High School Sports

This weekend’s high school football capsules

TOP FIVE

CENTRAL vs. HOWARD

Game time/site: 7:30 p.m./Henderson Stadium.

Series history: Central leads 4-0.

Last meeting: Central beat Howard 28-25 in 2011.

Key Chargers: RB/LB Antonio Sanders, Soph.; QB Derrick Evans, Jr.; WR/CB Bobby Cummings, Sr.

Key Huskies: CB Clifton Tucker, Sr.; LB Abel Grant, Sr.; RB Tahjae Morant, Sr.

Scouting report: Central came out on fire last week after a 1-9 season in 2013. The Chargers dominated Wilkinson County, recording 443 yards of total offense in a 41-14 win. Howard, meanwhile, is looking for its first win despite being a bounce or two away from a 2-0 start. The Huskies tied 2013 GHSA Class AA runner-up Lamar County in their opener -- Lamar County trounced Pike County last week -- and then lost at FPD in overtime. Howard hasn’t allowed many pass completions this year -- zero to Lamar County, two to FPD -- but will be up against a quarterback in Evans who completed 9-of-11 passes for 113 yards and four touchdowns against Wilkinson County. Central’s defense will have to key on stopping Howard’s run game, which is led by Morant and JaQwun Stinson.

RUTLAND vs. NORTHEAST

Game time/site: 7:30 p.m./Thompson Stadium.

Series history: First meeting.

Key Hurricanes: QB Timori Northcutt, Sr.; WR Dallas Smith, Sr.; S BJ Bawn, Sr.

Key Raiders: QB Tekorian Denson, Sr.; WR Chris Spencer, Jr.; C Dedtravius Jones, Jr.

Scouting report: Both teams are young, and both began the season with losses. Rutland, which had to replace Georgia freshman Shakenneth Williams as part of its graduating class, gave up 440 yards of total offense in a 49-14 loss to Westside. Northeast, which had to replace Charleston Southern’s Davion Anderson as part of its graduating class, gave up two touchdowns in the final quarter of a 20-16 loss to Southwest. Northeast did complete 16-of-23 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

MARY PERSONS at WASHINGTON COUNTY

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Series history: Washington County leads 9-7.

Last meeting: Washington County won 27-6 in 2005.

Key Bulldogs: RB Dee High, Sr.; DL Demarcus Davis, Sr.; LB Quen Shannon, Sr.; DB Keri Brown, Sr.; QB Jake Johnston, Jr.

Key Golden Hawks: RB-DE Logan Hunt, Sr.; LB/RB Will Coneway, Sr; LB/FB Stacy Thompson, Sr.; QB/S AJ Gray, Sr.

Scouting report: Three of the four meetings that took place in the postseason are the ones folks around Forsyth and Sandersville still talk about. This is only the third regular-season matchup since 2001. Mary Persons opened the series with six straight wins, while Washington County has won the past seven.

PEACH COUNTY at PERRY

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Series history: Peach County leads 29-9.

Last meeting: Peach County won 35-17 in 2013.

Key Trojans: DB Shaun Freeman, Sr. RB Keyshawn Lowe, Sr.; DE Marquies Price, Sr.; QB Robert Allen, Jr.

Key Panthers: LB Cole Lavendar, Jr.; RB/DB/KR Devonte Danielly, Sr.; QB Trey Coryell, Jr.; OL/DL Chad Howard, Sr.

Scouting report: It’s a one-sided series that has had games recently not quite as one-sided, the Trojans winning the past three by 18 points or fewer after winning two by 33 and 40. Perry’s last win was 48-28 in 2007. Both opened the season with wins, but Peach County is healthier and coming off a win over Class AAAAA Warner Robins.

VETERANS at MACON COUNTY

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Series history: First meeting.

Key Warhawks: DE Sam Dumas, Sr.; OT Logan Hurless, Jr. ; QB Logan Byrd, Jr.; TE Colby Mauldin, Jr.

Key Bulldogs: LB Roquan Smith, Sr.; WR/CB Devontae Hudson, Sr.; DL/TE Malik Walker, Jr.

Scouting report: Both teams are antsy to put first-game losses, and performances, behind them. Macon County is two classes below Veterans but had two quality games early last season against bigger programs (Americus-Sumter and Peach County). Veterans defensive back Rashaad Bolton is done for the season with a broken leg.

