Ten best games of Week 2

A.C. Flora, S.C. at North Gwinnett

When, where: 6 p.m. Saturday, Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium, Suwanee

Records, rankings: A.C. Flora is 2-0 and No. 8 in South Carolina’s Class 3A; North Gwinnett is 1-0 and No. 5 in Georgia’s Class AAAAAA.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. North Gwinnett QB Michael Haynes, making his first start, passed for 125 yards and ran for 51 in the Bulldogs’ 16-14 victory against Colquitt County last week. His 22-yard run to the Colquitt 11 set up a 34-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired. 2. Flora’s Aven Pollard rushed for 222 yards on 12 carries in the Falcons’ 51-36 victory against Gilbert last week. He scored five touchdowns, on runs of 25, 66, 4, 65 and 15 yards. QB Jake Lewis passed for 127 yards and rushed for 104. 3. This is one of three games that were scheduled to be played at North Gwinnett as part of the National High School Gridiron Challenge. Stephenson’s 3 p.m. game likely will be canceled because the original opponent, Pine Forest of Pensacola, Fla., was unable to make the trip because of Hurricane Isaac, and organizers have been unable to find a replacement (story below). Valdosta takes on North Augusta, S.C., at noon.

Blessed Trinity at Lovett

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium/Conley-Oakley Field, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Blessed Trinity is 1-0 and No. 9 in Class AAA; Lovett is 1-0 and No. 7 in AA.

Last meeting: Blessed Trinity won 31-28 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. Blessed Trinity is trying to win for a third consecutive time on Lovett’s home field, something no school has done in Lovett coach Mike Muschamp’s tenure (2005-). In the 2011 game, Davis Plowman made a 49-yard field goal with 16 seconds left to break a 28-28 tie. Blessed Trinity had converted a fourth-and-9 from midfield moments earlier. 2. Blessed Trinity freshman Milton Shelton didn’t play until the second half of the 25-20 victory over Westminster but had 17 carries for 108 yards. 3. Lovett managed only eight first downs and 142 yards in total offense in the 7-3 victory over Woodward Academy but held Woodward to 3.1 yards per rush and 11-for-25 passing. Lovett had 11 tackles for losses, 2.5 each by linebackers John Coletti and Charlie Ingram.

Buford at Elbert County

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

Records, rankings: Buford is 0-0 and No. 2 in Class AAA; Elbert County is 0-0 and No. 7 in AAA.

Last meeting: Buford won 49-13 in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Class AA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. Buford didn’t allow Elbert County a first down until leading 35-0 in the third quarter last season, but returns only one offensive starter, preseason all-state lineman Josh Cardiello, and two on defense. 2. Buford is playing in Region 7-AAA this season, which means a move up in classification and a move out of 6-AA, which was a metro Atlanta region. For the first time in more than 50 years, Buford does not have a metro Atlanta opponent on its schedule. All of the road games are in northeast Georgia. Buford coach Jess Simpson sought out Elbert as an opponent because he always wanted to play in the Granite Bowl, one of Georgia’s better known playing fields. 3. Elbert County RB Tyshon Dye, committed to Clemson, rushed for 1,561 yards last season. Elbert’s top tackler from 2011, LB Eric Eberhardt, is out with an arm injury suffered while weightlifting this summer. Junior Ross Phillips is Elbert’s new starting quarterback, although expect freshman Mecole Hardman to make his varsity debut.

Colquitt County at Thomas County Central

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Jackets’ Nest, Thomasville

Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 0-1 and No. 7 in Class AAAAAA; Thomas County Central is 1-0 and No. 9 in AAAAA.

Last meeting: Colquitt County won 44-14 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. This series dates to 1970, and Colquitt County leads 20-14 if records of the Moultrie Packers, Colquitt’s predecessor, are included. The two schools once played when both won state titles, in 1994. Colquitt County won that one 27-6. 2. Central’s Adam Choice led Georgia quarterbacks in rushing last season with more than 1,600 yards, but he was slowed last week by a hip injury while running backs Deondre Cooksey (110 yards rushing, 60-yard reception) and Damion Williams (78 yards, three touchdowns) put up flashier numbers in the 41-7 victory over Thomasville. In 2011, Choice was held to 35 yards on 23 carries by Colquitt County. 3. Colquitt County, ranked No. 2 in preseason in Georgia’s Class AAAAAA, dropped out of two national polls this week after losing to North Gwinnett. The passing game is a concern. Cole Segraves threw two first-quarter interceptions, and the team missed on 16 of 28 passes last week.

