Under the microscope this week

Are you already in line for the Buford-Gainesville game? If not it may be too late. The crowd will be large and the atmosphere will seem like the playoffs when the two reigning state champions meet on Friday in Gainesville.

A year ago Gainesville emerged with a 19-15 win at Buford. Both teams ended up winning state championships – Gainesville in Class AAAAA, Buford in Class AAA.

Buford was dominant in last week’s 46-7 win over Elbert County. The Wolves moved the ball effectively on the ground, using its typical carousel of backs, and taking advantage of the blocking prowess of Shane Robinson (90 percent grade, 11 knockdowns) and Nick Polino (87 percent, seven knockdowns). Evyn Cooper led the Wolves with 93 yards.

But the onus for the Wolves will be finding a way to slow Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson, who threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s 58-28 win over West Hall. The Buford defense will need a big night from Clemson commitment Korie Rogers at linebacker, as well as Joshua Thomas and Ryan Coleman.

Five other offensive players to watch on Friday night.

Danyale Wicker, Washington County: No. 6-ranked Washington County will likely unleash Wicker when the Golden Hawks travel to play Class A Emanuel County Institute. Wicker ran for 143 yards and scored three touchdowns last week in the win over Grovetown. The undersized (5-5, 150) Wicker is a hard man to catch once he gets loose.

Deion Sellers, Cedar Grove: The Saints are trying to prove there’s life beyond quarterback Johnathan McCrary, who graduated and signed with Vandy. Sellers (5-8, 175) is a great athlete who pitched a perfect game but is likely a better prospect at shortstop. Sellers ran 23 times for 201 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win over Columbia.

Kawon Bryant, North Oconee: The junior was hobbled by an ankle injury in the early part of last year but still wound up rushing for 1,200 yards. He’ll have his hands full against a tough St. Pius defense. This will be his first game of the year, as the Titans started a week later than everyone else.

Greg Walker, Peach County: The quarterback threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in last week’s win against Perry. He’ll need to duplicate that effort to beat Baldwin in Milledgeville. Walker is one of the team’s most experienced players and keyed a 42-7 win over the Braves last year.

Gerald Davis, Dodge County: He scored the only two touchdowns last week in a 14-7 victory over Dublin in the annual Shamrock Bowl. Davis scored on runs of 5 and 4 yards to keep the Indians undeated going into this week’s trip to Hawkinsville.

Coach to watch:

Tim McFarlin of Blessed Trinity: If the Titans beat Hart County, McFarlin will win the 100th game of his career.

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Region 7-AAA

September 5th, 2013
11:00 pm

I live a block away from City Park in Gainesville but I will definitely make sure to leave the area early enough to not get caught in the madness. I’ll be going down to Billy Ellis Memorial to catch the Johnson/North Hall game.

The Un-Civil War

September 6th, 2013
5:01 am

Going to be a great game. A word of warning to GHS fans…Last year’s very young and inexperienced Wolves Team has grown up. It’s going to be fun!

Big Fan

September 6th, 2013
8:38 am

Buford 27
Gainesville 21

Dog man

September 6th, 2013
9:53 am

Blessed Trinity has their hands full playing a Hart County team that turned the ball over 7 times and still rolled over 5A opponent Cedar Shoals. If Hart limits turnovers and their defense performs like last week this could end up being another big win for Hart. If it is they will reshape the rankings in AAA football


September 6th, 2013
10:24 pm

Buford can/will play anyone… No one in top heavy Gwinnett wants em…

You folks wanting to put them on your sked….. demand your AD ask Coach Woods