Carrollton at Calhoun
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phil Reeve Stadium, Calhoun
Records, rankings: Carrollton is 1-1 and No. 3 in Class AAAA; Calhoun is 2-0 and No. 1 in AA.
Last meeting: Calhoun won 21-0 in 1985.
Three things to know: 1. Calhoun has allowed 35 and 41 points in victories over Ridgeland and Dalton, both Class AAAA schools. The last team to do that and win in consecutive weeks was Calhoun in the 2009 playoffs. 2. Calhoun QB Taylor Lamb, the state’s leading passer in yardage last season, has thrown for 525 yards and four touchdowns this season. Carrollton has completed only five passes for 82 yards this season. Leading rusher Jarvis Terrell (105 yards) is among five backs with at least one touchdown in a balanced Wing-T attack. 3. Carrollton and Calhoun were in Region 7-AAA together from 1980 to 1985 and played each other annually, with Carrollton winning five of six. They have not played otherwise, although both northwest Georgia schools were playing football as early as 1925.
Carver (Columbus) at Colquitt County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Memorial Stadium, Moultrie
Records, rankings: Carver is 2-0 and No. 4 in Class AAA; Colquitt County is 2-1 and No. 7 in AAAAAA.
Last meeting: Colquitt County won 21-7 in 1987.
Three things to know: 1. This will be Colquitt County’s fourth consecutive non-region game against a ranked team before heading into a Region 1-AAAAAA schedule that includes games against No. 2 Camden County and No. 6 Lowndes. The Packers are one of two ranked teams on the schedule for Carver, which will play Class AAA No. 1 Peach County on Nov. 2 in a 2-AAA game. 2. Colquitt County was held to 212 yards of total offense in a 14-7 victory over Lovejoy last week, but the defense made some big stands. Lovejoy had the ball inside the Colquitt 30 three times in which it came away with no points. 3. Carver QB Torrance McGee’s 1-yard run with 1:37 to play in the third quarter was the game-winner in an 18-13 win over Shaw last week. It was the smallest margin of victory for Carver since beating Cairo 16-13 in the 2007 Class AAA championship game.
Jonesboro at Griffin
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Griffin
Records, rankings: Jonesboro is 2-0 overall, 0-0 in Region 4-AAAA Div. B and No. 9; Griffin is 2-0, 0-0 and No. 4.
Last meeting: Griffin won 47-43 in the first round of the 2011 Class AAAA playoffs.
Three things to know: 1. This game is the subregion opener for both teams in Region 4-AAAA Div. B, and the winner will emerge as the favorite to reach the region championship game. Griffin has won 11 region titles in its history, most recently in 2009. Jonesboro has just one region title, and that came in 1949. 2. Griffin leads the all-time series 37-2 and has won 19 consecutive games against the Cardinals, with Jonesboro scoring eight points or less in 14 games during that stretch. Jonesboro’s last victory against Griffin was a 7-6 game in 1981. 3. Griffin trailed 43-34 with less than three minutes to play in its playoff matchup with Jonesboro last season, but Jaquez Parks threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:21, including the game-winner with 57 seconds left after a botched Jonesboro punt, to give Griffin the victory. Parks has passed for 447 yards in two games this season.
Kell at Lassiter
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Frank Fillmann Stadium, Marietta
Records, rankings: Kell is 2-0 and No. 3 in Class AAAAA; Lassiter is 2-0 and No. 4 in AAAAAA.
Last meeting: Lassiter won 28-17 in 2009.
Three things to know: 1. Lassiter QB Eddie Printz has completed 34 of 49 passes for 513 yards and six touchdowns in the Trojans’ first two games. His top targets have been Juwan Dickey (10 catches, 160 yards, one touchdown), Willie Police (9-136-2) and Ryan Jenkins (5-139-2). Lassiter is averaging 43 points and 436 yards per game. 2. Printz will be facing a talented Kell secondary that is led by preseason all-state players Brendan Langley (committed to South Carolina) and Quincy Mauger (Georgia). The Longhorns’ defense has allowed just 18 points in two games and has scored on a safety and a fumble return. 3. These two east Cobb schools have met six times since Kell’s program began in 2003, with each school winning three times. Kell won three consecutive games in the series from 2006-08, but Lassiter won the most recent meeting in 2009 on its way to a 12-1 season.
Marist at Lovett
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium/Conley-Oakley Field, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Marist is 1-1 and No. 2 in Class AAAA; Lovett is 2-0 and No. 5 in AA.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. Marist QB Myles Willis, a Boston College commitment, has rushed for 237 yards on 50 carries in the War Eagles’ first two games, including a 159-yard effort in a 30-13 victory over Clarke Central in the opener. Gray King rushed for 94 yards on 13 carries in a 21-17 loss to Thomas County Central last week. 2. Lovett preseason all-state Grant Haley scored the only touchdown in a 7-3 victory over Woodward Academy in the opener, then had two interceptions as the Lions beat Blessed Trinity 24-7 two weeks ago. Lovett has given up just 10 points and 330 yards of total offense in two games. 3. Marist’s Alan Chadwick became the 11th coach to record 300 victories in Georgia when the War Eagles beat Clarke Central. Lovett’s Mike Muschamp is closing in on a milestone, as well, needing four more victories to reach No. 100. Muschamp is 96-54 overall, including 71-24 in his eighth season at Lovett and 25-30 in five seasons at Savannah Country Day.