Hillgrove vs. Lassiter

When, where: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Walter H. Cantrell Stadium (McEachern High School), Powder Springs

Records, rankings: Hillgrove is 1-0 and unranked in Class AAAAAA; Lassiter is 0-0 and No. 4 in AAAAAA.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Hillgrove, which lost all-state running back Kenyan Drake to graduation, relied more on the passing game in its 31-15 victory against Westlake last week. Quarterback Troy Thompson was 18-for-25 for 281 yards and four touchdowns. 2. Lassiter quarterback Eddie Printz, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 pick, was 277-for-442 passing for 3,350 yards and 28 touchdowns in leading the Trojans to the state semifinals last season. He needs 3,271 yards this year to break the state record for career passing yardage. 3. This game is one of two to be played at McEachern on Friday as part of the East-West Cobb Classic. It will be followed by McEachern against third-ranked Walton, who will be playing each other for the first time since 2003.

Marist at Clarke Central

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Billy Henderson Stadium, Athens

Records, rankings: Marist is 0-0 and No. 3 in Class AAAA; Clarke Central is 0-0 and unranked in AAAAA.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. A victory would make Marist’s Alan Chadwick the 11th coach to win 300 games in Georgia. Among active coaches, only Lincoln County’s Larry Campbell (459), Jefferson’s T. McFerrin (326) and Bowdon’s Dwight Hochstetler (318) have won more. Chadwick’s career record is 299-53, a winning percentage of .849. 2. Junior quarterback Cameron Johnson is one of four returning starters on offense for Clarke Central. He passed for 1,783 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. Wide receiver Amir Williams, perhaps the Gladiators’ top returning offensive player, is expected to miss about a month of the season after breaking his collarbone in preseason workouts. 3. These are two of north Georgia’s winningest programs over the past 40 years, but they have never met. Clarke Central’s predecessor school (Athens High) played Marist 12 times from 1920 to 1965, with Athens winning 11 times.

Miami Central, Fla. at Grayson

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

Records, rankings: Miami Central is 0-0 and No. 1 in Florida’s Class 6A; Grayson is 1-0 and No. 1 in Georgia’s Class AAAAAA.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. There will be 11 players in the game who are committed to to FBS (formerly Division I-A) schools. For Central, they are LB Marquez Hodge (Syracuse), DB Ahmad Thomas (Oklahoma), DB Da’Wan Hunte (N.C. State), RB Dalvin Cook (Clemson), RB Josephy Yearby (Florida State) and OL Trevor Darling (Miami). Yearby rushed for 2,160 yards as a sophomore last year. For Grayson, they are DE Robert Nkemdiche, LB Wayne Gallman and DB David Kamara (all Clemson), LB Zach Barnes (Tennessee) and DE Jack Banda (Arizona). 2. Grayson’s best player in Saturday’s 31-12 victory over McEachern might’ve been RB/LB Jordan Germany, who has no scholarship offers. The senior rushed for a team-leading 92 yards and a touchdown and had six solo tackles, tied for the team lead. 3. Central, which returns 16 starters from Florida’s Class 6A runner-up in 2011, is playing three teams ranked in MaxPreps’ preseason top 10 nationally – No. 1 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.), No. 2 Grayson and No. 9 Booker T. Washington (Miami).

Northside (W. Robins) at Flowery Branch

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Falcon Field, Flowery Branch

Records, rankings: Northside is 0-0 and No. 1 in Class AAAAA; Flowery Branch is 0-0 and No. 10 in AAAAA.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Flowery Branch has sent each of its past four starting quarterbacks to FBS football, most recently Kanler Coker to North Carolina. The new starter is Jackson McDonald, more of a running quarterback than his predecessors. 2. Northside, ranked No. 1 in preseason for the third time in its history (2010, 2007), returns two all-state players from its 13-1 team of 2011 in LB Trey Payne and WR Keshun Hill, who each made the Macon Telegraph’s preseason 12 to Treasure of the best players in Middle Georgia. 3. Northside is 90-7 since 2005. That’s the most victories by far among Class AAAAA schools. Flowery Branch (73-17) ranks fourth behind Northside, Tucker (82) and Gainesville (74).

