has 298 career wins. He got 51 of those at Peach County from 1994 to 1998. His ’98 team lost to Dougherty 27-7 in the Class AAA championship game. 3. Nick Davis is Mary Persons’ leading rusher with 487 yards on 65 carries, but Rico Lyons (133 yards) and Terri Dewberry (107) each went over 100 yards last week in a 35-0 victory over Rutland.
Norcross at Peachtree Ridge
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Lion’s Den, Suwanee
Records, rankings: Norcross is 5-1 overall, 2-1 in Region 7-AAAAA and unranked; Peachtree Ridge is 5-1, 3-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: Norcross won 14-7 in 2010.
Three things to know: 1. Peachtree Ridge is tied with North Gwinnett for first place in 7-AAAAA, while Norcross is in third place, one game behind the leaders. A Peachtree Ridge victory likely would set up a showdown with North Gwinnett on Nov. 4 for the region championship. 2. Norcross led North Gwinnett 22-0 in the third quarter last week before losing 29-22. Alvin Kamara, the Blue Devils’ leading rusher this season with 634 yards, was held to 41 yards on 15 carries, but quarterback Joseph Wilbur completed 13-of-22 passes for 252 yards. 3. Peachtree Ridge rallied for two touchdowns in the final four minutes to beat Collins Hill 28-27 last week. The Lions scored the winning touchdown on a 33-yard pass from Billy Best to Darien Horn with 38 seconds remaining.
Northside-Warner Robins at Thomas Co. Central
When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, The Jackets’ Nest, Thomasville
Records, rankings: Northside is 6-0 overall, 3-0 in Region 1-AAAAA and No. 2; Thomas County Central is 5-1, 3-0 and unranked.
Last meeting: Northside won 34-14 in 2010.
Three things to know: 1. The winner is the likely region champion as these are the only unbeaten teams in 1-AAAA, and each one-loss team (Bainbridge, Warner Robins) has lost to Northside or Thomas Central. 2. Northside is allowing only 42 yards rushing per game. Thomas Central is averaging 335 yards rushing per game. James Davis (681 yards) and Adam Choice (671 yards) are on pace to break 1,000 yards in the regular season. Both have 88 carries. 3. Northside QB Jack Montgomery is completing 70 percent of his passes (55 of 78) for 825 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions for the fourth-rated scoring offense in AAAA at 41.8 points per game.
Thomasville at Fitzgerald
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jaycee Stadium, Fitzgerald
Records, rankings: Thomasville is 4-3 overall, 2-1 in Region 1-AA and unranked; Fitzgerald is 6-1, 3-0 and No. 8.
Last meeting: Fitzgerald won 28-21 in overtime in 2010.
Three things to know: 1. Thomasville traditionally plays a strong schedule and has suffered at least three losses each season since 2004, but has made the playoffs every year and advanced at least one round in the playoffs the past four years. Its losses this season are to ranked AA teams (No. 4 Lovett, No. 5 Brooks County) or AAAA teams (Thomas County Central). 2. Fitzgerald won last year’s game in overtime after Kaleb Nobles (now a senior, committed to Valdosta State) threw an 11-yard TD pass to Matt Taylor on a fourth-and-11 and Fitzgerald recovered a bad pitch from Thomasville to seal the victory. Fitzgerald had trailed 13-0. 3. Thomasville has struggled to replace all-state quarterback Jeffery Dyson, but Devante Jones is beginning to hit stride. He rushed for 141 yards and passed for 126 in a 35-20 victory over Albany last week.
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