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.