Georgia High School Football Weekly (8/23/17)


The Granite Bowl in Elberton holds 15,000 fans and is the largest non-shared high school stadium in Georgia.  It was built in 1952.

Here are this week’s top teams in each classification:

  • 7A:  Grayson (0-0)
    • The Rams did not play last weekend.  They have an extra week to prepare for their season opener against Alabama powerhouse Hoover.  The Rams defeated Hoover last year 36-14.
  • 6A:  Tucker (1-0)
    • The Tigers won a thriller against Kell 28-27.  Travon Ford threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Vann with 3:58 left in regulation to tie the game then connected again with Vann from 15 yards in overtime.  Kell missed the extra point on their score to give Tucker the win.  This week Tucker will host Lakeside-Atlanta (0-1).  Tucker is 27-22-1 all-time against Lakeside.  The Tigers won last year’s meeting 48-10.
  • 5A:  Rome (0-0)
    • The Wolves open their season this weekend at home against Harrison (1-0).  The Wolvers were beaten by Harrison 22-20 last year.
  • 4A:  Cartersville (1-0)
    • The Purple Hurricanes picked up where they left off with a big win over Allatoona, 35-14.  Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was 12 of 19 for 230 yards in the game.  Cartersville will play Bertram Trail from Florida this weekend.
  • 3A:  Peach County (0-0)
    • The Trojans kick off their season this weekend at Houston County (0-1).   Although Peach County leads the all-time series 9-2, the Trojans have lost the last two meetings.
  • 2A:  Benedictine (1-0)
    • The Cadets beat Glynn Academy 33-8.  Travis Blackshear had 64 yards rushing and 79 receiving along with two touchdowns in the game.  Benedictine is off this week.
  • 1A (Public):  Clinch County (1-0)
    • The Panthers started slowly but rallied to beat Bleckley County 37-14 as they scored 27 points off of five turnovers.  Clinch County had 283 yards rushing in the game.  The Panthers will host McIntosh County Academy (1-0) this weekend.  The Panthers will attempt to avenge their semifinal loss to the Buccaneers last season.
  • 1A (Private):  Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (1-0)
    • The Chargers jumped out to a 21-0 lead and held on to defeat Eagle’s Landing 21-14.  Nate McCollum ran for 82 yards and Josh Mays had 78 yards in the win.  ELCA will play at Jonesboro (1-0) on Friday.  The Chargers won last year’s meeting 8-2.

Some surprise results from Week 1:

  • Lowndes 45, Valdosta 0.  It wasn’t a surprise that the Vikings won the game but how they dominated the defending state champions in the Winnersville Classic.  This was the most lopsided victory in the 56-year history of the series.
  • Warner Robins 28, Northside-Warner Robins 17.  What a change from last year’s game when Northside demolished the Demons 55-3 which was the most lopsided victory in their series history.
  • South Forsyth 17, Roswell 14.  Roswell was a 27-point favorite going into this game but lost this game in overtime.
  • Thomasville 37, Cairo 8.  In yet another surprising lopsided victory, Thomasville handed Cairo its most lopsided loss since 1997 and biggest loss in the series since 1973.

Largest Margin of victory from Week 1:

  • Mountain View defeated Osborne 71-0.

Personal Games of interest:

  • Villa Rica 41, Central Carrollton 13.   The Wildcats opened the season with a big win to give Coach Rico Zackery his first victory at Villa Rica.  Villa Rica will travel to LaGrange this week.  The Wildcats have never beaten LaGrange.
  • Clinch County 37, Bleckley County 14 (see report above)
  • Warner Robins 28, Northside-Warner Robins 17 (see report above) – Warner Robins hosts Locust Grove this week.

Some interesting facts from Week 1:

  • No team in Region 2 (7A) won a game the first week.  Campbell, East Coweta, Newnan, Pebblebrook and Wheeler lost their openers.  Westlake did not play the first week.
  • Jordan got off to a positive start in 2017 with a 22-14 win after going winless last season.

Games to watch this week:

  • Thomasville at Thomas County Central
  • Harrison at Rome
  • Vista Murrieta (CA) at Colquitt County
  • Cedar Grove at SW DeKalb
  • Bartram Trail (FL) at Cartersville
  • Bradwell Institute at Liberty County
  • Dalton at Calhoun
  • Westminster at Greater Atlanta Christian

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