It’s Friday afternoon and that means it’s almost time for “Friday Night Lights.”
There are a bunch of good games on the schedule but not necessarily many great clashes of college prospects. But there are some I like from the standpoint that they can be proving-ground contests for some of the state’s standout players.
For instance, I’m eager to see what Westside- Macon running back Robert Brown does against Bainbridge. Brown is one of those intriguing prospects who has compiled some very good numbers (776 yards, 8 TDs) but you’re not so sure about the competition. Well, we should have a better idea after this week as the Class AAAA No. 2-ranked Seminoles (4-0) play host to undefeated and No. 8 ranked Bainbridge.
Likewise, I have some folks telling me that North Clayton’s Clarence Jackson might be the best back in Atlanta, not Mack Brown of M.L. King or Ken Malcome of Southwest DeKalb or Charles Perkins of Collilns Hill. Jackson has 686 yards and 7 TDs on the season and is coming off a 200-plus performance against Ola. He’ll get a stiffer test against Mt. Zion-Jonesboro, which gave Griffin a run for its money for three quarters last week.
And there are several other running backs in the state I have no real strong opinions about, such as Brooks County’s Keith Christoper (vs. Thomasville tonight) and McEachern’s Rajaan Bennett (South Cobb). And what about this little 155-pound sophomore down at Charlton County, Tre Hamilton, who had 311 yards against Pierce County last week. I don’t know much about Pierce County, but I know from GHSF Daily that Appling County is undefeated and giving up just 2.5 points per game.
So that’s some of the questions I’ll be watching to get answered tonight. Tell me what you want to see.
Meanwhile, if you’re hanging at the house, there are two games you can catch on TV: