Predictions: Tucker, Lowndes will win grudge matches

The three-game round-robin that will determine the top three playoff seeds from 6-AAAAA begins on Friday when second-ranked Tucker meets No. 4 Stephenson. Tucker has won 20 consecutive games, and I give the Tigers a slight edge in making it 21, but nothing in this region will be decided until both teams play No. 3 M.L. King in the next couple of weeks. Lowndes and Valdosta also meet this week in the state’s biggest rivalry, and I expect Lowndes to come out on top and keep pace with Camden County.

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THE WEEKEND PREDICTIONS

Last week: 140-23 (.859); Overall: 875-213 (.804)

THURSDAY

Winner##Loser

Aquinas##Lincoln Co.

M.L. King##Dunwoody

Mays##Arabia Mountain

Miller Grove##Lakeside-DeKalb

Riverdale##Spalding

Statesboro##Liberty Co.

FRIDAY

Albany##Dougherty

Alpharetta##North Forsyth

Apalachee##Loganville

Appling Co.##Brantley Co.

Archer##Central Gwinnett

Armuchee##Chattooga

Athens Academy##Pinecrest Academy

Athens Christian##Hebron Christian

Baconton##St. Francis

Bainbridge##Harris Co.

Banneker##South Atlanta

Benedictine##Bacon Co.

Bleckley Co.##Macon Co.

Blessed Trinity##Decatur

Bowdon##Temple

Bremen##Spencer

Brooks Co.##Fitzgerald

Brookstone##Hawkinsville

Brookwood##Shiloh

Buford##White Co.

Burke Co.##Richmond Academy

Butler##Glenn Hills

Cairo##Worth Co.

Calhoun##Pepperell

Callaway##Central-Carroll

Camden Co.##Tift Co.

Campbell##Pebblebrook

Carrollton##Troup

Carver-Columbus##Henry Co.

Cass##Gilmer

Cedar Grove##McNair

Cedartown##Pickens

Chamblee##Columbia

Chapel Hill##Douglass

Charlton Co.##Lanier Co.

Chattahoochee##South Forsyth

Chattahoochee Co.##Jordan

Chestatee##Walnut Grove

Claxton##Portal

Clinch Co.##Irwin Co.

Coffee##Brunswick

Cook##Pelham

Creekside##Northgate

Creekview##Northview

Cross Creek##Hephzibah

Dade Co.##Coosa

Darlington##Christian Heritage

Dodge Co.##Wheeler Co.

Dooly Co.##Central-Talbotton

Drew##Mundy’s Mill

Dublin##Josey

Dutchtown##Eagle’s Landing

ELCA##Mount Vernon Presbyterian

East Coweta##Westlake

East Laurens##Harlem

East Paulding##Hiram

Eastside##Lanier

Elbert Co.##Morgan Co.

Emanuel Co. Institute##Treutlen

Fayette Co.##Columbus

First Presbyterian##Twiggs Co.

Flowery Branch##Winder-Barrow

Forsyth Central##Cambridge

Gainesville##Salem

Glynn Academy##Groves

Grayson##Berkmar

Greater Atlanta Christian##Westminster

Greenville##Schley Co.

Habersham Central##Meadowcreek

Hart Co.##Oconee Co.

Heard Co.##Manchester

Heritage-Conyers##Clarke Central

Holy Innocents’##Our Lady of Mercy

Hughes##Douglas Co.

Jackson-Atlanta##B.E.S.T. Academy

Jefferson##Rabun Co.

Jenkins Co.##Savannah Country Day

Johnson Co.##Montgomery Co.

Jones Co.##Evans

Kell##Osborne

King’s Ridge##Mount Pisgah

LaFayette##Heritage-Catoosa

LaGrange##Alexander

Lakeside-Evans##Houston Co.

Lakeview Academy##Cross Keys

Lamar Co.##Monticello

Lambert##Centennial

Landmark Christian##Strong Rock Christian

Laney##Westside-Augusta

Locust Grove##Woodland-Stockbridge

Lovejoy##Morrow

Lowndes##Valdosta

Luella##Rockdale Co.

Lumpkin Co.##Madison Co.

Marietta##Kennesaw Mountain

Marion Co.##Pacelli

Marist##Lithonia

McEachern##South Cobb

Miller Co.##Randolph-Clay

Mitchell Co.##Terrell Co.

Model##Murray Co.

Monroe##Americus-Sumter

Monroe Area##Stephens Co.

Mount Paran Christian##Whitefield Academy

Newnan##Tri-Cities

Newton##Druid Hills

Norcross##Collins Hill

North Cobb##Hillgrove

North Gwinnett##Mill Creek

North Hall##Fannin Co.

