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Friday, August 26, 2016


Alcovy at Meadowcreek
Allatoona at Alexander
Alpharetta at Gainesville
Americus-Sumter at Crisp Co.
Appling Co. at Vidalia
Aquinas at Laney
Archer at Peachtree Ridge
Armuchee at Lakeview-Ft. Ogle.
Bacon Co. at Pierce Co.
Baldwin at Wilkinson Co.
Banks Co. at Commerce
Bayside, Fla. at Lowndes
Berkmar at Duluth
Berrien at Lanier Co.
Bleckley Co. at Hawkinsville
Bowdon at Bremen
Brantley Co. at Charlton Co.
Butler at Greenbrier
Calhoun at Dalton
Callaway at Handley, Ala.
Camden Co. at Venice, Fla.
Campbell at South Cobb
Cass at Adairsville
Cedartown at Rockmart
Centennial at Wheeler
Central Gwinnett at Dacula
Chamblee at Decatur
Chapel Hill at Fayette Co.
Chestatee at East Hall
Clarke Central at Oconee Co.
Clarkston at McNair (GO)
Clinch Co. at McIntosh Co. Academy
Coffee at Brunswick
Columbia at Druid Hills (ND)
Columbus at Jordan (K)
Cook at Tift Co.
Coosa at Coahulla Creek
Creekview at Cambridge
Discovery at Cedar Shoals
Douglas Co. at Lithia Springs
Drew at Riverdale (SC)
Dutchtown at Ola
Effingham Co. at Thomson
Elbert Co. at Washington-Wilkes
Etowah at North Cobb
Fellowship Christian at Mount Paran
Forsyth Central at Dawson Co.
Fox Creek, S.C. at Cross Creek
Fulton Leadership at Providence
Georgia Military at Wheeler Co.
Gilmer at Union Co.
Glynn Academy at Ware Co.
GAC at Westminster
Greene Co. at Morgan Co.
Greenville at Heard Co.
Groves at Josey
Haralson Co. at Temple
Hardaway at Harris Co. (K)
Harlem at Glascock Co.
Henry Co. at Northside, W.R. (MT)
Hephzibah at Glenn Hills
Heritage, Ringgold at Ringgold
Holy Innocents' at St. Francis
Houston Co. at Peach Co.
Irwin Co. at Fitzgerald
Jeff Davis at Atkinson Co.
Jefferson Co. at Lakeside, Evans
Johnson, Savannah at Calvary Day
Jones Co. at Washington Co.
Jonesboro at Eagle's Landing Christ.
KIPP Atlanta  at North Springs
Kendrick at Troup
LaGrange at Villa Rica
Lakeside, Atlanta at Tucker (A)
Lakeview Academy at East Jackson
Lamar Co. at Northeast (TH)
Lambert at Mountain View
Lanier at South Gwinnett
Lassiter at Pope
Lee Co. at Bainbridge
Liberty Co. at Bradwell Institute
Lincoln Co. at McCormick, S.C.
Lithonia at Redan (HS)
Loganville at Monroe Area
Long Co. at Islands (SM)
Lovett at Marist
Macon Co. at Dooly Co.
Madison Co. at Jackson Co.
Manchester at Luella
Marietta at Blessed Trinity
Marion Co. at Chattahoochee Co.
Mary Persons at Jackson
Miller Co. at Terrell Co.
Milton at North Gwinnett
Minor, Ala. at Central, Carrollton
Mitchell Co. at Albany (M)
Model at Sonoraville
Monticello at Athens Christian
Morrow at Forest Park (T)
Mount Vernon at Whitefield Academy
Mount Zion, Carroll at Ranburne, Ala.
Mundy's Mill at Lovejoy (TO)
Newton at Eastside (SH)
Norcross at Collins Hill
North Augusta, S.C. at Evans
North Clayton at Washington (L)
North Forsyth at Johns Creek
North Hall at Flowery Branch
North Oconee at Grovetown
North Paulding at South Paulding
North Sand Mtn., Ala. at Dade Co.
Osborne at Sprayberry
Pace Academy at West Forsyth
Pacelli at Crawford Co.
Parkview at Shiloh
Paulding Co. at New Manchester
Pelham at Baconton (CE)
Pinecrest Academy at South Forsyth
Prince Avenue at Riverside Military
Putnam Co. at Hancock Central
Rabun Co. at Mount Pisgah Christian
Richmond Acad. at Westside, Aug.
Ridgeland at Pepperell
River Ridge at Apalachee
Riverwood at Jefferson
Rockdale Co. at Chattahoochee
Rome at Harrison
Rutland at Perry
Savannah at Telfair Co.
Sav. Christian at New Hampstead (P)
Sav. Country Day at Stratford Acad.
Schley Co. at Calhoun Co.
Sequoyah at Cherokee
Shaw at Upson-Lee
Social Circle at George Walton Acad.
South Atlanta at Northwest Whitfield
Southeast Bulloch at Richmond Hill
SE Whitfield at Gordon Central
Southwest at Westside, Macon
SW DeKalb at Cedar Grove (GO)
Spalding at Griffin
Spencer at Carver, Columbus (CM)
Starr's Mill at Newnan
Statesboro at Burke Co.
Stephens Co. at Franklin Co.
Stephenson at Mill Creek
Stewart Co. at Seminole Co.
Stone Mountain at Miller Grove (AV)
Strong Rock at North Cobb Christian
Swainsboro at Emanuel Co. Institute
Tattnall Co. at Claxton
Therrell at Jackson, Atlanta (G)
Thomas Co. Central at Thomasville
Towers at Banneker
Treutlen at Portal
Trion at LaFayette
Twiggs County at Toombs County
Union Grove at Whitewater
Venice, FL at Camden County
Veterans at Dublin
Walnut Grove at Winder-Barrow
Warner Robins at Locust Grove
Wayne County at West Laurens
West Hall at Johnson-Gainesville
White County at Lumpkin County
Wilcox County at Tattnall Square
Windsor Forest at Jenkins County
Woodland-Stockbridge at Valdosta
Woodward Academy at Grady
Worth County at Turner County
By Craig Sager II

