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  Today, we get set for the top-ranked matchup between Class A-Private's No. 1 ELCA and No. 2 Wesleyan tonight in Norcross, Ga. The game will be streamed live HERE as the Falcons Game of the Week. Also, check the left panel for Thursday's score and the complete Week 7 schedule .

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Thursday's scores 
Jackson 31, Westside, Macon 24 
McIntosh Co. 31, Sav. Christian 12 
Rutland 23, Kendrick 18
SE Bulloch 42, Windsor Forest 6 
Westover 35, Hardaway 7

Friday games
Alcovy at Grovetown
Alexander at Northgate
Alpharetta at North Atlanta (G)
Americus-Sumter at Cairo
Armuchee at Coosa
Athens Academy at Riverside Military
Athens Christian at Lakeview Acd.
Atkinson Co. at Clinch Co.
Bacon Co. at Vidalia
Baconton at Terrell Co.
Bainbridge at Rickards, Fla.
Banks Co. at Rabun Co.
Benedictine at Bryan Co.
Berkmar at Meadowcreek
Bowdon at Gordon Lee
Brooks Co. at Crisp Co.
Buford at Clarke Central
Calhoun at Haralson Co.
Cedar Shoals at Flowery Branch
Cedartown at LaGrange (C)
Centennial at Chattahoochee
Central, Carrollton at Cartersville
Central, Talbotton at Manchester
Charlton Co. at Irwin Co.
Chattooga at Rockmart
Cherokee at Etowah
Christian Heritage at Trion
Clarkston at Thomson
Claxton at Calvary Day
Collins Hill at Discovery
Columbus at Northside, Col. (K)
Commerce at Prince Ave. Christian
Cook at Early Co.
Cross Creek at Hephzibah
Dade Co. at Gordon Central
Dalton at Creekview
Darlington at Mt. Zion, Carroll
Dawson Co. at North Hall
Decatur at Riverwood
Dougherty at Perry
Douglas Co. at New Manchester
Drew at M.L. King (GO)
Dublin at Bleckley Co.
Duluth at Mountain View
Dunwoody at Northview
Eagle's Land. Christ. at Wesleyan
Eagle's Landing at Dutchtown
East Hall at Union Co.
East Jackson at Morgan Co.
East Paulding at Kell
Elbert Co. at Social Circle
Fannin Co. at GAC
Fellowship Christian at Walker
First Presbyterian at Twiggs Co.
Fitzgerald at Tift Co.
Forest Park at Camden Co.
Franklin Co. at Hart Co.
George Walton at Providence Christ.
Georgia Military at Temple
Grayson at Rockdale Co.
Greene Co. at Warren Co.
Groves at Beach (SM)
Hampton at Jones Co.
Hancock Central at Aquinas
Harris Co. at Worth Co.
Hebron Christian at Towns Co.
Heritage, Ringgold at SE Whitfield
Holy Innocents' at Mt. Vernon
International, Fla. at Colquitt Co.
Jeff Davis at Toombs Co.
Jefferson at Madison Co.
Jefferson Academy at Glascock Co.
Jefferson Co. at Glenn Hills
Jenkins Co. at Treutlen
Johns Creek at Cambridge
Jonesboro at Stephenson (HS)
Josey at Butler
LaFayette at Northwest Whitfield
Lakeside, Atl. at Central Gwinnett
Lakeside, Evans at Bradwell Institute
Lakeview-Ft. Ogle. at Ringgold
Landmark Christian at O.L. of Mercy
Laney at Westside, Augusta
Liberty Co. at Effingham Co.
Lithia Springs at Banneker
Luella at Salem
Macon Co. at Northside, W.R. (MT)
Marion Co. at Greenville
Marist at Gainesville
Mays at Tri-Cities
Miller Co. at Calhoun Co.
Monroe Area at Jackson Co.
Montgomery Co. at ECI
Mount de Sales at Stratford Acad.
Mt. Paran at Pinecrest Academy
Mt. Pisgah Christian at King's Ridge
Mt. Zion, Jonesboro at Lovejoy (TO)
Mundy's Mill at Tucker (A)
Murray Co. at North Murray
Norcross at Parkview
North Gwinnett at Mill Creek
North Springs at Jackson, Atl. (G)
Northeast at Dodge Co.
Ola at Woodland, Stockbridge
Pacelli at Brookstone
Pataula Charter at Cross Keys (ND)
Pelham at Chattahoochee Co.
Pepperell at Model
Pickens at Gilmer
Pike Co. at Central, Macon (H)
Portal at Savannah Country Day
Putnam Co. at Oglethorpe Co.
Riverdale at Fayette Co.
Rome at Carrollton
Roswell at Milton
Screven Co. at Harlem
Sequoyah at River Ridge
Shaw at Carver, Columbus (CM)
Sonoraville at Bremen
South Atlanta at KIPP Atlanta (L)
South Effingham at Richmond Hill
South Gwinnett at Newton (SH)
Spalding at Mary Persons
St. Francis at Whitefield Academy
Starr's Mill at Griffin (GM)
Stockbridge at Locust Grove
Strong Rock Christ. at Fulton Leadership Acd.
Swainsboro at Metter
Tattnall Co. at Statesboro
Taylor Co. at Crawford Co.
Telfair Co. at Wilcox Co.
Therrell at B.E.S.T. Academy (L)
Troup at Sandy Creek
Turner Co. at Lanier Co.
Villa Rica at Paulding Co.
Walnut Grove at Johnson, Gaines.
Ware County at Lowndes
Warner Robins at Coffee
Washington Co. at East Laurens
Washington-Wilkes at Lincoln Co.
Wayne County at Glynn Acad. (GL)
West Laurens at Howard (ED)
Wheeler County at Johnson Co.
Whitewater at Morrow (T)
Wilkinson Co. at Tattnall Square
Winder-Barrow at Apalachee
Woodland, Carters. at Hiram
Woodward Academy at Henry Co. 

