Top 10 games of Week 9

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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43 comments Add your comment


October 13th, 2011
8:14 am

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

Valdosta-Lowndes Co. (28 State Titles)

October 13th, 2011
8:30 am

That is a big game!! But, I think Lowndes vs Colquitt Co. Is the biggest game of the two.


October 13th, 2011
9:26 am

“CoffeeTrojan#44″Now that is the funniest thing that I have ever heard. Ya’ll could beat Valdosta, after all anything could happen. However the chances of Coffee beating Valdosta , Lowndes and Colquitt, not going to happen. One can dream though. ;-)


October 13th, 2011
10:02 am

CANEFAN, I’m pulling for you. Get a #1 seed this year.


October 13th, 2011
11:13 am

It’s about time for the ajc to pay some attention to the southside. The kids play ball here too! Only 9 teams that are undefeated in AAAA and for some reason the ajc continues to play cobb and gwinette favorites with the top ten. Teams with 2 losses have no place in it.Good article today though. Thanks for showing everyone the power of the Lovejoy Defense. Go Wildcats!!!


October 13th, 2011
11:31 am

thanks jeffeson…. T’ville is always strong….. but brooks looks to be even stronger…. our D hass to really step it up to make me happy….glad to see the yellow jackets molding together… could be your year…..buford needs to be shocked and quick like in the first few minutes of play….

Go purple hurricanes!!!!!!


October 13th, 2011
11:32 am

Looks like region 1AA is even stronger this year …….. what do you think Todd?????


October 13th, 2011
11:41 am

I love how south ga fans complain about the AJC being biased and how the AJC doesn’t do this and that for South Ga. Every blog turns into a south ga conversation. You say how much the AJC sucks, yet you overload the blogs with South GA football. lol That’s kind of a contradiction, but i digress.

99' Packer

October 13th, 2011
12:22 pm

I had to block Jay Ratlife that night, we won, but I didn’t grade out so well

GO CATS GO!!!!!!!

October 13th, 2011
12:22 pm

@ Coffee Trojan#44 – I picked Cofffee to win the region this year with all the firepower you had returning on offense. Actually, I like the Trojans last year, I just thought they didn’t ake full advantage of the QB’s throwing ability. However, with the loss of your all-state QB, it really hurt the Trojans chances. Teams will now load up to stop the Hill kid.

Valdosta-Lowndes Co. (28 State Titles)

October 13th, 2011
12:23 pm

South GA is the best thats why!!

GO CATS GO!!!!!!!

October 13th, 2011
12:25 pm

@ 99′ Packer – Jay Ratliff played WR at Lowndes. You must be talking about his brother Willie Ratliff who played DL.

ole richie

October 13th, 2011
1:18 pm

i dont see a bigger game than Colquitt County-Lowndes this weekend. Should be a great contest with an electric play-off like atmosphere

Valdosta-Lowndes Co. (28 State Titles)

October 13th, 2011
1:51 pm

Go Vikings!! & Go Cats!!

Devil in Atlanta

October 13th, 2011
2:00 pm

Hey, you guys left off a big one in the fact that Elbert County is travelling to play Jefferson friday. The Blue Devils are undefeated and ranked 6 behind a stout defense and the running game of Tyshon Dye, a D1 Prospect. They play a Dragon team with one loss and a veteran QB running the legend T. Mcferrin’s offense at home. T. McFerrin, one of Georgia’s greatest H.S. coaches of all time, won his only State Championship at… you guessed it- Elbert Co. Should be a good game and in your top 10 of matchups.

cat doc

October 13th, 2011
2:12 pm

I pick Colquitt Co. and Hope Coffee can upset the cats.


October 13th, 2011
4:40 pm

Northside WR versus Thomas County Central in Thomasville. WOW. This will be some kind of game. If NS wins—- the region is theirs If TCC wins, they still have to play Warner Robins in WR and Bainbridge. I don’t think TCC can beat all of these teams.


October 13th, 2011
6:23 pm

The Allatoona and Cedar Town is a big AAA game. Both undefeated.


