Buford at Milton
When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Eagles' Nest, Milton
Records, rankings: Buford is 1-0 and No. 2 in Class AAAAA; Milton is 1-0 and No. 6 in AAAAAAA.
Last meeting: Milton won 6-0 in 1983.
Things to know: Buford graduated eight seniors who signed with Power 5-conference schools, four on the offensive line, plus 1,908-yard rusher Derrian Brown, now at Texas. QB Aaron McLaughlin transferred. New QB Jarvis Evans was 8-of-11 passing for 113 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-0 victory over Jonesboro last week. Gabe Ervin rushed for 102 yards. Milton also is breaking in new quarterbacks after Class AAAAAAA offensive player of the year Jordan Yates moved on to Georgia Tech. The Eagles were just 2-of-7 passing last week in a 45-0 victory over Alpharetta. Otherwise, Milton was dominant, rushing for 402 yards - 201 from Ahmad Junearick - and allowing minus-7. Paul Tchio, a four-star recruit committed to Clemson, leads a powerful offensive line. Milton is 4-0 all-time against Buford. The schools met twice in the 1950s and twice in the 1980s. This game was scheduled for Aug. 23 at Coolray Field as part of the Corky Kell Classic but postponed because the grass turf was deemed unplayable after heavy rain.
Clinch County at Brooks County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Veterans Stadium, Quitman
Records, rankings: Clinch County is 1-0 and No. 1 in Class A public; Brooks County is 1-0 and No. 8 in AA.
Last meeting: Clinch County won 37-7 in 2018.
Things to know: Brooks County had beaten Clinch County six of the previous seven meetings heading into last year's game between these Florida-bordering schools, so Clinch's 30-point victory was stunning. Clinch rushed for 408 yards. Fortunately for Brooks, Clinch RB/LB Trezmen Marshall, who ran for 132 yards and four touchdowns, is now playing for Georgia. Tyler Morehead is back. He ran for 61 yards on two carries and had five tackles from the secondary. Now a quarterback, Morehead rushed for 128 yards and returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in a 46-28 opening victory over Hebron Christian. Michael Walker rushed for 128 yards on five carries. Brooks County opened its season with a 63-50 victory over Mitchell County. The 63 points are tied for second-most scored in Brooks history. Devin Edwards rushed for 143 yards and five touchdowns, and Omari Arnold rushed for 143 yards and one touchdown.
Creekview at Allatoona
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Buccaneer Stadium, Acworth
Records, rankings: Creekview is 2-0 overall, 0-0 in Region 6-AAAAAA and No. 6; Allatoona is 0-1, 0-0 and No. 8.
Last meeting: Creekview won 24-13 in 2018.
Things to know: This is the 6-AAAAAA opener for the teams that finished as the No. 1 (Creekview) and No. 3 (Allatoona) seeds in the league last year. Creekview is coming off the best season in school history, finishing 12-1, winning its first region title and reaching the quarterfinals for the first time in its only season under coach Adam Carter, who left to take the job at Grayson. Former South Forsyth defensive coordinator Trevor Williams is in charge now. Junior QB Brody Rhodes has passed for 384 yards and five touchdowns in two games and is the team's leading rusher with 156 yards on 24 carries. Ethan Dirrim, who split time with Rhodes at quarterback last season, is a jack-of-all-trades type that leads the team in receiving. OT John Williams has committed to Clemson. Allatoona was held to 157 yards of offense (79 rushing, 78 passing) in its 14-13 season-opening loss to Cartersville, a game the Buccaneers had a chance to win until losing a late fumble. Senior Dante Marshall is a three-year starter at quarterback. The run-first Buccaneers lost 1,000-yard rusher Daniel Parsons to graduation. Sophomore Jylan Thomas carried the load in the opener, rushing 16 times for 45 yards.
Hapeville Charter at Heard County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Staples Stadium, Franklin
Records, rankings: Hapeville Charter is 0-1 and No. 2 in Class AA; Heard County is 0-1 and No. 9 in AA.
Last meeting: Hapeville Charter won 33-3 in 2018.