West Forsyth at Gainesville

When, where: 7:30 p.m. today, City Park Stadium/Bobby Gruhn Field; Gainesville

Records, rankings: West Forsyth is 0-0 and unranked in Class AAAAAA; Gainesville is 0-0 and No. 8 in AAAAA.

Last meeting: Gainesville won 34-0 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. West Forsyth’s offense is led by quarterback A.J. Erdely, a third-year starter who has committed to Middle Tennessee and passed for close to 2,000 yards last season. Running back Jake Wieczorek is a 1,000-yard rusher who was second-team all-state last season. 2. Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson, a junior who has committed to Clemson, passed for 3,251 yards last season to rank No. 14 in state history. He also rushed for 1,073 yards as a sophomore, and his 4,324 total yards broke the Hall County record. 3. West Forsyth is playing its fifth full varsity season and made the playoffs in 2010 and 2011, beating Etowah and Hillgrove last season for the first postseason victories in school history. Gainesville has made the playoffs for 12 consecutive seasons and reached at least the state semifinals two of the past three years.

Wilkinson County at Wilcox County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Patriot Stadium, Rochelle

Records, rankings: Wilkinson County is 0-0 and No. 4 in Class A; Wilcox County is 0-0 and No. 2 in A.

Last meeting: Wilkinson County won 25-21 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. Wilkinson County QB David Whipple was a second-team all-state selection last season, passing for 2,049 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushing for 548 yards and 14 TDs. 2. Wilcox County QB Makail Grace was named the Offensive Player of the Year in Class A (by the Associated Press) and in Region 2-A. He passed for 2,345 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushed for 312 yards and six TDs. He also was first-team all-region as a defensive back. 3. Wilkinson and Wilcox are two of only three public schools to reach the Class A semifinals in the past three seasons. Wilcox County made it in 2009, when the Patriots went on to win the state title. Wilkinson County lost in the 2010 semifinals to Clinch County, the only other public school to make it that far.

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35 comments Add your comment

Coffee Trojan#44

August 30th, 2012
8:48 am

Golden Isles Fan

August 30th, 2012
9:21 am

ooooooooooo 2nd!!!!!!!!

Golden Isles Fan

August 30th, 2012
9:31 am

coffee at ware this week….. should be a good game to predict????? compared to Valdosta playing ware even though it was just a scrimmage …..we should be able to gauge how Coffee should fair in region 1/6A……it is going to take some time for the trojans to make Pruitts system come second nature and become a well oiled machine….but when they do look out ,,,,,should happen by region play,,,,and people stay healthy……all teams in region 1,,,,,,because I dont want any excuses from anyone when Coffee comes in and shocks not just this region but region 4 and so on…..do you get my drift????????


August 30th, 2012
9:46 am

Remember Region 1 2A? Let the rivalry continue! :-)


August 30th, 2012
10:05 am

Good news for Coffee. It was just announced that The Georgia AP Sportswriters voted Ware County in the top ten in AAAAA. Like Golden Isle said, it’s going to take a while for Coffee to be at full potential. But a strong showing against the Gators tomorrow night should say a little more about how Coffee stacks up against the rest of 1-6A.


Titletown USA

August 30th, 2012
11:13 am

Coffee Co fans seem like you might be bracing for a fall….not that confident this week as you were after blowing out Whitewater, huh. But I agree that this is a good test, and I really think Coffee can make some noise in Region1 this year.


August 30th, 2012
11:28 am

A.C. Flora is going to wish they had played one of their patty-cake south carolina schools. Their Qb and running back will be crawling back to the side lines before half time.

Class A Fan

August 30th, 2012
1:40 pm

Looking forward to seeing how the Wilkinson Co / Wilcox Co game plays out. Two great teams !! I’ll be travling to Brimingham, Alabama to watch ELCA take on AAAAA Briarwood Christian ( a top 10 school ). Wish all the best this weekend !!


August 30th, 2012
2:52 pm

Why can’t Tucker step up and play someone like Hoover,Plant or Bay Co. Is it too cozy playing all the weak sisters in DeKalb???


August 30th, 2012
3:24 pm

@graphite. Would not matter who Tucker played the result would be the same, a Tucker victory.


August 30th, 2012
3:30 pm

Are you ready for some football!!! Hope the Luella Lions have a safe trip down tomorrow. Lets get this party started!!