OTHER GAMES TO WATCH

GREENBRIER at WARNER ROBINS

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Series history: Warner Robins leads 2-0.

Last meeting: Warner Robins won 48-7 in 2013.

Key Wolf Pack: RB Jamal Richard, Sr.; QB Adam Sasser, Sr.; WR Warren Coombs, Sr.

Key Demons: RB Jacquan Burns, Sr.; WR/S Marquez Callaway, Jr.; DE Stephone Raybon, Sr.; LB Oneya Butler, Jr.

NORTHSIDE at EVANS

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Series history: Northside leads 18-6.

Last meeting: Northside won 35-13 in 2013.

Key Eagles: RB Willie Jordan, Sr.; QB Tobias Oliver, Soph.; CB Rakwon Young, Sr.; DL Isaiah Johnson, Sr.; OL Quentin Stanford, Sr.

Key Knights: QB Matlin Marshall, Sr.; WR Derrick Mims, Jr.; LB Colin Dominy, Sr.; LB Jordan Kinnitt, Sr.

HOUSTON COUNTY at GROVETOWN

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Series history: Tied at 1.

Last meeting: Houston County won 52-19 in 2013.

Key Bears: DB/WR Darion Anderson, Jr.; RB Kenny Gant; OL/DL Steven Robinet; DL Chase Riley, Jr.; QB Jake Fromm, Soph.

Key Warriors: WR/DB Ben Jean, Jr.; QB Skylor Vance, Jr.; DL Zach Merritt, Sr.; LB Vernon Monroe, Sr.

CROSS CREEK at JONES COUNTY

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Series history: First meeting.

Key Razorbacks: QB Keshawn Dyson, Jr.; OL William Hughley, Sr.; DL Chris Williams, Sr.; DB/WR Kenyatta Brown, Soph.

Key Greyhounds: LB Logan Gordon, Jr.; WR Chandler Ramage, Jr.; QB Bradley Hunnicut, Soph.; OL Trey Perkins, Sr.

SOUTHWEST at EAGLE’S LANDING

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Series history: First meeting.

Key Patriots: QB Justin Slocum, Sr.; RB/LB Jalyn Pauldo, Sr.; WR Josh Evans, Sr.

Key Golden Eagles: QB George McDonald, Sr.; WR Antonio Gibson, Jr.; WR Andy Constant, Sr.

WESLEYAN at STRATFORD

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Series history: First meeting.

Key Wolves: QB Banks Ramsey, Fr.; WR/DB Cedric Lynch, Jr.; WR/DB Harrison Cook, Soph.

Key Eagles: QB Quintez Cephus, Jr.; WB/DB O’Showen Williams, Jr.; WB/LB Austin Devenney, Sr.

TATTNALL SQUARE at WARREN COUNTY

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Series history: First meeting.

Key Trojans: FB/LB Johnathan Ward, Sr.; RB JJ Battle, Sr.; QB/DB Ian Herndon, Sr.

Key Screaming Devils: RB/LB Timothy Seals, Soph.; RB/CB Devocea Lott, Jr.; QB/CB Jermaine Berry, Jr.

REST OF THE SCHEDULE

7:30 p.m.

Baldwin at Alcovy

Bleckley County at West Laurens

Brentwood at Pinewood Christian

John Hancock at CFCA

Crawford County at Montgomery County

Dooly County at Turner County

Trinity Christian at Gatewood

Glascock County at GMC

Greene County at Hancock Central

Hawkinsville at Wilcox County

Houston County at Grovetown

Jeff Davis at North Cobb Christian

Bethlehem Christian at John Milledge

Telfair County at Johnson County

Jackson at Monticello

Griffin Christian at Piedmont

Morgan County at Putnam County

Manchester at Taylor County

Vidalia at Toombs County

Windsor at Young Americans Christian

Upson-Lee at Pike County

Wilkinson County at Washington-Wilkes

Treutlen at Portal

Nathanael Greene at Covenant

Westwood at Crisp Academy

East Laurens at Twiggs County

Westfield at Trinity-Sharpsburg

Irwin County at Fitzgerald

Lanier County at Wheeler County

Westside Christian at Harvester

8 p.m.

Crisp County at Colquitt County

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