Things to know: Heard County suffered back-to-back lopsided losses to Hapeville Charter and Rockmart (33-0) to start the 2018 season 1-2 but responded with 12 consecutive victories to claim its first state championship. The Braves avenged the early loss to Rockmart with a 27-6 victory in the state final. Hapeville Charter finished 10-2, losing in the second round of the playoffs to Callaway, which was the runner-up to Heard County in Region 5-AA. Both teams opened the 2019 season with a loss. Hapeville had 225 yards rushing but was just 9-for-25 passing for 65 yards in its 26-16 loss to Class AAA No. 2 Cedar Grove two weeks ago. The Hornets' lineup includes three four-star recruits - senior WR Rico Powers, junior OLB Zavier Carter and junior WR Jaquez Smith. Heard County took an early 9-0 lead against LaGrange in its opener but was held without a first down in the second half and lost 24-9. LaGrange was 2-8 in 2018. Heard lost nine starters from its 2018 offense, including QB Alijah Huzzie (1,503 yards passing, signed with East Tennessee) and RB Aaron Beasley (1,964 yards rushing, Tennessee). DL Tray Owens, a preseason all-state pick, returns to lead the defense.
Lee County at Peach County
When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Trojan Field at Anderson Stadium, Fort Valley
Records, rankings: Lee County is 2-0 and No. 1 in Class AAAAAA; Peach County is 1-0 and No. 1 in AAA.
Last meeting: Lee County won 33-0 in 2018.
Things to know: This will be the second of three consecutive games against Region 1-AAAAAA teams to start the season for Peach County, which beat Northside of Warner Robins 21-13 last week and plays at Houston County next week. RB Tijah Woolfolk had touchdown runs of 51 and 38 yards and finished with 100 yards on four carries against Northside. Sergio Allen returned an interception for another score in Peach's 21-point first quarter. Allen, an AJC Super 11 selection, is rated the No. 8 inside linebacker nationally and has committed to Clemson. Lee County, the two-time defending champion in Class AAAAAA, is 2-0 but has yet to play a full four-quarter game this season. Lee's 28-0 victory over Dougherty in the opener was called in the second quarter because of bad weather, and its 27-0 win over Life Christian of Virginia last week was stopped midway through the fourth quarter because of sportsmanship issues on the Life Christian sideline. QB Kyle Toole is 21-of-33 passing for 285 yards and three touchdowns. His main target has been James Hopson, who has 137 yards and two TDs on seven catches. Preston Simmons is the leading rusher with 62 yards.
Northside (Warner Robins) at Jones County
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Greyhound Field, Gray
Records, rankings: Northside is 1-1 and No. 7 in Class AAAAAA; Jones County is 2-0 and No. 8 in AAAAA.
Last meeting: Jones County won 35-27 in 2018.
Things to know: Jones County has won two of the past three meetings with Northside after losing the first five matchups by an average of 43.6 points. The Greyhounds are 2-0 in their first season under Mike Chastain, the former Warner Robins head coach who got the position after Justin Rogers left for the Colquitt County job. QB Hunter Costlow, a 2,400-yard passer in the 2018 regular season, returns to lead the offense. He is 38-of-63 passing for 514 yards in the Greyhounds' first two games. Jontavis Robertson had six catches for 133 yards and a touchdown and scored on a 94-yard punt return in a 34-10 victory over Howard, and Andrew Carner rushed for 107 yards and had a TD reception in a 27-0 win over Baldwin last week. Northside, the AAAAAA runner-up last season despite a 5-5 regular season, comes into the game off a 21-13 loss to Class AAA No. 1 Peach County. QB Mason Ford is the leading rusher in Region 1-AAAAAA with 228 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, and he is 18-of-41 for 151 yards passing. Ford ran for 178 yards in a season-opening 46-13 win over Centennial. Zikhyree Hill is third in the region in rushing with 112 yards on 23 carries.
Parkview at Lowndes
When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Martin Stadium, Valdosta
Records, rankings: Parkview is 1-0 and No. 3 in Class AAAAAAA; Lowndes is 2-0 and No. 7 in AAAAAAA.
Last meeting: Parkview won 39-27 in 2018.
Things to know: This is the fourth meeting in four seasons between the two unlikely rivals that are 240 miles apart. Parkview scored 38 and 34 points against Lowndes in the first two meetings and lost both, then broke through last season in another wild one, leading in total yards 497-404. Parkview's Jordan Williams was 19-of-25 passing for 291 yards and four touchdowns, and Cody Brown rushed for 164 yards. They're back. Lowndes RB Travis Tisdale rushed for 247 yards. He's at Kentucky now, and no new feature running back has emerged. Instead, sophomore QB Jacurri Brown has rushed for 237 yards and three touchdowns on just 19 carries and is 8-of-11 passing for 118 yards through blowout wins over Drew (69-6) and Champagnat Catholic of Florida (44-14). Jalon Baker has three tackles for losses and two interceptions. Lowndes' best all-around player is probably LB/RB Gary Osby, a two-way starter with mid-major offers. For Parkview, watch for CJ. Daniels, who had four TD receptions in the 28-18 opening win over Mountain View, and preseason all-state LB Kobe Wilson.
