3A blog: Sandy Creek at Westminster highlights top-10 schedule

Oct. 23, 2020 - Norcross, Ga: A GHSA football is shown before the Georgia high school football game between Cedar Grove and GAC at Greater Atlanta Christian, Friday, October 23, 2020 in Norcross, Ga.. JASON GETZ FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

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Oct. 23, 2020 - Norcross, Ga: A GHSA football is shown before the Georgia high school football game between Cedar Grove and GAC at Greater Atlanta Christian, Friday, October 23, 2020 in Norcross, Ga.. JASON GETZ FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

Last week’s light top-10 schedule has led to all 10 programs playing Friday, with region games taking center-stage.

Regions 2, 3 and 5 kick off interleague play in Week 5, joining Region 6 which began last week.

Two top-10 programs will play ranked teams from other classifications this week, leaving No. 5 Sandy Creek (3-0) traveling to No. 7 Westminster (2-1) for a Region 5-3A game and the only meeting between 3A ranked programs on the schedule.

Westminster is 2-1 with victories over Class 2A programs Lovett (17-7) and Pace Academy (31-21) and a loss to 4A St. Pius X (21-14). Sandy Creek has beaten 5A Northgate (24-3), 7A Newnan (35-24) and 5A Starr’s Mill (37-16) last week.

It will be the first game between the teams since 1995. Sandy Creek and Westminster have split the four-game series. Westminster won in 1992 (25-24) and 1993 (21-12); Sandy Creek won in 1994 (21-0) and 1995 (14-6).

In other games:

-- Oconee County arguably will face its most difficult test of the season when it plays host to Class 2A No. 4 Thomasville Friday in Watkinsville. The then-No. 3-ranked Warriors beat Thomasville 44-14 last season when the Bulldogs were ranked No. 5 in 2A.

-- Pierce County travels to Class 2A No. 5 Clinch County and is looking to cut into Clinch’s dominant 12-3 lead in the series. The teams have not met since 2011. Pierce has not beaten Clinch County since the 30-23 victory at home on Sept. 17, 1993. Pierce’s other two victories in the series -- 1981 (22-14) and 1982 (27-0).

-- Two ranked programs – No. 8 Thomson and No. 10 Hart County – will face South Carolina programs this week. Thomson will host May River, and Hart County travels to Westside.

-- In Region 2-3A, Peach County will travel to Mary Persons in search of its first victory of the season. The Trojans won last year’s game 42-7 and lead the series record at 10-7. Peach has been idle for two weeks due to COVID issues. the Trojans last played on August 27, losing to Northside-Warner Robins 28-14.

Here are the Maxwell Projections for this week.

Follow the link to the PREP SCOREBOARD to keep updated with this week’s games across all classifications.

Week 5 top-10 schedule

1. (1) Cedar Grove (1-1) – Friday vs. Greater Atlanta Christian, 7:30 p.m. (5-3A game)

2. (2) Oconee County (3-0) – Friday vs. Class 2A No. 4 Thomasville, 7:30 p.m.

3. (3) Pierce County (2-1) – Friday at Class 2A No. 5 Clinch County, 7:30 p.m.

4. (4) Peach County (0-2) – Friday at Mary Persons, 7:30 p.m. (2-3A game)

5. (5) Sandy Creek (3-0) – Friday at No. 7 Westminster (5-3A game)

6. (7) Appling County (4-0) – Friday vs. Class 6A Bradwell Institute, 7:30 p.m.

7. (6) Westminster (2-1) – Friday vs. No. 5 Sandy Creek (5-3A game)

8. (8) Thomson (2-0) – Friday vs. May River SC, 7:30 p.m.

9. (9) Monroe Area (3-0) – Friday vs. Clarkston -- CANCELED via Clarkston

10. (NR) Hart County (4-0) – Friday at Westside-SC, 7:30 p.m.