HS football: Weekend predictions



Thirteen games on Friday will match the top two teams in a region, with the winner taking the championship. Nine of those will feature two teams that have not lost a game in region play. Here’s a look at those 13:

*Flowery Branch-Gainesville (8-AAAAA): Flowery Branch won its first outright region title last season when it stopped a late two-point conversion to beat Gainesville 35-34. The Red Elephants rebounded with five consecutive playoff victories to win the Class AAAAA championship, but they had only one home postseason game because of their No. 2 seed. Gainesville won’t have that problem this year because its victory against the Falcons on Friday will give them the top seed and at least two games at home.

*Mays-Tucker (6-AAAAA): Mays won its only region title in 2003 but put itself in position to win another one with an upset of Stephenson last week that clinched no worse than second place in the region for the Raiders. The problem for Mays this week is that it faces top-ranked Tucker, which is going for its eighth region title in 13 years. The computer Maxwell Ratings project Tucker as a 22-point favorite. I suspect it will be closer than that but that Tucker will emerge with the victory.

*Cartersville-Ringgold (5-AAA):  Ringgold has been playing in the GHSA since 1949 and has never won a region title, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. In fact, this is only the fifth time in the program’s history that it has won as many as eight games in a season. Don’t look for the Tigers’ title drought to end this season, because Cartersville is on a roll and will win the region championship for the second consecutive season.

*Greater Atlanta Christian-Lovett (6-AA): Lovett has thrived this season winning close games against good competition. The Lions opened the season with a seven-point victory against Woodward Academy. They beat Blessed Trinity by 11. They beat Marist by three in two overtimes. Even their only loss was by three points in overtime against Washington County. Greater Atlanta Christian represents yet another top-quality opponent, and I look for Lovett to win another close game.

*In the other region championship games, go with Lovejoy over Alcovy (2-AAAAAA), Lassiter over Etowah (5-AAAAAA), Wayne County over Burke County (3-AAAA), Marist over Carver-Atlanta (6-AAAA), Dalton over Gilmer (7-AAAA), Heard County over Bowdon (5-AA), Seminole County over Mitchell County (1-A), Johnson County over Calvary Day (3-A), and Eagle’s Landing Christian over Landmark Christian (5-A).

WEEKEND PREDICTIONS

Last week: 160-30 (.842); Overall: 1,482-342 (.813)

