There must have been three million police officers on Ronald Reagan Parkway the other day. You might have thought that someone important was on the way. However, the blue-light welcoming committee was saving a special place for those who flaunted the speed limit.
See, the police had these radar detectors pointed at the traffic, measuring the speed of the vehicles. And every so often someone would hit the magic number and get pulled over. Ah, radar.
Now that high school football is in the fourth week, there are several good games on the radar. It will be a week or two before the region schedules get cranked up in earnest. Until then we’re left with a batch of promising non-region contests that are worth watching. You could say (and this took a long time to get here) that these games are on our radar.
Here are five games that could exceed the speed limit on Friday night:
St. Pius at Thomson: St. Pius (2-0) climbed all the way to No 2 in the rankings after it drilled North Oconee 50-14 last week, but they can’t rest of those laurels. That’s because the bus leaves Friday afternoon for The Brickyard, where No. 5 Thomson (2-0) has won 72 percent of its home games. The St. Pius offense has gotten great production from fullback Ryan Branswell (224 yards, five TDs). But if the Golden Lions have any notion of winning this game they’ll have to stop Thomson tailback Chris Jordan, who has 493 yards and went for 328 a week ago against Lakeside Evans. Defensive coordinator Jerry Stewart, one of the best, will have his hands full. This is the first meeting between the two teams.
Jefferson at North Hall: The new wishbone attack at No. 9 North Hall (2-0) has proven to be quite productive. The Trojans installed the offense over the summer when coach Bob Christmas decided to switch from the Wing-T. So far the offense has churned out nearly 750 yards in two games. Brad Brown and Andrew Smith have taken turns at quarterback, with Kevin Christmas, Zac Little and T.J. Tate all effectively running the ball. The attack will likely get a shakedown against a very solid Jefferson club. The Jefferson (1-1) defense is led by linebacker Kody McDonald, who had 12 tackles and two sacks a week ago against Jackson County. The series, which Jefferson leads 8-2, resumed in 2010 after a 13-year hiatus. The teams have split the two meetings since, with Jefferson winning 38-28 a year ago.
Carver at Colquitt County: No. 4 Carver (2-0) isn’t likely to line up against this much talent on the field again this season until it reaches the playoffs. Quarterback Torrance McGee (180 yards, two TDs) will need a steady, productive effort against the Class AAAAAA No. 7 Packers (1-1). The Tigers run from a variety of formations and have additional weapons in running back Mario Williams, also a dangerous kick returner, and receivers JaQuan Sanks and Danny Ryles. The two teams haven’t played since 1987. Colquitt has won both previous meetings.
Warner Robins at Peach County: There isn’t likely to be a vacant seat in the house when these two collide in Fort Valley. No. 1 Peach County (2-0) will spotlight quarterback Greg Williams, who has thrown four TDs, and Demarcus Robinson, a Clemson commitment who has scored four touchdowns. Warner Robins, No. 6 in Class AAAAA, remembers Robinson; he showed up in the final minute to snag a touchdown pass that gave Peach a 7-6 victory. This is the third straight year the two teams have play, with Peach winning the last two years. Warner Robins (1-0) won the first two games back in 1970-71.
Jackson at South Atlanta: The Hornets (2-0) are seeking their first victory against Jackson. Jackson (2-0) won the first two meetings with ease in 2008 and 2009. Kendrick “Bama” Caller, a two-way performer, came up big for Jackson in the opener against Towers. A win this week would legitimize the Lasers as a contender in what appears to be a wide-open Region 4.