Five things to watch in AAAA this week
With Cartersville, Sandy Creek, Pickens, St. Pius, Northside-Columbus, Cairo and Salem facing bye weeks, bigger and better weeks frankly lie ahead. There are still plenty of intriguing matchups to be played, however, including old region rivalries disjointed by the recent reclassification, head coaching debuts, long-lost inner-city showdowns and cross-classification clashes between perennial powers. Here are the top five games to watch for.
1. Woodward Academy at Class AAAAA Grady: No. 2 Woodward Academy is the highest-ranked Class AAAA school in action this weekend and it faces a must-see showdown with Class AAAAA's Grady Nights at Grady Stadium. Grady comes off an explosive 53-0 victory over North Atlanta, while Woodward Academy cruised to a 41-13 victory over Westminster last Friday. This sets up to be a talent-packed football game, but the biggest storyline remains the 49 seasons since the programs last met on the gridiron in November of 1967. Woodward Academy owns a 2-1 record in this long-lost series. Louisville fans should also take note of this matchup as two of the Cardinals top incoming playmakers next season will share the field. Grady features Louisville-commit and 6-foot-7, 215-pound tight end Kemari Averett, while Woodward Academy's dual-threat passer Ryan Glover has Lousiville-commit Josh Johnson to stretch the field.
2. Class AAA Lovett at Marist: Class AAAA No. 4 Marist scored a 16-15 victory in last year's private school showdown and we can expect another classic between these two well-coached programs on Friday. Class AAA No. 6 Lovett will be motivated after opening the season with a disappointing 31-6 loss to Greater Atlanta Christian last week. This isn't about Lovett, nor is about much Friday's matchup itself. This is about Marist's unparalleled four-week slate of games to open the 2016 season. After head coach Alan Chadwick opens his 32nd season on Friday, the team packs its bags the following week to take on Miami's Belen Jesuit in Dublin, Ireland. (Not Dublin, Ga., the Dublin nearly 4,000 miles across the North Atlantic Ocean.) Without a week off, Marist will fly back to take on it's biggest rival St. Pius on Sept. 9 and will then face Woodward Academy on Sept. 16. This week will be a great opening test for a four-week-long journey we will all be tracking.
3. Wayne County at West Laurens: These two programs square off for the first time in school history on Friday. West Laurens head coach Stacy Nobles has led the Raiders into the second round of the playoffs in each of the last two years, including a quarterfinal berth in 2014. Wayne County reached the second round in both 2013 (11-3) and 2014 (6-6) under Jody Grooms, but after a 3-8 finish last season Grooms resigned. Wayne County hired former Camden County assistant coach Derek Chastain in July to take over. Chastain also spent a season as defensive coordinator at Eagle's Landing Christian before returning to Camden County, where he won two state championships coaching under Jeff Herron. Chastain's experience in the state's highest and smallest classification should serve Wayne County well and Friday we will see the Chastain era kickoff.
4. Henry County at Northside-Warner Robins: If anything, keep an eye on this matchup to see just how good Class AAAAAA's No. 1 Northside-Warner Robins is this season. On the other hand, Henry County has plenty to gain from scheduling such a challenging opponent to open the season. Head coach Morris Starr has an 11-20 record entering his fourth season at the helm. The Warhawks are coming off back-to-back 4-6 finishes and surprisingly, the 3-7 finish his first year on the job produced the program's last playoff berth. Northside-Warner Robins is fresh off a historic 55-3 beatdown over rival Warner Robins and has outscored Henry County by a combined 93-0 in its only previous to meetings. There is a lot riding on this season for Henry County and this game will show Starr exactly where his team needs to improve to take on a Region 4 lineup that includes Woodward Academy, Eastside, Salem, Druid Hills, North Clayton and Luella in succession.
5. Class AAAAA Spalding at Griffin: Griffin will be tested on Friday as it opens the season with a home matchup with longtime rival Spalding, which they've faced every season since 2008. Last year, Spalding shook the rivalry when it toppled Griffin 28-6 at Memorial Stadium, beating the Bears for the first time in school history. Prior to last year's 22-point win, Spalding had lost the previous seven matchups by a combined 291-36 with a 36.4 average margin of victory in Griffin's favor. None of that matters to former Bear and first-year Griffin head coach Antonio Andrews, who will make his debut on Friday. Andrews has been a varsity football assistant since 2006, including serving as head coach of Griffin's freshman football team. Andrews takes over for former coach Jarrett Laws, who followed his 11-1 mark in 2014 with a 6-5 finish last season before being dismissed.