Norcross at North Gwinnett
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium, Suwanee
Records, rankings: Norcross is 2-0 overall, 0-0 in Region 7-AAAAAA and No. 9; North Gwinnett is 2-0, 0-0 and No. 5.
Last meeting: North Gwinnett won 29-22 in 2011.
Three things to know: 1. Preseason all-state running back Alvin Kamara suffered a sprained ankle in Norcross’ 20-0 victory against Parkview last week, but Myles Autry was there to pick up the slack. Autry rushed for 76 yards, returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown and had a 4-yard TD reception. 2. Michael Haynes has taken over at quarterback for North Gwinnett to replace the graduated Scotty Hosch, now at Harvard. In his first two games as a starter, Haynes is 31-for-46 passing for 361 yards and has rushed for 113 yards. 3. The winner of this game will be the clear favorite to win the Region 7-AAAAAA championship. The teams have combined to win five of the past six region titles – Norcross in 2006 and 2007, and North Gwinnett the past three seasons. North Gwinnett has won four consecutive games in the series and leads 10-7 overall.
Northside (Warner Robins) at Westside (Macon)
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Ed DeFore Sports Complex, Macon
Records, rankings: Northside is 2-0 and No. 1 in Class AAAAA; Westside is 2-0 and unranked in AAAA.
Last meeting: Northside won 22-12 in 2007.
Three things to know: 1. Northside has outscored its opponents 94-7. Westside has outscored its opponents 110-7. 2. Westside QB Noah Grayer threw four touchdown passes in a 41-0 victory over Dougherty last week. Westside has led 41-0 at halftime in both of its games, the first against Central of Macon. 3. Northside’s best-known player is probably WR Keshun Hill, who scored three touchdowns last week. But new starting QB Glenn Smith has rushed for 212 yards on 17 carries (12.5 ypc). Northside has completed only six passes, so watch for Hill to get some carries instead. He has rushed for 139 yards on six carries.
St. Pius at Thomson
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Brickyard, Thomson
Records, rankings: St. Pius is 2-0 and No. 2 in Class AAA; Thomson is 2-0 and No. 5 in AAA.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. Thomson RB Chris Jordan “is out of this world,” according to St. Pius coach Paul Standard. Jordan has rushed for 493 yards in two games, including 328 in a 51-27 victory over Lakeside of Evans last week, when Thomson put up more than 700 yards in total offense. Torrie Battle has 183 yards in rushing in two games. 2. Like Thomson, St. Pius is a run-first team. Ryan Braswell has rushed for 224 yards and five touchdowns on 32 carries in two games. QB Jake Spear has rushed for 90 yards and passed for 92. 3. Both teams have top prospects in the secondary. St. Pius safety Nick Glass has committed to Georgia, and CB Nick Ruffin has offers from several ACC and SEC schools. They are juniors Thomson S William Bussey has offers from Marshall and Georgia Southern. “He will draw blisters when he hits,” said John Barnett, Thomson’s historian and former longtime defensive coordinator.
Warner Robins at Peach County
When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Anderson Stadium, Fort Valley
Records, rankings: Warner Robins is 1-0 and No. 6 in Class AAAAA; Peach County is 2-0 and No. 1 in AAA.
Last meeting: Peach County won 7-6 in 2011.
Three things to know: 1. Peach County drove for the winning touchdown in last year’s game with less than two minutes left. WR Demarcus Robinson caught a 35-yard pass on fourth down and later the game-winner with 48 seconds left. Warner Robins believed it had recovered a fumble on the drive, but the play was ruled an incomplete pass. 2. Aside from Robinson, who has nine catches for 213 yards, Peach relies on RB Keyshawn Lowe, who rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown and blocked a punt and returned it for a score in Peach County’s 42-7 victory over Baldwin. 3. Warner Robins had more than 300 yards rushing in its 29-0 win over Veterans, with Danny Hite Jr. leading the way with 132 yards despite a sprained ankle. Rod Harris intercepted a pass and broke up three others in the shutout.
Wilcox County at Dooly County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Grove, Vienna
Records, rankings: Wilcox County is 1-1 and No. 2 in Class A; Dooly County is 2-0 and No. 8 in A.
Last meeting: Wilcox County won 36-14 in the first round of the 2010 Class A playoffs.
Three things to know: 1. Wilcox County all-state QB Makail Grace is expected to return after sitting out the Monroe game (a 28-14 loss) with an injury. In his only game, Grace was 19-of-27 passing for 407 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 75 yards on 18 carries in a 43-39 victory over Wilkinson County. But don’t overlook WR Jonathan Howard, who has 15 catches for 259 yards and a punt-return touchdown. 2. Dooly County QB A.J. Smith was 10-of-17 passing for 222 yards and threw TD passes of 43 and 54 yards to Courtney Clark in a 21-12 victory over Class AAAA Americus-Sumter last week. DT Montravius Adams has two sacks and five tackles for losses on the season. 3. Though not in the same region this season, Wilcox and Dooly are bordering counties whose football series has an odd pattern. Wilcox won the first eight times the schools met, from 1988 to 1995. Dooly won the next eight, from 1998 to 2005. Wilcox has won the past five.
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