Top 10 games of Week 12

Allatoona at East Paulding

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Raider Stadium/The Boneyard, Dallas

Records, rankings: Allatoona is 9-0 overall, 9-0 in Region 5-AAAAA and No. 5; East Paulding is 9-0, 9-0 and No. 3.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Allatoona and East Paulding are the only remaining unbeaten teams in 5-AAAAA, and the winner of this game will claim the region championship while the loser will settle for the No. 2 seed. This is the only game in the state this week matching undefeated teams. Allatoona is seeking its second consecutive region title, and East Paulding is seeking its first title since 2007 and its second overall. 2. Allatoona’s offense is tied for sixth in Class AAAAA with an average of 37.6 points per game. The Buccaneers have two 1,000-yard rushers in senior T.J. Herron (1,038 yards, 166 carries) and sophomore Josh Bettistea (1,103 yards, 103 carries). Bettistea rushed for 344 yards on 26 carries in a 56-27 victory against North Paulding last week. 3. East Paulding has the No. 3 offense in Class AAAAA with an average of 44.4 points per game. Kamani Thomas is the leading rusher with 1,428 yards on 144 carries (9.92 yards per carry) and has had four games of at least 224 yards. Kyler Neal has 825 yards on 61 carries. QB Mitchell Webb has passed for 1,135 yards and 17 touchdowns with just one interception.

Camden County at Colquitt County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Memorial Stadium, Moultrie

Records, rankings: Camden County is 9-0 overall, 5-0 in Region 1-AAAAAA and No. 1; Colquitt County is 6-3, 3-2 and No. 10.

Last meeting: Colquitt County won 32-31 in the 2011 Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

Three things to know: 1. If Colquitt County loses this game and Coffee beats Valdosta, the final two playoff berths in Region 1-AAAAAA will be decided by points allowed against the five contending teams in the region. Currently, Colquitt has allowed 64 points. Valdosta (96) and Coffee (97) have given up far more points, so it would take an epic blowout in this game to keep Colquitt out of the playoffs. The Valdosta-Coffee loser likely is out of the playoffs. 2. Camden County has clinched the region title, but the game still holds meaning for Camden, the newest member of Region 1. Camden’s success of the past decade has been discounted by some for Camden’s long membership in weak Region 3-AAAAA. After beating Lowndes last week, Camden coach Jeff Herron told the Valdosta Daily Times, “I am not going to lie, it feels good because a lot of people doubted us.” Camden’s average score against region opponents this season is 39-7. 3. Colquitt County gets two-thirds of its offense in passing while using two quarterbacks. Senior Cole Segraves (1,202 yards passing, seven TDs, nine INTs) is likely to start. Sophomore Daniel Mobley (933 yards passing, nine TDs, four INTs) has a sore shoulder. Segraves threw three interceptions in the Valdosta loss but bounced back last week in a must-win game against Coffee and was 14-of-17 passing for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

Gainesville at Flowery Branch

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Falcon Field, Flowery Branch

Records, rankings: Gainesville is 7-2 overall, 6-1 in Region 8-AAAAA and unranked; Flowery Branch is 7-2, 7-0 and No. 10.

Last meeting: Gainesville won 29-21 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. The winner of this game will be the Region 8-AAAAA champion, and the loser will take the No. 2 seed. Gainesville is seeking its fifth consecutive region title and 29th overall. Flowery Branch tied for first place in 8-AAAA last season but was the No. 3 seed, so the Falcons will be attempting to win their first outright region championship. 2. Gainesville junior QB Deshaun Watson is perhaps the leading candidate for Class AAAAA player of the year. The third-year starter has accounted for more than 3,100 yards of total offense (2,376 passing, 772 rushing) and had a hand in 44 touchdowns (32 passing, 12 rushing). Watson passed for 258 yards and two TDs in the Red Elephants’ 46-41 upset loss to Loganville last week. 3. Flowery Branch QB Jackson McDonald doesn’t have the type of numbers that Watson has, but he is also dangerous running and passing. McDonald has passed for 1,105 yards and 13 touchdowns and has rushed for 605 yards and 12 TDs, according to the Gainesville Times.

