2. Two of the state’s best quarterbacks and teams will do battle when North Cobb travels to Westlake. North Cobb’s Malachi Singleton is an AJC Super 11 player committed to Arkansas. Westlake’s R.J. Johnson has thrown for more than 7,000 yards in his career, the most of any active Georgia player.
3. Walton and Mill Creek is the only Class 7A game between ranked teams. Mill Creek, which features, AJC Super 11 safety Caleb Downs, is ranked No. 5. Walton, a 2021 semifinal team, is No. 9. Both have outstanding quarterbacks. Walton’s is Jeremy Hecklinski. Mill Creek’s is Hayden Clark. These teams play Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Corky Kell Classic.
4. The Brookwood-Norcross game at 1 p.m. should also be one of the state’s best. Brookwood has Alabama-committed quarterback Dylan Loneragan, who is an AJC Super 11 pick.
5. And while we’re at it, might as well mention the two other 7A games in the Corky Kell. McEachern plays North Gwinnett at 10 a.m., and Marietta plays Grayson in the nightcap. Grayson is ranked No. 2. All four teams advanced at least one playoff round in 2021.
Here are the computer Maxwell Ratings’ projected margins of victory for this week’s games involving 7A teams. It includes only intra-state play.
Archer at West Forsyth -4
Newton vs. Hapeville Charter -9
North Forsyth vs. North Atlanta -14
Camden Co. vs. Columbia -34
Cartersville at Cherokee -20
Central Gwinnett vs. Discovery -10
Dacula at St. Pius -5
Duluth at M.L. King -1
Forsyth Central vs. Chattahoochee -14
Harrison vs. South Paulding -14
Hillgrove at River Ridge -4
Kennesaw Mountain at Cass -4
Lakeside, Atlanta at Berkmar -3
Lambert at Sequoyah 0
Mountain View vs. Shiloh -4
North Cobb at Westlake -5
Peachtree Ridge at Seckinger -41
Roswell vs. Denmark -12
South Forsyth vs. Lanier -13
South Gwinnett vs. Pebblebrook -3
Sprayberry at Campbell -5
Woodstock at Osborne -26
Buford vs. Thompson, Ala. (at Milton)
Carrollton at Gadsden City, Ala.
Lipscomb Academy, Tenn. at Milton
North Miami, Fla. at Valdosta
American Heritage, Fla. at Lowndes
Collins Hill vs. Life Christian, Va. (at Milton)
Colquitt County vs. Deer. Beach, Fla. (at Lowndes)