Friday Night Preview: Region battles provide must-see action

Jennifer Carter Johnson

Camden County at Coffee


2012 Result: Camden County 39, Coffee 12

Camden County started the season with an embarrassing loss to North Gwinnett, but since then the Wildcats appear to be right back in contention after last week’s 14-10 victory over Valdosta. Antonio Wimbush rushed for 62 hard-fought yards in the win and hauled in the game-clinching interception. The talented Camden County secondary is certainly a strength of this team.


Coffee’s bid for a postseason berth got tougher after falling to Tift County on Friday 32-29. Junior quarterback Tyree Paulk will have to get the Trojans back on track.


Etowah at Milton


2012 Result: Milton 59, Etowah 27

Last season, Etowah was hit hard with injuries in Dave Svehla’s first season as head coach. This year, they remain relatively healthy and are undefeated after last week’s 38-36 battle with Roswell. Quarterback John Oliver rushed for 131 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, and was an efficient 7 of 8 passing for 151 yards. Raishod Devezin and Keith Gordon each rushed for two scores. Etowah is 5-0 overall, but all five of the wins have come against teams with losing records so a win over Milton could give the Eagles momentum as they battle for a high seat in the playoffs.


Milton is also undefeated, but will have to journey the rest of the season without it starting running back and Tennessee-commit Treyvon Paulk (knee injury). Micco Brisker and Chad Toliver combined for 173 yards rushing last week as Milton pounded Wheeler 38-9.


South Paulding at North Paulding


2012 Result: North Paulding 29, South Paulding 28

South Paulding trailed Allatoona 28-14 last week, but quarterback Chandler Burks led a furious comeback and finished with 395 yards passing, four touchdowns and a pair of rushing scores in the Spartans 48-45 comeback victory.


North Paulding quarterback Chase Noonan also comes off a sensational performace and completed 12 of 14 passes for 193 yards, three touchdowns and added a rushing score in the Wolfpack’s 56-0 win over Woodland-Bartow.


Creekview at Sequoyah


2012 Result: Creekview 21, Sequoyah 6

Sophomore quarterback Kyle Wilkie completed 22 of 33 passes for 266 yards and three scores while adding a rushing touchdown in Creekview’s 54-13 win over Osborne on Friday. This should give the underclassman plenty of confidence as his leadership role continues to evolve week. Connor Dulmage will be Wilkie’s primary target, and the senior wideout has caught four touchdowns this season.


Sequoyah’s defense dominated against Sprayberry last week, and held the Yellow Jackets to (-9) total yards of offense and zero first downs in the opening half of their 35-7 win. Jake Garner led the Chiefs’ with 138 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and helped the unit accumulate 497 total yards of offense.


Eagle’s Landing at Stockbridge


2012 Result: Stockbridge 31, Eagle’s Landing 7

Eagle’s Landing has had an incredible turnaround this season and at 4-1 look to have the talent to challenge Stockbridge.


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Eagles quarterback Bradley Dewberry is averaging close to 200 passing yards per game, and the balanced running attack of the mobile passer and the tandem of Corey Holloway and Sedrick Palmer creates an explosive offense. Stockbridge has been inconsistent on the offensive side of the football this season, and hopes to bounce back from last week’s 35-14 loss to Griffin.


Burke County at Wayne County


2012 Result: Burke County 50, Wayne County 21

This matchup will feature two of the most explosive quarterbacks in the state. Wayne County’s Malique Jackson is a FSU-commit that has the Yellow Jackets off to a 5-0 start. Jackson threw five TD passes and 222 yards in a 49-17 win over Richmond Academy last week.


On defense, tackle Jeremy Patterson anchors the line of scrimmage with his 6-foot-3, 310-pound frame.


Burke County is paced by quarterback Donquell Green. Last week, the player of the year candidate scored three rushing touchdowns, passed for a score and returned an interception for a touchdown in the Bears’ 61-0 win over Cross Creek.


Washington County at Lovett


2012 Result: Washington County 48, Lovett 35

Lovett’s Grant Haley rushed for 141 yards on four carries, scored on a 99-yard run, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass and returned a punt 29 yards last week in a 35-13 victory over Fort Payne, Ala. The Vanderbilt commit is a large part of Lovett’s incredible 5-0 start to 2013. Haley must continue his magic against 4-0 Washington County who is yet to be tested this season after their opener with ELCA was cancelled mid-game.


The Golden Hawks come off a bye week that followed a 36-0 win over Laney. Melvin Hill had 128 yards on the ground and two touchdowns in the win and the Washington County defense surrendered just 107 yards.


Thomasville at Brooks County


2012 Result: Brooks County 28, Thomasville 10

Thomasville bounced back from its loss to Westminster with an impressive 21-14 victory over Cook. Running back Mario Cherry led the Bulldogs with 220 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the win.


Brooks County’s only loss came to Class AAAAAA Valdosta, but the Trojans struggled to pull out a 13-6 win against Early County last week. Brooks County led by just one point, when quarterback Malkom Parrish broke free for a 50-yard touchdown run. Parrish is committed to play defensive back at UGA next year, but will continue carrying the Trojans offense until then.


Towers at Cedar Grove


2012 Result: Cedar Grove 66, Towers 8

After Towers incredible start to the season St. Pius X delivered a dose of reality with a 45-7 win last Friday. Like the Golden Lions, Cedar Grove has a great running back and plenty of playmakers to challenge the Towers defense. In Cedar Grove’s 27-3 win over Decatur last week, tailback Deion Sellers ran for 194 yards on 22 carries, including a 48 yard touchdown run on the last play of the first half. Quarterback James Hartsfield completed four of five passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns.


Pierce County at Appling County


2012 Result: Pierce County 36, Appling County 34

Pierce County quarterback Tyler Harris is committed to SMU, and has earned his place as one of the state’s top quarterback. After a prolific junior season, the 6-foot-3 passer has the Bears off to a 5-0 start and went 16-of-27 passing for 302 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-6 victory over Tattnall County last week.


Appling County dropped early games to Wayne County and Liberty County, but are 2-0 in Region 1-AAA and could take the drivers seat in the region race with a win over Pierce County. Maurice Paulk ran in two scores and quarterback Jason Dhaliwal added a rushing and passing touchdown in Appling County’s 40-0 win over Savannah

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