Greater Atlanta Christian at Lovett

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium/Conley-Oakley Field, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Greater Atlanta Christian is 7-2 overall, 3-0 in Region 6-AA and No. 5; Lovett is 5-4, 3-0 and No. 10.

Last meeting: Lovett won 35-28 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. GAC’s offense is balanced with 1,657 yards rushing and 1,596 passing. RB Kyle Scales (937) is closing in on 1,000 yards rushing. QB Rafe Chapple has thrown 15 TD passes. Peter Whiteneck (30 catches, 550 yards, six TDs) and WR Chris Willians (27-542-5) are the top receivers. 2. Comparative scores favor GAC, which beat region rivals Wesleyan 42-20 and Westminster 30-0. Lovett beat both with fourth-quarter rallies. Against Westminster, QB Willie Candler (1,304 passing yards) hit Andrew Siegel for a 30-yard TD pass with 5:24 left at the end of an eight-play, 77-yard drive for a 10-7 lead that stood up. Against Wesleyan the week before, Lovett drove 72 yards on 11 plays for the winning touchdown, which was a 1-yard run by Grant Haley with 29 seconds left. Lovett won 24-21 as Haley, who scored three touchdowns, intercepted a pass to seal it. 3. The series between these two is tied 4-4, but Lovett has won the past four. Four of the past five meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer. Lovett is seeking its 16th region title overall, first since 2009 and second since 2000. GAC is seeking its fifth region title and first since 2001.

Heard County at Bowdon

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Warren P. Sewell Field, Bowdon

Records, rankings: Heard County is 9-0 overall, 7-0 in Region 5-AA and No. 8; Bowdon is 8-1, 6-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Bowdon won 48-30 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. Heard County RB/FS Duranta Dunson is a Class AA player-of-the-year candidate. He has rushed for 1,264 yards and 20 touchdowns on 112 carries (11.2 ypc). He has made 72 tackles, intercepted four passes and caused two fumbles. 2. Bowdon kept itself in contention for a region title with a 26-21 victory over rival Bremen last week. Sophomore RB Darrell Holland scored two touchdowns and rushed for 120 yards – 116 after Bowdon trailed 14-6 at halftime. Bowdon took the lead in the fourth quarter and defended Bremen’s final drive inside the Bowdon 25-yard line in the final seconds. 3. Heard clinches the region title with a victory. Bowdon would need to win by seven points or more because of the region’s tiebreaker criteria that looks at point differential among tied teams, which would include Manchester. Heard County has won two region titles in its history, most recently in 2006. Bowdon has won 15, most recently in 2005. The only time that Bowdon has won a region title outside of the lowest classification was in 1971, when only 11 teams played in the lowest class, which was C at the time.

Landmark Christian at ELCA

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Commitment Field, McDonough

Records, rankings: Landmark Christian is 7-2 overall, 5-0 in Region 5-A and unranked; Eagle’s Landing Christian is 8-1, 5-0 and No. 1.

Last meeting: Landmark Christian won 14-7 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. Landmark Christian RB Jeremiah Kirkland rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-3 victory over Holy Innocents’ last week. Kirkland rushed for 87 yards in Landmark’s upset of ELCA in the Class A semifinals last year after Landmark lost to ELCA 35-14 in the regular season. In the semifinal upset, Landmark intercepted a pass late and scored on a 24-yard quarterback run with 42 seconds left. ELCA was 0-for-11 passing with two interceptions in the game. 2. ELCA RB Keyante Green has rushed for 842 yards (13.2 ypc) and 15 touchdowns despite missing three games injured and not playing the second half since the first game. QB Dalton Etheridge (52-for-77, 941 yards) missed last week’s game with a high ankle sprain and is questionable for this game. 3. The winner of this game is the region champion. It would be a third straight for ELCA. Landmark has won five region titles, most recently in 2007. Region champions in Class A are guaranteed of a playoff berth and cannot be seeded below any non-champions in the playoffs.

