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  Today, we look at the biggest storylines entering Week 4. Also, check out the Week 4 football schedule in the left panel. Watch the Falcons High School Game of the Week between South Gwinnett and South Forsyth HERE.

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Abbeville, SC at Lincoln County
Apalachee at Discovery
Athens Christian at Athens Academy
Bacon County at Berrien
Beach at Tattnall County
Blessed Trinity at Creekview
Brantley County at Jeff Davis
Brookstone at Landmark Christian
Butler at Hephzibah
Cairo at Bainbridge
Calvary Day at Aquinas
Cass at Woodland-Cartersville
Cedar Grove at Columbia
Cedar Shoals at North Oconee
Centennial at Alpharetta
Central-Talbotton at Taylor County
Charlton County at Savannah Christian
Chattahoochee at Cambridge
Chestatee at Fannin County
Claxton at Metter
Collins Hill at Central Gwinnett
Colquitt County at Roswell
Commerce at Lakeview Academy
Cross Creek at Westside-Augusta
Dalton at Sonoraville
Dodge County at Appling County
Douglass at B.E.S.T. Academy
Dunwoody at North Atlanta
Eagles Landing at Union Grove
Early County at Worth County
East Coweta at LaGrange
East Jackson at Oglethorpe County
Eastside at Loganville
Etowah at Newnan
Evans at Glenn Hills
Fayette County at Mundy's Mill
Fitzgerald at Macon County
Flowery Branch at Stephens County
Forest Park at Mary Persons
Franklin County at Habersham Central
Glascock County at Stewart County
Glynn Academy at Camden County
Gordon Central at LaFayette
Gordon Lee at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe
Grady at Ware County
Greater Atlanta Christian at Valor Christian, CO
Greenbrier at Harlem
Greenville at Bowdon
Hampton at Woodland-Stockbridge
Hapeville Charter at Wesleyan
Hart County at Eagles Landing Christian
Hawkinsville at First Presbyterian
Heard County at Darlington
Hebron Christian at Providence Christian
Hillgrove at West Forsyth
Houston County at Veterans
Howard at Rutland
Hughes at Mays
Jackson-Atlanta at North Clayton
Jenkins at Liberty County
Jenkins County at Portal
Johnson County at Wilkinson County
Johnson-Gainesville at East Hall
Johnson-Savannah at Savannah Country Day
Jonesboro at McEachern
Josey at Richmond Academy
Kendrick at Spencer
KIPP Atlanta Charter at Osborne
Lakeside-DeKalb at Druid Hills
Lakeside-Evans at Burke County
Lanier at Northside-Warner Robins
Lanier County at Groves
Lee County at Americus-Sumter
Locust Grove at Jones County
Lovejoy at Spalding
Luella at McIntosh
Lumpkin County at Madison County
Marion County at St. Anne Pacelli
McIntosh County Academy at Bryan County
Meadowcreek at Forsyth Central
Mill Creek at Archer
Mitchell County at Miller County
Model at Northwest Whitfield
Monroe Area at Walnut Grove
Monroe at Thomas County Central
Montgomery County at Wheeler County
Monticello at Greene County
Morgan County at Oconee County
Morrow at Sandy Creek
Mt. de Sales at Social Circle
Mt. Pisgah Christian at Walker
Mt. Zion, Carroll at Coosa
Murray County at Christian Heritage
New Hampstead at Bluffton, SC
New Manchester at Creekside
Norcross at North Gwinnett
North Cobb Christian at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian
North Murray at Heritage-Catoosa
Northeast-Macon at Twiggs County
Northgate at Douglas County
Northside-Columbus at Jordan
Our Lady of Mercy at Fellowship Christian
Paulding County at Hiram
Peach County at Perry
Peachtree Ridge at Newton
Pebblebrook at Marietta
Pepperell at Cedartown
Pickens at North Hall
Pike County at Strong Rock Christian
Pope at Johns Creek
Prince Avenue at Towns County
Richmond Hill at Pierce County
Ridgeland at Chattooga
Riverside Military at George Walton Academy
Riverwood at Woodward Academy
Rockdale County at Heritage-Conyers
Rome at Kell
Salem at Miller Grove
Savannah at Cedar Creek, FL
Schley County at Georgia Military
Seminole County at Chattahoochee County
Shiloh at Lowndes
South Atlanta at Clarkston
South Effingham at Effingham County
South Gwinnett at South Forsyth
South Paulding at Alexander
Southeast Bulloch at Benedictine
Southwest at Central-Macon
Southwest DeKalb at Stephenson
Sprayberry at Campbell
St. Pius X at Marist
Starr's Mill at Chapel Hill
Statesboro at Screven County
Stockbridge at Dutchtown
Stratford Academy at Atkinson County
Swainsboro at Dublin
Tattnall Square at East Laurens
Temple at Armuchee
Thomson at Pace Academy
Toombs County at Telfair County
Trion at Bremen
Troup at Lamar County
Union County at Andrews, NC
Upson-Lee at Griffin
Valdosta at Tift County
Villa Rica at East Paulding
Warren County at Bradwell Institute
Washington at Lithia Springs
Washington County at Baldwin
Washington-Wilkes at Jefferson County
Wayne County at Brunswick
West Hall at Jackson County
West Laurens at Vidalia
Westlake at Cartersville
White County at Rabun County
Whitefield Academy at King's Ridge
Whitewater at Banneker
Wilcox County at Bleckley County
Windsor Forest at Long County
Woodstock at Kennesaw Mountain

