Top 10 games of Week 11

Brookstone at Marion County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Eagle Field, Buena Vista

Records, rankings: Brookstone is 7-1 overall, 7-1 in Region 4-A and unranked; Marion County is 8-0, 8-0 and No. 5.

Last meeting: Marion County won 10-7 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Marion County won its first region title in history in 2010 and would clinch 4-A this year with a victory. Brookstone would become the region frontrunner with a victory (with a “magic number” of one), but both teams must face the other 4-A playoff teams next week – Marion vs. Dooly County (6-2) and Brookstone vs. Greenville (6-2). 2. Brookstone has struggled with injuries this year and will dress out only 26 players. The team’s leading tackler, Jordan Farber, is a freshman with 67 stops. He also has 298 yards rushing and five touchdowns. 3. In the 2010 game between these schools, Brookstone missed two 27-yard field goals in the second half. Marion’s A.J. Wells – a preseason all-state kicker – made a 30-yarder in the first half that proved to be the difference.

Brookwood at Grayson

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Grayson Community Stadium, Grayson

Records, rankings: Brookwood is 6-2 overall, 5-1 in Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; Grayson is 8-0, 6-0 and No 2.

Last meeting: Brookwood won 10-0 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Grayson can win its third region title in four seasons with a victory, but a Brookwood win likely would create a three-way tie (Grayson, Brookwood and Dacula) that wouldn’t be settled until the final weekend of the season. 2. Brookwood’s 23-19 victory over Parkview had perhaps the most dramatic ending in a series that has had its share of exciting finishes. The teams combined for 26 points in the final three minutes, with Brookwood scoring the winning points on Nick Tompkins’ 75-yard kickoff return with 15 seconds remaining. 3. Grayson gets about two-thirds of its offense from the running game. Devin Gillespie leads the way with 465 yards and six touchdowns on 71 carries (6.5 yards per carry). Quarterback Nick Schuessler has completed 52-of-85 passes for 947 yards and 11 TDs.

Colquitt County at Coffee

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Jardine Stadium, Douglas

Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 7-1 overall, 2-0 in Region 1-AAAAA and No. 9; Coffee is 5-4, 2-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Colquitt County won 38-27 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. If Coffee wins, Coffee is the 1-AAAAA champion. If Colquitt wins, the region title will be decided when Colquitt plays at Valdosta (7-2, 2-1) on Nov. 4. 2. Colquitt County has allowed 91 points in eight games after giving up more than 30 per game during its Class AAAAA runner-up finish of 2010. The defensive players to watch are linebackers Sharmaine Washington (74 tackles) and John Gray (83 tackles, seven for losses). Both line up in a T-set in short-yardage and goal-line situations, and Washington has four touchdowns. 3. Coffee RB Kelly Daniels scored on a 79-yard run for the go-ahead touchdown in an upset of Valdosta two weeks ago, and his 62-yard TD run gave Coffee a 10-7 lead in the second half against Lowndes last week. But that was Coffee’s only first down until the fourth quarter in a 36-16 defeat.

Fitzgerald at Brooks County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Veterans Stadium, Quitman

Records, rankings: Fitzgerald is 8-1 overall, 5-0 in Region 1-AA and No. 5; Brooks County is 7-1, 4-0 and No. 6.

Last meeting: Fitzgerald won 21-10 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. The winner of this game is the champion of 1-AA, which is rated the top region in Class AA by the Maxwell Ratings. At least one 1-AA team has made the state quarterfinals every year since the GHSA expanded to five classifications in 2000. 2. Brooks County QB Malcolm Parrish scored six touchdowns and rushed for 208 yards on 22 carries in a 62-27 victory over Albany last week. He also threw for 125 yards. 3. Fitzgerald QB Kaleb Nobles, who has committed to Valdosta State, has more than 5,000 yards passing for his career, but the Hurricanes are more of a running team this year. Nobles is 67-of-112 passing for 906 yards, and Tolerance Shepherd (888 yards, 127 carries) and Fred Hooks (762 yards, 105 carries) have a shot at 1,000 yards rushing on the season.

Marietta at Walton

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Raider Valley, Marietta

Records, rankings: Marietta is 4-4 overall, 4-0 in Region 5-AAAAA and unranked; Walton is 8-0, 4-0 and No. 6.

Last meeting: Walton won 59-28 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Marietta and Walton have locked up the top two playoff positions in 5-AAAAA, and this game will determine the region champion and No. 1 seed. It would be the first region championship for Marietta since 2005. Walton’s last title came in 2008. 2. Marietta QB Anthony Jennings has passed for 1,672 yards and 14 touchdowns with just three interceptions this season. He also has rushed for 294 yards. Jennings scored the game-winning TD on a 4-yard run with seven seconds remaining in a 35-28 victory against Lassiter last week. Ro’Mello Porter, the team’s leading rusher, had 117 yards and two touchdowns against Lassiter. 3. Walton’s Tyren Jones is the top rusher in Class AAAAA. He has 1,363 yards and 19 touchdowns for the season and had 199 yards and three scores in a 45-7 victory over Wheeler last week. Walton’s Zack Blaylock has returned an interception for a touchdown in three consecutive games.