North Oconee##Franklin Co.

Northeast-Macon##Taylor Co.

Northwest Whitfield##Dalton

Oglethorpe Co.##Social Circle

Ola##Mount Zion-Jonesboro

Parkview##Dacula

Peach Co.##Jackson

Peachtree Ridge##Mountain View

Pierce Co.##Southeast Bulloch

Pike Co.##Southwest-Macon

Prince Avenue Christian##Commerce

Providence Christian##North Cobb Christian

Richmond Hill##Effingham Co.

Ridgeland##Southeast Whitfield

Riverwood##Sprayberry

Rockmart##Haralson Co.

Rome##North Paulding

Sandy Creek##Shaw

Savannah##Johnson-Savannah

Savannah Christian##Calvary Day

Seminole Co.##Stewart Co.

Sequoyah##North Springs

South Paulding##New Manchester

Tattnall Co.##Beach

Thomas Co. Central##Northside-Columbus

Thomasville##Berrien

Thomson##Swainsboro

Trion##Mt. Zion-Carroll

Tucker##Stephenson

Union Co.##Riverside Military

Union Grove##Forest Park

Upson-Lee##North Clayton

Villa Rica##Lithia Springs

Walker##Fellowship Christian

Ware Co.##Jenkins

Warner Robins##Greenbrier

Warren Co.##Georgia Military

Washington Co.##Jefferson Co.

Washington-Wilkes##Greene Co.

Wesleyan##Hapeville

West Forsyth##Johns Creek

Westover##Crisp Co.

Whitewater##McIntosh

Wilcox Co.##Turner Co.

Wilkinson Co.##Hancock Central

Windsor Forest##Bradwell Institute

Woodland-Cartersville##Paulding Co.

Woodward Academy##Towers

SATURDAY

Carver-Atlanta##Therrell

Johnson-Gainesville##Clarkston

Northside-Warner Robins##Grovetown

Redan##Stone Mountain

Southwest DeKalb##North Atlanta

Washington##Grady

54 comments Add your comment

bksmith14

October 11th, 2012
1:51 pm

valdosta will not get blownout in this game……i give them a 10% chance of pulling the upset over lowndes……just bc of the rivalry factor….and emotion…..

two weeks of prep didnt help colquitt……..we will see how it works for valdosta

lowndes win 31-17

Gamer

October 11th, 2012
2:02 pm

What happened to Tri-Cities? Were they just a one year wonder?

Camden Fan

October 11th, 2012
2:14 pm

I also see Lowndes taking this one

BigDave

October 11th, 2012
2:45 pm

Calhoun cruising to another State Championship!

rwdekalb

October 11th, 2012
3:15 pm

Tri-Cities looked like this last year, then went to the playoffs playing like a totally different team.

gman57

October 11th, 2012
3:17 pm

V-Wildcats will be emotionally up for the Lowndes game, but it won’t help them. Lowndes by 14…maybe 21!

Taylor Wooten

October 11th, 2012
3:51 pm

yep…hard to beat lowndes vikings….binoculars, stolen playbooks, anything to win a high school game

NeutralFan

October 11th, 2012
3:53 pm

Ive seen Lowndes play. They are not that good….even not as good as their team last year. The Colquitt win was a giant fluke and we all know why. They have not played anyone. Im not sure Valdosta beats them but they will get exposed very shortly.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

October 11th, 2012
3:59 pm

CHIP…CHIP…CHIP…Where’s the faith?

“ROME over NORTH PAULDING”…Not this time, NORTH is on a roll since the loss to EAST in game 1,

Look for a great game, a packed house as the ROME Wolves get whipped by the WOLFPACK of NORTH PAULDING…look for something like a 24 / 21 or 28 / 24 game!

Meanwhile the RAIDERS of EAST will be on the other end of the county SWATTING some HORNETS!!! as they travel to HIRAM!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!!

5-Time

October 11th, 2012
5:31 pm

The team that executes and makes the least amount of mistakes in the “WINNERSVILLE CLASSIC” wins the ballgame!!

graphite

October 11th, 2012
5:45 pm

Tucker kitties will lose the first of three straight.

NeutralFan

October 11th, 2012
6:39 pm

Valdosta got beat by a 2AA

5-Time

October 11th, 2012
6:40 pm

And believe me, after what happened last year, Lowndes will not collapse in the 4th Qtr!! They had to wait a WHOLE YEAR to get a chance to erase that moment from their minds. . . .

