Class AAAA games to watch

Five  sub-divided regions have pushed most standings games to next week or later. Still, the week carries some intrigue. 2011 AAA champion Burke County hosts Statesboro, a regular participant in the state playoffs. The two schools are less than an hour apart, but haven’t played since 2009, when Burke took a 35-17 win.

Games to watch this weekend in Class AAAA, where five:

No. 4 Statesboro (3-0) at No. 5 Burke County (2-1): Blue will be the color of the night in what could be a preview of the Region 3-AAAA championship. Burke is coming off an impressive road win at Class AAAAAA Coffee. Each team figures to try to neutralize the other’s centerpiece player. Burke’s Donquell Green accounted for 359 yards and four touchdowns last week. Statesboro’s DeQuan Daniels topped 100 yards in a win over Tattnall County last week.

No. 9 Riverdale (3-0) at Dutchtown (2-1): Riverdale takes the field as a ranked team for the first time this season coming off two solid wins over Drew and Grady. The Raiders are 3-0 for the first time since 2005 and got three special-teams touchdowns last week against Grady. Dutchtown has won two straight since dropping its opener to No. 3 Griffin behind 295 rushing yards from William Smith.

Ridgeland (1-1) at Cedartown (3-0): This Region 7-AAAA game pits the state’s leading rusher, Cedartown’s Nick Chubb, against a Ridgeland club that has scored 77 points in two games and is coming of a rout of River Ridge. Chubb, who needs 62 yards to reach 1,000 for the season, has scored 13 touchdowns and is averaging more than 10 yards per carry.

Thomson (3-0) at LaGrange (2-1): Thomson, ranked No. 2 in Class AAA, crosses the state for a matchup of explosive offenses. LaGrange, off last week following a blowout win over Harris County, has scored 58 points in two games. The Bulldogs are averaging 31 points per game.

Chamblee (3-0) at South Atlanta (3-0), Saturday, Lakewood Stadium: A Region 6-AAAA cross-over game, this one pits two of the 12 teams in Class AAAA off to 3-0 starts against each other. Chamblee and South Atlanta both are coming tight wins a week ago. Chamblee beat Greater Altanta Christian in overtime while South Atlanta won by a touchdown over Maynard Jackson.

6 comments Add your comment


September 20th, 2012
1:09 am

OK now I’m confused. Which is right the first paragraph or the listing? One says Burke Co. at Statesboro the other says Statesboro at Burke Co? Enlighten us please!


September 20th, 2012
7:15 am

“Burke County hosts Statesboro”
“No. 4 Statesboro (3-0) at No. 5 Burke County (2-1)”
Are the same thing I believe.


September 20th, 2012
10:00 am

Go South Atlanta Hornets! Some many people look at the school; as only known for basketball…..


September 21st, 2012
12:28 am

dekalbcounty1 – South Atlanta has their hands full on Saturday. Some people look at Chamblee as only known for the best students and academics. Now we’re 3-0 and lookin for more… It’s hard to keep those bulldogs on their leashes.


September 21st, 2012
4:11 pm

South Atlanta is in for a fight Saturday. Been a couple years since we were at the dome, and we alays aim high at Chamblee.


September 21st, 2012
5:38 pm

To Statesboro fans from a Coffee Fan. If your defensive players haven’t practiced catching guinea fowl and broke wing chickens all week… they are not going to be able to catch Donquell Green. Laugh if you want to. Coach Pruitt said that was how he was going to prepare Coffee for him next year. Will not that be something to see? You can’t ever tell if he’s serious or not.