Mays at Marist

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hughes Spalding Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Mays is 7-1 overall, 7-1 in Region 6-AAAA and unranked; Marist is 7-1, 7-1 and No. 6.

Last meeting: Marist won 24-7 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. The winner of this game most likely will take second place behind No. 1-ranked Tucker in Region 6-AAAA. Each team suffered its only loss against Tucker – Marist lost 15-11 on Sept. 2, and Mays fell 50-7 on Oct. 7. 2. Mays quarterback Tre Jones averages about 220 yards per game passing for a team that is averaging 32.4 points per game. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 340 yards in a recent victory against Carver of Atlanta. The Raiders’ top rusher is Torey Bowens, who averages about 100 yards per game. 3. Marist quarterback Myles Willis rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown and passed for 157 yards and a TD in the War Eagles’ 42-12 victory against Lithonia last week. One of his passes was a school-record 99-yarder to Gray King. Marist, which has clinched a playoff berth, will be making its 29th consecutive trip to the postseason.

Newnan at Stephenson

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

Records, rankings: Newnan is 5-3 overall, 4-1 in Region 2-AAAAA and unranked; Stephenson is 8-0, 5-0 and No. 4.

Last meeting: Stephenson won 17-14 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Stephenson is tied with M.L. King for first place in 2-AAAAA and would set up a showdown with the Lions next week for the region championship if it beats Newnan. Newnan will be tied with Stephenson for second place and hold the tiebreaker if it wins. 2. Newnan’s offense is balanced between the pass and the run. Quarterback Nick Smith is 105-for-145 passing for 1,176 yards and 10 touchdowns with one interception. The Cougars have rushed for 1,334 yards, led by Bryant Ball with 761 on 120 carries. 3. Stephenson RB Mike Davis, who has committed to Florida, has rushed for 1,328 yards and 15 touchdowns on 134 carries (9.9 yards per rush) this season. He had 180 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 victory against East Coweta last week, and he ran for 166 yards and a TD last year against Newnan.

North Oconee at Elbert County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Granite Bowl, Elberton

Records, rankings: North Oconee is 8-0 overall, 5-0 in Region 8-AA South and No. 10; Elbert County is 8-0, 5-0 and No. 7.

Last meeting: Elbert County won 6-0 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. The winner will be the champion of 8-AA South and heavily favored in a region championship game Nov. 4 against Banks County. Banks has lost to East Jackson, a team that Elbert and North Oconee defeated by more than 30 points. 2. Tyshon Dye rushed for 97 yards and scored the game’s only touchdown (a 28-yard run) in Elbert County’s victory over North Oconee in 2010. Dye, now a junior, has rushed for 1,191 yards this season. 3. Elbert County ranks third behind Buford and Calhoun in scoring defense at 7.4 points allowed per game. North Oconee is fourth at 8.0, and DE Greg Hall has 28.5 sacks in his last 19 games. Both teams have four shutouts.

Thomas County Central at Warner Robins

When, where: 5 p.m. Saturday, McConnell-Talbert Stadium, Warner Robins

Records, rankings: Thomas County Central is 6-2 overall, 4-1 in Region 1-AAAA and unranked; Warner Robins is 6-2, 4-1 and No. 9.

Last meeting: Thomas County Central won 21-17 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. These teams are tied for second place in 1-AAAA behind Northside of Warner Robins. Warner Robins can finish no lower than second with a victory. Thomas Central would need to beat Warner Robins and Bainbridge (6-2, 3-2) next week to eliminate the likelihood of a three-way tie for second. 2. Thomas Central QB Adam Choice rushed for 314 yards and four touchdowns and threw two touchdown passes in a 56-29 victory over Lee County last week. He has 1,242 yards rushing for the season in seven games. 3. Stephon Cross, one of three transfers from cross-town Northside who gained eligibility two weeks ago, has rushed for 147 yards on 15 carries and led Warner Robins in rushing in both of his games, victories over Northside of Columbus and Bainbridge.

Whitewater at Northgate

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Henry Seldon Field, Newnan

Records, rankings: Whitewater is 7-1 overall, 5-0 in Region 3-AAAA Div. B and unranked; Northgate is 8-0, 5-0 and No. 8.

Last meeting: Whitewater won 28-7 in 2010.