THURSDAY

Winner##Loser

Creekside##Ola

Hardaway##Northside-Columbus

Metter##Long County

Perry##Howard

Spalding##Mount Zion-Jonesboro

Stephenson##North Atlanta

FRIDAY

Adairsville##Coahulla Creek

Alexander##Fayette County

Allatoona##East Paulding

Alpharetta##Johns Creek

Appling County##Southeast Bulloch

Aquinas##First Presbyterian

Athens Academy##Athens Christian

B.E.S.T. Academy##Douglass

Baconton Charter##KIPP Atlanta Collegiate

Benedictine##McIntosh County Academy

Bleckley County##Northeast-Macon

Blessed Trinity##Cedar Grove

Bradwell Institute##Groves

Brooks County##Berrien

Brookstone##Greenville

Bryan County##Bacon County

Buford##North Hall

Cairo##Dougherty

Calhoun##Chattooga

Calhoun County##Stewart County

Callaway##Rockmart

Carrollton##LaGrange

Cartersville##Ringgold

Carver-Columbus##Jackson

Cedartown##Ridgeland

Chamblee##Washington

Chapel Hill##Jackson-Atlanta

Chattahoochee##Centennial

Chattahoochee County##Temple

Cherokee##Wheeler

Chestatee##Madison County

Christian Heritage##Fellowship Christian

Clarke Central##Cedar Shoals

Clarkston##North Cobb Christian

Clinch County##Turner County

Collins Hill##Mill Creek

Colquitt County##Camden County

Columbia##Banneker

Commerce##Pinecrest Academy

Coosa##Murray County

Creekview##Sprayberry

Crisp County##Americus-Sumter

Dacula##Berkmar

Dalton##Gilmer

Darlington##Whitefield Academy

Dodge County##Swainsboro

Dooly County##Schley County

Douglas County##Tri-Cities

Dublin##Screven County

Duluth##Mountain View

Dutchtown##North Clayton

Eagle’s Landing##Riverdale

Eagle’s Landing Christian##Landmark Christian

Early County##Cook

East Hall##Fannin County

Elbert County##Franklin County

Emanuel County Institute##Claxton

Gainesville##Flowery Branch

Georgia Military##Twiggs County

Glynn Academy##Jenkins

Grady##Lithonia

Grayson##Brookwood

Griffin##Woodland-Stockbridge

Hart County##North Oconee

Hawkinsville##Pacelli

Heard County##Bowdon

Hebron Christian##Towns County

Hephzibah##Cross Creek

Hughes##Westlake

Irwin County##Charlton County

Jefferson##Union County

Jenkins County##Glascock County

Johnson-Gainesville##LaFayette

Johnson-Savannah##Tattnall County

Johnson County##Calvary Day

Jones County##Grovetown

Jonesboro##Locust Grove

Kell##Cambridge

Kendrick##Spencer

Kennesaw Mountain##North Springs

King’s Ridge Christian##Gordon Lee

Lamar County##Crawford County

Laney##Harlem

Lanier##Walnut Grove

Lassiter##Etowah

Lee County##Bainbridge

Liberty County##Richmond Academy

Lincoln County##Hancock Central

Loganville##Salem

Lovejoy##Alcovy

Lovett##Greater Atlanta Christian

M.L. King##Miller Grove

Macon County##Taylor County

Marietta##Harrison

Marion County##Central-Talbotton

Marist##Carver-Atlanta

Mary Persons##West Laurens

McEachern##Hillgrove

McIntosh##Drew

Milton##Woodstock

Model##Dade County

Monroe##Worth County

Monroe Area##Eastside

Monticello##Putnam County

Morgan County##Jackson County

Mount Paran Christian##Trion

Mount Pisgah Christian##Mount Zion-Carroll

Mundy’s Mill##Northgate

New Manchester##Hiram

Newnan##East Coweta

Newton##Morrow

Norcross##Meadowcreek

North Cobb##Campbell

North Gwinnett##Peachtree Ridge

North Murray##Gordon Central

North Paulding##Villa Rica

Northside-Warner Robins##Evans

Northview##Riverwood

Northwest Whitfield##Pickens

Oconee County##East Jackson

Osborne##Forsyth Central

Our Lady of Mercy##Strong Rock Christian

Pace Academy##Mount Vernon Presbyterian

Peach County##Southwest-Macon

Pepperell##Armuchee

Pierce County##Brantley County

Pike County##Central-Macon

Portal##Montgomery County

Prince Avenue Christian##George Walton Academy

Rabun County##Oglethorpe County

Richmond Hill##Windsor Forest

River Ridge##Heritage-Ringgold

Riverside Military##Greene County

Rockdale County##Druid Hills

Rome##Woodland-Cartersville

St. Pius##Decatur

Savannah##Beach

Savannah Christian##Treutlen

Savannah Country Day##Wheeler County

Seminole County##Mitchell County

Sequoyah##Pope

Shiloh##Central Gwinnett

Sonoraville##Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

South Cobb##Pebblebrook

South Effingham##Butler

South Forsyth##North Forsyth

South Gwinnett##Parkview

South Paulding##Lithia Springs

Southeast Whitfield##Cass

Southwest DeKalb##Dunwoody

Starr’s Mill##Forest Park

Statesboro##Glenn Hills

Stephens County##Lumpkin County

Stockbridge##Upson-Lee

Stone Mountain##Therrell

Telfair County##Wilcox County

Terrell County##Randolph-Clay

Thomas County Central##Harris County

Thomasville##Pelham

Thomson##Jefferson County

Tift County##Brunswick

Toombs County##Atkinson County

Towers##McNair

Troup##Shaw

Tucker##Mays

Valdosta##Coffee

Veterans##Baldwin

Vidalia##Jeff Davis

Walton##Roswell

Ware County##Effingham County

Warner Robins##Lakeside-Evans

Washington-Wilkes##Social Circle

Wayne County##Burke County

West Forsyth##Lambert

West Hall##Dawson County

Westminster##Hapeville Charter

Westside-Augusta##Josey

Westside-Macon##Rutland

White County##Banks County

Whitewater##Union Grove

Wilkinson County##Warren County

Winder-Barrow##Apalachee

SATURDAY

Arabia Mountain##Lakeside-DeKalb

Houston County##Greenbrier

Manchester##Jordan

Redan##South Atlanta

Sandy Creek##Columbus

Westover##Albany


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