Even with coronavirus, game cancelations and strict safety protocols, high school football is still being played in Georgia this season. Here’s a look at tonight’s matchups for some Northeast Georgia teams.
Clarke Central (3-2) vs. Eastside (4-1)
The Gladiators play in their new stadium for the second straight week against the Eastside Eagles led by Troy Hoff in his sixth season as head coach. This is the sixth meeting between these two teams. Clarke Central won all five previous games by an average of 13.2 points.
Charlotte commit Jairus Mack leads Clarke Central with 15 catches, 400 receiving yards and a touchdown on the season. The three-star recruit caught two passes for 119 yards and a touchdown in a 38-10 win over Jackson County last week.
Cedar Shoals (1-3) vs. Madison County (1-4)
The Jaguars’ only win came on a forfeit by East Hall last week. The Vikings canceled due to positive coronavirus cases among the team. In fact, this will be Cedar Shoals’ first game in three weeks after canceling against Winder-Barrow on Oct. 2.
Cedar Shoals’ struggles mainly come on the offensive side of the ball. The Jaguars only mustered six points in the three games they played in and are still looking for their first touchdown of the season.
Winder-Barrow (1-3) at Dacula (2-2)
Winder-Barrow won the season opener against Apalachee 34-27. Then, the Bulldogs dropped the next three games in a row. They will try to bounce back against a Dacula team ranked No. 8 in 6A.
Junior Trevor Summerfield is a first-year starter at quarterback for the Bulldogs. The Buford Wolves, defending 5A state champions, moved up to the Bulldogs’ region this season.
Oconee County (5-0) at East Jackson (1-3)
The Warriors dropped down to 3A after a trip to the state championship game in 4A last year. Now, they are 5-0 and outscored opponents by a score of 144-34. This will be the first region game of the season for the Warriors.
Four-star Jake Johnson caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Wright in a 14-6 victory over Veterans last week. He currently holds 14 college offers including LSU, Alabama and Georgia and is ranked as the top tight end in the nation. Johnson has 12 catches for 311 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Oglethorpe County (1-3) at Putnam County (5-0)
Oglethorpe County won its region opener against Butler 28-14. However, the Patriots face their toughest test against the undefeated War Eagles tonight.
North Oconee (1-4) vs. Chestatee (0-4)
After a 10-2 season and a trip to the second round of the playoffs, North Oconee came into the preseason ranked No. 10 in 4A by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Now at 1-4, the Titans and Clemson commit Bubba Chandler have a chance to turn things around with a weak Chestatee opponent.
Athens Academy (5-0) at Wesleyan (4-1)
Athens Academy dominated in the first five games of the season, scoring nearly 40 points per game. They are currently ranked No. 1 in A-Private. Four-star Deion Colzie headlines the Spartans. Colzie is a Notre Dame commit and the top receiving option for the Spartans.
Athens Academy won its region the last three seasons. Each of those three seasons came to an end against Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in the playoffs, including the state championship games in 2017 and 2018.
Prince Avenue Christian (4-1) at Hebron Christian (2-2)
Athens Christian (3-2) at Providence Christian Storm (0-4)
Athens Christian got off to its first 3-0 start since 1997 this season, but then dropped the next two games. The Eagles have a good chance to get back on track this week against a winless Providence Christian.
Jack Sadighian is a senior majoring in journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.
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