Three things to know: 1. Whitewater and Northgate are the only two 3-AAAA teams that are unbeaten in subregion play. The winner of this game clinches the Division B subregion title, a spot in the region championship game at home against Alcovy and an automatic berth in the state playoffs. The loser will face the third-place team from Division A in a play-in game for a spot in the state tournament. 2. Whitewater QB John-Mark Rhodes threw two touchdown passes and Kendall Conley ran for two scores in Whitewater’s most recent game, a 38-3 victory over McIntosh on Oct. 14. Whitewater had the week off last week. 3. Northgate’s eight victories are tied for the second-best total in the school’s history, which began in 1998. The Vikings’ best season came in 2000, when they went 11-2 and lost in the Class AA quarterfinals to eventual champion Americus. Northgate also won eight games in 2004, when it finished 8-3.

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29 comments Add your comment

Titletown Fan

October 27th, 2011
6:46 am

The Fitz-Brooks game will be an absolute war. I think Colquitt takes down Coffee to set up a Region 1 showdown with Valdosta next week and Lowndes beats Tift to eek into the playoffs.


October 27th, 2011
7:51 am

Looking ahead.

I’m pulling for Newnan over Stephenson this week and MLK next week. I would love for Coffee to travel up to Stephenson in the first round and beat Stephenson as the 2-5A champ in their own back yard. It should be obvious by this post that I expect the Packers to win out in the regular season leaving the Trojans with the fourth seed in 1-5A.

Of course I will be in the stands screaming for my Trojans tomorrow night and would be estatic to see them pull it out night and play the region 2-5A fourth seed in Jardine Stadium in game one of bracket play. It’s just possible…. It’s just possible. Looking forward to seeing all of you Packer Backers in Douglas tomorrow night.

It will be an intense game if the big Coffee O-Line pays attention and holds it’s blocks in both the ground and passing game.


October 27th, 2011
8:11 am

There are some pretty good games this week!. The best in my area is Marietta/Walton.. I stay with my pick that Walton may be the best in the state this year, The Raiders have shown that they can shut down the pass and I believe they do it again..Walton 27-14.
Stephenson over Newnan
Brookwood over Camden
Marist over mays
One south Ga. team over another… Who cares.. It’s not gonna have any influence on the playoffs or the championship.


October 27th, 2011
8:16 am

Sorry Grayson… I meant Brookwood over yall!… I’m getting ahead of myself.


October 27th, 2011
8:22 am

Marist vs Mays will b a good game! I’m calling the upset..Mays wins!!!


October 27th, 2011
8:41 am

Bigdaddyc your likness for south ga teams is showing


October 27th, 2011
8:55 am

Camden…. I don’t include y’all in my luv for S. Ga teams… It’s just that one region.. You know the self proclaimed SEC. Actually, I like Camden and get sick of hearing folks complain about your schedule.


October 27th, 2011
9:17 am

Marist over Mays, Newnan over Stephenson, Grayson over Brookwood Whitewater over Northgate. Should be very interesting very good games.

Coffee Trojan#44

October 27th, 2011
9:51 am


Coffee has a good chance to beat Colquitt tomorrow night, Coffee plays good at home and Colquitt does not play well on the road. This is a trap game for Colquitt, they think that they can come into Douglas and play half ass and still beat a Coffee team that lost to Lowndes 36-16 last week, well, Coffee is not a pushover and can very well pull out an upset win over Colquitt if they come in playing with that attitude.


October 27th, 2011
10:07 am

Fitzgerald will win……………………………………


October 27th, 2011
11:01 am

Coffee Trojan#44….anything can happen any given Friday nite. I know that Coffee always comes to play, but I don’t know where you get that CC does not play well on the road. For the past 3 years, we have done pretty good in the playoffs “on the road.”

Granted, we didn’t play well when we played WR, but that has gotten fixed. CC is playing really good now. If they play like they have the last few games, it will be a long nite for Coffee fans.


October 27th, 2011
11:11 am

and another thing…I don’t think that CC is overlooking Coffee. It’s dangerous to overlook anyone, especially Coffee.

When we played WR, we thought we were better than we were. Sure, we had won all our games until then, but they weren’t pretty wins. I think losing to WR was one of the best things that happened to CC this year. It showed the boys that they weren’t as good as they thought they were. They got it corrected and now they are good.

I just hope that everyone on both teams stays injury free cause I know there will be some hard hitting going on by both teams.



October 27th, 2011
11:15 am

@Coffee Trojan#44
I have not seen a Colquitt fan on here say that Coffee is going to be a pushover. The Packers respect Coffee and have prepared for them this week at practice. The scout team has only similated the Coffee offense and defense, we willworry about Valdosta next week but the team is very aware that to win the region they have toy win against Coffee first.


October 27th, 2011
11:22 am

If you read back Lowndes and Valdosta posters are the ones wanting a blowout game with Colquitt hanging a big score so to give them a tie breaker avantage in the case of a three way tie. I think i saw it as 19 was the majic number Lowndes needs for us to score if they beat Tift. That number is a little ironic since 19 is how many points total Colquitt has given up to Lowndes and Tift combined


October 27th, 2011
11:25 am

gotta agree with you that WR was a wake up call for the Packers and have been alot more focused as a team since then.


