Stephenson at North Gwinnett: Both figure to be ranked in the preseason top five, North Gwinnett in AAAAAA and Stephenson in AAAAA. Each is loaded with college prospects. North Gwinnett breaks in a new quarterback in Hayden Sphire, son of coach Bob Sphire. Stephenson has a new feature running back in Dallas Rivers, a transfer from Tucker who committed to Vanderbilt.
Tucker at Marist: This was perhaps Metro Atlanta's best rivalry for a decade until the two moved into separate classifications last season. Tucker, 10-3 last season in AAAAA, has at least six players expected to sign with FBS schools. One is linebacker Detric Dukes, who committed to Georgia. Marist, 12-2 last season in AAAA, also has a Georgia pledge on defense in tackle Kendall Baker.