High school capsules, Sept. 7
Northside Eagles (1-0) at Warner Robins Demons (0-1) Kickoff: 7:30 p.m./McConnell-Talbert Stadium Series history: Warner Robins leads 32-17 Last year: Northside won 28-7 Key Eagles: oMarques Ivory (Sr., QB), Tijuan Green (Sr., RB), Nick Bass (Sr., WR) Key Demons: Thomas Bruce (Sr., DT), Jordan Sanders (Sr., DE), David Clark (Jr., K) Scouting Report: Warner Robins is entering into The Game embarrassed after a 20-3 loss to Camden County. With the offense struggling (26 total yards), it might be up to the defense, and Clark, to score points against the Eagles. The Demons have motivation on their side. But Northside has tons of talent. The offense was unstoppable against Houston County. Green scored three touchdowns and had 101 rushing yards in the first quarter until coach Conrad Nix started putting in the backups. And the defense, which had been the only concern for the Eagles, proved its worth by shutting out the Bears.
Westfield Hornets (1-0) at Mount de Sales Cavaliers (0-1) Kickoff: 8 p.m. Series history: N/A Last year: Westfield won 23-7 Key Hornets: Joel Revis (Jr., RB 91 yards and three touchdowns last week); Casey Young (Jr., QB). Key Cavaliers: Blake Mahoney (RB, 68-yard touchdown last week); Kyle Grant (Sr., QB-DB). Scouting Report: The teams were on opposite ends of the spectrum last week, Westfield beating John Milledge 28-7 and MdS falling 38-14 to First Presbyterian. Mount de Sales was down 38-0 before scoring twice in the fourth quarter, and Westfield 28-0 when John Milledge broke the shutout. The Cavaliers didn't complete a pass against FPD, and while Westfield didn't exactly offer an aerial show, the Hornets were solid in controlling the ball.
Peach County Trojans (1-0) at Westside Seminoles (1-0) Kickoff: 7:30 p.m./Bibb County Sports Complex Series history: Westside leads 1-0 Last year: Westside won 35-21 Key Trojans: Mareo Howard (Sr., RB, 96 yards), Keith Searcy (Sr., QB, 132 yards), Tevarus Simmons (Jr., WR, 81 yards) Key Seminoles: Marcus Wilson (Jr., RB, 153 yards), Julian Burnett (Jr., LB), Danny Madison (Jr., WR) Scouting Report: Fresh off a dominating defensive effort against Central, Westside will be looking to go after the two-time state champion Trojans and their new cast of characters on offense. Peach County senior Mareo Howard rushed for nearly 100 yards against a stout Macon County defensive line, but the Westside linebackers will be among the best he sees all season. Keith Searcy will face a lot of pressure from the Seminoles' front seven. It remains to be seen if the Westside offense will continue its spread attack. Junior running back Marcus Wilson rushed for 153 yards last week.
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Southland Raiders (0-1) at Tattnall Square Trojans (0-0) Kickoff: 8 p.m. Series history: Tattnall leads 22-11 Last year: Tattnall won 42-15 to win Class AAA title Key Raiders: Chase Willis (RB), Michael Swain (WR) Key Trojans: Colby Andrews (Jr., DL), Blake Hobby (Sr., WR/K), Chris Willis (Sr., LB) Scouting Report: This is a rematch of last year's championship game, but the teams hardly resemble those that played that night in Americus. The Raiders lost their opener to Riverside Military but got at least got to play an entire game. The Trojans' opener against Stratford was canceled because of lightning. In what little time Tattnall did play, it showed that it must avoid turnovers. The young offense already had two turnovers before the half. Tattnall did use a running back by committee approach in the opener.
Rutland Hurricanes (1-0) at Central Chargers (0-1) Kickoff: 7:30 p.m./Henderson Stadium Series history: Central leads 1-0 Last year: Central won 28-14 Key Hurricanes: Dexter Flowers (Sr., RB, 175 total yards), Jamel Hickey (Jr., QB), Trent Wilkinson (Sr., DL) Key Chargers: Adam Crump (Jr., RB), Cornelius Williams (Soph., RB), Kelvin Jones (Jr., WR) Scouting Report: The Chargers didn't manage all that much offense against Westside in their opener. The Chargers played the Seminoles the closest they have since the early years of the rivalry, but that could be more because of the Westside mistakes. Rutland has an opportunity to pull off a huge win for the program and give itself momentum heading into a Region 5-AA showdown with Macon County. But Central should have more team speed than Southwest, which gave Rutland a fight last week.
Dodge County Indians (1-0) at Hawkinsville Red Devils (0-1) Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Series history: Dodge County leads 19-8-2 Last year: Dodge County won 14-0 Key Indians: Cameo Holloway (Sr., RB, 169 yards), Phillip Tinsley (Sr., WR), Ezekial Andrews (Sr., DL) Key Red Devils: Kamaron Riley (Sr., WR, 86 yards), David Grace (Sr., RB, 99 yards), Demetrius Bozeman (Sr., DL) Scouting Report: Hawkinsville's brutal early season scheduling should continue to prove costly this week. The Red Devils lost 30-9 to Perry open the season and will face a Dodge County team with championship aspirations. Hawkinsville quarterback Aaron Black made his first career start last week and should get better every week. His main target, the Georgia Tech-bound Riley, will see a lot of double coverage. Dodge County won't do anything fancy on offense. The Red Devils should expect to see a lot of Holloway and Charles Gordon rushing the ball.