Marist at Carver (Atlanta)

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Lakewood Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Marist is 8-1 and No. 2 in Class AAAA; Carver is 9-0 and No. 9 in AAAA.

Last meeting: Marist won 21-6 in 2011.

Three things to know: This is the Region 6-AAAA championship game between two teams that went undefeated in their subregions, and both teams are guaranteed a spot in the state playoffs. Marist is seeking its first region title since 2008 and its 22nd overall. Carver is seeking its first region title since 2007 and its fifth overall. Marist has won all four meetings between the schools, but they have played just twice since 1969. 2. QB Myles Willis is Marist’s leading rusher with 670 yards and nine touchdowns on 127 carries, and he is 35-of-61 passing for 635 yards and six TDs. He was held to 13 yards rushing on seven carries in the subregion-clinching 24-0 victory over Chamblee last week, but he passed for 99 yards and a touchdown. Gray King is the second-leading rusher (50 carries, 431 yards) and leading receiver (12 catches, 299 yards). 3. Carver clinched its subregion with identical 22-19 victories over Washington and Grady on consecutive weekends. Montavious Taylor rushed for 196 yards on 27 carries against Grady last week. Taylor has rushed for 1,303 yards (9.8 ypc) on the season. The Panthers are trying to go 10-0 in the regular season for just the second time in school history.

North Hall at Buford

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tom Riden Stadium, Buford

Records, rankings: North Hall is 8-1 overall, 6-0 in Region 7-AAA and No. 9; Buford is 6-3, 4-2 and No. 3.

Last meeting: Buford won 35-7 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. If not for two midseason forfeits by Buford, this would have been a matchup of two undefeated teams in region play that would have decided the 7-AAA title. As it is, North Hall already has clinched its first title since 2007 and Buford will finish out of first place for just the second time in 12 years. Buford will be the No. 2 seed unless it loses and White County beats Banks County, which would put the Wolves in third place. 2. North Hall outgained Banks County 296-44 in the first half in building a 35-0 halftime lead in its 42-7 victory last week. QB Bradley Brown passed for 103 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Taylor Ryder, and Kevin Christmas rushed for 107 yards and a TD on four carries, according to the Gainesville Times. 3. Buford’s leading rusher, Dontravious Wilson, left last week’s game against East Hall in the first half with an injury, but it didn’t slow the Wolves as they ran for 325 yards in a 49-6 victory. Thomas Wilson had 98 yards on three carries, and Zavior Hoxie had 57 yards on 10 carries, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Parkview at South Gwinnett

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, South Gwinnett Community Stadium, Snellville.

Records, rankings: Parkview is 7-2 overall, 6-1 in Region 8-AAAAAA and No. 9; South Gwinnett is 7-2, 6-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Parkview won 20-7 in 2011.

Three things to know: 1. Parkview, South Gwinnett and Grayson are tied for first place in Region 8-AAAAAA, and all three have clinched playoff berths. Parkview can win its first region title since 2004 with a victory. South Gwinnett will win its first region title since 2003 if it beats Parkview and Grayson loses to Brookwood. 2. Parkview’s leading rusher, Chris Carson, has missed most of the past two games with injuries. In his absence, Justis Rosser stepped up in a 38-7 victory over Berkmar last week. Rosser had two touchdowns and 111 of the Panthers’ 254 yards rushing, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. 3. South Gwinnett gave itself a shot at winning the region title with a 42-38 victory over Brookwood last week, just the fifth win for the Comets in 29 all-time meetings with the Broncos. South Gwinnett QB Jordan Ramey passed for 382 yards and four touchdowns and scored the game-winning TD on a 2-yard run with 3:13 remaining. Ramey is 115-of-203 passing for 1,929 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season.

Savannah Christian at ECI

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Rountree Stadium, Twin City

Records, rankings: Savannah Christian is 7-2 and No. 6 in Class A; Emanuel County Institute is 8-1 and No. 2 in Class A.

Last meeting: Savannah Christian won 34-0 in 2009.

