Shaw and quarterback Chandler Whittlesey take their shot at the top-ranked Patriots, who have won 34 straight regular-season games. Shaw leads the series 4-2 according to ghsfha.com, but Sandy Creek has won the last two meetings. The Patriots behind QB Cole Garvin are scoring 44 points per game.
Other games to watch in Class AAAA this week:
Grady (4-1, 1-0) vs. No. 6 Washington-Atlanta (5-0, 1-0), Saturday, Georgia Dome: Grady will find out if its two shutouts in the last two games are a function of the quality of their opponents. In a game that likely will factor heavily in Region 6-AAAA playoff race, the Grey Knights face a Washington team that is averaging 32 points per game.
Stephens County (4-1, 1-1) at No. 7 Monroe Area (5-0, 2-0): The Region 8-AAAA race heats up as Stephens County, which hasn’t lost back-to-back regular-season games since 2009, tries to bounce back from their loss on Sept. 28 to Chestatee. It figures to be a duel between Stephens’ Chaz Thornton and Monroe Area’s Stanton Truitt, who has sparked the Hurricanes to an average of 51 points per game.
Pickens County (3-2, 1-0) at Cedartown (4-2, 0-1): Pickens’ two losses were in cross-over games against 7-AAAA Division B co-leaders Ridgeland and Northwest Whitfield, and the Dragons this week are tasked with overcoming Cedartown’s Nick Chubb, the state’s leading rusher. Cedartown has allowed 104 points in the last three games, losing two of the three.
Monroe-Albany (3-2, 1-1) at Americus-Sumter (4-1, 2-0): This matchup will serve as a separation game in 1-AAAA if Americus-Sumter wins. It’s a muddy-the-waters game if Monroe wins. Americus-Sumter is led by Wesley Fields, who rushed for 261 yards in the Panthers’ win over Worth County two weeks ago.
No. 3 Burke County (4-1, 3-0) at Richmond Academy (2-3, 1-0): Burke is the only team in 3-AAAA Division B with an overall winning record, having scored an average of 40 points over its past five games. Donquell Green has rushed for 957 yards and 17 touchdowns for Burke and has passed for 636 and four more scores.