There will be no high school football played this weekend in Region 2-AAAAAA.
All five of the region’s teams – Bradwell Institute, Brunswick, Effingham County, Glynn Academy and Richmond Hill – have had their games either postponed or canceled because of the weeklong threat that Hurricane Dorian has posed to coastal Georgia.
Bradwell Institute’s scheduled game at Valdosta has been canceled. Valdosta will instead play at home against Class AAAAA Columbia, which had its game at Rockledge, Fla., called off.
Brunswick’s game against visiting McIntosh County Academy has been pushed back a week to Sept. 13. Effingham County’s game against Beaufort, S.C., will be played on Oct. 4 in Springfield. And Richmond Hill’s home game against Wayne County has been moved to Nov. 1.
Glynn Academy was scheduled to play Groves at Garden City Stadium, but that game was postponed and no makeup date has been announced.
Here are five other games worth watching involving Class AAAAAA teams that are expected to go off as scheduled this weekend. All games are Friday.
*Creekview at Allatoona: This is the best game of the week involving only AAAAAA schools, a matchup of top-10 teams that both have legitimate region title aspirations. Making it even more important is that it comes on the opening weekend of region play in Region 6. Sixth-ranked Creekview (2-0) beat Allatoona 24-13 last season and went on to win its first region championship and reach the state quarterfinals for the first time. No. 8 Allatoona is 0-1 after a season-opening 14-13 loss to Class AAAA No. 2 Cartersville.
*Lanier at Alpharetta: Alpharetta is coming off a 45-0 loss to defending Class AAAAAAA champion Milton, and things won’t get much easier this week against a Lanier team that is ranked No. 10 in AAAAAA and has already beaten two teams from the highest classification. Alpharetta was held to minus-7 yards rushing while allowing 402 in the loss last week. Both were playoff teams last season – Alpharetta as the No. 3 seed from Region 7 and Lanier as the No. 2 seed from Region 8. Lanier won last year’s meeting 14-9.
*Lee County at Peach County: Peach County, the No. 1-ranked team in Class AAA, knocked off AAAAAA runner-up Northside-Warner Robins 21-13 last week and now gets a shot at the two-time defending state champion. It’s one of three consecutive games against 1-AAAAAA opponents to start the season for Peach, which plays Houston County next week. Lee County won 33-0 last year, the most lopsided defeat for Peach County since 2013. Peach County finished as the state runner-up in AAA the past two seasons.
*Northside-Warner Robins at Jones County: Northside’s season has started just like it did last year – a lopsided victory over Centennial in the opener, followed by a close loss to Peach County. The Eagles lost the following weekend to Jones County in 2018 to fall to 1-2 for the first time since 1997. However, things turned out pretty well for the Eagles, who made it all the way to the state championship game despite going 5-5 in the regular season. Jones County’s new coach is Mike Chastain, formerly at Warner Robins.
*Pope at Walton: Pope started 0-3 in each of Tab Griffin’s first two seasons as the Greyhounds’ head coach but responded by earning playoff berths. This year, Pope is 1-0 after a 24-3 victory over east Cobb County rival Lassiter, which had won 14 of the previous 16 meetings and leads the series 19-9. The Greyhounds will be tested this week against a Walton team that has won 10 of the past 12 meeting but comes in off a 12-10 loss to Collins Hill. Walton gave up a 9-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game.