Flowery Branch-Northside headlines week of big games

Only 15 AAAAA teams were in action last week, so Week 2 provides the real kickoff for the classification, and there will be some big games to get things started. Here are a few of the games this week that will show which teams are the championship contenders:

*West Forsyth at Gainesville: These schools became rivals in 2008 when West Forsyth, then playing its first full varsity season, was placed in Region 7-AAA with the Red Elephants. West Forsyth went 14-6 over the next two seasons but lost the two meetings with Gainesville by a combined score of 69-16. Now West Forsyth is the big guy on the block, beginning its third year in the highest classification while the Red Elephants move up to AAAAA from AAA. But on Thursday, West Forsyth will have to deal with Gainesville junior quarterback Deshaun Watson, one of the state’s most dynamic playmakers.

*Northside-Warner Robins at Flowery Branch: Top-ranked Northside hasn’t lost a regular-season game since Oct. 30, 2009, a one-point loss to rival Warner Robins. And if the Eagles are going to lose a game this year, it most likely will be either this one or the showdown with Warner Robins on Nov. 2. Flowery Branch won at least 10 games in six of the past seven seasons, but the Falcons have a new coach in Chris Griffin and will have their work cut out for them against a team that was probably a fumble away from winning the state championship in AAAA last season.

*Colquitt County at Thomas County Central: Is Thomas County Central as good as it looked in a 41-7 victory against Thomasville last week? The Yellow Jackets will have plenty of chances to prove it in the coming weeks. After playing Colquitt County, the seventh-ranked team in Class AAAAAA, the Jackets have games in the coming weeks against Class AAAA No. 3 Marist (away, Sept. 7), AAAA No. 4 Cairo (home, Sept. 14) and Class AAAAAA Tift County (away, Sept. 21). And those are just tune-ups for play in Region 1-AAAAA, which Thomas County Central should dominate.

*Coffee at Ware County: Ware County has a new starting quarterback and an inexperienced offensive line, but expect Ed Dudley’s team to be right in the thick of the race for the Region 3-AAAAA championship. Coffee will provide a good non-region test for the Gators. Coffee has a new coach in former Fitzgerald coach Robby Pruitt, and the Trojans are coming off a dominating 41-3 victory against Whitewater last week.

*Marist at Clarke Central: Clarke Central shared the Region 8 championship last season and won it outright the year before, but they are unranked going into the season-opener. Star running back Quenshaun Watson has graduated and gone to Tennessee, so the Gladiators will rely offensively on quarterback Cameron Johnson, who passed for almost 1,800 yards last season. This will be the first meeting for these longtime north Georgia powers.

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Metro Fan

August 30th, 2012
11:02 am

TJ Morris

August 30th, 2012
1:19 pm

Northside is going to beat flowery branch by three touchdowns. Northside is looking to good right now.


August 30th, 2012
10:39 pm

Have Stephenson High got a replacement team yet???

blu eagle

August 31st, 2012
8:57 am

Go you hairy Eagles tonight safe travels and great results. May both teams stay injury free!


August 31st, 2012
9:39 am

Northside is looking good ? Who have they played this season ?


August 31st, 2012
9:52 am

A different kind of Coffee team is traveling down to the swamp in Ware County this week. Ware has taken Coffee the last three years. Well, it’s not the last three years. This is a new age in Coffee football. Everyone be safe on the road tonight and carry your rain gear.



August 31st, 2012
10:00 am

Northside is loaded again with one of the best offensive and defensive lines anywhere. Too many names to call out for this years Eagles look for a big win tonight. By the way the first string had peach county down 25 points quickly


August 31st, 2012
10:49 am

Three tds sounds like a stretch against Flowery Branch at home. I expect to hear a lot of air raid sirens going off in the distance at The Branch.


August 31st, 2012
11:10 am

All you Coffee boys be safe headed over here today! Looking forward to a great game



August 31st, 2012
1:29 pm

With all due respect to Flowery Branch, chatter about this game being anything short of a “Peachtree Ridge” kind of event is laughable.

Northside (Warner Robins) 42, Flowery Branch 7.

These are conservative estimates. I may give Flowery Branch another score due to the long trip and the fact that 14 year old Eagles will be on the field by midwa through the 3rd quarter. Northside scrimmaged Peach County and were leading 35-3 before Head coach Kevin Kinsler took his foot off of Peach County’s (#1 AAA team in Georgia) throat. Peach County’s talent level is higher than Flowery Branch.

Northside vs. Peach County a couple of weeks ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dwi0Ln_Vho. See 4:12. Northside 35, Peach County 3.


August 31st, 2012
3:19 pm

The “14 year old” players for NSWR will see no action tonight. (Barring injuries)


August 31st, 2012
3:55 pm

DC? Score prediction?


August 31st, 2012
5:11 pm

hey that northside scrimmage against peach in peaches defense they had alot of miscues turnovers that gave northside atleast 14 points if anything it shouldve been 21-10 by halftime!!


August 31st, 2012
6:15 pm

@valyboy32: It was 35-3. Have you ever noticed how many teams have miscues against Northside? Getting hit and tackled by multiple players each time you have the ball creates turnovers. Either an opponent has the mental toughness or they do not. Peach County is not on Northside’s level. You guys will simply have to celebrate beating the Warner Robins, Houston County’s and Twiggs County’s of the world. When you play Northside it is “Get Hit Week!” I know it and you know it too. :-)

chris postell

September 3rd, 2012
10:59 pm

I wish northside was playing the region from south georgia…great team and great games….I dont see Northside having to worry about loosing until the playoffs come….Then the Tuckers of the world come into to play…Trust me. ..Northside players and fans would love to see a rematch….but there are a lot of good teams in the state….Northside will be hard to beat if hey stay healthy…..As far as camden county…..they have had the best program in georgia in my opinion the last 10 years….Lowndes….Camden…Northside all are great programs….