Games to watch in Class AAAA
No. 2 Marist (8-1) at No. 9 Carver-Atlanta (9-0), 8 p.m. at Lakewood Stadium: The second-ranked War Eagles have allowed just 38 points in their last seven games, including four shutouts. In Carver and RB Montravious Taylor, they’ll face their biggest test since a week 2 loss to Thomas County Central. Taylor has run wild over the last five games, including a 196-yard performance last week in a 22-19 win over Grady. He’s rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns.
No. 4 Monroe Area (9-0, 6-0) at Eastside (6-3, 4-2): Both teams something to play for. Monroe guns for the first unbeaten regular season in school history and momentum heading into the playoffs, while Eastside must win to maintain a slim hope of gaining the third seed in Region 8-AAAA. Monroe Area’s Kwan Brooks has 1,401 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns.
Dutchtown (6-3) at No. 7 Jonesboro (8-1), Southern Crescent Stadium: In a Region 4-AAAA play-in game, Dutchtown and quarterback Donovahn Jones meet Jonesboro and do-everything wide receiver Cameron Sutton. The Cardinals are riding a six-game winning streak and they’re a play away from being unbeaten.
River Ridge (5-4) at No. 10 Ridgeland (8-1): In the Region 7-AAAA championship, River Ridge tries to reverse its fortune from a meeting earlier this year, which Ridgeland won 42-8. Ridgeland, led by star running back/defensive back Vonn Bell, has scored at least 35 points in every game this year.
Carrollton (6-3, 5-1) at LaGrange (5-4, 4-2): The battle for second place in 5-AAAA and a home game in the first round of the state playoffs features two teams that were humbled by Sandy Creek the last two weeks. Carrollton was 0-11 against the Grangers until two years ago, but the Trojans have won the last two meetings by a combined score of 105-7.