BigGrown

October 11th, 2012
6:50 pm

Lowndes vs Valdosta is not the states biggest rivalry… try Northside WR vs Warner Robins, by far the biggest in the southeast…. Nov. 2

cat doc

October 11th, 2012
7:36 pm

valdosta 21-17 lowndes

DeeDawg

October 11th, 2012
7:53 pm

Tucker v Stephenson should be a great game. Two great programs that are only a few miles from each other geographically.

Dboy Scott

October 11th, 2012
7:56 pm

@Graphite..If you dont know by now WE ARE TUCKER and we dont ever lose much less lose 3 straight. Give me some of what you smoking ova there cause it got you feeling good behind that keyboard. hahahaha….

Columbia Blue

October 11th, 2012
8:31 pm

Valdosta is a lot better than people give them credit. I smell a potential upset.

spider

October 11th, 2012
8:31 pm

collins hill 34 norcross 27

JAB

October 11th, 2012
9:10 pm

Don’t be so sure to pick Tucker over Stephenson; Tucker has not played the quality of teams that Stephenson has been accustomed to playing. Critics are picking Tucker based on history of Tucker, keep in mind that Stephenson has been playing out of it’s league playing in the state’s highest classification. New year! new classification! New mind set! Let show em Jags…

The Cross

October 11th, 2012
9:20 pm

Spider quit sipping the corn mash.

Norcross 49 Collins Hill 14…another beatdown is coming

The Cross

Swamp Lizard

October 11th, 2012
9:25 pm

Lincoln Co wil beat Aquinas tonight !! …… I NEED A SCORE !!

Swamp Lizard

October 11th, 2012
9:33 pm

Lincoln Co 13 Aquinas 10 ….. after 3 qtrs

5-Time

October 11th, 2012
9:48 pm

JAB….LoL…. “New year! new classification! New mind set! Let show em Jags”…But the same old Stephenson, which means the same old results!! :-(

Swamp Lizard

October 11th, 2012
10:00 pm

It’s a final …… # 7 Lincoln Co 20 ….. # 2 Aquinas 13 !!!

TomDawg

October 11th, 2012
10:17 pm

Aquinas should not have even been in the top 10.

Dekalb County Guy

October 11th, 2012
10:18 pm

Miller Grove 62 Lakeside 10

JAB

October 11th, 2012
10:50 pm

5-Time, what do you mean same old Stephenson–these guys are playing down in classification. You guys act like Stephenson go the beat down playing in the State highest classification; they would always come up short in the play-offs by loosing by either a touchdown or 7 points and or in overtime. They have beaten Tucker in the preseason and tied them when they ran the tables and won the state championship while they played in AAAA… Stephenson is ready and are not intimidated by no Dekalb County teams…

football-legend

October 12th, 2012
12:13 am

NeutralFan

October 11th, 2012
3:53 pm

Ive seen Lowndes play. They are not that good….even not as good as their team last year. The Colquitt win was a giant fluke and we all know why. They have not played anyone. Im not sure Valdosta beats them but they will get exposed very shortly.

have you lost your mind? Lowndes is much better than last years team. you dont even need to be on this site, you have 0 football knowledge

JAB

October 12th, 2012
1:40 am

Stephenson Jaggggggggggguarsssssss.

King Of Diamonds

October 12th, 2012
2:26 am

Very good points JAB. Taking nothing away from Tucker High School I expect a very good football although I also expect some mistakes made on boths sides of the ball. I believe this game will come down to a penalty resulting in a firrst down, or whoever has the ball last will win the game. Stephenson can win this game if they do to things.
1. Win field position & score when opportunity present itself
2. Defense Defense Defense getting off the field. Clock mangaement. Staying relaxed & playing loose.
These are the keys to me for a victory for Jaguar nation.
Still got be baffled how this is not the game of the week in Metro Area?

RCHS Grad.

October 12th, 2012
7:36 am

Of course Rockdale County, wil not score ANY point’s. Get BLOWN OUT, as ALWAYS.

sportsnut

October 12th, 2012
7:52 am

@ RCHS == They could have been better people say if not for the mis-fortune of the Qb. this past summer. I am not sure about that as I watched them against Lovejoy and unless he was a prolific runner, the end result I believe would have been the same. They play no D. The Qb. is O.K. and he has a nice receiver, #81 I think. Coaching is bad. They had a third and 6 and quick kicked, in the first quarter. To me, that made no sense.

Monroe's First Redcoat

October 12th, 2012
7:59 am

Can’t wait for Stephens County to find out what the Hurricanes are all about this year!! This is Monroe Area’s year. The Hurricanes are more stacked than they have ever been. Stephens’ Thornton will get his yards, but the Indians’ D has never seen the likes of Kwan Brooks and Stanton Truitt in the backfield.

