The AJC’s Jay Stone will be covering both games.
You can read Jay’s game story right here.
Tribute: Monroe High School will honor the three Brooks County players who were killed in a car wreck in July with a pregame ceremony Friday. Monroe coach Charles Truitt says his team will present the parents of the deceased players with plaques as part of the tribute.
Chubb’s debut: Cedartown running back Nick Chubb rushed for 363 yards in three quarters in a 40-14 win over Rockmart last season. The performance was the first of five 300-yard rushing games for Chubb, a Georgia commitment. He finished with 2,721, the seventh best single-season rushing mark in state history, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.
Howard’s hope: The Huskies of Howard (Macon) enter the season on a 24-game losing streak, the longest in AAAA. They’re at East Laurens in the debut of new coach Barney Hester, who won 11 GISA state championships and 306 games at Tattnall Square. Hester starts the season in sixth place on the all-time coaching wins list in Georgia.
The Columbus Blue Devils enter the season on a 17-game losing streak. Columbus opens at Brookstone on Friday.
Runners-up rematch: Calhoun defeated Ridgeland, 42-35, last season for its third straight victory in the series. Both teams went on to reach the state championship games in their respective classifications. Ridgeland fell to Sandy Creek in the AAAA title game. Calhoun lost to Jefferson in the AA title game.
Notes: No. 2 Carrolton opens its season at Oxford High School, Alabama’s highest classification, 6A. … Monroe Area at Loganville: The Purple Hurricanes smashed Loganville 50-7 last season, ending a six-game losing streak to the Red Devils. … Dutchtown at Griffin: The host Bears have won all five meetings against Dutchtown … Cairo at Thomasville: The Syrupmakers have won seven straight against Thomasville, but most have been close games. Last year’s 21-0 win was the only game during Cario’s run decided by more than seven points.