Three things to know: 1. ECI averages 280 yards rushing per game and has three players between 500-599 yards for the season, but the key ball carrier is Greg Purcell. He has 588 yards rushing and 265 receiving and a team-leading 12 touchdowns. 2. Savannah Christian FS/WR Jalen Myrick is a sure all-state player. He played only the first half last week in a 42-12 victory over Jenkins County but had time to score three touchdowns, catch five passes for 111 yards, rush for 43 yards on two carries and force a fumble. Committed to Minnesota, Myrick is best known for his speed and projects to play cornerback in college. 3. The winner is the region champion and is guaranteed to be seeded in the state playoffs higher than any non-champion. ECI is the home team in this game because of region rules that base it on the GHSA Class A power rankings. ECI (13.58) edged Savannah Christian (13.57) by .01 points. ECI will be in the public-school playoffs, while Savannah Christian will be in the private-school playoffs.

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Titletown USA

November 8th, 2012
2:50 pm

Not a very compelling list of matchups for the final week of the regular season.

Ed Pilcher

November 8th, 2012
2:51 pm

Wow. No mention of TCC playing a red-hot Harris County team for the region 1-AAAAA title?


November 8th, 2012
3:11 pm


I felt like STARTING the post like that!!!! Tomorrow Night…IN “THE BONEYARD”…



FOX 5 ATLANTA SPORTS UPDATE…Nov 08, 2012 12:06 PM EST…Game of the Week!!!

Another week of voting is over, and our High 5 Sports Game of the Week this week is Allatoona vs. East Paulding! We’re sending Bill Hartman back to the Bone Yard for another action-packed Friday night— and the region 5-AAAAA championship!

ALLATOONA has scored 338 / 116 1 OT game and 1 Shutout win…Avg. = 37.5 / 12.8 per game!

EAST PAULDING has scored 400 / 83 4 Shutout wins…Avg. 44.4 / 9.2 per game!

So ALLATOONA went to overtime against HIRAM winning 20 / 17…Beat PAULDING COUNTY 36 / 0…went to SOUTH PAULDING and won 28 / 14…then went to NORTH PAULDING last night and won 56 / 21…

This week in “THE BONEYARD” you will find out it’s just different when you come EAST!!!

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November 8th, 2012
3:53 pm

Battle of the “big uglies” — Carver’s big O-linemen vs. Marist’s big D-linemen. Whoever wins that battle likely wins the game. Should be fun.


November 8th, 2012
5:08 pm

Mobley is out for the Packers. Surgery for torn muscle and rotator cuff in shoulder.

Colquitt Fan

November 8th, 2012
5:35 pm

I like our offense better using one QB anyways. Get well Daniel and get ready to lead our team next year


November 8th, 2012
5:39 pm

I predict after seeing Camden play in person last week they will manhandle the Packers. On Lowndes opening drive of the game twice were facing 3rd and long when Camden committed a facemask one time and a personal foul the next that kept the drive alive and allowed Lowndes to score. Had it not been for that I believe they would have shut them out. Camden’s defense was a beast and made the necessary adjustments after the opening drive to shut them down. Although Lowndes didn’t throw the ball but 5 times. So I couldn’t get a real guage on the defensive pass coverage. But if the pass rush is there, the Pakers are facing a long night.


November 8th, 2012
6:04 pm

I like my carver atlanta panthers chances of going 10-0 against marist friday night the defense is very fast and mr.running back taylor is hard to stop carver 28-marist 14 my prediction go PANTHERS!


November 8th, 2012
8:54 pm

@jvilebil=Have u not been reading any of Bksmith’s post cause if u had then u would know why Lowndes did nothing after the first drive.They threw everything they could at Camden on that drive but because they were playing backups at key positions the playcalling was kinda predictable to keep mistakes and turnovers from happening.Now don’t get me wrong Camden would have still won maybe but we don’t know by how many with Lowndes at 100%. But Heron did call off the dogs early too that was good sportsmanship by him cause thats the kinda guy he is.


