By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here are a few things to look out for on Friday…
How good is Eagle’s Landing Christian? The consensus No. 1 Chargers sent five players to Division I programs from last season’s state championship team. Last week they gave Washington County, No. 6 in Class AAA, all it wanted through two quarters before the game was postponed due to lightning. Perennial Alabama private school power Briarwood Christian comes calling Friday. ELCA, led this year by QB Dalton Etheridge, LB Josh Shockley and DL Andrew Williams, won last year’s contest 32-7 in Birmingham.
The Highway 378 War. No. 4 Lincoln County travels to Washington for a date with rival Washington-Wilkes and the 76th installment of the Highway 378 War. Lincoln County, led by RB Mike McIntire, QB/S LaKeith Lockhart and WR/DB Jamar Norman, has won eight of the last 10 meetings, but lost last year’s game, 21-6.
Is George Walton Academy a title contender? The Bulldogs, ranked No. 5, kick off the season in Macon against First Presbyterian Day School, a team that advanced to the state private school quarterfinals last season. GWA, fell to eventual private-school champion ELCA in the state semifinals, is led by all-state RB Stanley Williams, who has committed to Kentucky. GWA defeated FPD last season 41-38.
How will Dooly do without Montravious Adams? Ultra-athletic defensive tackle Montravious Adams, one of the most sought-after recruits of the class of 2012 and the Class A Defensive Player of the Year, is now at Auburn. But No. 3 Dooly County still has RB Chanin Hamilton, WR Courtney Clark and DB Tay Daniels in Vienna. The Bobcats host Class AA Macon County on Friday. Dooly won last year’s game, 21-20. Macon County went on to finish 4-7.
Grudge match in Millen. Johnson County was headed for the playoffs last season before a 22-18 loss in the season finale to Jenkins County made the Trojans fall just four-hundreths of a point short of the No. 16 spot in the public school power rankings. Johnson County had defeated Jenkins County, 14-0, in the season opener. The teams meet again on Friday at Jenkins County.
Should Seminole County be the public school No. 1? Lincoln County head coach Larry Campbell thinks so, based on the fact that the Indians return almost all of their starters from last season’s squad that finished 9-3 and lost 34-28 to eventual state runner-up Dooly County in the state quarterfinals. Seminole County will face a stern test Friday when it hosts No. 9 Early County in the season opener in Donaldsonville. Early County won last year’s contest 55-20.