October 13th, 2011
6:25 pm

Goooooooo! Colquitt County,


October 13th, 2011
6:33 pm

another easy wk for the TOP 3 in 2-5A..Next wk is when it gets interesting for us…we (MLK) face off NEWNAN for revenge and 2 of the top 3 face off against each other STEPHENSON VS EAST COWETA..whew i can feel the intensity for that game..


October 13th, 2011
6:34 pm

TOP 3 soon to be TOP 2 in 2-5A


October 13th, 2011
6:48 pm

Tonight’s game is Tough to pick.Sprayberry has speed and Pope has size. Sprayberry is young, but they have should have already matured this year. I take Pope by 14.. Maybe 34-20

Quinn of the Ridge

October 13th, 2011
9:10 pm

Tomorrow will be the toughest challenge of the year for my Lions! We are definitely heavy underdogs going into tomorrow’s game. You never know though, and if we play hard, play well, and get a few breaks, we could give Norcross a run for their money! Good luck to all tomorrow, and GOOOOOOOO LIONS!!!


October 13th, 2011
9:37 pm

Go Northside Eagles!!!!


October 13th, 2011
10:26 pm

Good luck Quinn. Hope PR wins. We played you guys twice but I’ve never seen the Cross play. ANYTHING can happen. Glad it’s fun most of the time.


October 14th, 2011
8:57 am

Coffee vs Valdosta tonight at 8:00pm at Jardine Stadium in Douglas,GA. GOOOOOO Trojans!!!


October 14th, 2011
9:26 am

I don’t care who you are for this is the best time for high school football. Heart break time for some good teams, making the playoff more interesting. Millcreek and Collins Hill game could be one of those games where a good team stays home. Norcoss should smash Peachtree Ridge and they then get into trouble with a Millcreek win over them and Collins hill. the four seed would play Grayson in the first round. this is so much fun.


October 14th, 2011
12:54 pm

There are few teams I respect as much as I respect Lowndes, Colquitt and Valdosta. These three teams have a shot at state every year just about. Colquitt had a set back when they hired Tim Cokely. He pretty much took their program and ran it straight into the ground. It took Rush Propst exactly 1 season to turn it around, by the time his second season came he took the Packers to the Semi-Finals and then took them to the Championship game in 2010. Keep in mind he took a Colquitt team that had a very poor defense that was allowing almost 32 points a game, all the way to the championship game in 2010. Now that is impressive.
The 2011 Colquitt team has something that the 2008, 2009 and 2010 teams didn’t have and that is a good defense. I am excited to see this game against Lowndes and Colquitt. It will be nice to see these two teams play with an even matchup. Either team can win this game and it should be a good one!! It is the biggest game in the state this week for sure!
As for Valdosta and Coffee, while no one should count out Coffee, the fact that their star QB is out has greatly dampened their chances this year, but they are still a good team. They will make the playoffs but wan’t go far in them. However don’t be surprised if they upset Valdosta, Colquitt or Lowndes this year, cause they just might get one of them. I think the Valdosta vs Coffee game tonight will be a close one. If Coffee wins it, that will make things real interesting in Region 1.
An interesting note is that Valdosta’s QB Shelby Wilkes is a former Colquitt County Packer, he transferred to Valdosta, I am guess after he saw he would not get the starting spot at Colquitt County, I have no idea. So the Valdosta vs Colquitt game will be a really fun one.
As for the other AAAAA South Georgia school we always have to watch, Camden, they are good, but how good we still have to see. They play a pretty weak schedule, but ty somehow deliver come playoff time, I suspect they will make a good run for it this year and could go all the way. The polls sure do love them.
And we can’t forget those Atlanta area AAAAA teams, seems they have been doing their homework on how we do it in Region 1, but their undefeated teams often hit the wall come playoff time.
So who wins it all? Who know, but I suspect a South Georgia team will be playing in the championship game, if were lucky it will be two of them.


October 14th, 2011
1:05 pm

i wonder if the valdosta paper or any other newspaper in south georgia give much ink too the teams in north georgia? probably not.


October 14th, 2011
1:20 pm

GHSF Daily: Are you guys really serious? Do you really believe that Thomas County Central can compete with either of the top two Warner Robins programs? Give us a break. Northside nor Warner Robins is going to lose to any overhyped South Georgia, Region 1 programs. Run the numbers for yourself. Northside has had limited competition in this supposedly “great” region. This is supposed to be some sort of SEC of high school football. If so, why can’t any of the teams beat Northside. Put us in a Middle Georgia region…cut our travel costs…and let us crush them in the playoffs.

