Biggest Friday night of the regular season

By David Purdum / For the AJC

A giant Friday in AAAA is highlighted by No. 1 Sandy Creek’s visit to No. 2 Carrollton. The Patriots are the defending state champions and have beaten the Trojans three straight times by an average margin of 14.6 points. But Carrollton has been the more impressive team this season, outscoring opponents 344-54. The Trojans have not been scored upon in the first quarter all season.

“I don’t know if we’re the favorite,” said Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker, “but we’re the defending champs.”

Sandy Creek won last season’s meeting, 30-7, and has won three of the four meetings with Carrollton overall, including in the 2010 state championship game.

In other big region games:

Region 2: No. 6 Mary Persons hosts a Veterans team that has won five straight to set up a battle between the only two unbeaten teams in region play. The winner will get the top seed out of Region 2. Mary Persons has won all three meetings with Veterans, including 21-7 last season.

Region 3, Division A: No. 5 Statesboro hosts No. 10 Wayne County in a game that will decide top seed out of Division A in the region play-in games. Statesboro (8-0, 2-0) has been dominant defensively and owns impressive wins over Burke County and Liberty County. Wayne County has bounced back from its only defeat–32-28 to Burke County—with back-to-back wins to set up tonight’s decisive game. Wayne County won last season’s meeting 37-20, ending Statesboro’s seven-game win streak against the Yellow Jackets.

Region 4: Stockbridge can clinch the top seed of Division A with a win at Locust Grove. The Tigers have won all three meetings over the Wildcats. If Locust Grove springs the upset, there would be a three-way tie with the Wildcats, Eagle’s Landing and Stockbridge.

Region 6: Grady hosts Carver in a game that will decide the top seed out of Division B for the play-in round. Grady won 10 straight in this series from 1996 to 2005. But Carver has won two of the last three meetings, including last season’s 22-19 win.

Region 7: Gilmer gets a crack at slowing down Cedartown running back Nick Chubb and the undefeated Bulldogs. Gilmer shut out Cedartown, 38-0, last season, holding Chubb to around 75 yards. Chubb is averaging 264.3 yards and has scored 33 touchdowns this season.

Gilmer coach Wesley Tankersley said the key to slowing Chubb down last season was simply keeping him off the field. “We were able to keep their offense off the field with a few long, six-, seven-minute drives,” said Tankersley.

The Bobcats will take a similar approach Friday, with running backs Johnie Flakes (great football name) and Tyler Bertolini attacking on the ground.

Region 8: Chestatee travels to Monroe Area, with the winner claiming the top seed out of the region in the state playoffs. Five Monroe Area starters, including star quarterback Stanton Truitt, are suspended for the game, after being ejected for fighting in last week’s win over Madison County. Junior Jacob Olson will start in place of Truitt.

Region 1: Westover can clinch the school’s first football region championship with a win over Worth County in Region 1-AAAA.

18 comments Add your comment

Lil Brother

October 31st, 2013
4:27 pm

Kick A@@ Wayne Co…

Patriot Power

October 31st, 2013
8:41 pm

Who are we playing this week? I think we have a warm-up game before we play Columbus. :) Seriously though, the Creek always rises up for big games and rarely disappoints. Go Big Red, White, and Blue Machine!

Trojan94

October 31st, 2013
9:08 pm

Ok guys first let me say if I disrespected anybody with my “war” references on the last blog I apologize to anybody I offended that being said it was only a figure of speech war on the gridiron is what I ment to say….to the SC fan who said I was having a cardiac arrest I guess that go for the whole town of carrollton we are fired up for this game and as much as yall have been blogging TOO you guys are just as intense about this game as I am so don’t act like its just me on hear, some of you have blogging about this game all year.I know this just a game and I take it as that nothing more nothing less.

Trojan94

October 31st, 2013
9:42 pm

Well it’s time for my prediction I’ve seen both teams in action and I try to be as unbias as I can. Against good to avg. teams SC defense is giving up an avg. of four TD’s a game you can say its because of discipline issues starters being hurt or what ever it may be but we are talking about sandy creek here you guys are so stocked on offense what about defense? Against plant the defensive were healthy outside from a couple of guys getting hurt but your defense still gave up many big plays and if not for the refs calling back all of plants big plays that easily could have been a lost. fast forward to this game our starters give up less than a touchdown a game nobody had a rushing TD until game six that being said weem and swinney are both explovsive backs nothing like carrollton a faced all year but those guys haven’t seen a defense like carrollton’s all year either.With our secondary I don’t see SC having many big plays in the passing games…so if you are going to send a message send it loud and clear…. carrollton 38-17over sandy creek see yall at grisham stadium!

socraticpavement

November 1st, 2013
7:12 am

So GPB dumped this game in favor of the Tucker vs MLK game?

Zeesh….

WarEagle

November 1st, 2013
7:12 am

David: If you think that “Carrollton has been the more impressive team this season,” then why has the AJC ranked Sandy Creek No. 1 each week this year? If the answer is that Sandy Creek is the defending champs, I understand, but it calls into question the value of the AJC rankings — history matters at the start of the season, but as the season progresses the rankings should reflect your judgment of the strength of the teams now. I suppose we’ll all know tonight which team is stronger now.

x-factor

November 1st, 2013
7:56 am

This game will be televised on CSS sports. So tune in to see who is the better team. Sandy Creek or Carrolton?

Sportsnut

November 1st, 2013
8:37 am

I’m going with the Creek.

Just a Fan

November 1st, 2013
8:39 am

Give SC credit-Carrollton has not faced an offense as balanced as SC this year but Carrollton is probably the most diverse offense SC has faced. Both should gain yardage -On the ground and passing.Could be high scoring. A close game doesnt mean the end for either team but a 3 td margin would certainly dash the hopes of the loser.

Squint

November 1st, 2013
9:07 am

I’m a C’ton alum and the bottom line is…until you beat the king of the hill, they’re still king. Is it our time?? Play the game!

Cdtown

November 1st, 2013
6:13 pm

Would love to see Chubb run over the Trojans.

Catlady

November 1st, 2013
7:11 pm

Go,,Bobcats!

Grip

November 1st, 2013
8:56 pm

Carrolton been feasting on all those cupcakes. Finally met a real team and all I can say is they’re overrated!!!

Old Bear

November 1st, 2013
8:57 pm

Hang in there, Monroe Area.

Canegirl

November 1st, 2013
9:01 pm

Monroe Area 28 Chestatee 21 Region 8AAAA Champs 2nd year in a row.

G.T. Manuel

November 1st, 2013
9:02 pm

A great win for Monroe Area 28 Chestatee 21

Old Bear

November 1st, 2013
9:06 pm

Looking over R5 in AAAA, the only two teams with records better that a .500 are Carrollton and Sandy Creek. I don’t see how they get any additional benefit from their region’s strength of schedule. Then again, you can only play the teams on your schedule.

Creek1

November 1st, 2013
10:28 pm

Trojan 94 must be a woman.