Playoff hopefuls prepare for season

Sonny Kennedy

There will be 140 scrimmages played tonight across the state. It will be an important night of football, as many of the schools have just one week before their season openers.


Score Atlanta will be at the Walton vs. South Cobb scrimmage tonight, as the Raiders will take the field for the first time without current Alabama running back Tyren Jones and current UGA OL Brandon Kublanow. Sophomore Karekin Brooks and Breyon Thomas will share carries behind a brand-new offensive line that features a whole new cast of starters.


South Cobb will hit the turf with a new head coach in former Burke County defensive coordinator Michael Youngblood. Ed Koester resigned in January after posting a 7-3 record.


Class AAAAAA Berkmar has the daunting task of playing in Region 8 and will scrimmage with defending AAA state champion Buford in hopes of preparing them for the tough road ahead. The Patriots finished 2-8 last year. The Wolves open up with Elbert County before facing off with Gainesville Sept. 6.


Allatoona comes off a great 11-2 season, but replaces almost the entire starting lineup this season. A scrimmage with North Cobb is going to provide the Bucs with a great opportunity to find weaknesses before aiming for another playoff berth this season.


Cambridge is still in its infancy as a program, but the Bears have made tremendous strides heading into their second season. Head coach Craig Bennett went 1-9 last season, but an excited student body and a year of experience will make Cambridge’s scrimmage with Blessed Trinity intriguing.


One of the premier scrimmages tonight is Grayson against defending Class AAAAA state champion Gainesville. The Rams lost 21 starters from last year, and head coach Mickey Conn says he has a group of guys that have waited their turn and will be ready to compete this season. Grayson opens up with Colquitt County in the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic and testing its new defense against the arguably the state’s best offense last season (Gainesville) will be a great measuring stick.


Milton made the postseason last year in head coach Howie DeCristofaro’s second season and he is taking his team on a road trip to Camden County to prepare them for for Region 5. Eagles running back Treyvon Paulk is committed to Tennessee. Camden County enters a new era with offensive coordinator Welton Coffey stepping in for the departed Jeff Herron. Coffey will use the scrimmage to prepare his team to take on North Gwinnett in the Corky Kell next week.


The NFHS Network will be streaming the games listed below HERE


Bacon County vs. Brantley County

Allatoona vs. North Cobb

Pope vs. Lassiter

Effingham County vs. Johnson

Calvary Day vs. Benedictine

Tucker vs. Marist

North Gwinnett vs. Stephenson

Mountain View vs. South Gwinnett

Ware County vs. Valdosta




Albany vs. Brooks County

Alexander at Chapel Hill

Allatoona at North Cobb

Apalachee at Elbert County

Aquinas at Washington-Wilkes

Athens Academy at Jackson County

B.E.S.T. Acad. at New Manchester

Bacon County at Brantley County

Baldwin at Wilkinson County

Berkmar at Buford

Butler at Swainsboro

Calvary Day at Benedictine

Cambridge at Blessed Trinity

Cartersville vs. Woodland-Bartow

Cass at Gordon Central

Cedar Grove at M.L. King (PV)

Central-Macon vs. Westover

Chamblee at Bainbridge

Charlton County at Pierce County

Chattooga at Trion

Clarkston at Jackson-Atlanta

Claxton at Metter

Coffee at Cook

Collins Hill at Archer

Columbia at Tri-Cities

Coosa at Cedartown

Creekside at Banneker

Creekview at Centennial

Crisp County at Dooly County

Cross Creek at Glascock County

Darlington at Pepperell

Dawson County at Towns County

Duluth at Dacula

Eagle’s Landing at Union Grove

ELCA at Dutchtown

East Laurens at West Laurens

East Paulding at McEachern

Evans at Thomson

Fannin County at Pickens

Fitzgerald at ECI

Forsyth Central at Cherokee

Franklin County at Commerce

Gilmer vs. Murphy, N.C.

Glenn Hills at Jefferson County

Grayson at Gainesville

Groves at Savannah

Haralson County at Heard County

Hardaway at Brookstone

Hart County at Habersham Central

Henry County at Ola

Heritage-Conyers at Eastside (Sharp)

Heritage, Ringgold at Coahulla Creek

Hillgrove at South Paulding

Hiram at Harrison

Holy Innocents’ at Decatur

Houston County at Perry

Hughes at McIntosh

Irwin County at Bleckley County

Jackson at Woodland, Stockbridge

Jenkins County at Screven County

Johnson County at Wilcox County

Johnson-Savannah at Effingham County

Josey at Grovetown

Kendrick at Cairo

Kentucky Country Day at Fellowship Chr.

LFO at NW Whitfield

Lambert at Lanier

Laney at Burke County

Lanier County vs. Pelham

Liberty County at Glynn County

Lincoln County at Vidalia

Lithia Springs at Fayette County

Locust Grove at Strong Rock

Loganville at Johnson-Gainesville

Lovejoy at Peachtree Ridge

Lumpkin County at Banks County

Mary Persons at Manchester

McIntosh County Academy at Brunswick

McNair at Meadowcreek

Miller County at Clinch County

Miller Grove at Westlake

Milton at Camden County

Model vs. Notre Dame, Tenn.

Monroe at Tift County

Mount Pisgah at Lakeview Academy

Mt. Vernon at North Cobb Christian

Mundy’s Mill at Upson-Lee

Newnan at Griffin

North Clayton at Drew

North Forsyth at Riverwood

Northside-WR at Peach County

Northview at Johns Creek

Oconee County at Cedar Shoals

Oglethorpe County at Georgia Military

Parkview at Mill Creek

Paulding County at Rockmart

Pope at Lassiter

Portal at Twiggs County

Prince Avenue Chr. at King’s Ridge

Rabun County vs. Franklin, N.C.

Richmond Aca. at Lakeside-Evans

Richmond Hill at South Effingham

River Ridge at Woodstock

Rome at Calhoun

Roswell at Alpharetta

Sequoyah at Etowah

Shaw at Callaway (Hendrix Stadium)

Shiloh at Rockdale County

Sonoraville at Armuchee

South Atlanta at North Atlanta

South Cobb at Walton

South Forsyth at Winder-Barrow

South Gwinnett at Mountain View

Southeast Whitfield at Murray County

Spalding at Pike County

Sprayberry at Campbell

St. Francis at Pinecrest Academy

Statesboro at Southeast Bulloch

Stephens County at St. Pius X

Stephenson at North Gwinnett

Stockbridge at Luella

Stone Mountain at Lamar County

Terrell County at Early County

Therrell at Forest Park

Thomasville at Lowndes

Toombs County at Dodge County

Towers at Loganville Christian

Tucker at Marist

Walker at Landmark Christian

Ware County at Valdosta

Warren County at Greene County

Washington at Douglass

Washington County at Dublin

Wayne County at Bradwell Institute

Wesleyan at Pace Academy

Westside-Augusta at Greenbrier

Wheeler County at Atkinson County

Windsor Forest at Beach

Woodward Academy at GAC

Worth County at Harris County



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