Northside 42, Thomas County Central 13.


October 14th, 2011
1:27 pm

@ Nathan: Region 1-AAAAA and Region 1-AAAA lives in the past. You saw how easily Warner Robins HS beat Colquitt County. If you came to Middle Georgia and told people that Warner Robins HS was good, people would literally laugh you out of town.

If Region 1 football is that good, how can a program (Northside-Warner Robins) play with these mediocre programs for almost 5 full seasons and only have one loss. I thought that we were going to have some 7-3 or 8-2 seasons due to an increased level of competition. All we got is lost revenue, due to long trips (gas), poor visitor fan attendance (no South Georgia programs travel except Lowndes County’s fans…the rest are front-runners that expect their kids to get hammered by Northside), and lackluster schools in means of theater, Literary, band/music, debate, etc.

Thomas County is not going to compete against Northside-Warner Robins OR Warner Robins because South Georgia football is not on a competitive level with Middle Georgia football (or DeKalb football…or Cobb football…or Gwinnett football…or Camden County football). The results speak for themselves. I wish that GHSF Daily would run the mediocre numbers for Region 1 (outside of the only real program down there… Lowndes). FYI: Lowndes has lost swagger since Northside-Warner Robins took it away from them when people were talking National Championships down there.

Get real, South Georgia! The “Example Series” continues in Thomasville, GA tonight – Northside-Warner Robins 42, Thomas County Central 13. It is “Get Hit Week” in Thomasville, GA. I know it and every TCC fan knows it too. :-)


October 14th, 2011
1:34 pm

Coffee vs Valdosta tonight at 8:00pm at Jardine Stadium in Douglas,GA. If Coffee and Lowndes both win tonight then Coffee will be in 1st place in 1-AAAAA. I hate to say this but go Vikings, and GOOOOOOOO Trojans!!!!!!


October 14th, 2011
2:07 pm

How is Sandy Creek vs. Jackson not in the top ten? The Creek has the state’s longest active winning streak 35!!! Go CREEK!!!!!!!!

Valdosta-Lowndes Co. (28 State Titles)

October 14th, 2011
2:27 pm

Lol… South GA the best!! We the best!!

Oldschool Hawg

October 14th, 2011
4:16 pm

Eaglenation rising is apparently under the influence of some good bud is all I can say if he thinks mid-ga football can compete with the south.


October 14th, 2011
4:42 pm

@oldschool hawg……….i certainly agree with you…eagle nation is on some heavy stuff….hes jiust talking out his rear…..tcc will probably beat ns & wr…if they do eaglenation will be mia just like bksmith…….is bksmith still alive?????? havent heard nothing out of him since last fri……he usually be making his preditions


October 14th, 2011
5:14 pm

Alexander vs Chapel Hill is a big game on the West. Winner takes lead in playoff hunt.


October 14th, 2011
7:19 pm

no need 2 keep you updated on the lowndes cc score…..catch it on the internet

theEYEof theTiger

October 17th, 2011
11:33 pm

Stockbridge should defently be on the top 10 games of the week every week. We have to prove ourselfs every week to you guys and when we are finally region champs and could be state champs yall are going to be looking dumb founded!!! Just ask Eastside about last friday………….Sandy Creek we are coming for yall and we arent backing down!!!!!!

Coffee Trojan#44

October 18th, 2011
7:50 pm

What will people say when Coffee beats Lowndes & Colquitt?????


October 19th, 2011
1:27 pm

Hey -Coffee Trojan#44. Good to see you on this old blog still saying what you think. Looks like it’s still mostly the two of us standing up for Coffee. I can see Coffee taking both games. If we do I certainly hope we come out of them healthy.

Coffee Trojan#44

October 19th, 2011
4:15 pm

@CoffeeC100, I think Coffee has a good chance to beat Lowndes, I don’t think Lowndes can stop Coffee’s running game. Colquitt is good at stopping the run, so I think the Coffee/Colquitt game will be close.


January 31st, 2012
11:29 am

Great post, I will bookmark this.