GO ‘CANES!!!!

Coffee Trojan#44

October 12th, 2012
10:25 am

I don’t think that Valdosta is as bad as people think, they have 2 loses, both to top ranked teams. I think Lowndes will pull it out tonight, but it will not be a blowout.

Coffee should get a big win tonight over a beat up Brunswick football team, that one could be a blowout. Go Trojans!

Camden should win easily over a rebuilding Tift Co football team, Tift Co much like Coffee is in it’s 5th consecutive rebuilding season, but should be back next year.

5-Time

October 12th, 2012
10:49 am

BigGrown….I don’t think so!! Nothing matches the “WINNERSVILLE CLASSIC” » http://m.espn.go.com/wireless/story?storyId=4412088

Bobo

October 12th, 2012
10:51 am

Chip, there is NO WAY you can possibly know enough about all 300 or so teams in the state to make predictions on ALL of them. Why don’t you stick with predicting the big marquee games and not offend the fans of at least 50 to 100 schools who know better than your glance-at-a-page and look at the teams’ records predictions?

Bobo

October 12th, 2012
10:54 am

Monroe, you guys ARE really good and you’re blowing up the scoreboard, but Stephens loss last week was more due to the absence of 5 starters (including a WR with 700 yards of catches and a linebacker with almost 50 tackles this year), than it was to the quality of Chestatee. Chestatee is a solid, 3 yards and a cloud of dust team, but 8 games out of 10, Stephens would’ve won. I think this score is going to resemble a basketball game more than a football game. Someone will win like 56-49 and I’d say ya’ll are only favored because you’re at home.

Tiger4Life

October 12th, 2012
12:39 pm

@JAB and the rest of Stepehnson posters

Just to get the record straight…

Tucker and Stephenson has played 3 Scrimmage games (might I add they don’t count in any record books) and the series is tied 1-1-1

2008 Tucker Won 18-15 Tucker Finished 14-1 State Chapms SHS Finished 9-2 (lost to Luella & Coffee Co.)

2009 SHS Won 16-0 SHS Finished 11-1 (lost to Colquitt)Tucker finished 9-3 (lost to Sandy Creek)

2011 7-7 Tie. Tucker was undefeated that year with a perfect 15-0 season :-) , and SHS finished 9-2 (lost to MLK and Lowndes) :-(

96Plowboy#27

October 12th, 2012
1:03 pm

@ NeutralFan….please explain why you feel the Vikes aren’t that good. is it due to lack of playmakers? is it b/c of the level of competition that the Vikes have played? is it b/c you feel that the team you support is better? if you’re going to make a statement such as that please do us all a favor & back up your comment with some intelligent facts…

96Plowboy#27

October 12th, 2012
1:09 pm

@BigGrown…. i can understand your argument. in another post i was explaining to Suwanee Owns about rivalries, traditions, & pride. the NSWR / WR is a huge rivalty, very similar to the Vikings & Wildcats. But how many times have the Eagles & Demons been on national television? Other good rivalries would include

TCCHS / THS
Parkview / Brookwood
i’m sure there are more that i can’t think of right now….

RealisticFan

October 12th, 2012
1:49 pm

@Cannon,

I’m with you on the North/Rome game. I think it’s a big turn out and that North gets it first ever truly signature win on Homecoming night. Think it might be a little higher scoring maybe 41-38 or 38-35.

Just don’t see either team really stopping the other much.

RealisticFan

October 12th, 2012
1:51 pm

Oh and ….. East big over Hiram 41-7.

BigGrown

October 12th, 2012
2:41 pm

How many have had a 25,000+ crowd

dougmo2

October 12th, 2012
4:04 pm

Aquinas hasn’t beaten Lincoln County since the 70’s.

96Plowboy#27

October 12th, 2012
4:14 pm

@BigGrown……….. trust & believe if we had a stadium that could fit that many in there, we’d still need to bring more bleachers in b/c there still wouldn’t be enough room.

5-Time

October 12th, 2012
4:20 pm

BigGrown….C’mon now!! You know the only reason you have that amount is because you guys obviously have a bigger stadium. We would surpass that amount easily if we had a seating capacity of 30,000+ LoL. . . .

lol

October 12th, 2012
10:08 pm

Stephenson just beat Tucker 13-6

THS94

October 12th, 2012
10:32 pm

Yes Tucker Lost !!! but i will take that loss… We needed that tune -up !!! It wont happen again this year !!

Dylan

October 12th, 2012
11:07 pm

Good Job to Stephensons D