Top metro Atlanta HS football games

Roswell at Collins Hill

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Fahring Field, Suwanee

Records, rankings: Roswell (10-2 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 8 in Class AAAAA; Collins Hill (8-3 in 2009) is 0-0 and unranked in AAAAA.

Last meeting: Roswell won 30-27 in two overtimes in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs in 2009.

Three things to watch: 1) The Roswell offense is anchored by Joe Turner, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound guard who has received an offer from Navy. 2) Collins Hill quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who returns as the starter, passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to Roswell last season. 3) The game will be the head coaching debut for Collins Hill's Kevin Reach, who was promoted to replace Billy Wells when he left to start the program at Lanier.

Stephenson at Parkview

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Big Orange Jungle, Lilburn

Records, rankings: Stephenson (11-1 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 6 in Class AAAAA; Parkview (5-5 in 2009) is 0-0 and unranked in AAAAA.

Last meeting: Stephenson won 20-14 in the 2005 Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

Three things to watch: 1) Stephenson's offense is led by running back Willie Davis (committed to South Florida) and quarterback Jordan Tarver (Kent State). 2) Parkview missed the Class AAAAA playoffs last season, the first time since 1993 that the Panthers failed to make the playoffs. 3) This game marks the debut of WSB-TV's coverage of high school football. It will be shown live on Channel 2.2 RTV (Comcast channel 248, Charter channel 127) and will be rebroadcast on Channel 2 WSB-TV at 1 a.m.

Buford at Gainesville

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bobby Gruhn Field, Gainesville

Records, rankings: Buford (14-1 and the Class AA champion in 2009), is 0-0 and No. 1 in AA; Gainesville (14-1 and the Class AAA runner-up in 2009), is 0-0 and No. 10 in AAA.

Last meeting: Buford won 31-17 in 2005.

Three things to watch: 1) Super 11 LB A.J. Johnson is one of only four returning starters for Gainesville, which lost all-state QB Blake Sims and WR Tai-ler Jones to graduation. 2) Buford lost almost every starter on both lines of scrimmage, but should have a good backfield with QB Alex Ross, who threw for 1,564 yards last season, and transfer RB Dominique Swope, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore two years ago. 3) Buford's secondary, led by junior CB Ryan Dillard, is expected to be among the best in the state in any class.

Tucker at Southwest DeKalb

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hallford Stadium, Clarkston

Records, rankings: Tucker (9-3 in 2009) is 0-0 and No. 4 in Class AAAA; Southwest DeKalb (10-2 in 2009) is 0-0 and unranked in AAAA.

Last meeting: Southwest DeKalb won 26-0 in 2009.

Three things to watch: 1) AJC Super 11 selection James Vaughters had 57 tackles for Tucker last season despite missing three games with a wrist injury. 2) Southwest DeKalb must find replacements for Allen Stripling, Ken Malcome, Jonathan Mincy, Sharrod Golightly and Marques Dixon, who all signed with SEC schools. 3) Tucker leads the series with its DeKalb rival 9-6-1, but Southwest DeKalb is 5-3-1 in the past nine meetings.