Lets Go

August 30th, 2012
3:31 pm

They ranked Ware County too high. Ware County looked terrible in the scrimmage against Valdosta and their quaterback is making his first start. Coffee should win easily


August 30th, 2012
3:51 pm

It’s almost here again…another RAIDER season…thru the CANNON smoke the RAIDERS head up Hwy 92 to our neighbor’s in the North end of Paulding. It’s a new era for BOTH teams as they hit the field with new coaching staffs in place. EAST is loaded with talent and appears ready to go but the Wolfpack is going to want to prove something after last years game.

EAST needs to stay focused and get thru these first games as they face several new teams this year they have never seen. Should be a fun year!



August 30th, 2012
5:34 pm

@graphite – Go do some homework before posting about Tucker playing other teams. Look back at Tucker’s regular season schedule for the last 8 – 10 years and you will find the Tigers have played an ALL region schedule, which doesn’t awhile extra games. Do your team play teams like the ones you mention? If you are not from DeKalb, then you want understand the dynamics of the county and if you are, you should know better.


REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

Golden Isles Fan

August 30th, 2012
5:44 pm

I’m not saying Coffee will fall against Ware…….I mean , I hope ware wins the state and gives Coffee one heck of a game, it will only show or reveal our cracks…….well this early in the season will only make coffee not only aware but it will make them stronger down the stretch, so and if they win well good also………GO TROJANS!!!!!!!!!!

Golden Isles Fan

August 30th, 2012
6:06 pm

HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANYONE THERE????????????????????

Coffee Trojan#44

August 30th, 2012
6:32 pm

I’m not going to make any predictions, but I think that the Coffee/Ware Co game will be a close one, and should be a great game. Anyone going to be there early tailgating? I would like to meet some fellow highschool football fans. Go Trojans!


August 30th, 2012
9:39 pm

@5areg6fan….. The region you play in is the weakest in the state.No wonder a mediocre team does well……. Your post was hard to read with the mispelled and misused words.You must have been a Tucker student.


August 30th, 2012
10:52 pm

graphite are you ignorant or just plain dumb! Tucker High is one of the top schools in Dekalb County, They play in probably the toughest region in AAAAA. What do you mean about tucker not playing other outside teams, They just won the State championship twice out of the last 5 years. You have to beat the best to be the best. What do you think winning the State championship is man??? “Some people just don’t get it” :(


August 30th, 2012
11:42 pm

@graphite – Do the math. 11 teams in the region = 10 region games. GHSA rules allow only 10 non-playoff games. They cannot play anyone outside their region by rule no matter how much they might want to. There are more than a few strong opponents in that region.


August 31st, 2012
12:26 am

@jab….You need to use a capital “T” in the word Tucker….Yep the top school in DeKalb..By the way,did you ever recover any of the 2m that was embezzeled from building the school?… Good ol DeKalb Co.


August 31st, 2012
1:10 am

Be gone TROLL! :-)


August 31st, 2012
5:07 am

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August 31st, 2012
8:01 am

Let’s go Big Blue! Good luck tonight against the Flowery Branch Falcons! It’s Great to be a NORTHSIDE EAGLE!!!!!!!


August 31st, 2012
9:03 am

How the heck is Walton/McEachern not one of the 10 best games??? And Blessed Trinity vs Lovett is?????


August 31st, 2012
9:46 am

@ Titletown USA – You fellas take care of region 1-6A tomorrow in Atlanta. Coffee will take care of it tonight down in Ware County. (There. That sound more confident to you?)

Coffee Trojan#44

August 31st, 2012
9:56 am

Ms. Monique

August 31st, 2012
10:11 am

Good luck to the Grady Knights on tonights 2012 season opener against Decatur High! GK,GK,….!


August 31st, 2012
10:30 am

That only noise coffee county will make is when they are knocked to the ground!!!!

Mays Maniac

August 31st, 2012
10:59 am

Good luck to Mays High Raiders will take on Carver ( Atl) , The Hill Is Real Baby!!!!!


August 31st, 2012
11:10 am

Good luck this weekend to North Gwinnett and Valdosta. Grayson will have their hands full tonight with Miami. I don’t believe Flora will have much success running straight at North Gwinnett, we will see.

Coffee Trojan#44

August 31st, 2012
12:14 pm

@Golden Isles Fan, Are you going to be at the Coffee game tonight?


August 31st, 2012
2:19 pm


August 31st, 2012
2:43 pm



August 31st, 2012
5:45 pm

is the grayson-miami game going to be on streaming or on anywhere we can listen? thanks