Mill Creek takes over AAAAAAA's No. 1

In Class AAAAAAA, Mill Creek used a 34-27 victory over Colquitt County to takeover the No. 2 spot. The Packers drop to No. 3. Roswell and McEachern round out the top 5. Norcross dismantled Walton 46-14 on Saturday and Etowah opened the year with a 56-0 rout over Campbell to find its way to No. 8.
In Class AAAAAA, No. 1 Northside-Warner Robins defeated rival Warner Robins 55-3, which marked the largest margin victory their historic rivalry has ever seen. Houston County defeated Mary Persons 26-14 on Thursday and remains at No. 2. Valdosta jumped to No. 3 after opening the year with a 38-13 victory over Lowndes.

Buford remains No. 1 in Class AAAAA, despite a 24-7 loss to Class AAAAAAA No. 3 Roswell. No. 2 Ware County is yet to play and No. 3 Bainbridge defeated Godby (FL) 14-0 on Friday to solidify its top 3 standing.
Cartersville blew out Allatoona 34-14 in a battle of defending state champions and tops Class AAAA. Woodward Academy impressed in a 41-13 victory over Westminster and sits firmly at No. 2.
In Class AAA, Cedar Grove scored a 34-23 win over Stephenson and jumped to No. 2 behind top-ranked Pace Academy. Benedictine notably defeated Glynn Academy 24-7 and sits at Class AA No. 2 behind defending state champion Fitzgerald.
1. Grayson
2. Mill Creek
3. Colquitt County
4. Roswell
5. McEachern
6. Norcross
7. Westlake
8. Etowah
9. Camden County
10. Peachtree Ridge
1. Northside-Warner Robins
2. Houston County
3. Valdosta
4. Lee County
5. Coffee
6. Northgate
7. Hughes
8. Allatoona
9. Creekside
10. Tucker
1. Buford
2. Ware County
3. Bainbridge
4. Thomas County Central
5. Kell
6. Jones County
7. Carrollton
8. Rome
9. Starr's Mill
10. Loganville
Class AAAA
1. Cartersville
2. Woodward Academy
3. Jefferson
4. Blessed Trinity
5. Marist
6. Thomson
7. Sandy Creek
8. Mary Persons
9. St. Pius
10. Spalding
Class AAA
1. Pace Academy
2. Cedar Grove
3. Calhoun
4. Greater Atlanta Christian
5. Westminster
6. Lovett
7. Peach County
8. Liberty County
9. Westside-Macon
10. Pierce County
Class AA
1. Fitzgerald
2. Benedictine
3. Rabun County
4. Brooks County
5. Callaway
6. Vidalia
7. Jefferson County
8. Model
9. Dodge County
10. Heard County
Class A-Private
1. Eagle's Landing Christian
2. Darlington
3. Wesleyan
4. Prince Avenue Christian
5. Mt. Paran
6. Stratford Acdemy
7. Calvary Day
8. Landmark Christain
9. Pinecrest Academy
10. Mt. Pisgah
Class A-Public
1. Clinch County
2. Irwin County
3. Commerce
4. Emanuel County Institute
5. Macon County
6. Mt. Zion
7. Charlton County
8. Manchester
9. Trion
10. Lincoln County

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