Crisp County Cougars (0-1) at Southwest Patriots (0-1) Kickoff: 7:30 p.m./Thompson Stadium Series history: Crisp County leads 3-0 Last year: Crisp County won 31-0 Key Cougars: Caleb Vaughn (Jr., DL), Al Thomas (Sr., RB), Bo Carter (Jr., WR/DB) Key Patriots: Adrian Alexander (Jr., RB, 205 yards), Marcus Stephens (Sr., WR), Parrish Taylor (Sr., LB) Scouting Report: Crisp County enters this week fresh off a loss to rival Dooly County in the Watermelon Bowl. But that happened last year, too, and the Cougars responded with a 38-0 win over Southwest. The Patriots had something to smile about despite their loss to Rutland last week. It was the best offensive outburst for the Patriots in four years and running back Adrian Alexander rushed for 205 yards. But the Southwest defense must improve and the offense has to cut down on turnovers.
West Laurens Raiders (1-0) at East Laurens Falcons (1-0) Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Series history: West Laurens leads 20-10-1 Last year: West Laurens won 32-26 Key Raiders: Morocko Blash (Sr., RB, 181 yards, three touchdowns), Jake Hendley (Sr., QB), Antonio Surry (Sr., WR) Key Falcons: Chris Cephus (Jr., QB, 117 yards, three touchdowns), Drique Jackson (Jr., RB, 65 yards), Terrance Lewis (Jr., RB) Scouting Report: West Laurens must avoid a letdown after an emotional win over rival Dublin last week. The Raiders beat the Fighting Irish for the first time in a decade, but must quickly turn their focus to their other rival East Laurens, which won its opener for the first time since 2002. Blash scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the win over Dublin. But East Laurens' Cephus was just as impressive in tossing three touchdown passes in a comeback win over Johnson County.
Lamar County Trojans (1-0) at Mary Persons Bulldogs (0-1) Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Series history: Mary Persons leads 26-4 Last year: Lamar County won 27-7 Key Trojans: Quenton Walker (Sr., RB, 132 yards), Thayer Carter (Sr., OL/DL), Jonathan Barnett (Sr., LB/TE) Key Bulldogs: Jerandon Bussey (Sr., RB, kickoff return touchdown), Devarick Jones (Jr., DL), Jeffery Powers (Sr., RB) Scouting Report: The Mary Persons players surely have revenge on their mind after a 20-point loss to their rivals last season. It was the Bulldogs' first loss to Lamar County since 1985, and only the fourth Trojans' win in the 30 years of the series. Mary Persons played better last year as the season went on and are now more than a year into coach Rodney Walker's tenure. Mary Persons quarterback Caleb Wilds had an efficient game in the Bulldogs' loss to Greater Atlanta Christian, which is promising after the Bulldogs' were plagued by inconsistency at the quarterback position a year ago.
Twiggs County Cobras (1-0) at Dublin Fighting Irish (0-1) Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.Series history: Dublin leads 1-0 Last year: Dublin won 40-0 Key Cobras: Justin Anderson (Sr., QB), Davin Bell (Soph., RB), Monterrio Clay (Sr., DL) Key Fighting Irish: Nick McRae (Sr., OL), Andreakas Rollins (Sr., RB), Johnny Howard (Sr., DL) Scouting Report: Twiggs County is back running the wing-T, and it made a very successful return in a 49-7 win over GMC last week. The Cobras rushed 375 yards in the win. But they will play Dublin, a team that has perfected the wing-T. Dublin opened the season with an 11-point loss to rival West Laurens. The Fighting Irish led in the fourth quarter, but couldn't stop the Raiders' triple option late in the game. Dublin still has plenty of talent on offense led by Rollins and quarterback Rashard Smith.
Other area games Mt. Zion-Jonesboro (0-1) at Upson-Lee (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Perry (1-0) at Dougherty (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Jeff Davis (1-0) at Telfair County (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Jenkins County (1-0) at Bleckley County (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Treutlen (0-1) at ECI (1-0), 7:30 p.m. GMC (0-1) at Glascock County (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Jones County (1-0) at Henry County (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Jefferson County (1-0) at Baldwin (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Westminster (1-0) at Washington County (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Metter (0-1) at Toombs County (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Turner County (0-1) at Macon County (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Monticello (0-1) at Putnam County (0-0-1), 7:30 p.m. Johnson County (0-1) at Claxton (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Mitchell County (1-0) at Montgomery County (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Taylor County (0-1) at Terrell County (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Gatewood (1-0) at John Milledge (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Trinity Christian (1-0) at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (1-0), 7:30 p.m. John Hancock (1-0) at Nathanael Greene (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Briarwood (1-0) at Robert Toombs (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Brentwood (0-1) at Edmund Burke (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Monroe Academy (1-0) at Windsor Academy (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Piedmont (1-0) at CFCA (0-1), 7:30 p.m. FPD (1-0) at Riverside Military (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Dodge County (1-0) at Hawkinsville (0-1), 8 p.m. Wilkinson County (0-0-1) at Wilcox County (1-0), 8 p.m. Westfield (1-0) at Mount de Sales (0-1), 8 p.m. Stratford (0-0) at George Walton (0-1), 8 p.m. Fullington (0-1) at Valwood (1-0), 8 p.m.