Saturday games 
Carver, Atlanta at Grady (G)
Creekside at Hughes
Douglass at Washington (L)
Druid Hills at Eastside (SH)
Randolph-Clay at Mitchell Co. (CE)

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Friday, September 30, 2016


Class A-Private's top ranked teams highlight tonight's slate of games. The 5-0 No. 2 Wesleyan Wolves host 5-0 No. 1 Eagles Landing Christian at Henderson Stadium in Norcross, Ga in the Falcons HS Game of the Week. ELCA has allowed just 15 points this season and shut out each of its past four opponents. The Chargers have outscored teams 175-2 in the past four outings and opened the season with a 39-13 win over Class AAAAA's Eagle's Landing. Despite owning three state titles, ELCA has never had an undefeated season, but this could be the year. 

Wesleyan has an opportunistic defense of its own that has already intercepted 10 passes this season, including four by Jason McCleskey. Look for ELCA to keep the ball on the ground and to stick to its physical running game that averages 300.6 yards rushing per game. The Wolves are led offensively by junior quarterback Banks Ramsey. In five games, Ramsey has completed 89-of-121 passes (73.6 percent) for 1,266 yards (253.2 ypg) and 16 touchdowns to just one interception. He's also added six rushing touchdowns and 91 yards on the ground and has passed for multiple touchdowns while running for at least one score in all five games this season. Harrison Cook is Wesleyan's leading receiver and the senior is averaging 106.8 yards per game to go with his team-high six touchdowns and 18.4 yards per reception average. 



Lingering questions tonight will answer
Week 7 could be a turning point or another week of sustainable dominance as the second half of the season gets underway. Spalding and Mary Persons are battling for key ground in the race for the Region 2 crown, while Cartersville shoots for its 21st  straight win against a Central-Carroll team still searching for its first win of the season. Marist takes its turn to try and top Class AAAAAA Gainesville, and Madison County looks to remain perfect on the year against a Jefferson team that handed Gainesville a 31-28 loss last week. Here are four questions that this weekend will put an end to.

Can Spalding spoil Mary Person's region run?
Spalding used its speed to frustrate Class AAAAAA No. 1 Houston County last Friday night and nearly pulled off the upset. The Jaguars led 17-0 before eventually falling 28-24 in their final non-region matchup. Now Spalding will travel to Mary Persons to take on the defending Region 2 champs. Mary Persons is also coming off a narrow loss after dropping a 20-19 clash with Peach County on Friday. The Bulldogs' other loss came in their season opener against Jake Fromm and Houston County where they fell 26-14. Now that both defenses have already faced one of the best quarterbacks to come through the state of Georgia, these defenses are equally battle-tested. Spalding will look to control the game on the ground with seniors Naricuss Driver, AJ Moses and Brandon Hughley. Mary Persons quarterback Caleb Speir tossed three touchdowns in the loss to Peach County and will balance out the offense with running back Zach Harvey.

Will Cartersville's defense continue this complete dominance?
Cartersville's offense has been a familiar force in Georgia high school football, but the defense this season is on a pace that deserves equal recognition. In five games, the Purple Hurricanes have allowed just 5.4 points per game. What impresses me most about this year's defense is the focus they have shown. While the offense quickly scores and puts up its 39.8 points per game, the defense remains consistent each time they step on the field. Even when the starters are sitting, or the lead has grown past two scores, the intensity hasn't stopped. In their 56-0 win at Calhoun, Cartersville didn't allow a single first down in the second half. This spells trouble for this week's opponent Central-Carroll, which limps into the matchup 0-5. The Lions' uncharacteristically slow start to the year follows a three-year run that produced 30 wins. Cartersville has held its last four opponents to single digits and it will likely be five as Central-Carroll is scoring just 9.8 points per game this year as it is.

Is Marist in Class AAAA's top tier?
This game will be a good measuring stick for not only Marist, but also Jefferson, which defeated Gainesville last week 31-28. Marist has seen its share of turbulence to start the season, but comes off a promising 42-14 win over Chamblee. The War Eagles opened the year with a 29-28 double-overtime loss to Lovett and pitched back-to-back shutouts over Belen Jesuit (FL) and St. Pius. Then, Woodward Academy pounded Marist 32-0 and raised the question again to whether or not Marist can contend for a deep playoff run this year. This six-game non-region roller coaster ends with the Gainesville matchup, and then its West Hall, Blessed Trinity, Chestatee and White County competing for Region 7 seeding.

Who will be on the outside looking in when it comes to Region 8?
Marist's 13-0 win over St. Pius looked impressive at the time, but now St. Pius is still winless at 0-5. The 0-2 start St. Pius saw last year that turned into a 10-game winning streak and quarterfinal run, is far out of reach as the Golden Lions continue their offensive struggles. They've put up just 14 points in the past four weeks. St. Pius is off this week, along with North Oconee, Oconee County and Stephens County and only one matchup takes place in Region 8 as a result. North Oconee joins St. Pius as 0-5 at the midpoint of the season. Jefferson, Oconee County and Stephens County are all 4-1 while Madison County wears a 5-0 start. All the teams are even in the region standings and that is why asking if one of the 0-5 teams can earn a playoff berth is a fair-minded question. Undefeated Madison County will take on Jefferson in one of the state's most interesting week 7 matchups. A loss to open up region play would be a difficult result for Madision County, which has Stephens County, North Oconee, Oconee County and St. Pius left on the schedule.

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