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Friday, September 9, 2016


Beneath the surface of Week 4 storylines

The two most talked about games in Class AAAA this weekend will feature the classification's top ranked teams. No. 1 Cartersville hosts Westlake in arguably the top Week 4 game in the state, and No. 2 Thomson takes a trip to Class AAA No. 1 Pace Academy in another must-see matchup  PREVIEW HERE. Both match ups offer validity to their already impressive resumes. However, there are four other interesting storylines developing in Class AAAA this Friday that we should all keep an eye on.
Spalding vs. Lovejoy Spalding returns to Memorial Stadium for the first time since a dramatic turnaround produced a 10-2 season a year ago. From 2004-2014, the school had posted just one winning season. After a 53-50 loss to Griffin to start this season, Spalding pitched a 22-0 shutout at Jonesboro the following week. Now, head coach Nick Davis host Lovejoy in the two programs' first-ever meeting. Spalding will rely on senior running back Askia Moses, who opened the season with 166 rushing yards and three touchdowns against Griffin. Class AAAAAA Lovejoy is coming off a 24-21 loss to Stockbridge and is 1-2 on the season.
St. Pius at Marist:  Marist awaits long-time rival St. Pius in what will mark the school's 51st all-time meeting. Marist holds a 30-17-3 edge in the all-time series, but the War Eagles have lost four straight to St. Pius and will be looking to reverse the trend. St. Pius continues to search for positive momentum as its difficult schedule continues. The Golden Lions are 0-2 and fell flat in a 21-7 loss to Benedictine last week. St. Pius started 0-2 last year also, before using a 10-game winning streak to reach the quarterfinals where Bainbridge held on to an 18-17 victory.
Northwest Whitfield  vs. Model: Northwest Whitfield hosts a red-hot Model team out of Class AA in its final non-region game. After scoring 103 points in wins over Ringgold (49-24) and South Atlanta (54-7), Northwest Whitfield struggled offensively last Friday as Dalton held on to a 10-3 victory. The Bruins will look to regain that rhythm against Model, which opened the year with a 22-0 win at Sonoraville and dominated Adairsville 51-21 last Friday. Northwest Whitfield will have to slow down Model quarterback and middle linebacker Kyler Edlridge. The senior is averaging 122 yards per game through the air and has already rushed for six touchdowns. Defensively, he has a team-high eight solo tackles to go with his Blue Devil-high 3.5 tackles for a loss.
Oconee County  vs. Morgan County: Oconee County hosts Class AAA Morgan County with a chance to move to 3-0. Head coach Travis Noland has three more non-region games before his Warriors take on a talented Region 8 field that includes North Oconee, St. Pius, Madison County, Jefferson and Stephens County- where he coached for nine seasons (2005-2013). The Warriors are yet to be challenged with a 24-point win over Clarke Central and a 29-point win at Walnut Grove, but Morgan County is coming off a 23-13 win over North Oconee, which is Oconee County's first region opponent this season. While we all know common opponents offers no guaranteed formula to predict future outcomes, a solid win over Morgan County this Friday would add momentum as Oconee County gets set to not only battle playoff spot, but contend for the Region 8 title later this season.


Harrison's Dickmann named Falcons Coach of the Week

Presented by Ford, the Atlanta Falcons Coach of the Week program recognizes 12 high school football coaches across the state of Georgia for their hard work and dedication to making a difference in student-athletes lives on and off the field over the course of the GHSA season.
The second winner of the 2016 season is Matt Dickmann of Harrison High School. Known for building programs, the 52-year old is in his 30thyear coaching and fourth at Harrison. Dickmann joined the Hoyas in 2013 following an eight year run at Seminole Ridge, FL were he transformed an 0-9 team with no senior class into a perennial power, recording a 53-26 mark with five state playoff berths and three district championships in his final three seasons.
After three seasons of finishing 5-5, Dickmann and Harrison are off to their best start in eight years at 3-0, the Hoyas currently ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAAA.
Slow and Steady wins the Race
Rome wasn't built in a day. It has taken some time, but Dickmann has started to steer Harrison in the right direction.
"It was a lot tougher probably to come here and change a program than it was to start from scratch and build a program, but because of this community and administration and booster club, they really wanted to do everything they could to help get this program back on track," explained Dickmann.
Dickmann's leadership has been honored before, winning Coach of the Year from the Miami Dolphins, but the recognition from the Falcons is something he cherishes.
"It's always an honor to receive something like that from the community, he said. "The biggest thing with me though, is that's a reflection on what our staff has done. How our booster club has helped us, how the administration has helped us hire people that are great teachers, great coaches and great people. If you don't have all those people behind the scenes doing that, you really can't get awards like this."
Off the field, Dickmann and his coaching staff implements community services days.
"We've been very involved with our junior program, putting on clinics and camps. Just anything we can do to help in the community we are willing to do, because I believe you always have to pay it forward. It's you area here, your community, you give back as much as you can."

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