November 8th, 2012
9:12 pm

@jvilebil=Ok now lets focus on the nonsense u said about Camden going to manhandle Colquitt!! So u came up with that after watching the Lowndes game huh. Well u really don’t know football my friend but maybe u do know football but u just don’t know Packer football. Camden has a good team but so do we and to manhandle us thats can be done but it wont be done friday or this year by no one.Rest asured that If Camden beats us and i mean If it will be by 4 points or less.And after this game u will know what kinda secondary u have cause they will be tested!! U have only 1 JJ Green in the secondary but we have up to 4 recievers who have caught passes and scored TD’s. Thats not counting the 2 running backs out of the back field. Good luck but we ready!!!


November 8th, 2012
9:19 pm

Whew, WILDHAWG, I thought for a minute there you had fallen under BK’s spell. I was almost ready ready to call for an intervention, but I think you’re gonna be ok. Keep munchkin’ on those bar-b-que pork rinds and I think you can fight him off.


November 8th, 2012
9:53 pm

@WILDHAWG I have been following Georgia high school football for so many years, probably before you were born. I think 1-AAAAAA is the strongest region up and down in the nation. I know all about the Packers, I follow them and all the teams in 1-AAAAAA every week. I’ve seen Moultrie play before and know what they did to Camden last year. I also know that Lowndes was missing 2 running backs. I don’t have a dog in this fight as I now live in Florida but follow all the teams in Georgia. I think your only hope is to have a great night passing and I know you’re capable of it, I just don’t think it will happen. I don’t think you’ll run on them either. I think you’ll get beat by 17 points. I still think they are going to manhandle you, but you do have home field advantage but so did Lowndes.


November 8th, 2012
10:23 pm

@57cat=I know right i thought i was going to have to to go to the hospital to see if i was ok for agreeing with Bk.Hey that post you sent to Todd and the ajc was very well posted.Todd has done a good job and this is my first year blogging and i really have enjoyed reading the posts.Everyone has an opinion thats for sure.But some guys really know their stuff and hey i was just enjoying the moment.A little trash talk here and their is cool but hey we all love our team and region.Good luck to u guys friday and safe travels


November 8th, 2012
10:30 pm

Thanks, Hawg.


November 8th, 2012
10:47 pm

@jvillebil=First how rude of me,i thought u were a Camden man. I just been tryin to tease them this week cause after this week i will be pulling for them and the rest of the region 1 in the playoffs.I think the Camden fans kinda know i am teasing them and they are ignoring me.I do respect Camden and i understand that they are a favorite to win the state as they should be.I do think it will be a really good game and trust me Rush lives for these games so Camden will get tested for sure but i have no dought that Camden also will be ready so somethin has to give but a 17 point lost would really surprise me a lot no matter who we play.But anythink can happen. Hey while u are in FL send Ga some of those fast recievers and maybe an offensive Cord.too so our bulldogs could be outstanding rather than just an above average team.Be cool and enjoy the game


November 8th, 2012
11:13 pm

Wildhawg, I’m a UGA grad that has been living in Fla the past 15-years but I still follow all the GHSA football every week. I pull for S. Ga teams first, then middle Ga teams. I support my high school here in Florida as we are playoff bound, but there is nothing better than S. Ga football on a Friday night. Good Luck, should be a good game, but still putting Camden up by 17. LOL


November 8th, 2012
11:15 pm

From one Packer fan to the Lowndes fans. I may not have been a fan of Tyler Hunter a couple of years ago but tonight I’m his favorite fan. He just saved the game with an int for my Seminoles. Go region 1 in the playoffs. I just hope were there to make the run with ya’ll.


November 9th, 2012
7:20 am

Dude…one of the best games of the week will be in North Fulton as 8-1 Johns Creek plays Alpharetta -both in a 3 way tie for 1st in region. While West Forsyth is likely to beat Lambert lambs for region title this game is for home field advantage in the playoffs.

It’s also a matchup of two great QBs playing at the top of their games in the senior year. They know each other well and should be a classic cross town slugfest.


November 9th, 2012
6:00 pm

Tcc never get any recognition.. Smh

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