Swainsboro at Dublin
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Shamrock Bowl, Dublin
Records, rankings: Swainsboro is 1-0 and No. 8 in Class AA; Dublin is 1-0 and No. 4 in AA.
Last meeting: Dublin won 20-13 in 2018.
Things to know: This is the 100th anniversary of the first recorded game between these schools as Dublin defeated Swainsboro 45-0 on Oct. 24, 1919. Dublin leads the series 40-24-2. This is the second time in 25 years, first since 2010, that both are ranked when playing each other. Both are reigning region champions. In the 2018 game, Dublin attempted only one pass, and it went for 19 yards and a touchdown to give Dublin the lead for good, 13-10, in the third quarter. Dublin had the ball at Swainsboro's 1-yard line as time ran out. In Dublin's opener this season, a 21-0 victory over ECI, the game was called in the second quarter while Dublin led in rushing yards 144 to minus-4. JaQues Evans, a fullback, linebacker, kicker, punter and Power 5 recruit, scored two touchdowns and is "as gifted as any football player I have had the chance to coach," Dublin coach Roger Holmes said. Swainsboro ran through Jefferson County 37-14 in its opener. Kade Youmans was 15-of-26 passing for 237 yards. Ja'von Brown had five receptions for 111 yards and three touchdowns. Robert Allen rushed for 126 yards on 26 carries.
Wesleyan at Prince Avenue Christian
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Brad Akins Field, Bogart
Records, rankings: Wesleyan is 2-0 and No. 5 in Class A private; Prince Avenue Christian is 2-0 and No. 3 in Class A private.
Last meeting: Prince Avenue Christian won 42-27 in the second round of the 2018 Class A private-school playoffs.
Things to know: Prince Avenue was 0-2 all-time against Wesleyan until winning twice last season. The Wolverines' 49-28 victory in the regular season contributed to Wesleyan's 0-3 start, and they picked up another lopsided win in the playoffs. Wesleyan has been led this season by sophomores Cooper Blauser, Griffin Caldwell and J.C. French. Blauser had touchdowns on an 88-yard punt return, 23-yard reception and 5-yard run in a 28-6 victory over Chattooga last week. Caldwell rushed for 174 yards and two TDs in a 30-19 win over Meadowcreek, and French had a touchdown rushing and passing in both games. They are among 13 returning starters from last year's 7-5 team. Prince Avenue's leadership comes from the juniors. Brock Vandagriff, the nation's No. 1-rated pro-style quarterback in his class and an Oklahoma commitment, has passed for 401 yards, rushed for 141 yards and had a hand in eight touchdowns in two games. RB Landon Owens is the leading rusher with 174 yards on 23 carries, and Zac Dyer leads the receivers with 231 yards and four touchdowns on eight catches. The Wolverines' balanced offense averages 237 yards passing and 229 rushing.
Woodward Academy at Blessed Trinity
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Blessed Trinity Stadium, Roswell
Records, rankings: Woodward Academy is 2-0 and No. 7 in Class AAAA; Blessed Trinity is 2-0 and No. 1 in AAAA.
Last meeting: Blessed Trinity won 43-21 in 2018.
Things to know: Blessed Trinity blew open a close game last year with a 21-point third quarter, but most of the key figures on the winning side have graduated. The two-time defending champion in AAAA remains ranked No. 1 and got a 139-yard rushing effort from Elijah Green in Week 1 (28-10 win over St. Pius) and a 161-yard rushing effort from freshman Justice Haynes in Week 2 (34-41 win over South Forsyth). The passing game is a work in progress, however, as the Titans were just 2-of-9 passing last week. Woodward's defense was historically porous in 2018, but wins over Westminster (19-0) and Grady (35-7) suggest the page has turned. Woodward allowed 73 points to those two last year. Woodward QB Mike Wright (committed to Central Florida) is 24-of-47 passing for 417 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. He's also a threat to run. Other top players are LB Aaron Washington (committed to Bowling Green), DB Hunter Sellers (Pittsburgh) and TE/LB Jacorrei Turner (more than 20 offers).
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