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Hurricane Florence impacting Class AAA schedule; Savannah city schools cancel activities

Four of the top-ranked teams in the class will use this week to rest, and if the weather shifts, they might avoid rescheduling conflicts that could result from Hurricane Florence.

All Savannah city schools postponed their after-school activities due to the threat of bad weather. Benedictine, a ranked team, will be forced to reschedule or cancel its game against fellow Savannah school Groves.

The GHSA announced earlier this week that “if your school wishes to err on the side of caution, you can move your football games to either Thursday (Sept. 13) or Saturday (Sept. 15) without seeking permission from the GHSA office.”

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System then announced that all activities would be cancelled for Thursday-Saturday. As a result, Benedictine vs. Groves, Johnson vs. Jenkins, Islands vs. Beach, and Savannah vs. Southeast Bulloch will not be played.

According to a report by the Savannah Morning News the worst weather is expected Friday despite Savannah being on the "better and drier" side of the storm.

There is a chance that more games could be impacted.

Bur for now, here's a look at top-10's weekend:

1. Calhoun (3-0): Will travel to North Murray. Notable: Calhoun has never lost to North Murray in six games. The Yellow Jackets have scored at least 30 points per game and more than 50 points in four of them. Calhoun’s largest margin of victory (65-7) came against North Murray came on the road.

2. Cedar Grove (3-1): Off this week. Plays host to No. 10 Lovett on Sep. 21.

3. Peach County (2-1): Plays host to Class AAAA Mary Persons. Notable: This game provides a measuring stick for AAA’s top-10. Mary Persons, which defeated then-No. 10 Lovett last week, 58-21, has been solid this season. The Bulldogs defeated Gainesville (42-0), Jackson (48-17) and Morrow (62-12) entering the Lovett game. Peach County has not lost to Mary persons since 2002 (20-14) and won last year 35-15 on the road.

4. Monroe Area (4-0): Off this week. Plays host to Morgan County on Sept. 21.

5. Westminster (2-2): Off this week. Travels to Towers on Sept. 21.

6. Greater Atlanta Christian (1-2): Travels to Class AAAA Thomson. Notable: GAC is looking to right the ship. The Spartans, a state semifinalist last season, defeated Lovett in its opener before falling to Westminster 22-21 and Prestonwood Christian (TX) 13-7 in the past two weeks. Thomson, which fell out of the Class AAAA rankings last week following its loss to Clarke Central (42-21), last faced GAC in 2013, when it lost 56-12.

7. Benedictine (1-1): Was scheduled to play host to Groves, but the game was postponed/cancelled due to threat of weather.

8. Pace Academy (2-2): Off this week. Plays host to Redan on Sept. 21.

9. Jefferson (2-1): Entertains Class AAAAAA Gainesville. Notable: The teams have met twice, and Jefferson has won both. Last year, the Dragons held Gainesville to just a field goal and won 33-3. In 2016, the Dragons held on to win by a field goal, 31-28. Jefferson, a new addition to AAA this year, dropped its opener before winning in back-to-back weeks against West Hall (48-6) and Southside (S.C.) (31-7). Gainesville is looking for its first victory following losses to Mary Persons, North Forsyth and Lambert.

10. Dawson County (3-0): Travels to Class AAAA Denmark. Notable: Dawson County, a newcomer into the rankings this week, has not had a 3-0 start since the 2001 season under head coach Jeff Fleming until now. Dawson’s run through Habersham Central (32-28), Chestatee (58-0) and West Hall (45-14) is a statement-making start to the year. Denmark, a new AAAA school in its inaugural season, might be the best team in its first season in the history of the state. The Danes have defeated a new AAA school, Cherokee Bluff (43-0), before beating North Springs (39-32) and Forsyth Central (7-3). 

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