October 27th, 2011
11:28 am

An ugly Friday night is on the way. 50% of showers starting around Atlanta at noon. High of 55, by 9 pm, 47 degrees. Might hinder passing, grip on the ball, more fumbles might result. May favor underdogs by reducing offensive abilities. Might help Brookwood.


October 27th, 2011
11:51 am

When Fitzs wins, they should be ranked #1 until they lose.


October 27th, 2011
11:51 am

If they lose another game that is.

Coffee Trojan#44

October 27th, 2011
11:54 am

Everyone needs to come out and support the kids on both teams at Jardine Stadium in Douglas,GA this Friday night at 8:00pm when Coffee plays Colquitt Co in the Region 1-AAAAA Championship game, both team where underdogs coming into this season and both teams have fought back to play in the Region 1-AAAAA Championship game. I am a Coffee fan, but Good Luck to both teams, they both deserve this one. It should be a great game. Go Trojans!!!

marietta fan

October 27th, 2011
11:55 am

I will admit I think Walton will beat us, but who knows we have beaten teams we wern’t supposed to. I do hope Marietta wins this game not only to win region 5, but if we win, we avoid going to Camden in the second round which will most likely happen if we finish 2nd. It should be a great game that I hope Marietta can pull out some more magic. Go Blue!


October 27th, 2011
6:46 pm

Mays @ Marist…I believe Mays should beat Marist but Mays will have to play a near perfect game. No turnovers and limited amount of penalties. Stay discipline…Marist QB is their main weapon and I believe if you shut him down the offense will shut down,,,,However, weather will play a big part in this game. Soggy, wet field gives the best running team the advantage and that would be Marist. GO MAYS!


October 28th, 2011
10:52 am

Mays over Marist? – Nope don’t see that happening. Weather conditions, in Atlanta, will favor the War Eagles offensive scheme (running game that setup the passing game). Unless Mays has developed a proven and consistent ground attack, since the Tucker game, War Eagles by 2 touchdowns, possible more, if Mays’ defense allows Marist across the 50…brings in Marist EXCEPTIONAL FG kicker. Mays fans, watch the FG kicker warm-up…he places the ball on the 50 many times and the distant and accuracy is unbelievable…folks that 60 yards, from a HS kid!!!

Can anyone tell me the tie-breaker between SWD and Mays, when both end up 8-2…I believe it’s by points?


REGION 6, the best in GA 4A Football……


October 28th, 2011
10:53 am

@ sportsnut u came close until u ranked the winner of the STEPHENSON and NEWNAN game ..STEPHENSON will prevail that game hands down.. And the MAYS AND MARIST game isnt exactly a hand-over to MARIST.. that game im sure will be a toss-up!!


October 28th, 2011
10:58 am

MLK has a nail-biter game this wkend too.. MLK VS EAST COWETA…didn exactly give STEPHENSON the blowout they was lookin for but hopefully MLK shall win anyway in my prediction!! GO LIONS AND GO JAGS!!


October 28th, 2011
11:15 am

Also, good luck to Stephenson and MLK, bring home the “W”, to setup next week’s region 2 championship showdown @ Hallford Stadium. I will be in attendance for that BIG DeKalb rivalry. Yep, got to scout out the competition for next year. (LOL)


REGION 6, the best in GA 4A Football……

East Coweta

October 28th, 2011
11:30 am

Mighty Lion I agree. Welcome. People better not look at our Westlake game. Just a bad night. Going to be a good one tonight and should be in a top game list. Really- Walton and Marietta. LOL


October 28th, 2011
12:25 pm

Northside would have cleaned house in region 1_aaaaa this year. Here’s for hoping CC Packers win and force the region championship next week at the home of the cats! Go Cats!

Marist Dad

October 28th, 2011
3:11 pm

To 4AReg6Fan: Nice props about our kicker. In addition to his strong leg, did you know he’s supposedly the 2nd fastest kid on the team? And he plays linebacker when they need a stop? He’s about 200 lbs and should do well as a FL Gator. Wonder if the Dawgs went after him? We’ll probably see him kick on Sundays in a few years.


October 28th, 2011
3:53 pm

To Marist Dad – I was basically stating the FACTS about your FG kicker, while letting the Mays fans know, you have to take him out of the game, this is what Tucker did…his leg is a serious WEAPON. Coach Chadwick should be required to have his leg registered with the ATF agency. (LOL) If UGA didn’t pursue him then that speaks a lot about a big time college program’s recruiting department…and he’s in their back yard! I would agree with you, we’ll see him on Sunday’s and I’m going to draft him to my fantasy football roster!!


REGION 6, the best in GA 4A Football……